Philip J. MYers
has been our Chairman, President and Secretary since April 2001. He has also served as President, Treasurer, shareholder and a director of our advisor, Church Loan Advisors, Inc. since 1994, President, Secretary, and a director of the underwriter, American Investors Group, Inc. since 1996, and of its parent company, Apostle Holdings Corp. since 2000. Mr. Myers has been an officer of American Investors Group, Inc. and engaged directly in church mortgage lending since 1989. Mr. Myers owns 100% of the underwriter and advisor. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science in 1977 from the State University of New York at Binghamton and his juris doctor degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law in 1980. From 1980 to 1982, Mr. Myers served as an attorney in the Division of Market Regulation of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C. and, from 1982 to 1984, as an attorney with the Division of Enforcement of the Securities and Exchange Commission in San Francisco. From August 1984 to January 1986, he was employed as an attorney with San Francisco law firm Wilson, Ryan and Compilongo where he specialized in corporate finance, securities and broker-dealer matters. From January 1986 to January 1989, Mr. Myers was engaged as Senior Vice-President and General Counsel of Financial Planners Equity Corporation, a 400 broker securities dealer formerly located in Marin County, California. He became affiliated with American Investors Group, Inc. in 1989. He is an inactive member of the New York, California and Minnesota State Bar Associations. Mr. Myers holds General Securities Representative and General Securities Principal licenses with the National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc. Mr. Myers' nearly 30 years of experience in church lending combined with the practice of law in the securities, corporate and regulatory arenas and his experience as a CEO afford him a comprehensive and broad-based insight into managing the direction, opportunities and challenges of the Company.
Kirbyjon H. Caldwell
has served as an independent director of the Company since 1994. He has been Senior Pastor of Windsor Village United Methodist Church in Houston, Texas since January 1982. The membership of Windsor Village is approximately 14,400. Rev. Caldwell received his B.A. degree in Economics from Carlton College (1975), an M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School (1977), and his Masters in Theology from Southern Methodist University School of Theology (1981). He is a member of the Boards of Directors of Continental Airlines, National Children's Defense Fund, Baylor College of Medicine, Greater Houston Partnership, Advisory Board of Amergy Bank of Texas, NRG, Bridgeway Capital Management and the American Cancer Society. He is also the founder and member of several foundations and other community development organizations. Rev. Caldwell brings to the Company's board a unique combination of talents as a former financial services professional with an MBA and a leading denominational pastor with national recognition. He is uniquely qualified to advise management on the direction and thinking of church leaders, the principal market of the Company.
Michael G. Holmquist
has served as an independent director of the Company since 2003. Mr. Holmquist is a Certified Public Accountant practicing from his office in Deephaven, Minnesota. Prior to entering the accounting field in 1977, he worked for two years as a public school teacher and served four years in the U.S. Coast Guard. He is a graduate of St. Olaf College. Mr. Holmquist was an original incorporator of American Investors Group, Inc. and an employee of the firm from 1986-1989. Mr. Holmquist's experience as a CPA and tax professional qualifies him to lead our Sarbanes-Oxley accounting compliance efforts as well as regularly evaluate our internal control and reporting procedures.
Dennis j. doyle
has served as an independent director of the Company since 1994. He is a shareholder and cofounder of Welsh Companies, Inc., Minneapolis, Minnesota, a full-service real estate company involved in property management, brokerage, investment sales, construction and commercial development. Since 1977, he has held many positions within Welsh's services business ranging from manual laborer to licensed broker to positions in executive management. He has served as Chief Executive Officer of Welsh since 1987. Mr. Doyle has been a director of Welsh REIT since its formation on December 18, 2009. He continues to hold a real estate broker's license in Minnesota. Mr. Doyle is the founder and chief executive officer of Matter (formerly Hope For The City), a privately funded, not-for-profit organization established to fight poverty, hunger, and disease by utilizing corporate surplus. Mr. Doyle is a member of the board of directors of Egan Company, Gresser Companies, Inc., Tradition Capital Bank and a former director of the Rottlund Company, Inc. Mr. Doyle's 40+ years in real estate and years as the CEO of a growing commercial real estate company, in addition to his 20+ years of service on the Company's Board allows him to offer profound insight into the management of the Company's real estate -based lending activities.