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Managing Director

Jim is a Managing Director of District Capital and has over 30 years of experience raising debt and equity for commercial real estate transactions.  As one of the founding members of Cleveland based Pinnacle Financial Group in 1990, Jim’s transactions have totaled over $16 Billion and have spanned all property types including multi-family, retail, industrial, office, hospitality, self-storage, credit tenant (CTL) as well as a significant expertise in mixed use development.  He has worked with a wide variety of capital sources, most notably life insurance companies, agencies, CMBS lenders, banks, credit unions, debt funds and various public financing entities.  During his time at District and Pinnacle Jim has been responsible for developing new lender relationships and employee training.   

Jim graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1983 with a B.A. in finance and started his professional career as a CPA for Deloitte Haskins & Sells where he became a senior tax advisor in their commercial real estate practice.

Jim lives in Westlake, Ohio with his wife Julie.  He has three grown children who all followed his footsteps to the University of Notre Dame.  In his free time Jim enjoys golfing, biking, Cleveland sports (most days), and attending Notre Dame football games.