Richard M. Ortwein

A seasoned veteran of the real estate industry, Richard "Dick" Ortwein has overseen all aspects of the business, having directed and managed the development and construction of millions of square feet of real estate during his extensive career. Dick brings to Focus more than 35 years of management experience, namely in senior level posts with the Koll organization, a premier commercial developer in the U.S. Additionally, Dick offers a rarity in real estate circles: a banker's financial acumen with a developer's hands-on experience. While at Koll, Dick oversaw the accounts of local, national and international clients, exposing him to a vast array of regional issues and placing him on the cutting edge in detecting new construction and development trends in the commercial and residential sectors. In his senior management capacity at Koll, Dick was responsible for commercial development, land entitlement, project finance, construction management, asset management and corporate services. Additionally, Dick was a key member of the executive team responsible for overseeing key acquisitions and mergers, including the 1998 purchase of Koll Real Estate Group's commercial development arm, Koll Development Company.


A graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Dick served on both the national and local boards of directors of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP), and served on the board of the directors of The Pacific Club in Newport Beach. Recently ending his term as Chairman of the Board of Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian, he previously served as chairman of the Facilities, Design and Construction Committee overseeing a $500 million capital improvements budget. Dick currently enjoys his role as an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California's School of Policy, Planning & Development for its Masters in Real Estate Development program.
Michael Ortwein


Michael Ortwein brings to Focus over a decade of real estate investment and commercial development experience, and serves as Focus' primary Development Manager, handling all aspects of the development process including land acquisition, financial analysis, entitlement, and project management. 

Prior to joining Focus, Michael served as a consulting manager for The McMahan Group, a strategic real estate consulting firm in San Francisco.  While at McMahan, Michael was involved in the repositioning and placement of nearly $1.0 Billion of institutional capital.  Before working with McMahan, Michael was a project manager in the San Diego office of Koll Development Company where he oversaw the development of nearly 800,000 square feet of industrial and office projects.  Michael also had the opportunity to work as a development analyst in Koll's Shanghai, China, and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia offices.  While in Asia, Michael managed and performed the financial analysis of all of Koll’s proposed and existing development projects in Asia, including two regional shopping centers in Taipei, Taiwan and Shanghai valued at $300 million.  Michael spent four years as a senior consultant and financial advisor at the prestigious Ernst & Young Kenneth Leventhal Real Estate Group in San Francisco.  While at EYKL Michael managed a team of professionals that provided client support to commercial and investment banks, commercial and residential developers, governmental entities, institutional investors and private investment companies.  Sample engagements included valuation and market analysis for large portfolios and individual properties including office, industrial, retail, hospitality, land and self-storage facilities. 


Michael received his MBA, with a concentration in Finance, from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California.  He is a graduate of the University of Colorado, Boulder where he received a BS in Business Administration with a dual concentration in Real Estate & Finance.  Michael is a member of the Urban Land Institute and the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties.
Jack Kappe
         

Jack Kappe has over 15 years of experience in a variety of commercial real estate and strategic advisory roles, including the acquisition and/or asset management of over $2.0 billion in multi-family, office, industrial, retail and hospitality properties.  Most recently Jack was a Senior Director with Alvarez & Marsal, Capital Real Estate, a principal-side subsidiary of the international bankruptcy, work out and advisory firm, Alvarez & Marsal.  Jack was responsible for acquiring distressed debt opportunities in the multi-family, land, hospitality, office and industrial sectors. On an advisory basis, he also led the day-to-day engagement to restructure and sell a multi-family development company with over 27,000 units in 270 properties nationwide on behalf of a Money-Center Bank. Prior to joining A&M CapRE, Mr. Kappe was the Director of Acquisitions for the Managed Accounts Group at CBRE Investors (a $40B real estate owner/advisor) for the western United States. He worked with multiple institutional investors at CBREI including pension funds, sovereign wealth funds and a private REIT to acquire over $800MM in targeted investments in multi-family, office and industrial. He was responsible for: sourcing both direct and joint-venture opportunities; negotiating purchase & sale, loan and joint-venture agreements; and managing the related closing and due diligence processes.


Mr. Kappe previously served as Vice President of Asset Management and Vice President of Acquisitions at Buchanan Street Partners, a $2B real estate opportunity fund based in Newport Beach, CA. In his asset management role at Buchanan, he was responsible for over 40 CRE assets totaling over $800MM. In his acquisitions role, he sourced and closed CRE investments and joint venture relationships totaling over $300MM. Prior to Buchanan, Mr. Kappe was the Chief Financial Officer for Pacifica Capital Group, a commercial real estate owner / operator / developer in Los Angeles, CA with a 2MM square foot portfolio of office, industrial and residential properties. As CFO, Mr. Kappe was responsible for the improvement and oversight of the accounting and investor reporting functions and played a key role in the refinance of portfolio investments as well as the firm’s asset management, acquisition and disposition-related activities.  Mr. Kappe’s experience also includes consulting and advisory roles with the Boston Consulting Group in New York City, where he advised clients on a wide range of strategic and financial issues, and with Coopers & Lybrand in Los Angeles, where he focused on valuing real estate and operating companies.


Mr. Kappe holds an MBA from the Wharton School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts degree from UCLA in Business and Economics. He is a member of the Wharton Club of Southern California, the National Association of Office and Industrial Properties, the Urban Land Institute, and the International Council of Shopping Centers.