Christoph A. KahlPrincipal, Chairman
Christoph Kahl is one of the two founding partners of Jamestown, headquartered in Atlanta, Ga. Mr. Kahl also founded Jamestown US-Immobilien GmbH in Cologne, Germany. Residing in Cologne and frequently traveling to the United States, Mr. Kahl continues to serve as Managing Partner of both sister companies. As Chairman of the company’s investment committee, Mr. Kahl leads the acquisition, asset management and disposition discussions. He serves as Treasurer of the Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate (AFIRE) and on several advisory committees. Mr. Kahl received the Diplom-Kaufmann from the University of Cologne in 1977 and has specialized in U.S. real estate for more than 30 years.
Matt M. BronfmanPrincipal, Chief Executive Officer
Matt Bronfman is a Principal and the Chief Executive Officer of Jamestown. When Mr. Bronfman first joined the company in 1998, he served as General Counsel working with the acquisitions and management departments. In 2002, Mr. Bronfman was named a Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer. He has lead the acquisition and redevelopment of iconic projects from Chelsea Market in New York and Ponce City Market in Atlanta to the Innovation and Design Building in Boston and Ghirardelli Square in San Francisco. Prior to joining Jamestown, Mr. Bronfman began his law practice at what is now Holland & Knight in Atlanta, specializing in real estate development and acquisitions. He currently serves on the board for AFIRE, the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership, and the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta. Mr. Bronfman graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude from Tufts University in 1988 and attended law school at Northwestern University, graduating magna cum laude in 1991.
Michael PhillipsPrincipal, President
Michael Phillips is a Principal and the President of Jamestown. Mr. Phillips is a driving force behind several nationally recognized adaptive reuse developments, including Chelsea Market in New York, Industry City in Brooklyn, Ghirardelli Square in San Francisco, and Ponce City Market in Atlanta. He is nationally recognized for his creative leadership and his ability to build distinctive urban communities. Mr. Phillips is the Vice-Chairman for the James Beard Foundation, and sits on the Boards of Friends of the High Line and the Real Estate Board of New York. He attended the American University in London.
Chris KopeckyChief Financial Officer
Chris Kopecky is the Chief Financial Officer of Jamestown. He joined Jamestown in 2016. Mr. Kopecky began his career with Arthur Andersen in Oklahoma City, and after nine years joined Ernst & Young in Dallas. At Ernst & Young, he was a Senior Manager in its business advisory practice, serving publicly traded and privately held clients in the real estate and financial services industries. In 2005, Mr. Kopecky joined Edens, an institutionally capitalized and privately held real estate investment trust located in Columbia, South Carolina, as the Chief Accounting Officer overseeing all aspects of the accounting, forecasting, tax, treasury and investor reporting. He graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from the University of Oklahoma’s Price College of Business.
D. Lee Wright, Jr.Managing Director / Senior Advisor (retiring Chief Financial Officer)
Lee Wright is a Managing Director / Senior Advisor, and the retiring Chief Financial Officer of Jamestown. He joined Jamestown in 2002 as a Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer. During his tenure, he also served as Chief Compliance Officer. After becoming a Certified Public Accountant in 1986, Mr. Wright went on to become a Partner with the accounting firm of Mauldin & Jenkins, LLC, where he served as Chairman of the Executive Committee. During his 20 years in public accounting, Mr. Wright’s practice focused on real estate, construction and closely-held, family-owned commercial businesses. He received a Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from the University of West Georgia.
W. Jeffrey BeckhamManaging Director, Head of Institutional Investment Management, and Fund Manager – Premier Property Fund
W. Jeffrey Beckham is a Managing Director, the Head of Institutional Investment Management, and the Fund Manager of the Premier Property Fund of Jamestown. Mr. Beckham oversees all institutional investor products at Jamestown, which includes serving as Fund Manager and Investment Committee member for Jamestown’s open-end core-plus investment vehicle, the Premier Property Fund, serving as Co-Head of Global Investor Relations, and overseeing and serving on the Investment Committee for Jamestown’s Latin America investment fund. He joined Jamestown in 2010. Mr. Beckham started his career working in Morgan Stanley’s real estate group, focusing on both advisory and principal transactions based in New York, London and Tokyo. Upon leaving Morgan Stanley, he joined Hines in London and helped start and fully invest Hines’ first European Development Fund. After leaving Hines, Mr. Beckham joined Tishman Speyer in their New York headquarters in 2004, and then helped open their Atlanta office in 2007. While at Tishman Speyer, he worked on acquisitions, development, dispositions, asset management, portfolio management and leasing. Mr. Beckham is a member of the Pension Real Estate Association, the Urban Land Institute and the Real Estate Executive Council (REEC) and a member of the Board of Directors of the Metro Atlanta YMCA and of Junior Achievement of Georgia. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business in 1998.
