Mr. Staton founded Staton Capital LLC, a  private investment firm, in 2003 and serves as Chairman and Managing  Director. Mr. Staton serves as Chairman and Director of Armour  Residential REIT (NYSE: ARR), since 2009 and served as President and  Chief Executive Officer of Enterprise Acquisition Corp. from its  inception in 2007 until its merger with Armour Residential REIT. Mr.  Staton served as Chairman of the Board of Javelin Mortgage Investment  Corp (NYSE: JMI), a mortgage REIT, from 2012 to 2015 when it was merged  into Armour Residential REIT.  From 1997 to 2007, Mr. Staton served as  President of The Walnut Group, a private investment firm that has made  over 20 private equity and venture capital investments.  Prior to  forming The Walnut Group, Mr. Staton served as General Manager and  Partner of Duke Associates from 1981 to 1993. With its initial public  offering, Mr. Staton became Chief Operating Officer and a Director of  Duke Realty Investments, Inc. (NYSE: DRE), a real estate investment  trust, from 1993 to 1997. Mr. Staton served as Chairman of the Board of  Directors of Storage Trust Realty (NYSE: SEA), a real estate investment  trust, from 1997 to 1999 and led its merger with Public Storage (NYSE:  PSA), where he has served on the Board of Directors since 1999. The  Walnut Group was an initial investor and Mr. Staton served as Director  of Build-a-Bear Workshop (NYSE: BBW), a specialty retailer with over 300  stores, from 1998 until its initial public offering in 2004. The Walnut  Group was an initial investor in Deal$: Nothing Over a Dollar, a  specialty retailer which grew from one location to over 65 locations  until its sale to Supervalu Inc. in 2001. In connection with other  investments by The Walnut Group, Mr. Staton served as a Director of  Skylight Financial, a credit card company for the "underbanked," from  1998 until its sale in 2007 and as a Director of Changing Paradigms, a  leader in private-label household products, from 1999 until its sale in  2006.

Mr. Staton has also invested in and served as a Director of  United Sports Ventures, owner of three minor league baseball and four  minor league hockey teams, from 1997 to 2002. Mr. Staton has co-produced  or invested in numerous successful Broadway musicals, and plays  including The Producers, Hairspray, Jersey Boys, and August: Osage  County all of which won the Tony Award for "Best Musical" or "Best Play"  as well as A Catered Affair and Smokey Joe's Cafe, Broadway's  longest-running musical revue.

Mr. Staton majored in Finance at  the University of Missouri and holds a B.S. degree in Specialized  Business from Ohio University and a B.S. degree in Business (Management)  from California Coast University. Mr. Staton has served as Executive in  Residence at both the University of Missouri and Ohio University.


Chief Investment Officer

Mrs. Staton has served as our Chief  Investment Officer and a Managing Director since our inception.  She  served as Corporate Secretary for Enterprise Acquisition Corp. from its  inception in July 2007 to November 2009.  Mrs. Staton founded Ariston  Capital, an early stage investment company, where she served as Chief  Executive Officer.  Prior to founding Ariston Capital, Mrs. Staton was  an Associate at Blue Chip Venture Company, a venture capital and  leveraged buyout fund based in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Prior to Blue Chip  Venture Company, Mrs. Staton was an Associate in the Financial  Institutions Group at A.T. Kearney, a management consulting firm, in New  York. Prior to A.T. Kearney, Mrs. Staton was an Institutional  Salesperson in the Fixed Income group at Union Bank of Switzerland in  New York where she specialized in trading derivatives and structured  products with U.S. branches of foreign commercial banks.  Mrs. Staton  began her career at Nomura Securities International, where she worked as  a Quantitative Analyst on the equity derivatives trading desk.

Mrs.  Staton holds an M.B.A. and M.S. degree in Real Estate from  Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a B.A. degree in Applied  Mathematics from Harvard College.