Chair
Member
Audit Committee Position

Mark Mulhern

Mark currently serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Highwoods Properties, Inc., a Raleigh, North Carolina based publicly-traded real estate investment trust. Mark joined Highwoods in September 2014. He previously served on the Highwoods Board of Directors and Audit Committee from 2012 through 2014.

Prior to joining Highwoods, Mark served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Exco Resources, Inc. Before that, he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Progress Energy, Inc. from 2008 until its merger with Duke Energy Corporation in 2012. He joined Progress Energy in 1996 as Vice President and Controller and served in a number of roles, including Vice President of Strategic Planning, Senior Vice President of Finance and President of Progress Ventures. He also spent eight years at Price Waterhouse.

Mark is a Certified Public Accountant and is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University. He currently serves on the board of McKim and Creed, a North Carolina based professional engineering services firm.

Chair

Thomas W. Okel

Thomas brings over 20 years of experience in the underwriting, structuring, distribution and trading of debt used for corporate acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, recapitalizations and refinancings. From 2011 until 2019, he served as Executive Director of Catawba Lands Conservancy, a nonprofit land trust.

Prior to joining Catawba Lands Conservancy, he served as Global Head of Syndicated Capital Markets at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where he managed capital markets, sales, trading and research for the United States, Europe, Asia and Latin America from 1989 to 2010. He currently serves as trustee or director of several public companies and non-profit organizations, including as Trustee of Barings Global Short Duration High Yield Fund, a closed-end investment company advised by Barings, Trustee of the Horizon Funds, a mutual fund complex, Trustee of Davidson College, and Director of CrossRoads Corporation for Affordable Housing and Community Development, Inc.

Thomas holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Davidson College and a Masters of Management, Finance, Accounting and Marketing from Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.

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Jill Olmstead

Jill is a Founding Partner of Spivey & Olmstead, LLC, a talent and leadership consulting firm with expertise in the fields of executive development and talent management founded in June 2010. Jill works with C-suite executives as an executive coach and helps lead companies' efforts on talent strategies such as diversity and inclusion, employee engagement, and succession planning. She has built a reputation as an executive with a strategic and pragmatic approach to talent management with an eye toward bottom line results.

Jill brings over 20 years of senior leadership experience in human resources to the financial services industry where she was Managing Director from 2006 to 2009 and Executive Vice President from 2000 to 2006 at Wachovia Corporation (now Wells Fargo). In this capacity, she was both the Head of Human Resources for the Corporate and Investment Bank and the Head of Human Resources for the International Businesses, responsible for HR services.

Prior to this, she formed and led the Leadership Practices Group at Wachovia to create and implement a company-wide talent management process that identified, developed, tracked and promoted high potential leaders throughout their careers. Jill received a Bachelor of Science from Clemson University and a Masters in Organization Behavior and Development from Fielding University. She is on several non-profit boards and active in the community with a focus on education, the arts, and homeless prevention.

Member

Robert Knapp

Robert Knapp brings over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry to the Board. He is the Founder and Chief Investment Officer of Ironsides Partners LLC, a Boston based investment manager specializing in closed-end funds, holding companies, and asset value investing generally. Ironsides and related entities serve as the manager and general partner to various funds and managed accounts for institutional clients.

Robert is also a director of Okeanis Eco Tankers, Emergent Capital, and the Pacific Alliance Asia Opportunity Fund and its related entities and Pacific Alliance Group Asset Management Ltd., based in Hong Kong. He is a principal and director of Africa Opportunity Partners Limited, a Cayman Islands company that serves as the investment manager to Africa Opportunity Fund Limited. Additionally, Robert serves as a member of the Board of Managers of Veracity Worldwide LLC.

Before these roles, he served as the Lead Independent Director of MVC Capital, Inc., was an independent, nonexecutive director of Castle Private Equity AG, and was formerly a director of MPC Container Ships. He also acted as managing director for over ten years with Millennium Partners. In the non-profit sector, Robert serves as a director of the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, and is a Trustee of the Children’s School of Science and the Sea Education Association.

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Compensation Committee Position

Jill Olmstead

Jill is a Founding Partner of Spivey & Olmstead, LLC, a talent and leadership consulting firm with expertise in the fields of executive development and talent management founded in June 2010. Jill works with C-suite executives as an executive coach and helps lead companies' efforts on talent strategies such as diversity and inclusion, employee engagement, and succession planning. She has built a reputation as an executive with a strategic and pragmatic approach to talent management with an eye toward bottom line results.

