Daniel C. Staton
Mr. Staton founded Staton Capital LLC, a private investment firm, in 2003 and serves as Chairman and Managing Director. He also serves as Co-Chairman of the Board of FriendFinder Networks Inc. (FFN) since July 2012. Prior, he served as Chairman of the Board of FFN from 2004 to July 2012 and Treasurer of the Company from 2008 to 2011. Mr. Staton serves as Chairman and Director of Armour Residential REIT (NYSE: ARR), since 2009 and served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Enterprise Acquisition Corp. from its inception in 2007 until its merger with Armour Residential REIT. Mr. Staton serves as Chairman of the Board of Javelin Mortgage Investment Corp (NYSE: JMI), a mortgage REIT, since 2012. Mr. Staton is Co-Founder and General Partner of Barbican Capital Management, a hedge fund dedicated to the investment in publicly traded real estate investment trust (REIT’s), since 2010. From 1997 to 2007, Mr. Staton served as President of The Walnut Group, a private investment firm that has made over 20 private equity and venture capital investments. Prior to forming The Walnut Group, Mr. Staton served as General Manager and Partner of Duke Associates from 1981 to 1993. With its initial public offering, Mr. Staton became Chief Operating Officer and a Director of Duke Realty Investments, Inc. (NYSE: DRE), a real estate investment trust, from 1993 to 1997. Mr. Staton served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Storage Trust Realty (NYSE: SEA), a real estate investment trust, from 1997 to 1999 and led its merger with Public Storage (NYSE: PSA), where he has served on the Board of Directors since 1999. The Walnut Group was an initial investor and Mr. Staton served as Director of Build-a-Bear Workshop (NYSE: BBW), a specialty retailer with over 300 stores, from 1998 until its initial public offering in 2004. The Walnut Group was an initial investor in Deal$: Nothing Over a Dollar, a specialty retailer which grew from one location to over 65 locations until its sale to Supervalu Inc. in 2001. In connection with other investments by The Walnut Group, Mr. Staton served as a Director of Skylight Financial, a credit card company for the "underbanked," from 1998 until its sale in 2007 and as a Director of Changing Paradigms, a leader in private-label household products, from 1999 until its sale in 2006.
Mr. Staton has also invested in and served as a Director of United Sports Ventures, owner of three minor league baseball and four minor league hockey teams, from 1997 to 2002. Mr. Staton has co-produced or invested in numerous successful Broadway musicals, and plays including The Producers, Hairspray, Jersey Boys, and August: Osage County all of which won the Tony Award for "Best Musical" or "Best Play" as well as A Catered Affair and Smokey Joe's Cafe, Broadway's longest-running musical revue.
Mr. Staton majored in Finance at the University of Missouri and holds a B.S. degree in Specialized Business from Ohio University and a B.S. degree in Business (Management) from California Coast University. Mr. Staton has served as Executive in Residence at both the University of Missouri and Ohio University.