Jay L. Schottenstein
Jay L. Schottenstein, Chairman of SB Capital Group, also serves as Chairman and CEO of Schottenstein Stores Corporation, Chairman of American Eagle Outfitters (NYSE: AEO), Chairman of DSW Inc. (NYSE: DSW), and CEO of American Signature Furniture and Value City Furniture. The son of the late businessman and philanthropist, Jerome M. Schottenstein, Jay is a graduate of Indiana University in Business Administration.
David Bernstein, one of the founding principals and President of SB Capital Group, LLC, has spent his entire career associated with the retail industry. After serving in various senior capacities with several old-line retail companies, David went on to head the largest retail re-organization company in the country. David received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business from NYU in New York.
Principal, Chief Operating Officer
Scott is the principal of SB Capital Group charged with the direction of all activities and transactions of the Company. Formerly a practicing attorney, Scott received his Juris Doctor degree from the National Law Center at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and his Bachelor of Arts from Union College in Schenectady, New York. Scott serves on the Board of Directors of The J. Peterman Company as well as Official Pillowtex, LLC. He is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute and the Turnaround Management Association and is a frequent speaker on topics of concern to the distressed asset community.
Principal, Executive Vice President
Kevin joined SB Capital Group in 1997 and has been responsible for negotiating, structuring and implementing some of our largest transactions, including many of our going concern investments. Taking a lead role in our international activities, Kevin has spent significant time in Europe and Japan executing asset disposition and long-term investment transactions. His financial background, coupled with the operational experience attained through our many business groups, enables Kevin to oversee and execute all aspects of our business from beginning to end. Prior to joining SB Capital Group, Kevin was a Manager with Arthur Andersen, LLP and a Finance Manager with the Colgate Palmolive Co. Kevin has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from St. John’s University and is a Certified Public Accountant.
John W. Duffy
John joined Schottenstein Stores Corporation in 1983, where he held various accounting positions for ten years before assuming the role of Controller for SB Capital Group in 1993. John graduated from Ohio State University with a BS degree in Business Administration. He became a CPA in 1981 and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Ohio Society of CPAs.
Vice President, FF&E
Gary came to SB Capital Group as a field consultant and auctioneer in 1999 and is now focused on the FF&E Industrial Group and the Auction Division. Gary has earned the Certified Auctioneers Institute (CAI) designation, which is the highest designation awarded in the auction industry, and is a member of the National Auctioneers Association and the Ohio Auctioneers Association. Gary also has a GPPA (Graduate Personal Property Appraiser) certification for machinery and equipment. Gary received his MBA from Fontbonne College and a BA from Greenville College.
Vice President, Auctions & Technology
Stephen has been with SB Capital Group since 1999 in various roles and now concentrates on auctions and appraisals within our fixed asset disposition services. Stephen has a GPPA (Graduate Personal Property Appraiser) certification and in 2006, earned the Certified Auctioneers Institute (CAI) designation, which is the highest designation awarded in the auction industry. Stephen has a BS degree in Business Administration from Colorado Technical University and has also completed a two year Electrical Engineering degree from Muskingum Perry.
Senior Vice President, Senior Appraiser
Hal Kaplan comes to us with more than twenty years of operational experience in financial analysis and management, including seven years as Principal of an automotive distribution company. Prior to joining SB Capital Group, Hal concentrated on industrial appraisals with a specialization for determining values with inventory build-outs. Hal earned an MBA in Accounting from Babson College and received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing from Northeastern University.
Senior Vice President, Senior Appraiser
Dan joined the Appraisal Group of SB Capital in 2010 with more than 14 years combined experience in ABL inventory appraisals and asset recovery. Dan’s broad experience has allowed him to manage appraisal engagements for commercial lenders, private investment groups and companies across a variety of industry sectors. Prior to joining SB Capital Group, Dan spent more than 7 years with Hilco Appraisal Services, LLC as a Senior Appraiser and as Vice President of Retail Appraisals. His career highlights include consulting work in retail asset disposition and management positions with Diamonds Department Stores, Mervyn’s, Office Depot, and Sportstown. Dan received his degree from Arizona Western College.
Morten started his career with SB Capital Group in our Toronto, Canada office in January of 2000 and came to the U.S. in 2002 to help implement and oversee business development functions for the company. Prior to joining SB Capital Group, Morten worked as a merchant banker in the venture capital area of Hill & Gertner Capital Group in Toronto. Morten has also held senior consulting positions with two of the largest fundraising consulting firms in New York and Toronto. Morten has a Masters in International Business and Marketing from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland and a BBA from Bishop’s University in Lennoxville, Quebec.
