Founder/Chief Executive Officer
Chief Executive Officer
John Gerber serves as Chairman and CEO where he is responsible for all aspects of the business. Mr. Gerber has over 32 years of real estate experience including working as Advisor to the Chairman/CEO/President (GT Halpin) for more than ten years at West*Group Properties/Management, which was one of the region’s strongest and oldest real estate investment companies. While there, he was Executive Vice President of the $1 billion Northern Virginia/Tysons Corner portfolio which included 42 buildings / 5.5 million SF of Office, Flex, and Data Center space, as well as more than 3.6 million SF of residential and office development rights. Among other activities, he developed the strategy to increase the development rights to 12.5+ million SF of mixed-use space as well as the disposition strategy for the portfolio. Mr. Gerber also worked as a Senior Development Advisor to Silverstein Properties on the development of the $15 billion, 10 million SF World Trade Center redevelopment project in New York City. In addition, Mr. Gerber was Interim President of the Pennsylvania Station Redevelopment Corporation (a subsidiary of the Empire State Development Corporation of the State of New York) and was responsible for the development and financing of the $800 million expansion of Moynihan Station, the largest transportation facility in the United States. Prior to this work, Mr. Gerber was an Associate Partner at Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill LLP in New York and was responsible for the strategic planning, design, engineering, and project management of over $15 billion of commercial, mixed-use, and transportation developments in the U.S., Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. Mr. Gerber received a Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree magna cum laude from Princeton University and a Master of Architecture degree from Harvard University
Chief Operating Officer
Chief Operating Officer
Steven Cassell serves as the COO and Managing Director of Development of the Company, overseeing all development activities including project permitting and public approvals, management of A&E and preconstruction, budgeting, financing, transaction documents, and sales/marketing. Prior to becoming COO, Mr. Cassell served as a Project Director heading the Progression Place, Perla, and Storey Park projects. Critical experience includes the $124 million Progression Place project which involved complex, structured financing at the height of the financial crisis – HUD/FHA financing, buyer financing (UNCF structured purchase), commercial bank debt, District financing, New Market Tax Credit financing, and District grants (a Land Disposition and Development Agreement and a $15.9 million subsidy package with the DC Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development as well as an air rights easement agreement with Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority); the $73 million Perla project, a joint venture with Greencourt, involving PUD zoning approvals and structured financing including senior debt (Cap Source) and Mezz financing (Greencourt); and the $340 million Storey Park project, a joint venture with Perseus Realty, involving an innovative amenity program and structured financing including senior debt (Cap Source), EB-5 mezz financing (EB-5 Capital), and preferred equity. Prior to working for the Company, Mr. Cassell spent three years as Vice President of Neighborhood Development Company (NDC), where he managed NDC’s participation as co-development partner of the $212 million, 850,000 SF City Vista project in joint venture with Lowe Enterprises, CIM, and Davis Construction. From 1994-2002, Mr. Cassell worked as Director of Sales and Business Development for a number of DC area and technology firms including InPhonic, Inc. and Virtualogic, Inc. Mr. Cassell was also Director of Advertising at Congressional Quarterly Magazine from 1997-2000. Mr. Cassell holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and Economics from Purdue University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan.
Danny Loeffelholz serves as the CFO and Treasurer, overseeing all of the financial accounting, tax compliance, and reporting operations of the Company. Mr. Loeffelholz has over 18 years of real estate experience and over 34 years of financial management experience. Previously, Mr. Loeffelholz was the financial manager for HMG Properties and its main subsidiary, Great Hall Realty, overseeing all aspects of financial management and helping in the disposition of the portfolio. The Great Hall Realty portfolio was a $567 million joint venture with Principal Financial consisting of approximately 5 million SF in 69 properties across 24 States. The uses were 80% retail, 10% office, and 10% industrial predominately involving sale-lease-back NNN leases. The Great Hall portfolio achieved a 39% IRR and a 2.37x multiple. Prior to HMG Properties, Mr. Loeffelholz served in director positions at Kaleidoscope Event Services, a marketing and promotions company working predominately with the General Motors Companies. Mr. Loeffelholz was recruited to provide professionalism and sound business practices and processes to complement the firm’s established marketing and promotions excellence. Mr. Loeffelholz began his career at Coopers & Lybrand, where he worked in public accounting on the audit side. Mr. Loeffelholz received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Creighton University and is also a certified public accountant (inactive).
Four Points Capital Partners
Managing Director, FP Capital Markets
John Campanella joins Four points, LLC as the Managing Partner of the Capital Markets team. He comes from Cushman Wakefield where he was a Managing Director of the Structured Finance practice since 2003. Mr. Campanella is focused on originating and structuring institutional debt and equity transactions for all property types including office, multifamily, industrial, retail, and hotels. He has closed more than $15 billion in capital markets transactions.