Jill brings over 20 years of senior leadership experience in human resources to the financial services industry where she was Managing Director from 2006 to 2009 and Executive Vice President from 2000 to 2006 at Wachovia Corporation (now Wells Fargo). In this capacity, she was both the Head of Human Resources for the Corporate and Investment Bank and the Head of Human Resources for the International Businesses, responsible for HR services.

Prior to this, she formed and led the Leadership Practices Group at Wachovia to create and implement a company-wide talent management process that identified, developed, tracked and promoted high potential leaders throughout their careers. Jill received a Bachelor of Science from Clemson University and a Masters in Organization Behavior and Development from Fielding University. She is on several non-profit boards and active in the community with a focus on education, the arts, and homeless prevention.

Chair

John Switzer

John Switzer is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Carolina Tractor and Equipment Company, a large, privately held southeastern supplier that specializes in material handling, engineered systems, truck engines, power generation systems, and they supply construction, forestry, and paving products.

Prior to these positions, starting in 2007 John served as managing partner in KPMG's Charlotte office and became the Chair of the Charlotte office in 2009 until retirement in 2016, where he was the market leader for KPMG's Carolinas, Florida, and San Juan offices.

Before that, he served as managing partner of KPMG's Cleveland from 1999 to 2007 and the Louisville and Lexington offices in Kentucky from 1988 to 1995. John currently serves on the boards of The Mint Museum and the National Association of Corporate Directors, Carolinas Chapter.

Member

Mark Mulhern

Mark currently serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Highwoods Properties, Inc., a Raleigh, North Carolina based publicly-traded real estate investment trust. Mark joined Highwoods in September 2014. He previously served on the Highwoods Board of Directors and Audit Committee from 2012 through 2014.

Prior to joining Highwoods, Mark served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Exco Resources, Inc. Before that, he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Progress Energy, Inc. from 2008 until its merger with Duke Energy Corporation in 2012. He joined Progress Energy in 1996 as Vice President and Controller and served in a number of roles, including Vice President of Strategic Planning, Senior Vice President of Finance and President of Progress Ventures. He also spent eight years at Price Waterhouse.

Mark is a Certified Public Accountant and is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University. He currently serves on the board of McKim and Creed, a North Carolina based professional engineering services firm.

Member

Thomas W. Okel

Thomas brings over 20 years of experience in the underwriting, structuring, distribution and trading of debt used for corporate acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, recapitalizations and refinancings. From 2011 until 2019, he served as Executive Director of Catawba Lands Conservancy, a nonprofit land trust.

Prior to joining Catawba Lands Conservancy, he served as Global Head of Syndicated Capital Markets at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where he managed capital markets, sales, trading and research for the United States, Europe, Asia and Latin America from 1989 to 2010. He currently serves as trustee or director of several public companies and non-profit organizations, including as Trustee of Barings Global Short Duration High Yield Fund, a closed-end investment company advised by Barings, Trustee of the Horizon Funds, a mutual fund complex, Trustee of Davidson College, and Director of CrossRoads Corporation for Affordable Housing and Community Development, Inc.

Thomas holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Davidson College and a Masters of Management, Finance, Accounting and Marketing from Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.

Member

Robert Knapp

Robert Knapp brings over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry to the Board. He is the Founder and Chief Investment Officer of Ironsides Partners LLC, a Boston based investment manager specializing in closed-end funds, holding companies, and asset value investing generally. Ironsides and related entities serve as the manager and general partner to various funds and managed accounts for institutional clients.

Robert is also a director of Okeanis Eco Tankers, Emergent Capital, and the Pacific Alliance Asia Opportunity Fund and its related entities and Pacific Alliance Group Asset Management Ltd., based in Hong Kong. He is a principal and director of Africa Opportunity Partners Limited, a Cayman Islands company that serves as the investment manager to Africa Opportunity Fund Limited. Additionally, Robert serves as a member of the Board of Managers of Veracity Worldwide LLC.

Before these roles, he served as the Lead Independent Director of MVC Capital, Inc., was an independent, nonexecutive director of Castle Private Equity AG, and was formerly a director of MPC Container Ships. He also acted as managing director for over ten years with Millennium Partners. In the non-profit sector, Robert serves as a director of the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, and is a Trustee of the Children’s School of Science and the Sea Education Association.

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Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee Position

Thomas W. Okel

Thomas brings over 20 years of experience in the underwriting, structuring, distribution and trading of debt used for corporate acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, recapitalizations and refinancings. From 2011 until 2019, he served as Executive Director of Catawba Lands Conservancy, a nonprofit land trust.

