2020 NTLA Board of Directors
The NTLA's board consists of experienced tax sale professionals, representing investors, banks, local governments, attorneys and others. The Directors oversee the direction and mission of the association, and an Executive Director who oversees the association's day-to-day business operations.
Bradley P. Westover
Brad Westover manages the daily operations of the Association. He is passionate about raising funds for public education and believes that no success can compensate for failing to fund education in America. He participates on the following NTLA sub-committees: legislative, public relations, tax deed investor group, Certified Tax Lien Professional™ Certification, and NTLA Foundation. He has over twenty years’ experience in assisting local governments with delinquent property tax collections. Brad has invested over $1.5 billion in tax lien certificates from 23 states. He is a nationally recognized speaker and authority on tax certificates. Recently, Brad took the Homeless Challenge in Washington DC and raised over $20,000 for the National Coalition for the Homeless. Brad founded the NTLA Foundation, a fund to assist the elderly and disabled homeowners from losing their homes to a tax foreclosure. He also supports and works with Habitat for Humanity. As a young man, he earned his Eagle Scout award and remains active in the Boy Scouts of America. He holds a BA from Brigham Young University in Communications and an MBA from Nova Southeastern University. In his spare time Brad loves sports of all kinds including: basketball, water skiing, cycling and triathlons. Somewhere along the road, he also learned how to speak fluent Spanish.
Ted Doman is the current SVP, Director of Commercial Banking at Firstrust Bank. Ted has worked at Firstrust since 2005. Firstrust specializes in commercial transactions including tax liens, acquisitions, working capital, equipment and ESOP financing, with a typical lending relationship ranging between $2 million to over $30 million. Firstrust has been active in the tax lien industry for over 10 years, financing tax lien borrowers nationally.
Ted’s career in commercial banking spans over 25 years, starting as a teller in Bucks County Pennsylvania. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance from Susquehanna University. Ted is actively involved in the banking and tax lien communities, currently sitting on the NTLA board and Philadelphia Risk Management Association board (2016-2017 President).
James F. Truitt, Jr.
Attorney at the James F. Truitt, Jr., PA Law firm. James F. Truitt, Jr., is an attorney practicing at his law firm located in Timonium, Maryland. Mr. Truitt's areas of practice are limited to real estate transactions and tax sale litigation. He is admitted to practice in Maryland, all Federal Courts, including the Supreme Court of the United States. Prior to establishing his own law firm and several corporations investing in tax liens in 1994, Mr. Truitt was an assistant attorney general in Maryland for 25 years. Mr. Truitt was the assistant attorney general heading the Civil Rights Division in Maryland. Mr. Truitt received his under graduate degree (B.A. English 1963) from the University of Maryland. He received his law degree (J.D. 1966) from the University of Maryland School of Law. Mr. Truitt is a member of the American Bar Association and the Maryland Bar Association, and is a Certified Tax Lien Professional™.
Treasurer & Past President
John M. Garzone has over 35 years’ experience in the financial services industry including 15 years in the tax lien business. He has served as Chief Executive Officer of XSPAND, JP Morgan’s (and Bear Stearns’) tax lien business from 2006 until 2010. Previously, he had spent over sixteen years with Bear Stearns & Co. becoming a Senior Managing Director in 1997. While at Bear Stearns, Mr. Garzone managed their mortgage conduit operations, consumer bankruptcy finance operations, served as Chief Administrative Officer for a mortgage Hedge Fund and founded and oversaw the mortgage finance and tax lien businesses. Prior to joining Bear Stearns, he was Group Vice President / Head of the Debt Securities Group at Chemical Bank, Senior Vice President of Treasury Operations at Thomson McKinnon Securities and President of its Bank and Trust Co., and a CPA with Coopers & Lybrand. Mr. Garzone, a Certified Tax Lien Professional™, holds a BS/BA Degree in Accounting from Seton Hall University.
Laura McNellis is the REO Manager for First National Assets as well as the Managing Broker of First Point Realty Group, the in house brokerage firm for FNA. As REO Manager, she oversees and facilitates all real estate transactions for the company including land, commercial investment property, residential, multi-family and industrial. Laura also manages all of the marketing and sale of mature tax liens. She has an unparalleled grasp of the Chicagoland market with a predominant focus in the Cook County region. In her short tenure at First National Assets, she has successfully completed over 1,200 transactions.
In her free time, Laura serves as a board member of National Tax Lien Association. She also serves as a board member for The American Ireland Fund Chicago Young Leaders. Her charitable contributions include fundraising, planning and executing The Green Gala event for the Chicago chapter.
Laura is a graduate of Eastern Illinois University, and is a licensed Real Estate Managing Broker in the State of Illinois. She is an active member of NTLA, ICSC as well as Mainstreet Organization of Realtors, NAR and IAR.
