Board of Directors
Mr. Webb was appointed Executive Chairman in August 2018. He had served as CEO since 2016. Previously, Mr. Webb had been EVP, CFO and Treasurer of PICO since May 2001. Mr. Webb served in various capacities with the Global Equity Corporation group of companies since 1993, including Vice President, Investments of Forbes Ceylon Limited from 1994 through 1996. Mr. Webb became an officer of Global Equity Corporation in November 1997 and Vice President, Investments of PICO in November 1998.
Prior to joining the Global Equity Corporation group of companies, Mr. Webb worked for KPMG in their London and Toronto offices. Mr. Webb holds a B.Sc. in Biology from the University of London and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales.
Ms. Timian-Palmer was promoted to CEO of PICO Holdings, Inc. in August 2018 and has served as both President and CEO of PICO Holdings, Inc. as of August 2018. Ms. Timian-Palmer has served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Vidler Water Company, our wholly-owned subsidiary which owns water resources and water storage operations in the southwestern United States, since October 2016. Ms. Timian-Palmer has 35 years of experience within the water resources field including both agricultural and municipal water management. During her engineering career she held the position of Utilities Director for Carson City, Nevada, one of the fastest growth areas in the west. Under her leadership, water management programs such as groundwater recharge, conjunctive use management, and wastewater reuse were implemented. Ms. Timian-Palmer has extensive experience in water rights acquisition, rate making theory, water production and storage, water treatment, and supply distribution. She holds State of Nevada licenses for both Professional Civil Engineering and Water Right Surveying. Ms.Timian-Palmer is a 1983 graduate from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering, specializing in water resources.
Ms. Nicole Weymouth was appointed to our Board of Directors in March 2018. Since November 2016, Ms. Weymouth has served as the Deputy Environmental Manager in the New York City office of WSP USA, a global engineering and professional consultancy. She directs the environmental planning group and manages environmental impact statements for large development projects. As an environmental engineer and consultant for over twenty years, Ms. Weymouth has addressed a wide range of environmental issues including water quality and impacts from development on water resources. Ms. Weymouth has worked on behalf of both government and private sector clients on infrastructure and transportation projects such as airport redevelopment, highway expansion, and coastal resiliency. Prior to working at WSP, from Ms. Weymouth was a Senior Environmental Planner at AECOM, from March 2012 to November 2016, where she oversaw multiple environmental assessments for major New York City projects. Ms. Weymouth graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, earning a B.S. in Environmental Engineering, and earned a Masters of Urban and Environmental Planning from the University of Virginia.
Eric H. Speron was appointed to our Board of Directors in January 2016. Mr. Speron is currently an analyst and portfolio manager of three portfolios managed for clients of First Foundation. He also serves as a member of the investment committee of First Foundation Advisors and, as a member of the First Foundation Advisors investment committee, assists in shaping the portfolio investment process and overall asset allocations. Mr. Speron joined First Foundation Advisors in 2007 from JPMorgan’s Institutional Equity division. Mr. Speron is currently a member of the CFA Institute and the Orange County Society of Financial Analysts. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a double major from Georgetown University where he was also voted Academic All-American, Mid-Atlantic, for his academic and athletic accomplishments.
Mr. Bylinsky was elected to our Board of Directors in May 2017. Gregory Bylinsky is a co-founder, partner and portfolio manager of Bandera Partners LLC, an investment firm since July 2006. Prior to founding Bandera Partners, Mr. Bylinsky was a co-founder, partner and portfolio manager of Lime Capital Management LLC, an investment firm from December 1999 to July 2006. Mr. Bylinsky was a managing director of Tower Research Capital LLC, an affiliate of Lime Capital Management LLC, from April 1998 to December 1999. From September 1994 to April 1998 Mr. Bylinsky practiced law at Kaye Scholer LLP, specializing in complex securities and intellectual property litigation. Mr. Bylinsky graduated cum laude from Yale University, earning a B.A. in History and graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School, earning a J.D. Mr. Bylinsky also serves on the board of directors of Fastcase, Inc., a legal data provider.