ASSET MANAGEMENT AND PORTFOLIO MANAGEMENT

Robert Tanenbaum

Managing Director, Head of North American Hotel Asset Management
Starwood Capital Group 

Rob Tanenbaum is a Managing Director and Head of North American Hotel Asset Management at Starwood Capital Group. Mr. Tanenbaum’s responsibilities include enhancing asset values and maximizing performance of Starwood Capital’s full-service, select-service and resort hotel portfolio across North America.

Prior to joining Starwood Capital, Mr. Tanenbaum previously served as Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President at two leading U.S. hotel REITs, where he oversaw large portfolios of major full-service hotels and luxury resorts. He also established Madison Hotel Advisors, LLC, a leading specialized asset management firm dedicated to optimizing hotel values through strategic planning, revenue management, and capital allocation. He served on the Hospitality Asset Management Association (HAMA) Board of Directors for four years as Treasurer and today remains an active member of the association.

Mr. Tanenbaum received a B.S. in Hotel Restaurant Institutional Management with High Distinction from the Pennsylvania State University.


Nick Chadwick

Managing Director, Hotel Asset Management
Starwood Capital Group

Nick Chadwick is a Managing Director in Asset Management at Starwood Capital Group. He is based in Starwood Capital’s London office where he asset manages a number of the firm’s major hotel investments.  In this role, Mr. Chadwick has led the operational turn-around, redevelopment, rebranding, refinancing and disposition of a wide range of hotel real estate. Previously, he worked in Starwood’s European acquisition team.

Prior to joining Starwood, Mr. Chadwick worked at Ernst & Young in the real estate audit department where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant.

Mr. Chadwick received a Bsc in Economics from the University of York and he is a member of the Hospitality Asset Managers Association European Chapter and currently serves as its Treasurer.


James Kane

Managing Director, Asset Management
Starwood Capital Group

James Kane is a Managing Director in Asset Management at Starwood Capital Group, where he manages all of the Firm’s multifamily investments. His current asset management duties include overseeing and driving strategy on a diverse portfolio of multifamily units across the United States.

Prior to joining Starwood Capital in 2004, Mr. Kane worked in the Corporate Advisory Group at Jones Lang LaSalle, where he provided long-term occupancy solutions for Fortune 500 companies.

Mr. Kane received a BBA degree in finance from the University of Georgia and an MBA from the Kenan Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina. He is a member of the National Multi Housing Council and the Urban Land Institute.


Andrea Pierce

Managing Director and Head of U.S. Office Asset Management & Industrial Asset Management
Starwood Capital Group

Andrea Pierce is a Managing Director and Head of U.S. Office & Industrial Asset Management at Starwood Capital Group. She is responsible for the strategic direction of the Firm’s office and industrial portfolios; the implementation of key initiatives and best practices in these sectors; and she oversees all operational, leasing, disposition, and repositioning activities within the portfolios.

Prior to joining Starwood Capital Group in 2018, Ms. Pierce held acquisitions and asset management leadership positions with J.P. Morgan, The Mills Corporation, and JMB Realty Corporation. She was also a member of the board of directors for Carr Properties.

Ms. Pierce received a B.S. degree from the University of Southern California. She is a CFA Charter Holder and a Certified Public Accountant. She is also the Vice Chairman of Urban Land Institute’s Commercial & Retail Development Council.


Irene Ryan

Managing Director, Asset Management, Lending Europe
Starwood Capital Group

Irene Ryan is a Managing Director at Starwood Capital Group, London office and is responsible for the asset management of debt investments by Starwood’s lending platform in Europe Since joining Starwood Capital in 2013, Ms. Ryan has managed the portfolio of loans held across multi-asset classes and European jurisdictions originated by Starwood Property Trust (NYSE: STWD) and Starwood European Finance Real Estate Finance (SWEF: LN).

Prior to joining Starwood Capital, Ms. Ryan worked in a real estate focussed bank in London, holding a variety of lending roles from origination to loan restructuring and recovery. Before that, she gained her chartered accountancy qualification (ACA) while working at KPMG in Ireland.

Ms. Ryan holds a bachelor of business studies from Trinity College Dublin and is a fellow of the Institute of the Chartered Accountants of Ireland (FCA).


Alex Waterbury

Managing Director, Head of U.S. Development
Starwood Capital Group

Alex Waterbury is a Managing Director and Head of U.S. Property Development at Starwood Capital Group. As a member of the U.S. Asset Management group, he oversees all ground-up development and asset repositioning opportunities for the firm with a team of construction and product development professionals.

Prior to joining Starwood Capital in 2018, Mr. Waterbury held senior leadership positions with Lennar Multifamily Communities, Mill Creek Residential, and Trammell Crow Residential, where he was involved in the development of over 7,500 residential units throughout the Western US. He has additional commercial transactions and investment experience with Cushman & Wakefield, ATEL Capital, and Presidio Development Partners.

Mr. Waterbury received a B.A. degree with honors from Northwestern University and an MBA from the Haas School at UC Berkeley.


Masayuki Kato

Director, Asset Management
Starwood Capital Group

Masayuki Kato is a Director in Asset Management at Starwood Capital Group. In this role, Mr. Kato oversees the execution of business plans for all assets in Japan.

Prior to joining Starwood Capital in 2021, Mr. Kato had 18 years of real estate experience, most recently as a Director at Allianz Real Estate Japan where he was responsible for Acquisition and Asset Management. Prior to that, Mr. Kato worked at Hudson Advisors Japan (the asset management arm of Lone Star Funds) and GE Real Estate, as well as a smaller, local real estate company.

Mr. Kato received a B.A. degree in Business Administration from Kobe University, Japan.