Donald R. Dinan
Donald R. Dinan, Esq., is an attorney with the law offices of Goetz Fitzpatrick located in New York and Washington, D.C. He is the National Tax Lien Association's legal counsel on issues and legislation affecting tax lien auctions, tax sales and tax deed foreclosure proceedings. Mr. Dinan's areas of practice include: international trade, litigation, intellectual property and asset-backed securitizations. He is admitted to practice law in Massachusetts, New York and the District of Columbia. Mr. Dinan received his B.S. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business. He received his Juris Doctor from Georgetown University and graduated from the London School of Economics with an L.L.M. in International Economic Law. Mr. Dinan, a Certified Tax Lien Professional™, is an Adjunct Professor in International Law at Georgetown University.
Bruce F. Bronster
Director, Past President
Bruce Bronster is a Partner at Bronster, LLP. He leads the firm’s Tax Lien and Mortgage Foreclosure group, in addition to providing counsel on commercial disputes and general business matters. In his role with the Tax Lien & Mortgage Foreclosure group, he supervises attorneys and paralegals, resolves title issues, manages highly contested and problem cases with novel issues, and acts as primary client contact with institutional clients. Prior to joining Windels Marx in 2008, he managed similar practice groups foreclosing thousands of matters. Mr. Bronster's litigation practice involves representing clients in a variety of industries including real estate, finance, insurance, banking and retail. He leads a team that counsels on a variety of commercial litigation matters, including: myriad types of breach of contract and fiduciary duty in the commercial context; disputes involving promissory notes, indemnification clauses, guarantees and various breaches of leases, tort claims, conversion and replevin, tortious interference and nuisance; and employment law matters, UCC actions, shareholder, membership, and partnership disputes. He is licensed to practice in New York, New Jersey and the District of Columbia, as well as the U.S. District Courts for both the Eastern and the Southern Districts of New York. Mr. Bronster earned a B.S. in accounting, cum laude, magna cum laude, from New York University, a J.D. from New York Law School, and an M.B.A., Beta Gamma Sigma, from Columbia University.
Adam D. Greenberg
Adam D. Greenberg is the Managing Member of the firm of Honig Greenberg, LLC in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. A 1990 graduate of The American University and a 1994 graduate of the Rutgers School of Law, Camden, he is admitted to the bars of New Jersey, Pennsylvania as well as the United States District Courts for the District of New Jersey and the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Mr. Greenberg's practice concentrates in tax and mortgage foreclosure, real property and title litigation and creditor's rights in bankruptcy. His firm represents certificate holders, municipalities, bankruptcy trustees, lenders, landlords, and foreclosure buyers and sellers in various matters throughout the state. He also attends to transactional matters involving the purchase and sale of portfolios of tax sale certificates and their use as collateral in commercial settings. Mr. Greenberg has also served as an expert in title and foreclosure related litigation, including legal malpractice cases. Mr. Greenberg has been a panelist for the annual tax certificate foreclosure course of the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education from 2003 through the present time, the Burlington County Bar Association, The Camden County Bar Association, The South Jersey Title School (for the Title Insurance Profession), First American Title Insurance Agency, the National Tax Lien Association, Certified Tax Lien Professional™ Certification, and the Tax Collector and Treasurers Association of New Jersey.
Director, Past President
Trey has been in the tax lien industry for over 15 years. He joined Tax Ease in November 2004 as an Analyst and was with the company almost since inception. During his tenure, he has helped grow the organization from a small Texas-focused company to a large national institution with AUM of over $200M. While at Tax Ease he has orchestrated the purchase of over $650 million in property tax instruments across 15 states. Prior to Tax Ease’s acquisition by Caz Creek, Trey held the title of CEO.
Trey currently serves on the Board of the National Tax Lien Association (NTLA) and has held the positions of President and Vice President. He also serves on various committees within the organization, including the NTLA Foundation and the Legislative Committee.
Mr. Gulledge has been involved in all aspects of real estate including sales and leasing, property management and real estate finance. He also held the position of Management consultant with Cap Gemini Ernst & Young. Trey received an MBA from Baylor University and also holds a Bachelor’s degree from The University of Texas at Austin. He is also a licensed loan officer and a Certified Tax Lien Professional™.
Robert W. Keyser
Director, Past President
Robert W. Keyser, Esq. is the owner of his law firm, Taylor and Keyser. He represents a broad range of businesses, commercial lenders and individuals in real estate and business transactions, commercial lending, work-outs and bankruptcy related issues. His practice also includes the representation of real estate tax lien and distressed mortgage investors in tax lien and mortgage foreclosures, transactions and related litigation. He represents closely-held corporations, partnership and limited liability companies. Mr. Keyser received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Lafayette College in 1977 and his Juris Doctorate from the Rutgers University School of Law at Camden in 1982. He is admitted to practice before the state and federal courts of New Jersey and Pennsylvania and the United States Courts of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Mr. Keyser is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Tax Lien Association and is a Certified Tax Lien Professional™. In 1995, President Clinton appointed him as a delegate to the White House Conference on Small Business, where he specialized in issues of capital formation and availability. He was formerly a board member of the New Jersey Tax Lien Finance Corporation. He resides in Haddonfield, New Jersey, with his wife, Denise.