Mr. Campanella has more than 28 years of experience in both debt and equity transactions, as well as leasing and asset management. His clients include JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs, Brookfield Properties, JBG Smith, Rockpoint Group, Tishman Speyer, and Westbrook Partners, among others. He began his career at CBRE in Boston and later moved to the real estate lending department at First Security Bank in Washington, DC, then to Cassidy & Pinkard / Cassidy Turley which was purchased by TPG in 2018.
Mr. Campanella received NAIOP’s Maryland / DC Award of Excellence, GWCAR’s Finance Broker of the Year for multiple years, and was a finalist for the WBJ Commercial Finance Deal of the Year. Mr. Campanella is also a Member of the Urban Land Institute, and a licensed broker in DC, Virginia, and Maryland. He received his MBA from Johns Hopkins University and a BA in Economics from Boston University. Mr. Campanella serves on the boards of Hillcrest, a real estate investment management firm, and Real Atom, a software company providing commercial real estate loan placement. He is co-founder of the ARVD Cardiac Center at John Hopkins Medicine, where he also co-chaired the Fund for ARVD, and served on the Johns Hopkins National Council Board.
Senior Vice President,
Development and Construction
Senior Vice President, Development and Construction
Michael Carline focuses on Design and Construction / Quality and Cost Control. He has over 22 years of experience as an architect, project manager, and owner’s representative for large and small scale projects in the New York and Washington, DC metropolitan areas. He is involved in overseeing quality control for the design and construction phases of all the Company projects and is currently active on the Chapman Stables, Perla, 200 Stovall, Storey Park, and Reunion Square projects. Since joining the Company, Mr. Carline has been leading its efforts to update best practice systems and infrastructure for design and construction contracts, procurement, cost tracking and control, and project management systems for project design and construction. Prior to working at the Company, Mr. Carline served as Director of Capital Projects at St. Albans School (starting under Mr. Gerber’s tenure as its Chairman) managing the predevelopment, design, and construction of the 10-year, $150 million master plan at St. Alban School with the first two phases completing in 2014. The primary initial project phases included the completion of the new $25 million Athletic Fields Complex and the new $52 million Marriott Hall Academic Building. Prior to joining the ownership side of real estate, Mr. Carline worked as a practicing architect for over 15 years where he worked primarily at the internationally renowned architecture firms of Skidmore Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) and HOK. Mr. Carline’s work focused on large, complex transportation and office projects. Most notably, he dedicated nearly six years to the $600 million Newark Airport Terminal C Expansion for Continental Airlines; the $330 million U.S. Census Bureau Headquarters in Suitland, MD; and the Air Force Chapel Restoration in Colorado Springs, CO. Prior to leaving SOM, Mr. Carline transitioned as an Associate to the lead technical team for the newly created SOM Education Lab where the firm focused on pursuing public and private K-12 school projects in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Mr. Carline received his BS in Architecture with Distinction from The Ohio State University and his Master of Architecture from The University of Illinois at Chicago.
Senior Vice President, Business Development/Investments
Thomas Hotz focuses on acquisitions and business development with responsibilities including deal sourcing, investment strategies, structuring, and financial analysis of individual and portfolio transactions. He is also closely involved with community and government relations. Mr. Hotz has over 32 years of real estate experience in the areas of management, brokerage, and investing. While in the Washington, DC region, he has developed extensive contacts within the market and has worked on property portfolios valued at over $1.4 billion. Among them, Mr. Hotz founded, operated, and sold HMG Properties and its main subsidiary, Great Hall Realty, a $567 million real estate company in partnership with Principal Financial which managed investments in 69 properties in 24 States, totaling 5 million SF of existing retail, office, and industrial assets. The Great Hall portfolio achieved a 39% IRR and a 2.37x multiple. Mr. Hotz served as President and CEO of HMG Realty Advisors, President of Magnum Capital Partners, and Managing Director of Julien J. Studley, Inc. Mr. Hotz has also served as a Board Member of the Sarnia Corporation, Great Hall Realty, the American Heart Association and as Special Advisor to the Jesuit Secondary School Alumni Giving Task Force. Mr. Hotz received his BA in English Literature at St. Johns University in Collegeville, MN and a JD from Catholic University in Washington, DC.
Merlin has more than 40 years of operating engineering and property management experience to include residential, institutional and commercial properties. Merlin was the General Manger at Tilden Gardens Cooperative Apartments in the Cleveland Park neighborhood of Washington DC for 13 years. He was also the senior Facilities Manager at The Gannett/USA Today Headquarters for 7 years. He was responsible for operating, maintaining and managing 560,000 square feet of Gannett/USA Today office space in Metropolitan Washington, D.C. area consisting of TV/Radio broadcasting facilities, newspaper production, and computer data operations. Merlin also worked as the Chief Engineer/ Operations Manager for an investment developer who owned multiple office buildings in Washington DC to include 815 Connecticut Ave, 1720 I Street and other downtown office buildings. He holds a Maryland First Class Engineers license as well as a DC Third Class Steam Engineers License. Merlin is also a Certified Facilities Manager and held a Maryland Real Estate license for 20 years. Merlin has been employed with Four Points for 7 years.
