Bridge’s founding partners have worked together for more than 25 years and lead a fully integrated team of over 1,000 “boots-on-the-ground” employees and 80 investment professionals across the country. Our team possesses extensive real estate, investment, operations, capital markets and transaction expertise that cumulatively creates thriving, dynamic communities for thousands of residents, employees, and families. Over the years, our culture of excellence has attracted the best and brightest problem solvers who seek every opportunity to roll up their sleeves to make a real impact on real lives.
Our professionals have intellectual capital and grit. Together, these create a culture of entrepreneurial spirit, passion for our people and our communities, and continuous improvement and innovation in our processes. Each of our four main investment verticals – Multifamily/Workforce & Affordable Housing, Office, Seniors Housing & Medical Properties and Fixed Income Strategies – are leaders in their respective fields due to a shared focus on transparency, never being complacent and always keeping the well-being of our residents/tenants at the forefront of everything we do.
Our specialized teams are based in Salt Lake City, New York, San Francisco, Atlanta and Orlando and are horizontally integrated in a manner that combines state-of-the-art financial analytics and investment management with a streamlined and detailed operating platform. This collaboration has allowed us to build a successful network of relationships nationwide, develop a deep understanding of local market dynamics to inform our investment strategies, and successfully source and execute on above-market opportunities. Our unmatched closeness to our assets differentiates us from other alternative asset managers and allows us to create, rather than seek, alpha. This approach has paid off as for over 25 years, we have delivered outstanding financial results and current income for our investors while creating lasting, vibrant communities all across the US.
Robert Morse brings 30 years of experience in commercial and investment banking and private equity fund management as Executive Chairman of Bridge Investment Group. Mr. Morse has been integrally involved in the formation, management, strategy and capitalization of Bridge. Prior to joining Bridge, Mr. Morse served as CEO of Citigroup’s Asia Institutional Clients Group from 2004-2008, which included corporate banking, investment banking, markets and transaction services in 17 countries employing over 14,000 people. During Mr. Morse’s tenure, Citigroup was awarded the ‘Best Bank in Asia’ award annually by FinanceAsia, EuroMoney and The Asset magazines and in selected client surveys. From 2004 through 2007, Citigroup’s institutional revenue in Asia increased from US$3.4 billion to US$6.5 billion, and net income from US$1.3 billion to US$2.6 billion. Prior to his position as CEO of Citigroup’s Asia Institutional Client’s Group, Mr. Morse served as the Head of Global Investment Banking for Citigroup, based in New York. Morse provided management oversight of Citigroup’s US$5 billion of Asian based proprietary capital. Mr. Morse is a 1977 graduate of Yale College, Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude, and a 1981 graduate of the Harvard Business School and the Harvard Law School. Mr. Morse serves on a variety of charitable organization boards, including the Yale President’s Council on International Activities, The Nature Conservancy Asian Council, the Asia Society and the Whitney Museum Directors’ Council.
Jonathan SlagerCo-Chief Executive Officer
Jonathan Slager serves as Co-CEO of Bridge Investment Group and CIO of Bridge Multifamily Fund Manager LLC, and has 31 years of experience in the real estate, finance, and software industries. Mr. Slager has been involved in underwriting, acquiring and managing over $3.5 Billion in assets including all ROC fund assets, and has been a key driver of asset executions and returns. From 2005 to 2009, Mr. Slager was with The Pacific Group USA, Inc., and with Bridge Loan Capital Fund. He was responsible for major acquisitions, development, and entitlements and financing of major real estate projects. For nearly a decade prior to that, Mr. Slager worked at The Koll Company and then Wells Fargo Bank. At these leading institutions he was responsible for the acquisition, development, asset management and disposition of commercial real estate assets. Mr. Slager played the leading role on large institutional commercial real estate projects ranging from resort, residential, office, industrial and retail projects. While at Wells Fargo, Mr. Slager negotiated purchase agreements, performed feasibility analyses, coordinated resolution of zoning and entitlement issues, arranged debt financing, oversaw construction, managed assets, and performed leasing and marketing services. During that period, his team acquired land and buildings valued in excess of US$700 million; managed multiple development projects of over 1.6 million square feet of commercial office, industrial, retail, residential, and resort real estate; and formed joint ventures with private and institutional partners, such as Aetna and John Hancock. Mr. Slager earned his Master in Business Administration in Finance and Marketing from New York University in 1985. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in English, Phi Beta Kappa and cum laude, from the University of Utah in 1981.
