Chief Executive Officer
Robert S. Brunswick is a Co-Founder and CEO of Buchanan Street Partners, a real estate investment management firm headquartered in Newport Beach, California. In his capacity Robert has directed the entrepreneurial growth of Buchanan Street since its inception and continues to lead its current strategic direction. Today, Buchanan Street Partners is a subsidiary of The TCW Group, an international asset management firm with over $120 billion in assets and focuses on value add investing by providing debt and equity capital to owners and operators of commercial real estate as well as buying direct investment for their own account.
In 2005, Robert was named Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year and in 2009, the Boy Scouts of America honored Robert Brunswick and Buchanan Street Partners with the “Good Scout Award” within Orange County. In his day-to-day activities Robert is responsible for chairing the firm’s Investment and Executive Management Committees.
In 2007, Robert established Buchanan Children’s Charities, a 501(c)(3) organization which measurably improves the lives and educational opportunities for America’s children. The charity’s signature fundraising events have included Challenge for Children, Encore for Education and the Real Estate Summit.
Robert holds a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley and has completed Berkeley’s Haas Business School Executive Management Program. He currently serves as a Board Member of the Hoag Hospital Foundation, Founding Member of the UC Irvine Center for Real Estate and his professional affiliations include membership in the Urban Land Institute (ULI), Pension Real Estate Association (PREA) and Young Presidents Organization (YPO). Robert is passionate about educating our future leaders and now teaches a commercial real estate class to UCI undergraduates as an adjunct professor.
Timothy J. Ballard is a Co-Founder and the President of Buchanan Street Partners. In his tenure at Buchanan, Mr. Ballard has directed over $5 billion of real estate debt and equity investments. Since Buchanan’s inception, he has elevated Buchanan’s investment initiatives to a national scope through the investment in over 200 properties spanning office, industrial, multi-family and retail assets. These investments encompass both debt and equity and include joint ventures with leading national and international real estate operators. Overall, Mr. Ballard has been responsible for the formation of five commingled funds and separate accounts for the purpose of making value-added real estate investments. These funds manage the assets of public pension plans, life insurance companies, corporate pension funds and HNW investors. Mr. Ballard has 23 years of real estate experience and holds dual degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and The Wharton School in Economics and Real Estate Finance. His professional affiliations include YPO, PREA, ULI and NAIOP; and he serves on the Board of Directors for Buchanan Children’s Charities.
Cheryl Klem was on the Executive Team for Buchanan for more than six years and is currently serving as a consultant in the areas of Human Resources, Marketing and Company Administration. Ms. Klem has more than 20 years of experience in organizational development and she is passionate about strengthening and serving the backbone of Buchanan – its people. Cheryl holds a B.A. in Psychology from Vanguard University where she graduated magna cum laude and holds a Senior Professional Human Resources (SHPR) designation.
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