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Board of Directors
John L. Villano CPA
Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, President and Treasurer
John L. Villano has been our Chairman and Chief Executive Officer since our inception in 2010. Mr. Villano is responsible for overseeing all aspects of our business operations, including loan origination and servicing, investor relations, brand development and business development. He was previously engaged in the private practice of accounting and auditing for almost 30 years. Mr. Villano is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from the University of Rhode Island.
Leslie Bernhard has been the non-executive Chairman of the Board of Milestone Scientific Inc., a developer and manufacturer of medical and dental devices since October 2009, continuing service as an independent Director begun in May 2003. Ms. Bernhard has also served as an independent Director of Universal Power Group, Inc., a global supplier of power solutions since 2007. In 1991 she co-founded AdStar, Inc., an electronic ad intake service to the newspaper industry, and served as its President, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director until 2012. Ms. Bernhard holds a B.S. Degree in Education from St. John's University.
Brian Prinz will become a member of our board of directors as of the date of this prospectus. Since 1976, Mr. Prinz has been employed by Current, Inc., a leading manufacturer of laminated products including sheeting, tube, rods, spacers and standoffs, as well as electrical grade laminates, a variety of carbon fiber products and other industrial products, which are used in various industries including construction, recreation, energy exploration and defense. He began his career at Current initially as a foreman, then as a production manager, then as vice president of sales and since 2011, as President and Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Prinz graduated from Bryant College with a B.A. in 1976. We believe that his background and experience make him well qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors.
Arthur Goldberg has been a private accounting and business consultant for more than five years. From January 2008 until March 2012, he was the Chief Financial Officer of Clear Skies Solar, Inc., an installer of solar panels. Earlier in his career Mr. Goldberg held senior executive positions, including CFO and COO positions at a number of public companies. He is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a B.B.A. Degree from the City College of New York, an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago and J.D. and LL.M. Degrees from the New York University School of Law.
William C. (“Bill”) Haydon
Chief Investment Officer and Director
William C. (“Bill”) Haydon is our Chief Investment Officer and Director of Investor Relations. Bill is a talented and seasoned executive with over 25 years of experience in financial services and investment banking. He brings a wealth of expertise with strengths in areas such as lending, securities asset management, initial public offerings (IPO), investment banking, and financial strategy and long-term planning. In his role, Bill is responsible for the company’s liquid reserves and securities portfolio and he oversees Sachem’s underwriting team, as well as Investor Relations. .
Prior to joining Sachem Capital Corp. in 2021, Bill served as a Portfolio Manager and Branch Manager at Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network from 2011. Before that, from 2008 to 2011, he served as a Vice President within the Wealth Management division of UBS Financial Services. From 1999 to 2006 Bill was the Managing Director of Northern Mortgage Company, LLC, a firm which he successfully merged into a division of Indy Mac Bank in 2006. Prior to this Bill was a regional lending officer at Dime Bank of New York from 1996 to 1999, focusing on commercial and residential lending.
Bill has held numerous FINRA securities registration designations including series 65, 7, and a Series 24 General Securities Principal registration. Bill holds a Master of Business Administration from the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a Bachelor of Science in Business from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York.
In 2019, Bill Haydon, was recognized as a “Best in State Wealth Advisor” by Forbes Magazine.