James ChungChief Investment Officer
James Chung is the Chief Investment Officer of Bridge Debt Strategies Fund Manager LLC. He has more than 20 years of experience in real estate, securitization, and financial services. Prior to joining Bridge, Mr. Chung was a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley and from 2004 until 2013 was the head of the Commercial Real Estate Loan Desk within the Fixed Income Division. He had direct oversight of the pricing, hedging, structuring and securitization of the Morgan Stanley commercial real estate loan portfolio. Mr. Chung was involved in over $50 billion of loan originations and 75 securitizations during his tenure at Morgan Stanley. Chung was also an officer of Morgan Stanley Bank, N.A. and was a voting member of both the global large loan credit committee and the U.S. credit committee. From 2000 to 2004, Mr. Chung worked in a variety of positions within the commercial real estate lending group at Morgan Stanley including large loan originations and underwriting, portfolio acquisitions, and risk management. Prior to Morgan Stanley, Mr. Chung worked in the Risk Management practice at First Manhattan Consulting Group, a leading financial services management consulting company. Mr. Chung received his Bachelor of Arts from Harvard College and his Master Degree in Business Administration from the MIT Sloan School of Management.
Jeehae LeeChief Financial Officer
Jeehae Lee serves as the Chief Financial Officer of Bridge Debt Strategies Fund Manager LLC. She has over 10 years of experience in real estate, securitization, and financial services. Ms. Lee was at Morgan Stanley from 2004 to April 2014 most recently as an Executive Director. From 2013 to April 2014 Ms. Lee was the senior manager responsible for loan pricing, hedging, and structuring for the Commercial Real Estate Lending group within the Fixed Income division. Lee was a voting member of the U.S. credit committee and was deeply involved in creating loan pricing models, managing the securitization pipeline, interfacing with rating agencies and investors, and originating loans for securitization. Lee was also a key member of rebuilding the Commercial Real Estate Lending group at Morgan Stanley where she managed significant portions of the securitization process and helped create new lending procedures for the group. From 2004 to 2009, Ms. Lee was involved in loan acquisitions, underwriting and restructuring of loans, as well as risk management and risk reporting. Ms. Lee received her Bachelors of Arts from Brown University and her Masters of Business Administration from Columbia University.
Kiernan PuseyChief Operating Officer
Kiernan W. Pusey serves as the Chief Operating Officer of Bridge Debt Strategies Fund Manager LLC. He has more than 16 years of experience in real estate, securitization and financial services. His experience has included: Pusey worked at Morgan Stanley from 2005 to 2014, most recently as a Vice President in the Commercial Real Estate Lending group within the Fixed Income division. During his tenure at Morgan Stanley, Mr. Pusey was the head of the commercial mortgage securitization team covering all aspects of the securitization process, including drafting all legal documentation, SEC disclosure and filing, negotiating with B-piece buyers and managing all aspects of the Freddie Mac/Morgan Stanley platform. Pusey supported the sales and marketing efforts of both Morgan Stanley and Freddie Mac securitizations and handled the negotiation, closing and risk management of first mortgage and mezzanine loans originated by that Morgan Stanley platform. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Mr. Pusey was a Real Estate Finance Associate at Dechert LLP, an international law firm, where he served as outside counsel to Morgan Stanley, Wells Fargo and Bank of America in complex real estate transactions. Prior to joining Dechert LLP, Mr. Pusey was an Associate at Windels Marx Lane & Mittendorf, LLP in the firm’s Corporate and Real Estate Finance practice groups with a focus on mezzanine loan lending and preferred equity investments. Mr. Pusey received his Bachelors of Arts from Boston College and his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School.
Teresa HoughManaging Director
Teresa Hough is a Managing Director at Bridge Debt Strategies Fund Manager LLC with 18 years of experience in finance and commercial real estate. Her experience prior to Bridge includes: From 2004 to 2015, Mrs. Hough was a senior underwriter for the Commercial Real Estate Lending group within the Fixed Income Division of Morgan Stanley. During this time, Mrs. Hough performed all aspects of due diligence related to structuring and underwriting $2Bn of loans in over 100 transactions targeted for securitization. From 2007 to 2011 she was responsible for managing, restructuring, and reporting risk of unsold loans valued at over $21.2Bn (including the $20Bn Hilton Worldwide Hotel Portfolio). Hough was also involved in originating loans for Morgan Stanley’s Private Wealth Clients and assisted in developing a Client Relationship Management database to centralize the internal referral process for Firm Clients. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Mrs. Hough was a Senior Associate in the Real Estate Advisory Services group of PricewaterhouseCoopers in New York, NY and Houston, TX. Mrs. Hough received her Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin. She has participated in additional training and development courses in real estate finance and valuation at NYU and the Appraisal Institute.
