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Officers & Directors

Senior Management

Benjamin S. Butcher
Chief Executive Officer, President and Chairman of the Board
Mr. Butcher has served as our Chief Executive Officer, President and Chairman of the Board of Directors since July 2010. Prior to the formation of our company, Mr. Butcher oversaw the growth of our predecessor business, serving as a member of the Board of Managers of STAG Capital Partners, LLC, STAG Capital Partners III, LLC, and their affiliates from 2003 to 2011. From 1999 to 2003, Mr. Butcher was engaged as a private equity investor in real estate and technology. From 1997 to 1998, Mr. Butcher served as a Director at Credit Suisse First Boston, where he sourced and executed transactions for the principal transactions group (real estate debt and equity). Prior to that, he served as a Director at Nomura Asset Capital from 1993 to 1997, where he focused on marketing and business development for its commercial mortgage-backed securities group. Mr. Butcher serves as a member of the Board of Trustees and a member of the audit committee and compensation committee of Washington Real Estate Investment Trust (NYSE:WRE), an owner of office, multi-family and retail properties in the greater Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Mr. Butcher holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bowdoin College and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.
William R. Crooker
Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President and Treasurer
Mr. Crooker has served as our Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President and Treasurer since January 2016. Mr. Crooker has most recently served as Chief Accounting Officer and Senior Vice President of Capital Markets. Prior to the formation of our Company, Mr. Crooker served as the Chief Accounting Officer for the Company’s predecessor, STAG Capital Partners, LLC, from 2010 to 2011, where he was responsible for the accounting, tax, and financial reporting for the company. From 2002 to 2010, Mr. Crooker worked for KPMG LLP, in its real estate practice focusing primarily on publicly traded real estate investment trusts. He has held various positions with KPMG LLP, including most recently as Senior Manager. Mr. Crooker is a certified public accountant and received his Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Bentley University.
Stephen C. Mecke
Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President
Mr. Mecke has served as our Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President since 2011. Prior to the formation of our company, Mr. Mecke served as Chief Investment Officer for STAG Capital Partners, LLC and STAG Capital Partners III, LLC from 2004 to 2011, where he was responsible for all asset acquisition and asset management activities. Prior to joining our predecessor business, Mr. Mecke ran the acquisitions groups for M|P|A, a private real estate fund that represented a large east coast endowment fund, from June 2001 to November 2004. Mr. Mecke also worked at Meditrust Corporation, a publicly traded real estate investment trust, as Vice President of Acquisitions and various other positions from June 1992 to December 2000. Mr. Mecke holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hobart College and a Master of Business Administration degree from Northeastern University.
Jeffrey M. Sullivan
Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
Mr. Sullivan has served as our Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary since January 2015. From 2012 to 2014, Mr. Sullivan was a partner in the corporate group of Hunton & Williams LLP, and from 2005 to 2012, Mr. Sullivan was a partner in the finance group of DLA Piper LLP (US). Before joining DLA Piper LLP (US), Mr. Sullivan was an associate and then partner in the corporate transactions and securities group of Alston & Bird LLP from 1998 to 2005. While in private practice, Mr. Sullivan focused on securities law, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance matters and general corporate law, primarily involving real estate investment trusts and other real estate companies, private equity funds and underwriters. Mr. Sullivan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Juris Doctor degree from Vanderbilt University Law School.
David G. King
Executive Vice President and Director of Real Estate Operations
Mr. King has served as our Executive Vice President and Director of Real Estate Operations since 2011. Prior to the formation of our company, Mr. King served as a Managing Director for STAG Capital Partners, LLC and STAG Capital Partners III, LLC from 2005 to 2011, where he was responsible for portfolio management for the company. From 1997 to 2005, Mr. King worked for AMB Property Corporation, a publicly traded real estate investment trust, as Regional Management Officer, where he had primary responsibility for leasing, management, development, acquisition sourcing and dispositions of the firm’s industrial and office portfolios in the Mid-Atlantic region and in various other positions. Mr. King holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Vermont and a Master of Public Administration degree from Indiana University.
