Board of Trustees
Chair of the Board, Independent Trustee, CGN committee member
Peter Bynoe is a Senior Advisor to the international law firm DLA Piper LLP. He has been affiliated with the firm for 25 years, having previously served as Senior Counsel and Senior Partner. Mr. Bynoe was also a Managing Director at Equity Group Investments from 2014 to 2019, Chief Executive Officer of Rewards Network Inc. from 2013 to 2014, and a partner and Chief Operating Officer of Loop Capital Markets LLC from 2008 to 2013. From 1989 to 1992, he was the Managing Partner of the National Basketball Association's Denver Nuggets, becoming the first African-American to own a controlling interest in an American professional sports team. Mr. Bynoe holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard College, a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Management Education.
Independent Trustee, Audit Committee Chair
Louis Forbes is a corporate director with more than 30 years of real estate and finance experience. He was the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of CT Real Estate Investment Trust from its inception in 2013 until the end of 2018. From 2003 to 2013, Mr. Forbes was the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Primaris Retail Real Estate Investment Trust. Prior to that role, he served as Vice President, Director and Senior Canadian Real Estate Equities Analyst at Merrill Lynch Canada, and as Vice President Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Revenue Properties Company Ltd. Mr. Forbes holds a Bachelor of Science degree from McMaster University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Queen's University. He also holds the Chartered Professional Accountant designation and completed the Chartered Director Program at the Directors College at McMaster University.
Kurt Keeney is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Flagship Communities Real Estate Investment Trust. He co-founded the REIT's predecessor companies and related entities with Nathan Smith. Beginning in 1995 with just one community and 152 lots, Flagship has built a leading position in its target markets under their leadership. Mr. Keeney is responsible for running all facets of the business, particularly financial, human resources, executive management and the overall growth and direction of the organization. Prior to his involvement with Flagship, he worked for eight years at Fifth Third Bancorp in various roles. Mr. Keeney has served as chairman of the Independence Seniors Association, and as a director for the Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Center in Northern Kentucky and the Community Foundation of Northern Kentucky. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Northern Kentucky University.
Independent Trustee, Audit Committee and CGN Committee member
Susan Monteith has more than 30 years of experience as a senior capital markets professional advising companies on capital raising and M&A financing. She spent 10 years with National Bank Financial Inc. as Executive Vice President and Managing Director, Client Strategy & People Development and as Head of Equity Capital Markets until her retirement in 2016. Previously, she held senior capital markets roles at Genuity Capital Markets and CIBC World Markets Inc. and practiced corporate and commercial law with the firm Tilley, Carson & Findlay. Ms. Monteith serves as a director of the Economical Mutual Insurance Company and of Women's College Hospital. She holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University, and a Master of Science degree in Business from London Business School. She also holds the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Independent Trustee, CGN Committee Chair
Andrew Oppenheim was a partner until December 31, 2020 at Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP, a full-service multinational law firm. Mr. Oppenheim practiced commercial law for 38 years. Mr. Oppenheim was the lead director of Amica Mature Lifestyles Inc. and served on its board of directors’ Compensation Committee prior to its sale and has served as a director of a number of other public and private companies. Mr. Oppenheim holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Calgary and the ICD.D designation with the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Independent Trustee, Audit Committee member
Ann Rooney, FCPA, ICD.D worked for several years as an environmental scientist before pursuing a career as a chartered accountant. She has extensive experience in finance and accounting and has served as a director and often Chair of the Audit Committee for many public and private companies. She served for eight years as a board member, vice-chair of the board, and chair of the audit committee for Parkbridge Lifestyle Communities. She also served for six years on the Nature Conservancy of Canada, ultimately as vice-chair. Ann served as lead independent member for the Alberta Securities Commission, where she was a commissioner for six years. She has served on many not-for-profit boards, and has done volunteer work on several professional committees, including serving as president of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta. She is currently a member of the board and of the audit committee of CIFAR, a Canadian-based global scientific research organization. Ann has a BA in Music, a MSc. in environmental science/limnology, became a Chartered Accountant in 1987 and qualified as an ICD.D in 2010. She was recognized as a fellow of the CPAs of Alberta in 1996. Ann resides in Alberta.
Nathan Smith is the Chief Investment Officer of Flagship Communities REIT. He co-founded the REIT's predecessor companies and related entities with Kurtis Keeney. Beginning in 1995 with just one community and 152 lots, Flagship has built a leading position in its target markets under their leadership. Mr. Smith's responsibilities for the organization include the acquisitions of new communities, marketing, e-commerce and sales. He has also served as Chairman of the Manufactured Housing Institute, a 915-member industry trade organization, and as president of the Kentucky Manufactured Housing Institute. In addition, Mr. Smith previously served on the board of directors for Safe Harbor Marinas, the world's largest owner and operator of marinas, and was a member of the Greater Cincinnati Northern Kentucky International Airport Board and the Northern Kentucky University Board of Regents. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northern Kentucky University.