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.