The Four Points Team has experience investing in Washington, DC and beyond, through all market cycles and asset types, for its own account and on behalf of institutional partners.

Executive Bios

Gerald Halpin, Chairman

Gerald Halpin is Chairman of FP. Mr. Halpin served as Chairman and CEO of WEST*GROUP for more than forty-eight years, overseeing all aspects of the company. In addition to a very successful personal real estate investment history in Jackson, Wyoming, Mr. Halpin has been a driving force in real estate development in Northern Virginia and the Washington region for more than forty years. He also brings a highly successful track record of real estate investing in 12 states across America. In 2002, Ernst & Young named Mr. Halpin the Washington region Entrepreneur of the Year. Mr. Halpin was also a Founding Director of the Bell Atlantic Corporation (now Verizon) when it spun off from AT&T and served on the Board of Directors of Crestar Financial Corporation and Crestar Bank (now SunTrust Bank). Mr. Halpin also currently serves on the Board of Syracuse University and on the Advisory Board of the National Park Service. Mr. Halpin is Chairman Emeritus of the Grand Teton National Park Foundation and is formerly a Director of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the Virginia Biotechnology Research Park Authority of the Virginia Commonwealth University. Mr. Halpin served for more than eight years as a member of the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority and its predecessors. In addition, he was appointed a member of the Governor's Advisory Committee on Industrial Development and served in that capacity under Virginia Governors Holton, Godwin, and Dalton. He served as a member of Virginia Governor Robb's Task Force on Science and Technology. Mr. Halpin was also named by members of both parties in the Congressional record of the US House and Senate. Mr. Halpin is a graduate of Syracuse University, attended Georgetown University Law School, and has an Honorary Doctorate from Shenandoah University.

 

John Gerber, Managing Member

John Gerber serves as a Managing Member of FP, where he focuses on entitlements, development, and repositioning. Mr. Gerber has served as Executive Vice President of West*Group which was one of the regions strongest and oldest real estate investment companies. Prior to joining Four Points, Mr. Gerber also worked as a Senior Development Advisor to Silverstein Properties on the development of the $7 billion, 10 Million square foot World Trade Center and Freedom Tower project in New York. In addition, Mr. Gerber was President of the Pennsylvania Station Redevelopment Corporation and was responsible for the development and financing of the $800 Million expansion of Moynihan Station, the largest transportation facility in the United States. Prior to this development, Mr. Gerber was an Associate Partner at Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill LLP in New York and was responsible for the strategic planning, design, engineering, and project management of over $15 billion of commercial, mixed-use, and transportation developments in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Mr. Gerber has also been selected to serve on several for-profit boards including Nephromics LLC and R.J. Mears Inc. as well as not-for-profit boards including the Grand Teton National Park Foundation and Saint Albans School where he serves as Vice Chairman and Chairman respectively. Mr. Gerber received a Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree magna cum laude from Princeton University and a Master of Architecture degree from Harvard University.

 

Stan Voudrie

Stan Voudrie is responsible for entitlements, development, repositioning, and community and government relations. Prior to joining FP, he served as advisor to the Chairman of Dulles Transit Partners with responsibility for business planning, community and government relations. This effort resulted in the successful formation of a special purpose taxing district which provides almost $500 Million for the funding of Metro Rail to Dulles Airport, as well as an executed agreement for the development of the $4 billion rail project in the Washington DC area. Mr. Voudrie has also served as an operations manager for Caterpillar, Inc. and was elected by the United Auto Workers Union to serve as steward and labor representative for collective bargaining negotiations. Mr. Voudrie has started and managed a successful commercial printing business and a land development company. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Bradley University, and a Masters in Business Administration with leadership honors from the University of Rochester.

 

Dan Loeffelholz

Dan Loeffelholz oversees all of FP’s financial accounting, tax compliance, and reporting operations. Mr. Loeffelholz has over 22 years of financial management experience. Mr. Loeffelholz began his career at Coopers & Lybrand, where he worked in public accounting. In addition, Mr. Loeffelholz helped manage and sell HMG Properties alongside Mr. Hotz. Mr. Loeffelholz received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Creighton University and is also a certified public accountant.

