Christoph A. KahlPrincipal, Chairman
Christoph Kahl is one of the two founding partners of Jamestown, headquartered in Atlanta. Mr. Kahl also founded Jamestown US-Immobilien GmbH in Cologne, Germany. Residing in Cologne and frequently traveling to the United States, Mr. Kahl continues to serve as Managing Partner of both sister companies. As Chairman of the company’s investment committee, Mr. Kahl leads the acquisition, asset management and disposition discussions. He serves as Treasurer of the Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate (AFIRE) and on several advisory committees. Mr. Kahl received the Diplom-Kaufmann from the University of Cologne in 1977 and has specialized in U.S. real estate for more than 30 years.
Matt M. BronfmanPrincipal, Chief Executive Officer
Matt Bronfman is a Principal and the Chief Executive Officer of Jamestown. Mr. Bronfman joined the company in 1998, initially serving as General Counsel, and in 2002 was named Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer. He became CEO in 2012. He has led the acquisition, redevelopment and oversight of over $20 billion of real estate, including iconic projects from Chelsea Market in New York and Ponce City Market in Atlanta to the Innovation and Design Building in Boston and Ghirardelli Square in San Francisco. Prior to joining Jamestown, Mr. Bronfman practiced law at Holland & Knight. He currently serves on the boards for AFIRE, the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership, the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, and the Jewish Funders Network. Mr. Bronfman graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude from Tufts University and attended law school at Northwestern University, graduating magna cum laude.
Michael PhillipsPrincipal, President
Michael Phillips is a Principal and the President of Jamestown. Mr. Phillips is a driving force behind several nationally recognized adaptive reuse developments, including Chelsea Market in New York, Industry City in Brooklyn, Ghirardelli Square in San Francisco, and Ponce City Market in Atlanta. He is nationally recognized for his creative leadership and his ability to build distinctive urban communities. Mr. Phillips is the Vice Chair of the James Beard Foundation, and sits on the boards of Friends of the High Line and the Real Estate Board of New York. He attended the American University in London.
Chris KopeckyChief Financial Officer
Chris Kopecky is the Chief Financial Officer of Jamestown. Mr. Kopecky is a CPA and began his career in public accounting spending nine years with Arthur Andersen and three years with Ernst & Young. He was a Senior Manager in the business advisory practice, serving publicly traded and privately held clients in the real estate and financial services industries. In 2005, Mr. Kopecky became the Chief Accounting Officer at Edens, a leading owner, operator and developer of retail real estate in Columbia, South Carolina. At Edens, he oversaw all aspects of accounting, forecasting, tax, treasury and investor reporting. Mr. Kopecky graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from the University of Oklahoma’s Price College of Business. He has also completed executive coursework at Harvard Business School and is a member of the Finance Committee of The Westminster Schools in Atlanta.
W. Jeffrey BeckhamManaging Director, Head of Institutional Investment Management, and Fund Manager – Premier Property Fund
W. Jeffrey Beckham is a Managing Director, the Head of Institutional Investment Management, and the Fund Manager of the Premier Property Fund of Jamestown. Mr. Beckham oversees all institutional investor products at Jamestown, which includes serving as Fund Manager and Investment Committee member for Jamestown’s open-end core-plus investment vehicle, the Premier Property Fund, and overseeing and serving on the Investment Committees for Jamestown’s Latin America investment fund and open-end Timberland Fund. He joined Jamestown in 2010. Mr. Beckham started his career working in Morgan Stanley’s real estate group, focusing on both advisory and principal transactions based in New York, London and Tokyo. Upon leaving Morgan Stanley, he joined Hines in London and helped start and fully invest Hines’ first European Development Fund. After leaving Hines, Mr. Beckham joined Tishman Speyer in their New York headquarters in 2004, and then helped open their Atlanta office in 2007. While at Tishman Speyer, he worked on acquisitions, development, dispositions, asset management, portfolio management and leasing. Mr. Beckham is a member of the Pension Real Estate Association and the Urban Land Institute and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Real Estate Executive Council (REEC). He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Metro Atlanta YMCA, Junior Achievement of Georgia and The Children’s School. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business in 1998.
Cindy LanoisManaging Director, Tax Services
Cindy Lanois is a Managing Director, Tax Services of Jamestown. She originally joined Jamestown in 2000 as Tax Manager, and in 2005 moved on to join the accounting firm of AGH Business Advisors and CPA’s, where she served as Chief Operating Officer, Global Taxation Leader, and member of the Executive Board. She rejoined Jamestown in 2014 as Managing Director of Tax Services. During her tenure at Jamestown and in public accounting she specialized in complex federal, multi-state and international tax planning and consulting for real estate investors, developers and owner-operators. Ms. Lanois is a member of the American Institute of CPA’s and the Georgia Society of CPA’s. She received her Bachelor and Master of Accounting with honors from Kennesaw State University and was then licensed as a Certified Public Accountant.
Gretchen E. NagyManaging Director, Chief Legal Officer
Gretchen E. Nagy is a Managing Director and the Chief Legal Officer of Jamestown. Prior to joining Jamestown, Ms. Nagy was a Partner with Branch, Pike & Ganz and later was Senior Counsel with the law firm Holland & Knight. She is a member of the State Bar of Georgia. Ms. Nagy graduated Phi Beta Kappa and cum laude from Ohio Wesleyan University and attended law school at Duke University. She completed a year of post-graduate work at the University of Munich as a Fulbright Scholar.
Shak PresswalaManaging Director, Co-Chief Investment Officer and Head of Capital Markets
Shak Presswala is a Managing Director and the Co-Chief Investment Officer & Head of Capital Markets for Jamestown. He jointly oversees acquisitions and leads all financing and dispositions activity. Mr. Presswala joined Jamestown in 2006 as a Senior Associate in Acquisitions and has served in a number of capacities with the company, including roles in Asset Management, Acquisitions and Capital Markets. He began his career as a corporate investment banking analyst at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, later moving into real estate with Wells Real Estate Funds where he worked in Acquisitions covering the Midwest and Pacific Northwest. After Wells Real Estate Funds, Mr. Presswala joined WestWind Capital Partners, then-advisor to the Kan-Am Funds, as an Acquisitions Associate prior to joining Jamestown. He is affiliated with the Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate, the Atlanta Society of Financial Analysts, the Urban Land Institute, and the National Association of Office & Industrial Properties. Mr. Presswala earned the Chartered Financial Analyst designation from the CFA Institute and received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics with a minor in Finance from Vanderbilt University.
Joshua WechterManaging Director, Co-Chief Investment Officer
Joshua Wechter is a Managing Director and the Co-Chief Investment Officer of Jamestown. He joined Jamestown in 2011 as Vice President of Acquisitions. He started his career at DivcoWest Properties in San Francisco as an Investment Analyst, and then moved to Starwood Capital's acquisitions group on the East Coast, where he executed over $400 million in acquisitions. Mr. Wechter was responsible for sourcing and executing single-asset, corporate and development opportunities across all asset classes and geographies. He then moved to New York, joining Rubenstein Partners, where he was responsible for sourcing and executing office opportunities in the Northeast. Mr. Wechter is a member of the Real Estate Board of New York. He graduated with a dual degree from the University of Pennsylvania, earning a Bachelor of Science in Economics with a concentration in management from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts with a major in history.