Eric Becker is a principal and co-founder of VennPoint Real Estate. In addition to supporting VennPoint, Eric recently founded Cresset Capital Management, a wealth advisory platform with a full suite of services that provides access to direct alternative investments in real estate, private equity and secondary investments. Eric is also co-founder and advisor of Sterling Partners, a value-added, growth private equity firm launched in 1983. He was Senior Managing Director of Sterling and Co-Chairman of Sterling’s Operating Committee. Over 30+ years, he and his partners started or acquired more than 100 companies. Prior to founding Sterling, Eric and his partners started LifeCard International, a healthcare technology company that automated claims processing and developed digital portable medical records. He attended the University of Chicago. Eric is Co-Chairman of Chicago Ideas Week, a member of WPO, CEO, and a past chapter chairman of YPO. He currently serves on the board of Karma for Cara and the Living Classrooms Foundation.
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Nick Marietti is a principal and co-founder of VennPoint Real Estate. Nick is responsible for VennPoint's development, financing, entitlement, and deal-sourcing efforts, in addition to the legal aspects of VennPoint's business. He also serves as the lead project manager for several of VennPoint's investments and development projects. Nick's experience includes both ground-up and value-add development across the country, including the retail, hospitality, and for-sale and rental single and multi-family residential sectors. Prior to forming VennPoint with Mr. Palley and Mr. Becker, Nick practiced law as a commercial litigator for K&L Gates in downtown Chicago, where he represented various clients in a broad range of disputes, including landlord/tenant, securities, breach of contract, and corporate fiduciary duty cases. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Economics from Brown University, a JD from the University of Michigan, and an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
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Rob L. Palley
Rob Palley is a principal and co-founder of VennPoint Real Estate as well as a co-founder of its predecessor company, Granite Realty Partners. Rob has over thirty years of real estate development and investment experience which includes development of office buildings, shopping centers, apartments and condominiums. Rob has also led successful land acquisitions, student housing renovations, condominium conversions and other opportunistic, value-add real estate ventures. Rob’s role at VennPoint is to continue to identify and structure real estate investments and ventures that will bring value to its owners and investors. Rob has an undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and a Masters in Management in Finance from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
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Matt Maney is a vice president at VennPoint Real Estate, responsible for underwriting, sourcing, closing, and managing opportunistic commercial real estate investments. Matt previously held positions on the Chicago multi-housing team of HFF, a national leading capital markets intermediary, and at Wynnchurch Capital, a private equity firm investing in middle-market companies in the United States and Canada. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Finance from the University of Denver's Daniels College of Business and is a licensed Real Estate Broker in the state of Illinois
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Jake Gantz is vice president at VennPoint Real Estate, responsible for sourcing, closing and managing commercial real estate transactions. Jake previously held a position with Metropolitan Capital, a boutique commercial and investment bank, handling both operations and real estate loan originations for the commercial bank. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Emory University.
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