John Atwater, Founding Partner

John Atwater

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, Founding Partner

Jon Brayshaw

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, Founding Partner

Scott Douglass

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.

Steve Gerstung, Founding Partner

Steve Gerstung

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, Founding Partner

Dan James

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.

John Atwater, Founding Partner

John Atwater

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, Founding Partner

Jon Brayshaw

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, Founding Partner

Scott Douglass

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.

Steve Gerstung, Founding Partner

Steve Gerstung

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, Founding Partner

Dan James

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.

Shawn Cully, Managing Director

Shawn Cully

Mr. Cully is a Managing Director in the San Francisco office and focuses on investment sourcing, credit and underwriting analysis, due diligence and investment closing. Prior to joining Prime Finance, he was an Associate at Fillmore Capital Partners, a manager of high-yield debt funds specializing in operating-intensive real estate. From 2006 to 2008, Mr. Cully was an Analyst at Countrywide Commercial Real Estate Finance, working within the firm’s Structured Finance group. Mr. Cully graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in Economics.

Jerad Slagle, Managing Director

Jerad Slagle

Mr. Slagle is a Managing Director in the San Francisco office and focuses on investment sourcing, credit and underwriting analysis, due diligence and investment closing. Prior to joining Prime Finance in September 2011, Mr. Slagle was an Assistant Vice President at Wells Fargo in their Real Estate Banking Group where he spent four years. Mr. Slagle graduated magna cum laude from the University of Southern California with a B.S. in Business Administration.

Roy Bezkostny, Vice President

Mr. Bezkostny is a Vice President in the San Francisco office. Roy focuses on loan originations and credit and underwriting analysis. Prior to joining Prime, Roy worked as a Real Estate Investment Analyst for Read Investments, where he performed acquisition and asset management underwriting for properties throughout Northern California, Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. Roy graduated with Honors from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.A. in Urban Studies and an emphasis in Real Estate & Urban Land Economics.

Patrick Reed, Vice President

Mr. Reed is a Vice President in the San Francisco office. Patrick focuses on loan originations and credit and underwriting analysis. Prior to joining Prime, Patrick worked as a Senior Analyst for Värde Partners, where he focused on underwriting real estate investments including bridge and mezzanine loans, preferred equity, and loan portfolio opportunities across the United States and as a Manager for The Concord Group, a real estate advisory firm. Patrick graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in Economics.

Catherine Tatlock, Managing Director

Catherine Tatlock

Ms. Tatlock is a Managing Director in the Chicago office. Since joining Prime Finance in 2010, Ms. Tatlock has originated, underwritten and/or closed 98 investments for the firm totaling more than $3.0 billion in debt. Prior to joining Prime Finance, Ms. Tatlock was a Manager in the Credit & Underwriting group at Wrightwood Capital, a Chicago-based private CRE structured finance company. While at Wrightwood, she underwrote 27 transactions totaling approximately $500 million in debt and equity investments. Ms. Tatlock has also worked at PepsiCo in the Gatorade Commercial Finance group and at Deloitte Consulting as a consultant. Ms. Tatlock graduated with distinction from the University of Michigan Business School with a BBA and has an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.

Lauren Dieter, Managing Director

Lauren Dieter

Ms. Dieter is a Managing Director in the Chicago office and focuses on investment sourcing, credit and underwriting analysis, due diligence and investment closings. Prior to joining Prime Finance, Ms. Dieter was an Associate Managing Director at The PrivateBank and Trust (“PrivateBank”). In her role at PrivateBank, she managed a portfolio of distressed commercial mortgage loans and OREO properties. Prior to joining PrivateBank, she was an underwriter and asset manager at Anglo Irish Chicago Corp. Ms. Dieter graduated with Honors from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University in Bloomington.

David Perkel, Managing Director

David Perkel

Mr. Perkel is a Managing Director in the Chicago office. He is responsible for legal oversight for loan originations and asset management. Prior to joining Prime Finance, David practiced law at Kirkland & Ellis LLP and was a judicial law clerk in the Chancery Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Northwestern University School of Law.

Kyle McElwee, Director

Mr. McElwee is a Director in the Chicago office. Kyle works on loan originations focusing on credit and underwriting analysis. Kyle holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with dual majors in Real Estate and Finance from Marquette University. After graduating, Kyle worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers in the Financial Instruments, Structured Products and Real Estate group where he performed real property and loan underwriting analysis, due diligence and valuation.