Brad NechmanManaging Director
Brad Nechman serves as Managing Director of Bridge Debt Strategies Fund Manager LLC and has over 25 years of experience in finance and commercial real estate. His experience includes: Most recently, Mr. Nechman was a senior loan originator for the Commercial Real Estate Lending group of Morgan Stanley. From 2010 to 2015, Mr. Nechman originated, processed and securitized over 75 loans totaling approximately $650 million. From 2001 to 2008, Mr. Nechman worked as a senior underwriter and loan originator with Morgan Stanley, and was involved with over $2 billion of real estate transactions, including securitized loans, note purchases and bridge loans. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Mr. Nechman worked as a transaction manager and loan originator with Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette in New York City, as well as prior employment with Rockwood Realty Partners and Kenneth Leventhal & Company. Mr. Nechman received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas at Austin as well as a Masters of Business Administration from the Jesse H. Jones School of Business at Rice University in Houston, Texas.
Jay HabermanManaging Director
Jay Haberman is a Managing Director of Debt Origination within Bridge’s debt platform. Jay has over 25 years of commercial real estate lending experience resulting in billions of dollars of CMBS and balance sheet debt origination. Haberman founded and opened the Washington DC office for the group and is responsible for bridge, mezzanine and preferred equity origination activities as well as other due diligence activities for securitized loan purchases Prior to joining Bridge, Mr. Haberman was the founder and manager of Morgan Stanley’s CMBS debt origination Washington DC office from 2005 through 2008 and then from 2010 through March 2017. During his tenure at Morgan Stanley he was responsible for all aspects of CMBS debt origination including sourcing opportunities, negotiating terms, underwriting, site inspections, committee presentation and extensive assistance on document negotiations. Haberman has extensive experience in all property types including office, apartment, self-storage, hotel, retail and industrial secured commercial real estate loans ranging in size from $3 million to $180 million. In between stints at Morgan Stanley, Mr. Haberman founded and opened the Washington DC office for A10 Capital, where he was a principal. A10 is a permanent, bridge and mezzanine lender as well as an equity investor in select properties. From 1989 through 2004, Mr. Haberman was a commercial real estate lender with General American Life and its subsidiary, Conning Asset Management. General American/Conning was later acquired by MetLife, then Swiss RE and ultimately KeyBank where he ran KeyBank’s Washington DC permanent debt platform. While at these firms he sourced whole loans, worked out problem debt, serviced the loans in the portfolio and assisted in all aspects of portfolio securitization as well as identifying selective purchase and development opportunities. Debt originated during this time included whole loans, floating rate bridge loans, and mezzanine as well as Freddie Mac, FHA and Fannie Mae agency originations. Mr. Haberman received a BA in Economics from Colorado State University and an MBA from George Mason University. He is past President and CEO of the Greater Washington DC Mortgage Bankers Association and is on the board of directors for the Central Loudoun Basketball League. He earned CCIM and FLMI designations and completed most of the coursework required to become an MAI. Previously Mr. Haberman has held Series 7, 63, Virginia and Florida General Real Estate Appraiser and Virginia Real Estate Sales person licenses.
