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Nicholas Alexander, Staff Accountant

Mr. Alexander is an accountant for Prime Finance. Prior to joining the team in 2020, Mr. Alexander spent five years in accounting and finance within the Hospitality & Tourism industries. Mr. Alexander holds a B.S. in Hospitality & Tourism Management with a concentration in Development from New York University.

Michael Dillon, Analyst

Mr. Dillon is an analyst in Prime Finance’s CMBS Investments group in the New York office. Prior to joining Prime, Mr. Dillon was an associate in the Professional Real Estate Program (PREP) at Cushman & Wakefield. Mr. Dillon graduated from Boston University’s Questrom School of Business where he received a B.S. in Business Administration with concentrations in Finance and Real Estate.

 

 

 

Alexandra Walter, Director of Tax

Ms. Walter leads Prime Group’s tax function, having served and advised privately held businesses and their stakeholders for over ten years. Prior to joining Prime, Ms. Walter was most recently with a Private Investment Company and Family Office. She began her career in Public Accounting. Ms. Walter graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History from Dartmouth College. She is a Certified Public Accountant in California.

 

John Atwater, Founding Partner

John Atwater

John Atwater is a Co-Founding Partner of Prime Finance and a member of both the Short and Long Duration Investment Committees.  Mr. Atwater founded Prime Group in 1989 and is Co-Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Prime Group. Mr. Atwater has been involved with all forms of property ownership, management and financing. A graduate of Brown University and Stanford Business School, he has served on a variety of for-profit and non-profit boards, including Montgomery Street Income Securities, Lone Mountain School for Children, The Hamlin School, The California Academy of Sciences (Board Chair 2010-2014), the Corporation of Brown University and the Policy Advisory Board of the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics, UC Berkeley.

Dan James, Founding Partner

Dan James

Dan James is a Co-Founding Partner of Prime Finance and a member of both the Short and Long Duration Investment Committees.  Mr. James is also the Co-Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Prime Group. He joined Prime Group in 1992 and has been involved with all forms of property ownership, management, financing and development. A graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Business School, Mr. James also attended the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He serves on the California Apartment Association Leadership Council and is the past chairman of the California Housing Council.

Jon Brayshaw, Founding Partner

Jon Brayshaw

Jon Brayshaw is a Co-Founding Partner of Prime Finance and a member of both the Short and Long Duration Investment Committees.  Mr. Brayshaw leads the New York office where he oversees Capital Markets and Legal Strategy for the entire platform and focuses on New Business Development.  Prior to forming Prime Finance, Mr. Brayshaw was a Managing Director at Natixis, where he was involved in negotiating, structuring and closing commercial real estate loan transactions. Prior to Natixis, Mr. Brayshaw practiced law in New York at Kaye Scholer LLP. Mr. Brayshaw is a graduate of Bates College and the Fordham University School of Law.

Steve Gerstung, Founding Partner

Steve Gerstung

Steve Gerstung is a Co-Founding Partner of Prime Finance, Co-Chief Investment Officer and a member of both the Short and Long Duration Investment Committees. Mr. Gerstung leads the Chicago office and oversees the Short Duration and Asset Management strategies.  Prior to forming Prime Finance, Mr. Gerstung was a Managing Director and the Head of Distribution for Natixis, where he was responsible for the structuring and sale of subordinate debt. Mr. Gerstung started his career at Nomura Securities after graduating cum laude from Harvard University with a B.A. in Economics.

Scott Douglass, Founding Partner

Scott Douglass

Scott Douglass is a Co-Founding Partner of Prime Finance, Co-Chief Investment Officer and a member of both the Short and Long Duration Investment Committees. Mr. Douglass leads the San Francisco office, oversees the Long Duration Strategy and focuses on New Business Development.  Prior to forming Prime Finance, Mr. Douglass was a Managing Director for Natixis, responsible for the pricing, structuring and execution of all commercial real estate loans intended for securitization. Mr. Douglass started his career at Nomura Securities as part of the CMBS group, after graduating with Honors from Brown University with a B.A. degree in Business Economics and Organizational Behavior and Management.

Luke Dann, Principal, Head of CMBS Investments

Luke Dann

Luke Dann is a Principal, Head of CMBS Investments and a member of the Long Duration Investment Committee. Mr. Dann began his career in CMBS in 1997 at LNR, one of the largest and oldest CMBS investors and special servicers. At LNR, he last headed credit for loan originations and oversaw B-Piece buying immediately prior to joining Prime Finance. While at LNR, he worked on the purchase of 170 new issue CMBS acquisitions totaling over 20,000 loans with a balance of over $270 billion and $4.2 billion of invested capital. He was also involved in the acquisition of over 600 secondary bonds totaling face of $8.1 billion and $1.2 billion invested, and maintained an active role in surveillance and loss projection management. Mr. Dann approved over 600 loans for $6 billion originated by LNR’s conduit. Mr. Dann is on the Board of the Commercial Real Estate Finance Council (CREFC). Mr. Dann graduated from Dartmouth College with B.A. in Government and an MBA from the University of Miami.

