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Thomas A. Rizk

Chairman & CEO

In 1994, Mr. Rizk led the family-owned real estate partnership, Cali Associates, through its highly successful initial public offering as Cali Realty Corporation, a real estate investment trust (REIT) traded on the NYSE.

Cali Realty’s original portfolio grew from 12 properties at the time of the IPO to over 250 properties totaling over 28M square feet.

During Mr. Rizk’s tenure, the Cali Realty’s total market capitalization grew from $300M to over $3.6B, completing over $3B in acquisitions while maintaining the Company’s 50-year reputation for superior property management and tenant services.

As President and Chief Executive Officer, he also led the merger of Cali Realty Corporation into the Mack Company and Patriot American Office Group in 1997.

In 2000, Mr. Rizk founded TractManagerInc, the recognized leader in providing technology-based contract management solutions to healthcare organizations.

He led the company’s growth from a start-up operation to a company that served over 25% of the hospitals in the United States with more than 130,000 end users at over 5,000 locations throughout all 50 states.

Over the past 20 years, Mr. Rizk has also supported and partnered with select organizations to promote awareness for the needs of injured service members, supported youth education initiatives, and combated the effects of poverty. These charities include the Mourning Family Foundation, Operation Game On, and Jumpstart.

Mr. Rizk received his B.A. degree in business administration from Rutgers University, his J.D. degree from Rutgers University School of Law, and his L.L.M. in taxation from the New York University School of Law.

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Roger W. Thomas

Co-Founder, President, & COO

Mr. Thomas has over 30 years of experience in real estate and has had significant success structuring, negotiating, completing and implementing all aspects of complex transactions including: real estate acquisitions, disposition and development, corporate securities and compliance matters, risk management, human resources and marketing.

From 1994 until 2014, Mr. Thomas served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary at Mack-Cali Realty Corporation, serving as a key member of the executive team. He also filled the roles of head of the risk management, human resources, and marketing departments.

During his tenure, Mr. Thomas was responsible for structuring and implementing the company’s acquisitions, mergers and dispositions, supervising outside and in-house legal and leasing counsel and staff, and negotiating joint venture agreements. He also insured legal compliance and oversaw day-to-day legal requirements, and assisted the company in investment strategies and financial activities.

Mr. Thomas was a key member of the executive team that worked with Mr. Rizk in taking Cali Associates public in 1994.

Mr. Thomas received both his B.S.B.A. in Finance and his J.D. from the University of Denver.

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Christopher B. Allen

Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Allen has more than 17 years of REIT executive management and real estate investment banking experience. Prior to joining Workspace Property Trust in August 2017, Mr. Allen was a Managing Director in the M&A and Corporate Advisory Group at HFF Securities L.P., which he joined in March 2017 upon HFF’s acquisition of Hentschel & Company, a boutique real estate investment banking advisory firm where Mr. Allen had been a Managing Director since early 2016.

From 2008 to 2015, Mr. Allen was a senior financial executive at Chambers Street Properties and served as the company’s Executive Vice President of Capital Markets and Finance since 2012. Chambers Street Properties was a publicly traded REIT that merged with Gramercy Property Trust in December 2015 to become the largest industrial and office net lease REIT with an enterprise value totaling approximately $5.7 billion.

From 1999 to 2007, Mr. Allen spent more than eight years in real estate investment banking, including five years at Merrill Lynch and three years at Banc of America Securities, executing a broad cross section of financial advisory and capital raising transactions, including over $9 billion in M&A and financial advisory transactions; 27 public debt and preferred equity offerings, raising over $7.4 billion; and 16 common equity offerings, raising over $3.3 billion.

Mr. Allen has an M.B.A. in Finance and Accounting from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and a B.A. in Economics from Rice University.