Ms. Orren is the controller for Four Points, LLC (“FP”). Ms. Orren has more than 18 years of experience in real estate accounting. Prior to working with FP, Ms. Orren was the accountant for HMG Properties and its main subsidiary Great Hall Realty, a $500 million real estate investment firm. She assisted in creating an accounting ledger system and database that managed the 68 real estate properties of Great Hall. In addition, she managed the accounting books for 13 other real estate entities under HMG. Prior to this effort she worked as the cash control administrator in the Finance Dept at ConAgra Foods a $25 billion food and agribusiness input manufacturer. The cash control desk, under her responsibility, had an estimated total annual cashflow of $240 billion. Ms. Orren received her B.S. in Business Administration at Bellevue University, Bellevue, NE.
Senior Vice President, Construction
Senior Vice President, Construction
Simon Romano focuses on Design and Construction / Quality and Cost Control. Mr. Romano has over 29 years of diversified, large-scale development and construction management experience throughout the Washington, DC metropolitan region, having managed the design and construction of more than 10 million SF of office space. His extensive portfolio includes suburban and downtown office buildings, retail, high-rise residential, hotel, government-occupied buildings, corporate headquarters, research facilities, schools, and airports. Mr. Romano’s experience includes overseeing complex multi-phase development projects with difficult construction challenges such as complicated below-grade construction, working around and over Metro subway stations, building renovations including historic preservations, and large tenant fit-outs. His direction and oversight during the design and construction phases have led to highly-efficient, cost-effective projects that have LEED options, meet the specified budget, are on time, and exceed quality objectives. Mr. Romano led the Construction Management group at West*Group as a Senior Vice President (in some cases where West*Group served as its own general contractor), where he oversaw numerous projects which in the past 20 years amount to close to $1 billion in construction value. Some of his projects include the Freddie Mac Headquarters Campus (1.2 million SF office development with integrated data centers and trading floors); the Corporate Office for VISA International (a 140,000 SF building with a high-security data center); the Northrop-Grumman Campus (a 580,000 SF office complex with SCIF facilities); and a 200,000 SF office building for Mitre (now Mitrex). Prior to joining West*Group, Mr. Romano worked for Bechtel Corporation (BECON), the Sherman R. Smoot Corporation, Pan Am Construction and Management Company, the Delew-Cather Corporation, and others. Mr. Romano holds a BS degree in Civil Engineering from George Washington University.
Vice President, Development
Vice President, Development
John Sunter focuses on Development. He brings more than 36 years of experience as a versatile real estate executive experienced in all phases of investment and development of major properties ranging from 60,000 to 600,000 SF. He currently is responsible for land purchase, design, historic preservation approvals, permitting, construction contracting, and financing for the 114-unit Chapman Stables multifamily and retail condominium in Washington, DC and for the GeerHouse project in Durham. He previously worked for 14 years with Clark Realty Capital LLC where he led the creation of deals and development management for projects ranging from a 46-story apartment tower in Philadelphia, to a 400-unit 4-story apartment project, to a 27 lot land assemblage and entitlement in Washington, DC – most representing large scale, complex projects that had a positive change for the residents and greater community in emerging urban areas. Other key activities at Clark Realty included the sourcing, negotiation, and closing on a complex five party $100 million institutional financing for the 307-unit mixed-use project in Philadelphia called The St. James; the acquisition contract for a 5-acre site including related zoning and environmental approvals for a 300-unit residential project in the H Street Corridor called The Flats at Atlas which allowed a 4x increase in land value upon closing and created construction and property management fees for related companies; and coordinated feasibility, phasing, and overall master plans for a multi-phase, 2.5 million SF mixed-use project called Poplar Point. He also lived and worked internationally for Hines developing the 32-story, $96 million Embassy House apartment tower in Beijing, China. Previously, Mr. Sunter also guided the design, development, and construction of office buildings in Washington, DC for The Oliver Carr Company. Mr. Sunter received a Master of Business Administration degree from George Washington University and a Bachelor of Architectural Engineering degree from Pennsylvania State University.
