Decades of experience in real estate, public and private company operations, fund formation / management, capital raise, deployment, and tax incentives.

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Fund Leadership

Fortuitous Partner’s leadership team bring over 25 years of real estate experience, having completed over $10+ billion and 40+ million square feet in commercial transactions, and 15+ years in fund management.  The team has deep experience in  leadership and oversight of global public and private companies.  Having structured $2+ billion in U.S. tax advantaged investments, and optimizing returns in targeted communities, the team is positioned to maximize tax benefits for a wide range of investment opportunities.

Berke Bakay

Principal

Current Positions
Principal Owner / Co-Chairman, Phoenix Rising Football Club (professional soccer team)
Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors, Kona Grill (NASDAQ: KONA)
Founder / Managing Director / Controlling GP, BBS Capital Fund, a diversified equity firm
Board Observer, MRI Mexican Restaurants (owns, operates and franchise 57 locations)
Advisory Board, MyPark (app-based disruptive parking solution)

Experience
15 years fund management
President / CEO, Kona Grill
Board of Directors, Pulcra Chemicals (€300+ million in sales)

Education / Honors / Affiliations
BS/MS in Finance, Boston College School of Management
40 Leaders Under 40, Boston College (out of 40,000 candidates)
Member, Young Presidents Organization (YPO)

Brett M. Johnson

Principal

Current Positions
Co-Chairman, Phoenix Rising Football Club (professional soccer team)
Founder, Benevolent Capital (private equity fund)

Experience
Managing Director, Zealot Networks (digital media company w/ $150MM revenues)
President/Director, Greenwood Hall (leading education management firm) - took firm public
CEO/President, Forward Industries (NASDAQ: FORD)
President, Targus (mobile computing company w/ $545MM sales)
Board of Directors, Blyth Inc. (NYSE: BTH) – acquired by Carlyle in Nov. 2015

Education / Affiliations
B.A., Brown University
MBA, Pepperdine University (Presidential/Key Executive Program)
Harvard Business School, President’s Leadership Program
Member, Young Presidents Organization (YPO)

Mark Detmer, SIOR, CCIM

Advisor

Current Positions
Managing Director / Head of Industrial Capital Markets (Western U.S.), Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL)
Member, International Capital Markets Leadership Council, JLL
Co-Founder / Co-Owner / Executive Board Member, Phoenix Rising Football Club

Experience
25+ years in commercial real estate
$10+ billion and 40+ million sq. ft. in real estate transactions
Executive Director, Cushman and Wakefield
Senior Vice President, Trammell Crow Company

Education / Associations
B.S., Biology and Pre-Medicine, Arizona State University
Chairman, National E-Commerce Forum, NAIOP
Member, Urban Land Institute (ULI), including Industrial & Office Park Development Council (Red Flight)
Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR)
Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM)
JLL’s Supply Chain and Logistics Solutions (SC&LS) specialty practice
Former Secretary of AZ Round Table for Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP)

James Lang

Advisor

Current Positions:
Attorney / Shareholder, Tax and Corporate Project Finance, GreenbergTraurig

Expertise:
Structured/closed over $2 billion in tax advantaged investments and project level tax incentives
Advanced tax strategies to optimize returns for investors and impact in targeted communities.
Tax credit incentive programs / Tax exempt organization finance / New Markets Tax Credits
Qualified Opportunity Zones
Real estate development / Affordable housing
Operating business expansion
Public finance / Project finance

Education / Admissions / Awards:
J.D., Florida State University College of Law
B.A., University of Florida
LL.M., University of Florida
Florida and New York State Bars
Selected, ABA “On the Rise – Top 40 Young Lawyers,” 2018