Julie Gutzwiller is a principal and CFO of Bridge Partners, Inc., a privately held real estate investment firm that has invested in multi-family and hospitality assets across the country since 1990. With Bridge Partners since 2001, Julie has managed and filled almost every senior role in the organization, including asset management, controller, acquisitions and dispositions. Today she specializes in all aspects of strategy development and execution across the domains of capital partners and structure, business development and investments, operations and tax compliance. Bridge Partners is the general partner and sponsor of over 30 investment funds invested in hospitality and multifamily assets throughout the United States. The companys 20 year history of delivering 20+% average IRRs to its investors has been driven by its successful execution of a series of business plans designed to pursue in scale off-market opportunities (such as the firms prior HUD 236 and Project Based Section 8 business plans) that are specifically not driven by market bets. Today the firms investment focus includes note and partnership interest acquisitions secured by both performing and non-performing multi-family and hospitality assets. Prior to joining Bridge Partners, Julies past roles include Legislative Assistant to senior congressional members Senator Harry Reid and Congressman Lee Hamilton during her four years on Capitol Hill; Senior Analyst and Economic Consultant at Keyser Marsten and Associates where she advised cities and redevelopment agencies on their financial participation in public-private real estate projects, and; Acquisitions / Pre-development Manager at Greenbriar Homes, a private SFR developer of high end production housing, where she sourced, priced and closed land and managed the entitlement process. Julie graduated Stanford University in 1990 with an interdisciplinary BA degree focused on the intersection of science, technology and society. She earned an MBA with an emphasis on real estate finance at Berkeleys Haas School of Business in 1999 and recently completed the two year Business Professionals Course offered through The AJI Network to further advance her professional development through the study of the biology, linguistics, philosophy, art and engineering of business. Julie Gutzwiller is a founding and Steering Committee member of Stanford Professionals in Real Estate (SPIRE). While helping design the strategy and tactics to launch the organization, the group grew from 5 to over 1000 members in its first year. She is now focusing on the education mission of the organization, helping to design offerings for members to continue their professional development with the ultimate goal of establishing new and higher standards and criteria around the professional requirements of the industry. Julie is also a member of the Berkeley Real Estate Alumni Association and The AJI Network of business professionals.
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