Buddy Ortale is a principal of Sewanee Ventures, a private investment firm he founded in 1996. He is a partner in NTR, a Los Angeles based private equity firm focused on the energy sector, as well as a partner in Armour Capital Management, LP, the external manager of a $10 billion asset mortgage REIT. He is on the board of and chairman of the audit committee of Benefit Street Realty Partners, a $3 billion asset commercial mortgage REIT, and was recently elected to the board of Broadtree Residential, a multifamily REIT. He also serves on the boards of Intrensic, an evidence management software company and Remote Care Partners, a software-based platform for remote health monitoring. He is a board advisor to Western Express, a privately held $700 million nationwide truckload carrier. Mr. Ortale began his career with Merrill Lynch’s Merchant Banking Group in New York in 1987. He was subsequently a Founder and Managing Director of NationsBanc’s (Bank of America) High Yield Bond Group.