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Gibraltar Real Estate Capital

Gibraltar Real Estate Capital is led by an experienced senior management team with substantial operational, development, legal, and financial knowledge, and is supported by a talented group of professionals with a variety of skills and expertise. This vertically integrated structure allows Gibraltar to effectively identify and evaluate opportunities, and provide value to our sponsors. As former builders and developers, we internally underwrite each transaction and perform our own due diligence - analyzing the market, researching comparable communities, and substantiating pro forma assumptions.

  1. Roger Brush
    President and Managing DirectorSelect Team Member
  2. Michael LaPat
    Chief Financial Officer and Managing DirectorSelect Team Member
  3. Janelle Iturbe
    Vice President & CounselSelect Team Member
  4. Brian Jackson
    Vice PresidentSelect Team Member
  5. Graig Bantle
    Director of Business DevelopmentSelect Team Member
  6. Tom Imperato
    Senior Asset ManagerSelect Team Member
  7. David Auch
    ControllerSelect Team Member
  1. Roger Brush
    President and Managing Director

    Roger co-founded Gibraltar in 2010, utilizing his experience in legal workouts and homebuilding operations to create a platform initially to take advantage of distressed real estate opportunities. Under Roger’s leadership, Gibraltar has since evolved into a dynamic investment platform with the flexibility to capitalize on a variety of financing structures, as well as direct acquisition opportunities.

    Roger Brush joined Toll Brothers in 1993, leveraging his background as a workout attorney to purchase residential acquisition & development loans from financial institutions and the Resolution Trust Corporation and to convert them to real property. Subsequently, Roger was actively involved in many of Toll’s homebuilder acquisitions as well as participating in much of Toll Brothers' organic expansion into new markets through market analysis and land acquisitions. While working in Toll operations, Roger gained “boots on the ground” experience in land acquisitions, entitlements, improvements, construction, sales and marketing, ultimately becoming a Group President, overseeing a number of Toll’s homebuilding operations across the country. Roger also led the formation and sale of Toll Brothers' broadband subsidiary - Advanced Broadband. Prior to joining Toll Brothers, Roger was an attorney at Klehr, Harrison, Harvey, Branzburg and Ellers, a prominent Philadelphia, PA law firm. Roger received a B.A. from Tufts University and a J.D. from Temple University School of Law.

  2. Michael LaPat
    Chief Financial Officer and Managing Director

    Michael co-founded Gibraltar in 2010, using his finance and transactional background to help build a successful opportunistic real estate investment platform. Michael’s responsibilities include co-management of investment origination and underwriting, oversight of finance, budgeting and reporting functions, and serving as a liaison for Gibraltar’s joint venture partners.

    Michael joined Toll Brothers in 1999, and served as its Vice President – Finance prior to Gibraltar’s formation. In that capacity, Michael was responsible for leading the valuation, due diligence, structuring and execution of various strategic transactions for Toll Brothers, totaling approximately $2 billion. These included homebuilder acquisitions, land banking transactions, land development, high-rise and homebuilding joint ventures, project-financed debt, and dispositions of non-core land holdings. Previously, he held positions with United Waste Systems and PriceWaterhouseCoopers Securities, serving in both a corporate and advisory capacity in the acquisition of over 70 companies in various industries, and in raising debt and equity through private placements and public offerings. Michael received an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago - Booth School of Business and a B.S. in Finance from Syracuse University.

  3. Janelle Iturbe
    Vice President & Counsel

    Janelle serves as Counsel for Gibraltar overseeing all legal matters arising from the acquisition or financing of new residential land investment opportunities including land banking, loan, and joint venture structures. She provides legal guidance and direct assistance to the Gibraltar team with respect to all investment transactions and asset management. Janelle also coordinates with and manages local counsel in the performance of due diligence reviews, asset acquisitions, litigation matters, and general disposition strategies.

    Prior to joining Gibraltar, Janelle practiced law in the Northern Virginia / DC area, where she represented lenders and business entities in the practice of finance and real estate law. She also dedicated a portion of her practice to advising clients regarding corporate governance and regulatory compliance with privacy, consumer protection, marketing, and finance laws at both the federal and state levels. Janelle received a B.A. in political science from the University of Chicago and a J.D. from George Washington University Law School.

  4. Brian Jackson
    Vice President

    Brian directs the acquisition team that is responsible for sourcing, underwriting and managing activities related to new residential investment opportunities. In addition, Brian manages the development and disposition of the existing portfolio of residential assets located in Charlotte and Raleigh. He has also had a significant role in Gibraltar’s venture into Land Banking and Development opportunities.

    Prior to joining Gibraltar, Brian gained extensive land entitlement and development experience working with two national homebuilders throughout the Mid-Atlantic. While working with these homebuilders, he was responsible for contracting and managing professionals to obtain entitlements in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland. Brian also developed expertise in creating development budgets, bidding out and contracting site work activities as well as managing site development activities. Overall, Brian has been responsible for the entitlement, development and/or disposition of over 5,000 lots. Brian received a M.S. in Planning from Clemson University.

  5. Graig Bantle
    Director of Business Development

    Graig sources, underwrites and manages activities related to new residential investment opportunities.

    Prior to joining Gibraltar, Graig gained substantial deal origination and asset management experience with two well-respected private equity firms that focused on for-sale residential opportunities across the country. Graig oversaw several homebuilder entity investments giving him invaluable insight into the operations of growing homebuilding companies. Graig also originated and oversaw land development and homebuilding project joint venture opportunities in Texas and throughout the East Coast. Graig earned a B.A. in Finance from Cedarville University and an M.B.A. from Liberty University.

  6. Tom Imperato
    Senior Asset Manager

    Tom is a senior member of the asset management and acquisitions teams. In those roles, Tom manages several Gibraltar assets in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions, and additionally sources, underwrites and manages new residential and mixed-use investment opportunities nationwide.

    Prior to joining Gibraltar, Tom gained extensive experience in land acquisition, approvals and entitlement, development, new home sales and marketing, and homebuilding construction operations. He started with a regional builder/developer in Westchester County, NY. Tom joined Toll Brothers in Operations first as a Project Manager and more recently as a Senior Project Manager. Throughout his career in homebuilding, Tom has contracted and managed professionals to secure approvals and permits in multiple jurisdictions from local, county, state and federal agencies. He has also bid, negotiated, contracted and managed the full spectrum of contractors and employees in new home construction.

    Tom uses a “consensus building” approach to problem solving and has reworked multiple plans during and after the entitlement process to improve the financial and marketing successes of those communities. Tom received his B.A. in Political Science from Fordham University and J.D. from Fordham University School of Law in New York, NY.

  7. David Auch

    David serves as Controller for Gibraltar overseeing all accounting, tax, and financial reporting functions.  He provides accounting guidance for land banking, development, debt, and joint venture transactions.  David also manages all external audits as well as coordinate compliance efforts for all agreements and contracts.

    David has more than 15 years’ experience in public accounting and private industry.  Prior to joining Gibraltar, he served as Corporate Controller for a regional Philadelphia-based home builder.  David has deep financial and operational experience in both construction and real estate development industries.  He also has experience in Chapter 11 Reorganization, debtor-in-possession (DIP) financing, SEC Reporting, and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance.  David is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA), and received a B.A. from Ohio Wesleyan University. 

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