About Us

Informed by the Past
Inspired by the Future

Heritage

Metzler Real Estate is the US affiliate of Bankhaus Metzler, the oldest private bank in Germany with an unbroken tradition of family ownership.  Metzler's distinctive independence has been the bedrock of the company since its origins in 1674.

Values

Independent

We think and act independently. In all respects, we are committed to providing objective advice and working exclusively in the interests of our clients.

Entrepreneurial

We act rather than react. Our entrepreneurial culture frees us to creatively envision client strategies that take advantage of changing times and new market opportunities.

Experienced

We invest rather than speculate. Our professionals use their decades of training, experience and insight to drive investment performance for our clients across a range of market conditions. 

Professionals

Steven A. Franceschina

President & Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Franceschina, President of Metzler, has overall responsibility for the formulation and successful implementation of North American real estate investment strategies for the firm’s institutional and private clients. He brings nearly 30 years of progressive experience in finding creative solutions for redevelopment and repositioning of value add real estate. During his tenure, Mr. Franceschina has actively been involved in managing more than 20 million SF of commercial office space across all the major markets in the US. His success is attributed to his ability to plan and execute strategies finding value through the renovation and rebranding of assets.

Mr. Franceschina is active in several professional organizations including the Urban Land Institute, Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate and National Association of Real Estate Investment Managers. He is a graduate of the University of Washington and holds professional designations of Certified Property Manager and Certified Commercial Investment Member.

Zeb Bradford

Chief Investment Officer

Mr. Bradford, Metzler’s Chief Investment Officer, manages the firm’s overall investment activities. He excels at building and managing industry relationships and leveraging resources to achieve optimal return on investment. Since 2012, he has led his team in executing more than $6.3 billion in transactions across the major U.S. markets. Since the early 1990s, Mr. Bradford has successfully negotiated over $10 billion in a variety of transaction types, identifying creative methods to add value to client investment strategies.

Mr. Bradford is a regular speaker for organizations such as Private Equity Real Estate, the Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate, Expo Real, Urban Land Institute, and the National Association of Real Estate Investment Managers. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Boston University.

Lola M. Fontana

Chief Accounting Officer

As Chief Accounting Officer, Lola Fontana is responsible for the financial operations of Metzler, its related affiliates, and managed portfolios. During her 20-year tenure, she employed new technologies and successfully established the financial reporting platform utilized across geographic regions.  She also holds responsibility for human resource and benefits administration.

Ms. Fontana graduated summa cum laude from Seattle University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting and worked in both public accounting and private industry for over ten years prior to joining Metzler. She is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in Washington State and an active member of the Washington State Society of CPAs and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Matthew G. Arnoldy

Director Asset Management

Mr. Arnoldy manages a portfolio of over $1 billion in more than 2.1 million SF of core office assets as part of Metzler’s central U.S. market, including several properties in the diverse submarkets of Texas. With an aptitude for balancing national and global office trends with the unique demands of individual submarkets, he finds solutions that meet the needs of clients and tenants alike. His strong and trusting relationships with brokers and tenants have led to successfully executing well over 1,000 leases in his 13-year real estate career. Mr. Arnoldy’s innate ability to create and manage complex repositioning and capital upgrade projects creates and maintains value in the assets he manages. He currently oversees more than $6 million in repositioning and renovation projects in Houston and Dallas.

Mr. Arnoldy is an active member of Urban Land Institute and serves on the Board of Third Millennium Alliance, a conservation non-profit based in Ecuador. He received a Master of Business Administration from the University of Washington and a Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University.

Beau D. August

Director Asset Management

Mr. August has been a leader in the real estate community for over 17 years, the last 11 years on Metzler’s Asset Management. His proven ability to use prudent judgement and understand long term objectives is displayed by the performance and occupancy of his $1.6 billion portfolio focused primarily on the East Coast. His track record includes successful negotiation of over 150 tenant agreements and underwriting over $1.4 billion assets in major markets. Most recently, Mr. August completed repositioning of a 426,000 SF Class A office building in midtown Atlanta, increasing rents more than 20 percent within the first three years of ownership. Currently, Mr. August is overseeing the $12 million plaza renovation project of a Class A high-rise in downtown Manhattan.

Mr. August is involved with the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties and is an advocate of Seattle’s Youth Care program. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Information Systems and MBA from the University of Washington.

 

Ben Blakeley

Managing Director

Mr. Blakeley is a senior member of the East Coast Acquisitions Team and excels in sourcing, analyzing and negotiating complex deals for value-add opportunities. With more than 20 years of commercial real estate experience, his success is attributed to his ability to embrace the inherent challenges and complexities of transactions to meet client investment objectives. In the last 10 years, Mr. Blakeley was involved in more than $4 billion in acquisitions across the U.S. His diversity and depth across property types and markets give him a unique ability to lead and execute highly competitive and multi-faceted real estate strategies.

Mr. Blakeley is involved with the Urban Land Institute and the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Davidson College and a Master of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Tennessee.

Benjamin W. Broesamle

Associate Asset Manager

Saori Clemmons

Accounting Specialist

Misty Fisher

Operations & Admin Manager

Ms. Fisher leads Metzler’s day-to-day business operations and corporate level administrative team.  She is responsible for policy and procedures, cross-departmental coordination, and marketing. She brings more than 15 years of operations and leadership experience to the team with a variety of core business functions including operations, information technology, marketing, and staff development and recruiting.

