Monday, March 7, 2011

2011 - GSP Welcomes Bryan Shaffer and Malcolm Davies

GSP Welcomes Bryan Shaffer and Malcolm Davies
George Smith Partners is pleased to announce two industry veterans, Bryan Shaffer and Malcolm Davies, have joined GSP as Senior Vice President and Vice President, respectively.  "We are starting to see an increase in our business as the capital market recovers," said David Rifkind, Principal and Managing Director of GSP. "New and returning investors are flooding the market looking for financing.  Through our expertise, as well as our addition of highly skilled newcomers like Malcolm and Bryan, we are well positioned to accommodate the increased demand.  Davies and Shaffer both bring extensive backgrounds in finance, and experience in coordinating financing across the country and worldwide."
Shaffer brings more than 20 years of commercial real estate experience with over $4 billion in transactions completed throughout his career.  Previously serving at Mitsui Real Estate Sales, USA, Shaffer financed, repositioned, and sold more than 85 properties valued at $1.5 billion.  He is the founder of the International Real Estate Trade Organization, and is actively involved in many other industry associations and philanthropy groups.
"Working for a company with George Smith Partners' prestigious reputation is a wonderful opportunity," said Shaffer. "I will be focused on delivering the type of financing solutions GSP is known for, focusing on arranging structured financing for both multifamily and commercial properties across the nation."
Davies is an experienced developer, investor, and capital provider with more than 12 years of real estate investment experience.  He previously served as CEO of CANVAZ Companies and Principal of Davies Investments, Inc., where he acquired, managed, and sold real estate projects in excess of $275 million.
"I am looking forward to bringing my real estate acquisition and investment experience to George Smith Partners and its clients," said Davies. "GSP's strong industry relationships with capital providers will allow me to provide clients with the best and most effective capital options available."