Paresh Patel, is a founder of the Company and currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer. He has been a director of the Company since its inception and has served as the Chairman of our Board of Directors since May 2007. He has served as Chief Executive Officer since 2011. Mr. Patel is also President of our insurance subsidiary, Homeowners Choice Property & Casualty Insurance Company, Inc., a position he held from 2011 to 2012 and reassumed in June 2015. In addition, Mr. Patel is President and Chairman of the Board of TypTap Insurance Company, our technology-based homeowners and flood insurance subsidiary corporation formed in January 2016. Mr. Patel has broad experience in technology and finance. He developed and continues to oversee development of the Company’s policy administration systems. From 2011 to 2015, he served as Chairman of the Board of First Home Bancorp, Inc., a bank holding company in Seminole, Florida and from 2014 to March 2018 he served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Oxbridge Re Holdings Limited, a NASDAQ-listed Cayman Islands reinsurance holding company. He was a founder of NorthStar Bank in Tampa, Florida and from 2006 to 2010 served on the Board of Directors of its parent company, NorthStar Banking Corporation. From 1998 to 2000, he was Director of Customer Care and Billing with Global Crossing. In that position, Mr. Patel defined business processes and systems, hired and trained department staff and led the integration of the customer care and billing systems with the systems of companies that Global Crossing acquired. As an independent software and systems consultant from 1991 to 1998, Mr. Patel worked with large international telephone companies. Mr. Patel holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Electronic engineering from the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.
Gregory Politis, is a founder of the Company and has been a director since its inception. He has served also as the Board’s Lead Independent Director since 2017. Mr. Politis has been in the real estate business since 1974 and is President of Xenia Management Corporation, a real estate portfolio management company he established in 1988. Mr. Politis has interests in more than 50 real estate developments in the Miami-Dade County, Orlando, Greater Tampa Bay areas as well as in Montreal, Canada. Xenia Management Corporation is not affiliated with HCI Group, Inc. During his career, Mr. Politis has developed and retained ownership of retail, office and industrial spaces, with a primary focus on buildings housing federal and state government agencies. He is a founding member of the Hellenic American Board of Entrepreneurs and a recipient of the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) Building of the Year Award. Mr. Politis has served as a director of NorthStar Bank and Florida Bank.
George Apostolou, has been a director of the Company since May 2007. Born in Erithri-Attikis, Greece, Mr. Apostolou moved to the United States in 1971 and earned his State of Florida Contractors License in 1983. In 1987, he established George Apostolou Construction Corporation and has since built more than 200 commercial buildings, including government services buildings, churches, office buildings and retail centers. George Apostolou Construction Corporation is not affiliated with HCI Group, Inc. In addition to contracting, Mr. Apostolou has been involved in the development of and investment in many commercial projects and now owns more than 20 properties in the Tampa Bay area. Since 2013, Mr. Apostolou has served on the Board of Directors of First Home Bank in Seminole, Florida and since 2014 has served as a Director of the bank’s holding company, First Home Bancorp, Inc.
Wayne Burks, has been a director of our Company since June 2013. Since March 2019, Mr. Burks has served as Vice President and from July 2016 to March 2019, Mr. Burks served as the Chief Financial Officer for Romark LC, which is a vertically integrated multinational biopharmaceutical company headquartered in Tampa, Florida. From April 2012 to June 2016, he served as a director and the Chief Financial Officer for WRB Enterprises, Inc., a Tampa, Florida-based holding company with investments in Caribbean electric utilities, renewable energy development, cable television, real estate and financial institutions. From July 2010 to April 2012, he was a Principal of Sterling Financial Consulting where he provided financial and operational consulting services for privately held and pre-initial public offering stage companies. From December 2008 to June 2010, Mr. Burks served as Chief Financial Officer of Prepared Holdings, LLC, a Florida-based insurance holding company. Mr. Burks is a Certified Public Accountant. He is a former Audit Partner of Coopers & Lybrand, where he performed auditing services for approximately 23 years. None of the foregoing companies is an affiliate of HCI Group, Inc. Mr. Burks earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Business Administration at Troy University in Alabama.
Jay Madhu, has been a director of our Company since May 2007. Mr. Madhu formerly served as President of our Real Estate Division and Vice President of Investor Relations, positions he held from June 2011 and February 2008, respectively, until his employment ended in 2013. He also served as our Vice President of Marketing from 2008 to 2011. Since 2013, Mr. Madhu has been President and Chief Executive Officer of Oxbridge Re Holdings Ltd., a NASDAQ-listed reinsurance holding company based in the Cayman Islands and he has served as their Chairman of the Board of Directors as of March 2018. From 2012 to 2014, he served as a director for Moksha Re SPC Ltd., a Cayman Islands reinsurance company that ceased operations in 2014. During that time he also served on the Board of Directors for Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust, Inc., a publicly held real estate investment trust. During 2013, Mr. Madhu served as a director of First Home Bank in Seminole, Florida. As an owner and manager of commercial properties, Mr. Madhu has been President of 5th Avenue Group LC since 2002 and President of Forrest Terrace LC since 1999. He has also been President of The Mortgage Corporation Network (correspondent lenders) since 1996. Prior to that, Mr. Madhu was Vice President, Mortgage Division at First Trust Mortgage & Finance from 1994 to 1996; Vice President, Residential First Mortgage Division at Continental Management Associates Limited, Inc. from 1993 to 1994; and President at S&S Development, Inc. from 1991 to 1993. None of the foregoing companies is an affiliate of HCI Group, Inc. He attended Northwest Missouri State University where he studied marketing and management.
