Frederick C. Herbst

Independent Director

Mr. Herbst currently serves on the board of directors of Indemnis Inc., a privately owned provider of drone parachute safety systems. Previously, Mr. Herbst served as Chief Financial Officer of Ready Capital Corporation, a commercial mortgage REIT, and Managing Director of Waterfall Asset Management, LLC, an SEC-registered institutional asset manager, from 2009 until he retired in June 2019. At Ready Capital Corporation, Mr. Herbst was responsible for all finance and accounting operations for the company and oversaw Ready Capital Corporation’s conversion to a public company via a reverse merger with a previously existing public company. From 2005 to 2009, Mr. Herbst was Chief Financial Officer of Clayton Holdings, Inc., a publicly traded provider of analytics and due diligence services to participants in the mortgage industry. Prior to Clayton Holdings, he was Chief Financial Officer of Arbor Realty Trust, Inc., a publicly traded commercial mortgage REIT, from 2003 until 2005, and of Arbor Commercial Mortgage, LLC, from 1999 until 2005. Prior to joining Arbor, Mr. Herbst was Chief Financial Officer of The Hurst Companies, Inc., Controller with The Long Island Savings Bank, FSB, Vice President Finance with Eastern States Bankcard Association and a Senior Manager with Ernst & Young. Mr. Herbst holds a BA in Accounting from Wittenberg University and became a licensed Certified Public Accountant in 1983.

Mr. Herbst’s wealth of knowledge and experience as the principal financial officer for a number of public and private entities, including mortgage REITs, makes him an instrumental member of our Board.