Executive Management Team
Independent Directors of Our Companies
Executive Management Team
Joseph S. Sambuco is a Founding Partner and Managing Director of Colonnade Capital LLC.
He is the Chairman of Colonnade Acquisition Corp., a special purpose acquisition company that recently entered into a merger agreement with Ouster, Inc., a leading industrial and infrastructure LiDAR company. Mr. Sambuco is also the Chairman of Colonnade Acquisition Corp II, a recently launched special purpose acquisition company. Mr. Sambuco is also Chairman and CEO of Colonnade Properties LLC (“Colonnade”) which he founded along with Prudential Financial Inc. in 2000. Under his leadership, he successfully built Colonnade into a fully-integrated and diversified real estate investment, finance, operating and asset management company. Mr. Sambuco is also a director and President of St. Giles Hotels, USA, Inc., a hospitality investment and operating company.
Prior to forming Colonnade, Mr. Sambuco was a Managing Director and the CFO of the Taylor Simpson Group, an investment and asset management firm that acquired Lazard Property Investment Company, a division of Lazard Frères & Co LLC, where he began his career in 1982. Mr. Sambuco was actively involved Lazard’s financial advisory practice where he advised clients in various strategies relating to mergers and acquisitions, restructurings, and financings.
Mr. Sambuco holds a B.A. in accounting from Rutgers University (1982). Mr. Sambuco serves on the Board of Hazeltree Fund Services and the Palm Beach Civic Association. He is a former Trustee of the Palm Beach Day Academy and recently served on the board of Alico, Inc., an agricultural business.
Remy W. Trafelet is a Founding Partner and Managing Director of Colonnade Capital LLC.
He is the CEO of Colonnade Acquisition Corp., a special purpose acquisition company that recently entered into a merger agreement with Ouster, Inc., a leading industrial and infrastructure LiDAR company. He is the CEO of Colonnade Acquisition Corp II, a recently launched special purpose acquisition company. Mr. Trafelet is also President and Chief Executive Officer of Trafelet & Company, LLC, a private investment firm that invests across a broad range of asset classes and industries, including technology, financial services, industrial, telecom and energy.
Mr. Trafelet began his career in 1992 as an analyst at Fidelity Management and Research Company where he became the youngest portfolio manager in its history, overseeing a fund that rose from last to first in its performance ranking. In 2000, Mr. Trafelet formed Trafelet Delta Funds, which managed several long/short equity portfolios. The firm grew to over $6bn in assets under management with offices in New York and London. In 2009, Mr. Trafelet spun off the firm’s London operations to Habrok Capital Management, a global long/short equity hedge fund. Mr. Trafelet is the Founder and Chairman of Hazeltree Fund with over $2.5 trillion of assets under advisory. From 2016 to 2019, Mr. Trafelet served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Alico Inc. (NASDAQ: ALCO), an agribusiness holding company. During his tenure, he implemented a corporate restructuring and operating efficiency program, which significantly improved the company’s return on capital employed.
Mr. Trafelet is a Trustee and Chairman of the Investment Committee for the Boys’ Club of New York and also serves as a member of the board for the Children’s Scholarship Fund. He is a former Trustee and Chairman of the Investment Committee of Phillips Exeter Academy. Mr. Trafelet is also a former Trustee for The Eaglebrook School, and a board member of the Atlantic Salmon Federation.
Mr. Trafelet graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy and earned an A.B. from Dartmouth College, where he graduated with honors and named a Presidential Scholar. Mr. Trafelet is a Chartered Financial Analyst.
Christopher B. Glinski is an Executive Vice President of Colonnade Capital LLC.
He is a Principal in Colonnade Acquisition Corp I, a special purpose acquisition company that recently entered into a merger agreement with Ouster, Inc., a leading industrial and infrastructure LiDAR company. Mr. Glinski is also a Principal in Colonnade Acquisition Corp II, a recently launched special purpose acquisition company.
During his 30-year career in alternative investment and asset management, Mr. Glinski has been involved with over $7 billion of transactions. Mr. Glinski began his career as an analyst in the acquisition group of The Taylor Simpson Group Inc., an alternative investment and asset management firm. In 2000, Mr. Glinski left The Taylor Simpson Group Inc. to become one of the founding partners of Colonnade Properties LLC where he later became the Chief Investment Officer and Head of Portfolio Management.
Mr. Glinski has an M.B.A from New York University (1999) and a B.S. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (1992).
Independent Directors of Our Companies
James C. Flores serves on the board of Colonnade Acquisition Corp.
Mr. Flores has served as Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and President of Sable Permian Resources since May of 2017. Sable engages in the acquisition, consolidation and optimization of oil and gas upstream opportunities in the Permian Basin in West Texas.
Since 1982, Mr. Flores has had an extensive career in the oil and gas industry in the roles of Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and President of one private and four public oil & gas exploration and production companies listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Initially, in 1994, he led Flores & Rucks, Inc. (NYSE:FNR) and then Ocean Energy Inc. (NYSE:OEI) in 1997. In 2001, he became the Chairman and CEO of Plains Resources Inc. (NYSE: PLX) where under his leadership the exploration and production assets of PLX were spun off into Plains Exploration & Production Company (NYSE:PXP). Mr. Flores served in the capacity of PXP’s Chairman, CEO, and President where, after 10-plus years of substantial growth, PXP was acquired by Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. (NYSE:FCX) in May of 2013 where Mr. Flores served as Vice Chairman of FCX until November 2015. Prior to Sable Permian Resources, Mr. Flores served as Chairman and CEO of Freeport-McMoRan Oil & Gas, a wholly owned subsidiary of Freeport-McMoRan Inc., the world’s largest publicly traded copper producer.