James Macchiarola, has been a director of the Company since November 2013. From 1999 until his retirement in 2015, Mr. Macchiarola served in various positions for the Clearwater, Florida office of Orange Business Services (formerly Equant), a global information technology and communications services provider and subsidiary of Orange S.A. (formerly France Telecom S.A.). From 2009 to 2015, he served as its Vice President and Head of North American Equipment Resales and Integration Services. From 2007 to 2009, he was that company’s Area Sales Vice President for the U.S. East Coast and Canada. From 2003 to 2007, he was Head of its Integration Services Sales. From 2002 to 2003, he served as Head of Service Operations for the Americas. From 1999 to 2003, he served as Head of Managed Services. From 1994 to 1999, Mr. Macchiarola served as Chief Operating Officer for Techforce, a U.S.-based systems integrator. Before that, he also held various positions for Racal Datacom and Syncordia (1990 to 1994), AT&T Paradyne (1984 to 1990) and IBM Corp. (1969 to 1984).
Harish M. Patel, has been a director of the Company since April 2011. Mr. Patel has also served as a director for Medenet, Inc. a medical software and data analytics company based in St. Petersburg, Florida since 2006. From 1976 to 1987, Mr. Patel served in various capacities, including Director of Sales, Director of Operations and Director at Large, for Colorama Photo Processing Laboratories, a family-owned photo processing business located in London, England which pioneered the provision of next-day and same-day photo processing services to retail outlets in Central London and later provided those services to other regions of the United Kingdom. From 1987 to 1992, Mr. Patel served in various capacities, including as Director at Large, for Colorama Pharmaceuticals Ltd., a family-owned start-up venture which distributed pharmaceuticals to the client base of the photo processing company. From 1992 to 2005, he served as director for Kwik Photo Retail Stores, a London-based operator of stand-alone and in-store retail photo processing labs. During his tenure, that company expanded from 23 company-owned stores to more than 100 outlets. In addition, he established and managed a U.S.-based data processing subsidiary for that company. None of the foregoing companies is affiliated with our Company. He has no familial relationship to Paresh Patel, our Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board.
Anthony Saravanos, has been a director of the Company since May 2007 and President of Greenleaf Capital, LLC, our real estate division, since 2013. Beginning in 2011, Mr. Saravanos has served as a director of First Home Bank in Seminole, Florida, and has also served as Chairman of the Board of that bank’s holding company, First Home Bancorp, Inc., since 2015. He has been the managing partner of several commercial property entities since 2001 with a combined total of 13 properties in Florida and New York. From 2005 to 2013, Mr. Saravanos served as Vice President of The Boardwalk Company, a full-service commercial real estate company, located in Palm Harbor, Florida. From 1997 to 2001, he served as District Manager, Marketing and Sales, for DaimlerChrysler Motors Corporation in Malvern, Pennsylvania. Mr. Saravanos graduated from Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pennsylvania with a double major in Economics and Spanish. He earned a Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in marketing from Villanova University and was inducted into the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society. Mr. Saravanos also attended Quanaouac Institute in Cuernavaca, Mexico for intensive Spanish studies and a cultural immersion program. A licensed real estate broker, Mr. Saravanos is a Certified Commercial Investment Member as well as a Certified Development Design and Construction Professional. He was named #1 Top Producer for 2010 by the Florida Gulfcoast Commercial Association of Realtors in the General Brokerage Category. Since 2013, Mr. Saravanos has served as Vice President of the Greek Children’s Fund of Florida. Mr. Saravanos has also served as a Trustee on the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Foundation Board since 2017.
Loreen Spencer, joined our Board of Directors in April 2019. Before that, beginning in October 2018, Ms. Spencer participated in our Board Observer Program. She is a Certified Public Accountant, and from 1987 until her retirement in 2016, she was an Audit Partner for Deloitte & Touche LLP, where audit clients included Florida-based insurance companies. Since 2017, Ms. Spencer has served on the Board of Directors and the Audit & Risk Committee of Raymond James Bank, a St. Petersburg-based banking subsidiary of Raymond James Financial, Inc., which is a New York Stock Exchange-listed financial services company. Ms. Spencer is a founding board member and since 2002 has been Board Chair of the Gift of Adoption Florida Chapter. In 2015, she was recognized by the U.S. Congress as a Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute “Angel in Adoption.” Also in 2015, she was recognized by the Tampa Lightning Foundation as a Tampa Bay Lightning Community Hero. Ms. Spencer from 1998 to 2016 served on the Goodwill Industries Suncoast Inc. Board (two years as Chair), from 2011 to 2016 served on the St. John’s Episcopal Parish Day School Board of Trustees, and from 2000 to 2014 served on the University of Florida Fisher School of Accounting Advisory Board. She earned both her Bachelor of Science, with a major in Accounting, and Master of Accounting from the University of Florida.
Sue Watts, joined our Board of Directors in April 2019. Before that, beginning in October 2018, Ms. Watts participated in our Board Observer Program. Since 2017, she has served as Executive Vice President at Capgemini SE (EPA: CAP), a global technology services and digital transformation consulting firm. From 2014 through 2017, she served as Chief Operating Officer & Corporate Officer of Business Process Outsourcing for Xerox Corporation (NYSE: XRX). From 2010 through 2015, she served as Corporate Vice President of Application Services and as Chief Executive Officer of Americas Outsourcing for Capgemini. From 2009 through 2010, she served as Vice President of Americas Global Service for Orange Business Services, a global information technology and communications services provider. From 1985 through 2009, she served in many roles at Unisys Corporation. Ms. Watts earned her Bachelor of Science in Business from Indiana University and her Master of Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame with a concentration in Finance.