M. Joseph Beck
M. Joseph Beck has served as Co-Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer and a director of PTIC II since its inception. Since March 2021, Mr. Beck has served as a director of Jaguar Global Growth Corporation I, a special purpose acquisition company targeting business operating primarily outside of the United States in the PropTech sector. From July 2019 to December 2020, he served as Co-Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer and director of PTAC. Mr. Beck has served as a Managing Partner of Growth Strategies of Hennessy Capital Group LLC since July 2019. From August 2012 to July 2019, Mr. Beck served as a Senior Investment Manager of ADIA, where he was responsible for managing office, residential, industrial and retail assets in the U.S. totaling over $2.7 billion of net asset value or $3.6 billion of gross asset value. While at ADIA, Mr. Beck executed over $2.2 billion of equity commitments to U.S. acquisitions and developments and over $400.0 million of limited partner equity commitments to opportunistic real estate equity funds and real estate credit funds. From July 2008 to August 2012, Mr. Beck served as an analyst in the Investment Banking Division of Goldman, Sachs & Co., where he focused on mergers and acquisitions for companies in the real estate sector as well as public and private financings of equity, debt and structured products. He has served as a director of 7GC & Co. Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: VII), a special purpose acquisition company targeting the technology industry, since December 2020. Mr. Beck holds a B.A. degree from Yale University.
Douglas Bergeron has been a member of the Renters Warehouse board of directors since September 2015. Mr. Bergeron has served as a Managing Partner of Hudson Executive Capital since February 2020, and as an advisor to Hudson Executive Capital since 2015. Mr. Bergeron is Chief Executive Officer and a Director of two special purpose acquisition companies, Hudson Executive Investment Corp. II (Nasdaq: HCIIU) and Hudson Executive Investment Corp III (Nasdaq: HIII). Prior to joining Hudson Executive Capital, Mr. Bergeron acted as the Chief Executive Officer of Verifone from July 2001 through March 2013, during which time Mr. Bergeron grew Verifone organically as well as through accretive, value -enhancing acquisitions and strategic partnerships. In 2002, Mr. Bergeron founded DGB Investment, Inc., a diversified holding company. Mr. Bergeron also held numerous positions at SunGard Data Systems from April 1990 to May 1999, including Managing Director of SunGard Capital Markets N.A., President of SunGard Futures Systems, and Group Chief Executive Officer of SunGard Brokerage Systems Group. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Cantaloupe, Inc. (Nasdaq: CTLP). He received his B.A. from York University in Toronto in 1983 and his M.S. from the University of Southern California in 1987. He was awarded an Honorary L.L.D. from York University in 2013.
William Bush is Chief Financial Officer of Stem, Inc. (NYSE: STEM), a global leader in artificial intelligence (AI)-driven energy software and services. Mr. Bush has served in this role since leading the company’s public listing via a reverse merger with Star Peak Energy Transition Corp., a special purpose acquisition company in April 2021. From November 2016 until the merger, Mr. Bush served as Chief Financial Officer of the company’s predecessor. From 2010 to 2016, Mr. Bush served as Chief Financial Officer of Borrego Solar Systems Inc., a solar and energy storage company. Mr. Bush has served as Chief Financial Officer for numerous high -growth solar, software and online media companies, and co-founded Buzzsaw.com, a spinoff of Autodesk, Inc., in 1999. Mr. Bush also served as Corporate Controller for Autodesk, Inc. (Nasdaq: ADSK), a software company, from 1997 to 1999 and previously worked for seven years in public accounting with Ernst & Young LLP and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Mr. Bush earned his B.S. in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Gloria Fu has served as an independent director of PTIC II as of December 2020. Ms. Fu brings over 20 years of investment management expertise, most recently at JPMorgan Asset Management, Inc., where she served as a Managing Director and portfolio manager from February 2004 to April 2019. Ms. Fu’s broad base of expertise includes strategy, financial analysis, and shareholder-related issues. Ms. Fu is a subject matter expert in corporate governance issues. Ms. Fu was a founding member of JPMorgan Asset Management’s Proxy Committee for which she provided leadership and guidance on a broad range of topics including proxy contests, Say on Pay, and ESG. From March 2002 to February 2004, Ms. Fu was a Vice President at JPMorgan Securities and a sell-side equity research analyst focused on the gaming and lodging industries. Ms. Fu currently serves on the board of directors and member of the audit and development committees for Visions, a New York based non-profit sponsoring programs for the blind. Ms. Fu is also an advisory board member to MREN, a cloud-based real estate company. Ms. Fu is a Chartered Financial Analyst and holds a Bachelor of Sciences in Hotel Administration and Master’s in Hospitality Administration from Cornell University.
