GPI’s executive team has extensive experience in all aspects of commercial real estate investment and management, covering the full spectrum from acquisition and development to asset management and disposition. This hands-on experience is crucial to investment success and realizing an asset’s full value.
Successful asset valuation requires local market knowledge as well as the ability to thoroughly analyze the underlying property and the specific characteristics that affect its cash flow. Moreover, maximizing value post-acquisition requires an experienced investment team with the ability to increase a property’s net operating income. Only seasoned real estate operators possess all of these skills essential to achieving above-market returns.
Founder and Managing Partner
Mr. Goldstein is a Founder of and Managing Partner at GPI. With over 30 years of experience in the real estate industry, Mr. Goldstein is recognized as one of the leading commercial and multifamily real estate developers in California. Mr. Goldstein has directed the strategic planning, project conceptualization, site acquisition, entitlement, strategic marketing, and leasing of four million square feet of award-winning office, retail and residential complexes throughout California.
Beginning in 1992, Mr. Goldstein helped lead the retail division of the J.H. Snyder Company, spearheading the development of signature, destination retail projects. These projects included premier complexes such as The River in Rancho Mirage and West Hollywood Gateway as well as extensive renovation projects such as the 790,000 square foot Bella Terra in Huntington Beach, an urban entertainment and retail center. Mr. Goldstein also played an integral role in two of Southern California’s most successful commercial complexes: the one million square foot Wilshire Courtyard in Los Angeles’s Miracle Mile district and the 1.2 million square foot Water Garden office campus in Santa Monica.
Mr. Goldstein is the immediate past Chairman of the Los Angeles region of the American Jewish Committee and is on the Board of Directors of the Asia Pacific Institute. He is a past president of the Sportsmen’s Club, the largest fundraising auxiliary for the City of Hope National Medical Center, served as a trustee of the Los Angeles based Alternative Living for the Aged, and is currently an advisory board member for the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy. Mr. Goldstein holds a B.S. and a M.P.A. from the University of Southern California. Before returning to Los Angeles to begin his career in real estate, he served as a United States Presidential Management Intern in the Reagan Administration.
Founder and Managing Partner
Mr. Planting is a Founder of and Managing Partner at GPI. Prior to establishing GPI, Mr. Planting was a Senior Partner at the J.H. Snyder Company, where he created and directed the company’s value-added acquisitions division, which provided a profitable element to the firm’s already robust development activities.
While at the J.H. Snyder, Mr. Planting was responsible for identifying and acquiring over one million square feet of commercial office and retail. Under his management, these assets were rehabilitated and stabilized, and then either exited or refinanced for maximum equity returns. Prior to joining the J.H. Snyder Company in 2001, Mr. Planting was a partner at Maguire Partners where he headed the development, leasing, and management of the 3.6 million square foot commercial component of Playa Vista (part of the 1,000 acre master-planned mixed-use development of the former Howard Hughes aircraft plant).
Prior to Maguire Partners, he was a Director at Cushman & Wakefield where he started his real estate career. During his 16 year tenure at Cushman & Wakefield, he headed institutional accounts for a number of Fortune 1000 companies including Chubb & Son, Dow Jones, Viacom, MTV, Pacific Bell, Texaco, and Interpublic Group. He was among the top one percent of brokers and negotiated some of the largest leasing deals in the country at the time including the AT&T Center (200,000 square feet), MTV’s western regional headquarters (100,000 square feet), and Dow Jones’s administration facility in Midtown Manhattan (300,000 square feet).
Mr. Planting received his B.A. in Economics with Honors from the University of California, Berkeley. He is an active member of the Urban Land Institute and the International Council of Shopping Centers. He is a guest lecturer at the UCLA Anderson School of Management and the USC Lusk Center for Real Estate Development.
Mr. Wagman is a Managing Partner at GPI. He is a long time leader in the real estate industry having served as President and CEO of The Hahn Company and its successor, TrizecHahn Centers. Both were a part of Trizec Properties, a $5B publicly traded REIT. In this capacity, Mr. Wagman headed one of the largest shopping center companies in the United States with 43 regional malls and 1,700 employees. During his tenure, the company developed several precedent-setting projects, including Park Meadows in Denver; Paseo Colorado in Pasadena; West End City Center in Budapest, Hungary; and expansions of Horton Plaza in San Diego and Prudential Center in Boston.
In addition, Mr. Wagman served as Vice Chairman of CityView, a leading real estate investment firm focused on urban residential and mixed-use properties through multiple institutional funds; and was the founder, Chairman and CEO of Hycel Properties Company in St. Louis where he developed and owned the Saint Louis Galleria, one of the premier retail properties in the U.S. Mr. Wagman began his career as an attorney at the international law firm Bryan Cave, LLP.
