As Chief Executive Officer of the Urbana group of companies, Mr. Gutierrez is responsible for the strategic management of all of the group’s activities, with particular attention paid to the identification and evaluation of new investment opportunities, the value-added management of the group’s existing investments, and the cultivation and maintenance of key capital and business relationships.
Mr. Gutierrez has over 25 years of commercial real estate experience. Prior to Urbana, Mr. Gutierrez was a Principal and the Chief Investment Officer of Songy Partners (a commercial real estate investment firm); the Founder and CEO of Alliance Partners, Inc. (a national real estate advisory firm with offices in Florida, Colorado and California); a Vice President with Sonnenblick Goldman (a national real estate investment banking firm); and a Manager with Kenneth Leventhal and Company (a real estate consulting group).
Mr. Gutierrez has also been engaged as an independent real advisor on more than 100 occasions to deliver professional guidance on commercial real estate assets spanning 48 states. His areas of expertise include strategic management, assessment of investment feasibility (with a conservative underwriting bias), sourcing investment capital, the acquisition and repositioning of underperforming real estate assets, debt restructuring, non-performing loan sales, and mergers and acquisitions of public and private real estate companies.
EDUCATION AND MEMBERSHIPS
A Detroit native, Mr. Gutierrez received his MBA from Michigan State University (Broad), his BS from Wayne State University, and pursued postgraduate real estate studies at the University of Houston. He is a member of both the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and the Real Estate Investment Advisory Counsel.
Mr. Nolan works together with Mr. Gutierrez as Chief Financial Officer of the Urbana Varro Companies.
Mr. Nolan has over 25 years of experience in the commercial and residential real estate industries. Prior to joining Urbana he was Chief Financial Officer of SunCal Companies, an Irvine, California, based developer of master planned communities. At SunCal, Mr. Nolan was directly responsible for the company’s accounting, tax and financial reporting, information systems, asset management and risk management functions. He was also involved in SunCal’s capital raising efforts, which included working with notable financial partners such as DE Shaw, Lehman Brothers Real Estate Partners, Lehman Brothers Holdings, Inc., Cerberus Real Estate, Bank Midwest, Credit Suisse, and California Bank & Trust. During his tenure the company’s asset base grew from approximately $250 million to over $4.1 billion.
Prior to joining SunCal, Mr. Nolan was President and Chief Financial Officer of Hudson Advisors in Singapore, where his responsibilities included oversight of the asset management, tax structuring, foreign currency management, and financial reporting for investments made in the Asia Pacific region by Lone Star Opportunity Funds III and IV. His primary focus was the development of platforms supporting non-performing loan acquisition, underwriting and management in Indonesia, Singapore and Taiwan, an effort employing in excess of 225 and managing in excess of 100,000 assets worth in excess of US $2.1 billion. Past experience also includes serving as Vice-President for The Hampstead Group, LLC, a Dallas, Texas, based private equity firm, and as Vice-President of Finance, Treasurer and Director of Investor Relations for Bristol Hotels & Resorts.
Mr. Nolan is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.
Mr. Fitzpatrick is responsible for Urbana’s development, renovation and physical due diligence activities.
Mr. Fitzpatrick has over 26 years of real estate experience and has been personally responsible for executing a wide range of assignments associated with hospitality, retail, office, industrial, specialty, headquarter and land assets valued at more than $1.5B.
