Thomas F. Robards / Trustee

Mr. Robards has served as a Trustee since May 2013 and served as our Chairman from May 2013 to January 2021. Mr. Robards has been a principal in Robards & Co, LLC, a private investment and advisory company since July 2005. He served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees and was a member of the Audit Committee of the HSBC Funds, a mutual fund complex, from 2005 to October 2020. He currently serves as a Director of Ellington Financial Inc., a NYSE-listed company that is externally managed by an affiliate of EMG, a position he has held since October 2007. He previously was a Director and Audit Committee Chair of Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc. from April 2005 until August 2014, and until December of 2006 was a Director and on the Audit Committee of Financial Federal Corporation, both NYSE-listed companies. From 2003 to 2004, he was the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the American Museum of Natural History in New York, New York. He was the Chief Financial Officer for Datek Online Holding Corporation from 2000 until its acquisition by Ameritrade in 2002. Prior to that, Mr. Robards was employed at Republic New York Corporation for 24 years, including as Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President, and from 1997 to 1999 served on its Board of Directors. During his tenure his responsibilities at Republic included leading its Asset/Liability and Finance Committees as well as managing Republic National Bank treasury and investment portfolio activities. Mr. Robards earned his B.A. from Brown University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

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