Prior to joining Catawba Lands Conservancy, he served as Global Head of Syndicated Capital Markets at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where he managed capital markets, sales, trading and research for the United States, Europe, Asia and Latin America from 1989 to 2010. He currently serves as trustee or director of several public companies and non-profit organizations, including as Trustee of Barings Global Short Duration High Yield Fund, a closed-end investment company advised by Barings, Trustee of the Horizon Funds, a mutual fund complex, Trustee of Davidson College, and Director of CrossRoads Corporation for Affordable Housing and Community Development, Inc.

Thomas holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Davidson College and a Masters of Management, Finance, Accounting and Marketing from Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.

Chair

Mark Mulhern

Mark currently serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Highwoods Properties, Inc., a Raleigh, North Carolina based publicly-traded real estate investment trust. Mark joined Highwoods in September 2014. He previously served on the Highwoods Board of Directors and Audit Committee from 2012 through 2014.

Prior to joining Highwoods, Mark served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Exco Resources, Inc. Before that, he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Progress Energy, Inc. from 2008 until its merger with Duke Energy Corporation in 2012. He joined Progress Energy in 1996 as Vice President and Controller and served in a number of roles, including Vice President of Strategic Planning, Senior Vice President of Finance and President of Progress Ventures. He also spent eight years at Price Waterhouse.

Mark is a Certified Public Accountant and is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University. He currently serves on the board of McKim and Creed, a North Carolina based professional engineering services firm.

Member

Jill Olmstead

Jill is a Founding Partner of Spivey & Olmstead, LLC, a talent and leadership consulting firm with expertise in the fields of executive development and talent management founded in June 2010. Jill works with C-suite executives as an executive coach and helps lead companies' efforts on talent strategies such as diversity and inclusion, employee engagement, and succession planning. She has built a reputation as an executive with a strategic and pragmatic approach to talent management with an eye toward bottom line results.

Jill brings over 20 years of senior leadership experience in human resources to the financial services industry where she was Managing Director from 2006 to 2009 and Executive Vice President from 2000 to 2006 at Wachovia Corporation (now Wells Fargo). In this capacity, she was both the Head of Human Resources for the Corporate and Investment Bank and the Head of Human Resources for the International Businesses, responsible for HR services.

Prior to this, she formed and led the Leadership Practices Group at Wachovia to create and implement a company-wide talent management process that identified, developed, tracked and promoted high potential leaders throughout their careers. Jill received a Bachelor of Science from Clemson University and a Masters in Organization Behavior and Development from Fielding University. She is on several non-profit boards and active in the community with a focus on education, the arts, and homeless prevention.

Member

John Switzer

John Switzer is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Carolina Tractor and Equipment Company, a large, privately held southeastern supplier that specializes in material handling, engineered systems, truck engines, power generation systems, and they supply construction, forestry, and paving products.

Prior to these positions, starting in 2007 John served as managing partner in KPMG's Charlotte office and became the Chair of the Charlotte office in 2009 until retirement in 2016, where he was the market leader for KPMG's Carolinas, Florida, and San Juan offices.

Before that, he served as managing partner of KPMG's Cleveland from 1999 to 2007 and the Louisville and Lexington offices in Kentucky from 1988 to 1995. John currently serves on the boards of The Mint Museum and the National Association of Corporate Directors, Carolinas Chapter.

Member

Robert Knapp

Robert Knapp brings over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry to the Board. He is the Founder and Chief Investment Officer of Ironsides Partners LLC, a Boston based investment manager specializing in closed-end funds, holding companies, and asset value investing generally. Ironsides and related entities serve as the manager and general partner to various funds and managed accounts for institutional clients.

Robert is also a director of Okeanis Eco Tankers, Emergent Capital, and the Pacific Alliance Asia Opportunity Fund and its related entities and Pacific Alliance Group Asset Management Ltd., based in Hong Kong. He is a principal and director of Africa Opportunity Partners Limited, a Cayman Islands company that serves as the investment manager to Africa Opportunity Fund Limited. Additionally, Robert serves as a member of the Board of Managers of Veracity Worldwide LLC.

Before these roles, he served as the Lead Independent Director of MVC Capital, Inc., was an independent, nonexecutive director of Castle Private Equity AG, and was formerly a director of MPC Container Ships. He also acted as managing director for over ten years with Millennium Partners. In the non-profit sector, Robert serves as a director of the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, and is a Trustee of the Children’s School of Science and the Sea Education Association.

