Board of Directors
Alan B. Levan
Alan B. Levan formed the I.R.E. Group (predecessor to Parent) in 1972. From 1978 until December 2015, he served as Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Parent or its predecessors. During February 2017, Mr. Alan Levan was reappointed as Parent’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and he continues to serve in such capacities. From December 2015 until his reappointment as Parent’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer during February 2017, Mr. Alan Levan served as Founder and strategic advisor to Parent’s Board of Directors. Mr. Alan Levan has also served as Chairman of the Board of Bluegreen Vacations since May 2017 and from May 2002 to December 2015. In addition, effective January 1, 2020, Mr. Alan Levan was appointed Chief Executive Officer and President of Bluegreen Vacations. From May 2015 until February 2017, he served Bluegreen Vacations in a non-executive capacity. Bluegreen Vacations is a publicly traded company with common stock listed on the New York Stock Exchange (the “NYSE”). Parent currently holds approximately 93% of Bluegreen Vacations’ outstanding common stock. From 1994 until December 2015, Mr. Alan Levan was also Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of BCC, which merged with and into a wholly owned subsidiary of Parent during December 2016 (the “BCC Merger”). He also served as Founder and strategic advisor to the Board of Directors of BCC during that time and currently serves as its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. In addition, Mr. Alan Levan served as Chairman of BankAtlantic, BCC’s former federal savings bank subsidiary, from 1987 until July 2012 when BCC sold BankAtlantic to BB&T Corporation (“BB&T”). Mr. Alan Levan also served as a director of Benihana Inc. (“Benihana”) until August 2012. Parent had a significant investment in Benihana until August 2012 when Benihana was acquired by Safflower Holdings Corp. We believe that Mr. Alan Levan is a strong operating executive and that his proven leadership skills will enhance us and our Board of Directors. We also believe that Mr. Alan Levan, as our Chairman, will provide our Board of Directors with critical insight regarding our business and prospects. Mr. Alan Levan is the father of Jarett S. Levan, who is expected to serve as Chief Executive Officer, President and a director of New BBX Capital and Chief Executive Officer of BBX Sweet Holdings.
John E. Abdo
John E. Abdo has served as Vice Chairman of Parent since 1993 and Vice Chairman of BCC since 1994. He has also served as Vice Chairman of the Board of Bluegreen Vacations since 2002, except for the period from December 2015 until August 2017, during which time he served as Acting Chairman of the Board of Bluegreen Vacations. Mr. Abdo served as Vice Chairman of BankAtlantic from 1987 until the completion of the sale of BankAtlantic to BB&T during July 2012. Mr. Abdo is also President of Abdo Companies, Inc., a member of the Board of Directors of the Performing Arts Center Authority (“PACA”) and the former 20-year President, and current member of the Investment Committee and Finance Committee, of the Broward Performing Arts Foundation. Mr. Abdo also served as a director of Benihana until August 2012, including serving as Vice Chairman of the Board of Benihana from 2009 through August 2012. We believe that, based on his extensive experience as part of the Florida business community and his knowledge of our business and affairs, we will benefit from Mr. Abdo’s contributions to our Board of Directors. We also believe that Mr. Abdo’s real estate background will enable him to provide additional knowledge and perspective to our Board of Directors.
Jarett S. Levan
Chief Executive Officer and President
Jarett S. Levan serves as President of Parent and will be the President and Chief Executive Officer of New BBX Capital. From December 2015 to February 2017, he also served as Acting Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Parent. He has served as a member of Parent’s Board of Directors since September 2009. Since August 2017, Mr. Jarett Levan has served as a director of Bluegreen Vacations. Commencing in 1999 he was a Director and in 2015 he became the Acting Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of BCC until the completion of the BCC Merger in December 2016. Further, Mr. Jarett Levan was the President of BankAtlantic from 2005 to 2007 and was the Chief Executive Officer of BankAtlantic from January 2007 until July 2012 when BankAtlantic was sold to BB&T. Mr. Jarett Levan also serves as a director of Business for the Arts of Broward, the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, the Broward Workshop, the Broward College Foundation and is a member of the Ambassadors Board of Nova Southeastern University. We believe that Mr. Jarett Levan’s operating and management experience, and his knowledge of our business, will allow him to provide insight to our Board of Directors with respect to our business, affairs and prospects. Mr. Jarett Levan is the son of Alan B. Levan, who is expected to serve as our Chairman.
Seth M. Wise
Executive Vice President
Seth M. Wise has served as a director and Executive Vice President of Parent since September 2009. Mr. Wise has also served as Executive Vice President of BCC since August 2012 and as a director of Bluegreen Vacations since August 2017. In addition, since July 2005, Mr. Wise has served as President of Woodbridge Holdings Corporation (including its predecessor, Woodbridge Holdings, LLC) (“Woodbridge”) after serving as its Executive Vice President since September 2003. He also previously was Vice President of Abdo Companies, Inc. We believe that Mr. Wise’s real estate-related experience and background will enhance our Board of Directors’ knowledge with respect to the real estate industry and that our Board will benefit from the insight he brings with respect to our operations and investments.
Marcia Barry-Smith was appointed to the Board of Directors of BBX Capital, Inc. in September 2021.
