T2ʼs management team has led or participated in well over $1 billion in commercial real estate investments across the entire capital stack over their respective careers.
The management team is comprised of high-integrity, high-capacity individuals with diverse and complementary skill sets.
T2 has readily available capital for deployment as debt or equity for compelling investment opportunities.
Limited bureaucracy, streamlined processes, and ready capital enables timely execution on investments.
As CEO, Mr. Brown works closely with the principals of the firm in providing broad corporate initiatives, specific investment strategies, and operational oversight. As CIO, he oversees the origination, underwriting, and day-to-day management of T2’s investments. Mr. Brown began his career in real estate in the mid-1990s when working with a national consumer finance company that was later acquired by Wells Fargo. That was followed by his tenure at a Michigan-based family office that doubled as a multi-hundred million dollar hedge fund-of-funds. Mr. Brown received his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and his Bachelor’s degree from Wheaton College (Wheaton, IL). While at Wheaton, Mr. Brown was captain of the football team and a 1st Team GTE Academic All-American quarterback.
Mr. Southard provides capital and strategic direction to T2. He is involved in fund formation, administration and key client relationships for the firm. Prior to T2, Mr. Southard co-founded PowerShares Capital Management, LLC, an exchange traded fund (ETF) company established in 2002. Mr. Southard oversaw all research initiatives, portfolio management and trading operations of the company. Mr. Southard has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Crain’s, Investment News, TheStreet.com and others. He is a CFA charter holder, has a Bachelorʼs degree from Wheaton College and a MBA from DePaul University.
With over 20 years of experience, Ms. Searcy oversees fund administration, compliance, and operations for the firm. Prior to T2, Ms. Searcy was a director at a privately-held commercial real estate company in the Chicago suburbs and oversaw the management of its $300 million portfolio. Prior to this, Ms. Searcy was Vice President of the Specialty Finance division of a $13 billion publicly traded finance company based in Scottsdale, Arizona. Ms. Searcy has a Master’s degree in Accounting from DePaul University and a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Economics from Western Illinois University. Ms. Searcy is a CPA candidate.
Mr. Felker evaluates prospective investments and manages existing investments. Prior to joining T2, Mr. Felker was a Senior Analyst at a private equity real estate firm based in Colorado with approximately $500 million under management. He joined the firm in 2010 after working as an intern within the research department at Invesco PowerShares. Mr. Felker is a CFA charterholder and graduated summa cum laude from Wheaton College (Wheaton, Illinois) where he received his Bachelor’s degrees in Economics and Mathematics. He is a member of the CFA Society of Chicago and the CFA Institute.
Brien Wloch identifies and underwrites investments for T2. He has been involved with commercial real estate financing for over 30 years and has been responsible for closing over $13B in commercial real estate loans while heading up the Midwest and National CMBS offices for J.P. Morgan and originating for Barclays and Deutsche Bank. Mr. Wloch has bought and owned extensive commercial real estate projects including condominium and apartment projects, retail centers, manufactured housing parks, office buildings and industrial properties. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.
With over 35 years of banking and real estate experience, Dennis Jacobs works closely with Mr. Wloch to identify and underwrite investments for the firm. Prior to T2, he was part of J.P. Morgan’s Real Estate Banking platform and was responsible for loan originations including construction, bridge, term-loans and loans originated for CMBS execution. He brings experience in buy-side advisory, real estate investment strategies, commercial loan asset management and real estate asset valuations. He holds an MBA and Bachelor of Science in Finance from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.
Mr. Baxter spearheads the investor relations and fund raising efforts for T2. Prior to T2, Mr. Baxter served his alma mater, Wheaton College, as the Director of Principal Gifts. During his time there, Jeff assisted in securing leadership level planned and outright gifts as part of the $260 million Promise of Wheaton campaign. Prior to working at Wheaton College, Mr. Baxter worked in Private Client Services for UBS Financial Services, Inc. Mr. Baxter graduated from Wheaton College (Wheaton, Illinois) with his Bachelor’s degree in Business/Economics. While at Wheaton, Mr. Baxter was a member of the baseball, lacrosse, and debate teams.
Mr. Serenius evaluates prospective investments, conducts due diligence, manages existing investments and assists with various fund administration activities. Prior to joining T2, Mr. Serenius was a credit analyst at MB Financial where he served as an underwriter focusing on various loan structures including revolving credit lines, commercial mortgage refinances as well as acquisition loans and leveraged buyouts. Mr. Serenius graduated from Wheaton College (Wheaton, Illinois) where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Business/Economics and a minor in Mathematics.
Dena Jeanes provides fund administration and investor services support for T2. Ms. Jeanes has over 20 years of operations and administrative experience in the commercial real estate industry. Prior to joining T2 Ms. Jeanes worked for a local real estate investment firm.