 

Thomas Hotz

Thomas Hotz participates in acquisitions and analysis of portfolio transactions. Mr. Hotz has over 29 years of real estate experience in the areas of management, brokerage, and investing. In the 20 years Mr. Hotz has worked in the Washington DC region, he has created a portfolio of projects valued at over $250 Million. In addition, Mr. Hotz founded, operated, and sold HMG Properties and its main subsidiary, Great Hall Realty, a $570 Million real estate investment firm. Mr. Hotz has also held executive positions for private real estate groups in the Washington, DC area. He served as President and CEO of HMG Realty Advisors, President of Magnum Capital Partners, and Managing Director of Julien J. Studley, Inc. In the past seven years alone, Mr. Hotz has completed more than $1.5 billion of transactions. Mr. Hotz received his B.A. in English Literature at St. Johns University in Collegeville, MN, and a J.D., from Catholic University in Washington, DC.

 

Steve Cassell

Steven Cassell responsibilities span from acquisitions, underwriting, entitlements, project management, and sales/marketing as well as FP’s Property Management affiliate, FP Property Management. Cassell oversaw the 319,000 square foot, $140 Million Progression Place mixed-use project, negotiating a $15.9 MM subsidy package with the DC Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development and DC City Council. Mr. Cassell managed the negotiation of all commercial leases and sales agreements for the project. Mr. Cassell takes a lead role in identifying new project and acquisition opportunities and is currently managing a 90,000 square foot luxury condominium development at 810 O Streets, NW in DC’s Shaw neighborhood. Prior to Four Points, Mr. Cassell spent three years as Vice President of Neighborhood Development Company ("NDC"), where he helped manage NDC's joint-venture with Lowe Enterprises in the City Vista $250MM mixed-use project. Cassell oversaw the sales and marketing for two adaptive reuse loft condo conversions on Georgia Avenue in Washington DC -- the 38-unit Lamont Street Lofts and the 32-unit Lofts at Brightwood projects. He also managed marketing, branding, public relations and corporate development for NDC while participating in all phases of development cycle. From 1994-2002, Mr. Cassell worked as Director of Sales and/or Business Development for a number of DC-area technology firms including InPhonic, Inc and Virtualogic, Inc. Mr. Cassell was Director of Advertising at Congressional Quarterly Magazine from 1997-2000. Mr. Cassell holds a Bachelors Degree in Liberal Arts from Purdue University and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Michigan.

 

Keith Turner

Keith Turner focuses on development, approvals, and project management. Mr. Turner has over 16 years of real estate development experience including all phases of the land use, zoning and development process in Fairfax County with specialization in land use and zoning issues for commercial, residential and mixed-use development and has experience with special exceptions applications as well. Mr. Turner played an integral role in the new comprehensive plan for transforming the Tysons Corner area of Fairfax County into a mixed-use, transit oriented city. He was a leader in the multi-year planning effort planning and implementation efforts for the Tysons Corner Comprehensive Plan, an experience that will bring advanced expertise and knowledge in any Tysons redevelopment. Prior to working at WGD, he successfully secured rezoning approvals for Cityline Partners (the purchaser of the WEST*GROUP Tysons Corner portfolio) including 9,272,735 square feet of development rights at Scotts Run Station and Arbor Row development (6,697,050 SF and 2,575,685 SF of transit-oriented mixed-use development, respectively). Prior to that he was a Senior Vice President of Development Services at WEST*GROUP, responsible for the oversight of all land use and zoning applications as well as the master planning efforts and redevelopment entitlement process for the entire 142 acre land holdings in Tysons Corner. Mr. Turner also had the management responsibility for Human Resources, Administration, IT and Teqcorner, a facility which combines turn-key office suites, state-of-the-art technology and amenities to create an entrepreneurial community. Mr. Turner has served as Chairman of the – Tysons Service District Advisory Board, Founding Chairman of the Tysons Partnership, and Chairman and President of the Tysons Transportation Association, Inc. (TYTRAN)Inc. Mr. Turner has also served on the Board of Directors of the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce, Vienna-Tysons Regional Chamber of Commerce, the National Kidney Foundation, Dulles Corridor Rail Association, Fairfax County Public Schools Education Foundation and is also the President of KIDNEY KIDS. Mr. Turner graduated from Johns Hopkins University (M.S., Business Management) and St. Lawrence University (B.A.).