Ms. Fisher received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Central Washington University and serves on the Board for the non-profit Liberty Rugby Club youth program.

Stuart Gordon

Senior Managing Director

Mr. Gordon manages Metzler’s Asset Management team and nationwide portfolio, as well as overseeing the 2.78 million SF West Coast and Chicago markets. With more than 13 years of real estate experience and as a LEED Green Associate, he has successfully executed over one million SF of leasing and many capital projects, including a $13 million tenant amenity project to maintain his largest building’s “trophy class” in Chicago. His strategic outlook on primary investment objectives, as well as his laser focus on details, creates value and positive results. He uses a proactive approach with leasing and strategic capital expenditures to position assets at the top of their competitive set, demonstrated by his portfolio’s successful lease and occupancy rates.

Mr. Gordon is active in the Urban Land Institute and has held several local and national leadership positions with National Association of Industrial and Office Properties, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association. He holds a Master of Science in Real Estate and Bachelor of Arts in Economics degree from the University of Washington. He also holds a LEED Green Associate designation from the United States Green Building Council.

 

Danessa Gray

Administrative Assistant

James B. Ives

Director Architecture

With nearly 40 years of experience as a licensed architect working on both shell and core and tenant improvement projects, Mr. Ives has broad and comprehensive expertise as both an owner and tenant representative. His diverse knowledge of programming and design, along with a keen eye for aesthetics, provides increased value by maximizing benefits, marketability, and return on investment. Mr. Ives managed ground-up speculative development, from design through construction, on the 600,000 SF Lakeridge Square office campus in Redmond, WA, and the 49,000 SF RidgePointe project in Bellevue, WA, which ultimately led each building’s successful full lease up and sale. With a 20-year tenure at Metzler, he provides oversight and leadership of all physical due diligence, capital, repositioning, and tenant improvement projects across Metzler’s portfolio.

Mr. Ives received a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture and a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies from Washington State University. He also participated in an International Study of Architecture and Planning at the Danish Institute in Copenhagen, Denmark.

William Jaquier

Associate Asset Manager

Brian Moosburner

Managing Director

As a senior member of the Investment Services team, Mr. Moosburner advises clients on commercial real estate investments primarily in the West and Southwest regions of the U.S. With more than 18 years of experience in the industry, he has helped facilitate the successful acquisition and/or disposition of over $4 billion in assets ranging in size from $8 million to over $400 million. His eye for quantitative and qualitative detail is an important advantage when analyzing and underwriting financial projections, reviewing leases, and conducting due diligence. Mr. Moosburner is also responsible for managing all market research resources and related analysis in support of Metzler’s investment, asset management, and business development activities.

Mr. Moosburner is a member of the Urban Land Institute and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.He is a graduate of the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a focus on Information Systems.

Carol O. Morales

Controller, Portfolio Accounting

Ms. Morales oversees the financial accounting and reporting of the Metzler US Real Estate Funds and Affiliates.

Ms. Morales graduated magna cum laude from the University of the Philippines with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Accountancy. She is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the State of Washington.

Nathan L. Olmeim

Senior Project Manager

Mr. Olmeim manages capital projects and physical due diligence as Metzler’s Senior Project Manager. His 13 years of diverse construction, development, and owner representative experience provides him with an exceptional understanding of the unique structure of buildings and the ability to anticipate unknowns. This insight has fueled the success of multiple repositioning projects, including a large tenant amenity center spanning multiple floors in Chicago and a complex acquisition project in Seattle. Mr. Olmeim’s thorough methodologies during due diligence provide realistic budget and planning assumptions, adding value to the acquisition and asset management processes.

Mr. Olmeim has a Bachelor’s degree from Western Washington University and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Washington.

Matthew G. Paddock

Senior Managing Director

Mr. Paddock is a senior member of the Metzler Investment team on the West Coast, bringing to bear more than 30 years of asset management and investment expertise for our clients. Employing a fiduciary mindset, coupled with a deep understanding of US markets and submarkets, he excels at leveraging opportunities to maximize investor value. With his unique ability to develop creative strategies based on market conditions, as well as his negotiating acumen, he has successfully completed 50 acquisitions for more than $6.2 billion and 29 dispositions totaling $1.9 billion in the last 15 years.

Mr. Paddock is active in Urban Land Institute, Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate, and National Association of Real Estate Investment Management. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Alliance for Education in support of Seattle Public Schools. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Bowling Green State University. He also holds the Certified Commercial Investment Member and Certified Property Manager professional real estate designations.

Mary C. Wainhouse

Director IT

Ms. Wainhouse heads the technology and information systems for the Seattle and Atlanta offices.  Her role encompasses the network and telecommunication systems, mobile computing, video and audio conferencing and data security.  She brings more than 35 years of system and user support expertise.

Ms. Wainhouse holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Washington.

Alex Wilson

Associate Asset Manager

Board of Directors

Michael Klaus, Chairman
Franz von Metzler
Steven A. Franceschina

Of Counsel

Michael S. Courtnage