David A. Barker
Senior Vice President and Regional Director – East
Mr. Barker serves as our Senior Vice President and Regional Director – East. Mr. Barker served as an Asset Manager for STAG Capital Partners, LLC from 2006 to 2011, where he was responsible for management and leasing of the assets. From 2000 to 2006, Mr. Barker worked for AMB Property Corporation, a publicly traded REIT, in various asset management roles. Mr. Barker received his Bachelor of Science degree from Clarkson University.
Michael C. Chase
Senior Vice President of Acquisitions
Mr. Chase serves as our Senior Vice President of Acquisitions. Mr. Chase served as Managing Director for STAG Capital Partners, LLC from 2003 to 2011, where he was responsible for managing an acquisition team in the sourcing, underwriting, negotiating and closing of deals with a territory of approximately half the country. Mr. Chase was the Vice President of Acquisitions at Paradigm Properties, where he was responsible for originating, underwriting, analyzing and closing new investments from March 1999 to June 2002. He also was a broker in the Boston office of Grubb & Ellis focusing primarily on investment sales from June 1996 to February 1999. Mr. Chase received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Vermont.
Peter S. Fearey
Senior Vice President of Data, Analytics and Technology
Mr. Fearey has served as our Senior Vice President of Data, Analytics and Technology since November 2015. Previously, Mr. Fearey served as STAG’s Vice President of Business Applications where he created and deployed mission critical applications used to manage our building operations and asset acquisitions. Prior to STAG, Mr. Fearey was Director of Innovation at Fay School where he managed the technology infrastructure and developed the school’s Innovation Lab and curriculum. The vast majority of Mr. Fearey’s career has been spent in the software industry where he has worked on the engineering teams at established companies like Apple and Intuit. Additionally, Mr. Fearey worked at analytics companies SPSS and NetGenesis. Mr. Fearey received his Bachelor of Science degree from Dartmouth College.
Andrew G. LeStage
Senior Vice President and Regional Director – West
Mr. LeStage serves as our Senior Vice President and Regional Director – West. From 2005 to 2010 Mr. LeStage worked for Great Point Investors, a separate-account pension fund advisor, serving most recently as the Director of Asset Management. From 1996 to 2010, Mr. LeStage served in asset management roles for several public and private real estate investment management firms including Fidelity Investments, High Street Realty Company, RREEF and Cabot Industrial. Mr. LeStage received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Bucknell University.
Jaclyn M. Paul
Senior Vice President, Corporate Controller
Ms. Paul serves as our Senior Vice President, Corporate Controller. Ms. Paul joined the company in 2011. From 2004 to 2011, Ms. Paul worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in its real estate practice focusing primarily on publicly traded REITs. She has held various positions within PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, including most recently as assurance manager. Ms. Paul is a certified public accountant and received her Bachelor of Business Administration degree in accounting and finance from Ohio University.
Alan H. Simmons
Senior Vice President and Assistant General Counsel
Mr. Simmons serves as our Senior Vice President and Assistant General Counsel. Mr. Simmons served as Assistant General Counsel for STAG Capital Partners, LLC from 2007 to 2011, where he specialized in real estate related legal matters, including property acquisitions and sales, financing, leasing and real estate litigation. From 2001 to 2006, Mr. Simmons was an associate at Goodwin Procter LLP where he represented institutional investors and real estate owners/operators in investments in a variety of real estate assets around the country. Mr. Simmons received his Bachelor of Science degree from Bridgewater State University and his Juris Doctor degree from Northeastern University School of Law.
