ABOUT US

T2 is an opportunistic, privately-held real estate investment firm that is based in Chicago.

 

Since its founding in 2011, T2 has deployed $350+ million across the entire capital stack and among virtually all property types. The firm has created a niche in swiftly executing investments of $1 – 15 million on properties that are predominantly located within the Midwestern United States. Each investment is designed to serve as a customized capital solution that is tailored to meet a specific need and lead to a mutually desirable outcome among T2’s counter-parties.

 

As the manager of multiple discretionary funds, T2 is actively pursuing unique, value-add opportunities as lender as well as owner. Complex and/or time-sensitive opportunities are welcome.

EXPERIENCE

T2 has led or participated in well over $1 billion in commercial real estate investments across the entire capital stack since inception.

ENGAGED MANAGEMENT

The management team is comprised of high-integrity, high-capacity individuals with diverse and complementary skill sets.

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ENTREPRENEURIAL

T2 has readily available capital for deployment as debt or equity for compelling investment opportunities.

EXPEDIENCE

Limited bureaucracy, streamlined processes, and ready capital enables timely execution on investments.

THE T2 DIFFERENCE

DEAL SIZE

T2 primarily makes investments under $10M, which is an inefficient segment of the commercial real estate market.

EXPEDIENCE

T2 has carved out a niche in delivering surety and speed in execution in its investments.

DEAL SOURCING

T2 originates investments through a reputable network of joint venture partners and intermediaries.

ADAPTATION

T2 specializes in providing capital where unique circumstances require flexible capital structure.

As contrarian investors, we primarily focus on property types that appear to be undervalued or poised for recovery. In applying this opportunistic approach, we pursue assets that may be overlooked by other institutional investors. We believe our primary strengths lie in our relationships, experience and ability to quickly and intelligently deploy capital.

INVESTMENTS WORTH BUILDING

MEET OUR TEAM

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JEFF D. BROWN

Co-Founder | CEO | CIO

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.

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JOHN W. SOUTHARD

Co-Founder

Mr. Southard co-founded T2 with Mr. Brown and aids in the strategic direction of 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.

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LINDA  SEARCY

Chief Operating Officer

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.

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JOHN FELKER

VP | Portfolio Management

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.

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DENNIS JACOBS

VP | Portfolio Management

With over 35 years of banking and real estate experience, Mr. Jacobs works among T2’s investment team in sourcing, underwriting, and managing 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.

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BRIEN WLOCH

Exclusive Consultant

Mr. Wloch sources investments and provides preliminarily investment underwriting 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.

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JEFF BAXTER

VP | Investor Relations

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.

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NATE SERENIUS

Associate

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.

ADVISORY BOARD

ROD BRENNEMAN

Advisor

Rod Brenneman has spent 25 years in senior leadership positions including 14 years as President and Chief Executive Officer of two different companies.  Most recently, Mr. Brenneman served as Director, President and CEO of Butterball, LLC where he was tasked with turning around and leading the world’s largest turkey producer and processor.  Prior to his tenure at Butterball, Mr. Brenneman spent more than 22 years with Seaboard Corporation including 11 years as President and CEO. While at Seaboard, Mr. Brenneman helped to build the company from its infancy to generating $1.7 billion in annual revenue.  Mr. Brenneman is a Certified Public Accountant and has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Wichita State University.

CURTIS McWILLIAMS

Advisor

Mr. McWilliams retired from his position as President and Chief Executive Officer of CNL Real Estate Advisors, Inc. in 2010 after serving in that role since 2007.  CNL Real Estate Advisors, Inc. provided advisory services relating to commercial real estate acquisitions and asset management on properties across the globe while structuring strategic relationships with U.S. and international real estate owners and operators across a wide variety of property types.  From 1997 to 2007, Mr. McWilliams served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Trustreet Properties, Inc.  Under Mr. McWilliams’s leadership, Trustreet became the then-largest publicly-traded restaurant REIT with over $3.0 billion in assets.  Prior to his tenure at Trustreet, Mr. McWilliams spent 13 years as an investment banker at Merrill Lynch & Co.  Mr. McWilliams received his MBA from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and bachelor’s degree from Princeton University.

CHRISTOPHER CARROLL

Advisor

Mr. Carroll is a Managing Director of HFF, Inc. and leads their Chicago office.  With more than 25 years of experience in commercial real estate finance, Mr. Carroll is responsible for the origination and placement of real estate capital nationwide.  With an expertise across the entire capital stack, Mr. Carroll is primarily focused on first mortgage debt, mezzanine debt, and joint venture equity. Prior to joining HFF in 2013, Mr. Carroll spent 17 years at Chicago-based Cohen Financial where he was a partner and ran a team of six professionals as head of Cohen’s Chicago production office.  Mr. Carroll received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin.

PORTFOLIO

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$8,800,000
Centerpoint | Columbus, OH
Industrial | Distressed acquisition
Joint Venture Equity 
Q2 2012

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$4,250,000
Insurance Center Building | Chicago, IL
Office | Bridge loan
1st Mortgage 
Q2 2015

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$1,560,000
Stoney River | Glenwood Springs, CO
Senior Housing | Development
Joint Venture Equity 
Q3 2012

campus_edge

$2,400,000
Campus Edge | Atlanta, GA
Student Housing | Value add
Joint Venture Equity 
Q3 2014

deer_park

$1,000,000
Deer Park | Louisville, KY
Multifamily | Bridge loan
Mezzanine Debt 
Q2 2015

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$1,250,000
Starbucks | Chicago, IL
Single-Tenant Retail | Build-to-suit
1st Mortgage 
Q1 2014

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$5,000,000
Tower & Lofts at OPOP | St. Louis, MO
Multifamily | Distressed acquisition
Joint Venture Equity 
Q4 2012

1000_division

$3,300,000
1000 Division | Nashville, TN
Multifamily | Development
Joint Venture Equity 
Q4 2014

770_halsted

$3,500,000
770 Halsted | Chicago, IL
Office | Value add
Joint Venture Equity 
Q1 2013

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$10,000,000+
South Side Apartments | Chicago, IL
Multifamily | Off-market acquisitions
Equity 
Q1 2014

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$1,500,000
Prelude of White Bear Lake | Minneapolis, MN
Senior Housing | Development
Joint Venture Equity 
Q2 2015

whispering_woods

$2,300,000
Whispering Woods | Detroit, MI
Retail | Partner buyout
Mezzanine Debt Q4 2014

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$650,000
Carroll Tire | Jacksonville, FL
Industrial | Value-add acquisition
Joint Venture Equity 
Q2 2014

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$5,000,000 +
Goose Island | Chicago, IL
Mixed Use | Redevelopment
Joint Venture Equity 
Q1 2014

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$2,000,000
Michaels | Kansas City, MO
Single-Tenant Retail | Build-to-suit
1st Mortgage 
Q4 2011

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CONTACT

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We believe our primary strengths lie in our relationships, experience and ability to quickly and intelligently deploy capital. Let us go to work for you.

Chicagoland Office

120 N. Hale Street, Suite #300
Wheaton, IL 60187

P. 630.590.9511    F. 630.590.9533

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