Dr. Steven Lerner is a director of Yadkin Bank and Yadkin Financial Corporation, which he joined as a director in July 2014 following the merger of VantageSouth Bancshares, Inc. and Piedmont Community Bank Holdings, Inc. with Yadkin Financial Corporation. Prior to the merger, Dr. Lerner served as a director of VantageSouth Bancshares, Inc. since November 2011, and as Vice Chairman of Piedmont Community Bank Holdings, Inc. since he co-founded the company in 2009. He has served as the Chairman of FGI Research, a provider of online market research services, since he founded the company in 1981. From 2000-2012, Dr. Lerner served as Chairman of Capstrat, Inc., a strategic marketing communication firm, and he was Chairman of Yankelovich, Inc., a consumer research firm, from 2000-2008. Dr. Lerner serves on the board of advisors of Bandwidth.com, a provider of next generation communications services. Dr. Lerner served as a member of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill board of trustees until July 2015.