Karl Slovin is President of M West Holdings and managing principal of the Firm. Mr. Slovin is responsible for directing all business activities for M West, which currently operates one and a half million square feet of multi-family, office, industrial and retail property in four states. One of the three initial equity investors in M West Holdings, Mr. Slovin took control of day-to-day operations in 2003. Prior to that Mr. Slovin's company, Sparrow Realty successfully redeveloped multi-family properties in Los Angeles. Through careful asset acquisition and staff growth since 2003, Mr. Slovin has achieved vertical integration of the company and superior bottom line growth. As President of M West, Mr. Slovin oversees acquisitions, dispositions, asset management, financings, leasing, and legal matters pertaining to the company's portfolio. Mr. Slovin graduated Wesleyan University with High Honors. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and their three children.
Bruce Slovin has served as founder and principal of Milan Properties and M West Holdings since 1991. He has over 50 years of experience in corporate mergers and acquisitions, finance and real estate investment. Mr. Slovin began investing in real estate in New York City and expanded the company portfolio into Florida, Texas, Minnesota, Nevada and California. From 1985 until 2000, Mr. Slovin was the President of MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings Inc. and Revlon Group, Inc. Mr. Slovin is currently a Director of Siga Technologies (NYSE:Siga) and Cantel Medical Corp. (NYSE: CMN). He is President of 1 Eleven Associates LLC as a private investor. He earned his B.A. in Economics from Cornell University in 1957 and attended the Columbia University School of Business. Mr. Slovin also received a J.D. in Corporate Law and Taxation from Harvard University Law School.
Mr. Slovin is currently Chairman Emeritus of the Center for Jewish History, Chairman of Yivo Institute of Jewish Research and board of director of various not-for-profit organizations. Mr. Slovin has been awarded with various honorary degrees due to his active role in a wide range of philanthropic endeavors.
Matthew Ellis currently runs the Acquisition & Capital Markets group at M West Holdings, LLC where he is responsible for the acquisition, disposition and financing of the firm's portfolio. Since joining M West, Mr. Ellis has successfully sourced property and debt opportunities. These efforts have resulted in the firm closing on seven off-market transactions in 30 months, and the successful refinancing of its New York and Texas holdings.
Prior to joining M West in early 2009, Mr. Ellis worked for Wachovia Securities for eight years in structured finance. As head of Wachovia’s multi-family capital group for the Pacific Northwest, Mr. Ellis made equity investments in multi-family assets co-owned by Wachovia and local operators. Mr. Ellis originated over $5 billon in first mortgage, bridge, mezzanine, preferred equity and equity solutions while at the bank. Mr. Ellis received a B.S. in Geography & Economics and a Masters in Economics & Finance from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Andrew Paulson leads the Asset Management Team at M West Holdings. Mr. Paulson is responsible for oversight of property management, leasing, construction, budgeting, property level, operations, and marketing services for the California, Florida, and Texas portfolios. Mr. Paulson is the primary point of contact for investor Asset Managers and oversees financial reporting to M West’s investors. He is responsible for refining, maintaining and enforcing property level company policies and procedures.
Prior to joining M West, Mr. Paulson was an Asset Manager with American Realty Advisors, Domino Realty Management and Trammell Crow Company, collectively managing over a billion dollars in real estate assets, including over 10,000 multi-family units, and successfully negotiating over two million square feet of leases. Mr. Paulson, a graduate of UC Santa Barbara, received an M.B.A. in Finance from Loyola Marymount University and holds a Masters of European Business from EDHEC in Lille, France. Mr. Paulson lives in Pasadena, California with his wife and three children.
Ms. Yadegar is the Director of Finance at M West Holdings. Ms. Yadegar has worked as Chief Financial Officer and Controller for several real estate investment management and development companies and family offices. She was formerly a senior auditor as KPMG Peat Marwick. She holds a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Accounting from University of Southern California and her Masters in Business Administration, finance emphasis, from London Business School. Ms. Yadegar was awarded the Real Estate Entrepreneur's Scholarship. She has been involved with the Urban Land Institute, International Council of Shopping Centers, and Women in Commercial Real Estate.
As M West Controller, Mr. Gulick is responsible for the leadership and coordination of all day-to-day accounting activities including property and portfolio budgets, preparation of financial statements, managing tax liabilities and ensuring M West follows industry standard accounting practices, principals and procedures. In addition, Mr. Gulick oversees all A/R, A/P and G/L duties for the directly managed properties and directs the third party accounting teams to optimize the investment cash flows through efficient cash-management, streamlined financial processes and transparent financial reporting. Mr. Gulick directly supervises the Asset Accounting Team, works with the firm's outside CPA on the preparation of the annual income tax returns, and reviews the final returns before they are submitted to the outside government agencies.