Scott MillerManaging Director
Scott Miller serves as a Managing Director of Originations at Bridge Debt Strategies LLC. Prior to joining Bridge, Mr. Miller was Managing Director, and Head of Originations for Redwood Trust. While at Redwood Trust Mr. Miller had direct involvement in the creation and growth of the commercial real estate platform, including being responsible for originating over $450 million of subordinate debt and $2.5 billion CMBS whole loans. Prior to joining Redwood he held commercial real estate roles at Keybank, Deutsche Bank and Prudential Mortgage Capital Company. Mr. Miller holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Bucknell University and is a graduate of the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Patrick PetersenVice President
Patrick Petersen serves as Vice President of Originations for Bridge Debt Strategies Fund Manager LLC, and has over 8 years of experience working in real estate, financial services and consulting. Prior to joining Bridge, his experience includes: From 2011 to 2014, Mr. Petersen was an underwriter for the Commercial Real Estate Lending group within the Fixed Income Division of Morgan Stanley. During that time, Mr. Petersen underwrote loans for CMBS securitization with a total loan volume of over $400 million in over 50 transactions. Mr. Petersen’s duties also included onsite inspections of properties as well as supporting the Morgan Stanley securitization team throughout the rating agency and B-piece buyer diligence period. In addition, Mr. Petersen was responsible for coordinating the negotiating, underwriting and diligence process for each loan, as well as preparing and presenting detailed credit memos to the internal Credit Committee for loan approval. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Mr. Petersen worked for Stewardship-Austin Equity, LLC from 2009 until 2011 as an Associate supporting the capital raise and portfolio management efforts. From 2005 to 2007, Mr. Petersen worked as a Consultant for Protiviti in their Business Risk and Internal Audit practices. Mr. Petersen received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Texas at Austin and his Master in Business Administration from Southern Methodist University’s Cox School of Business. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Stephen KingVice President
Stephen King serves as Vice President of Asset and Transaction Management for Bridge Debt Strategies LLC. He has over 16 years of experience in real estate, securitization and financial services. Mr. King worked at Morgan Stanley from 2005 to 2015, most recently as a transaction manager in the Commercial Real Estate Lending group within the Fixed Income Division. During his tenure at Morgan Stanley, Mr. King worked closely with the securitization and underwriting teams as well as with outside counsel. His tasks included drafting term sheets, reviewing all legal loan documentation, negotiating with clients and managing all aspects of closing and risk management of first mortgage and mezzanine loans. From 2010 to 2015 Mr. King was responsible for closing over $1.75 billion in commercial real estate transactions. Mr. King also has worked with the warehouse team managing over $7 billion in capital commitment facilities. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Mr. King was a Real Estate Finance Paralegal at Cassin Cassin & Joseph LLP, where he was involved in complex real estate transactions for Merrill Lynch and CIBC. Mr. King received his Bachelor of Arts, from Fordham University.
Matthew BavosoVice President
Matthew A. Bavoso is a Vice President of Transaction Management in the Debt Strategies Group. Matt has more than 19 years of experience in real estate law and real estate finance. Before joining Bridge, Matt was a closing coordinator in Morgan Stanley’s commercial real estate lending group for nearly 10 years, having closed over $3Billion in fixed rate and floating rate, senior and mezzanine commercial loans for one of the world’s leading real estate investment conduit loan issuers. Matt also practiced law for nearly 10 years with a focus on zoning and land use matters, real estate development and commercial and residential real estate transactions. Matt received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Binghamton University, a Juris Doctorate degree from Pace University School of Law and a Graduate Certificate in Real Estate Finance from New York University’s Schack Institute of Real Estate.
Misong KimVice President
Misong Kim is a Vice President of Asset Management for Bridge Debt Strategies Fund Manager LLC. She has over 15 years of experience in commercial real estate and securitization. Her experience in finance and real estate includes: Prior to joining Bridge in 2016, Ms. Kim was a Vice President at Morgan Stanley where she worked from 1999 to 2008 and 2011 to 2015. During her tenure at Morgan Stanley, she was responsible for all aspects of the securitization of Morgan Stanley collateral, including production and distribution of investor materials, loan and collateral disclosure for Morgan Stanley’s public and private CMBS offerings, and support of sales and marketing efforts. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Ms. Kim was an analyst at Nomura Asset Capital Corporation from 1998 to 1999 in the commercial mortgage securitization group. Ms. Kim received her Bachelor of Arts from Dartmouth College.
Michael J. HurdVice President
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Michael J. Hurd is Vice President of Underwriting for Bridge Debt Strategies Fund Manager LLC. Mr. Hurd has more than 25 years of experience in commercial real estate and 20 in the commercial real estate lending field. Before joining Bridge, Mr. Hurd was a senior underwriter for Morgan Stanley’s Commercial Mortgage Backed Securities lending platform underwriting or originating billions of dollars in CMBS debt from its Washington, D.C. office between 2005 and 2017. From 1998 through May of 2005, Mr. Hurd was a commercial real estate lender with Conning Asset Management, a division of General American Life. Conning was acquired by MetLife, SwissRE and eventually KeyBank during this time. Mr. Hurd originated and serviced loans for all property types for a variety of investors including CMBS, life insurance companies, pension funds and the agencies Fannie Mae, FHA and Freddie Mac. Prior to 1997 Mr. Hurd was Controller and In-House Counsel for a Northern Virginia based commercial real estate firm and began his career with an apartment owner and home builder working in property management and then land acquisition and development. Mr. Hurd received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a major in Finance from James Madison University and a Juris Doctor from George Mason University School of Law. Mr. Hurd is an inactive member of the Virginia Bar and holds an inactive Virginia Real Estate Salesperson’s license, as well as the CCIM designation.