Bradford F. Sweeney
Senior Vice President of Acquisitions
Mr. Sweeney serves as our Senior Vice President of Acquisitions. Mr. Sweeney served as Managing Director for STAG Capital Partners, LLC from 2004 to 2011, where he was responsible for managing an acquisition team in the sourcing, underwriting, negotiating and closing of deals with a territory of approximately half the country. Mr. Sweeney was employed at Fidelity Investments Real Estate Group from June 1995 to October 2004 in various capacities, most recently as an Investment Officer where he was responsible for sourcing, negotiating, underwriting and closing private equity and mezzanine debt investments in various real estate asset types. Mr. Sweeney received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Saint Michael's College and has earned the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Board of Directors

Benjamin S. Butcher
Chairman of the Board
Mr. Butcher has served as our Chief Executive Officer, President and Chairman of the Board of Directors since July 2010. Prior to the formation of our company, Mr. Butcher oversaw the growth of our predecessor business, serving as a member of the Board of Managers of STAG Capital Partners, LLC, STAG Capital Partners III, LLC, and their affiliates from 2003 to 2011. From 1999 to 2003, Mr. Butcher was engaged as a private equity investor in real estate and technology. From 1997 to 1998, Mr. Butcher served as a Director at Credit Suisse First Boston, where he sourced and executed transactions for the principal transactions group (real estate debt and equity). Prior to that, he served as a Director at Nomura Asset Capital from 1993 to 1997, where he focused on marketing and business development for its commercial mortgage-backed securities group. Mr. Butcher serves as a member of the Board of Trustees and a member of the audit committee and compensation committee of Washington Real Estate Investment Trust (NYSE:WRE), an owner of office, multi-family and retail properties in the greater Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Mr. Butcher holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bowdoin College and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.
Virgis W. Colbert
Independent Director
Mr. Colbert has served as an independent member of the Board of Directors since January 2014. From 1979 until his retirement in 2005, Mr. Colbert served in a variety of key leadership positions with Miller Brewing Company, including Executive Vice President of Worldwide Operations from 1997 to 2005 and Senior Vice President of Operations from 1993 to 1997. As Executive Vice President, Mr. Colbert was responsible for plant operations, international operations, brewing, research and quality assurance, engineering, procurement, order production/planning and logistics. Since his retirement, he continues to serve as a Senior Advisor to MillerCoors LLC. In addition, Mr. Colbert currently serves on the Board of Lorillard, Inc. (NYSE: LO), the third largest manufacturer of cigarettes in the United States and on the board of New Senior Investment Group Inc. (NYSE: SNR), a senior housing real estate investment trust. He was appointed Lead Independent Director of Lorillard in May 2013. Mr. Colbert also serves on the Board of the National Center for Human and Civil Rights since 2010. He previously served on the Boards of The Hillshire Brands Company (formerly known as Sara Lee Corporation) from 2006 to 2013, Bank of America Corp. (NYSE:BAC) from 2008 to 2013, Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc. from 2006 to 2008, Stanley Black & Decker from 2003 to 2012 and The Manitowoc Company, Inc. from 2002 to 2012. He is the former Chairman and current Chairman Emeritus of the Board for the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, and the former Chairman of the Board for Fisk University. Mr. Colbert received Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees from Fisk University in 2005 and from Kentucky State University in 2001. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Central Michigan University.
Jeffrey D. Furber
Independent Director
Mr. Furber has served as an independent member of the Board of Directors since April 2011. Mr. Furber serves as the Chief Executive Officer of AEW Capital Management (“AEW”), a real estate investment management company, and the Chairman of AEW Europe, where he has oversight responsibility for all of AEW’s operating business units in the United States, Europe and Asia. Mr. Furber also chairs AEW’s management committee, which is responsible for the firm’s strategic direction and for managing the firm’s resources, and is a member of the firm’s investment committees and investment policy group. Prior to joining AEW in 1997, Mr. Furber served as Managing Director of Winthrop Financial Associates, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Apollo Advisors, and served as President of Winthrop Management. In these capacities, he was responsible for acquisitions, asset management and capital markets activity, including the sourcing of equity and mezzanine debt investments. In addition, Mr. Furber currently serves on the board of The Howard Hughes Corporation (NYSE: HHC). Mr. Furber holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Dartmouth College and a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School.