Christian YoungCo-Chief Executive Officer
Christian Young serves as Co-CEO of Bridge Investment Group. He brings 25 years of experience in every phase of the real estate process including sourcing, evaluating, acquiring, financing, developing, operating, improving and harvesting commercial investment properties. Mr. Young is directly responsible for more than US$1 billion dollars in real estate investments in multi and single-family residential, commercial office, resort golf, hotel and storage properties. This track record includes double-digit returns even during difficult time periods. Mr. Young is responsible for all strategic and operational aspects of Bridge Investment Group and its wholly-owned subsidiaries, he is also the CEO of the registered investment advisor. He is a member of the Company’s Board of Directors and heads its Executive Management Committee. He previously served as Managing Director, Principal and Board Member of Bridge Investment Group from 2012 – 2014. Mr. Young was responsible for the strategic initiatives of the company and Asset Management for a portfolio of owned and affiliated multifamily properties. Mr. Young was Chairman and co-Founder of Bridge Founders Group, LLC (a Bridge Investment Group affiliate) since 1997. Mr. Young was involved in all phases of developments and investments since inception; approved all commitments, and was primarily responsible for equity capital formation, structuring, legal, operational and strategic facets of the company and its sponsored investments. This included managing relationships with its many institutional joint venture equity partners. Mr. Young was Founder and President of Acorn Development Company, LLC from 1990 to 1997. Mr. Young invested syndicated equity capital into commercial investment real estate projects in the western United States exclusively identified, underwritten, financed, managed and sold by the predecessors of Bridge Investment Group, LLC. Mr. Young was Managing Director of Prowswood Equity Management from 1993 – 1994. Mr. Young was responsible for capital formation in multifamily opportunities developed by Prowswood Companies. Prior to embarking on his real estate career, Mr. Young was an executive with AT&T and Lucent Technologies from 1982 – 1997 with increasing responsibilities in their business services and international marketing groups. Mr. Young earned his Bachelor of Science degree, cum laude, in Business Management from the University of Utah in 1981.
Danuel StangerVice Chairman
Danuel Stanger serves as Vice Chairman of Bridge Investment Group and Chief Investment Officer of Bridge Multifamily Fund Manager LLC. Mr. Stanger has 28 years of experience in every phase of the real estate investment process including finding, analyzing, acquiring, financing, developing, managing, improving and selling properties. He has been directly responsible for investing in over US$1 billion dollars in real estate assets including investments in multi and single family residential properties, commercial offices, resort golf properties, hotel, and retail properties. This track record includes double-digit returns even in difficult time periods. Since the inception of Bridge Investment Group, Mr. Stanger has focused his full-time efforts on the remarkable acquisitions available to Bridge that presented themselves as a result of the global financial crisis. He has been the primary driver of acquisitions, management, and disposition of all Bridge investments. Stanger was CEO of Bridge Founders Group, LLC (a Bridge Investment Group affiliate) until March 2009. He was involved in all phases of developments and investments since inception; approved all commitments, and was responsible for day-to-day management of investment activities. In particular, he was responsible for market and individual investment analysis, transaction structuring and planning, development and joint venture equity partner relationships. Stanger began his real estate career in 1988, on the heels of a banking career with Prudential Federal and American Savings, directing credit restructuring, workouts, management and disposition of all commercial investment real estate and corporate lending foreclosures at American Savings from 1985 through 1988. He left Prudential Federal and American Savings in 1988 to found Strategic Management and Consulting, which focused on property management and the resolution of distressed commercial properties including retail, office warehouse, medical office, hospitality and residential real estate. Mr. Stanger merged this company into Prowswood Companies in 1990, where he became Vice-President and Managing Director of the Equity Investment Division. He left Prowswood in 1997 to form CDS Investments, Inc. the predecessor company to Bridge Founders Group, LLC. He has been a member of many community organizations and served on the Board of Neighborhood Housing Services, and as a Founding Member of the Utah Community Reinvestment Corporation, an organization established by the banking community to invest funds in residential and commercial communities. Mr. Stanger is a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM), was the chair of the Utah Association of Realtors Governmental Affairs Committee, and served on the National Committee for CCIM.
Dean AllaraVice Chairman
Dean Allara serves as Vice Chairman of Bridge Investment Group and head of the Capital Markets Group. He has 29 years of experience in the real estate investment process including analyzing, raising capital, acquiring, financing, developing, managing, improving and selling properties. Mr. Allara is responsible for capital raising, investment analysis, and investor relations. Allara is directly responsible for investing in over US$2 billion dollars in real estate assets. Property types include multifamily and single family residential, commercial, seniors housing, resort golf properties, hotel, and retail properties. Allara has been with Bridge Investment Group since March 2009, where he is involved in raising capital from high net worth individuals, family office and institutional partners in addition to responsibilities related to ownership, investment analysis, development, asset management, investor relations, and legal & tax issues. Allara is also responsible for real property development including permits and zoning, master planning, debt financing, insurance, construction management, home owners’ association management, marketing and residential sales. Previous experience includes a ten-year career with Trace Digital, a leading global supplier of software manufacturing equipment, where he rose from a Regional Sales Manager to President and CEO. Mr. Allara earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the St. Mary’s College in 1984, which included one year at Loyola University of Rome, Italy. He also earned his Master of Business Administration from Santa Clara University in 1986 with a semester at the Tokyo University studying Business Law.
