Our Team

Private finance experts committed to bringing qualified real estate deals to investors.

Executive Team

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Mark Gillanders

CFO & COO

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Mark Gillanders is Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer for EarlyShares. A UK-trained accountant, Mark spent the majority of his career in senior-level finance positions in highly acquisitive groups in the aviation industry before joining EarlyShares in 2012. He has extensive expertise working with start-up companies on financial and operational projects and has expertise in mergers and acquisitions. Mark holds an MBA from the University of Florida.

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Jonatan Alava

CTO

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Jonatan Alava is Chief Technology Officer for EarlyShares. An experienced manager and entrepreneur with more than ten years of experience delivering software products to large enterprises, Jonatan joined EarlyShares in December 2013. He previously served in key IT management roles for TracFone Wireless, Inc., a subsidiary of America Movil. He is published researcher in the field of Software Testing,and has an MSc in Computer Science from Florida International University.

Board

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Stephen Temes

Managing Director of Lincoln Capital, LLC, EarlyShares Chairman & Co-Founder

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Stephen Temes is Co-Founder and Chairman of EarlyShares and a highly successful entrepreneur and trader with over 25 years of experience in the equity and option markets. In addition, Stephen is an experienced investor with $135M in commercial and residential real estate. An expert on raising and investing capital, Stephen is Founder and Managing Member of Lincoln Capital LLC, a hedge fund, and Lincoln Partners Group LLC, a venture capital fund.

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Richard Goodman

General Partner at Henry Crown & Company, EarlyShares Director

Richard Goodman is General Partner of Henry Crown & Company, a privately held family investment company with holdings in commercial real estate, banking, transportation, oil and gas, resort properties, high tech, medical tech, and green tech, among others. The company is based in Chicago. Richard serves on the boards of eleven businesses and numerous charities.

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Farid Suleman

Managing Partner at Loxodonta Ventures, EarlyShares Director

Farid Suleman is the Managing Partner of Loxodonta Ventures, a privately held investment company. He was formerly the President and CEO of Citadel Broadcasting. Prior to that he was President and CEO of Infinity Broadcasting. In addition, Farid was a special limited partner of Forstmann Little and is currently a Director of Fairway Group Holdings, a high-growth food retailer.

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Marc Brutten

Chairman & Founder at Westcore Properties, EarlyShares Director

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Marc Brutten is Founder & Chairman of Westcore Properties, a real estate investment company based in California. Over the past 30 years, Marc has facilitated more than $3 billion in property acquisitions totaling over 750 buildings and 30 million square feet. He is recognized as one of the most prolific commercial real estate investors on the west coast.

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Stephen Cornick

Managing Partner of Cornick Capital Ventures, EarlyShares Director

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Stephen Cornick is the Managing Partner of Cornick Capital Ventures, a software development company and early-stage investment and advisory firm. Previously, he spent the bulk of the last 20+ years as an investor in the financial and asset management business. Most recently, he was Director of Research and Managing Principal (2003-2010) for Halcyon Asset Management, a multi-strategy asset management firm, but he has also served in key roles for the Credit Suisse First Boston Special Situations Fund, Dickstein Partners, and the Gansett Fund LP. In addition, Mr. Cornick has extensive expertise in entrepreneurship, venture capital, and corporate finance including mergers and acquisitions. He received his B.A. from Connecticut College.

Advisors

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Michael Moe

Co-Founder of GSV Capital, EarlyShares Advisor

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Michael Moe is Co-Founder of GSV Capital and the GSV family of companies. In addition to his responsibilities as GSVC's Chief Investment Officer and Portfolio Manager, he serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors, CEO, and President. Michael has also been a principal and managing member of GSV Asset Management since the company's inception in 2010. Michael is well known and regarded as one of the world's preeminent authorities on growth investing.

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Bruce Langone

President of Invemed Associates, EarlyShares Advisor

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Bruce Langone is President of Invemed Associates, a respected merchant banking and investment banking firm that manages an investment arm for placing direct equity investments. A visionary entrepreneur and venture capital investor, Bruce was one of the first investors and Board members of EarlyShares.

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Sherwood Neiss

Partner at Crowdfund Capital Advisors, EarlyShares Advisor

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A co-author of the crowdfunding framework used in the JOBS Act, Sherwood is Co-Founder of the Crowdfunding Professional Association (CfPA) and CrowdFunding Intermediary Regulatory Advocates (CFIRA). He is an award-winning entrepreneur with over 15 years’ experience as a leader in the financial industry.

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David Rappa

Partner at Beck Mack & Oliver, EarlyShares Advisor

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An expert investor, David is a Partner at Beck, Mack & Oliver LLC, an investment advisor with over $5 billion is assets. He is on the Board of Directors of Huntingdon Capital Corp, the Board of Advisors of McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University, and was previously a Principal at Austin Investment Management, Inc.

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Maurice Lopes

EarlyShares Co-Founder

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Maurice Lopes is a Co-Founder of EarlyShares and a passionate technologist and entrepreneur. He has over 20 years experience in building successful international companies in the technology and telecom industry. He is currently also the founder of the Miami Entrepreneurship Center, a community oriented co-working space designed to nurture and mentor promising startup companies.

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Joanna Schwartz

EarlyShares Co-Founder

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Joanna Schwartz is Co-Founder of EarlyShares and its flagship brand Property.com, a market leader in the transformation of commercial real estate investing into an online, transparent, accessible, data-driven experience. An award-winning executive with more than $2 billion in commercial real estate transaction experience, Joanna has spent 20 years as a successful leader, advisor, and entrepreneur. Aside from EarlyShares, she was the Founder & Managing Director of Silver Hill Financial, a market leading small-balance commercial mortgage lender. Joanna led Silver Hill from inception to more than $1 billion in annual volume and 550 employees in 10 offices nationwide. Silver Hill was named one of the area’s ‘Best Places to Work’ by the South Florida Business Journal several years in a row and in 2005, Joanna was honored as the publication’s Top Business Woman of the Year. Joanna is a nationally recognized thought leader in the private investing and real estate crowdfunding industries. She’s a contributor to CNBC.com and Entrepreneur.com and a national speaker on real estate investing, capital formation, and entrepreneurship. Joanna’s opinions are frequently solicited by major media outlets including The Wall Street Journal and Forbes and she was recently listed as one of the top eight “Women of Crowdfunding” on Forbes.com. Joanna is the past chair of the Miami Chapter of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and currently serves on the Advisory Boards of eMerge Americas and GetHired Miami. She has a Bachelor’s Degree with honors from the University of Vermont and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Joanna lives in Miami Beach, Florida with her husband Dean and two daughters.