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Michael Gervasio

Senior VP, Operations

Mr. Gervasio has over 16 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry. His experience  includes asset management, brokerage, property management and consulting. Since 2015, Mr. Gervasio has served as Senior Vice President of Operations and has been part of the executive leadership team that has led WSPT through over $1.2 billion of acquisitions. During his time as SVP of Operations, WSPT has grown from its infancy stage to expanding its portfolio to 148 properties totaling approximately 10 million square feet. Mr. Gervasio started his career at CB Richard Ellis in the commercial real estate brokerage division. During his tenure, he worked closely with senior management of both private and public companies to develop strategic real estate plans and implementation strategies. He negotiated commercial real estate leasing and sales transactions for  both acquisition and disposition assignments on behalf of landlords and tenants. Mr. Gervasio was also part of the real estate financial services division of FTI Consulting where he was responsible for  providing consulting services to public and private real estate companies including REITs, investment and commercial banks, opportunity funds, private equity funds and insurance companies.

From 2008 to 2013, Mr. Gervasio served as the Vice President of Property Tract, advising landlords and property managers on their administration of leasing and management objectives. In 2013 he  joined Rizk Ventures focusing on investment activities in the areas of Real Estate, Private Equity, Venture Capital, and Special Opportunities until joining Workspace Property Trust.

Mr. Gervasio received a B.A. degree in Communication Studies from the University of Rhode Island.

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Anthony A. Nichols, Jr.

Senior Vice President, Leasing

Mr. Nichols brings almost three decades of fundamental knowledge in asset management, development and leasing, and approximately 20 years of experience with publicly traded REITs. From 2005 to  2017, Mr. Nichols held various roles including Vice President and City Manager, as well as Vice President & Market Officer for suburban Philadelphia for Liberty Property Trust.

From 1989 to 1996, he was Vice President of Marketing and Property Management for the Nichols Company, a private commercial real estate developer. Mr. Nichols played an instrumental role in the Nichols Company before and during its merger with Brandywine Realty Trust in 1996. He is a past  President of the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the National Association of Office and Industrial  Properties (NAIOP) as well as having served as a member of NAIOP’s National Board of Directors.

Mr. Nichols received a B.S. degree in Economics from East Carolina University and an MBA degree  from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia.

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Christopher Eckerd

Senior Vice President, Property Management

Mr. Eckerd has over 28 years of experience in Property Management. Since 2015, Mr. Eckerd has led our team of senior property managers and overseen customer service operations. Prior to joining Workspace Property Trust, Mr. Eckerd spent 18 years with Liberty Property Trust where he was Senior Property Manager for its Pennsylvania suburban office portfolio. In this role, he was responsible for the management of an eight-million square foot portfolio of office  and flex assets in the Philadelphia suburbs.

Mr. Eckerd is a Certified Property Manager through the Institute of Real Estate Management. He holds a Pennsylvania Real Estate License and is a member of the Philadelphia chapter of Building Owners and Managers Association. He also holds a LEED Green designation through the U.S. Green  Building Council.

Mr. Eckerd received an Associate’s degree in General Studies from the Montgomery County  Community College.

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Leo Nolan

Senior Vice President, Chief Investment Officer

Mr. Nolan has a diverse professional background, having previously worked in private equity, credit investing and investment banking. Prior to joining Workspace Property Trust, Mr. Nolan served as a Principal at Rizk Ventures, a privately-held investment firm focused on the real estate sector. From 2012 to 2013, Mr. Nolan held the position of Co-Head of Global Business Development at TractManager and was responsible for managing the operations of TractManager International, as well as pursuing additional revenue opportunities. Prior to TractManager, Mr. Nolan worked for the Credit Opportunities Fund at Summit Partners where he created tailored capital solutions that fit the unique needs of the companies in which the fund invested. Mr. Nolan began his career working within Goldman Sachs’ Investment Banking Division, advising on and executing numerous strategic transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and divestitures.

Mr. Nolan received his B.A. in Political Science from Columbia University.

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Gina Bystedt

Vice President, Property Management

Mrs. Bystedt has over 23 years of experience in Property Management. She joined Workspace Property Trust in 2016 as Senior Property Manager to lead the Minnesota Property Management team. In 2020 she was promoted to Vice President overseeing operations for both the Minnesota, Florida and Arizona Markets. In her current role she closely collaborates with Mr. Eckerd in all facets of Property Management throughout the portfolio. Mrs. Bystedt is responsible for the growth and development of key asset locations within the expanding portfolio of properties.

Prior to joining Workspace Property Trust, Mrs. Bystedt spent 19 years with Liberty Property Trust where she was Senior Property Manager responsible for a five-million square foot portfolio of office and flex assets in the suburban Twin Cities Market.

