Mr. Houlihan is an independent director and head of the Audit Committee at MAXEX. He also serves on the Compensation Committee and brings considerable accounting, community banking, mortgage finance and strategic advisory expertise to the Company. Mr. Houlihan is currently an advisor to LoanCore Capital, a privately owned commercial mortgage originator and manager; and a board member and head of the Audit Committee for Five Oaks Investment Corp (a publicly owned mortgage REIT). He previously served on the board of Tiptree Financial, a publicly owned holding company for insurance, asset management, mortgage originations, and other businesses; Care Investment Trust, a publicly traded equity REIT; and SNL Financial, a privately-held company that maintains a database of financial information on financial institutions, REITs, energy and media. Mr. Houlihan is a private investor and has served as transitional CFO for several distressed companies including two community banks, Amalgamated Bank in New York and Hudson United Bancorp in New Jersey, as well as Metris Companies (credit cards). He has held numerous accounting and auditing positions over more than 35 years in business and finance. Mr. Houlihan has investment banking for financial institutions expertise with UBS, JP Morgan Securities, KBW, Bear Stearns, and Goldman Sachs. Mr. Houlihan received a BS in Accounting from Manhattan College and an MBA in Finance from New York University Graduate School of Business.