Senior Vice President, Development
Senior Vice President, Development
Keith Turner focuses on Development and is currently in charge of the Reunion Square project. Mr. Turner has over 21 years of real estate public approvals, zoning, and development experience with a specialization in land use and zoning issues for commercial, residential, and multi-phase mixed-use development. Mr. Turner played an integral role in the new comprehensive initiative to transform the Tysons Corner area of Fairfax County from an automobile-centric, sub-urban subcenter into a high density, mixed-use, transit-oriented urban center taking a leadership role in the multi-year planning and implementation efforts for the Tysons Corner Comprehensive Plan. Prior to working at the Company, he successfully secured rezoning approvals for Cityline Partners (the purchaser of the residual assets of the West*Group Tysons Corner portfolio) including 9,272,735 SF of development rights at the Scotts Run Station and Arbor Row developments (6,697,050 SF and 2,575,685 SF of transit-oriented mixed-use development, respectively). Prior to that, he was a Senior Vice President of Development Services at West*Group responsible for the oversight of all land use and zoning applications as well as the master planning efforts and redevelopment entitlement process for the entire 142 acre land holdings in Tysons Corner. At West*Group, Mr. Turner also had the management responsibility for Human Resources, Administration, and IT as well as Teqcorner, a facility which combines turn-key office suites, state-of-the-art technology and amenities to create an entrepreneurial community. Mr. Turner served as Chairman of the Tysons Service District Advisory Board, Founding Chairman of the Tysons Partnership, and Chairman and President of the Tysons Transportation Association, Inc. (TYTRAN). Mr. Turner also served on the Board of Directors of the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce, Vienna-Tysons Regional Chamber of Commerce, the National Kidney Foundation, Dulles Corridor Rail Association, Fairfax County Public Schools Education Foundation and is also the President of KIDNEY KIDS. Mr. Turner graduated from Johns Hopkins University (MS, Business Management) and St. Lawrence University (BA).
Director, Asset Management
Stan Voudrie focuses on Asset Management, entitlements, and community and government relations. Mr. Voudrie has over 19 years of real estate and business experience and is currently active on the Chapman Stables project. Previously, he worked at West*Group and served as an advisor to the Chairman of Dulles Transit Partners with responsibility for business planning and community/government relations. This effort resulted in the successful formation of a special purpose taxing district which provides almost $500 Million for the funding of Metrorail extension to Dulles Airport. He participated in the development agreement for this $4 billion rail project in the Washington, DC area. Previously, Mr. Voudrie served as an operations manager for Caterpillar, Inc. and was elected by the United Auto Workers Union to serve as steward and labor representative for collective bargaining negotiations. Mr. Voudrie has started and managed a successful commercial printing business and a land development company. Mr. Voudrie’s not-for-profit community activities include serving as Board Member of the Anacostia Economic Development Corporation since 2008, establishing the SBA/DSLBD Small Business Assistance Center, establishing the Green Jobs/Solar Training Center, developing the HIVE shared workspace and small business incubator, developing the Anacostia Art Center and local retail incubator, assisting in the establishment of fine art gallery (Honfleur Gallery) on Good Hope Road, serving as Founder/Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Anacostia Business Improvement District in 2013, and serving as founding Board Member JUST Homes in 2018. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Bradley University and a Masters in Business Administration with leadership honors from the University of Rochester.
Chairman Emeritus (In Memoria)
Chairman Emeritus (In Memoria)
Gerald Halpin was the Founder of the Company and served as its Chairman and Honorary Chairman from its founding through his passing in July 2017. Mr. Halpin had over 50 years of real estate experience and serves as the Honorary Chairman of West Group, LLC and Four Points, LLC (f/k/a West*Group Development Company, LLC). Mr. Halpin also served as Chairman and President of West*Group Properties/Management for more than fifty years, overseeing all aspects of the company. He also had a very successful personal real estate investment history in Wyoming. Mr. Halpin was a driving force in real estate development in Northern Virginia and the Washington region for more than forty years. He also brought a highly successful track record of real estate investing in 12 states across America. In 2002, Ernst & Young named Mr. Halpin the Washington region Entrepreneur of the Year. Mr. Halpin was also a Founding Director of the Bell Atlantic Corporation (now Verizon) when it spun off from AT&T and served on the Board of Directors of Crestar Financial Corporation and Crestar Bank (now SunTrust Bank). Mr. Halpin served on the Board of Syracuse University and on the Advisory Board of the National Park Service. Mr. Halpin was Chairman Emeritus of the Grand Teton National Park Foundation and was formerly a Director of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the Virginia Biotechnology Research Park Authority of the Virginia Commonwealth University. Mr. Halpin served for more than eight years as a member of the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority and its predecessors. In addition, he was appointed a member of the Governor’s Advisory Committee on Industrial Development and served in that capacity under Virginia Governors Holton, Godwin, and Dalton. He served as a member of Virginia Governor Robb’s Task Force on Science and Technology. Mr. Halpin was also named by members of both parties in the Congressional Record of the U.S. House and Senate. Mr. Halpin was a graduate of Syracuse University, attended Georgetown University Law School, and had an Honorary Doctorate from Shenandoah University.