Principal, Chief Administrative Officer
Thomas joined SB Capital Group in January of 1999 and now has direct oversight of all U.S. transactions including Finance, Asset Disposition, Appraisals, Real Estate, and the FF&E Industrial Group. Prior to joining SB Capital Group, Tom spent four and a half years with the auditing practice of Arthur Andersen, LLP. Tom received his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the Stern School of Business at New York University and is a Certified Public Accountant with membership in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Principal, Managing Director
Robert Raskin joined SB Capital Group, LLC in January, 2002 as the Managing Director. Rob specializes in negotiating and structuring acquisitions and is involved in the development and implementation of all transactions. Rob was formerly a partner in the Insolvency Group at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP, where he developed a specialty in representing purchasers of assets from Chapter 11 debtors. He was counsel to creditors’ committees and debtors-in-possession in various nationally known bankruptcy cases and has also represented debtor-in-possession financiers in numerous cases.
Rob received his BS Degree summa cum laude from Syracuse University and his J.D. from New York University. He is co-author of The Creditors’ Committee Manual published by Warren, Gorham & Lamont and has been a member of the Bankruptcy and Corporate Reorganization Committee of the New York City Bar Association. Rob is a past president and chairman of the New York Chapter of the Turnaround Management Association.
Senior Vice President
Gary began his retail career while in college and had become a senior manager with a local Indiana department store by the time he graduated from Ball State University. Over the next few years, Gary held several senior management and merchandising positions with a variety of specialty retailers and department stores including Meis Brothers, L.S. Ayres & Co., Gidding-Jenney, and Byck’s. Gary started with us as a field supervisor in 1988 and joined the New York office in 2001. In addition to his oversight responsibilities for retail projects, HR, marketing and advertising, Gary brings his years of experience to the structure, planning and implementation of all retail transactions.
Vice President, Administrative Director
Pat began her career in asset recovery with the disposition of W. T. Grant in 1975. Since those early days, she has held various field and office positions and has been involved in almost every aspect of the business, from finance to operations. Pat acquired useful insight and knowledge as a marketing major at SUNY-Delhi in New York, but realized her full potential in a retail environment with her work in asset recovery. Currently, as Administrative Director, Pat handles the day to day activity of the New York office.
Principal, Senior Vice President
Siegfried started as an intern with SB Capital Group during the summer of his junior year in college. He joined the New York office as a full time financial analyst in June of 2002. Siegfried has financial and operational experience throughout SB Capital’s business groups including asset disposition, appraisals and valuations. During his tenure, he has also held senior positions in other SB Capital entities. Siegfried received his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Bryant University.
Vice President Operations
Mitch began his career with SB Capital Group in 2001 as a field supervisor. He joined our Columbus office in 2009, and became a Vice President of Operations in 2010. Prior to joining us, Mitch held several opertional and merchandising positions within The May Company, Venture Stores, Inc., Hills Department Stores, and Sam’s Club. Mitch received his Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from the University of Missouri-Columbia Business School.
Dathard V. Steele
Principal, Chief Financial Officer
Dathard “Doc” Steele began his professional career in 1977 as controller for Mollmann and Associates, a deferred compensation firm in Ohio. Doc joined the Shonac Corporation as a financial controller in 1982 and has continued his career with the Schottenstein family of companies, holding a variety of senior finance positions in several subsidiaries and Schottenstein controlled companies. As Chief Financial Officer of SB Capital Group, Doc brings his years of experience to the structure and implementation of all transactions. Doc received his Bachelors Degree in Accounting from the College of William and Mary, and graduated cum laude with a Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree from the Capital University Law School.
Vice President Operations
Cooper joined SB Capital Group in 1999 as a field supervisor and became a Vice President of Operations in 2010. Over his many years with us, Cooper has served as a regional supervisor on numerous retail disposition ventures, and most recently has taken a Lead Operations position in large disposition projects that include Circuit City and Linens-n-Things. Prior to joining SB Capital Group, Cooper spent 20 years in discount store management, first with Kmart, and later with Rose’s Stores Inc. Cooper is a graduate of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.
Gerard J. Zeppieri
Senior Vice President, Director of Operations
Gerry Zeppieri began his retail career in 1974 with Morse Shoe which was acquired by J. Baker Inc. during his tenure. With Morse Shoe/J. Baker, Gerry held various managerial roles of increasing responsibility over a 20 year career. Gerry joined SB Capital Group in 1995 as a field supervisor and became Director of Operations in 2000. Gerry attended Rutgers University and received his Bachelors Degree in Business Management from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte.