Sushil K. Tuli
Sushil K. Tuli has served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Leader Bank since its formation in 2002. In addition, Mr. Tuli is the Chairman and sole owner of Leader Mortgage Company, which was formed in 1986. Prior to October 2000, he also served as President of Leader Mortgage Company. In 1999, Mr. Tuli chaired the Massachusetts Mortgage Bankers Association (“MMBA”), the largest mortgage banking industry association in New England. Mr. Tuli is currently serving as a member of Fannie Mae’s Regional Advisory Council, a position that he previously held from 1994 to 1996 as well. Recently, he was also appointed as a member of the Massachusetts Home Ownership Advisory Committee by Governor Deval Patrick.
Mr. Tuli was selected as a finalist for the 2003 and 2005 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, which is currently in its 23rd year of recognizing exceptional entrepreneurial achievement and excellence. In 1999, Banker and Tradesman acknowledged Mr. Tuli as one of the 125 leaders making a difference. He was also prominently recognized by the Governor of Massachusetts in 1993, and more recently in 2008, for his contributions and dedicated service to the community.
Mr. Tuli is a graduate of the Harvard Business School “Owner/President Management Program” (OPM).
Priscilla H. Douglas
Priscilla H. Douglas is the founder and principal of PHDouglas & Associates, a consulting firm that coaches individuals and executive teams to be more skillful at working collaboratively and strategically.
Her professional career includes key executive positions in government, academics, and business, where she was often the first woman and the first African American. Dr. Douglas served as a White House Fellow as a Special Assistant to William H. Webster, former Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. She also served the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as the Assistant Secretary for Public Safety and the Secretary of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulations. Dr. Douglas held two innovative positions at Xerox Corporation. She led the education and government value marketing team, and also was the principal for Knowledge Sharing Competency, designing and developing a knowledge-sharing curriculum for worldwide implementation that led to ASQC, KM Magazine recognition in this emerging area. At General Motors she worked closely with the originator of the quality movement, Dr. W. Edwards Deming.
Dr. Douglas taught courses in management, leadership, and organizational behavior as an instructor for the master’s program for Harvard University Radcliffe Seminars. She received a Doctor of Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a Master of Education and Bachelor of Science from Northeastern University. She has published two articles on knowledge sharing and is currently working on an article entitled: “Leadership is a Conversation.”
Dr. Douglas previously served on Leader Bank’s Advisory Board, which was formed in 2004 to review operations and strategic planning for the Bank.
James M. McKenna, Esq
James M. McKenna presently operates a consulting firm that serves small businesses and start-up ventures in the areas of business development, public and media relations, and marketing. Since 1995, Mr. McKenna has assisted numerous small to mid-sized for profit and not-for-profit entities to secure venture capital investment funding, strategic planning, media relations, press and marketing materials assistance and business development. In addition, Mr. McKenna serves as a feature article writer, speechwriter, and public speaking coach to senior executives.
Prior to starting his consulting firm, Mr. McKenna served as the Town Administrator of the Town of Dover, Massachusetts from 1989 to 1995. Mr. McKenna also worked as a Strategic Planner for the Executive Office of Communities and Development for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts from 1986 to 1989.
He both founded and presently serves on the Board of Directors of Gigeurope.com, an e-commerce business that serves U.S. performance artists on tour in Europe. He is a Director of Proxa Contracts, Inc., a Pharmaceutical Clinical Research firm, and is a member of the Finance Committee for the Town of Rockport, Massachusetts.
Mr. McKenna earned his Juris Doctor degree from Suffolk University School of Law in 1992. He holds a Master of Public Administration degree with a concentration in Urban Planning and a B.A. in Economics and English from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Mr. McKenna is a member of the Massachusetts Bar and is a licensed Real Estate Broker. Mr. McKenna has authored several published works on the real estate industry, community development, and regional planning.
V.G. Narayanan, Ph.D
V.G. Narayanan is the Thomas D. Casserly, Jr. Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School in Boston, MA. His research interests are mainly in managerial accounting, with an emphasis on control issues in inter-organizational settings and aligning incentives in supply chains. Since Dr. Narayanan’s teaching career began at the Harvard Business School in 1994, he has taught a variety of courses, including Financial Reporting, Measuring and Driving Corporate Performance, Management Control and Performance Measurement. Though Dr. Narayanan studies a range of topics, he brings to Leader Bank his expertise in the study of customer profitability measurements and customer relationship management within the retail banking industry.
Peter Palandjian
Peter Palandjian is the Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Intercontinental Real Estate Corporation, overseeing the affiliated operating companies with primary responsibility for Investment Strategy and Institutional Relationships. Prior to joining Intercontinental in 1993, Mr. Palandjian worked as the assistant to the CEO of Staples, Inc. Before joining Staples, Mr. Palandjian was an associate with Bain & Company, an international management consulting firm.
Mr. Palandjian holds memberships with the Pension Real Estate Association (PREA) and the National Association of Real Estate Investment Managers (NAREIM). Currently, Mr. Palandjian serves as a board member of several institutions, including: Board of Overseers for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston; Dana Farber Cancer Institute; Belmont Retirement Board; the New England Chapter of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP); the Tennis Hall of Fame and the Taubman Center at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Mr. Palandjian earned his BA from Harvard University and his MBA from the Harvard Business School.
Eric Silverman
Mr. Silverman is an active entrepreneur and investor in a number of businesses. He is a Founder and General Partner of Eastham Capital, a private real estate investment business based in Newton, MA. He is also a Founder and Partner of Transitions Capital, LLC, a Cambridge, MA-based investment firm with a focus on investments in out-sourced services businesses. Mr. Silverman is also a Principal and Founder of St. James Capital, LLC, a FHA-approved lender specializing in multi-family residential housing financial services. For three years (January 2004 to January 2007) he owned MCMUSA, Inc., a national design/build construction company. And from 1998 through 2001, Mr. Silverman was the President of Aspen Investment Group, Inc. (“Aspen”) working out of Boston, MA. Aspen is a private investment company based in London, England.
Mr. Silverman is also the non-executive chairman of RentGrow, Inc., a company where he served as President from 1995 to 1998. RentGrow provides resident screening tools to the multifamily housing industry. Before joining RentGrow, Mr. Silverman was a Founder and Principal in St. James Mortgage Company, a Fannie Mae-approved residential mortgage banker. From 1991 to 1994, he directed and implemented the company’s retail expansion into Massachusetts and New Hampshire and managed operations in those states. St. James has since spawned Triumph Title, a real estate closing agency in Bloomfield Hills, MI.
In 1986, Mr. Silverman co-founded St. James Financial Corporation, the predecessor and parent of St. James Mortgage Company. At St. James Financial, he advised real estate developers on interest rate risk management. He also worked as a consultant with Recapitalization Advisors, Inc., in Boston, MA, advising real estate developers and owners on the preservation of lower income housing properties through HUD’s LIHPRHA program. Mr. Silverman is also a Vice President of Holtzman and Silverman Construction and Realty, based in Southfield, MI, which is an asset manager of apartment and retail properties. In 2002, he became a founding non-executive director of Leader Bank.
Mr. Silverman graduated from Bowdoin College in 1985 with an AB in Mathematics. In 1991, he earned the degree of Master of Science in Management, with a concentration in Finance, from the MIT Sloan School of Management. He is an active alumnus of MIT, where he served as a judge in the $100K entrepreneurship competition for seven years. He is also an active angel investor in a number of businesses and a member of the Hub Angels, LLC investment group. Mr. Silverman is also on the Board of a number of non-profit organizations including The Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Boston, The Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Network, Partners Continuing Care and Julie’s Fund.
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