Brian Duggan is responsible for overall execution of fund strategy, with particular emphasis on financing, operations, and investor relations. Mr. Duggan brings Guardian almost two decades of experience in entrepreneurship, real estate, finance and investments having acquired, developed, managed and disposed of more than $1 billion in real estate across all asset classes. He was previously a Director at the Harlem Irving Companies and also worked with Mesirow Financial Real Estate, Ernst & Young Corporate Finance, and UBS Paine Webber.
Mr. Duggan has a degree in finance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a Master of Science in Accounting and Financial Management from the University of Virginia, and an MBA in Finance and Real Estate from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He is also an Illinois Real Estate Broker.
Orasio Becerra manages the Finance and Analytic functions for Guardian Capital where he is responsible for financial and management reporting, financial modeling, acquisition pricing, and financial data infrastructure. Mr. Becerra has over 15 years of financial and investment management experience with ABN Amro/LaSalle Bank, Bear Stearns, and Arch Bay Capital. He has managed fixed income portfolios, as well as NPL portfolios worth over $30 billion and over $3.5 billion, respectively.
He earned his B.S., in Finance from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Jennifer Arons has broad-based experience and deep expertise in residential real estate development. Working on sales and marketing, financial analysis, entitlement, product development and oversight of mid to large-scale urban and suburban residential projects, including: single-family homes; high-rise condominiums; lofts; affordable housing; mixed-use developments; townhomes; hotels and condominium conversions located in Illinois, Florida, Missouri, Washington DC, New Jersey, Alabama, Tennessee. She has over 20 years experience as a senior executive with oversight of over $7 billion in residential real estate development sales, and has been responsible for over 1,200 homes developed, marketed and sold each year.
Jennifer spent 3 years during the financial crisis at the FDIC in Washington DC in capital markets, securitizing assets out of failed financial institutions and working as a liaison to FHFA and FHA on over $15 billion of non-performing single family loan sales.
Gregory Martin manages all new construction and rehab at Guardian Capital. He has acquired, demolished, re-developed, rented and sold multiple single family and multi-unit projects over the last five years. As an employee of Vivify Construction from 2012 to 2014 Greg was responsible for the financing paper work, sub-contracting, project management and construction overview of over 250 units and provided oversight to over 40 million dollars of work in place. Since then, as principal with Guardian Properties, Greg has provided oversight to over 20 successful rehabs, began the construction of 3 single family homes and laid the groundwork for what will be a 5-10 million dollar new construction year for Guardian in 2015.
Al Spears manages the Default Servicing functions for Guardian Capital, including vendor management for foreclosure and bankruptcy actions. Mr. Spears has 27 years of experience in default servicing on both secured and unsecured loans. He recently retired from HSBC where he managed the entire cradle to grave foreclosure process across the US for 21 years.
Matt Horn serves as a Director of Loan Acquisitions and Operations at Guardian Capital. Prior to joining Guardian Matt spent 3 years heading up acquisitions for Dreambuilder Investments, LLC, the largest buyer of NPL 2nd mortgage loans in the US. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in economics and finance from The University of New York – Binghamton and has 10 years of mortgage banking experience.
Michael L Labak serves as the Chief Financial Officer of Guardian Capital. He is responsible for managing the accounting, treasury, tax, legal, risk and HR departments, while supporting tactical acquisition, operational and disposition initiatives through the execution of strategic business plans. Mr. Labak brings over two decades of accounting and real estate experience to Guardian having served as CFO in both startup and mature real estate entities, including founding his own vertically integrated RE firm. Mr. Labak has directly overseen over $250M in land, residential and commercial property portfolios of varying asset classes.
Mr. Labak has a BS in Accounting from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is a member of several real estate investor associations.
Megan VanVelzel joins Guardian Capital as the newest member of the team. She is primarily responsible for managing disposition of all short sale and REO assets, while also handling property valuations and collection services. Prior to joining Guardian Capital Ms. VanVelzel assisted with loss mitigation and asset management duties at Bank of America and Loan Resolution Corporation. Megan holds a bachelor’s degree from the Arizona State University.