Mr. Singh is our Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer and one of the founding organizers of our Company. Mr. Singh was appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors of BankUnited, Inc. in January 2019 and President and Chief Executive Officer in January 2017. Mr. Singh served as our Chief Operating Officer from October 2010 up until his promotion in 2017.
An industry veteran of 25 years, Mr. Singh has held several executive leadership positions prior to BankUnited including for Invesco’s WL Ross & Co., Capital One Financial Corp, North Fork Bancorporation and FleetBoston Financial Corporation. Mr. Singh serves on the Federal Reserve's Board of Governors' Federal Advisory Council, representing the Atlanta Region. Mr. Singh earned his M.B.A. from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and his B.S. in chemical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in New Delhi.
Ms. Blanca is the founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Blanca Commercial Real Estate, Inc., an independently owned commercial real estate services firm in Florida. Ms. Blanca has more than 25 years of experience in the South Florida real estate sector. Prior to launching Blanca Commercial Real Estate in March 2009, she served as Senior Managing Director for Cushman & Wakefield of Florida, Inc., where she led the firm's South Florida operations. Ms. Blanca also held the position of Senior Vice President at Codina Realty Services, Inc. ONCOR International.
Ms. Blanca is a past member of the Board of Directors of The Miami Foundation, member of the Board of Governors of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, past chair of the Board of Directors of City Year Miami, and past chair of Miami-Dade County's official economic development agency, The Beacon Council. She also is a member of Young Presidents' Organization (YPO) Gold Miami-Ft Lauderdale Chapter, an Associate member of the YPO Miami Chapter, a member of the Women Corporate Directors (WCD) and a member of the University of Miami's School of Business Real Estate Advisory Council.
Ms. Blanca has earned several honors, including “Top 100 Power Leaders”, “Ultimate CEO” and “Most Influential Business Women” by the South Florida Business Journal, and “Power Leader of the Year” and “Office Broker of the Year” by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, “Philanthropist of the Year” by City Year Miami, “Community Leader” by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, “Top 25 Women in Real Estate” by Commercial Property Executive, “Women of Influence: Legends” and “Women of Influence” by Real Estate Forum, “Top Dealmakers of the Year” by the Daily Business Review, and Camacol's “Successful Hispanic Women of the Year.” Ms. Blanca earned a B.B.A with a concentration in international marketing and finance and an M.B.A. from the University of Miami.
Mr. DiGiacomo joined our Board in August 2018 and has over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry. From 1994 to 2007, he served as Chief Financial Officer of North Fork Bank until the company’s merger with Capital One Financial Corporation. From 1990 to 1994, Mr. DiGiacomo served as Senior Vice President, Corporate Controller of North Fork Bank, and Vice President of Financial Planning, North Fork Bancorporation, Inc. from 1988 to 1990.
Mr. DiGiacomo served as Vice President, Director of Finance of Long Island Mortgage from 1986 to 1988. Mr. DiGiacomo began his career at KPMG LLP. Mr. DiGiacomo graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in accounting from St. John’s University in Queens, New York.
Mr. Dowling is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Northwell Health, a clinical, academic and research enterprise with a workforce of more than 75,000 and annual revenue of $14 billion. Northwell is the largest health care provider and private employer in New York State, caring for more than two million people annually through a vast network of 830 outpatient facilities, including 220 primary care practices, 52 urgent care centers, home care, rehabilitation and end-of-life programs, and 23 hospitals.
Prior to becoming President and CEO in 2002, Mr. Dowling was the health system's Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Before joining Northwell in 1995, he was a Senior Vice President at Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Mr. Dowling served in New York State government for 12 years, including seven years as State Director of Health, Education and Human Services and Deputy Secretary to the Governor. He was also Commissioner of the New York State Department of Social Services. Before his public service career, Mr. Dowling was a professor of Social Policy and Assistant Dean at the Fordham University Graduate School of Social Services and Director of the Fordham Campus in Westchester County.
Mr. Dowling is past chair of the Healthcare Institute and the current chair of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Sciences and the North American Board of the Smurfit School of Business at University College, Dublin, Ireland. He also serves as a board member of the Long Island Association. He is past chair and a current board member of the National Center for Healthcare Leadership (NCHL), the Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA), the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS) and the League of Voluntary Hospitals of New York.
Mr. Dowling was an instructor at the Center for Continuing Professional Education at the Harvard School of Public Health. Mr. Dowling grew up in Limerick, Ireland. He earned his undergraduate degree from University College Cork (UCC), Ireland, and his master’s degree from Fordham University. He also has honorary doctorates from Queen's University Belfast, University College Dublin, Hofstra University, Dowling College and Fordham University.
