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Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Tom Lopp
Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and President
Mr. Lopp was appointed Chairman and Chief Executive Officer in November 2019. Mr. Lopp has served as President since 2016 and served as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer from 2002 to November 2019. In 2015, he obtained additional responsibility as the executive in charge of the Southern California expansion. Mr. Lopp joined Sterling in 1997 and prior leadership positions include Director of the Consumer Loan Division and Divisional Controller. Prior to Sterling,  he served as a senior financial analyst at First of America Bank Corporation, credit card product manager at NBD Bank, N.A., and credit card portfolio analyst for Security Bancorp, Inc., later acquired by First of America Bank Corporation. Mr. Lopp has a B.B.A. in Finance from Walsh College.
Chairman of the Board
    Barry Allen
    Director

    Mr. Allen, CPA has served as a member of our Board since 1998. He has also been a member of the board of directors, and chairman of the audit committee since 1998. Mr. Allen was the Regional Managing Partner, Owner, Member of the Management Committee, and Director of Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP. Mr. Allen began his career at PriceWaterhouseCoopers, LLP as a junior accountant. In 1972, he founded Barry Allen & Associates, P.C. and developed it into a prestigious boutique CPA and Tax Firm, providing services to small and medium sized companies. In 1982, he partnered with another firm and formed Nemes Allen & Company, PLLC, where he was Managing Partner until 2003. Mr. Allen served middle market companies and high net worth individuals. Mr. Allen has previously served on the Board of Directors and acted as Treasurer of Forgotten Harvest, a food rescue organization. Additionally, he served on the Board of Directors of Pathway Family Centers, an adolescent addiction and recovery center. He currently serves on the Board of the Riviera Dunes Marina Condominium Association as Treasurer, and on the Board of Legend Valve, Inc., a non-publicly traded company.  He has a BBA from the University of Detroit, and is a certified public accountant. He also was a Certified Insolvency and Reorganization Accountant, and had a State of Michigan Insurance License in the past.

    Financial Expert
    Peggy Daitch
    Director
    Ms. Daitch joined the Board in 2019. She brings over 40 years of experience as a highly respected and recognized advertising and marketing executive, innovative thinker and community leader. She spent the majority of her career with Conde Nast where she was the leader of Detroit's Conde Nast office representing, at its peak, 29 of America’s most celebrated magazine titles and online sites including Vogue, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Golf Digest, Architectural Digest, Wired, Bon Appetit, epicurious.com; concierge.com; and wired.com. Ms. Daitch has also represented titles from Hearst Corporation, National Geographic and other leading media companies. After retiring from advertising, she pivoted to her current role at Strategic Philanthropy, Ltd. stewarding the growth of the 20-year old philanthropic advisory firm in Michigan. Ms. Daitch is a graduate of the University of Michigan.
    Financial Expert
      Seth Meltzer
      Director

      Mr. Meltzer has served as a member of our Board since 2000. Mr. Meltzer is President and CEO of the Seligman Group, a family owned real estate and investment company. Previously, Mr. Meltzer held leadership positions for various subsidiaries of the Seligman Group. In 1998, Mr. Meltzer began working for Seligman & Associates, Inc. as its Vice President until his promotion to President. Mr. Meltzer led the Bank's initial development of online banking and has since run the Seligman Group's management affiliate (Seligman Western Enterprises, Ltd.). Prior to Seligman, Mr. Meltzer interned at Sterling Bank and Trust, F.S.B..  Mr. Meltzer is a director of the Seligman Family Office. He is a director of both the Company and the Seligman Group. He has a BS in Finance from the University of Arizona.

        Sandra Seligman
        Director

        Ms. Seligman has served as a member of our Board since its inception in 1984. Ms. Seligman is a philanthropist, actively dedicating her professional time and expertise to the charitable communities of Greater Detroit, Miami, and New York City. Through the Seligman Family Foundation, she contributes to the Mount Sinai Medical Center in Florida, the University of San Francisco Medical Center in California, the Beaumont Health System, and Wayne State University Medical School in Michigan. Ms. Seligman is also a director of the Wolfsonian-Florida International University, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Detroit, the Detroit Institute of Arts, and the Jewish Women's Foundation of the Jewish Federation of Detroit. She has a BS from Michigan State University.