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Mark Mulhern

Mark currently serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Highwoods Properties, Inc., a Raleigh, North Carolina based publicly-traded real estate investment trust. Mark joined Highwoods in September 2014. He previously served on the Highwoods Board of Directors and Audit Committee from 2012 through 2014.

Prior to joining Highwoods, Mark served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Exco Resources, Inc. Before that, he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Progress Energy, Inc. from 2008 until its merger with Duke Energy Corporation in 2012. He joined Progress Energy in 1996 as Vice President and Controller and served in a number of roles, including Vice President of Strategic Planning, Senior Vice President of Finance and President of Progress Ventures. He also spent eight years at Price Waterhouse.

Mark is a Certified Public Accountant and is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University. He currently serves on the board of McKim and Creed, a North Carolina based professional engineering services firm.

Thomas W. Okel

Thomas brings over 20 years of experience in the underwriting, structuring, distribution and trading of debt used for corporate acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, recapitalizations and refinancings. From 2011 until 2019, he served as Executive Director of Catawba Lands Conservancy, a nonprofit land trust.

Prior to joining Catawba Lands Conservancy, he served as Global Head of Syndicated Capital Markets at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where he managed capital markets, sales, trading and research for the United States, Europe, Asia and Latin America from 1989 to 2010. He currently serves as trustee or director of several public companies and non-profit organizations, including as Trustee of Barings Global Short Duration High Yield Fund, a closed-end investment company advised by Barings, Trustee of the Horizon Funds, a mutual fund complex, Trustee of Davidson College, and Director of CrossRoads Corporation for Affordable Housing and Community Development, Inc.

Thomas holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Davidson College and a Masters of Management, Finance, Accounting and Marketing from Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.

Jill Olmstead

Jill is a Founding Partner of Spivey & Olmstead, LLC, a talent and leadership consulting firm with expertise in the fields of executive development and talent management founded in June 2010. Jill works with C-suite executives as an executive coach and helps lead companies' efforts on talent strategies such as diversity and inclusion, employee engagement, and succession planning. She has built a reputation as an executive with a strategic and pragmatic approach to talent management with an eye toward bottom line results.

Jill brings over 20 years of senior leadership experience in human resources to the financial services industry where she was Managing Director from 2006 to 2009 and Executive Vice President from 2000 to 2006 at Wachovia Corporation (now Wells Fargo). In this capacity, she was both the Head of Human Resources for the Corporate and Investment Bank and the Head of Human Resources for the International Businesses, responsible for HR services.

Prior to this, she formed and led the Leadership Practices Group at Wachovia to create and implement a company-wide talent management process that identified, developed, tracked and promoted high potential leaders throughout their careers. Jill received a Bachelor of Science from Clemson University and a Masters in Organization Behavior and Development from Fielding University. She is on several non-profit boards and active in the community with a focus on education, the arts, and homeless prevention.

Robert Knapp

Robert Knapp brings over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry to the Board. He is the Founder and Chief Investment Officer of Ironsides Partners LLC, a Boston based investment manager specializing in closed-end funds, holding companies, and asset value investing generally. Ironsides and related entities serve as the manager and general partner to various funds and managed accounts for institutional clients.

Robert is also a director of Okeanis Eco Tankers, Emergent Capital, and the Pacific Alliance Asia Opportunity Fund and its related entities and Pacific Alliance Group Asset Management Ltd., based in Hong Kong. He is a principal and director of Africa Opportunity Partners Limited, a Cayman Islands company that serves as the investment manager to Africa Opportunity Fund Limited. Additionally, Robert serves as a member of the Board of Managers of Veracity Worldwide LLC.

Before these roles, he served as the Lead Independent Director of MVC Capital, Inc., was an independent, nonexecutive director of Castle Private Equity AG, and was formerly a director of MPC Container Ships. He also acted as managing director for over ten years with Millennium Partners. In the non-profit sector, Robert serves as a director of the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, and is a Trustee of the Children’s School of Science and the Sea Education Association.

Jill Olmstead

Jill is a Founding Partner of Spivey & Olmstead, LLC, a talent and leadership consulting firm with expertise in the fields of executive development and talent management founded in June 2010. Jill works with C-suite executives as an executive coach and helps lead companies' efforts on talent strategies such as diversity and inclusion, employee engagement, and succession planning. She has built a reputation as an executive with a strategic and pragmatic approach to talent management with an eye toward bottom line results.

