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The Company

Mission:

To provide superior commercial real estate investment returns to our investors and to distinguish ourselves based on expert analysis; quality service, reporting and management; and unwavering integrity.

History

Formed in 1993, Weybridge Capital Investors is a Chicago-based real estate investment firm specializing in the acquisition and management of both commercial as well as residential real estate.

At the outset, our primary focus was solely on the acquisition of strip, neighborhood and community shopping centers and retail-focused commercial properties located in the Chicago metropolitan area and throughout the Midwest where we had considerable market knowledge and expertise. Finding value added properties was our primary objective as we entered the business in order to take advantage of opportunities left by the wrenching 1991-1992 commercial real estate depression.

After 2000, we then ventured into development opportunities in the Chicago and Kansas City metropolitan areas in strong suburban markets with continued population growth. Two developments were completed, one in Round Lake, IL and the other in Overland Park, KS.

In 2005, the Company refocused its efforts on the growing area of fractional or shared ownership as it related to luxury vacation homes and formed The Weybridge Collection®. We began to assemble a collection of luxury homes in the United State and in other countries around the world in locations with a significant cultural component, thereby offering “A Cultural Connection” ® to prospective buyers. All homes were carefully selected to be architecturally significant and decorated to reflect the area in which they are located. Initial projects included the acquisition and redevelopment of luxury homes in San Miguel de Allende Mexico and Santa Fe NM. See www.weybridgecollection.com for information each home.

In 2008, The Weybridge Collection launched the new Weybridge Collection Global Exchange Program ™ to be able to add more homes to the Collection that would appeal to prospective buyers. See www.weybridgeglobalexchange.com for more details.

Today we see a similar environment for the vacation home and housing market that we saw with the commercial market in 1993 when the business was founded. Therefore, our current focus is to continue to add more homes to the collection through acquisition by taking advantage of the significant downturn in the residential real estate market. We still feel strongly that a portion of one’s investable assets needs to be in real estate.

The company's overriding goal is still to create value and superior returns for its investors through the ownership, management, rental and enhancement of individual properties.

With considerable institutional real estate investment experience, Robert H. Glaze, the principal, saw institutional owners of real estate as too bureaucratic, as not being able to move quickly enough to take advantage of opportunities in fast changing markets and as too inflexible in the way they did business. Glaze also saw many entrepreneurial firms in commercial real estate investment lacking. professionalism, competency and honesty.

"To distinguish ourselves, we formed a company that takes the best from the institutional mentality, particularly as it relates to proficiency, detailed analysis and expert management. From the smaller firm, we took the qualities of flexibility and being able to react quickly while maintaining the highest level of integrity," says Glaze. Weybridge surpasses its competition as a result of:

  • rigorous acquisition and development criteria;
  • conservative underwriting standards;
  • expert and detailed quantitative analysis;
  • a thorough due diligence process;
  • hands-on management, with attention to both detail and the bottom line;
  • an annual budgeting and strategic planning process for each property;
  • superior monthly reporting; and
  • continued analysis of external market conditions.

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Background/Bio

Robert H. Glaze, President

The principal, Robert H. Glaze, has an advanced degree in finance and real estate, as well as considerable institutional real estate investment, analytical and financial experience.

His background includes thirty-three years of commercial banking and commercial real estate experience. After a seven-year career at The First National Bank of Chicago (now JP Morgan Chase), covering the national retailing industry,. In addition to his invaluable experience at he worked for Prudential Real Estate Investors for eight years. As a general manager, he was responsible for the acquisition and disposition of investment property throughout the Midwest for the company's institutional pension fund clients. He became involved with the day-to-day leasing and management of a number of real estate assets and was involved with the development of two large grocery anchored shopping centers in the Chicago area.

During this period, Glaze completed $40 million in sales and $285 million in acquisitions. He has had considerable shopping center leasing and management and development training through New York University, the International Council of Shopping Centers and the Urban Land Institute.

Glaze is a licensed real estate broker in Illinois. He is a former member of the International Council of Shopping Centers, the Urban Land Institute and the Illinois Chapter of the Real Estate Investment Association.

Glaze has been, and continues to be personally involved in the ownership of a number of commercial properties totaling 364,000 square feet, including office, medical office, retail and industrial properties, as well as land for future development. In addition he has acquired, owned and decorated seven residential/vacation home properties in the United States and Mexico.

He received a Master of Business Administration degree from the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, with an emphasis in finance and real estate. He also attended the Kellogg Management Institute at the J. L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University from September, 1997 through May, 1998.

Glaze is active in numerous civic and charitable organizations, including the Auxiliary Board of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Ravinia Festival Annual Fund

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Professional Performance Team

Weybridge Capital Investors has assembled an extremely capable team of outside advisors. With the combined expertise of this Professional Performance Team, Weybridge has the management talent and systems to underwrite, acquire, develop, finance, reposition and manage any project and deliver superior performance.