Mr. Pauls served as our Chief Financial Officer from September 2009 to February 2013. From March 2013 to December 2013, Mr. Pauls served as a senior advisor to the Company. In December 2013, Mr. Pauls joined the Board of Directors of Essent Group Ltd. (NYSE: ESNT), and serves as Chairman of the Audit Committee and member of the Compensation Committee and the Technology, Innovation and Operations Committee. In September 2020, Mr. Pauls joined the Board of Directors of North Mountain Merger Corp. (NASDAQ: NMMC), and serves as a member of the Audit Committee, Compensation Committee and Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee. In February 2021, Mr. Pauls joined the Board of Directors of The Global Atlantic Financial Group LLC. From June 2019 to January 2021, Mr. Pauls served on the Board of South Mountain Merger Corp. (NASDAQ: SMMCU) and as a member of the Audit Committee, Compensation Committee and Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee. Between March 2009 and August 2009, Mr. Pauls was self-employed as a consultant.
From April 2008 until February 2009, Mr. Pauls served as Executive Vice President of Finance for TD Bank, NA following TD Bank's acquisition of Commerce Bancorp, Inc. in March 2008. Mr. Pauls served as Chief Financial Officer of Commerce Bancorp from March 2002 until the acquisition by TD Bank in March 2008. Mr. Pauls was a member of the three person Office of the Chairman, responsible for overall management, policy making and strategic direction of Commerce Bancorp.
From October 1995 to March 2002, Mr. Pauls served as the Chief Accounting Officer of Commerce Bancorp, its Senior Vice President from January 1999 to April 2006 and its Executive Vice President from April 2006 to April 2008. Earlier in his career, Mr. Pauls was a Senior Manager in the Audit Department of Ernst & Young in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Mr. Pauls received a B.A. in Economics magna cum laude from Dickinson College. Mr. Pauls currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Dickinson College.
Judge Prudenti is the Dean at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University and Executive Director of the Center for Children, Families and the Law at Hofstra. From December 2011 to July 2015, Judge Prudenti served as the Chief Administrative Judge of the Courts of New York State, where she supervised the administration and operation of the statewide court system. From 2002 until December 2011, Judge Prudenti served as the Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division for the Second Judicial Department in New York State. Judge Prudenti served as Associate Justice, Appellate Division for the Second Judicial Department from 2001 to 2002, and as Administrative Judge for the Tenth Judicial District (Suffolk County) from 1999 to 2001.
Prior to her appointment as Administrative Judge, Judge Prudenti served as Surrogate of Suffolk County from 1995 to 2000. Judge Prudenti’s judicial career began in 1991 when she was elected to the New York State Supreme Court, where she served until 1995. In 1996, during her tenure as Surrogate, Judge Prudenti was also designated as an Acting Supreme Court Justice and received the additional responsibilities of presiding over a dedicated Guardianship Part. After six years as the Surrogate, Judge Prudenti was reelected to the Supreme Court bench. Judge Prudenti earned her law degree from the University of Aberdeen, in Scotland, which also awarded her an honorary Doctorate of Laws in 2004 and an honorary appointment as Professor in the School of Law.
Judge Prudenti earned a Bachelor of Arts with honors from Marymount College of Fordham University and an Honorary Doctorate from Hofstra University in 2016. She is a member of the Advisory Panel of Judges of the New York State Lawyer Assistance Trust Program, a member of the Council of Chief Judges of the National Center for State Courts, a former chairperson of the Office of Court Administration’s Mental Health Curriculum Committee for Trial Judges, co-chair of the Chief Judge’s Task Force on Delay in the Courts, a member of the Chief Judge’s Commission on Public Access to Court Records, a former member of the Chief Administrative Judge’s Judicial Legislative Group and a member of the NYS Office of Court Administration’s Gender Bias and Anti-Discrimination Panel.
In addition, the judge is a member of the Judicial Section of the American Bar Association, the former Presiding Member of the Judicial Section of the New York State Bar Association, a member of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association and the New York State Women’s Bar Association, a former co-chair of the Surrogate’s Court Committee of the Suffolk County Bar Association, a member of the Suffolk County Women’s Bar Association, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Suffolk County Columbian Lawyers Association.
Mr. Rubenstein is a retired partner of the New York law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom, LLP. Mr. Rubenstein was with the firm from September 1981 through December 2014, and was made a partner in April 1989. Mr. Rubenstein served as co-head of the firm's Financial Institution Group preceding his retirement. For more than ten years preceding his retirement from Skadden, Mr. Rubenstein served as a trustee of the Firm's pension plan and a member of the Firm's retirement committee, overseeing the investment of the Firm's pension and retirement plan assets.
From 2003 to 2013, Mr. Rubenstein served as a trustee of the Stella and Charles Guttman Foundation, a New York not-for-profit established in 1959 dedicated to supporting programs to improve the educational opportunities and the delivery of health and other services for people in low income neighborhoods.