Jill brings over 20 years of senior leadership experience in human resources to the financial services industry where she was Managing Director from 2006 to 2009 and Executive Vice President from 2000 to 2006 at Wachovia Corporation (now Wells Fargo). In this capacity, she was both the Head of Human Resources for the Corporate and Investment Bank and the Head of Human Resources for the International Businesses, responsible for HR services.

Prior to this, she formed and led the Leadership Practices Group at Wachovia to create and implement a company-wide talent management process that identified, developed, tracked and promoted high potential leaders throughout their careers. Jill received a Bachelor of Science from Clemson University and a Masters in Organization Behavior and Development from Fielding University. She is on several non-profit boards and active in the community with a focus on education, the arts, and homeless prevention.

John Switzer

John Switzer is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Carolina Tractor and Equipment Company, a large, privately held southeastern supplier that specializes in material handling, engineered systems, truck engines, power generation systems, and they supply construction, forestry, and paving products.

Prior to these positions, starting in 2007 John served as managing partner in KPMG's Charlotte office and became the Chair of the Charlotte office in 2009 until retirement in 2016, where he was the market leader for KPMG's Carolinas, Florida, and San Juan offices.

Before that, he served as managing partner of KPMG's Cleveland from 1999 to 2007 and the Louisville and Lexington offices in Kentucky from 1988 to 1995. John currently serves on the boards of The Mint Museum and the National Association of Corporate Directors, Carolinas Chapter.

Mark Mulhern

Mark currently serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Highwoods Properties, Inc., a Raleigh, North Carolina based publicly-traded real estate investment trust. Mark joined Highwoods in September 2014. He previously served on the Highwoods Board of Directors and Audit Committee from 2012 through 2014.

Prior to joining Highwoods, Mark served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Exco Resources, Inc. Before that, he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Progress Energy, Inc. from 2008 until its merger with Duke Energy Corporation in 2012. He joined Progress Energy in 1996 as Vice President and Controller and served in a number of roles, including Vice President of Strategic Planning, Senior Vice President of Finance and President of Progress Ventures. He also spent eight years at Price Waterhouse.

Mark is a Certified Public Accountant and is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University. He currently serves on the board of McKim and Creed, a North Carolina based professional engineering services firm.

Thomas W. Okel

Thomas brings over 20 years of experience in the underwriting, structuring, distribution and trading of debt used for corporate acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, recapitalizations and refinancings. From 2011 until 2019, he served as Executive Director of Catawba Lands Conservancy, a nonprofit land trust.

Prior to joining Catawba Lands Conservancy, he served as Global Head of Syndicated Capital Markets at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where he managed capital markets, sales, trading and research for the United States, Europe, Asia and Latin America from 1989 to 2010. He currently serves as trustee or director of several public companies and non-profit organizations, including as Trustee of Barings Global Short Duration High Yield Fund, a closed-end investment company advised by Barings, Trustee of the Horizon Funds, a mutual fund complex, Trustee of Davidson College, and Director of CrossRoads Corporation for Affordable Housing and Community Development, Inc.

Thomas holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Davidson College and a Masters of Management, Finance, Accounting and Marketing from Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.

Robert Knapp

Robert Knapp brings over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry to the Board. He is the Founder and Chief Investment Officer of Ironsides Partners LLC, a Boston based investment manager specializing in closed-end funds, holding companies, and asset value investing generally. Ironsides and related entities serve as the manager and general partner to various funds and managed accounts for institutional clients.

Robert is also a director of Okeanis Eco Tankers, Emergent Capital, and the Pacific Alliance Asia Opportunity Fund and its related entities and Pacific Alliance Group Asset Management Ltd., based in Hong Kong. He is a principal and director of Africa Opportunity Partners Limited, a Cayman Islands company that serves as the investment manager to Africa Opportunity Fund Limited. Additionally, Robert serves as a member of the Board of Managers of Veracity Worldwide LLC.

Before these roles, he served as the Lead Independent Director of MVC Capital, Inc., was an independent, nonexecutive director of Castle Private Equity AG, and was formerly a director of MPC Container Ships. He also acted as managing director for over ten years with Millennium Partners. In the non-profit sector, Robert serves as a director of the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, and is a Trustee of the Children’s School of Science and the Sea Education Association.

Thomas W. Okel

Thomas brings over 20 years of experience in the underwriting, structuring, distribution and trading of debt used for corporate acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, recapitalizations and refinancings. From 2011 until 2019, he served as Executive Director of Catawba Lands Conservancy, a nonprofit land trust.

