Senior Investment and Business Team

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Alfred J. Shuman

Founder / Managing Member

Mr. Shuman founded Archstone in 1990. He is the Managing Member and Co-Portfolio Manager. Since his graduation from Harvard College and Harvard Business School in 1963, he has been consistently employed in the investment industry. He was named a Managing Director of The Bear Stearns Cos. in 1978 and five years later he founded the first of three event driven hedge funds. Mr. Shuman and his wife are active in many non-profit organizations. He is a member of the Investment Committee of The Andover Endowment Fund, a National Director Emeritus of Outward Bound U.S.A. having served on its Board for 19 years. He is a Trustee, former Chairman of the Executive Committee, member of The Steering Committee and Co-Chair of Development of N.Y. City Center. He is also a Trustee of The Central Park Conservancy and serves on its Strategic Planning and Development Committees. He and his wife have collected photography for decades and are active at The International Center of Photography and the Santa Barbara Museum’s Photofutures group. They maintain a Foundation which promotes research of “orphan diseases” and supports laboratories at two hospitals in the NYC area.

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Joseph S. Pignatelli, Jr.

President / Member

Mr. Pignatelli is the President and Co-Portfolio Manager. He is also a Member of A.P. Management Company, LLC and Archstone Management Company, LLC. Additionally, he has been a Director of Archstone Offshore Fund, Ltd., Archstone Absolute Return Strategies Fund, Ltd., Archstone Equity Strategies Fund, Ltd., and A.P. Opportunities Fund, Ltd. since their formations. He has over 30 years of investment management experience. Mr. Pignatelli directs the ongoing operations of the Investment Manager and all related investment entities, including all management and financial matters. His responsibilities also include investment policy, portfolio management, and manager selection and he is a member of Archstone’s Executive Committee, Investment Committee, and Research Committee. He received his B.B.A. in management and information systems from Pace University. He earned an M.S. in finance from Baruch College, Zicklin School of Business. Mr. Pignatelli currently serves as a Trustee of the Baruch College Fund and is a member of the Investment Committee of the Baruch College Fund. 

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David R. Parker

Chief Operating Officer / Member

Mr. Parker is the Chief Operating Officer of Archstone. He is also a Member of A.P. Management Company, LLC and Archstone Management Company, LLC. He joined Archstone in 2003 and is responsible for strategy, long-range planning, governance, and all management-related issues. In addition, he leads Archstone’s Operational Due Diligence team and is a member of Archstone’s Executive Committee. Mr. Parker received a B.S. degree in engineering from the University of Texas and an M.B.A. degree from Harvard Business School where he was a Baker Scholar. From 1972 to 1976 he was a manager with the Boston Consulting Group. For the next eight years, he was Executive Vice President of American Can Company and then was President of Ryder System’s vehicle leasing and service division. In 1992, Mr. Parker organized ProSource, Inc. He grew the company to $4 billion in annual revenue taking it public in 1996 before selling his stake in 1998. After ProSource, Mr. Parker co-founded Interprise Technology Partners, L.P. capitalized at $110 million to make private equity investments in information technology companies. Mr. Parker is a Director of Tupperware Corporation and Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Trustees of Florida International University, a 48,000 student public university in Miami-Dade County, Florida. He was Chairman of the FIU Foundation board from 1994 to 1997 and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the University from 2005 through 2009.

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Andrew J. Small, CPA

Chief Financial Officer / Member

Mr. Small is a Partner and the Chief Financial Officer. He is a Certified Public Accountant with in excess of 19 years of accounting experience. He manages Archstone’s internal financial systems, portfolio reporting, and participates in the ongoing hedge fund manager due diligence effort. He is a member of Archstone’s Investment Committee and attends all Research/Investment Committee Meetings. Mr. Small earned a B.S. in Economics from the University of Binghamton and holds a Masters Degree in professional accounting from the University of Hartford. Prior to joining Archstone in 1994, he worked as an accountant at Arthur Young & Co., Richard Eisner & Co., and Sanwa-BGK Securities, Co.

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Rinarisa Coronel DeFronze, Esq.

General Counsel / Chief Compliance Officer

Ms. DeFronze is the General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of Archstone. Prior to joining Archstone in 2013, Ms. DeFronze was the Assistant General Counsel and Compliance Officer of Alden Global Capital LLC, a distressed and global opportunities hedge fund firm. Prior to Alden, Ms. De Fronze was a partner and managing director of HedgeOp Compliance, LLC, a boutique firm that specializes in compliance, operational and due diligence support services for hedge fund and fund of hedge fund managers. Ms. DeFronze began her legal career as a corporate associate in the investment management department of Schulte, Roth & Zabel, LLP where she worked with institutional and entrepreneurial investment managers to facilitate the formation and operation of domestic and offshore hedge funds. Ms. DeFronze graduated from Fordham University in 1998 with a BA in Economics and a minor in Finance and received a JD from Hofstra University in 2001. She was admitted to the New York State Bar in 2002 and has been an Investment Adviser Certified Compliance Professional since August 2006.