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Next Generation Honoree: Gutnikov’s Network Drives Thorofare’s Growth

Felix Gutnikov graduated from the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University in 2008, a fateful year for commercial real estate. Two years later, as the industry recovered from the Great Financial Crisis, Thorofare Capital was launched with a focus on debt ranging from $5 million to $100 million. Now a principal and the head of origination at Los Angeles-based Thorofare, Gutnikov has helped execute the firm’s national debt investment strategies since joining the firm in 2012, including its series of private debt funds, and its origination and servicing strategic partnership with an institutional investor.

Those are just some of the reasons we chose Gutnikov to be one of the National 2018 Next Generation Award winners. Connect Media’s second annual Next Generation Awards recognize young leaders in the commercial real estate industry who are likely to be influential for years to come.

Along with underwriting loans and working with the asset management team to track investments from initial funding to ultimate realization, Gutnikov has been a catalyst for the company’s growth. His extensive network of real estate professionals and his strong understanding of commercial real estate debt markets have been a driving force in helping Thorofare to become a nationally recognized real estate debt investment platform. It passed the $1-billion threshold for originations in late 2016, and reached the $1.5-billion mark this past June.

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Paul Bubny serves as Senior Content Director for Connect Commercial Real Estate, a role to which he brings 13-plus years’ experience covering the commercial real estate industry and 30-plus years in business-to-business journalism. In this capacity, he oversees daily operations while also reporting on both local/regional markets and national trends, covering individual transactions across all property types, as well as delving into broader subject matter. He produces 15-20 daily news stories per day and works with the Connect team and clients to develop longer-form content, ranging from Q&As to thought-leadership pieces. Prior to joining Connect, Paul was Managing Editor for both Real Estate Forum and at American Lawyer Media, where he oversaw operations at both publications while also producing daily news and feature-length articles. His tenure in B2B publishing stretches back into the print era, and he has served as Editor in Chief on four national trade publications. Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).

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