J. Rock Tonkel, Jr. is our President and Chief Executive Officer. He has also served as a member of the board of directors since 2007.
Prior to his current position, he was our President and Chief Operation Officer, a position he held since 2007. Prior to 2007, he was President and Head of Investment Banking at FBR & Co. (currently known as B. Riley FBR, Inc.) ("FBR"). Mr. Tonkel joined FBR in 1994 as Head of Investment Banking’s Financial Institutions Group.
Prior to joining FBR, Mr. Tonkel served as Special Assistant to the Director of the Office of Thrift Supervision, the regulatory agency for the savings and loan industry. At the Office of Thrift Supervision, Mr. Tonkel oversaw the restructuring of many of the nation’s largest troubled thrifts and savings banks.
Mr. Tonkel received his Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Amherst College.