Mrs. Bystedt received a B.S. degree in Business Management from Cardinal Stritch University. She received the Real Property Administrator (RPA) designation through Building Owners and Managers Institute and is a member of BOMA, IREM, and MNCREW.

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Brandon J. Koch

Vice President & Chief Accounting Officer

Mr. Koch has over 20 years of experience in real estate and public accounting environments. Prior to joining us in September 2017, Mr. Koch served as the Chief Accounting Officer for certain real estate investment trusts advised by AR Global Investments, LLC where he oversaw accounting and  financial reporting for American Realty Capital—Retail Centers of America, Inc. from 2012 to December 2016, American Finance Trust, Inc. from 2013 to December 2016, and Global Net Lease,  Inc. from June 2016 to September 2017.

From 2010 to 2012, Mr. Koch served as an Associate Director at The Siegfried Group, LLP responsible  for directing and managing accounting and audit projects for Fortune 500 companies. From 2002  to 2010, Mr. Koch held several positions with Ernst & Young LLP, most recently as an Audit Senior Manager. Mr. Koch also served as a Staff Accountant at Siana, Carr and O’Connor LLP from 2000 to 2002 and as a Mutual Fund Accountant for Delaware Investments from 1999 to 2000.

Mr. Koch received his B.S. in Accounting from the University of Rhode Island and is a certified public  accountant and member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

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Eric McHugh

Vice President, Construction & Development

Mr. McHugh brings a unique, hands-on approach to Workspace’s Construction and Development projects. His 25 years of experience in Project and Property Management offers tremendous value to completing Workspace’s and our Tenants’ projects “on-time and on-budget”. Mr. McHugh has successfully overseen billions of dollars’ worth of tenant and capital improvements, new construction, and redevelopment in office, residential, and warehouse sites.

Mr. McHugh began his career in CRE managing maintenance and construction teams in the multi-family sector. He also has over 12 years of experience with large, publicly traded REITs (Boston Properties and Liberty Property Trust). He has also achieved many successful development projects from Princeton, New Jersey to Phoenix, Arizona for private investors, many of which have received various LEED designations.

Mr. McHugh received a Bachelor’s of Arts degree from the University of Pittsburgh and remains an avid fan of Pittsburgh sports teams.

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Diana Bonner

Marketing Director

Mrs. Bonner joined the Workspace Property Trust team in 2016 after working eight years in agency marketing and advertising. Her holistic approach in developing marketing, branding, communication and event strategies is geared by her passion for understanding consumer psychology. Over the course of her 13-year career she has provided strategic counsel to clients across industries including hospitality, legal, retail, animal services, and health & wellness. Her versatile background brings a unique approach to crafting brand messaging and perception.

Mrs. Bonner oversees all aspects of Workspace’s brand development and works across all facets of the organization to create compelling, impactful experiences for our tenant, broker and vendor partners. She continuously pushes herself and our team to embrace new concepts and expanding ideas.

A Philadelphia native, Mrs. Bonner received her B.A. in English and Communication from Cabrini University.

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Michael Keane

VP & Head of Acquisitions

Mr. Keane joined Workspace Property Trust in 2020 as Vice President, Head of Acquisitions. Mr. Keane’s primary duties comprise of real estate acquisitions and structured  finance. He is responsible for developing both short and long-term investment plans for the Company, as well as, approving the underwriting and financing for all acquisitions.

Prior to joining Workspace Property Trust, Mr. Keane worked on the CMBS Primary Loan Trading Desk at JP Morgan. While in this position his responsibilities included, loan pricing and hedging, as well as the structuring and distribution of new issue CMBS and CRE CLO’s.

Leading up to his time in the real estate sector, Mr. Keane served as a Lieutenant onboard the USS  New Mexico (SSN-779), fast-attack submarine, where he completed one European Command Deployment.

Mr. Keane received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the United States Naval Academy.

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Kristy Poh

Senior Director of Operations

Ms. Poh has over 25 years of commercial real estate property management and accounting experience. In her current role she works as a liaison between the Property Management, Accounting & Finance, Leasing and Construction & Development teams to ensure proper procedures and reporting.

