Debra Coleman serves as a Class II Director. Ms. Coleman has served as a Director of Bridger since October 2021. Ms. Coleman retired as a Managing Director in Investment Banking at Bank of America Securities, Inc., a multinational investment banking division of Bank of America (NYSE: BAC). From August 2003 until September 2021, Ms. Coleman worked at Bank of America Securities and Legacy Merrill Lynch Co., both investment management companies, where she worked on transportation finance, depositions, financials, industrials, and advising corporations and technology firms. Ms. Coleman provided capital raising and merger advisory services for depositories at Sandler O’Neill & Partners, L.P., an investment banking firm and broker dealer, where she was an Associate Director from 1996 until 1999. Ms. Coleman has served as an Independent Director and Chair of the Audit Committee on the Board of Fortress Capital Acquisition Corporation (NYSE: FCAX), a blank check company aimed at acquiring certain businesses and assets, since March 2021. She received a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science from Williams College and a Master of Business Administration in Finance from Columbia Business School. Ms. Coleman is well qualified to serve on the Bridger Board due to her extensive experience leading investment strategy for a broad range of organizations, as well as her background in finance.
Dean Heller serves as a Class II Director. From May 2011 until his retirement in January 2019, Mr. Heller served as a Senator from Nevada in the United States Senate. During his time in the Senate, Mr. Heller served on the Committees on Finance, Banking, Veterans’ Affairs and Commerce. Prior to his service in the Senate, Mr. Heller was the United States Representative for Nevada’s Second Congressional District. Mr. Heller has also previously served as Nevada’s Secretary of State and in the Nevada State Assembly representing Carson City. Prior to his political career, Mr. Heller worked as a broker on the Pacific Stock Exchange as an institutional equities trader and also served as a banking Municipal Finance Representative. Mr. Heller received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Southern California. Mr. Heller received the Distinguished USC Alumni Award from the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business in 2012. From January 2019 through September 2021, Mr. Heller served as a director of Toyota Financial Savings Bank, a Nevada corporation that provides banking products and services to Toyota dealers. Mr. Heller is well qualified to serve on the Bridger Board due to his significant experience and in-depth knowledge in the areas of public policy and governmental matters and demonstrated leadership experience serving in the United States Senate and House of Representatives, as well as his background in business and finance.
Todd Hirsch serves as a Class III Director. Mr. Hirsch has served as a Director of Bridger since December 2018. Since July 2013, Mr. Hirsch has been employed by Blackstone Inc. (NYSE: BX), one of the world’s leading investment firms. Mr. Hirsch is currently a Senior Managing Director in the Tactical Opportunities Fund at Blackstone. Prior to Blackstone, Mr. Hirsch worked at Deutsche Bank (NYSE: DB), an investment bank, where he sourced and structured transactions for a wide range of corporate and institutional clients across multiple products. Mr. Hirsch graduated magna cum laude from Duke University in 1996. Mr. Hirsch is well qualified to serve on the Bridger Board due to his significant experience structuring corporate and finance transactions in a variety of commercial settings, as well as background in management.
Wyman Howard serves as a Class I Director. Mr. Howard retired from the U.S. Navy in September 2022 as Rear Admiral (Upper Half) with over thirty-two (32) years in the SEAL Teams and Joint Special Operations. Mr. Howard has had multiple tours in command of Special Operations Joint Task Forces and was among the first to deploy into Afghanistan following the attacks of September 11, 2001. The combat contributions of the teams Mr. Howard commanded, and with whom he served, were recognized with five (5) Presidential Unit Citations, Navy Unit Commendation medal and four (4) Joint Meritorious Unit Awards. Mr. Howard graduated from the United States Naval Academy and holds a Master of Business Administration from the TRIUM consortium of the London School of Economics, HEC Paris School of Management, and New York University’s Stern School of Business. Mr. Howard holds a Master of Science in National Security and Resource Strategy with a focus on commercial, civil and military space sectors from the Eisenhower School and a Professional Certificate in Artificial Intelligence and Business Strategy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. Mr. Howard’s joint, interagency and intelligence experience include service as the second Director of Operations for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency in 2016 and as the Commander, Naval Special Warfare Command from 2020 to 2022, which are equivalent leadership roles of a Chief Operating Officer and Chief Executive Officer, respectively. Mr. Howard is acknowledged for his leadership in designing new irregular deterrence capabilities and options that increase Unites States leverage to deter the nation’s adversaries. He is well qualified to serve on the Bridger Board due to his distinctive leadership, at the strategic, operational and tactical levels, where he was at the helm in command for outcomes that advanced the security of the United States and its allies. He has a unique sensitivity to geo-strategic risk and a deep set of intelligence, interagency and foreign partner relationships set on a foundation of trust and the culture for humility and stewardship he established during his career as a Naval Officer.