        Peter Sinatra
        Director

        Mr. Sinatra has served as a member of our Board since 2004 and as CEO of Quantum since 2010.  He was Chairman of the Compensation Committee from 2008 until 2017.  Mr. Sinatra is also a Senior Managing Partner with The Seligman Group Family Office where he is a member of the Investment Committee, managing traditional and privately held investments in the community banking, commercial real estate, aerospace, film, and asset management industries. Prior to joining Seligman, Mr. Sinatra held leadership positions with Bank of America, N.A. in Divisional Sales Management and with Fidelity Investments in Product Management & Development. Mr. Sinatra began his career at Arthur Andersen & Co. as a consultant in the financial services industry. Mr. Sinatra has served on numerous boards, including Sentient Flight Group from 2007 to 2009. He is a member of the CFA Institute, the San Francisco Security Analysts Society, and the Investment Management Consultants Association (IMCA). Mr. Sinatra received his BA in Mathematics from College of the Holy Cross.

          Rachel Tronstein Stewart
          Director
          Ms. Tronstein Stewart joined the Board in 2018.  She is currently the President of Gardner-White Furniture, a Michigan furniture retailer founded in 1912. Prior to joining Gardner-White Furniture in 2012, Ms. Tronstein Stewart worked in clean energy technologies, most recently at the U.S. Department of Energy.  She helped to develop the Department’s SunShot Initiative, a project to make solar energy cost-competitive with traditional sources of electricity by 2020. Previously, she focused on the clean energy portfolio at former President Clinton’s Clinton Global Initiative.  She was recently appointed the Board Chair of New Detroit, a coalition of leaders working towards racial equity in Metropolitan Detroit. Ms. Tronstein Stewart earned an MSc from the London School of Economics and a BA from the University of Michigan.
          Benjamin Wineman
          Director

          Mr. Wineman has served as a member of our Board since 2013. Mr. Wineman has extensive commercial real estate and financial experience. Currently, He is a Principal at Mid-America Real Estate Corporation. Based in Chicago, Illinois, the firm is a part of Mid-America Real Estate Group, a midwestern full-service retail real estate organization with offices in Chicago, Detroit, Milwaukee, and Minneapolis. Mr. Wineman co-leads Mid-America's Retail Investment Sales Group, focusing specifically on the disposition of shopping centers and retail properties throughout the greater Midwest region for institutional, REIT, and private owners. Prior to employment with Mid-America, Mr. Wineman worked at LaSalle Investment Management (JLL) as a Financial Analyst in the Private Equity Acquisitions Group, where he was responsible for the valuation, due diligence, and closing of commercial real estate transactions on behalf of its institutional pension fund clients. Within the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), he is a member of the Illinois State Committee and the Government Relations National Economic Policy Sub-Committee. Within the community, Mr. Wineman is a member of the Executive Committees of the Harold E. Eisenberg Foundation and the Ravinia Festival Associates Board, where he is the incoming Board President. Mr. Wineman graduated from DePauw University with a Bachelor's of Arts Degree.

          Lyle Wolberg
          Director

          Mr. Wolberg joined our Board in 2017. He is one of the founding partners of Telemus Capital Partners, a financial advisory firm he co-founded in 2005. Mr. Wolberg was a former Financial Advisor at Merrill Lynch and Senior Vice President-Investments at UBS Financial Services. Mr. Wolberg has more than twenty years of industry experience across all facets of financial wealth planning and investment management. He is a certified financial planner. He also serves on the Executive Board of Temple Shir Shalom, is a trustee for the Children's Hospital of Michigan Foundation, and is Past President and Co-Founder of the Berkley Educational Foundation. Mr. Wolberg has a B.B.A. in Finance from the University of Michigan.