TEAM

 
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Stanley A. Cohn
MANAGING PRINCIPAL

Mr. Cohn is the co-founding principal of Bridge Property Group (BPG) and oversees the overall management of the firm.  Since 1978, Stan, who is a fourth generation San Franciscan, has been directly involved in more than $3 billion of commercial property transactions, including most asset classes in multiple markets.   

Mr. Cohn started his career in 1978 with CBRE (then Coldwell Banker), and joined Cushman & Wakefield in 1985 as a Director of the firm’s Financial and Retail Services Groups in San Francisco.  He later acquired a 50% interest in Whitney Cressman, a 30 year old San Francisco full service commercial real estate firm with roots in the United States and Asia.  Whitney Cressman merged with Kidder Mathews in 2006, where Mr. Cohn served as Partner in the firm’s San Francisco office.

Since 1981, he has served as an investor in more than $500M in various projects throughout the western United States, including co-founding partner of SF Cruise Terminal LLC (a fully entitled $350M multi-use development, including the Watermark residential tower), with Lend Lease, the Port of Singapore Authority and Chinese Maritime Transport. Among other notable projects, in 2015,  Mr. Cohn served as a founding general partner in the acquisition of 3838 California Street in San Francisco, a $40M+ office project.

He received his BA from the University of California, Berkeley and his MS in Business (Sloan Fellowship) from Stanford University, Graduate School of Business.  

 

Sam asher
acquisitions / analyst

Sam Asher provides BPG with a strong analytical background and assists the firm in all aspects of the acquisition process, including sourcing, underwriting, and due diligence.  Sam worked in equity research for a top ranked analyst in the utility and power sector before moving to Moody’s Investors Service, where he served in dual roles over a four-year period. He was an associate in the Global Utility/PowerSector (M&A, credit and lease analysis) and worked directly with senior leadership on global investment research and outreach initiatives. His responsibilities included working globally with major investment banks and hedge funds, directly spearheading a global cross research/outreach exchange concept and securing new relationships for the firm. Asher has deep roots as an entrepreneur, launching his first company at age 16, interned at MeetMoi (sold to Match.com) and worked with senior executives at Audible.com on business development and special initiatives prior to its sale to Amazon.  He was also the founder of Pearl and serves as an advisor to the fast growing battery company, ElectrIQ Power. Asher holds a B.S. from Skidmore College.

 

joseph tillapaugh
research / analyst

Joe Tillapaugh brings his experience in market research and analytics to BPG. He worked with Dominick & Dominick, Wunderlich Wealth Management in New York. More recently, Joe worked directly for Stan Cohn at Kidder Mathews in San Francisco, providing market research involving primarily retail and office properties.

He is a native Marin County resident and a graduate of The Branson School in Ross, California where he played on the acclaimed Branson Varsity Basketball Team. He also attended Colgate University and Abroad Barcelona School of Liberal Arts in Spain. He was a member of the Colgate Real Estate Club and Beta Theta Pi.

 

peter Cohn
marketing analyst

Peter Cohn, a fifth generation San Franciscan,  provides marketing and related analytics to Bridge Property Group.   Peter brings his experience in the commercial real estate industry, including his involvement with his family’s real estate portfolio, in order to support Bridge’s marketing initiatives. He also provides support to the acquisition process, including underwriting and due diligence.   Peter graduated from University of California, Davis, with a degree in Economics.

 

ADVISORY BOARD

Steven kay
advisory board member

Steven Kay is a founding member of Kay & Merkle, LLP, a San Francisco law firm specializing in transactional law, including real estate and commercial transactions, estate planning and other related areas of practice. 

He has extensive experience representing entities and individuals involved in the business of developing and owning improved and unimproved real property, including Lennar Homes, Lennar Community Builders and Mills Corporation Real Estate Trust.

Mr. Kay currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Learner Financial Corporation, owner of Scott Valley Bank in California. He also serves as Trustee for Summit Bank Foundation. In addition, Mr. Kay is President and majority owner of Golden Gate Global, the leading EB-5 Immigrant Investment Regional Center in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is recognized as a special advisor to several government leaders in the City of San Francisco and the State of California, including City of San Francisco Mayor’s Office, former Mayor Willie Brown, and many other elected government officials.

Mr. Kay is involved in many charitable organizations, and serves on the Board of Directors (Secretary) to The Willie L. Brown, Jr. Institute on Politics and Public Service. 