Marcy Haymaker is a Partner at NPG, which she was involved in the formation of in 2012. She also served as Principal for Sustainable Opportunities Acquisition Corp., the first ESG focused SPAC, and serves as a director of Perception Capital Partners II (NASDAQ: PCCTU). Prior to joining NPG, Ms. Haymaker was an Associate at The Gores Group, an operationsfocused private equity firm with over $4.0 billion in assets under management at the time. Ms. Haymaker began her career as an Analyst at U.S. Bancorp, headquartered in Minneapolis. Ms. Haymaker serves on the boards of 1 st Choice Delivery, United Language Group and Lake Street Labs. Ms. Haymaker earned a B.S. in Finance from the Curtis L. Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.
Scott Honour serves as the Chairman of the Renters Warehouse board of directors. Mr. Honour is Managing Partner of NPG, a private equity firm, which he co-founded in 2012. He is Chairman of Perception Capital Corp. II (NASDAQ: PCCT), a special purpose acquisition company. He serves as a director of Pineapple Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ: PEGY) and EVO Transportation & Energy Services, Inc. Prior to founding NPG, Mr. Honour was at The Gores Group, a Los Angeles based private equity firm, for 10 years, serving as Senior Managing Director and one of the firm’s top executives. During his time at The Gores Group, the firm raised four funds, totaling $4.0 billion in aggregate, and made over 35 investments. Mr. Honour also served on the investment committee for The Gores Group. Prior to joining The Gores Group, Mr. Honour was a Managing Director at UBS Investment Bank from 2000 to 2002 and was an investment banker at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette from 1991 to 2000. Mr. Honour began his career at Trammell Crow Company in 1988. Mr. Honour has served on the board of directors of numerous public and private companies including Anthem Sports & Entertainment Inc., 1 st Choice Delivery Holdings, LLC (“1 st Choice Delivery”), United Language Group Holdings, LLC (“United Language Group”) and Real Dolmen (REM: BB) and Westwood One, Inc. (formerly Nasdaq: WWON) and is a co-founder of Titan CNG LLC and YapStone Inc. Mr. Honour earned a B.S. and B.A., cum laude, in Business Administration and Economics from Pepperdine University and an M.B.A. in Finance and Marketing from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Chief Executive Officer
Christopher Laurence is Chief Executive Officer of Appreciate, a position he has held since February 2021. From 2015 to 2019, Mr. Laurence was Chief Operating Officer at Cydcor LLC, a privately-owned outsourced sales company specializing in B2B and B2C customer acquisition for Fortune 500 brands and high-profile growth companies in channels including telecom, energy and business services. Before joining Cydcor LLC, Mr. Laurence was Interim Chief Financial Officer of 99 Cents Only Stores LLC, at the time a $2.0 billion revenue, publicly reporting discount retailer controlled by Ares Management. From 2001 to 2014, Mr. Laurence served in roles including Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer at ThreeSixty Sourcing Ltd., a leading product development and sourcing company headquartered in Hong Kong. Mr. Laurence was previously a General Partner at consumer focused private equity firm Brentwood Associates and began his career as a financial analyst in the mergers and acquisitions group of Morgan Stanley. Mr. Laurence graduated magna cum laude from Brown University with a dual concentration in Economics and Organizational Behavior and Management, with Honors.
Laurie A. Hawkes
Ms. Hawkes is Chairman of the Board of Broadstone Net Lease Inc (NYSE: BNL), a REIT that acquires, owns, and manages primarily single-tenant commercial real estate properties. She has served on the Broadstone board since 2016, including as lead independent director from February 2019 until assuming the Chair role in February 2021. From 2008 until 2016, Ms. Hawkes served in various roles at American Residential Properties, Inc. (NYSE: ARPI), which she co-founded, including director and President & Chief Operating Officer. From 1995 through 2007, Ms. Hawkes served in various roles at U.S. Realty Advisors, LLC, a single-tenant real estate investment and asset management firm, including partner from 1997 through 2007 and President from 2003 through 2007. Ms. Hawkes served as a Managing Director in Real Estate Investment Banking at CS First Boston Corp. from 1993 until 1995, and as Director of Real Estate Investment Banking at Salomon Brothers Inc from 1979 until 1993. Ms. Hawkes has served on numerous other private and non-profit boards. She holds a B.A. from Bowdoin College and an M.B.A. from Cornell University.