Mr. Flores graduated from Louisiana State University with B.S. degrees in corporate finance and petroleum land management. He is a member of the National Petroleum Council, serves as Trustee for the Baylor College of Medicine and is a Director for the Waterfowl Research Foundation. He was inducted into the All-American Wildcatters in 1999 and is a member of the World Presidents’ Organization. He was recognized as the Executive of the Year in 2004 in Oil and Gas Investor magazine.
In addition, Mr. Flores and his wife, Cherie, have endowed the LSU Flores MBA program. The Flores are dedicated supporters to many philanthropic causes and organizations focusing on medical, arts, academic, service and conservation efforts ranging locally from the United Way to national support of the Nature Conservancy and Ducks Unlimited.
Mr. Flores is well qualified to serve on our board due to his extensive investment, operational, and board experience in the oil and gas industry.
Emil W. Henry, Jr. serves on the board of Colonnade Acquisition Corp and Colonnade Acquisition Corp II.
Mr. Henry is the Founder, Chief Executive Officer and a Managing Director at Tiger Infrastructure Partners. He previously served as Global Head of Lehman Brothers’ infrastructure private equity business. From 1990 to 2005, he was a Partner and Managing Director with Gleacher Partners, where he served as Chairman of Asset Management and led the firm’s investment activities.
In 2005, he was appointed by the President and confirmed by the United States Senate, unanimously, as Assistant Secretary of the Treasury. In this role, he served as attaché to the President’s Working Group on Financial Markets, oversaw the Office of Critical Infrastructure Protection, led the Treasury’s efforts to establish emergency response protocols in the event of a financial crisis and was key advisor to two Treasury secretaries. He outlined publicly and prior to the financial crisis how a systemic crisis might unfold driven by Fannie Mae’s and Freddie Mac’s concentrated holdings of sub-prime mortgages. He was awarded the Alexander Hamilton Award, the highest honor the Treasury can bestow upon a public official.
Earlier in his career, he was a member of Morgan Stanley’s private equity group.
He currently serves on the boards of Easterly Government Properties, StoneCastle Financial, and numerous boards of Tiger Infrastructure portfolio companies. He has represented the U.S. Treasury on the boards of the Securities Investor Protection Corporation (SIPC), and the National Gallery of Art and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is a frequent public speaker and author on matters of public policy.
He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a B.A. in Economics, cum laude, from Yale University. Mr. Henry is well qualified to serve on our board due to his extensive capital markets, investment and board experience.
Manny De Zárraga serves on the board of Colonnade Acquisition Corp and Colonnade Acquisition Corp II.
Mr. De Zárraga is an executive managing director and member of JLL Capital Markets, Americas’ Executive Committee. Mr. De Zárraga joined JLL as part of the HFF acquisition and serves as co-head of the firm’s National Investment Advisory Group.
Mr. De Zárraga has more than 28 years of experience in real estate investment banking and specializes in the execution and expansion of the firm’s capital markets platform through the representation of institutional and major global family offices owners of institutional-grade commercial real estate properties. He also oversees the firm’s Special Assets Group and is an active member of the Global Capital Team, with a special focus on the Latin American markets.
Prior to joining HFF in 2002, Mr. De Zárraga was a principal and managing director at Sonnenblick-Goldman Company for 14 years and served on the firm’s operating committee. During his time there, he was involved in real estate capital transactions made up of all major property types. He also serves since 1994 as the U.S. investment advisor to Grupo Multiplan and previously served as the privatization advisor to the government of Puerto Rico for the sale of government-owned hotels. Prior to Sonnenblick-Goldman, Mr. De Zárraga was vice president of the Trade Finance Corporation, where he worked in the development of a mortgage-based securitization program in conjunction with Salomon Brothers.
Mr. De Zárraga is well qualified to serve on our board due to his extensive advisory and capital markets experience.
Lee J. Solomon serves on the board of Colonnade Acquisition Corp II.
Mr. Solomon is a Partner at Apollo Global Management in the Private Equity Group, having joined in October 2009. Mr. Solomon has over 26 years of experience in operating and investing in private and public companies.
He currently serves on the board of directors of The ADT Corporation, Coinstar LLC, ecoATM Parent, LLC, Redbox Automated Retail LLC, Cox Media Group and Gamut Holdings. He previously served on the board of directors of AMC Entertainment, Endemol Shine Group and Mood Media.
Before joining Apollo, he served as a Principal at Grosvenor Park, which was a joint venture with Fortress Investment Group that provided financing to the media industry. He also previously served as the Executive Vice President of Business Affairs for Helkon Media AG, a global production and distribution company. Additionally, Mr. Solomon has held numerous executive positions in the media industry.
He received his MBA from The Stern School of Business at New York University and graduated from the University of Rochester with a B.A. in economics and political science. Mr. Solomon is well qualified to serve on our board due to his extensive capital markets, operational, investment and board experience.