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Michael Lenardi joined the Financial Institutions Group at Capital One in January 2018 as a Director focusing on tax lien investors and timeshare developers. He joined Capital One after spending 11 years at BMO Harris Bank where he worked across several lines of business, including middle-market lending, non-profit/tax-exempt financing with an emphasis on governments and municipalities, as well as distressed special assets (workout). Lastly, he focused on a variety of non-bank financial institutions as part of
BMO’s Financial Institutions Group with a primary emphasis on originating and structuring transactions for tax lien investors and residential mortgage originators.
He holds a BS in General Management as well as an MBA with a concentration in Finance from Elmhurst College and is a FINRA Registered Representative (Series 7 and 63).
Director, Elections Chair
Edward Marcus received a BA from Yale University, and LLB and LLD from Yale Law School. The Marcus Law Firm has six attorneys to represent the needs of tax lien investors. Marcus Law Firm has been members of the NTLA since 1997. Mr. Marcus has held the position of Majority Leader of the Board of Alderman in the City of New Haven. Mr. Marcus spent six terms in the State Senate and served as Majority Leader; was the Chairman of the Council of State Governments; Member of the Board of Directors of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation; Chairman of the Finance Committee of the Democratic State Central Committee; Democratic State Chairman for many years; Member of the Executive Committee of the Democratic National Committee; and a member of various commissions. Mr. Marcus further served as Member of the Board of Directors of Woodbridge Bank & Trust Company; Second New Haven Nation Bank; Colonial Bank; Bank of Boston of CT; Boca Raton First National Bank; Branford Savings Bank; and as Member of the National Affordable Housing Committee; and a Member of the National Advisory Board of the Reconstruction Finance Agency. He is also a Certified Tax Lien Professional™.
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Lydia grew up in Clay County, and has served its 235,000 residents as the elected Collector of Revenue since 2011. Lydia has a law degree from Ohio Northern University, where she was a published member of the Law Review, and received multiple academic and moot court honors. She has actively practiced law since 1999, and is admitted to the bars of New Jersey, Missouri, and the US Supreme Court. She has also held a Missouri real estate broker’s license, and worked with the Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City to help attract and grow businesses in blighted portions of the greater Kansas City area. While serving as Collector, she continues to practice law, and teaches classes at local universities.
As an elected official, Lydia enjoys active membership in the local chambers of commerce, and participation in local economic development efforts. She has worked on legislative reform to make life easier for taxpayers, and has forged partnerships with Clay County cities and non-profit organizations. She has been selected to speak to the Clay County bar association on matters affecting the annual tax sale, has previously presented for NTLA, holds the Certified Tax Lien Professional™ certification, and presents annual seminars to help homeowners and investors understand the rules of the Missouri tax sale.
Lydia is an active member of a non-denominational church where she sings on the worship team. She has been married since 1999, and has a son and two daughters. She loves to play the piano, and really loves to ride her motorcycle. Lydia’s mission in life is to make the annoying and painful process of paying taxes manageable, and to offer a smile and hope to those that come to the Collector’s office discouraged or afraid.
Director, Legislative Chair & Past President
Jim Meeks is the President and CEO of MTAG Services. Mr. Meeks has over 25 years of experience in the real estate industry with 17 of those years in specialty asset servicing. He founded MTAG Services in 2010 in a spin-off transaction with Mooring Tax Asset Group. Prior to this, he held various management roles with Mooring Financial Corporation. He joined Mooring Financial Corporation in 1994 as Controller and was appointed Vice President in 1997. He co-founded Mooring Tax Asset Group, an affiliate of Mooring Financial Corporation and was appointed its President in 1999. He has served as the NTLA's past President and Treasurer and is a Certified Tax Lien Professional™. Mr. Meeks received his Bachelor of Science from Virginia Tech, his CPA certificate in Virginia and earned his MBA in Finance from George Mason University.
Donald has been a Director at Finch Investment Group ("FIG") since 2015 and has helped the company grow from a small, Florida-based firm to a large national institution with AUM of over $200MM. While at FIG, Donald has been integral in growing FIG's bulk lien acquisition and servicing capabilities, and has helped FIG expand its portfolio into more than 10 states.
Donald has been a member of the NTLA since 2015 and was elected to the Board of Directors in 2018. He currently serves on the PR/New Markets and Membership Committees.
Prior to FIG, he was a Senior Manager of Strategic Planning and Analytics at Angie's List (Nasdaq: "ANGI"). He has also held past roles working in derivatives for Deutsche Bank and managing the international men's professional tennis rankings for the ATP World Tour. He received his B.A. in History from Davidson College and his MBA from Indiana University.
Marc Rubinsohn serves as the CEO Of Pro Capital. He oversees all business functions from lien acquisition through REO disposition. He has been at Pro Capital since 2013. Under Mr. Rubinsohn’s leadership Pro Capital has started 7 funds and has become a prominent investor in tax liens in various municipalities. Previously he served as CFO of a cloud services firm as well as TD Bank’s United States Wealth Management Division. He got his BS in Accounting from Penn State University.
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