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  • Christopher Peatross

    President and CEO

  • Doug Abbey

    Chairman and Chair of Investment Committee

  • Damian Manolis

    Chief Investment Officer

  • Steve Blue

    Managing Director, Southern California

  • Chris Butz

    Vice President, Asset Management

  • Aaron Reuter

    Vice President, Portfolio Management

  • Rachel Sergi

    Vice President, Finance & Accounting

  • Craig Firpo

    Managing Director

  • Kurt Nelson

    Vice President, Investments, Pacific Northwest

  • Michael Burnaz

    Vice President, Construction and Development

  • Olga Ornelas

    Director, Operations

  • Tamara Tanner

    Director, Human Resources

  • Tommy Christman

    Director, Asset Management, Northern California

  • Chris Huizenga

    Director, Asset Management, Southern California

  • Nathan Carlson

    Asset Manager

  • Nicco Cipolla

    Asset Manager

  • David Copeland

    Asset Manager

  • Tom Harris

    Asset Manager

  • Kelsey Stuart

    Investment Manager

  • Molly Castles

    Creative Services and Marketing Manager

  • Christopher Peatross

    President and CEO

  • Doug Abbey

    Chairman and Chair of Investment Committee

  • Damian Manolis

    Chief Investment Officer

  • Steve Blue

    Managing Director, Southern California

  • Chris Butz

    Vice President, Asset Management

  • Aaron Reuter

    Vice President, Portfolio Management

  • Rachel Sergi

    Vice President, Finance & Accounting

  • Craig Firpo

    Managing Director

  • Kurt Nelson

    Vice President, Investments, Pacific Northwest

  • Michael Burnaz

    Vice President, Construction and Development

  • Olga Ornelas

    Director, Operations

  • Tamara Tanner

    Director, Human Resources

  • Tommy Christman

    Director, Asset Management, Northern California

  • Chris Huizenga

    Director, Asset Management, Southern California

  • Nathan Carlson

    Asset Manager

  • Nicco Cipolla

    Asset Manager

  • David Copeland

    Asset Manager

  • Tom Harris

    Asset Manager

  • Kelsey Stuart

    Investment Manager

  • Molly Castles

    Creative Services and Marketing Manager

Christopher Peatross

President and CEO

Christopher Peatross founded Swift Real Estate Partners in 2010 and is responsible for Swift’s strategic vision and leadership for the firm’s investment platform. Before founding Swift, Christopher was the President and CEO of CarrAmerica, Trizec and Equity Office Properties (“EOP”), where he oversaw all aspects of EOP’s 56 million square foot office portfolio, successfully creating one of the nation’s leading real estate companies. Prior to joining EOP, he served for five years at CarrAmerica as the Northern California Managing Director. Earlier in his career Christopher served at Spieker Properties and Catellus Development Corporation where he worked on industrial assets. Christopher holds a Quantitative Economics degree from Stanford University and is a member of ULI.

Doug Abbey

Chairman and Chair of Investment Committee

Doug Abbey is the Chairman of Swift Real Estate Partners and joined Swift in 2012. Doug previously co-founded two investment management organizations, AMB Property Corporation (merged with Prologis: NYSE) in 1983, now the largest global industrial REIT, and IHP Capital Partners, formed in 1992, a provider of equity to the single-family homebuilding industry.  He is a Trustee and past Vice Chairman of the Urban Land Institute and serves as the Chair of the ULI Foundation and on the board of the ULI Terwilliger Center for Housing.  He serves on the board of Bridge Housing, the leading non-profit affordable housing developer on the West Coast with over 13,000 units under management.  He also serves on the real estate committee of the UCSF Foundation.  Since 2005 he has taught the real estate class at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.  Doug holds a B.A. from Amherst College and an MCP from University of California, Berkeley.

Damian Manolis

Chief Investment Officer

Damian Manolis is the Chief Investment Officer at Swift. Previously, Damian had an extensive and well-rounded career with PGIM Real Estate (formerly Prudential Real Estate Investors), where he most recently served as head of its U.S. Transactions Group and Chair of its Investment Committee.  In this role he was responsible for all real estate acquisitions, dispositions, development and capital markets activities on behalf of the firm’s U.S. focused investment vehicles.  Damian holds a B.A. from Cornell University and M.B.A. from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.