Mr. Wagman has been closely involved with ICSC for 25 years, serving as both a Trustee and Vice President, and with ULI. He is the founding Chair of ICSC’s Mixed-Use Committee and twice chaired its highly successful Mixed-Use Conference and served as Chair of ULI’s Place Making Conference, Chair of ULI’s Entertainment Retail Conference, Chair of the ICSC Spring Convention in Las Vegas, and Chair of ICSC’s Entertainment Conference. Mr. Wagman is a graduate of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO), a member of YPOG, and Past Chair of YPOG-LA. He has served on numerous civic, corporate, charitable, and university boards. Mr. Wagman holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School, and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
Senior Vice President
Nancy Kresek is Senior Vice President Financial Services at GPI. Ms. Kresek has over 25 years of financial management experience in accounting, financial reporting, treasury, and investor relations with public and private real estate companies. Prior to joining GPI, Ms. Kresek was Senior VP Controller for Standard Management, Vice President Accounting for Equity Lifestyle Properties (ELS), Chief Financial Officer for SCI Real Estate Investments, and Vice President/Treasurer for Equity Group Investments. Ms. Kresek has a MBA from DePaul University in Chicago, is a Certified Public Accountant, and holds an active California Real Estate License.
Ms. Chan is the Controller at GPI. Prior to joining GPI in 2010, Ms. Chan was the Accounting Manager for Brentwood Credit Corporation, a leader in equipment leasing and financing. Ms. Chan graduated from the University of Washington in Seattle, WA with a B.A. in Business Administration, majoring in Accounting.
Michael Woods is a Portfolio Manager at GPI. During his ten year career in the commercial real estate industry, he has underwritten and closed on acquisitions, dispositions, developments and redevelopments with a capitalized value in excess of $600 million (representing over 3.5 million square feet). He has extensive experience overseeing all aspects of the institutional approval process, including financial analysis, underwriting, transaction due diligence, and operational accounting. Prior to joining GPI, Mr. Woods worked at Regency Centers, a national owner, operator, and developer of retail properties. He is an active member of the Urban Land Institute and the International Council of Shopping Centers and holds an active California real estate license.
Mr. Woods earned his M.B.A. with distinction from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. He received his B.A. from Georgetown University, where he led several campus ministries and was elected an officer of the Georgetown rugby team. He currently serves as an alumni mentor with Loyola High School’s Alumni Mentoring Program and as a lector at St. Paul the Apostle Church.
Ms. Ross is a Director at GPI. She focuses on property acquisitions, development, and asset management. Prior to joining GPI in 2013, Ms. Ross was with CBRE Global Investors Strategic Partners, a discretionary real estate private equity platform. Ms. Ross began her career at BlackRock in the Account Management Group, working on the distribution of the firm’s investment funds. Ms. Ross graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in International Relations and received her M.B.A. from Stanford Business School.
Mr. Woodbury is a Director at GPI, where he focuses on property acquisitions, development, and asset management. Prior to joining GPI, Mr. Woodbury worked on new investments and asset management at CIM Group, where his experience included more than $1 billion of acquisitions and dispositions and more than $300 million of financings, with a particular focus on California deals. Mr. Woodbury’s work experience also includes roles as a management consultant at the Boston Consulting Group, and in business development and project development in the energy industry. Mr. Woodbury graduated from Stanford University as a member of Tau Beta Pi with a BS in Mechanical Engineering, and received an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar.
Mr. Franciski is a Director of Finance and Acquisitions at GPI. Since joining GPI in 2013, Mr. Franciski has been actively involved in the acquisition, underwriting, due diligence, financing, and strategy of GPI’s investments. Prior to joining GPI, Mr. Franciski was a member of Equity Office Properties’ Corporate Finance department. During his tenure at EOP, Mr. Franciski prepared valuation models for over six million square feet of office space and maintained investment-level performance models relating to $21B in office investments made by The Blackstone Group. Mr. Franciski received a B.S. in Business majoring in Finance-Real Estate from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.
Mr. Friend is a Director at GPI. He focuses on property acquisitions, development, and asset management. Prior to joining GPI in 2016, Mr. Friend was with the JBG Companies, where he worked in the Development group focusing primarily on the entitlement, design, and development of mixed-use projects in Washington, DC. Mr Friend graduated with a B.A. in Business Economics with Honors from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Mr. Akhtarzad is an Associate at GPI. Mr. Akhtarzad assists in the evaluation and execution of new investment opportunities and supports development activity across the firm. Prior to joining GPI in 2018, Mr. Akhtarzad was a Senior Analyst at Colony Capital in their Corporate Finance and Acquisitions division. At Colony, he was involved in a wide range of opportunistic transactions across the capital structure in both real estate assets and operating companies. Mr. Akhtarzad received a B.A. in Business Administration from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.
Henry is a Senior Analyst at GPI working on acquisitions and development. Henry’s responsibilities include underwriting, assisting with deal structuring, and due diligence. Prior to joining GPI, Henry was an Analyst in the Commercial Real Estate Group (Large Loan) at Deutsche Bank in New York, where he focused on originating, structuring and providing asset-level financing to public corporations and private equity groups owning or acquiring commercial real estate. While at Deutsche Bank, Henry has participated in more than $2.5 billion in total transaction volume. Henry received a B.Eng. degree from Vanderbilt University with a major in Civil Engineering and a minor in Financial Economics.