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Founder and Executive Chairman
As the founder and chairman of Westcore Properties, Marc Brutten’s mission cornerstone is to identify underperforming real estate assets and create value in these assets for the long term benefit of his stakeholders. Since the company’s inception in 2000, Marc has overseen its strategic investment in office, retail and industrial properties in key markets around the world, building its current portfolio to over 24 million square feet and over $2 billion in total asset value.
Recognized as one of the most prolific commercial real estate investors on the west coast, Marc has facilitated more than $4 billion in property acquisitions totaling over 800 buildings and 40 million square feet. He has been particularly successful in the acquisition of portfolios and properties that require repositioning and aggressive management in order to function more successfully in their respective environments.
Prior to forming Westcore Properties, Marc was president of Shidler West, Inc. Under his direction, the company’s industrial portfolio grew to more than 11.3 million square feet and the company’s asset value grew from $20 million to $800 million. Marc has also served as a board member with the San Diego Community Foundation Real Estate Board, Ritz Camera and the University of California alumni, where he was a University Trustee.
Marc is also the founder and chairman of Brutten Global, a private holding company that since 1978, has had numerous direct diversified investments and a Private Equity Group that provides an infusion of needed capital to struggling businesses.
In 1996, Marc founded The Brutten Family Foundation, a private U.S. foundation focused on benefiting multiple San Diego County charities, schools, and organizations. These include the Make A Wish Foundation, The Vanguard Academy, The Bishop’s School, The San Diego Center For Children, The New Children’s Museum, and The San Pasqual Academy.
Marc is involved in numerous professional and community organizations including the Urban Land Institute (ULI), National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP), Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR) and the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). Marc also serves as a board member at the New Children’s Museum and is a director at the California Republic Bank. Marc is also a member of the Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate’s Policy Advisory Board Executive Committee at USD.
A dedicated martial arts practitioner, Marc holds black belts in Judo and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He was the 2012 World Masters Jiu Jitsu gold medalist. Marc is also an accomplished equestrian, having played Polo for many years.
Marc is a graduate of University of California, San Diego and is a former university trustee.
Donald H. Ankeny
President & Chief Executive Officer
As President and CEO of Westcore Properties, Don Ankeny has overseen the acquisition and management more than $4 billion in industrial and office assets comprised of more than 750 buildings totaling more than 35 million square feet.
Prior to joining Westcore Properties in 2005, Don founded the real estate group of Robertson Stephens, an investment banking firm acquired by Bank of America, and later by Bank Boston. Don also served as a partner with Trammell Crow Company in Minneapolis.
A member of the IOPC Black Council of the Urban Land Institute, Don is also a Trustee at The Bishop’s School in La Jolla, California, where he serves as Treasurer, Chair of the Finance and Investment Committee, and chair of the Endowment Campaign.
Don graduated cum laude from Dartmouth College with a distinction in economics and holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Chief Operating Officer
As Chief Operating Officer of Westcore Properties, Matthew oversees asset management, leasing, property management, construction, finance, and accounting. He has led asset management for more than 100 unique investments representing over 32 million square feet in over 400 buildings throughout the U.S., and has also been actively involved in more than 150 acquisitions and dispositions totaling over $5 billion.
Prior to joining Westcore in 2004, Matthew served as a commercial broker with Grubb & Ellis in Los Angeles, where he specialized in investment sales and office leasing. Matthew has also worked in the technology industry for Shopzilla.com in Los Angeles, and the snowboard industry for Silence Snowboards in Carlsbad, CA.
Matthew has served on the Board of Trustees for The Children’s School since 2012, including serving as President of the Board for two years. He is also a member of the NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Development Association.
He holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and a MBA from the University of Southern California.
Managing Director, Finance
Manni is responsible for the oversight of all aspects of finance, tax, and strategy for Westcore Properties and brings an extensive track record in 1031 exchanges, tax planning, and finance. During his time with Westcore Properties, Manni has structured complicated 1031/reverse exchanges, and more than $2 billion in financing.
Prior to joining Westcore in 2002, Manni spent seven years serving as controller for Shidler West, Inc., and grew the company’s real estate portfolio to more than 11.3 million square feet, and its asset value to $800 million.
Named a San Diego Business Journal “CFO of the Year” finalist in 2007, Manni is also a member of the American Institute of CPA’s (AICPA). He also volunteers with numerous local and international charities.
Manni holds an MBA with an emphasis in Finance from University of Phoenix. He also graduated Cum Laude with majors in Accounting and Finance from John Moore’s University in Liverpool, England.
Vice President, Finance
As Vice President, Finance at Westcore Properties, Michael plays a key role in the development and execution of the company’s business and financial strategy and has handled more than $1 billion in transaction volume since joining Westcore Properties in 2013. He has also been involved in the structuring of two joint venture partnerships.
Michael’s expertise spans capital markets, investor relations and reporting, transaction execution, investment valuation and underwriting, financial reporting and debt placement.
Prior to joining Westcore Properties, Michael worked at DJO Global, a Blackstone Group portfolio company, and Sony Electronics (NYSE: SNE).
Michael holds a B.S. degree in Finance from Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business.
Romy Selati Loseke
General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Romy provides legal oversight for Westcore Properties’ national real estate portfolio and the company’s corporate governance. She has more than 19 years of corporate and real estate legal experience. Romy has executed more than $4 Billion of transactions as lead legal counsel for Westcore, including property acquisitions, joint ventures, dispositions of a diverse portfolio of real estate assets, leasing and financing.
