Ross WalkerCo-Founder & Managing Partner
Ross Walker is a Founder and Managing Partner of Hawkins Way Capital and its affiliated funds. Since 2005, Mr. Walker, first as a Partner at Wolff Urban Development, has focused on individual property acquisitions, portfolio acquisitions, property management and development projects.
Mr. Walker's prior professional experience was with Joie de Vivre Hospitality in San Francisco, owner, operator and developer of boutique hotels. Mr. Walker's professional experience also includes associate and financial analyst positions focused on general corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions with investment banking firms in Los Angeles, and a business development role with an education technology firm in Calabasas.
Mr. Walker received a B.A. in Economics from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from Stanford's Graduate School of Business. From 2005-2010, Mr. Walker served on Stanford University's Board of Trustees which administers the invested funds, sets the annual budget and determines policies for operation and control of the University. Mr. Walker now serves as trustee emeritus and is a member of the Stanford Real Estate Council.
Karan SuriCo-Founder & Managing Partner
Mr. Suri is a Founder and Managing Partner of Hawkins Way Capital and its affiliated funds. Prior to forming Hawkins Way Capital, Mr. Suri served as Managing Director at San Francisco based Menlo Capital Group where he has overseen the real estate portfolio and development activities of the firm.
Prior to joining Menlo Capital Group, Mr. Suri worked at Clarity Partners, a private equity firm located in Los Angeles. While at Clarity, Mr. Suri helped execute over $1 billion in equity investments in media and telecom companies throughout the US, Europe and Asia. Mr. Suri was responsible for structuring, executing and negotiating new and follow-on investments in several portfolio companies.
Prior to Clarity Partners, Mr. Suri was in the Investment Banking Group at UBS in New York where he was involved with the analysis and execution of M&A, equity and high yield transactions.
Mr. Suri holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell University with a double major in Computer Science and Economics both of which he completed in 3 years. In addition, Mr. Suri holds a Master of Engineering degree in Computer Science from Cornell University.
Martin ColvinChief Financial Officer
Martin Colvin is Chief Financial Officer of Hawkins Way Capital and its affiliated funds. Martin Colvin is currently overseeing all of the accounting, finance, compliance and human resource operations.
Prior to joining Hawkins Way Capital, Mr. Colvin worked at JRK Investors, Inc., a private equity firm located in Los Angeles. The bulk of the portfolio comprises multi-family properties and Mr. Colvin coordinated the investor reporting and fund accounting for the consolidated partnerships.
Prior to JRK Investors, Inc., Mr. Colvin worked at Watt Family Properties, an owner, developer and manager of commercial real estate properties located in Los Angeles Mr. Colvin was responsible for the financial reporting requirements of over 4.8 million square feet of retail shopping centers.
Prior to Watt Family Properties, Mr. Colvin worked at Arden Realty, Inc., real estate investment trust located in Los Angeles. Mr. Colvin was responsible for the internal and external financial reporting requirements of 7.2 million square feet of commercial real estate located in West Angeles.
Mr. Colvin received his B.S. in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley and his M.B.A from Golden Gate University. He is a California Certified Public Accountant. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Joshua BirdGeneral Counsel
Joshua Bird serves as General Counsel for Hawkins Way Capital and its affiliated funds. He is responsible for oversight and management of all legal issues encountered by the fund and its affiliates.
Prior to joining Hawkins Way Capital, Mr. Bird was Counsel at Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger, LLP, a Los Angeles based law firm. While his practice involved all facets of real estate transactional work, he primarily focused on representing owners, developers and operators on their hospitality-related matters. Prior to joining Greenberg Glusker, Mr. Bird was an associate in the Real Estate department in Paul Hastings LLP's Los Angeles office.
Mr. Bird obtained his JD from the Columbia University School of Law, and received a Certificate in Global Business and Governance from Sciences Po (Paris) and La Sorbonne (Paris). He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the University of Southern Mississippi.
Michael WilkVP of Development
Michael Wilk is the Vice President of Development for Hawkins Way Capital and its affiliated funds. Mr. Wilk supports the acquisition, due diligence, and project feasibility, as well as coordinates the design, development and construction for the various properties in the funds.
Before Hawkins Way Capital, Michael provided Owner's Construction Representation for hospitality clients such as publicly traded Pebblebrook Hotel Trust and Lasalle Hotel Properties as well as a number of privately held funds developing ground-up multifamily and commercial projects in the San Francisco Bay area.
Mr. Wilk previously developed and operated a design/build division for Centric Construction and owned and operated Michael Wilk Architecture. Project experience in these roles include: new construction, historic and adaptive reuse, as well as commercial tenant improvement.
