Mr. Gimbel joined Optima in 2004 and is responsible for portfolio risk management at Optima, as well as new business development for the Middle East region. Mr. Gimbel also served as chief executive officer of American Farmland Company, a publicly traded real estate investment trust that was sponsored by an affiliate of Optima prior to its IPO. Prior to joining Optima, Tom was with Credit Suisse Asset Management, where he was a Managing Director for Hedge Fund Investments in charge of originating hedge fund investments and structured fund-of-funds offerings. Mr. Gimbel was previously head of the Hedge Fund Department at DLJ and prior to that, he was Managing Director in Investment Banking at PaineWebber and Chairman of PaineWebber Futures Management Corporation. Earlier in his career, he was Vice President and Treasurer of Smith Barney’s real estate acquisition and syndication subsidiary, having begun his career in investment banking in 1978. Mr. Gimbel has a B.A. in economics from Bowdoin College and an MBA in finance from Columbia Business School. He is a member of the Board of Overseers of Children’s Hospital in Boston, Director of Lighthouse Guild and a Director of Prime Energy Corporation. He has had a number of articles published in industry publications and has presented at numerous conferences and institutional investor forums.