Before joining Westcore Properties in 2011, Romy served as associate general counsel for Md7, LLC, a wireless telecommunications real estate management company. She spearheaded the legal direction of the company’s global real estate leasing programs, working alongside the largest wireless telecommunications operators in the U.S. and Europe. Romy also was a principal of Crown RV Group and has worked for several San Diego based law firms.
Romy’s professional affiliations include the Association of Corporate Counsel. She has served on the Board of Directors for Promises2Kids and the Willow Grove Educational Foundation.
Romy earned a Juris Doctorate from Boston College Law School, and a Bachelor of Arts from Emory University. Romy also is a licensed real estate broker in California.
Senior Vice President, Asset Management
As Senior Vice President, Asset Management for Westcore Properties, Steve is responsible for oversight of development, asset management & business operations for Northern California as well as oversight of Midwest asset management.
Since joining Westcore Properties in 2014, Steve has overseen the management transition for a 1.87 million square foot, 25 building, $250 million acquisition of flex/R&D portfolio in the California Silicon Valley. In addition, Steve has managed Westcore’s development projects including a 300,000 square foot build-to-suit facility for Tesla Motors in Fremont, CA, a four building 300,000 square foot speculative industrial project in Union City, CA and the major renovation of a 117,000 square foot cold food storage and distribution facility in Union City, CA.
Prior to joining Westcore in 2014, Steve served as Vice President/Western Region for REIT Management and Research, as Senior Development Manager for Panattoni Development Company, and as President of PDC Properties, Inc., a subsidiary of Panattoni Development Company.
Steve holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of California, Irvine.
Vice President, Asset Management
As Vice President, Asset Management for Westcore Properties, Nick oversees all asset management functions for Southern California, Denver, and Phoenix properties. He is currently responsible for the management and operation of nearly 5 million square feet of industrial, office, and flex products across the western U.S., and has been actively involved in acquisitions and dispositions totaling over $250 million.
Prior to joining Westcore, Nick served as Senior Asset Manager with the Port of San Diego, where he specialized in industrial, maritime, and commercial real estate asset management for some of San Diego’s most valuable waterfront property, including a 135 acre marine terminal, three major shipyards, the San Diego Convention Center, multiple waterfront, convention hotels, and over 200,000 sf of waterfront retail.
Additionally, Nick successfully entitled, received necessary approvals and/or assisted towards development of the proposed San Diego Convention Center Expansion project, a 500-room expansion of a major convention hotel, two new 400-room waterfront hotels, a 3.5 acre waterfront park, and a 100,000 sf retail historic rehabilitation project.
Nick is an active member of the NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Development Association and Developing Leaders Program. Nick also is a CCIM candidate, an IASSC Certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, and a certified Argus Power User.
He holds a BA from the University of San Diego and a Master’s of Science in Real Estate from the University of San Diego.
Vice President, Asset Management
Victoria is responsible for dispositions, leasing, and overseeing renovations within Westcore Properties’ portfolio.
During her tenure at Westcore, Victoria has been involved in over $1.7 billion of transactions, including oversight of the leasing of nearly 6 million square feet of office, R&D and industrial space, the completion of 200,000 SF of class A office leases during an 18 month period, and the negotiation of a 300,000 industrial long term lease with an electric car company that was a speculative building turned build-to-suit prior to breaking ground. In addition, Victoria has lead multiple major renovations to successfully re-position assets, resulting in lease-up and value creation.
Prior to joining Westcore in 2005, Victoria was with the CAC Group in San Francisco. She was also previously affiliated with Navigant Consulting, also in San Francisco, as a litigation consultant.
A recipient of the Real Estate Forum’s California Women of Influence award in 2015, Victoria holds a Bachelor of Science degree at Santa Clara University.
Director of Construction
As Director of Construction for Westcore, Dave supports the company’s core focus of acquiring and transforming properties to achieve highest and best use. He is responsible to manage construction and building improvement activities for the firm’s existing and new property investments throughout the Western states. He also collaborates with Westcore’s acquisitions team to evaluate existing buildings, infrastructure and systems during the acquisition phase of new properties and portfolios.
Expertise acquired through working as both an executive for major general contracting firms and as a successful development and construction consultant for high-profile clients provides a unique and differentiating versatility in all aspects of project development and construction and strengthens Westcore’s position as a solutions-oriented real estate investment firm. Previously, he operated DB Armstrong Co., Inc. and served as vice president at Reno Contracting as well as executive vice president at Roel Construction.
Armstrong has served as a board member for NAIOP San Diego, participated with The Associated General Contractors of America and taught construction management classes for the SDSU extension certificate program.
Human Resources Director
As Human Resources Director at Westcore Properties, Adriana Haefner oversees all aspects of the company’s HR department including compensation and benefits, recruiting, training and development, performance management, and employee relations. Adriana also manages all aspects of payroll, safety and compliance.
Since joining Westcore, Adriana has successfully implemented a new HRMS and payroll system, established a new review and goals process, improved the employee on-boarding process, and designed the employees’ benefit and wellness program.
Prior to joining Westcore in 2014, Adriana served as the HR Manager for El Super Grocery Stores, and Target Corporation. Her positions at Target also include Assets Protection Investigator, Logistics Manager, and Operations Manager.
Adriana is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and volunteers for Feeding America.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Southern California.