Prior to joining Workspace Property Trust in 2015, Ms. Poh spent 20 years with Liberty Property Trust where she was a Regional Controller for 9 years responsible for financial reporting of over 12 million square feet and a Property Manager for 11 years managing over 1 million square feet of suburban office and flex properties.

Ms. Poh received a B.S. degree in Accounting from Villanova University. She is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Real Property Administrator (RPA) designation through Building Owners and Managers Institute as well as a Pennsylvania Real Estate license.

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Derrick Wilson

Director of Financial Reporting

With 13 years of real estate and public accounting experience, prior to joining Workspace, Mr. Wilson served as Manager of Financial Reporting, Manager of Financial Planning and Analysis, and Assistant Vice President for real estate investment trusts at AR Global Investments, LLC with a focus on healthcare, senior housing assets, triple net retail assets, globally invested retail, and office assets.

Mr. Wilson’s background includes oversight and execution of financial reporting, technical accounting, budgeting, and forecasting for various global entities including American Realty Capital Heathcare Trust and Global Net Lease, Inc. among others. Mr. Wilson has also held several positions with Ernst & Young LLP from 2008 to 2011, most recently as an Audit Senior.

Mr. Wilson received his B.S. in Accounting from the Pennsylvania State University’s Smeal College of Business.

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Shaun Reilly

Corporate Controller

Bringing 15 years of real estate and public accounting experience, Mr. Reilly most recently served as the Portfolio Controller and Assistant Vice President for globally invested real estate trusts advised by AR Global Investments, LLC. There he oversaw accounting for Global Net Lease, Inc. and American Realty Capital – Global Trust II, Inc.

From 2010 to 2013, Mr. Reilly served as a Senior Accountant at Morgan Properties where he was responsible for accounting close, financial statement preparation, and audit management for portfolios of over 108 residential properties. From 2006 to 2010, Mr. Reilly held several positions with Deloitte LLP, most recently as an Audit Senior.

Mr. Reilly received his B.S. in Accounting from the Temple University’s Fox School of Business.

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Marc DiLullo

Dir. Property Accounting & Treasurer

Mr. DiLullo joined the Workspace team in July 2015 and brought with him over 26 years of accounting, management, and leadership experience of which 22 years focused on real estate accounting.

Across his noteworthy career, Mr. DiLullo has served as Director of Accounting at Brandywine Realty Trust where he oversaw daily accounting functions of 30 employees across 230 wholly owned commercial office/industrial and JV properties totaling approximately 25 million square feet. Mr. Dilullo also served as Regional Controller at Liberty Property Trust for 12 years. He worked for Deloitte and Touche auditing multiple companies across various industries including Pennsylvania State University, Pennsylvania Blue Cross & Blue Shield and PIDC – all while obtaining his CPA.

As a founding Workspace team member, he was instrumental in producing the company’s talented team of accounting professionals as well as the implementation, start-up, and formation of the company. His institutional knowledge and cultivation of Workspace plays an influential role within the company. As the Director of Property Accounting and Treasurer he is responsible for the daily accounting and cash management as well as the preparing, reviewing, closing, and reporting of the monthly, quarterly, and annual financial information.

Mr. DiLullo graduated from Drexel University in 1989 and holds both a B.S. and M.S. in Accounting.

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Mary Kay Kozeniewski

Human Resource Director

Mrs. Kozeniewski joined Workspace Property Trust in August 2016. As the Human Resource Director for Workspace Property Trust, Mrs. Kozeniewski oversees all areas of Human Resources including benefits, compensation, employment law, employee relations, on-boarding, payroll, performance management, policy & procedures, recruitment, and 401k administration.

Mrs. Kozeniewski is an avid Human Resource Professional with 39 years of experience leading Human Resources in Manufacturing and Pharmaceutical organizations along a path of growth and continuous improvement. Prior to joining Workspace Property Trust, she was the manager of Ametek HR programs for 10 years, where she serviced 10,000 employees in Berwyn, PA. Mrs. Kozeniewski began her career in 1981, by opening the Human Resource Department of Bloomingdale’s in King of Prussia.

Mrs. Kozeniewski earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from Chestnut Hill College and has taken some graduate classes at Temple University. Mrs. Kozeniewski is the proud mother of five grown sons.

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