Gary is a Principal/Co-Founder of George Smith Partners, a national real estate capital advisory firm. He has arranged in excess of $30 billion of debt and equity financing for a broad array of real estate transactions. Appointed CEO in 1999, Gary has consistently ranked as GSP’s largest individual producer, placing up to $2 billion annually. He most frequently works in retail, multi-family, office, and industrial products, but is also an accomplished financier of hotels, assisted living and skilled nursing facilities, marinas, RV parks, and self-storage sites.
Gary is involved in the below Professional Real Estate Associations:
Urban Land Institute (ULI)
Los Angeles Finance Council & Commercial and Retail Council |Mentor for Young Leadership Group
International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)
Speaker at conventions, local programs |Past faculty member, University of Shopping Centers
Association of Corporate Real Estate Executives (ACRE)
Past President, Southern California Chapter
National Association for Industrial and Office Parks (NAIOP)| Member Industrial Acquisitions Forum
Young Presidents Organization (YPO)
Chaired local and national Real Estate and Chapter events |Founded Wilshire Gold Chapter |Co-Founder of the Real Estate Network|Chaired four real estate roundtables
Chief Executive Organization (CEO)
Chaired Real Estate Seminar
Gary is an active member with:
Board of Governors at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center | Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation | West coast Sports Association | Defense Orientation Conference Association | The Navy League
Gary holds two graduate degrees from the University of Wisconsin: a Master of Real Estate and a Master of Finance. His undergraduate education took place at the University of Michigan, where he earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Science and Mathematics. Most recently, Gary completed a Presidents Program in Leadership from Harvard Business School. He has also guest lectured at UCLA and USC.
Gary is married to Bianca and has two children, Phillip and Joan. He is a photographer, an avid watch collector, and enjoys a variety of recreational activities, including travel and racing sailboats
Jeff grew up in Dallas and graduated from Jesuit College Prep in 1993. He graduated from Duke University with a degree in Economics. While at Duke, Jeff was a four-year letterman on the Blue Devil baseball team, and then signed a minor league contract with the NY Yankees, playing two seasons with the Greensboro Bats.
In 1998, Jeff joined the Staubach Company as an analyst in the financial services division, where he handled acquisitions of single-tenant properties across the country, working on over $1 billion in sale-lease back transactions. From 2000-2017, Jeff worked in the office brokerage side of the business for Staubach and JLL. During this time, Jeff served as the broker lead for the Dallas office, and in his last two years as the president of the South Central region compromised of 800+ employees and $100mm of revenue.
Jeff and his wife, Jenny, have three active children. Jenny is a graduate of Southern Methodist University and is a full-time mom. Jeff and Jenny are active in several charities, including Children's Hospital, Baylor Scott and White, Jesuit College Prep, Christ the King Catholic School, Genesis Women's Shelter and the Center for Brain Health.
Michael has more than 27 years of capital markets experience with an extensive focus on the mortgage sector. He is the managing principal and CEO of Invictus Capital Partners, which was selected as the joint venture partner and manager for all Carlyle Real Estate debt strategies in 2008. In that role, Mr. Warden managed the investment of more than $2 billion in equity capital.
Prior to forming Invictus, Mr. Warden was a senior managing director and head of Fixed Income at Friedman, Billings, Ramsey & Co. (FBR). At FBR, he was responsible for the establishment and build out of the fixed income business for which he developed an origination, banking, sales and trading platform. He also was instrumental in the acquisition and integration of a mortgage origination company. Within two years the business underwrote in excess of $30 billion in MBS securities and originated, purchased and securitized over $8 billion in whole loans.
Previously, Mr. Warden was managing director and head of ABS and CMBS at Bank of America Securities (BOA), where he was responsible for the origination and securitization of all mortgage products. At BOA, he was integral in the establishment of both the ABS and CMBS businesses.
Michael is the CEO of Management Action Programs, Inc. (MAP). A visionary, nose-to-the-grindstone leader, Michael’s entrepreneurial roots date back to the early 1990s when he joined two partners in launching Restaurants on the Run with a mere $6,000. Michael spent the next 20 years building that business through a strategic lens, adopting MAP’s accountability system along the way. When the company sold in 2015, it was valued at 12x EBITDA and scaled 10 markets, 600 people and $40 million in revenue.
A self-taught business student, Michael practices proven management methodologies. Known as a “metrics guy,” he’s big on data, using it to measure progress and get breakthrough results. He also thrives off sharing lessons learned. A member of Entrepreneurs’ Organization for 20+ years, he’s served as a past Global Chairman and traveled to over 25 countries, engaging with countless company owners and organizations. Michael is also active in the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO). In December 2017, Michael purchased MAP, the very company that helped him so much over the years. Now at the helm, he’s set his sights on developing MAP’s people and expanding its footprint globally.
The father of three young boys, Michael coaches their athletic teams and in his spare time enjoys mountain biking.