Board of Directors
Laura M. Franklin, Retired (2015) Executive Vice President, Accounting and Administration and Corporate Secretary of Washington Real Estate Investment Trust (Washington REIT). Ms. Franklin joined Washington REIT in August 1993 as Assistant Vice President, Finance. In 1995 she was named Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer and Corporate Secretary. Ms. Franklin was named Senior Vice President Accounting, Administration and Corporate Secretary in May 2002 and was promoted to Executive Vice President in June 2007. Ms. Franklin led the financial, human capital and information technology (IT) functions including Accounting, Tax, SEC Reporting, Treasury, Human Resources and IT. As an executive, she played a key role in strategic planning as well as worked closely with the Chairman of the Compensation Committee and the Chairman of the Audit Committee. Prior to joining Washington REIT she was employed by the public accounting firm, CohnReznick (formerly The Reznick Group), specializing in audit and tax services for real estate clients. Ms. Franklin is a member of The National Association of Corporate Secretary’s (NACD), the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trust’s (NAREIT), and the American Institute of Certified Professional Accountant’s (AICPA) and was a director of KEEN USA and KEEN Greater DC, a non-profit organization that provides recreational opportunities for children and young adults with mental and physical disabilities. Ms. Franklin received a BS in Accounting from the University of Maryland and is a CPA.
Mr. Albright joined the Company in August 2011, as President and Chief Executive Officer. He most recently was the Managing Director of Archon Capital, a Goldman Sachs Company located in Irving, Texas, involved with investing on behalf of the Goldman Sachs Real Estate Mezzanine Partners Fund. Before joining Archon, Mr. Albright held a similar position with Morgan Stanley and Crescent Real Estate Equities. He holds a BA degree in Business Administration from Southern Methodist University.
Mr. Brokaw is currently a private investor through his family office and related investment vehicles.
Mr. Brokaw also serves as a director of DISH Network Corporation (NYSE: DISH), where he is currently chairman of the compensation committee, and Alico, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALCO), where he is currently chairman of the board of directors. Mr. Brokaw has previously served on numerous other public company boards. He also previously served as Managing Director of the Highbridge Growth Equity Fund at Highbridge Principal Strategies, LLC, from 2012 to 2013; Managing Director and Head of Private Equity at Perry Capital, L.L.C., from 2005 to 2011; and Managing Director (Mergers & Acquisitions) of Lazard Freres & Co. LLC, from 1996 to 2005.
Mr. Brokaw received a B.A. degree from Yale University and J.D. and M.B.A. degrees from the University of Virginia. Mr. Brokaw is a member of the New York Bar.
Mr. Gable is the Chief Executive Officer of Barron Collier Companies, a fourth generation private investment, agriculture, and land development company based in Naples, Florida. Blake began his career with Barron Collier Companies in 1999, serving various leadership roles including project manager during the establishment of the new hometown, Ave Maria, Florida; and vice president of mineral management and real estate. Blake now oversees a team of 175 employees, 1.3 million square feet of commercial properties, private land holdings of more than 80,000 acres, and one of South Florida’s largest citrus operations. Blake graduated from Tulane University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a History major. For five years after having received his undergraduate degree, he was Legislative Director of United States Representative Ed Pastor (AZ) in Washington. Upon moving back to Florida, he received a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Executive MBA program of Florida Gulf Coast University. Mr. Gable currently serves as Chairperson of the Florida Gulf Coast University Board of Trustees. He has also served on the Board of Enterprise Florida, a Trustee of the area YMCA, a Director of The Immokalee Foundation.
Mr. Haga is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.S. in Business Administration, and also received an M.B.A. from the Darden School at the University of Virginia. Mr. Haga has over 25 years of experience in finance and investments, including over 20 years of managing risk in traded credit and private debt and equity. Mr. Haga currently serves as a director for Fortress Value Acquisition Corp. III (NYSE: FVT), a special purpose acquisition company. In addition, Mr. Haga has served on a number of other public and private company boards, including as chairman of the board of directors for Barbican Group Holdings Limited, a Lloyd’s-based reinsurance group, from 2007 to 2019, and the board of SWK Holdings Corporation (OTC: SWKH), a public company, from 2014 to 2021. Mr. Haga most recently served as Head of Strategic Investments with Carlson Capital, L.P., an alternative asset management firm, from 2003 to 2020. Prior to his tenure at Carlson, he spent five years in London with Lehman Brothers, primarily in the structured finance department. He has also been an investment banker or principal investor at RBC Capital Markets, Stephens & Co. and Alex. Brown & Sons.