Cole REIT Management Team
Bill MillerRead Profile
President & CEO
Nathan DeBackerRead Profile
Chief Financial Officer, Cole REITs
Michael KomendaRead Profile
Assistant General Counsel
Jim SiegelRead Profile
Chief Compliance Officer
Bill Miller serves as President and Chief Executive Officer at Cole Capital. In this role, Mr. Miller provides strategic direction and oversees all aspects of the management of Cole Capital, including external and internal sales, product development and due diligence, broker-dealer relationship management, securities operations and capital markets.
Mr. Miller has been with Cole Capital since 2015 and in the financial services business for more than 20 years with extensive leadership experience in capital markets, real estate and distribution. Prior to joining Cole Capital, he served as Senior Vice President and Director of National Accounts for American Funds, where he was responsible for leading business development, strategy and relationship management efforts for the retail wire/regional broker-dealers, as well as the global banking channel in the United States. In addition to his experience at American Funds, Mr. Miller has held REIT product management positions, as well as sales and wholesale distribution leadership positions, with Realty Capital Securities, AXA Equitable Distributors and Lincoln Financial Distributors.
Mr. Miller is a graduate of Hobart College. He holds FINRA Series 7 and 24 licenses.
Nathan DeBacker serves as Chief Financial Officer, Cole REITs. In this role, his responsibilities include overall management of accounting, external reporting, financial planning, analysis and treasury for the Cole sponsored REITs.
Mr. DeBacker has nearly 10 years of experience with Cole Capital and more than 14 years of experience in the financial services industry. Before joining Cole Capital, Mr. DeBacker was the Principal at CFO Financial Services, a certified public accounting firm that provided accounting, payroll, tax, forecasting and planning, business valuation and investment advisory services to individuals and business organizations. Mr. DeBacker also served as Vice President of Real Estate Planning and Analysis at Cole Real Estate Investments (NYSE: COLE) where he was responsible for financial planning and analysis for Cole and the Cole REITs. At the time, these REITs had combined assets of more than $9 billion. Additionally, Mr. DeBacker held key leadership roles in the accounting and financial reporting department. He was instrumental in Cole’s initial public offering and CCPT II’s merger with Spirit Realty Capital (NYSE: SRC). He also oversaw the public registration and launch of two Cole REITs. Mr. DeBacker started his career as an auditor with Ernst & Young LLP.
Mr. DeBacker earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Arizona and is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in Arizona.
Michael Komenda serves as Assistant General Counsel for VEREIT, Inc. and its investment management business, Cole Capital. In this role, he provides legal advice supporting all capital markets business relationships and various VEREIT corporate transactional matters. He also provides legal support with respect to the regulatory compliance of Cole Capital’s wholesale broker-dealer Cole Capital Corporation and advises on new and ongoing Cole Capital product offerings.
Mr. Komenda has been with VEREIT since 2013 and has worked in corporate governance for nearly 10 years. Prior to joining VEREIT, Mr. Komenda worked as an attorney in the corporate group of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton in New York, where he provided advice to buyers and sellers in mergers and acquisitions, and assisted companies in capital markets and corporate governance matters. Prior to joining Cleary Gottlieb, Mr. Komenda clerked on the Delaware Court of Chancery, which is recognized as the country’s principal court for hearing corporate governance and other corporate law disputes. Before attending law school, Mr. Komenda worked as a financial analyst.
Mr. Komenda earned Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees from Arizona State University and his Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School.
Jim Siegel serves as Chief Compliance Officer at Cole Capital. In this role, he oversees the compliance program of Cole Capital, which includes the overall design and implementation of the program; drafting and disseminating policies and procedures; designing training programs; monitoring, testing and reporting required by industry regulators; managing inquiries from all regulatory bodies and facilitating the execution of selling agreements with the due diligence team. Mr. Siegel also works with other Cole Capital departments to ensure that a culture of adherence to the highest ethical standards is consistently promoted throughout the organization.
Mr. Siegel has been with Cole Capital since 2013 and has worked in the financial services industry for nearly 20 years. Prior to joining Cole Capital, Mr. Siegel served in a number of compliance leadership roles, most recently at American International Group (AIG), where his roles included Chief Compliance Officer positions at Royal Alliance Associates, Inc. and SunAmerica Capital Services, Inc. Prior to joining AIG, he served as the General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of Twenty-First Securities Corp., a full service retail broker-dealer in New York City. Mr. Siegel holds FINRA Series 7, 24 and 63 licenses, was admitted to the New York State Bar Association in 1997, and has been an Arbitrator for FINRA since 2006.
Mr. Siegel earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Cum Laude, from State University of New York at Albany and his Juris Doctor from Albany Law School of Union University.
Christine BrownRead Profile
Principal Accounting Officer, Cole REITs
Christine Brown serves as Vice President of Accounting and Principal Accounting Officer, Cole REITs.
Ms. Brown has been at Cole Capital since 2011 and has nearly 15 years of experience in the accounting and finance industry. Prior to joining Cole Capital, Ms. Brown worked with Deloitte & Touche LLP, Countrywide Bank and Epps Forensic Consulting PLLC.
Ms. Brown received a B.A. in Accounting and a B.A. in Marketing from Arizona State University. In addition, she is a Certified Public Accountant, licensed in the state of Arizona, and a Certified Fraud Examiner. She also is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.