Paul Ahls

Senior Vice President, Asset Management
Starwood Capital Group

Paul Ahls is a Senior Vice President in Asset Management with Starwood Capital Group. He focuses on the asset management of multifamily assets, including: renovation, financing and dispositions, and also has prior experience managing investments in hotel, office, and single-family residential development. His role includes overseeing the asset strategy for several regions, working closely with team members on dispositions and refinancing, coordinating reporting, and implementing proptech solutions across a portfolio of market-rate apartments. Mr. Ahls joined Starwood in 2011 as an Associate with the multifamily asset management team.

Prior to joining Starwood Capital, Mr. Ahls was an Associate with Silverpeak, where he asset managed multifamily, office, and land development investments.

Mr. Ahls received a BBA in Finance from the University of Georgia in 2005. He is a member of the National Multifamily Housing Council.


Robert P. Geimer

Senior Vice President, Asset Management
Starwood Capital Group

Robert Geimer is a Senior Vice President in Asset Management at Starwood Capital Group. In this position, Mr. Geimer’s principal responsibilities include playing a senior role on the asset management team for a diverse portfolio of national and international real estate assets. He manages the development and execution of investment and exit strategies, manages resources related to day-to-day decision-making, and plays an integral role in the review and approval of annual business plans with partners and third-party fee managers.

Prior to his nearly 20-year career with Starwood Capital, Mr. Geimer served as an Asset Manager and Portfolio Controller with Greystone Realty, LLC, the real estate management group for New York Life Insurance Co. Before joining Greystone Realty, LLC, Mr. Geimer was at Compass Retail, Inc. a former division of Equitable Real Estate Group, Inc.

Mr. Geimer received a B.S. degree from the West Virginia University School of Business and is a certified public accountant.


Andres Panza

Senior Vice President, Asset Management
Starwood Capital Group

Andres Panza is a Senior Vice President in Asset Management at Starwood Capital Group. Mr. Panza is primarily responsible for oversight of the Firm’s investments in the affordable housing, East Coast office and industrial, medical office building, net lease, and student housing sectors. He is also involved in the origination, underwriting, structuring and execution of investments in affordable housing.

Prior to joining Starwood Capital in 2016, Mr. Panza was an Associate in The Carlyle Group’s U.S. real estate fund. Before that, he worked as an Analyst at Strategic Investment Group.

Mr. Panza received a BA in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and an MA in International Studies from The Lauder Institute of the University of Pennsylvania. He has held the Chartered Financial Analyst designation since 2011.


Brian Soss

Senior Vice President, Asset Management
Starwood Capital Group

Brian Soss is a Senior Vice President in Asset Management at Starwood Capital Group focused on multifamily investments. Mr. Soss is primarily responsible for the financial performance of multiple multifamily investment portfolios and US regions, where he leads activities including value-add strategy and execution, capital investment, and disposition. He also plays an integral role in activities related to Short-Term Rentals and PropTech solutions in multifamily properties.

Prior to joining Starwood Capital Group in 2016, Mr. Soss served as Associate Director at MetLife Investment Management leading asset management and development activities in multifamily, office and retail properties in the Southeastern US.

Mr. Soss received his MBA from the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business and his BA in Economics from the University of Vermont. He is a committee member of the National Multi Housing Council.


Ash Kapur

CEO, InTown Suites and Uptown Suites
Starwood Capital Group

Ash Kapur is the CEO of InTown Suites, a large investment in one of Starwood Capital’s global opportunity funds, and is responsible for the company’s overall strategy, growth and operations.  InTown Suites is amongst the largest owner & operator of extended stay suites in the U.S. with over 185 properties and over 1,500 employees.

Previously, Mr. Kapur joined Starwood Capital in 2011 and has served in various roles within the firm including as a Senior Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer of Hospitality in the Hotel Asset Management Group. In this role, Mr. Kapur managed a portfolio of Starwood’s full service hotels with the objective of maximizing asset value including execution of capital projects, renovations and hotel repositioning. As Chief Revenue Officer, he was responsible for increasing revenues for Starwood’s hotel assets in the United States and Europe, with a focus on hotel revenue management, sales, marketing, technology and e-commerce. He also served as the Chief Operating Officer for SH Hotels & Resorts, an affiliate of Starwood Capital Group.

Prior to joining Starwood Capital in 2011, Mr. Kapur served as Senior Director of Global Strategic Accounts & Gaming at Expedia.

Mr. Kapur graduated from the Institute of Hotel Management, Aurangabad in India. He also received a Master’s in Marketing from Bristol Business School in the United Kingdom.


Dan Schwaegler

Senior Vice President, Asset Management
Starwood Capital Group

Dan Schwaegler is a Senior Vice President in Asset Management at Starwood Capital Group. In this role, Mr. Schwaegler manages the Firm’s US residential land portfolio as well as well as the west coast development portfolio.

Prior to joining Starwood Capital in 2003, Mr. Schwaegler worked in the development area at Avalon Bay. Before that, he served as the South American Regional Manager in the mining practice for global engineering consultancy Montgomery Watson.

Mr. Schwaegler holds an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, an M.S. in civil engineering from the University of Washington, and a B.S. in civil engineering and a B.A., both from the University of Notre Dame.


Michael Seltzer

Senior Vice President, Portfolio Management
Starwood Capital Group

Michael Seltzer is a Senior Vice President in Portfolio Management at Starwood Capital Group. In this role, Mr. Seltzer focuses on the reporting, valuation and analysis of the Firm’s real estate opportunity funds.

Prior to joining Starwood Capital in 2011, Mr. Seltzer was an Associate in BlackRock’s portfolio analytics and financial markets advisory groups. In these roles, he was responsible for the valuation and strategic risk advisory functions for commercial real estate debt and securities.

Mr. Seltzer received B.S. degrees in both Economics and Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Seltzer is a CFA® charterholder.