Mr. Kay was admitted to the California Bar in 1966. He received his Bachelors degree in 1963 from the University of California at Berkeley and earned his L.L.B from the University of San Francisco in 1966. Mr. Kay is also a guest lecturer for the Practicing Law Institute (PLI).

 

Stephen roulac
advisory board member

The world’s leading authority on the economic productivity and strategic importance of the places in which we live and work, Stephen Roulac’s work bridges construction sites and high finance, the academy and the board room, intellectual innovation and entrepreneurism. His background includes the highest academic credentials, innovative award-winning research, and teaching at leading universities, plus service as an investment manager, preeminent real estate expert, and over four decades as trusted primary strategy advisor to major decision-makers in all facets of business, government, real estate, and investing.

Retained by governments and also the savviest, most sophisticated and highly successful companies, entrepreneurs, and investors throughout the world, he and his Roulac Global LLC team have created billions of dollars of value for his clients, working in 20+ countries, evaluating and investing in more than 100 countries, advising 1,000+ clients, involving in excess of $ trillion real estate interests. Dr. Roulac organized, led and had a major impact on developing the real estate consulting practices of two of the four major global accounting firms: Kenneth Leventhal, and Deloitte & Touche. Dr. Roulac has provided expert consulting and witness testimony in over 100 cases before public, private, government, legislative and regulatory (NASD, SEC) agencies.

Combining his advisory and entrepreneurial roles with a significant academic career, Dr. Roulac is currently Visiting Professor of Global Property Strategy at the University of Ulster in Belfast, Northern Ireland. For a decade, served on the faculty of the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Stephen Roulac received a Ph.D. in Finance and Strategic Management from Stanford University, M.B.A. with distinction from Harvard University, JD from University of California, Berkeley, and BA in Economics from Pomona College. He has held the AICP, CPA, CMC, and SRS professional designations.

 

thomas m. steinberg
advisory board member

Thomas M. Steinberg is Founder and CEO of TS Partners, an international, diversified investment firm with real estate, private equity and venture capital holdings.  Prior to founding TS Partners, Tom spent 22 years with Tisch Family Interests which he joined as Managing Director in 1991, and where he became President in 1996.  Notable assignments while working as President of Tisch Family Interests included the development of MetLife Stadium, home of the New York Giants and New York Jets, as well as the acquisition of Canary Wharf located in London.

From 1982 to 1986, Tom was one of four Vice Presidents at Goldman Sachs & Company in New York responsible for all real estate acquisitions of the company including pension fund, syndication and partnership accounts.  He also provided Goldman clients with financing, structuring and valuation advice.

Tom serves as one of six trustees and heads the investment committee of Seritage Growth Properties (NYSE:SRG), a publicly-traded REIT with a market capitalization in excess of $2 billion.  Seritage owns approximately 250 real estate assets that were spun off from Sears Holding Corporation.

From 1994 to 2005, Tom was a member of the Board of Directors of NYSE-traded Catellus Development Corporation, a spin-off of the Southern Pacific and Santa Fe Railroad’s real estate holdings, and one of the largest landholders and real estate development companies in the country.  He has also served as a director of Cellegy (Nasdaq:CLGY), a specialty pharmaceuticals company.

Tom graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Yale University in 1978 where he was awarded distinction in Economics.  He received an MBA from Stanford University in 1982.

 

robert bagguley
advisory board member

Robert’s entire 42 year career has been dedicated to the field of commercial real estate - from initially representing the corporate real estate needs of Royal Bank of Scotland in the United Kingdom and then CIBC in the United States to a long and sustained career in the global real estate services sector both as an entrepreneur at The Rubicon Group and then five years with Cushman & Wakefield and sixteen years with Transwestern where he held numerous leadership roles as well as serving on their Executive Committee and Board. 

He has demonstrated numerous examples of merger and acquisition and joint venture acumen; proven hands on approach to execution of assignments in capital market activities; asset management, facilities and property management; development management and an effective resume of establishing strategies for large corporate real estate solutions.  The geography has included primary and secondary US marketplaces, as well as international experience demonstrated in The Americas, Europe, Asia Pacific and the Middle East.  

His international experience includes establishing or maintaining joint venture relationships in the Middle East and Europe; competing and winning complex real estate undertakings such as the development management of Taipei 101 and the GE Innovation Center in Bangalore, India.

Robert has a B.Sc. in Estate Management from the University of Reading in England, and is a graduate of the program offered by The Center of Creative Leadership in Boulder, Colorado.