From 1999 to 2007, Mr. Gulick served as Vice President of Finance at Countrywide Bank. Prior to his time with Countrywide, Mr. Gulick held financial management positions at major developers such as the Anden Group and Calmark Properties. As a Certified Public Accountant, with experience in all facets of finance, he brings a unique combination of skills to the Management Team. Mr. Gulick holds a B.S. in Business Administration with an Accounting specialization from California State University, Northridge and has been a licensed CPA since 1986.
As Asset Accounting Manager, Mrs. Reyes maintains the full financial reporting cycle for the firm’s portfolio of properties. She works closely with property management teams and assists the Controller with all other company financial duties. Previous to her employment with M West Holdings, she was with Fields Investments as Property Accountant with a focus on expense reconciliations for multiple office buildings in Texas and Florida. She earned her B.S. degree in Business Administration, Accounting in 1989 and acquired her Real Estate Broker’s license in the Philippines.
As Associate Asset Manager of M West, Ms. Sells works closely with the Asset Manager on all leasing and construction for every property in the Company’s portfolio. She coordinates leasing activity for every state for corporate headquarters and works with the Company’s individual leasing teams and local counsel to secure the completion of new deals. In addition, she manages two of the firm's class A office buildings, cumulatively consisting of 120,000 sq.ft., in Los Angeles, CA. She joined M West in 2008 as Executive Assistant/Office Manager and provided valued assistance in growing the Company through several acquisitions. Ashly graduated from the University of Southern California, where she obtained her B.S. in Public Policy, Planning and Development with an emphasis in Real Estate Development. Prior to joining M West Ashly worked in legal bankruptcy administration and commercial real estate sales in central Los Angeles. Ms. Sells also holds her California Real Estate Salesperson License.
As Executive Assistant & Office Manager at M West Holdings, Jessica enhances executive’s effectiveness by providing management support and assisting with the daily operations of the firm. Before joining the M West team, Jessica was Property Manager and Executive Assistant to the President of Rodeo Realty, Inc. Jessica’s experience is comprised of managing a portfolio of 110,000 sqft consisting of over 200 tenants; including Multi-Family and Commercial Properties. Jessica graduated from California State University Northridge, where she majored in Business Marketing with a minor in Business Management. Ms. Linder also holds her California Real Estate Salesperson License.
Daniel assists the Asset Accounting Manager and Controller with budget reconciliation, data entry, and file organization for the portfolios Multi-Family and Commercial Properties. Daniel previously worked as accounting clerk for PCG consultants and has additional experience in property management and sales. Daniel graduated from Indiana University-Bloomington where he majored in Finance-Real Estate, Accounting and Legal Studies. He has recently passed the California CPA Exam.
Sue Ellen Sexton currently manages the M West Holdings, LLC portfolio in Florida where she is responsible for a diverse assemblage of properties. Immediately prior to joining M West, Ms Sexton managed a 19-story Class A building in Tampa’s CBD owned by a private family trust. Ms Sexton has experience working directly for ownership in addition to extensive third party management through such companies as CB Richard Ellis and Taylor & Mathis. Ms Sexton completed the RPA designation in 2009. She also holds a Florida Real Estate License. Ms Sexton attended Marshall University.
Hardage McAree is the Regional Property Manager for M West Management, Western District. She is responsible for the supervision of our on-site staff in our Southern California multi-family properties and the implementation of solid operating standards. Having been in the industry since 1993, she has extensive knowledge of multi-family property management. Hardage’s background includes Marketing, Leasing, Management and Corporate Training positions at R.W. Selby & Company, Western National Group and Greystar Management. She has an extensive knowledge of California and Federal Fair Housing compliance, California landlord/tenant laws and resident relations. Hardage is a graduate of Tulane University and currently lives in Sherman Oaks with her family.
Patrick McAree is our Project Manager, Construction and Maintenance. He is responsible for planning, bidding, and oversight of all property improvements made on the west coast. Patrick is an active duty Los Angeles Police Sergeant II/Detective with 23 years of service. He has worked throughout the City of Los Angeles in a variety of patrol/investigative assignments. For the last 12 years, he has been the Officer-in-Charge of the Facilities Management Division, Construction Section. He has been the LAPD’s project manager for construction projects valued in excess of $500M and has successfully delivered over 800,000 square feet of space for the LAPD. Patrick was the architect and project manager of the first LAPD Security Master Plan. He is a City of Los Angeles certified Project/Construction manager. Patrick is a USMC veteran and a graduate of UCLA. He lives in Sherman Oaks, California with his wife and two sons.