John Atwater, Founding Partner

John Atwater

John Atwater is a Co-Founding Partner of Prime Finance and a member of both the Short and Long Duration Investment Committees.  Mr. Atwater founded Prime Group in 1989 and is Co-Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Prime Group. Mr. Atwater has been involved with all forms of property ownership, management and financing. A graduate of Brown University and Stanford Business School, he has served on a variety of for-profit and non-profit boards, including Montgomery Street Income Securities, Lone Mountain School for Children, The Hamlin School, The California Academy of Sciences (Board Chair 2010-2014), the Corporation of Brown University and the Policy Advisory Board of the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics, UC Berkeley.

Dan James, Founding Partner

Dan James

Dan James is a Co-Founding Partner of Prime Finance and a member of both the Short and Long Duration Investment Committees.  Mr. James is also the Co-Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Prime Group. He joined Prime Group in 1992 and has been involved with all forms of property ownership, management, financing and development. A graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Business School, Mr. James also attended the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He serves on the California Apartment Association Leadership Council and is the past chairman of the California Housing Council.

Jon Brayshaw, Founding Partner

Jon Brayshaw

Jon Brayshaw is a Co-Founding Partner of Prime Finance and a member of both the Short and Long Duration Investment Committees.  Mr. Brayshaw leads the New York office where he oversees Capital Markets and Legal Strategy for the entire platform and focuses on New Business Development.  Prior to forming Prime Finance, Mr. Brayshaw was a Managing Director at Natixis, where he was involved in negotiating, structuring and closing commercial real estate loan transactions. Prior to Natixis, Mr. Brayshaw practiced law in New York at Kaye Scholer LLP. Mr. Brayshaw is a graduate of Bates College and the Fordham University School of Law.

Scott Douglass, Founding Partner

Scott Douglass

Scott Douglass is a Co-Founding Partner of Prime Finance, Co-Chief Investment Officer and a member of both the Short and Long Duration Investment Committees. Mr. Douglass leads the San Francisco office, oversees the Long Duration Strategy and focuses on New Business Development.  Prior to forming Prime Finance, Mr. Douglass was a Managing Director for Natixis, responsible for the pricing, structuring and execution of all commercial real estate loans intended for securitization. Mr. Douglass started his career at Nomura Securities as part of the CMBS group, after graduating with Honors from Brown University with a B.A. degree in Business Economics and Organizational Behavior and Management.

Steve Gerstung, Founding Partner

Steve Gerstung

Steve Gerstung is a Co-Founding Partner of Prime Finance, Co-Chief Investment Officer and a member of both the Short and Long Duration Investment Committees. Mr. Gerstung leads the Chicago office and oversees the Short Duration and Asset Management strategies.  Prior to forming Prime Finance, Mr. Gerstung was a Managing Director and the Head of Distribution for Natixis, where he was responsible for the structuring and sale of subordinate debt. Mr. Gerstung started his career at Nomura Securities after graduating cum laude from Harvard University with a B.A. in Economics.

Luke Dann, Principal, Head of CMBS Investments

Luke Dann

Luke Dann is a Principal, Head of CMBS Investments and a member of the Long Duration Investment Committee. Mr. Dann began his career in CMBS in 1997 at LNR, one of the largest and oldest CMBS investors and special servicers. At LNR, he last headed credit for loan originations and oversaw B-Piece buying immediately prior to joining Prime Finance. While at LNR, he worked on the purchase of 170 new issue CMBS acquisitions totaling over 20,000 loans with a balance of over $270 billion and $4.2 billion of invested capital. He was also involved in the acquisition of over 600 secondary bonds totaling face of $8.1 billion and $1.2 billion invested, and maintained an active role in surveillance and loss projection management. Mr. Dann approved over 600 loans for $6 billion originated by LNR’s conduit. Mr. Dann is on the Board of the Commercial Real Estate Finance Council (CREFC). Mr. Dann graduated from Dartmouth College with B.A. in Government and an MBA from the University of Miami.