Dr. Sobti has served at several preeminent Wall Street firms during a career spanning more than 30 years. Since 2007, Dr. Sobti has had an independent consulting business and has served as a senior advisor to Credit Suisse since 2008. In 2006, he co-founded FIRE Capital Fund Management Mauritius Private Limited, the manager for a private equity fund, and served as the Chairman of its Board of Directors until 2011. From 2001 through 2008, Dr. Sobti was a Senior Managing Director of Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc. where he was appointed to the President's Advisory Council and Fairness Opinion Committee.
From 1999 to 2001, Dr. Sobti was a Managing Director at J.P. Morgan & Co. where he was recruited as head of Mergers and Acquisitions for Financial Institutions. Previously Dr. Sobti was with Lehman Brothers Inc. from 1989 to 1999 culminating in his serving as Managing Director and co-head of Mergers and Acquisitions for Financial Institutions. Earlier Dr. Sobti worked at Goldman, Sachs & Co. from 1986 through 1989. Dr. Sobti is co-Chair of the International Advisory Board of the University of Pennsylvania's Center for the Advanced Study of India. Dr. Sobti holds a B.A. from St. Stephen's College, University of Delhi, and an M.B.A. and Ph.D. in Finance from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Germaine Smith-Baugh, Ed.D. is the president and chief executive officer of the Urban League of Broward County, a nationally affiliated not-for-profit and has served in this capacity since 2002. A champion for economic empowerment, with a depth of expertise in organizational development and enhancing equity and inclusion within the business community, Dr. Smith-Baugh expanded the reach of the Urban League to include the Entrepreneurship Center and Small Business Loan Fund, which is now designated as a Certified Development Financial Corporation (CDFI) by the United States Department of Treasury. Through its subsidiary, the loan fund focuses lending on minority owned firms throughout the State of Florida, with an emphasis on the counties of Miami, Broward, and Dade. Dr. Smith-Baugh's philanthropic leadership, which has always been rooted in service, extends well beyond her work with Urban League. She currently serves on local, statewide, and national boards and holds leadership roles as Second Vice Chair and Chair, respectively at the Florida Community Loan Fund (CDFI), and Grounded Solutions Network as well as the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance. Dr. Smith-Baugh serves on local and regional advisories and has provided insight and testimony to influence policy and macro issues at the federal and state level. Recognized for breakthrough leadership by both the business and nonprofit industries as well as her peers, Dr Smith-Baugh is a graduate of Leadership Florida Class XXXIV and was inducted into The Jim Moran's Institute of South Florida Fellows and Broward County Women's Hall of Fame. She has received numerous awards and recognitions throughout the years, including Broward County's 100 Outstanding Women; featured as one of the South Florida Business Journal's Ultimate CEOs; and awarded distinguished leadership and service honors from Broward Black Elected Officials, Delta Sigma Theta, and United Way of Broward County. Dr. Smith-Baugh earned her undergraduate and Master’s degrees from Florida State University and a doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University.
Ms. Wines brings extensive banking experience to our Board. From July 2011 to May 2014, Ms. Wines served as President and Chief Executive Officer of First Southern Bank of Boca Raton, Fla. and was responsible for all aspects of market and operations before its acquisition by Centerstate Bank in 2014. From January 2008 to June 2010, she served as President and Chief Operating Officer of CNL Bank, a $1.6 billion independent statewide commercial bank. Ms. Wines served as President & Chief Executive Officer of Commercial Banking South Florida for Colonial Bank, N.A. from 2005 until 2007 following Colonial Bank’s acquisition of Union Bank of Florida. Ms. Wines served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Union Bank of Florida from May 1999 until the acquisition by Colonial Bank, N.A. in February 2005.
From January 1986 to May 1999, Ms. Wines served as the Controller of Union Bank of Florida, its Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and its Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Wines’ professional affiliations include a four-year term on the board of directors of the Florida Bankers Association, a member of Leadership Florida, International Women's Forum, Women's Corporate Directors, and past member of Broward Workshop. From August 2018 to March 2020, Ms. Wines served as Senior Director, Broward Business Council on Homelessness.
Ms. Wines has been a guest lecturer at Florida Atlantic University, Lynn University, and Nova Southeastern University's MBA programs. Civic involvement includes Commissioner of the Housing Authority of the City of Fort Lauderdale, Chairperson of United Way of Broward County, Chair of 211-Broward, Board Member, Broward County Continuum Care, as well as leadership roles in several other non-profit organizations. Ms. Wines received a Bachelor of Science from Nova Southeastern University and a Master's in Public Administration, Public Service Leadership from New York University. Ms. Wines completed the Advanced Leadership Initiative Fellowship at Harvard University in December 2016.