Mr. Smernoff joined Ellington in January 2007 and has served as our Chief Accounting Officer since April 2018. Mr. Smernoff also served as our Controller from February 2010 until April 2018. Mr. Smernoff is responsible for managing all aspects of our finance and accounting operations. In addition, Mr. Smernoff has served as the Chief Financial Officer of Ellington Residential Mortgage REIT (NYSE: EARN) since April 2018. Prior to that Mr. Smernoff served as EARN's controller since April 2013. From January 2007 through February 2010, Mr. Smernoff was an Assistant Controller for various private entities managed by EMG. Prior to January 2007, Mr. Smernoff was employed as a manager in the assurance practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, where he was primarily focused on providing audit and accounting services to a variety of clients in the investment management industry. Mr. Smernoff is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and holds a B.S. in Accounting and Finance from Boston College.