Chris Miers is a Managing Director and Head of Investor Relationships, responsible for Prime Finance’s investor relationships and capital raising. Prior to joining Prime Finance, Chris was a Principal at NEPC, a privately held full-service investment consulting firm, where he negotiated and structured investment products and portfolios for a wide range of institutional investors. Prior to NEPC, Chris provided strategic investment counsel to some of the world’s largest institutional investors as a Principal at Bard Consulting. Earlier, Chris worked at Babcock & Brown, a global investment and advisory firm, where he identified and invested in target markets, performed due diligence, originated new and restructured existing investments, and managed investment partner relationships. Chris was also in the investment management group at the Shorenstein Company, where he performed fund management services. Prior to that, he was at AMB Property Corporation (now Prologis) working in various roles, including asset and portfolio management, acquisitions, and fundraising. Chris earned his Bachelor of Science from Babson College and his Juris Doctor from Golden Gate University. Chris is a Counselor of Real Estate (CRE) and a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS). He is on the Board of Directors of the Counselors of Real Estate. Chris is also a member of the Pension Real Estate Association (PREA) Conference Committee and serves as Co-Chair of the PREA Capital Markets Affinity Group.
Bridget Larson is a Managing Director, Human Resources. In this role, she is responsible for leading the Human Resources strategy in alignment with the strategic priorities of the firm, including talent management functions and HR operations. Prior to joining Prime Finance, Ms. Larson was a Vice President, People Operations and Mergers and Acquisitions at Revantage, a global corporate services leader serving Blackstone real estate portfolio companies and investments. Ms. Larson has also held Human Resources leadership roles at EyeCare Partners, a private-equity backed healthcare holding company and William Blair, a Chicago-based boutique investment banking firm. Ms. Larson graduated with distinction from Lindenwood University in St. Charles, MO where she played soccer.
Evan started his career at Quadrant Real Estate Advisors, focusing on sourcing, underwriting, closing, and asset managing balance sheet financings on behalf of institutional capital sources across the U.S., Europe, and Australia. With Quadrant, Evan lived in both Sydney and the U.K. Evan most recently worked for Round Hill Capital in London, where he underwrote and managed equity investments in the U.K. and Ireland. Evan graduated with a B.A. in Mathematical Economics from Colgate University and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®).
Mr. Long is a Director in Prime Finance’s Special Situations group. Prior to joining Prime Finance, Mr. Long was a Vice President in Wells Fargo’s Corporate & Investment Bank where he focused primarily on sourcing, structuring, underwriting and closing balance sheet and CMBS financings as a member of a large loan originations team. Prior to this role at Wells Fargo, Mr. Long was a member of the capital markets group where he advised mortgage REITs and real estate debt funds on a variety of real estate capital markets and securitization transactions. Mr. Long graduated with a B.A. in Economics and B.S. in Human & Organizational Development from Vanderbilt University and earned an M.S. in Commerce from the University of Virginia.
Mr. Chow is a Principal, Head of Capital Markets, Analytics and Trading, and serves on the investment committee for the Long Duration strategies. 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.
Mr. Gutman is a Principal, the Deputy Chief Investment Officer for the Direct Lending strategy, and a member of the Direct Lending Investment Committee. Mr. Gutman also shares responsibility for Prime Finance’s financing and capital markets activity. 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.
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.
John Atwater is a Co-Founding Partner of Prime Finance and serves on the investment committees for all funds managed by Prime Finance. 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.
Jon Brayshaw is a Co-Founding Partner of Prime Finance and serves on the investment committees for all funds managed by Prime Finance. 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 is a Co-Founding Partner of Prime Finance, Co-Chief Investment Officer and serves on the investment committees for all funds managed by Prime Finance. 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.
In his role as a Principal for Prime Group, Mr. Frieman leads the accounting, investor relations, compliance and business technology teams for both Prime Residential and Prime Finance. 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.
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.
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.
Mr. Sutton is Prime Group’s Managing Director – Legal & Chief Compliance Officer. He is responsible for providing legal support to various Prime Group teams and executing 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 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.
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.
Mr. Takata is a Controller 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.
Steve Gerstung is a Co-Founding Partner of Prime Finance, Co-Chief Investment Officer and serves on the investment committees for all funds managed by Prime Finance. 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.
Dan James is a Co-Founding Partner of Prime Finance and serves on the investment committees for all funds managed by Prime Finance. 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.
Mr. Fisher is a Principal and Head of Special Situations and a member of the Special Situations Investment Committee. Prior to joining Prime Finance, Mr. Fisher was the Chief Investment Officer of Equity Investments for Starwood Property Trust’s REIS segment (“Starwood”), where he led a business focused on middle market investment opportunities arising from Starwood’s commercial mortgage backed securities (“CMBS”) exposure and other CRE related special situations. Executing and managing dozens of investments through nonperforming loan acquisitions and direct equity investments in underperforming real estate, Mr. Fisher oversaw all aspects of the acquisition, investment and asset management processes. He was also responsible for the business’ joint venture partnerships and capital markets activities. Prior to this role at Starwood, Mr. Fisher held various positions across predecessor business lines at LNR Property, including roles in credit investment activities, note sales and loan workouts. Mr. Fisher graduated with a B.S. in Economics from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.