Team 2018-04-06T17:38:10+00:00

Team

Our diverse team is organized based on functional expertise throughout all stages of the lending lifecycle from the first call to the closing table. BridgeInvest’s proven track record of service has propelled us to become a best-in-class private real estate lender. We offer full-service dedication and proven expertise in real estate lending, providing you with bespoke financing solutions.

Alex Horn

Managing Partner

Ian Glaser

Partner

Jon Gitman

Partner

Javier Herrera

Vice President

Daniel Stahl

Vice President

Blessing Taruza

Controller

Violetta Rotman

Associate

Spenser Cardenas

Analyst

Sam Schwartz

Analyst

Paola Cevallos

Executive Assistant

Alex Horn

Managing Partner

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Alex Horn

Managing Partner

Alex is a founding member of BridgeInvest. He is responsible for deal origination, structuring of investments and daily operations. Prior to founding BridgeInvest, Alex served on the New Ventures team at SecondMarket where he helped grow the company through the development of new and existing business lines. During his time at the firm, SecondMarket more than doubled in size becoming the premier marketplace for private company securities, auction rate securities, bankruptcy claims and restricted public equity. Alex is a graduate of Columbia University.

Ian Glaser

Partner

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Ian Glaser

Partner

Ian is a Partner at BridgeInvest, responsible for capital origination, deal execution, structuring of investments, finance and daily operations. Prior to BridgeInvest, Ian focused on business development and capital origination within Credit Suisse’s Alternative Investments group, a global platform managing over $180 billion in hedge funds, credit, real estate and private equity strategies for institutional investors and high-net-worth individuals. Ian directly contributed to over $2 billion in gross new assets from mandates won across both liquid and illiquid strategies. Ian is a graduate of Columbia University.

Jon Gitman

Partner

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Jon Gitman

Partner

Jon is a Partner at BridgeInvest, responsible for deal origination, underwriting and expanding the company’s presence in new markets, including Charlotte and Houston. Prior to BridgeInvest, Jon was an Acquisitions Associate with Resource Real Estate where he was charged with the deployment of a $750 million private REIT focused on the acquisition and work-out of non-performing commercial real estate and real estate related debt throughout the United States.  In this capacity, Jon was directly responsible for the acquisition of over 20 investments totaling approximately $500 million in value. Jon is a graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with concentrations in both finance and real estate.

Javier Herrera

Vice President

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Javier Herrera

Vice President

Javier is a Vice President of Originations at BridgeInvest, responsible for deal origination and business development. Prior to BridgeInvest, Javier was a Director of Business Development and Origination at Pensam Funding. He was responsible for originating approximately $100 million in senior bridge debt and preferred equity/mezzanine investments. Prior to Pensam, Javier was with a South Florida-based commercial real estate fund, underwriting and managing distressed real estate transactions across the United States. Javier is a graduate of Florida International University.

Daniel Stahl

Vice President

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Daniel Stahl

Vice President

Daniel is a Vice President at BridgeInvest, responsible for due diligence, deal execution, structuring and asset management. Prior to BridgeInvest, Daniel was a Bankruptcy/Specialty Accounts Manager with Wells Fargo Bank, where he led teams of Specialists focused on managing a $100 million high-risk personal property loan portfolio. He worked for Wells Fargo for over four years, maximizing the recovery of high risk accounts and implementing best practices that were adopted throughout the division. While at Wells Fargo Dealer Services, he assisted in consolidating the personal property bankruptcy and legal divisions into a single department based in Dallas, Texas. Daniel is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification.

Blessing Taruza

Controller

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Blessing Taruza

Controller

Blessing is a Controller at BridgeInvest responsible for managing finance, compliance and accounting for the company and its series of credit funds. Prior to BridgeInvest, Blessing had vast private equity and hedge fund experience, having worked as a manager for SSNC, StateStreet, Citco, RSM McGLadrey and Deloitte at various management levels. Blessing is an active C.P.A and Chartered Accountant. He is also a retired CFA and CAIA charter holder. Blessing is a graduate of the University of South Africa, where he majored with Honors in Accounting.

Violetta Rotman

Associate

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Violetta Rotman

Associate

Violetta is an Associate at BridgeInvest, responsible for deal origination, due diligence and underwriting. Prior to BridgeInvest, Violetta was an Associate at Torchlight Investors where she was an asset manager in the Special Servicing department. She was responsible for negotiating distressed loan workouts and managing an REO portfolio of over $65M in unpaid principal balance nationwide. Prior to Torchlight, Violetta was with Elad National Properties on the acquisitions team and with Avison Young in commercial brokerage. Violetta is a graduate of Drexel University.

Spenser Cardenas

Analyst

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Spenser Cardenas

Analyst

Spenser is an Analyst at BridgeInvest, responsible for deal origination and underwriting, due diligence, asset management and marketing. Spenser is a graduate of Cornell University where he majored in Hospitality Administration with a minor in Real Estate and a concentration in Law.

Sam Schwartz

Analyst

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Sam Schwartz

Analyst

Sam is an Analyst at BridgeInvest, responsible for asset management, due diligence and deal execution. Prior to BridgeInvest, Sam worked for Magellan Development Group as part of the project management team where he assisted on high-rise condominium and apartment developments valued in excess of $300 MM. Sam is a graduate of the University of Miami, where he majored in Political Science, and holds a real estate license in Florida.

Paola Cevallos

Executive Assistant

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Paola Cevallos

Executive Assistant

Paola is an Executive Assistant at BridgeInvest responsible for handling daily administrative tasks and projects for the executive team, as well as investor relations. Prior to BridgeInvest, Paola was a Senior Executive Assistant at Fir Tree Partners, a $9 billion private investment firm, for over ten years. She has also worked for Yahoo! En Español and Telemundo. Paola is a graduate of Florida International University and a registered notary in Florida.