Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer
Alan B. Levan serves as Chairman and CEO of BBX Capital Corporation. Mr. Levan has also served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Levitt Corporation (formerly NYSE: LEV), and Chairman of Bluegreen Corporation (formerly NYSE: BXG).
Mr. Levan is a member of the Nova Southeastern University (NSU) Board of Trustees, Chairman of the Finance Committee, and Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of the Susie and Alan B. Levan NSU Ambassadors Board. He is Founder and Chairman of the BBX Capital Foundation (formerly BankAtlantic Foundation), which has contributed over $15 million to the South Florida community and is one of Broward County’s largest Habitat for Humanity supporters. He is currently a member of WPO, the successor organization of Young Presidents Organization (YPO). Mr. Levan has received Habitat for Humanity’s Spirit of Humanity Award, NSU’s Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame Award, Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce’s Cutting Edge Award, Sun-Sentinel’s Excalibur Business Leader of the Year Award, and Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year award for Florida.
John E. Abdo, President of Abdo Companies, has been the Vice Chairman of BBX Capital Corporation since 1993 and a Director since 1988. He is also the Vice Chairman of Bluegreen Corporation. Mr. Abdo formerly served as Vice Chairman of Benihana, Inc. (formerly listed on NASDAQ: BNHN) from 1990 until August 2012 when Benihana became a privately owned company. In addition, he was Vice Chairman of Woodbridge Holdings Corporation (formerly NYSE: WDG) and its predecessor from 2001 until 2009 when it was merged into a wholly-owned subsidiary of BFC Financial Corporation.
Mr. Abdo is the President of the Broward Performing Arts Foundation, a $60 million theater for the Performing Arts that serves all of South Florida and a member of the Board of Directors of Performing Arts Authority (PACA).
Jarett S. Levan is the President of BBX Capital Corporation and has served on its Board of Directors and that of its former banking subsidiary, BankAtlantic, since 1999. He lends a diverse range of experience, having been CEO and President of BankAtlantic from 2007 to 2012, after joining the company in 1998 as an attorney and since serving in various executive management roles.
Mr. Levan also serves on the boards of the Community Foundation of Broward, Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, Broward Workshop, Nova Southeastern University Ambassador's Board, and is a member of Young President's Organization (YPO). Mr. Levan has been inducted into the Junior Achievement South Florida Business Hall of Fame, recognized for his record of business achievement, excellence, vision, leadership and community responsibility. He is also on the board of the BBX Capital Foundation.
A member of the Florida Bar, Mr. Levan graduated Cum Laude from the University of Miami School of Law, and earned a BBA in Finance from Goizueta Business School of Emory University
Executive Vice President and Director
Seth M. Wise serves as Executive Vice President and Director of BBX Capital Corporation and President of Woodbridge Holdings, LLC. He is also President of BBX Capital Real Estate. Mr. Wise began his career in commercial lending at the former BankAtlantic. Mr. Wise spent 5 years in retail real estate development as an executive with the Washington, D.C. based Targoff and Company and then joined the Abdo Companies as a development partner in 1996. In 2001, he joined Woodbridge Holdings as President of its commercial development subsidiary. He then became Executive Vice President of Woodbridge Holdings in 2003 and ultimately named its President in 2005.
Mr. Wise earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the University of Florida. He serves as a member of the Real Estate Advisory Board of the Center for Real Estate Studies at the University of Florida, member of Leadership Broward, member of the Young Presidents' Organization (YPO), Committee Chair of Nova Southeastern University's Ambassadors Board, Director of JFS of Broward County (a human services non-profit) and a member of the South-East Florida/Caribbean Council of the Urban Land Institute (ULI).
Norman H. Becker is currently, and has been for more than ten years, self-employed as a Certified Public Accountant. Mr. Becker was the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Proguard Acquisition Corp. as well as a member of its Board of Directors until his resignation from such positions during June 2012. Mr. Becker was previously a partner with Touche Ross & Co., the predecessor of Deloitte & Touche LLP, for more than ten years. He has served as a director of Bluegreen since 2003. He also served as a director of Benihana until August 2012 when Benihana was acquired by Safflower.
Mr. Coldren is President/Founder of Business Information Systems, Inc., a distributor of commercial recording systems since 1982. Until 2004, Mr. Coldren was also Chairman of Medical Information Systems, Corp., a distributor of hospital computer systems. Mr. Coldren was a director of the former BankAtlantic for over 26 years and a director of the Company for over 18 years.
Darwin Dornbush has been a Partner in the law firm of Dornbush Schaeffer Strongin & Venaglia, LLP since 1964. Mr. Dornbush also serves as Secretary of Cantel Medical Corp., a healthcare company, and he has served as Secretary of Benihana and its predecessor since 1983. In addition, during February 2009, Mr. Dornbush rejoined the Board of Directors of Benihana, as Chairman of the Board, after serving as a Director of Benihana from 1995 through 2005.
Dr. Holcombe has served as the Chancellor of the Florida College System since October 2007. Dr. Holcombe was the President of Broward Community College from January 1987 until his retirement in January 2004, and he subsequently served as the interim President of Broward Community College from November 2006 to July 2007.
Oscar Holzmann has been director of BBX Capital Corporation since 2002. Mr. Holzmann has been an Associate Professor of Accounting at the University of Miami since 1980. He received his Ph.D. in Business Administration from Pennsylvania State University in 1974.
Joel Levy is currently the Vice Chairman of Adler Group, Inc., a commercial real estate company, and he served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Adler Group, Inc. from 1984 through 2000. Mr. Levy also serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of JLRE Consulting, Inc.
William Nicholson has been a Principal with Heritage Capital Group since 2003. Since 2004, Mr. Nicholson has also served as President of WRN Financial Corporation and, since 2008, he has been a Principal with EXP Loan Services LLC
Mr. Segreto joined WTVJ in 1968 as an intern. During his tenure he worked as a photographer, producer, reporter, and anchor for both sports and news. In 1995, he was honored by the South Florida chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) with the prestigious Silver Circle Award, recognizing over 25 years of excellence in broadcast journalism. A native of South Florida, Mr. Segreto's track record speaks volumes of his enthusiasm and commitment to the charitable causes of the South Florida community. He is a board member of the Dan Marino Foundation, Boys and Girls Club of Broward, and Community Foundation of Broward and is the spokesperson for the 211 Broward, and Forever Family. In addition, he serves on the Advisory Board of the Nova Southeastern University Huizenga School of Business. Further, Mr. Segreto is also a member of the Orange Bowl Committee, and the Board of Directors of the Miami Sports Commission. His Hall of Fame inductions include the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Sports Hall of Champions, for a lifetime contribution to sports and the Miami-Dade College Hall of Fame.
Neil Sterling has been the principal of The Sterling Resources Group, a business development-consulting firm in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, since 1998.
Mr. Winningham is a private investor. He was the President of C.C. Winningham Corporation, a land surveying firm, from 1963 until his retirement in 2003. The Board believes that it benefits from Mr. Winningham's experience in the real estate market resulting from his service as President of C.C. Winningham Corporation for 40 years. Mr. Winningham was a director of the former BankAtlantic for over 36 years and director of the Company for over 18 years.