Michael holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the State University of New York, Buffalo, and a Master of Architecture from McGill University in Montreal. Mr. Wilk is a licensed architect in California and New York with reciprocity in all states. Michael is an active NCARB, AIA, and USGBC member and is LEED accredited for new construction.
David Cornish participates in Operations of Hawkins Way Capital and its affiliated funds. David ultimately oversees all of the property management functions.
Mr. Cornish has specialized in hotel management since 1976. Prior to joining Hawkins Way Capital, Mr. Cornish worked for Wolff Urban Development since 2004 as President of Hotel Operations managing the portfolio of limited and full service hotel properties.
Prior to first joining Wolff, Mr. Cornish worked for Marriott International in Newport Beach and Seattle, and served as General Manager with various companies in the Western States. Mr. Cornish joined Wolff Urban Management as General Manager at Holiday Inn La Mirada in 1992. In 1993, Mr. Cornish was appointed co-General Manager at the Hilton Burbank Airport & Convention Center. After the Hilton was sold, Mr. Cornish worked for Hilton Hotels Corporation and later joined Stonebridge Companies, a Denver-based hotel group, for whom he opened several Anaheim resort area hotels. Mr. Cornish was later promoted to Vice President of Hotel Operations for the company's California region.
Mr. Cornish received a B.S. in Hotel & Restaurant Management, Cum Laude, from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, CA. He is also a lifetime Certified Hotel Administrator.
Jeff LeoneVice President of Investments
Jeff Leone is a Vice President at Hawkins Way Capital and its affiliated funds where he is primarily responsible for growing the firm's national real estate platform by sourcing, analyzing, and managing the firm's acquisitions.
Prior to joining Hawkins Way Capital, Jeff was as an investment banker at Moelis & Company in New York, a leading global independent investment bank, where he focused on mergers & acquisitions, recapitalization & restructuring, and risk advisory transactions across a variety of industries.
Prior to joining Moelis & Company, Jeff was an investment analyst at Luxor Capital Group, a New York based hedge fund, where he focused on real estate, lodging and gaming and technology, media & telecommunications. Jeff holds a B.A. from Northwestern University.
Leonard RossVice President of Investments
Leonard Ross is Vice President of Investments at Hawkins Way Capital and its affiliated funds, where he is primarily responsible for analyzing, executing, and managing real estate equity investments and capital market opportunities. Prior to joining Hawkins Way Capital, Mr. Ross was with JRK Investors, a real estate private equity firm located in Los Angeles, where he was a member of the Acquisitions Group.
During his tenure at JRK Investors, Mr. Ross focused on sourcing and evaluating multifamily property and/or portfolio transactions for two value-add funds totaling $830 million. Mr. Ross was responsible for executing the acquisition and disposition of over 60 deals with total capitalization of $3 Billion.
Mr. Ross received his B.A. in Economics and Psychology from Dartmouth College.
Mark StromeAdvisory Partner
Mr. Strome is the Founder, Chief Investment Officer, and Chairman at Strome Investment Management, L.P. He founded Strome Investment Management and Strome Securities L.P. in 1992. Mr. Strome is the founder and primary stockholder of a securities brokerage company and investment management company and is responsible for raising and managing $1.8 billion in private placement hedge fund investments focusing on non-traditional investments including commodities, currencies, bankruptcy reorganizations, and venture capital and private equity investments.
Mr. Strome is a Member of the Board of Directors of NWP services. He holds a B.S. in Engineering from Old Dominion University in 1978, an M.S. in Economics in 1980 from the University of California at Berkeley, and the honorary Doctor of Science in 1998 from Old Dominion University where he now serves as trustee emeritus and supports the Strome College of Business.
Lew WolffAdvisory Partner
Mr. Wolff is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Wolff Urban, a real estate acquisition, investment, development and management firm. He is also the co-Founder and, since 1994, has served as co-Chairman of Maritz, Wolff & Co., a privately held hotel investment group that owns top-tier luxury hotels. Maritz Wolff's investments exceed $1.0 billion.
Mr. Wolff serves as a Director of Sunstone Hotel Investors, Inc., served as Vice Chairman of Rosewood Hotels & Resorts and served as co-Chairman of Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, a hotel management company formed by Fairmont Hotel Management Company and Canadian Pacific Hotels & Resorts, Inc. Mr. Wolff acquired ownership of Major League Baseball's Oakland Athletics in 2005 and Major League Soccer's San Jose Earthquakes in 2007.
Mr. Wolff serves on the Board of Directors of First Century Bank and Bobrick Washroom Equipment. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and received his M.B.A from Washington University in St. Louis.