Transwestern, a Houston-based commercial real estate firm comprised of Transwestern Real Estate Services (TRS), Transwestern Development Company (TDC) and Transwestern Investment Group (TIG), has announced the formation of an opportunistic investment source that will execute real estate investments across property sectors nationwide including healthcare, life sciences, industrial, office, multifamily, hotels and land development. This new platform, called Transwestern Ventures, will be led by Managing Partner Fred Knapp,
“The commercial real estate industry is evolving faster than at any time in history, presenting many compelling investment opportunities, ultimately paving the way for Transwestern Ventures,” said Robert Duncan, founder and chairman of Transwestern. “The new company is a natural extension of our collaborative, innovative approach to real estate challenges, backed by highly regarded development, investment management and services capabilities, and will operate synergistically with the firm’s team members, clients and partners.”
Prior to Transwestern, Knapp served as Principal and Head of Acquisitions for EQT Exeter, a global investment manager, where he oversaw office and life science real estate investments nationally. He holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a Bachelor of Business Administration in finance and accounting from Texas A&M University, where he graduated cum laude.
Erik Hamilton, who has more than 15 years in CRE journalism, is a former staff writer with the Los Angeles Times and the Orange County Business Journal. In addition to The Times and the OCBJ, he was also a reporter and editor for Crittenden Research, The San Bernardino Sun and UPI. Erik also worked six years in CRE public relations with Los Angeles-based Hoyt Organization, where he was a Senior Account Executive. He later joined Lee & Associates where he served as the Director of Corporate Communications. There ,in addition to his work with Lee’s CEO, he managed 57 offices nationwide and provided PR, social media and media training for the offices. A graduate of UC Irvine, with a BA in history, he is an avid record collector where he continues to search for a rare Joy Division single.
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