Mr. Fitzpatrick’s technical expertise encompasses due diligence, project management, development, construction budgeting, zoning, land use, entitlements, site acquisition and asset disposition. A sampling of projects on which Mr. Fitzpatrick has worked include: Pelican Grand Beach Resort (Ft. Lauderdale), Granada Suites Hotel (Atlanta), NSI Headquarters (Atlanta), Marriott Residence Inn (Atlanta), IBM Southeast Headquarters (Atlanta), Burger King World Headquarters (Miami), Thanksgiving Tower (Dallas), Grand Bay Plaza (Coconut Grove), Blue Lake Office Park (Boca Raton), Office Depot International Headquarters (Boca Raton), Golden Bear Plaza (North Palm Beach), FAU Research Park (Boca Raton), Lantern Square (Jacksonville), North Campus of Boca Raton Community Hospital (Boca Raton), Polaroid Headquarters (Cambridge), Welcome Inn America (Atlanta), First Union Plaza (Boca Raton), Days Inn I-4 (Orlando), American Bankers Headquarters (Miami), Sands Harbor Resort (Pompano Beach), Charter Schools (Boynton Beach), InPhyNet (Plantation), Forum III (West Palm Beach), Center Square Parking Garage (Jacksonville), Siemens Florida (Boca Raton), and the 1901 Building (Ft. Lauderdale).
Prior to forming Transaction Consultants in 1984, Mr. Fitzpatrick specialized in retail and land brokerage working as a founding member of Coldwell Banker Commercial Real Estate Services’ Tampa, Florida team. He also served as Vice President for a private investment / development firm at which he focused on identifying acquisition targets, performing due diligence and market analyses, assessing development feasibility, and handling the marketing and sale of commercial real estate assets.
Mr. Fitzpatrick holds a Bachelor of Science from Stetson University and is a licensed Florida Real Estate Broker.
STEVEN THURSTON / CONTROLLER / CFO
As Controller / CFO of Urbana Holdings, Mr. Thurston is responsible for all accounting and finance activities.
Mr. Thurston is a Certified Public Accountant with over twenty years of experience in the accounting and real estate industries. His areas of accounting specialization include real estate investment and development, estate tax planning, income tax planning, financial planning, tax audit representation and tax compliance. Mr. Thurston has extensive experience advising closely held businesses, their owners, and high-net-worth individuals by offering critical tax planning and consulting services.
Mr. Thurston has been controller for Urbana and its affiliated companies for over ten years. Prior to joining the Urbana organization, Mr. Thurston was a member of Pannell Kerr Forster Worldwide.
Mr. Thurston graduated from Colorado State University with a BS in Business Administration (with concentrations in Accounting and Computer Information Systems). He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Colorado.
Mr. Gutierrez is engaged in both the leasing and management of commercial properties in the Urbana portfolio.
Mr. Gutierrez began his real estate career more than seven years ago as an Urbana intern and has, in the years since, steadily built on this early experience. Subsequent roles included internships at The Shopping Center Group and at Jones Lang LaSalle and full-time roles at TriMont Real Estate Advisors and Colony Capital.
Mr. Gutierrez received two BBAs in Real Estate and Finance from the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business.
Emmy Schmid is our Corporate Director of Human Resources for Urbana, providing human resources support and solutions to owners and operators of nationally recognized hotel franchises and independent properties throughout the United States. Schmid has more than 15 years of experience as a leader in overseeing company culture, employee relations, training, workers compensation, payroll/compensation, safety, legal compliance and health/welfare benefits.
Prior to joining Urbana, Schmid worked as Corporate Human Resources Director for companies such as Hotel Equities in Atlanta, for Miami-based Tecton/Desires Hospitality and for Doramar Hotels, owner/operators of hotels in metro-Denver and Vail valley. She also enjoyed working for several years as a property Human Resources Director at the Bahia Mar Resort and Yachting Center, part of the Boca Resorts collection. She started her hospitality human resources career with Quorum Hotels at the Brown Palace Hotel, a luxury property in downtown Denver.
Ms. Schmid holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Carroll College.
JEFF PHILLIPS / ANALYTICS MANAGER
Mr. Phillips produces quantitative and qualitative research and analysis with the goal of facilitating more-informed management decision-making.
Mr. Phillips began his finance-focused career with a role at a real estate development subsidiary of Weyerhaeuser and has since worked for firms engaged in real estate development, real estate finance, commercial banking, and educational consulting as well as for organizations in both the nonprofit and public sectors.
Mr. Phillips received his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin, an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and an MPA from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.