Steve Blue

Managing Director, Southern California

Steve Blue is the Managing Director for Swift’s Southern California region. Prior to joining Swift in 2015, Steve was a Partner from 2008 to 2015 at Davenport Partners. At Davenport, Steve led the acquisition, financing and operational efforts of numerous office properties for private and institutional investors. Before joining Davenport, he served as Senior Vice President and Partner with Buchanan Street Partners and was responsible for identifying, structuring and underwriting joint venture investments. Prior to Buchanan Street Partners, Steve served five years as Vice President at Spieker Properties. He began his career in real estate with LaSalle Partners. Steve holds a B.A. in Economics from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management.

Chris Butz

Vice President, Asset Management

Chris Butz is the Vice President of Asset Management at Swift. Prior to joining Swift in 2015, Chris served as a Director of Portfolio Management at CarrAmerica and then Equity Office Properties, following their acquisitions by Blackstone in 2005 and 2006.  In this role Chris headed the disposition efforts on more than $3 billion of high-profile Class “A” office sales in both Northern California and New York markets.  Chris brings over thirteen years of asset management and finance experience to Swift. He holds a B.S. in Business Administration, with an emphasis in Finance, from the University of Colorado Boulder.

Aaron Reuter

Vice President, Portfolio Management

Aaron Reuter is Vice President of Portfolio Management at Swift. Aaron joined the Swift team in 2017 as the portfolio manager for Swift’s private vehicles.  Prior to Swift, Aaron was Director of Asset Management at Portland, Oregon based Gerding Edlen, where he led asset management and dispositions for the firm. Prior to his time at Gerding Edlen, Aaron was Vice President of Fund Management at Prologis, formerly AMB Property. Aaron holds a Business Economics with a Minor in Accounting, degree from University of California, Los Angeles and an M.B.A. from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University.

Rachel Sergi

Vice President, Finance & Accounting

Rachel Sergi is Swift’s Vice President of Finance and Accounting. Rachel oversees the financial, accounting, tax and IT activities of the organization. Prior to joining Swift in 2015, Rachel served as the Vice President of Fund Accounting at Carmel Partners and the Assistant Controller at MBK Real Estate. Rachel began her career at PricewaterhouseCoopers in their real estate division where she was a Senior Associate. Rachel is a California licensed CPA, holds a degree in Business Economics, with a Minor in Accounting, from the University of California, Los Angeles and an M.B.A. from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.

Craig Firpo

Managing Director

Craig Firpo is the Managing Director at Swift, focusing on strategic initiatives. Prior to joining Swift in 2010, he served as Vice President of Asset Management for Northern California at CarrAmerica and at EOP, following the acquisition by Blackstone. Before joining EOP and CarrAmerica, Craig worked for Spieker Properties and at Pacific Gas and Electric Company in corporate real estate. Craig brings over twenty years of real estate experience to Swift, holds a B.A. from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and an M.B.A. from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.

Kurt Nelson

Vice President, Investments, Pacific Northwest

Kurt Nelson is Swift’s Vice President of Investments for the Pacific Northwest. Prior to joining Swift in 2017, Kurt served as Vice President – Capital Markets at Harsch Investment Properties in Portland, Oregon. Prior to his tenure at Harsch, Kurt served as Senior Vice President – Acquisitions and Development at Scanlan Kemper Bard. Kurt has 15 years of experience in the real estate arena in Seattle and Portland. Kurt holds a B.A. in History, from Pepperdine University and a M.B.A. from The Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California, Irvine.

Michael Burnaz

Vice President, Construction and Development

Michael Burnaz is Swift’s Vice President of Construction and Development. Prior to joining Swift in 2016, Michael was National Vice President of Construction at Laramar Group for two years where he was responsible for day to day operations and strategic direction for the Construction Services Division.  Additionally, Michael spent two years on the construction team as Project Manager for AvalonBay Communities where he was responsible for implementing the West Coasts Capital Improvement Program and four years as Corporate Director of Construction at Vintage Senior Living. Prior to his role at Vintage Senior Living, Michael spent 10 years as the Code Enforcement Official for the City of Moreno Valley, CA. Michael graduated from University of Phoenix with a B.S. in Business Management and is a former US Marine and Army Reservist.

Olga Ornelas

Director, Operations

Olga Ornelas is the Director of Operations for Swift. Prior to joining Swift in 2015, Olga worked as a Portfolio Manager at Hudson Pacific Properties, Inc where she was responsible for 2.6 million sq. ft. of office and mixed use assets. Before Hudson Pacific Properties, Olga spent twelve years at Equity Office Partners/CarrAmerica touching every aspect of property management. Olga has sat on the BOMA of Silicon Valley board for the past four years and is currently Past President and Sponsorship Chair.