Luke Dann, Principal, Head of CMBS Investments

Luke Dann

Luke Dann is a Principal, Head of CMBS Investments and a member of the Long Duration Investment Committee. Mr. Dann began his career in CMBS in 1997 at LNR, one of the largest and oldest CMBS investors and special servicers. At LNR, he last headed credit for loan originations and oversaw B-Piece buying immediately prior to joining Prime Finance. While at LNR, he worked on the purchase of 170 new issue CMBS acquisitions totaling over 20,000 loans with a balance of over $270 billion and $4.2 billion of invested capital. He was also involved in the acquisition of over 600 secondary bonds totaling face of $8.1 billion and $1.2 billion invested, and maintained an active role in surveillance and loss projection management. Mr. Dann approved over 600 loans for $6 billion originated by LNR’s conduit. Mr. Dann is on the Board of the Commercial Real Estate Finance Council (CREFC). Mr. Dann graduated from Dartmouth College with B.A. in Government and an MBA from the University of Miami.

Lyndsay Stephenson, Managing Director

Lyndsay Stephenson

Ms. Stephenson is a Managing Director in Prime Finance’s CMBS Investments group. Prior to joining Prime, Ms. Stephenson was a Vice President at Starwood Mortgage Capital in its credit and underwriting group. During her five-year tenure at Starwood, Ms. Stephenson underwrote over 140 CMBS loans with an aggregate face value of $1.65 billion. Prior to Starwood, Ms. Stephenson spent five years working at RREEF America, L.L.C., where she was responsible for sourcing, underwriting and asset managing mezzanine and B-note investments for transitional properties. Ms. Stephenson began her career at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where she was involved with the valuation of regional shopping malls. Ms. Stephenson graduated from the University of Connecticut with a B.S. in Real Estate and Urban Economic Studies.

Jordan May, Vice President

Mr. May is an Vice President in Prime Finance’s CMBS Investments group in the New York office. Prior to joining Prime, Mr. May was an analyst at KeyBank Real Estate Capital in the CMBS securitization and underwriting groups. Mr. May graduated from Kansas State University receiving a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Financial Management and a minor in Economics.

Benjamin Payner, Associate

Mr. Payner is an Associate in Prime Finance’s CMBS Investments group in the New York Office. Prior to joining Prime, Mr. Payner was a Corps Member in AmeriCorps’ City Year program where he taught 8th grade Math and English at a public school in Harlem, New York. Mr. Payner graduated with High Honors with Distinction in American Studies from Kenyon College in 2015.

Stephen Chow, Managing Director

Stephen Chow

Mr. Chow is a Managing Director with joint responsibility for Prime Finance’s financing and capital markets activity including overseeing the financing of the Fund’s assets, facilitating joint ventures and structuring participation and senior/subordinate investments. In addition, Mr. Chow supports Prime Finance’s CMBS investment activities and oversees the structuring, modeling and analytics functions across the platform. Prior to joining Prime Finance, Mr. Chow was a Portfolio Manager at UBS, responsible for the trading, surveillance, and risk management of a multi-billion portfolio consisting of cash and synthetic CMBS, CRE CDO, Esoteric ABS, Insurance-Linked, and ABS CDO securities. Prior to this role, he held various trading, structuring, banking, and research roles within the Securitized Products Groups at UBS and Credit Suisse. Mr. Chow graduated from Cornell University with a B.A. in Computer Science and a B.A. in Economics.

Erik Gutman, Managing Director

Erik Gutman

Mr. Gutman is a Managing Director with joint responsibility for Prime Finance’s financing and capital markets activity including overseeing the financing of the Fund’s assets, facilitating joint ventures and structuring participation and senior/subordinate investments. In addition, Mr. Gutman advises Prime Finance’s origination teams on loan structuring and pricing decisions during the investment sourcing process and is a required participant during each Short Duration investment committee presentation. Prior to joining Prime Finance, Mr. Gutman held various Real Estate Capital Markets and Real Estate Investment Banking roles with Citi, Macquarie ABN AMRO/LaSalle Bank and Fitch Ratings. Mr. Gutman completed the General Course at The London School of Economics and Political Science, graduated with honors from The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a B.S. in Finance and has an MBA from Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management.

Gustavo Brillembourg, Vice President

Mr. Brillembourg is a Vice President with the Capital Markets team in the New York office. He graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2014 receiving a Bachelor of Arts with a major in European Studies and a minor in Financial Economics. Prior to graduation Gustavo interned at Boston Properties where he worked with both the leasing and development teams.

Da Cheng Liu, Associate

Mr. Liu, who goes by DC, is an Associate with the Capital Markets team in the New York office. He graduated from Cornell University’s SC Johnson College of Business, earning a Bachelor of Science with a major in Hotel Administration, a minor in Real Estate, and concentration in Investment Banking. Prior to graduation, DC interned at Verizon’s headquarters where he worked on their $26 billion real estate portfolio transactions and real estate asset downsizing strategic planning initiative. Prior to joining Prime Finance, DC was a Real Estate Portfolio Management Analyst at Verizon.

