Jim has been involved in the real-estate industry as a principal and advisor for more than 30 years. In 2015 Jim co-founded COVO Capital, a boutique commercial real estate investment company focused on the acquisition of value-add properties in Northern CA/Bay Area. Jim is a founding member of Belrad Group Advisors, an advisory firm engaged in the management of institutional real estate development investments as well as stabilizing distressed legacy investments. Since 2001 Belrad has been engaged on approximately $12 billion of assignments across the country and throughout Asia. Prior to Belrad Jim was the managing principal of GateCapital, a San Francisco based a real-estate finance, development, and asset management firm, growing asset under management to approximately $4.5 billion in three years. In 1999, Jim oversaw the establishment of the firm’s Tokyo office (a.k.a. “Capital Servicing”). Prior to Gate, Jim was responsible for GMACCM’s special servicing and asset management group. Jim also worked for The Hanford Healy Companies as a Portfolio and Client Manager with primary account responsibility for the Lehman Brothers relationship. Jim’s roots are in the construction industry, including three years as a Partner in a Staten Island, NY construction firm. He also spent four years structuring and placing real-estate debt and equity opportunities throughout the country. Jim holds a BA in Economics from Ohio Wesleyan University