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Mark Gruber has been the Chief Operating Officer of JAVELIN Mortgage Investment Corp. since September 2013. Mr. Gruber also serves as the Chief Operating Officer of ARMOUR Residential REIT, Inc., a publicly traded real-estate investment trust (“REIT”) that invests in and manages a leveraged portfolio of agency mortgage-backed securities and is the Head of Portfolio Management at ARMOUR Residential Management LLC (“ARRM”), the external manager of JAVELIN and ARMOUR. From April 2008 until joining ARRM in July 2010, Mr. Gruber managed a $1.1 billion mortgage portfolio for Penn Mutual Life Insurance. From June 2005 to March 2008, Mr. Gruber was Vice-President of Research and Trading at Bimini Capital Management, Inc., a publicly traded REIT that managed $4 billion in agency mortgage assets. Mr. Gruber previously worked for Lockheed Martin at the Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory where he was an engineer for the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program. Mr. Gruber holds an M.B.A. with University Honors from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon, an M.S. degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from the University of Virginia, and a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering with High Honors from Lehigh University.
Scott J. Ulm has been the Co-Chief Executive Officer, Co-Vice Chairman, Chief Investment Officer and Head of Risk Management of JAVELIN since June 18, 2012. Mr. Ulm has been a Co-Managing Member of ARMOUR Residential Management, LLC, our external manager (“ARRM”), since March 2008. Mr. Ulm has also been the Co-Chief Executive Officer, Co-Vice Chairman, Chief Investment Officer and Head of Risk Management of ARMOUR Residential REIT, Inc., a publicly-traded REIT (NYSE: ARR) which invests in and manages a leveraged portfolio of agency mortgage backed securities and other mortgage-related investments (“ARMOUR”), since November 2009. ARMOUR is also externally-managed by ARRM. Mr. Ulm has 26 years of structured finance and debt capital markets experience, including mortgage-backed securities. Mr. Ulm has advised numerous U.S., European, and Asian financial institutions and corporations on balance sheet and capital raising matters. From 2005 to 2009, Mr. Ulm was Chief Executive Officer of Litchfield Capital Holdings. From 1986 to 2005, he held a variety of senior positions at Credit Suisse both in New York and London, including Global Head of Asset-Backed Securities, Head of United States and European Debt Capital Markets and the Global Co-Head of Collateralized Debt Obligations, both cash and synthetic. While at Credit Suisse, Mr. Ulm was responsible for the underwriting and execution of more than $100 billion of mortgage- and asset-backed securities. At Credit Suisse, he was a member of the Fixed Income Operating Committee and the European Investment Banking Operating Committee. Mr. Ulm holds a B.A. summa cum laude from Amherst College, an M.B.A. from Yale School of Management and a J.D. from Yale Law School.
As a result of Mr. Ulm’s 26 years of experience in structured finance and debt capital markets, including mortgage-backed securities, he is able to provide valuable business, leadership, and management advice to our Board of Directors in many critical areas.
Jeffrey J. Zimmer has been the Co-Chief Executive Officer, Co-Vice Chairman and President of JAVELIN since June 18, 2012 and Secretary of JAVELIN from June 2012 to March 2014. Mr. Zimmer has been a Co-Managing Member of ARRM since March 2008. Mr. Zimmer has also been the Co-Chief Executive Officer, Co-Vice Chairman and President of ARMOUR since November 2009 and also served as Chief Financial Officer of ARMOUR from November 2009 to September 2012 and Secretary of ARMOUR from November 2009 to March 2014. Mr. Zimmer has significant experience in the mortgage-backed securities market over a 29 year period. From September 2003 through March 2008, he was the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Bimini Capital Management, Inc., a publicly traded REIT. From 1990 to 2003, he was a managing Director at RBS/Greenwich Capital in the Mortgage-Backed and Asset-Backed Department where he held various positions that included working closely with some of the nation's largest mortgage banks, hedge funds and investment management firms on various mortgage-backed securities investments. Mr. Zimmer was employed at Drexel Burnham Lambert in the institutional mortgage-backed sales area from 1984 until 1990. He received his M.B.A. in finance from Babson College and a B.A. in economics and speech communication from Denison University.
As a result of Mr. Zimmer’s 29 years of experience in the mortgage-backed securities market, including serving as president and chief executive officer of other publicly-traded REITs, he is able to provide valuable business, leadership, and management advice to our Board of Directors in many critical areas.
James R. Mountain has been the Chief Financial Officer of JAVELIN since September 1, 2012. Mr. Mountain also became the Chief Financial Officer of ARMOUR and ARRM on September 1, 2012. Mr. Mountain joined JAVELIN after having spent over 30 years at Deloitte & Touche LLP (“Deloitte”). Mr. Mountain has significant experience in securitization transactions, having been involved in that market since its inception in the mid-1980’s, and helped to build Deloitte’s securitization practice. With significant experience in all facets of complex and structured financial transactions, he was also involved in the early development of Deloitte’s global capital markets practice. In these roles, he advised his partners and clients on both the buy-side and sell-side of the capital markets, as well as their regulators, regarding the financial reporting, control, valuation, risk management, and strategic aspects of cutting-edge financial transactions. Mr. Mountain also previously served as a partner in Deloitte’s national office, where he supervised the review and consultation process relating to securities offerings by banks, thrifts, securities dealers, insurance companies, and investment companies. Mr. Mountain earned his Bachelor of Arts degrees in accounting and in economics from the University of Montana, as well as a Master of Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Accounting Association, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the American Securitization Forum. Mr. Mountain also serves on the board of directors of Sigma Alpha Building Corp. and chairs the investment committee of the University of Montana Foundation and previously served on the Foundations’s audit and finance committee.