JOHN C. GUNN

748 Palms Blvd, Venice, California 90291 ▪ (213)291-4083

john@gunnpropertygroup.com

 

 

SUMMARY / OBJECTIVE:

 

Senior level executive with over 25 years experience in retail, multi-family, and mixed-use development having built, entitled and/or managed over 3.6 million square feet of retail and 2,100 units of multi-family throughout the western United States.  Expert in real estate investment strategy, development, feasibility, finance, asset management, design and construction.  Proven leader and integral team member with a unique, broad-based, “hands-on” skill set to find creative solutions, add value, reduce risk and exceed financial objectives.

 

Currently pursuing new opportunities with real estate owners, investment entities and development companies involved in retail, multi-family, and mixed-use projects, to provide leadership and advisory relating to the acquisition and value enhancement of market rate properties or distressed assets/debt (due diligence, feasibility, entitlements, design, strategic planning) or the operation and asset management of existing portfolios. 

 

EXPERIENCE:

 

Gunn Property Group ▪ Los Angeles ▪ 2010 to present

OwnerCurrently providing independent advisory services to a variety of real estate owners, investors, and users relating to strategic planning, due diligence, feasibility, entitlements, asset management, construction management, development, design, marketing and project delivery.  

 

Pierce Education Properties ▪ San Diego ▪ 2009

Vice President of Development & ConstructionLead executive responsible for the acquisition, feasibility, design & construction of new ground-up and adaptive re-use, value-add student housing and education related projects on a national platform.  Successfully sourced and negotiated numerous student housing opportunities at major universities across the country that exceeded company performance criteria.  Was an integral part of the company’s expansion into the Canadian market.

 

Urban Partners, LLC ▪ Los Angeles ▪ 2005-2009

Regional Managing Director & Development ExecutiveResponsible for managing a team of development executives in the ground-up development of complex, mixed-use, public/private, community-based, transit-oriented projects in urban locations throughout the Southern California and Seattle markets.  Successfully completed numerous projects that transformed communities and defined markets.  Notable projects include:

 

Ÿ Burien Town Square Burien, WA

     Mixed-use, public/private, 400 unit condo, 75,000 square feet retail, city hall, city park, transportation hub

Ÿ   Wilshire Vermont Station ▪ Los Angeles, CA

     Mixed-use, TOD (Metro), 450 unit apartment (80% market / 20% affordable) over 35,000 sf of retail

Ÿ   Washington National Station ▪ Culver City, CA

     Mixed-use, redevelopment, public/private, Metro (TOD), residential, retail, office, hotel, public parking

Ÿ   Aspira Apartments ▪ Seattle, WA

     $130 million, 37-story, 350-unit multi-family, high-rise apartment with 6,500 square feet ground floor retail

Ÿ   Riverpark ▪ Oxnard, CA

     702 acre master-planned residential community, 2800 residential units, 500,000 square foot retail center

Ÿ   Serenade Apartments • Oxnard, CA

     450 garden-style apartment units

Ÿ   University Gateway ▪ University of Southern California ▪ Los Angeles, CA

     1640-bed mid-rise student housing building over 80,000 square feet of retail in prime USC location

Ÿ   Art Center College of Design Student Housing ▪ Pasadena, CA

     185 bed student housing and master plan for adaptive re-use of industrial buildings into graduate facilities

 

 

 

The Hapsmith Company Los Angeles ▪ 1996-2005

Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer Lead executive responsible for the company’s finance/capital, strategic planning, project feasibility, entitlements, design/construction, asset management, development, and operational activities.  Notable projects include:

 

Ÿ   The Shops at Tanforan • San Bruno, CA • 1.0 million square foot regional mall with difficult trade area.

     Redesigned and redeveloped the mall with new 80,000 square foot theater anchor and BART connection.

Ÿ   Weberstown Mall • Stockton, CA • 1.0 million square foot regional mall.  Negotiated and constructed the

     first Dillards store in California.  Renovated mall and successfully structured sale of the mall.

Ÿ   Norwood Center • Sacramento, CA • 150,000 square foot grocery/drug anchored center.  Negotiated

     and built a new Rite Aid store and successfully negotiating a sale that provided excellent returns to partners

Ÿ   Culver Center • Culver City, CA • 200,000 square foot grocery anchored center.  Successfully

     re-designed and renovated center and negotiated and built a new high volume Best Buy and Ralphs grocery store.

Ÿ   SuperMall of the Great Northwest Auburn, WA • 1.2 million square foot “Mills-style” super-regional mall.

     Successfully financed, recapitalized and negotiated sale of the property.

 

Art Center College of Design ▪ Pasadena ▪ 2002-2005 

Owner’s Representative - Construction & Project ManagementWhile working concurrently for The Hapsmith Company, completed a complex $150 million, 20-year campus master plan for expansion of the college with notable architects Frank Gehry, Alvaro Siza and Daly Genik.  Managed the acquisition, feasibility, design and construction of the college’s new “South Campus” which involved the adaptive re-use of a vacant 100,000 square foot industrial building into a $30 million LEED certified, award winning project.  Successfully negotiated a 99-year ground-lease with the City of Pasadena for the historic Pasadena Glenarm Power Plant building for further expansion of the college’s facilities.  Responsible for managing design, feasibility, capitalization and entitlements for a 185 bed student housing building at the South Campus.   

 

Union Bank of California ▪ Los Angeles & San Francisco ▪ 1985-1996

Vice President/Assistant Manager - Real Estate Industries GroupCompleted the bank’s training program at top 1% of class in 1986.  Over an 11-year career with the bank, successfully managed the loan portfolios of numerous prominent west-coast development companies and provided underwriting in excess of $1 billion for multiple project types, including single family tract homes, land development, multi-family residential, retail centers, office buildings, industrial parks, biotech facilities and hotels.  From 1992 to 1995 co-managed the Los Angeles office of Special Assets where the team successfully renegotiated and either settled or liquidated in excess of $2 billion of non-performing loans and REO.  From 1995 to 1996, co-managed the Los Angeles office of the Real Estate Industries Group and managed a staff of 12, overseeing all developer relationships within the office.  Notable clients included:  The Ezralow Co., Wareham Property Group, Goldrich & Kest, Shapell Homes, Homes by Dame, Lincoln Property Group, Blackburn Development, National Partnership Investors, Cabot, Cabot & Forbes, Duffel Financial, Samuelson, Hornaday & Schafer, The Selleck Company, Ducket-Wilson, and Christopherson Homes.

 

Equitec Securities Company ▪ San Francisco ▪ 1983-1985

Account ExecutiveSuccessfully co-developed a national network of over 500 Broker Dealers and 5,000 NASD Registered Representatives.  Proactively advised and educated representatives with the technical aspects of syndicated Equitec real estate, leasing and mortgage limited partnerships and assisted with their due diligence process and marketing.

 

EDUCATION:

 

University of Southern CaliforniaLos Angeles, CA Ÿ School of Policy, Planning & Development

Master of Real Estate Development (MRED) ▪ 1993

 

University of Washington Ÿ Seattle, WA School of Architecture & Urban Planning

Bachelor of Science - Building Construction & Construction Management ▪ 1981

 

 

 

LICENSES:

 

California DRE Brokers License #01281065

NASD Series 7 securities license

NASD Series 63 securities license 

California Insurance License

 

AFFILIATIONS:

 

International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)

Urban Land Institute (ULI)

Lusk Center for Real Estate Development

National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD)