Daniel J. Schmidt
J. Daniel Schmidt, age 67, has been primarily engaged in private business endeavors and investments for over 30 years through his wholly owned entity, JDS Management, Inc. and related entities (the “JDS Companies”), generating approximately $250 million in recurring annual revenue during each of the last 5 years. During his business career, Mr. Schmidt has served as dealer principal in over 20 automotive ventures with locations in Ohio, Tennessee, Alabama, Michigan, and Colorado. Mr. Schmidt’s real estate activities have included over $1 billion worth of acquisition and development of Class A office, medical office, multi-family apartments, luxury condominiums, single-family developments, and student housing for over the last 30 years. Additionally, as an advisory board member of Gordian Group, a New York investment bank and distressed advisor, Mr. Schmidt served in 2010 as executive chairman of Schutt Sports, the largest manufacturer of football helmets in the world where he led the company through extensive litigation and asset sale involving product liability and intellectual property infringement. Mr. Schmidt, through the JDS Companies, has also purchased nonperforming real estate assets from lenders and repositioned these assets for his own portfolio or management of the foreclosure and liquidation process. Mr. Schmidt served as a board member of several non-profit community and economic development authorities in the Columbus, Ohio region. Mr. Schmidt has been a member of the board and executive committee of several cultural organizations. Mr. Schmidt received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Vanderbilt University in 1976.