Renee BergeronManaging Director, Head of Portfolio
Renee Bergeron is a Managing Director and the Head of Portfolio of Jamestown. Ms. Bergeron has held roles with increasing responsibility in asset and portfolio management at investment advisory firms including: Lend Lease, WestWind Capital Partners and most recently GE Real Estate, where she served as the asset management leader for the JV platform. She began her career as a Certified Public Accountant at Deloitte, and later joined a client, the Yarmouth Group, first as a controller and then a Vice President of Asset Management. She has experience with the four primary property types and various structures focusing on value creation strategies in markets across the US. Ms. Bergeron is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and is affiliated with the Atlanta Society of Financial Analysts. She received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from the University of West Georgia and attended The Stern School of Business at New York University.
J. Ben GaineySenior Advisor/Asset Management
J. Ben Gainey is a Senior Advisor of Jamestown. Mr. Gainey has been a member of the Asset Management department for over 20 years, working on some of most complex mixed-use assets in Jamestown’s portfolio. He has been focused on value creation in the following property types: urban office and retail primarily located in New York City, and suburban retail including grocery-anchored and power/lifestyle centers in major markets across the country. Mr. Gainey previously worked for the Prudential Insurance Company of America for 15 years. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from the University of West Florida and a Master of Business Administration with a focus in Real Estate from Georgia State University.
Cindy LanoisManaging Director, Tax Services
Cindy Lanois is a Managing Director, Tax Services of Jamestown. She originally joined Jamestown in 2000 as Tax Manager, and in 2005 moved on to join the accounting firm of AGH Business Advisors and CPA’s, where she served as Chief Operating Officer, Global Taxation Leader, and member of the Executive Board. She rejoined Jamestown in 2014 as Managing Director of Tax Services. During her tenure at Jamestown and in public accounting she specialized in complex federal, multi-state and international tax planning and consulting for real estate investors, developers and owner-operators. Ms. Lanois is a member of the American Institute of CPA’s and the Georgia Society of CPA’s. She received her Bachelor and Master of Accounting with honors from Kennesaw State University and was then licensed as a Certified Public Accountant.
Gretchen E. NagyManaging Director, General Counsel
Gretchen E. Nagy is a Managing Director and the General Counsel of Jamestown. Prior to joining Jamestown, Ms. Nagy was a Partner with Branch, Pike & Ganz and later was Senior Counsel with the law firm Holland & Knight. She is a member of the State Bar of Georgia. Ms. Nagy graduated Phi Beta Kappa and cum laude from Ohio Wesleyan University and attended law school at Duke University. She completed a year of post-graduate work at the University of Munich as a Fulbright Scholar.
Shak PresswalaManaging Director, Co-Chief Investment Officer and Head of Capital Markets
Shak Presswala is a Managing Director and the Co-Chief Investment Officer & Head of Capital Markets for Jamestown. He jointly oversees acquisitions and leads all financing and dispositions activity. Mr. Presswala joined Jamestown in 2006 as a Senior Associate in Acquisitions and has served in a number of capacities with the company, including roles in Asset Management, Acquisitions and Capital Markets. He began his career as a corporate investment banking analyst at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, later moving into real estate with Wells Real Estate Funds where he worked in Acquisitions covering the Midwest and Pacific Northwest. After Wells Real Estate Funds, Mr. Presswala joined WestWind Capital Partners, then-advisor to the Kan-Am Funds, as an Acquisitions Associate prior to joining Jamestown. He is affiliated with the Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate, the Atlanta Society of Financial Analysts, the Urban Land Institute, and the National Association of Office & Industrial Properties. Mr. Presswala earned the Chartered Financial Analyst designation from the CFA Institute and received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics with a minor in Finance from Vanderbilt University.
Joshua WechterManaging Director, Co-Chief Investment Officer
Joshua Wechter is a Managing Director and the Co-Chief Investment Officer of Jamestown. He joined Jamestown in 2011 as Vice President of Acquisitions. He started his career at DivcoWest Properties in San Francisco as an Investment Analyst, and then moved to Starwood Capital's acquisitions group on the East Coast, where he executed over $400 million in acquisitions. Mr. Wechter was responsible for sourcing and executing single-asset, corporate and development opportunities across all asset classes and geographies. He then moved to New York, joining Rubenstein Partners, where he was responsible for sourcing and executing office opportunities in the Northeast. Mr. Wechter is a member of the Real Estate Board of New York. He graduated with a dual degree from the University of Pennsylvania, earning a Bachelor of Science in Economics with a concentration in management from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts with a major in history.