Rodger Morris currently serves as Senior Vice President, Head of ESG for both iStar Inc. (NYSE: STAR) and Safehold Inc. (NYSE: SAFE). He is responsible for guiding both companies’ ESG strategy, policy and process setting, reporting, and communication. Mr. Morris leads the ESG Advisory Council, a cross-functional group established in 2020 that serves as both an oversight and advisory body to the C-Suite and the Board of Directors, with the goal of ensuring that corporate decision making is in alignment with our ESG risks and opportunities, business strategy, policies, and initiatives. Prior to his Head of ESG role, Mr. Morris served in numerous departments throughout the organization since joining in 2007, most notably Investments, Asset Management, Credit, and Corporate Strategy. Mr. Morris began his career in Citigroup’s Corporate & Investment Bank; he holds a B.A. degree in Economics and B.S. degree in Business Administration from the University of California at Berkeley.
Adam Cohen, our Senior Vice President, Tax, joined iStar Inc. in August 2015. Mr. Cohen has over 35 years of experience in the field of taxation and is a Certified Public Accountant. He worked in small and Big Four public accounting firms for 18 years specializing in real estate and mergers and acquisitions. Prior to joining iStar Inc., Mr. Cohen led the tax departments at other publicly traded, real estate investment trusts and a family office. Mr. Cohen holds a B.A. degree in economics from UCLA and an M.S. degree in taxation from Golden Gate University.
Anthony V. Esposito currently serves as Senior Vice President, Corporate Controller. Mr. Esposito is responsible for overseeing the corporate accounting and SEC reporting functions for both iStar and Safehold. Prior to joining iStar in 2013, Mr. Esposito was a Senior Manager in the assurance practice at Ernst & Young where he served a diverse group of real estate clients including public REIT’s and private equity funds. Mr. Esposito holds a M.S. in Real Estate Finance from the Schack Institute of Real Estate at New York University, and a B.S. in Accounting from the State University of New York at Albany. Mr. Esposito is a Certified Public Accountant in New York.
Ash Jogi currently serves as the Head of Information Technology and Business Solutions. Mr. Jogi oversees iStar’s technology infrastructure, application ecosystem and is responsible for developing innovative technology solutions for meeting business needs. Prior to joining the firm in 2018, Mr. Jogi spent over 20 years in supporting equities and fixed income businesses. His experience is in developing data-centric solutions for trading, investing, compliance, asset management, record-keeping, and reporting. He previously held leadership roles at PineBridge Investments, Goldman Sachs, and Citigroup. Mr. Jogi holds a B.S. degree in Material Science from the National Institute of Technology, Karnataka, India and M.B.A from NYU Stern School of Business.
Brian Cheripka serves as a Senior Vice President of Land & Development and is directly responsible for one of iStar’s largest land assets, the Asbury Park Waterfront, a billion dollar 35-acre mixed-use redevelopment project. He drives strategic planning for the valuation, acquisition, entitlement, sales and marketing and construction of iStar’s residential, hospitality and entertainment assets. Prior to joining iStar, Mr. Cheripka worked at Trammell Crow Residential, Hovnanian Enterprises and UBS Investment Bank in various roles directly related to the financing and development of for-sale housing and multi-family rental projects. Mr. Cheripka holds a B.A. from Villanova University. Upon graduation, he spent several years serving in the U.S Army with the 101st Airborne Division.
Carrie Brown serves as Senior Vice President, CRE Transaction Services. Mrs. Brown joined iStar in 1998 through its merger with TriNet Corporate Realty Trust and is responsible for due diligence and transaction oversight for new ground leases, loans, net lease transactions and dispositions. She also spear-heads the due diligence and third-party endeavors for firm initiatives such as the bond/equity offerings, permanent financings and revision of iStar’s bank lines. She has been instrumental in numerous systems implementations, firmwide automation and establishment of the company’s information governance program. Mrs. Brown has more than 29 years of real estate experience in acquisition analysis, finance, investment, asset management and property management within a multitude of asset classes. Prior to joining iStar, Mrs. Brown held positions with Equity Investment Group, Holiday Inn Worldwide (nka InterContinental Hotel Group), Faison and Regency Realty. She holds a BA from Western Michigan University and is a Certified Commercial Investment Member (“CCIM”).
Chase S. Curtis has served as Executive Vice President, Credit for iStar since January 2005. He assumed his current position after serving as Senior Vice President, Credit since June 2001. He is responsible for coordinating the initial and on-going underwriting of corporate credit risk, with a particular emphasis on corporate tenant risk assessment. He joined iStar in 2001 from Bank of America following a 16-year career in credit risk management and structured corporate finance. Immediately before joining iStar, Mr. Curtis was the Chief Credit Officer of Bank of America Commercial Finance responsible for its credit approvals, risk policy and risk process controls. Prior to that, he was on a three-year assignment in Hong Kong as an executive credit risk review officer overseeing portfolio, transactional, business and overall strategic risk assessment across Asia. He began his financial services career in 1985 with Continental Illinois National Bank initially as a specialist lender in mining, construction, natural resource and project finance and subsequently highly leveraged corporate finance. Mr. Curtis holds an M.S. from the University of Arizona and a B.S. degree with high honors from Bates College. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst.
Gabe Randall serves as Senior Vice President, Land & Development, responsible for development oversight and monetization of the company’s land and development assets. Mr. Randall previously held positions in development management with DDG, a New York City residential developer, and The Howard Hughes Corporation, where he managed various phases of the $1 billion South Street Seaport redevelopment. He started his career in real estate acquisitions for BCE Holdings, a Los Angeles based family office. Mr. Randall holds a BS from Cal Poly.
Geoffrey Dugan currently serves as iStar’s General Counsel, Corporate & Secretary. Mr. Dugan is responsible for corporate and securities laws compliance and regulatory matters, governance, and general corporate matters. Mr. Dugan joined iStar in 1999, following more than 20 years in private and in-house law practice. Mr. Dugan received a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and a B.A. from Harvard College. He is a Member of the New York Bar and the State Bar of California.