 

John Sunter

John Sunter focuses on development, approvals, and project management. He brings more than 25 years of experience as a versatile real estate executive in all phases of investment and development of major properties ranging from 60,000 to 600,000 SF. He is currently responsible for the 110 unit Chapman Stable and Garage apartment development in Washington, DC. He previously worked for 14 years with Clark Realty Capital LLC where he led the creation of deals and development management for projects ranging from a 46 story apartment tower in Philadelphia, to a 400-unit 4-story apartment project, to a 27 lot land assemblage and entitlement in Washington, DC – many representing complex projects that had a positive change for the residents and greater community in emerging urban areas. He also lived and worked internationally for Hines developing the 32 story Embassy House apartment tower in Beijing, China. Previously, Mr. Sunter also guided the design, development, and construction of office buildings in Washington, DC for The Oliver Carr Company. Mr. Sunter received a Master of Business Administration degree from George Washington University and a Bachelor of Architectural Engineering degree from Pennsylvania State University.

 

Simon F. Romano

Simon Romano has over 25 years of diversified, large-scale development and construction management experience throughout the Washington metropolitan region, having managed the design, construction, and construction management of more than 10 million square feet of office space. His extensive portfolio includes suburban and downtown office buildings, retail, high-rise residential, hotel, government-occupied buildings, corporate headquarters, research facilities, schools, and airports. Simon's experience includes overseeing complex multi-phase development projects with difficult construction challenges such as complicated below-grade construction, working around and over Metro subway stations, building renovations including historic preservations, and large tenant fit-outs. His direction and oversight during the design and construction phases has led to highly-efficient, cost-effective projects that meet the Owner's budget, have LEED options, are on time and exceed quality objectives. Simon led the Construction Management Team at WEST*GROUP in McLean, VA, as Senior Vice President, where he oversaw numerous projects which in the past 15 years amount to close to $1 billion in construction value. Some of his projects include the Freddie Mac Campus (about 1.5 million square feet office development with data centers); the Corporate Office for VISA International (a 160,000 square foot building with a data center); the Northrop-Grumman Campus (a 580,000 square foot office with SCIF facilities); a 200,000 square foot office building for Mitre (now Mitrex); a 40-acre/ 400 unit apartment/townhome residential development called The Commons of McLean; a 210-unit high-rise condo project called Park*Crest of Tysons Corner. Previous to joining WEST*GROUP, Simon worked for Bechtel Corporation (BECON), the Sherman R. Smoot Corporation, Pan Am Construction and Management Company, the Delew-Cather Corporation, and others. Simon holds a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the George Washington University.

 

Jill Orren

Ms. Orren serves as FP’s controller and has 10 years of experience in real estate accounting. Prior to working with FP, Ms. Orren was the accountant for HMG Properties and its main subsidiary Great Hall Realty, a $500 million real estate investment firm. She assisted in creating an accounting ledger system and database that managed the 68 real estate properties of Great Hall. In addition, she managed the accounting books for 13 other real estates entities under HMG. Prior to this effort she worked as the cash control administrator in the Finance Dept at ConAgra Foods a $25 billion food and agribusiness input manufacturer. The cash control desk, under her responsibility, had an estimated total annual cash flow of $240 billion. Ms. Orren received her B.S. in Business Administration at Bellevue University, Bellevue, NE.

 

Stephen Porter

Stephen Porter is an advisor on legal matters and transactions. Mr. Porter was formerly a Senior Partner in the Washington, DC office of Arnold and Porter. He has over 37 years of real estate related experience in development, tax and law. Mr. Porter's expertise includes large-scale, complex real estate transactions, corporate and real estate financing, leasing, and general business consulting. In 2006, Chambers USA named Mr. Porter to its list of "The Best Lawyers in America" for real estate law. In addition to his legal expertise, Mr. Porter has also served in development roles including being a General Partner of several office, residential, condominium, and single family projects in the Washington DC, region. Mr. Porter is the immediate past Chairman of the Board of the District of Columbia Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Board of The Federal City Council and a member of the Board of The Greater Washington Board of Trade. President Bush recently nominated him as a Trustee of the National Council on the Arts. Mr. Porter also serves as a Board Member of the University of the District of Columbia. Mr. Porter graduated with a BBA in Accounting from the University of Wisconsin and earned his J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School. Mr. Porter has been admitted to practice law in the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States Tax Court, the District of Columbia, and Wisconsin. Mr. Porter earlier in his career practiced as a Certified Public Accountant for the firm known today as PricewaterhouseCoopers.