Management Team

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David Carroll
Chief Executive Officer, President and Chairman 

David Carroll has been our Chief Executive Officer, President and Chairman of the Board since our formation in March 2012, and has been the CEO, President and Chairman of the Board of our Manager since its formation in March 2012. Prior to joining us, Mr. Carroll was President of Ivy Square Ltd., a fixed income investment firm, from 2008 to 2012. From 1999 to 2008, Mr. Carroll was co-founder and CEO of Ceres Capital, a specialized investment management company with expertise in a range of fixed income assets including RMBS. Prior to Ceres Capital, Mr. Carroll spent 13 years at Morgan Stanley in a variety of management and trading roles, having begun his career at Cargill Inc. as an oil trader. He holds an M.B.A. from the Duke University Fuqua School of Business, and a B.A. from the University of Virginia.

David Oston
Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Secretary

David Oston has been our Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer, Secretary and a director since our formation in March 2012 and has been the CFO, Treasurer and Secretary of our Manager since its formation in March 2012. Prior to joining us, Mr. Oston was a Managing Director of Ivy Square Ltd., a fixed income investment firm, from 2008 to 2012. From 2002 to 2008, Mr. Oston was a portfolio manager at Ceres Capital, a specialized investment management firm with expertise in a range of fixed income assets including RMBS. Prior to Ceres, Mr. Oston spent 13 years with Natexis Banques Populaires in a variety of roles, including CFO of the New York branch. Mr. Oston began his career at ANZ/Grindlays, where he spent nine years in a variety of credit-related roles, before spending another two years at Banque Bruxelles Lambert. Mr. Oston holds an M.A and a B.A. in Economic Geography from the University of Cambridge, in England.

Kian Fui (Paul) Chong
Chief Investment Officer 

Paul Chong has been our CIO since our formation in March 2012 and has been the CIO of our Manager since its formation in March 2012. Prior to joining us, Mr. Chong was a portfolio manager of Ivy Square Ltd., a fixed income investment firm, from 2008 to 2011, where he focused on RMBS. From 2004 to 2008, Mr. Chong was a portfolio manager at Ceres Capital, a specialized investment management firm with expertise in a range of fixed income assets including RMBS. Mr. Chong began his career as a credit analyst with the Bank of America in Singapore from 1996 to 1999, before spending two years as a financial consultant with Arthur Andersen. He holds an M.B.A. from the Duke University Fuqua School of Business and a B.Bus. from the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. Mr. Chong is also a C.F.A. holder.

David Akre
Managing Director

David Akre has been a Managing Director of our Manager since April 2013. Prior to joining us, Mr. Akre was a principal at Whole Loan Capital, LLC, from 2009 to 2013. From 2003 to 2009, Mr. Akre was Co-CEO, Vice Chairman and co-Founder of New York Mortgage Trust. From 1997 to 2003, he was Vice President, Capital Markets, Bulk Acquisitions and Secondary Marketing at Thornburg Mortgage, Inc. From 1985 to 1997, Mr. Akre held positions in the financial services sector with Security Pacific, GE Capital Mortgage Corp., and Principal Asset Markets. He holds a B.S. from the United States Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, New York.

Darren Comisso
Managing Director

Darren Comisso is a Managing Director and has been a senior officer of our Manager since its formation in March 2012. From 2011 to 2012, Mr. Comisso was a principal of Oak Circle Capital, LLC, a company capitalized by officers of our Manager to develop a mortgage REIT business strategy. From 2008 to 2010, Mr. Comisso was a Managing Director at Tandem Global Partners, a multi-strategy hedge fund manager. From 1999 until 2008, Mr. Comisso was a co-founder and partner of Ceres Capital, a specialized investment management company with expertise in a range of fixed income assets including RMBS. Prior to Ceres, Mr. Comisso spent eight years at the Bank of America. He holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of California in Los Angeles.

Tom Flynn
Managing Director

Tom Flynn is a Managing Director and has been a senior officer of our Manager since its formation in March 2012. From 2011 to 2012, Mr. Flynn was a principal of Oak Circle Capital, LLC. From 2008 to 2011, Mr. Flynn worked for Ivy Square Ltd., a fixed income investment firm. From 2000 to 2008, Mr. Flynn worked for Ceres Capital, a specialized investment management company with expertise in a range of fixed income assets including RMBS. Prior to Ceres, Mr. Flynn spent 15 years with Morgan Stanley, where he became Head of Global Banking and Finance Credit Research. He holds an M.B.A. from Babson College and a B.S.B.A. from Georgetown University.

Wilson Pringle
Director of Operations

Wilson Pringle has been the Director of Operations of our Manager since October 2012. From 2011 to 2012, Mr. Pringle was a Managing Director at HazelTree, a financial services solutions provider. From 2008 to 2010, Mr. Pringle was a Vice President at J.P. Morgan. From 2001 to 2008, Mr. Pringle was a Managing Director at Ceres Capital, a specialized investment management company with expertise in a range of fixed income assets including RMBS. Prior to Ceres, Mr. Pringle was a Senior Consultant in the Banking, Finance & Securities Practice at IBM Consulting Group, having previously spent three years at Morgan Stanley. He holds an M.B.A. from the Duke University Fuqua School of Business, and a B.A. from Lafayette College.

Sean Quinn
Director of Finance and Accounting

Sean Quinn has been the Director of Finance & Accounting of our Manager since November 2012. From 2008 to 2012, Mr. Quinn was Director of Finance and Accounting at Tandem Global Partners, a multi-strategy hedge fund manager. From 2002 to 2008, Mr. Quinn worked for Ceres Capital, a specialized investment management company with expertise in a range of fixed income assets including RMBS. Prior to Ceres, Mr. Quinn spent 2 years as a Financial Analyst at KBC Adirondack Electronic Markets, and 4 years as Assistant Treasurer at General Re Financial Products. He began his career in 1996 at Credit Lyonnais. Mr. Quinn holds a B.A. in Finance from Villanova University.