Chad BriggsChief Financial Officer
Chad Briggs is responsible for all of Bridge Investment Group’s treasury and financial functions as Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Briggs brings over 30 years of experience in accounting, finance, M&A, public offerings, SEC compliance, and human resources. Prior to joining Bridge, he served as Vice President and CFO for 5 years of Digital Draw Network, a national provider of residential construction and commercial real estate inspection services. Prior to Digital Draw, Mr. Briggs spent 10 years as VP and CFO of TheraTech Inc., a public company. Mr. Briggs earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Utah in 1985, and has been a Certified Public Accountant since 1986.
Adam O’FarrellChief Legal Officer
Adam O’Farrell serves as the Chief Legal Officer at Bridge Investment Group. He has more than 17 years of experience as a real estate investment management attorney with significant private equity, real estate, and tax experience. Since joining Bridge in January 2012, Mr. O’Farrell has been an integral part of the formation and structuring of Bridge’s managed funds and separate accounts, Bridge’s strategic and capital markets transaction execution and all significant legal matters affecting Bridge and its affiliates. From January 2008 to January 2012, Mr. O’Farrell worked at Foley & Lardner LLP as senior counsel and as a member of the private equity and venture capital and transactions and securities practice groups. From 2006 to 2008, Mr. O’Farrell worked at Morrison & Foerster LLP as a senior associate and a member of the private equity fund formation group, where he provided advice to private equity fund sponsors in the formation of U.S. and non-U.S. real estate, leverage buyout, venture capital and other private equity and hedge funds. From 2005 to 2006, Mr. O’Farrell acted as regional counsel for KB Home, with primary responsibility for four southern California divisions with combined annual revenue in excess of $300 million. As regional counsel, Mr. O’Farrell was responsible for all division legal matters, with a focus on real estate acquisition, land use and entitlement issues, financing, joint ventures and litigation management. From 2000 to 2005, Mr. O’Farrell was an associate and member of the tax department of Latham & Watkins LLP, where he provided structuring and tax advice for a wide range of sophisticated transactions. Mr. O’Farrell is a member of the California Bar Association. Mr. O’Farrell received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Accountancy with an emphasis in Taxation from the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University and his Juris Doctor from the J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University.
John PenningtonChief Compliance Officer
John Pennington serves as Chief Compliance Officer for Bridge Investment Group and is a member of the ROC Fund I investment committee. He brings 25 years of experience in real estate finance, private equity fund management, public company management, securities broker/dealer management, corporate formations, international regulatory, real estate loan underwriting and SEC financial reporting & compliance. From 2005 to present, Mr. Pennington was Co-Founder and Managing Director of Bridge Loan Capital Fund, LP, responsibilities include: capital raising, bank relationships, budgets, financial reports, SEC filings, fund formation, compliance, administration, annual audits, and REO real estate dispositions. Prior, Mr. Pennington was Co-Founder and President of USAT Inc., an import/export company, which has transacted business in over 17 countries, subsequently he was the Co-Founder & Co-Owner of businesses located in Spain, Canada, Germany and Puerto Rico. From 1997 through 1999, he was Chief Operating Officer and Co-Owner of a publicly held company with 140 employees. He was responsible for audits, SEC reporting, and international sales. This led to his co-ownership, acquisition and subsequent successful sale of a foreclosed, real estate distressed housing development, including a full-service golf course and country club. Mr. Pennington is currently filed with FINRA as an investment advisor and holds a Series 65 and a Series 7. Pennington is also designated as the Bridge Chief Compliance Officer and point of contact for all inquiries regarding U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) compliance, regulations and audits. Mr. Pennington earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the University of Utah in 1988. Mr. Pennington has served on the Advisory Board of the Westminster College School of Business in Salt Lake City, Utah, and as the director of fundraising for the Utah Special Olympics program, a charitable organization for special needs children.
David CoelhoChief Strategy Officer
David Coelho serves as the Chief Strategy Officer of Bridge Investment Group. Mr. Coelho has over 20 years of experience in real estate and finance. He has completed over $3.0 billion of investment transactions and has advised on over $20 billion of public and private market mergers and capital markets transactions. Mr. Coelho joined Bridge from NorthStar Asset Management Group where he was a Managing Director focused on equity investments. Prior to that, he was a Partner and Head of North America at Grove International Partners and worked in the investment banking groups of Morgan Stanley and Merrill Lynch. Mr. Coelho received his BS in Accounting from Syracuse University and his MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with a concentration in finance.