Jonathan Strain, Advisory Board
Jon Strain joined Juniper Capital from Goldman Sachs in September 2016. He will be heading up the real estate business for the partnership.Mr. Strain was co-head of Goldman Sachs U.S. Real Estate Finance where he was responsible for balance sheet and CMBS lending, securitization and marketing of CMBS and other complex mortgage and mezzanine debt capital. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, he ran commercial mortgage capital markets at J.P. Morgan for 7 years. Previous roles including real estate credit investing for Dillon Read Capital hedge fund (UBS) and head of CMBS syndication and trading at Morgan Stanley.
Before his Wall Street career, Mr. Strain worked at a real estate developer in Chicago with extensive direct experience in the construction, leasing and management of office, industrial, apartment and hotel developments with the Fifield Companies. Mr. Strain is a former member of the CREFC Board of Governors and a graduate of Brown University. He is currently on the boards of the Tewaaraton Foundation and Montclair Kimberly Academy.
Alex Krys, Advisory Board
Alex Krys is a founding partner of Juniper Capital. Most recently, through an advisory agreement with Juniper Capital, Mr. Krys served as the President and COO of Turnberry Associates. Turnberry is a Florida based developer, owner and manager of commercial, retail, residential and hospitality assets including the Fontainebleau Hotel and Aventura Mall. Turnberry underwent a substantial restructuring during Mr. Krys’ tenure.
Mr. Krys also led the restructuring of the Gencom assets that included Ritz Carlton hotels in Florida, Pennsylvania, Colorado, California and Hawaii. Additionally, he was a senior advisor for GenSpring Family Offices, a $20 billion multi-family office. Previously, Mr. Krys served as President of Diageo Spain/Europe where he led one of Diageo’s four major worldwide markets. He also served as President of Diageo’s Venture Markets, Americas and the Caribbean where he tripled regional profit and achieved double-digit growth over 5 years in a portfolio of 36 countries.
Richard Le, Advisory Board
Mr. Le currently leads AEW’s Capital Markets Group’s efforts on subordinate debt syndication and distribution. He also focuses on originations of debt investment opportunities and forming strategic lending relationships.
Mr. Le has over 15 years of experience in commercial real estate debt investments, with a focus on CMBS investing and loan workouts. Mr. Le also has over 5 years of Real estate advisory and direct equity investment experience. Prior to joining AEW, Mr. Le was a high yield CMBS investor and a loan restructuring specialist with KKR – Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and LNR Partners (Starwood Property Trust). Earlier in his career, he was primarily responsible for direct equity investing with The Bulfinch Companies and Morgan Stanley Real Estate Funds. Mr. Le graduated from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Economics.
Jeffrey Baik, Advisory Board
With over eight years of commercial real estate experience, Jeff Baik, vice president, has arranged more than $200 million in financing since 2014. Mr. Baik joined Walker & Dunlop in January 2017 as part of the Deerwood Real Estate Capital (Deerwood) acquisition and specializes in multifamily,office, retail, and industrial assets.
Mr. Baik began his commercial real estate career in 2007 as an investment analyst at Besen & Associates, a boutique investment sales firm located in Manhattan. During his tenure, he was promoted to an investment sales broker, in which he quickly thrived as a top producer, closing over $100 million in transactions. Mr. Baik joined Deerwood in 2014, a top 20 commercial real estate advisory and intermediary firm, with over $2 billion in annual financings.
Mr. Baik graduated from the Hotel School at Cornell University. Beyond the company, he is an active alumnus of the Cornell Hotel Society, and is a licensed real estate broker of New York State.
Brandon Riddick Seals, Advisory Board
Brandon Riddick-Seals is a seasoned leader, and public-private commercial real estate development and construction executive. Brandon has led organizations, teams, and projects for nearly two decades to successful strategic plan execution, visionary administrative governance, and efficiency-driven fiscal responsibility and financial growth.
Previously, Brandon led business development, external affairs, and corporate diversity and inclusion as Partner at Brasfield & Gorrie, LLC, one of the nation’s largest privately held construction companies.
Brandon brings over a decade of experience on the ground with select experience exceeding $2 billion of participation in and leading of operations for various development and construction capital improvement programs and projects for nationally recognized clients. His collaboration on landmark development projects that have shaped Atlanta’s skyline and others of iconic note across the southeast make building not just a profession, but a passion that drives his work and success.
Brandon is a native of Enterprise, Alabama and has resided in Atlanta, Georgia since his collegiate days completing co-operative education work in the field on construction projects in metro Atlanta. Brandon has been civically engaged and involved in leadership capacities from serving as Student Government Association President of Auburn University, a member of the board of the Atlanta Urban League of Young Professionals, past Vice Chairman of the A
Brandon has served as a Commissioner and member of the Executive Board of Directors of the Atlanta Housing Authority for nearly three years working for the affordable, senior, and veteran housing residents of the City of Atlanta to have vibrant and successful communities to call home. Brandon holds a Bachelor of Science in Building Science and Construction Management as a Presidential Scholar from Auburn University, and an International Economic Development Council Advanced Certificate of study in Commercial Real Estate Development and Reuse from the Georgia Institute of Technology.