Larry T. Guillemette
Lead Independent Director
Mr. Guillemette has served as an independent member of the Board of Directors since 2011. Mr. Guillemette has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors, Chief Executive Officer and President of Amtrol Inc., a multinational pressure vessel manufacturer (“Amtrol”), since 2006. Mr. Guillemette also served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Amtrol from 2000 to 2006 and as Executive Vice President of Marketing and Business Development from 1998 to 2000. To complete a financial restructuring (a debt-to-equity conversion) in connection with the maturity of debt incurred in 1996 to finance the acquisition of Amtrol by its sole stockholder, Amtrol filed a petition for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code in 2006 and emerged from Chapter 11 in 2007. Prior to joining Amtrol, Mr. Guillemette served as Chief Executive Officer and President of Balcrank Products, Inc., a manufacturer of lubrication equipment for the automotive service market and other industrial product lines from 1991 to 1998. From 1990 to 1991, he served as Senior Vice President and Senior Financial Officer of The O’Connor Group, a real estate investment, management and development firm. Prior to that, from 1986 to 1990, Mr. Guillemette served as a Vice President for Hampton Partners/G.M. Cypres & Co., Inc., an investment banking partnership. From 1979 to 1986, Mr. Guillemette served in various management positions with units of the Henley Group and its predecessors, including AlliedSignal, The Signal Companies and Wheelabrator-Frye. Mr. Guillemette holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Dartmouth College and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.
Francis X. Jacoby III
Independent Director
Mr. Jacoby has served as an independent member of the Board of Directors since 2011. Since 2013, Mr. Jacoby has served as an independent consultant providing real estate finance, development and disposition related services. From 2008 to 2013, he served as President of Kensington Investment Company, Inc., the wealth management office for a family that owns travel-related businesses and passenger ships and makes investments in real estate, private equity and venture capital. In addition, in 2012, Mr. Jacoby served as the Chief Financial Officer of Grand Circle Corporation, an affiliate of Kensington Investment Company, Inc. From 2001 to 2008, Mr. Jacoby served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for GID Investment Advisers LLC, a family wealth management office whose primary focus is developing, acquiring and managing apartment communities, suburban office properties and flex industrial business parks throughout the United States for its own account and for joint ventures with institutional investors. Prior to that, Mr. Jacoby served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Leggat McCall Properties, LLC from 1995 to 2001, where he was responsible for raising debt and equity capital to support the company’s real estate development and acquisition activities. From 1983 to 1995, Mr. Jacoby held a variety of senior management positions in the acquisitions, asset management and finance departments of Winthrop Financial Associates, a real estate investment company which owned and managed multiple property types. Mr. Jacoby holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Dartmouth College and a Master of Business Administration degree from Boston University.
Christopher P. Marr
Independent Director
Mr. Marr has served as an independent member of the Board of Directors since 2012. Mr. Marr has served as Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Trustees of CubeSmart (NYSE: CUBE), a real estate company that acquires, owns, operates and develops self-storage facilities in the United States, since 2014 and as President of CubeSmart since 2008. Previously, he served as Chief Operating Officer of CubeSmart from 2012 to 2014 and as Chief Financial Officer from June 2006 to November 2008 and as treasurer from 2006 to 2012. From 2002 to 2006, Mr. Marr served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Brandywine Realty Trust (NYSE: BDN), an office real estate investment trust. Prior to joining Brandywine Realty Trust, Mr. Marr served as Chief Financial Officer of Storage USA, Inc., a publicly-traded self-storage real estate investment trust, from 1998 to 2002. Mr. Marr holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Loyola University.
Hans S. Weger
Independent Director
Mr. Weger has served as an independent member of the Board of Directors since 2011. Mr. Weger has served as Chief Financial Officer of Focus Brands Inc., the franchisor and operator of restaurants and cafes in the United States, Puerto Rico and 63 foreign countries, since 2014. From 2012 to 2014, Mr. Weger served as Chief Financial Officer of Outrigger Enterprises Group, a privately-held leisure lodging and hospitality company. From 1998 to 2011, Mr. Weger served as Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President and Treasurer of LaSalle Hotel Properties (NYSE: LHO), a real estate investment trust focused on the acquisition, ownership, redevelopment and leasing of primarily upscale and luxury full-service hotels. In addition, Mr. Weger served as Secretary of LaSalle Hotel Properties from 1999 to 2011. Mr. Weger was responsible for all of the company’s financial, accounting, human resources and information technology activities. Prior to joining LaSalle Hotel Properties, Mr. Weger served as Vice President and Treasurer for La Quinta Inns, Inc. where he was responsible for all financing activities. From 1992 until 1997, Mr. Weger served in various management roles with Harrah’s Entertainment, Inc. where he was responsible for strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions and project financing. Mr. Weger holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Southern Mississippi and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Chicago.