Marcia Barry-Smith is a renowned and highly respected professional within the South Florida community. Ms. Barry-Smith is President and CEO of MBS Consulting Services, a role she assumed in 2012. Prior to her current role, she served in the banking industry for over 30 years, in which she served as a Senior Vice President and CRA Officer at BankAtlantic and a Senior Vice President of Citizens Federal Bank. During her tenure at BankAtlantic, she also served as Executive Director of the BankAtlantic Foundation from 2009-2012.
During her time at MBS Consulting Services, Ms. Barry-Smith has served as the Director of Community Relations and Outreach and Director of Government Relations, Policy, and Advocacy at Habitat for Humanity of Broward County and has also been engaged by the United Way of Broward as its Executive Housing Strategist. Ms. Barry-Smith has also served on various boards and councils, including Neighbors for Neighbors, Women in Distress, the Broward County Housing Council (serving as its Chair), and the City of Lauderhill Affordable Housing Committee, and has been the recipient of various awards, including the Susan B. Anthony Community Activist of the year award, Lifetime Achievement Award – NPO 2019, and most recently the Jamaican Trailblazer 2021 award. Ms. Barry-Smith was educated at the University of Toronto – Trinity College.
Norman H. Becker
Norman H. Becker was appointed to Parent’s Board of Directors in connection with the completion of the BCC Merger during December 2016 after serving as a director of BCC since 2013. Mr. 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 Vacations since 2003. He also served as a director of Benihana until August 2012. We believe that Mr. Becker’s business, financial and accounting expertise will allow him to provide valuable insight to our Board of Directors and that his accounting and financial knowledge will make him a valuable resource for our Audit Committee.
Andrew R. Cagnetta, Jr.
Andrew R. Cagnetta, Jr. has served as a director of Parent since 2018. Mr. Cagnetta is the Chief Executive Officer of Transworld Business Advisors, LLC, an international business brokerage firm headquartered in West Palm Beach, Florida. We believe that Mr. Cagnetta will be a valuable asset to our Board of Directors based on his understanding of, and connections in, the South Florida business market and his knowledge and experience with respect to business acquisitions and sales, including developments and trends with respect thereto, and other business and financial matters generally.
Steven M. Coldren
Steven M. Coldren was appointed to Parent’s Board of Directors in connection with the completion of the BCC Merger during December 2016 after serving as a director of BCC or its predecessor since 1986. Mr. Coldren is the 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. We believe that Mr. Coldren’s business and financial experience as the President/Founder of Business Information Systems, Inc. and Chairman of Medical Information Systems Corp., combined with his knowledge of our business as a consequence of his long history of service as a director of Parent, will be valuable to our Board of Directors.
Gregory A. Haile
Gregory A. Haile was appointed to Parent’s Board of Directors during October 2019. Mr. Haile has served as the President of Broward College since July 1, 2018. From September 2011 to June 2018, he was the General Counsel and Vice President for Public Policy and Government Affairs for Broward College. Prior to joining Broward College, Mr. Haile was an attorney in private practice. We believe that Mr. Haile will provide valuable input and contributions to our Board based on, among other things, his leadership experience, relationships within and knowledge of the South Florida community, and significant history of board and committee service.
Willis N. Holcombe
Willis N. Holcombe was appointed to Parent’s Board of Directors in connection with the completion of the BCC Merger during December 2016 after serving as a director of BCC since 2003. Dr. Holcombe served as the Chancellor of the Florida College System from October 2007 until his retirement from that position in November 2011 and as interim President of Florida State College at Jacksonville from January 2013 through December 2013. He previously served as the President of Broward Community College from January 1987 until January 2004, as well as interim President from November 2006 to July 2007. Dr. Holcombe also served as a director on the Florida Prepaid College Board from January 2008 through November 2011. We believe that Dr. Holcombe’s academic background and management acumen, including his previous service as Chancellor of the Florida College System, give him a unique perspective to provide meaningful insight to our Board of Directors and that we will also benefit from Dr. Holcombe’s knowledge of, and relationships within, the South Florida community.
Anthony P. Segreto
Anthony P. Segreto was appointed to Parent’s Board of Directors in connection with the completion of the BCC Merger during December 2016 after serving as a director of BCC since 2012 and an advisory director of BCC from 2009 until 2012. Mr. Segreto also served as a consultant to BankAtlantic from October 2009 until the completion of the sale of BankAtlantic to BB&T during July 2012. Mr. Segreto was an integral part of the South Florida NBC news team for 40 years where he was a well- respected reporter and anchor for both sports and news. He has also served on the Boards of a number of nonprofit organizations, including as a member of the Board of Governors of the Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship and the Community Foundation of Broward. We believe that we will benefit from Mr. Segreto’s recognition, relationships and community involvement in Florida, as well as his business acumen.
Neil Sterling has served as a director of Parent since 2003. Mr. Sterling has been the principal of The Sterling Resources Group, Inc., a business development consulting firm, since 1998. He is also the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of SRG Technology, LLC, a software development company. We believe that, as a result of his experience as an executive and business consultant and his resulting exposure to, and knowledge of, numerous companies and industries, Mr. Sterling will be able to bring strategic insight to our Board of Directors. In addition, we believe that he will provide a valuable perspective to our Board resulting from his not-for-profit services as a former member of the Broward County School Board, Founding Chairperson of PACA, and member of the Florida Ethics Commission, among other charitable and not-for-profit services.