Officers & Directors

Officers & Directors

Board of Directors

Morton H. Fleischer

Morton H. FleischerMr. Fleischer has served as the non-executive Chairman of the Board of Directors since STORE’s organization in May 2011. Prior to his role as our Chairman, Mr. Fleischer co-founded Spirit Finance Corporation (now Spirit Realty Capital, Inc. (NYSE: SRC)) ("Spirit"), a real estate investment trust (or REIT), and served as Chairman from its inception in 2003 to February 2010, including the three years that Spirit was publicly traded on the NYSE, 2004 to 2007. Prior to Spirit, Mr. Fleischer founded numerous real estate limited partnerships in the 1980s that were predecessors to Franchise Finance Corporation of America ("FFCA"), a REIT that he formed and took public on the NYSE in 1994. Mr. Fleischer served as FFCA's Chairman of the board of directors and Chief Executive Officer until FFCA was acquired by GE Capital Corporation in 2001. FFCA was the nation's largest publicly traded net-lease REIT and owned or financed over 5,000 single-tenant properties at the time of its sale to GE Capital Corporation in 2001. As a result of over 35 years of experience in the real estate and net-lease industries and the invaluable guidance, support and wisdom Mr. Fleischer provided to us in the early stages of our formation, our executive team considers him an honorary founder of STORE Capital.

Christopher H. Volk
President, Chief Executive Officer and Director

Mr. VolkMr. Volk was one of our founders in May 2011 and has served as our President and Chief Executive Officer and as a director since our organization. With more than 30 years of experience in structuring, managing and financing commercial real estate companies, Mr. Volk led the largest ever real estate limited partnership roll-up transaction of its time in 1994; oversaw the issuance of FFCA's unsecured debt rating in 1995, which was the first unsecured debt rating ever issued to a net-lease REIT; and, in 2005, led the creation of the first commercial real estate master trust debt conduit in the United States designed to finance net-lease assets. Prior to forming us, Mr. Volk co-founded Spirit and served as its President and Chief Executive Officer and as a board member from August 2003 to February 2010. Prior to co-founding Spirit in 2003, Mr. Volk served for over 16 years in numerous capacities with FFCA, including President and Chief Operating Officer and a member of FFCA's board of directors. Mr. Volk continued as Chief Operating Officer of GE Capital Franchise Finance, the new name given to the business following the FFCA acquisition, until December 2002. Mr. Volk is an elected member of the 2019 Advisory Board of Governors for NAREIT, the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts. He received a B.A. degree from Washington and Lee University and an M.B.A. degree from Georgia State University.

Mary Fedewa
Chief Operating Officer and Director

Ms. FedewaMs. Fedewa was one of STORE Capital’s founders in May 2011. As Chief Operating Officer, she leads STORE Capital’s servicing function, which encompasses portfolio management and information technology, and guides staffing and organizational structures within the credit and closing areas. She also leads STORE’s acquisitions team in cultivating opportunities in new and existing markets and growing the demand for efficient net-lease capital solutions among middle market and larger companies. Known throughout the industry for her thorough understanding of the business and her solutions-oriented charisma, Ms. Fedewa has over 20 years of experience in a broad range of financial services.
Prior to co-founding STORE Capital, Ms. Fedewa spent several years investing as a principal in single-tenant commercial real estate for private real estate companies. From 2004 to 2007, she was a Managing Director of Acquisitions at Spirit Finance Corporation, where she originated a significant volume of net-lease transactions in a variety of industries across the United States. She also held a variety of positions within GE Capital, concluding as a Senior Vice President within the Consumer Finance Division. Throughout her GE Capital tenure, Ms. Fedewa held leadership positions within Mortgage Insurance, Private Label Financing and Commercial Finance. While at GE, Ms. Fedewa was awarded a Six Sigma Black Belt and also served as a GE Quality Leader. In 2017, Ms. Fedewa received a coveted Stevie Award for Female Executive of the Year in Business Services. Ms. Fedewa earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management with a concentration in Finance from North Carolina State University and graduated with Summa Cum Laude honors.

Joseph M. Donovan

Mr. DonovanMr. Donovan has served as a director since 2014. Mr. Donovan is currently the non-executive Chairman of the Board and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Fly Leasing Limited, a Dublin, Ireland based commercial aircraft leasing company (NYSE:FLY), which he joined in 2007 prior to its initial public offering. Mr. Donovan also served, from 2009 to 2015, as a director of Institutional Financial Markets Inc. (AMEX:IFMI), a New York City based broker-dealer and asset management company. Mr. Donovan has been involved in investment banking since 1983 and has worked at CS First Boston/The First Boston Corporation, Smith Barney Inc., Prudential Securities and Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC. Mr. Donovan was formerly a licensed certified public accountant. Mr. Donovan holds a B.B.A. degree in Accountancy from the University of Notre Dame and an M.B.A. with a concentration in Finance from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

William Franklin Hipp

Mr. HippMr. Hipp spent over 35 years in commercial banking, where he developed extensive experience with real estate investment trusts (REITs), real estate capital markets and corporate finance. From 2004 until his retirement in 2015, Mr. Hipp was employed by KeyBank in various senior-level roles, most recently as head of the Institutional Capital Group (ICG) for KeyBank's real estate business, which he founded upon joining the bank and ran until his retirement. ICG's mission is to identify real estate-related borrowers, particularly public and private REITs and real estate opportunity funds with effective debt ratings ranging from high yield to mid investment grade, that have a significant need for bank debt and M&A advisory services, and for access to the syndicated loan market, the public equity markets, and the commercial mortgage-backed securities and agency debt markets (Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac). Through the ICG platform, KeyBank provided debt and equity capital and advisory services to real estate-related borrowers; and Mr. Hipp, in his capacity as head of ICG, was responsible for formulating and implementing strategy and for client selection and initial credit and risk decisions. Prior to his employment with KeyBank, Mr. Hipp spent 20 years with BankBoston, as head of its real estate group, and FleetBoston (following the merger of BankBoston and Fleet Financial Group) as co-head of real estate. Mr. Hipp holds a B.A. degree in Economics from Emory University and an M.B.A with a concentration in Finance and Accounting from Tulane University.