LEGAL

Shefsky & Froelich Ltd.

Shefsky & Froelich's real estate lawyers have broad experience in all areas of real estate practice, including acquiring, selling, leasing, developing, financing, and tax-deferred exchanges of apartment complexes, hotels, land, shopping centers, office buildings, industrial sites, nursing homes and other health care properties. They are continually involved in structuring, forming and counseling partnerships and joint ventures.

Mitchell D. Goldsmith is a principal at Shefsky & Froelich Ltd. He is a 1978 graduate of the University of Chicago Law School (J.D.) and a 1975 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (B.A., summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa). Goldsmith practices in the corporate and securities areas and represents a broad base of publicly and privately held companies, having been involved in over 200 offerings of debt or equity capital. He has significant experience in real estate finance, representing owners of shopping centers, apartment complexes, office buildings, nursing homes, hotels, raw land, single family homes and other specialty properties.

Kathryn Kovitz Arnold is also with Shefsky & Froelich Ltd. She is a 1990 graduate of Northwestern University School of Law (JD) and a 1987 graduate of the University of Illinois (BA, magna cum laude). Arnold has considerable experience in real estate and specializes in drafting and negotiating leases, drafting contracts for acquisitions and dispositions, and preparing loan documents for asset and real estate loans.

ACCOUNTING

Plante & Moran

Plante & Moran is the nation’s 12th largest certified public accounting and business advisory firm.

Timothy J. O'Brien is a partner in the Real Estate and Construction Services Group, based in the Elgin office of Plante & Moran. He has been with the firm since 1996. O'Brien has over 19 years of experience in public accounting with extensive expertise in real estate and construction. His varied real estate and construction accounting experience includes such areas as entity structuring, tax planning, business plans, cost allocation, equity investment analysis and tax cash flow forecasting.

DESIGN AND REDEVELOPMENT

The DePalma Group, Inc.

The DePalma Group, Inc. is a full-service design, architectural and environmental communications firm serving businesses and institutions since 1977. The DePalma group staff includes architects, interior designers, space planners, CAD operators, industrial designers, graphic designers and visual merchandisers. They provide architectural services, graphic identity packages, image analysis and design, industrial design services, feasibility studies, property repositioning, facility management and real estate support services. DePalma Group has won numerous design awards, including an International Council of Shopping Centers Renovation & Expansion Award, and its work has been published in many trade journals.

Elsa S. DePlama, FISP, IIDA, is a principal of the Chicago-based DePalma Group, Inc. With 25 years of experience in retail design and shopping center renovation DePalma directs all of DePalma Group's retail activity. She is a frequent speaker on a variety of subjects related to trends and consumer awareness and their relationship to retail performance.

DePalma is a 1968 graduate of State University of New York. She is a fellow of The Institute of Store Planners, an associate member of the International Council of Shopping Centers, a professional member of the International Interior Design Association and active with Chicago Real Estate Executive Women. She also serves on the Board of Directors of AidsCare, Inc.

MARKETING AND PUBLIC RELATIONS

L.LaRose Advertising

L.LaRose Advertising, headed by Lori LaRose is a full-service marketing, graphic design advertising, public relations and promotions firm headquartered in Chicago. The company develops both short-term and long-term marketing plans and meets a variety of marketing needs for its clients from the strategy and planning stage to the creation and execution of high impact programs.

SPECIALIZED TEAMS

In addition to the Professional Performance Team, Weybridge carefully selects an appropriate team of experts with local market expertise for each property it is involved with. With a network of over 1,150 professionals, Weybridge has the ability to choose only the best talent for each unique transaction. This selection process enables Weybridge to evaluate, acquire, manage and sell projects in diverse markets while staying on top of local market conditions. Some of our additional resources include:

  • Architectural engineers
  • Roofing consultants
  • Parking lot/traffic consultants
  • Property tax consultants and attorneys
  • Environmental engineers and consultants
  • Property management companies
  • Leasing professionals
  • Local legal counsel
  • Accountants
  • Mortgage brokers
  • Investment property brokers
  • Residential real estate brokers
  • Appraisers
  • General contractors and maintenance professionals
  • Insurance and risk management professionals
  • Design professionals
  • Landscape architects
  • Concierge services
  • Vacation rental specialists
  • Website design and internet optimization

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Real Estate as
an Investment Diversification Strategy

The Company

History

Background/Bio

Professional Performance Team

 

"We have invested with Weybridge Capital Investors on a regular basis since 1994 and are pleased and impressed with the company's integrity and ability."

John D. Norcross Investor

 

"…[Bob] is also highly ethical and worthy of trust, which is an important characteristic as he invests money for others."

Peter L. Ruggiero
Vice President
Prudential Real Estate Investors

 

 

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