Chairman and Director
Jeffrey Kelter serves as the Chairman of Bridger and a Class III Director. Mr. Kelter has served as a Director of JCIC since 2021. Mr. Kelter is a Co-Founder and a Partner of KSH Capital since 2015. KSH Capital provides real estate entrepreneurs with capital and expertise to seed or grow their platform. KSH Capital is focused on the deployment of the principals’ capital in domestic and international strategies that offer compelling long-term returns. Prior to founding KSH Capital, Mr. Kelter was a Founding Partner and Chief Executive Officer of KTR Capital Partners (“KTR”) from 2005 to 2015, a leading private equity real estate investment and operating company focused on the industrial property sector in North America. KTR and its commingled investment funds were sold in May 2015 to a joint venture of Prologis Inc. and Norges Bank Investment Management. Since its inception in 2004, KTR had raised three funds which totaled over $7.0 billion of investment capacity. Prior to founding KTR, Mr. Kelter was President, Chief Executive Officer and Trustee of Keystone Property Trust, an industrial real estate investment trust. Mr. Kelter founded the predecessor to Keystone in 1982, and took the company public in 1997, where he and the management team directed its operations until its sale in 2004 to Prologis. Prior to forming Keystone, he served as president and CEO of Penn Square Properties, Inc. in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a real estate company which he founded in 1982. Mr. Kelter currently serves on the Board of Directors of Invitation Homes (NYSE: INVH). From January 2014 to November 2017, Mr. Kelter served on the Board of Starwood Waypoint Homes, its predecessor. Mr. Kelter currently serves as a trustee of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. Mr. Kelter previously served as a trustee for Trinity College from 2010 to April 2020 and Westminister School from September 2011 to April 2020. Mr. Kelter formerly served on the Board of Gramercy Property Trust (NYSE: GPT) from 2015 to 2018. Mr. Kelter received a B.A. in Urban Studies from Trinity College. Mr. Kelter is well qualified to serve as the Chairman of the Bridger Board due to his extensive experience founding and growing successful companies, as well as his significant executive leadership background.
Chief Investment Officer and Director
McAndrew Rudisill serves as a Class I Director. Mr. Rudisill has served as the Chief Investment Officer and Director of Bridger since 2017. From 2011 to 2016, Mr. Rudisill was the Chief Executive Officer and President of Emerald Oil, Inc. (“Emerald Oil”), a US oil and gas producer. In 2007, Mr. Rudisill founded Pelagic Capital Advisors LLC, a private investment fund focused on public and private equity investments, where he served as Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer from 2007 until 2011. Mr. Rudisill earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Middlebury College. Mr. Rudisill is well qualified to serve on the Bridger Board due to his strategic investment experience and management experience in both the public and private sectors.
Robert Savage serves as a Class II Director. Mr. Savage has served as a Director of JCIC since 2021. Mr. Savage is a Co-Founder and President of KSH Capital since 2015. KSH Capital provides real estate entrepreneurs with capital and expertise to see or grow their platform. KSH Capital is focused on the deployment of the principals’ capital in domestic and international strategies that offer compelling long-term returns. Prior to founding KSH Capital, Mr. Savage was Co-founder, President of KTR from 2005 to 2015, an investment, development and operating company focused exclusively on the industrial property sector in North America. At KTR, Mr. Savage was co-head of the firm’s Investment Committee and responsible for management of the firm’s day-to-day operations, including oversight of capital deployment, portfolio management and capital markets activities. Previously, Mr. Savage was a Partner at Hudson Bay Partners, L.P. a private equity firm focused on investing in real estate-intensive operating businesses. Mr. Savage also worked in the Investment Banking Division at Merrill Lynch & Co. where he specialized in corporate finance and M&A advisory services for REITs, private equity funds and hospitality companies. Mr. Savage is Chairman of the Board of Directors of VolunteerMatch.org, a San Francisco based 501(c)(3) that operates the largest volunteer network in the nonprofit world. Mr. Savage is a member of the Board of Trustees of Mount Sinai and the Taft School and is Director of Environmental Waste International Inc. (TSX: EWS). He was previously Chairman of the Board of Directors of New Senior Investment Group (NYSE: SNR). Mr. Savage received a A.B. in Business Economics and Urban Studies from Brown University. Mr. Savage is well qualified to serve on the Bridger Board due to his significant experience leading the strategic growth and development of companies, as well as his management background with respect to investment of capital.
Matthew Sheehy serves as a Class III Director. Mr. Sheehy has served as the Co-Founder and Chairman of the Bridger Board since 2014. In addition to his service at Bridger, Mr. Sheehy serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Tallgrass. He was named CEO July 1, 2022 and has served as President since December 2019. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of Tallgrass since April 2020, and he was Chairman of the Rockies Express Pipeline LLC Board from December 2019 until July 2021. Mr. Sheehy joined Tallgrass in November 2012 and held a number of positions, including Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer of Tallgrass. In addition, he served as the President of Rockies Express Pipeline LLC from December 2013 until July 2017 and as a board member of Rockies Express Pipeline LLC from November 2016 to March 2018. Prior to joining Tallgrass, he served as a Principal and General Partner at Silverhawk Capital Partners LLC. Mr. Sheehy was an Analyst at Wachovia Securities and Wachovia Capital Partners before joining Silverhawk. In addition, Mr. Sheehy has served as the Chairman of Bridger Aerospace Group since July 2018. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Vanderbilt University in 2002. Mr. Sheehy is well qualified to serve on the Bridger Board due to his extensive investment, ownership and operational experience in aviation and financial settings, as well as his demonstrated leadership as the Chairman of the Bridger Board.
Chief Executive Officer and Director
Timothy Sheehy serves as a Class I Director. Mr. Sheehy has served as the Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Bridger since 2014. From 2008 until 2014, Mr. Sheehy served as a Navy SEAL officer and team leader. In 2014, Mr. Sheehy left the Navy and co-founded the Company and its affiliate, Ascent Vision Technologies LLC (“Ascent”). Mr. Sheehy is a recipient of the Bronze Star with Valor and Purple Heart and is an active pilot with Bridger’s Air Attack and Super Scooper fleets. Mr. Sheehy earned his Bachelor of Science in History from the United States Naval Academy. Mr. Sheehy is well qualified to serve on the Bridger Board due to his significant leadership experience, in both corporate and military settings, as well as his extensive aviation operations background.