Josh Frieman, Principal and Chief Compliance Officer

Josh Frieman

In his role as a Principal for Prime Group, Mr. Frieman leads the accounting, investor relations and business technology teams for both Prime Residential and Prime Finance. He also serves as the Chief Compliance Officer for both Prime Finance and Prime Residential. Mr. Frieman joined Prime Group in 2005 and has been involved in all facets of real estate investment, finance and administration including leadership roles in over $5 billion of real estate transactions. Prior to that, he was an advisor to distressed businesses, overseeing numerous restructurings and liquidations. Earlier in his career, Mr. Frieman practiced corporate law with Latham & Watkins and served as the General Counsel for a start-up technology company. Mr. Frieman graduated with honors from University of California at Berkeley and Harvard Law School.

Dan Leonard, Senior Controller

Dan Leonard

Mr. Leonard is the Senior Controller for Prime Finance and Prime Group. He oversees ownership accounting, tax, and treasury functions for over $3.5 billion of assets. Prior to joining Prime Group in 2004 as Senior Controller, Dan was in charge of the U.S. accounting for Kumagi Gumi and Kabuto International, two large Japanese development companies. Spending approximately 10 years with each company, his experience includes the acquisition, finance, development, management, construction, operation, and sale of real estate. Dan is a graduate of the University of San Diego.

Brian Schneider, Managing Director

Brian Schneider

Mr. Schneider leads Prime Finance’s fund raising and investor relationships. Before joining Prime Finance, Mr. Schneider built and ran large real estate and real asset investment portfolios for Morgan Stanley AIP, Medley Partners, the University of Pennsylvania, as well as DuPont and TRW pension plans. Earlier in his career, Mr. Schneider worked at Prudential, MetLife and First Texas Savings in lending and asset management. Mr. Schneider holds a B. A. in Economics from Connecticut College and an MBA in Real Estate/Finance from The University of Texas at Austin.

Steven Sutton, Counsel and Deputy Chief Compliance Officer

Steven Sutton

Mr. Sutton is Prime Group’s Counsel and Deputy Chief Compliance Officer. He is responsible for providing legal support to various Prime Group teams, as well as assisting the Chief Compliance Officer in designing and maintaining Prime Group’s compliance program. Prior to joining Prime Group, Mr. Sutton practiced corporate law at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP where he counseled private equity sponsors in fund formation and SEC registration and compliance matters. Mr. Sutton graduated from UCLA with honors and the UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) and is a member of the State Bar of California.

Malar Chin, Controller

Malar Chin

Ms. Chin is a Controller for Prime Finance. Prior to joining Prime Group in 2010 as a Senior Accountant, Malar began her career in public accounting at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) where she was the auditor-in-charge of public, private and venture capital clients. Malar holds a B.A. in Business Management Economics from University of California, Santa Cruz and she is a certified public accountant.

Christopher Takata, Accounting Manager and Compliance Officer

Mr. Takata is an Accounting Manager and Compliance Officer for Prime Finance. Prior to joining Prime Finance in 2012, Chris worked as an Accounting Analyst for a small business in San Diego where he maintained the company’s books. Chris holds a B.S. in Management Science and a Professional Accounting Certificate from the University of California, San Diego.

Stephanie Feng, Treasury Manager

Ms. Feng is a Treasury Manager for Prime Finance. Prior to joining Prime Group in 2016, Stephanie began her career in public accounting at Deloitte & Touché where she was the senior auditor of real estate investment funds clients. Stephanie holds a B.S. in Finance and Accounting from University of San Francisco and she is a certified public accountant.

Drew Markovich, Senior Accountant

Mr. Markovich is a Senior Accountant for Prime Finance. He has been a member of Prime Group since 2012 and prior to joining Prime Finance in 2018, Drew worked for Prime Residential for 6 years in accounting.  Mr. Markovich holds a B.A. in Business Management Economics from The University of California, Santa Cruz and has been an active licensed CPA since 2016.

Munhjin Togtohbayar, Staff Accountant

Ms. Togtohbayar is an accountant for Prime Finance. Prior to joining Prime Group in 2016, Munhjin began her career in public accounting as a tax accountant. Munhjin holds a B.A. in Economics and a B.S. in Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Cynthia Marchesani, Investor Relations Associate

Ms. Marchesani is the Investor Relations Associate for Prime Group and is based in the San Francisco office. Prior to joining Prime in 2006, Cynthia handled operational and administrative duties for a project team at The Nature Conservancy – California. Cynthia holds a B.A. in Government from Oberlin College.

Kyle Destiche, Investor Relations Coordinator

Mr. Destiche is an Investor Relations Coordinator for Prime Group. Prior to joining Prime Group in 2018, he worked at 643 Capital Management on the Operations team coordinating the acquisitions of residential properties. Mr. Destiche holds a B.A. from San Francisco State University.