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Our executive team brings decades of experience in commercial real estate, including leasing and operations, debt originations, acquisitions, law, equity investing and more.
John Lettera is a proud veteran of the US Marines and the founder of Fairbridge Real Estate Investment Trust, LLC (“Fairbridge Asset Management LLC”). In his role as Partner, he is responsible for all debt originations and is a member of the firm’s Credit Committee. Mr. Lettera has more than 20 years of legal experience and has spent more than 25 years in real estate debt originations, acquisitions and equity investing. He also founded and managed two successful real estate finance funds that together invested in excess of $100 million.
Brian Walter is the Managing Partner of Fairbridge. He is responsible for Portfolio Management, Finance, and Operations and is a member of the Credit Committee. He previously served as Chief Investment Officer for the Tannenbaum Family Office LLC, where he analyzed and invested in multiple asset classes, including private equity, real estate, real estate debt, credit, preferred stock, equity, structured products, tax liens and litigation claims. Prior to the family office, Mr. Walter was Managing Director, Head of Institutional Products at Fifth Street Asset Management – a $5 billion public asset manager.
As the Head of Underwriting & Asset Management, Steve Wissak focuses on alternative lending and bridge financing for real estate-secured deals. He is also a member of the Credit Committee and brings more than three decades of experience in real estate. Prior to Fairbridge, Mr. Wissak was a principal in several real estate companies that acquired multifamily apartment buildings in the New York City area. He was also instrumental in the rehabilitation of nearly 5,000 workforce housing units across the region.
Anthony Balbo is Fairbridge’s Director & Head of Secondary, where he is responsible for all secondary business. Mr. Balbo has been in the real estate industry for more than 13 years. As Director of Operations for a New York-based real estate investment company, he oversaw the commercial leasing, financing and day-to-day operations of a portfolio of properties that included office space, warehousing, mixed-use buildings and residential units. During his tenure, he helped close numerous portfolio-backed loans.
Fairbridge has historically produced consistent, uncorrelated returns regardless of the economic environment. We have a strong, consistent track record that has consistently outperformed most fixed-income asset classes and products. Our experienced team has demonstrated the ability to originate and leverage attractive opportunities in various economic and interest rate environments.
Real estate owners and developers searching for a lending partner that can seamlessly finance projects in a timely and professional manner repeatedly turn to Fairbridge. Our fund structure ensures the capital is there to execute on financing quickly. Our knowledgeable and experienced underwriting team delivers a professional, timely, and efficient due diligence and closing process so Sponsors can focus on doing what they do best.