Lisa DubeckVice President
Lisa Dubeck serves as Vice President of Underwriting for the Bridge Debt Strategies Fund Manager LLC. Mrs. Dubeck has over 16 years of experience in finance and commercial real estate. From 2004 to 2014, Mrs. Dubeck was a senior underwriter for the Commercial Real Estate Lending group within the Fixed Income Division of Morgan Stanley. During this time, she performed all aspects of due diligence related to structuring and underwriting over $2 billion of loans and advocated for internal credit approval, and prepared investor files for submission to credit-rating agencies and investors. She was also responsible for actively managing and restructuring a portfolio of unsold loans from 2007 until 2010. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Mrs. Dubeck was a Senior Commercial Real Estate Underwriter for the Commercial Real Estate Banking team of JP Morgan Chase & Co. in New York, New York, and for Bank One, N.A. in Houston, Texas. Mrs. Dubeck received her Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and Bachelor of Arts in French from the University of Texas at Austin.
Martha AgarwalVice President
Martha Agarwal serves as Vice President of Asset Management at Bridge Debt Strategies Fund Manager LLC with over 17 years of experience in finance and commercial real estate. From 2003 to 2008, Mrs. Agarwal was a senior underwriter for the Commercial Real Estate Lending group within the Fixed Income Division of Morgan Stanley in New York, NY. During this time, Mrs. Agarwal performed all aspects of due diligence related to structuring and underwriting of loans in over $1Bn transactions targeted for securitization. She advocated for internal credit approval, and prepared investor files for submission to credit-rating agencies and investors for all asset types. Mrs. Agarwal was also involved in originating loans from Morgan Stanley’s Private Wealth Clients and assisted in developing a Client Relationship Management database to centralize the internal referral process for Firm Clients. Agarwal worked as an Independent Real Estate Consultant with Morgan Stanley’s Fixed Income Division as well as Bridge Investment Group and others between 2010 and 2017. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Mrs. Agarwal was a Senior Associate in the Real Estate Advisory Services group of PricewaterhouseCoopers in New York, NY and Houston, TX where she worked as a member of the Mergers and Acquisitions Team on several transactions, prepared and presented credit committee presentations for various clients, prepared market analysis and feasibility studies for on- and off-campus student housing projects, and completed various valuation assignments. Mrs. Agarwal was a Vice President with Bank of America in the CMBS Capital Markets group in Dallas, TX where she began her career in commercial real estate. She analyzed loan requests, recommended preliminary structuring of loans, performed property due diligence, and prepared credit committee presentations for all asset types and attended Real Estate Credit Training in Charlotte, NC. Agarwal is an active volunteer with the Junior League of Greenwich. Mrs. Agarwal received her Master of Land Economics and Real Estate from Texas A&M University and her Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Texas A&M University.
Reid McDuff is an Analyst for Bridge Debt Strategies, and works closely with the originations, underwriting, asset management, and capital markets teams. Mr. McDuff has sized over $1 billion worth of debt investments, across most asset classes. He is responsible for marking the Funds’ current positions, which includes maintaining detailed pricing models, incorporating market movements, and consulting with third-party marking desks. In addition to his other duties, Mr. McDuff prepares comprehensive credit memos for the internal Credit Committee. Prior to joining Bridge full-time in 2016, Mr. McDuff interned for Clearwater Capital Partners in their Mumbai office, identifying multifamily acquisition targets in local markets. Mr. McDuff received his Bachelor of Arts from Brown University.
Adam Wininger is an Analyst for Bridge Debt Strategies Fund Manager LLC, and works closely with the originations, underwriting, asset management, and capital markets teams. Mr. Wininger has sized over $1 billion worth of debt investments, across all asset classes and has conducted due diligence on several billion dollars of Freddie Mac securitizations. In addition to his other duties, Mr. Wininger is a member of Bridge Investment Group’s technology committee, to help ensure Bridge stays at the forefront of real estate technology across its different verticals. Mr. Wininger received his Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.