Tamara Tanner

Director, Human Resources

Tamara Tanner is the Director of Human Resources at Swift. Prior to joining Swift in 2010, Tamara served for fifteen years at CarrAmerica as the West Coast Senior Human Resources Generalist. Prior to her role as West Coast Senior Human Resources Generalist, Tamara served at CarrAmerica in Washington, D.C for five years as the Executive Assistant to CEO Thomas Carr. She attended the University of Maryland, College Park and studied Humanities.

Tommy Christman

Director, Asset Management, Northern California

Tommy Christman is the Director of Asset Management for Northern California at Swift and leads Swift’s Portland, Oregon and San Francisco investment activities.  Tommy brings over twelve years of investment experience to Swift. Prior to joining Swift in 2013, he worked as an analyst in the mergers and acquisitions group at Rothschild, Inc. He also worked as an investment analyst at BBT Capital Management, a multi-strategy hedge fund. Tommy holds a B.S. in Commerce, with a Finance concentration, from the University of Virginia, McIntire School of Commerce and holds an M.B.A. from McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin.

Chris Huizenga

Director, Asset Management, Southern California

Chris Huizenga is the Director of Asset Management for Southern California at Swift. Chris and is responsible for a portfolio of assets in Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego. Prior to joining Swift in 2016, Chris was Director – Asset Management in Hines’ West Regional Office where his portfolio was concentrated in the San Francisco Bay Area, totaling 4 million square feet. Chris has twenty-one years of commercial real estate experience spanning multiple disciplines (Asset Management, Property Management/Operations and Financial Analysis). He holds a B.A. in Finance from the Eli Broad School of Business at Michigan State University and is a LEED Accredited Professional.

Nathan Carlson

Asset Manager

Nate Carlson is an Asset Manager at Swift and is responsible primarily for asset management in Swift’s Silicon Valley and East Bay markets. Prior to joining Swift in 2011, Nate served as a senior financial analyst at Equity Office Partners. Before joining EOP, he worked for O’Brien Homes, Spieker Properties, and AvalonBay in both finance and accounting. Nate brings almost twenty years of real estate experience to Swift and holds a B.S. in Finance from Santa Clara University.

Nicco Cipolla

Asset Manager

Nicco Cipolla is an Asset Manager at Swift and is primarily responsible for assets in the East Bay market. Prior to joining Swift in 2015, Nicco was a Financial Analyst at CBRE and The CAC Group for over three years. Nicco has a B.A. in Business Administration and Management from University of the Pacific’s Eberhardt School of Business.

David Copeland

Asset Manager

David Copeland is an Asset Manager at Swift and is responsible primarily for acquisitions and asset management in Swift’s Bay Area markets. Prior to joining Swift in 2014, David was an Acquisitions Officer and Asset Manager at ASB Capital Management. Additionally, David worked at Presidio Partners, a leading real estate investment bank and Lincoln Property Company. David holds a B.A. from Lafayette College and an M.B.A. from The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

Tom Harris

Asset Manager

Tom Harris is an Asset Manager at Swift and is responsible primarily for asset management for Swift’s Pacific Northwest and Bay Area assets. Prior to joining Swift in 2016, Tom was an Asset Manager at MWest where he was responsible for managing a portfolio of office and R&D assets throughout Silicon Valley. Additionally, Tom worked at Jamestown and UBS Realty Investors. Tom holds a B.A. in Economics from Middlebury College and an M.B.A. from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.

Kelsey Stuart

Investment Manager

Kelsey Stuart is an Investment Manager at Swift focusing on Southern California assets. Prior to joining Swift in 2014, Kelsey was an associate at Eastdil Secured, where she brokered over $1.5 billion in institutional office sale transactions in Orange County and Los Angeles. Kelsey is a licensed CA real estate broker and brings over 12 years of real estate sales, leasing, and asset management experience to Swift. Kelsey holds a B.A. in real estate finance and an M.B.A. in finance and entrepreneurship, both from San Diego State University. Kelsey is an active member of NAIOP and completed the SoCal Young Professional Group Class of 2013-2014 and was a recipient of the 2017 National Developing Leader Award.

Molly Castles

Creative Services and Marketing Manager

Molly Castles is the Creative Services and Marketing Manager at Swift. Molly is responsible for Swift’s corporate and asset marketing. Prior to joining Swift in 2017, Molly spent five years at Jamestown, L.P. where she focused on their San Francisco office assets and the repositioning of Ghirardelli Square. Molly holds a B.A. from Lehigh University.