Prior to joining Catawba Lands Conservancy, he served as Global Head of Syndicated Capital Markets at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where he managed capital markets, sales, trading and research for the United States, Europe, Asia and Latin America from 1989 to 2010. He currently serves as trustee or director of several public companies and non-profit organizations, including as Trustee of Barings Global Short Duration High Yield Fund, a closed-end investment company advised by Barings, Trustee of the Horizon Funds, a mutual fund complex, Trustee of Davidson College, and Director of CrossRoads Corporation for Affordable Housing and Community Development, Inc.

Thomas holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Davidson College and a Masters of Management, Finance, Accounting and Marketing from Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.

Mark Mulhern

Mark currently serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Highwoods Properties, Inc., a Raleigh, North Carolina based publicly-traded real estate investment trust. Mark joined Highwoods in September 2014. He previously served on the Highwoods Board of Directors and Audit Committee from 2012 through 2014.

Prior to joining Highwoods, Mark served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Exco Resources, Inc. Before that, he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Progress Energy, Inc. from 2008 until its merger with Duke Energy Corporation in 2012. He joined Progress Energy in 1996 as Vice President and Controller and served in a number of roles, including Vice President of Strategic Planning, Senior Vice President of Finance and President of Progress Ventures. He also spent eight years at Price Waterhouse.

Mark is a Certified Public Accountant and is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University. He currently serves on the board of McKim and Creed, a North Carolina based professional engineering services firm.

Jill Olmstead

Jill is a Founding Partner of Spivey & Olmstead, LLC, a talent and leadership consulting firm with expertise in the fields of executive development and talent management founded in June 2010. Jill works with C-suite executives as an executive coach and helps lead companies' efforts on talent strategies such as diversity and inclusion, employee engagement, and succession planning. She has built a reputation as an executive with a strategic and pragmatic approach to talent management with an eye toward bottom line results.

Jill brings over 20 years of senior leadership experience in human resources to the financial services industry where she was Managing Director from 2006 to 2009 and Executive Vice President from 2000 to 2006 at Wachovia Corporation (now Wells Fargo). In this capacity, she was both the Head of Human Resources for the Corporate and Investment Bank and the Head of Human Resources for the International Businesses, responsible for HR services.

Prior to this, she formed and led the Leadership Practices Group at Wachovia to create and implement a company-wide talent management process that identified, developed, tracked and promoted high potential leaders throughout their careers. Jill received a Bachelor of Science from Clemson University and a Masters in Organization Behavior and Development from Fielding University. She is on several non-profit boards and active in the community with a focus on education, the arts, and homeless prevention.

John Switzer

John Switzer is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Carolina Tractor and Equipment Company, a large, privately held southeastern supplier that specializes in material handling, engineered systems, truck engines, power generation systems, and they supply construction, forestry, and paving products.

Prior to these positions, starting in 2007 John served as managing partner in KPMG's Charlotte office and became the Chair of the Charlotte office in 2009 until retirement in 2016, where he was the market leader for KPMG's Carolinas, Florida, and San Juan offices.

Before that, he served as managing partner of KPMG's Cleveland from 1999 to 2007 and the Louisville and Lexington offices in Kentucky from 1988 to 1995. John currently serves on the boards of The Mint Museum and the National Association of Corporate Directors, Carolinas Chapter.

Robert Knapp

Robert Knapp brings over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry to the Board. He is the Founder and Chief Investment Officer of Ironsides Partners LLC, a Boston based investment manager specializing in closed-end funds, holding companies, and asset value investing generally. Ironsides and related entities serve as the manager and general partner to various funds and managed accounts for institutional clients.

Robert is also a director of Okeanis Eco Tankers, Emergent Capital, and the Pacific Alliance Asia Opportunity Fund and its related entities and Pacific Alliance Group Asset Management Ltd., based in Hong Kong. He is a principal and director of Africa Opportunity Partners Limited, a Cayman Islands company that serves as the investment manager to Africa Opportunity Fund Limited. Additionally, Robert serves as a member of the Board of Managers of Veracity Worldwide LLC.

Before these roles, he served as the Lead Independent Director of MVC Capital, Inc., was an independent, nonexecutive director of Castle Private Equity AG, and was formerly a director of MPC Container Ships. He also acted as managing director for over ten years with Millennium Partners. In the non-profit sector, Robert serves as a director of the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, and is a Trustee of the Children’s School of Science and the Sea Education Association.