Patrick Weisseg, Vice President

Mr. Weisseg is a Vice President in the Chicago office. Patrick works on loan originations focusing on credit and underwriting analysis. Prior to joining Prime Finance, Patrick worked at Pearlmark Real Estate where he was responsible for analyzing new equity and mezzanine loan investment opportunities, due diligence, valuation, and asset management. Patrick holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Iowa and a Master of Accounting degree from the University of Arizona. Patrick is a Certified Public Accountant.

Jeff Lehman, Managing Director

Jeff Lehman

Mr. Lehman is a Managing Director and is primarily responsible for structuring and negotiating loan originations. Prior to joining Prime Finance, Mr. Lehman was a Managing Director in the merchant banking group of BGC Partners, Inc. and Senior Legal Counsel at Hypo Real Estate Capital Corporation. Mr. Lehman practiced law at Sidley Austin LLP and Proskauer Rose LLP. Mr. Lehman is a graduate of Brandeis University and Brooklyn Law School.

Paul Oliveri, Managing Director

Paul Oliveri

Mr. Oliveri is a Managing Director in the New York office and focuses on investment sourcing, credit and underwriting analysis, due diligence and investment closing. Prior to joining Prime Finance, Mr. Oliveri worked in the Institutional Markets Group at MUFG Union Bank, N.A. (formerly PB Capital Corporation, a subsidiary of Deutsche Postbank AG). During that time, he focused on structuring, underwriting, closing and performing due diligence on various transactions ranging in size from $50 to $200 million. Mr. Oliveri later joined the workout group to manage non-performing loans, working to maximize the bank’s recovery through restructurings, foreclosure and property management. Mr. Oliveri graduated with honors from Lehigh University with a B.S. in Finance and also holds an M.S. in Real Estate, Finance & Investment from New York University.

Benjamin Goldberg, Director

Mr. Goldberg is a Director in the Chicago office. Benji is part of the New York loan originations team and focuses on credit and underwriting analysis.  Benji holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with a double major in Finance, Investment & Banking and Real Estate & Urban Land Economics from the University of Wisconsin- Madison. Prior to graduating, Benji interned at Dominium Development & Acquisition LLC where he completed market studies and cash flow analysis of possible multi-family investments, he is also an active member of the Wisconsin Real Estate Alumni Association.

Eric Lane, Director

Mr. Lane is a Director in the New York office. He is responsible for collaborating with loan originations, asset management and capital markets on legal matters. Prior to joining Prime Finance, Eric was Senior Vice President at Basis Investment Group after practicing law at Kelley Drye & Warren, Cassin & Cassin and Polsinelli. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Matthew Bregenzer, Managing Director

Matthew Bregenzer

Mr. Bregenzer is Prime Finance’s Managing Director of Asset Management responsible for the ongoing asset management and servicing of Prime Finance’s loan portfolio. Prior to joining Prime Finance, Mr. Bregenzer was a Vice President at Nomura Credit & Capital, Inc (“Nomura”). In his role as head underwriter for the Midwest region, he was responsible for managing a team of analysts to underwrite commercial real estate loans for securitization or to be placed on the firm’s balance sheet. In addition to overseeing the due diligence process, he also coordinated the loan closing process with Nomura’s closing staff and outside counsel. Prior to joining Nomura, Mr. Bregenzer was an underwriter in LaSalle Bank’s Real Estate Capital Markets’ Large Loan Group where his responsibilities included rating agency and B-Piece buyer relations. Mr. Bregenzer is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the Indiana University School of Law – Bloomington.

David Godin, Director

Mr. Godin is a Director and Asset Manager in the Chicago office. He graduated in 2012 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, receiving his Bachelor of Business Administration with a double major in Finance, Investments, Banking, Real Estate and Urban Land Economics. He has prior internship experience with Dominium Development and Acquisition, doing underwriting, cash flow analysis and market studies for affordable multifamily deals.

Jake Fiorino, Vice President

Mr. Fiorino is a Vice President and Asset Manager in the Chicago office. Prior to joining Prime, Jake worked with a regional brokerage and development firm focusing on the leasing and underwriting of retail assets. Jake is a graduate of Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a focus on Real Estate and Finance.

George Sieverding, Vice President

Mr. Sieverding is a Vice President and Asset Manager in the Chicago office. He graduated in 2013 from Arizona State University receiving his Bachelor of Science in Finance. Prior to graduating, George interned with Prime Residential in Los Angeles and Vallejo, California.

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.

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, Managing Director - Legal & Deputy Chief Compliance Officer

Steven Sutton

Mr. Sutton is Prime Group’s Managing Director – Legal & 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.

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.

Christopher Takata, Senior Accounting Manager and Compliance Officer

Mr. Takata is Senior 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.