Cole REIT Distribution Management Team
Sean MorrisRead Profile
National Sales Director
Brian RiveraRead Profile
National Sales Director
Robert VargaRead Profile
SVP, Head of National Accounts & Due Diligence
Emily Vande KrolRead Profile
Senior Vice President, Internal Sales
Sean Morris serves as National Sales Director at Cole Capital. In this role, he manages Cole Capital’s external sales team, maintains relationships with advisors and assists advisors with their real estate needs.
Mr. Morris has been with Cole Capital for four years and has more than 15 years of sales and marketing experience in the financial services sector. Prior to joining Cole Capital, he was Senior Vice President and National Sales Manager at Sun Life Financial, running the firm’s independent broker-dealer channel. He also held management and sales positions at Lincoln Financial and AIG SunAmerica.
Mr. Morris earned a Bachelor of Science in Management from Villanova University. He holds FINRA Series 7, 24 and 63 licenses and lives in Boston, Massachusetts.
Brian Rivera serves as National Sales Director at Cole Capital. In this role, he manages Cole Capital’s external sales team, maintains relationships with advisors and assists advisors with their real estate needs.
Mr. Rivera has been with Cole Capital for more than five years and has worked in the financial services industry for 18 years. Prior to joining Cole Capital in 2010, Mr. Rivera was a Regional Vice President for the Central California territory at KBS Capital Markets. He moved to that territory after serving the Ohio Valley region and developing it into one of the top three producing territories. Prior to joining KBS Capital Markets Group, Mr. Rivera was a Regional Vice President at MetLife Investors where he was responsible for the distribution of fixed and variable annuities, as well as long term care products. During two of his four years at MetLife Investors, Mr. Rivera was recognized as one of the top three producing wholesalers.
Mr. Rivera earned his Bachelor of Arts from Franklin and Marshall College. He holds FINRA Series 7, 24 and 63 licenses.
Robert Varga serves as Senior Vice President and Head of National Accounts and Due Diligence at Cole Capital. In this role, Mr. Varga is responsible for managing teams that develop broker-dealer relationships while expanding selling group agreements, increasing brand awareness, opening new distribution channels, developing new offerings and managing due diligence operations.
Mr. Varga has worked in the financial services industry for more than 15 years. Prior to joining Cole, he was Head of National Accounts at RS Investments, where he managed the relationship management team for the $17 billion global asset management firm. Additionally, he worked in National Accounts for Planco Financial Services and was responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with Independent Broker Dealers.
Mr. Varga holds FINRA Series 6, 7, 26 and 63 licenses.
Emily Vande Krol serves as Senior Vice President, Internal Sales at Cole Capital. In this position, she is responsible for managing the internal sales and online wholesaling teams for the independent broker-dealer and registered investment advisor channels, which support the daily needs of financial advisors and external wholesalers.
Ms. Vande Krol has been at Cole Capital for more than six years and has worked in the financial services industry for eight years. During her tenure at Cole Capital, Ms. Vande Krol has served in various capacities within the internal sales desk, and service and operations. Most recently she served as Vice President of Internal Sales, and before that, Senior Regional Advisory Consultant for the Southern California and Heartland Regions at Cole Capital. Prior to joining Cole Capital, Ms. Vande Krol was a financial associate for Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.
Ms. Vande Krol earned her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Arizona State University. She holds FINRA Series 7 and 63 licenses.
R. P. BonhamRead Profile
Vice President, Due Diligence
Todd LockwoodRead Profile
Senior Vice President, Operations & Client Services
R.P. Bonham serves Vice President, Due Diligence at Cole Capital. In this role, Mr. Bonham is responsible for overseeing due diligence obligations, securing selling agreements with broker-dealers for existing and new product offerings, opening new distribution channels and new product development.
Mr. Bonham has been with Cole Capital for over seven years and has worked in the financial services industry for over 18 years. Prior to his role in Due Diligence, he was an internal wholesaler for the broker-dealer channel at Cole Capital where he was responsible for creating, building and maintaining relationships with advisors and assisting them with their real estate investment needs. Mr. Bonham’s previous industry experience includes positions with Charles Schwab and Vanguard.
Mr. Bonham received his bachelor’s degree from Northern Arizona University and his MBA from Grand Canyon University. He holds FINRA Series 7 and 63 licenses.
Todd Lockwood serves as Senior Vice President, Operations & Client Services at Cole Capital. In this role, he is responsible for operations processing, client services, and oversight of various service providers, including Cole Capital’s Transfer Agent.
Mr. Lockwood has been with Cole Capital for over five years and has worked in the financial services industry for more than 20. Prior to joining Cole Capital, he served as Vice President of Operations for ING Funds (now Voya Financial), where he was responsible for ING Funds’ U.S. Mutual Fund Operations, including oversight of two Transfer Agents, trade processing, reporting, and dealer contracts for Mutual Fund products, as well as ING’s closed-end interval fund, insurance dedicated products, and trading in ING’s Offshore Fund unit in Luxembourg.
Mr. Lockwood is also active with various Industry groups and initiatives, including: The Investment Program Association (“IPA”) Operations Committee 2014 Chair-elect and 2015 Chair, a member of the DTCC’s Steering Committee for their Alternative Investment Platform (an industry wide initiative to develop automated processing), and the 2016 Chair of the E-signature consortium; an IPA committee working to implement e-signature in the direct investment industry. Mr. Lockwood earned his BSBA in Finance from the University of Arizona. He holds FINRA Series 99 license.