Tawn Kelley

Ms. KelleyMs. Kelley joined as a director in 2020. With more than 28 years of experience, she is widely recognized for her leadership in the mortgage industry and her service in numerous industry organizations. As Executive Vice President of Taylor Morrison Home Corporation (NYSE: TMHC) and President of its Financial Services unit, Ms. Kelley contributes to the executive leadership and is responsible for the management, financial performance and long-term growth strategies of its home funding, title services and mortgage funding businesses. She joined Taylor Morrison in April 2009 following its acquisition of Mortgage Funding Direct Ventures, the company managed and owned by Ms. Kelley since 2001, which partnered with home builders to create in-house mortgage subsidiaries. Prior to founding Mortgage Funding Direct Ventures, she worked for NVR Mortgage and Wells Fargo Mortgage (formerly Norwest Mortgage). Ms. Kelley also works to improve the home buying process. In 2011 she established a free qualification improvement program to better position families for home purchase which has since helped more than 2,500 families.

Catherine D. Rice

Ms. RiceMs. Rice has served as a director since 2017. Ms. Rice has over 30 years of experience in the real estate capital and investment markets and in the management and operation of public and private real estate companies. Most recently, Ms. Rice was a Senior Managing Director and CFO of W.P. Carey, one of the largest public global net-lease REITs. While at W.P. Carey, Ms. Rice completed a comprehensive reorganization of the finance, accounting, and IT functions as well as the development of the investor relations and capital markets areas to facilitate the company’s growth plan. She was responsible for financial strategy, public capital-raising initiatives and company-wide strategic evaluation, and was also a member of the operating and investment committees. Earlier, Ms. Rice was a partner at Parmenter Realty Partners, a private real estate investment firm focused on distressed and value-add properties in the southern regions of the U.S. Her responsibilities included both capital raising and investing for the firm’s fourth fund. Prior to that, Ms. Rice was the CFO of iStar Financial, a publicly traded finance company focused on the commercial real estate industry, where she was responsible for financial strategy and capital-raising initiatives, financial reporting and investor relations. Ms. Rice spent the first 16 years of her career as a professional in the real estate investment banking groups of Merrill Lynch, Lehman Brothers and Banc of America Securities. During her career as an investment banker, she was involved in numerous capital-raising and strategic advisory transactions, including REIT IPOs, public and private debt and equity offerings, mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, and asset and corporate acquisitions and dispositions. Ms. Rice received a B.A. degree from the University of Colorado and an M.B.A. from Columbia University.

Einar A. Seadler

Mr. SeadlerMr. Seadler has served as a director since February 18, 2016. Mr. Seadler is the founder and President of EAS Advisors LLC, a management consulting firm specializing in advisory services to senior executives who seek to develop and execute enduring growth, operational improvement and human capital strategies. Prior to starting EAS Advisors in 2016, Mr. Seadler was a managing director of Accenture Strategy, an operating unit of Accenture PLC (NYSE: ACN), which he joined in 2008. His responsibilities included advising senior executives of Fortune 500 companies on increasing shareholder value, primarily in the consumer goods and services, retail, fast food dining, industrial, infrastructure and government sectors. Prior to Accenture, Mr. Seadler served as a leader in McKinsey & Company's Operations Strategy Practice. He has also served in senior executive roles in retail and business services companies, with responsibilities that spanned sales, marketing, operations, real estate, supply chain, technology and finance. Mr. Seadler began his career as a United States Army infantry officer serving in various command and staff assignments, including as an associate professor at the United States Military Academy at West Point. Mr. Seadler is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and received a Master of Science degree from Cornell University.

Quentin P. Smith Jr.

Mr. QuentinMr. Quentin Smith has served as a director since 2014. Mr. Smith is the founder and President of Cadre Business Advisors LLC, a management consulting firm that specializes in strategic planning, business performance improvement, capital formation and turnaround management. Prior to starting Cadre, Mr. Smith was Partner-in-Charge of Arthur Andersen's Desert Southwest business consulting practice with responsibility for business development and client engagement management for Arizona and New Mexico. Mr. Smith has business development, growth and operational profit and loss experience across a wide variety of industries. Mr. Smith also has over eight years of diversified corporate management experience. He is currently on the Board of Banner Health and chairs its Compensation, Risk and Investment Committees and was previously its Chairman. Since January 2015, Mr. Smith has served as a member of the board of directors of Patriot National, Inc. (NYSE:PN), a provider of comprehensive full-service outsourcing solutions within the workers' compensation insurance marketplace, chairs its Compensation Committee and serves on its Audit Committee. He has served on the boards of the Arizona Public Service Company and Arizona MultiBank. He also has served on the boards of Employee Solutions, Inc., Rodel, Inc. and iCrossing, Inc. until those companies were sold or acquired. Mr. Smith holds a B.S. degree in Industrial Management and Computer Science from Purdue University and an M.B.A. in Quantitative Methods from Pepperdine University.