Tim Nichols, Co-founder of The Rainier Companies, brings over 25 years of real estate investment experience to the management team. Mr. Nichols is involved in all facets of the organization with primary responsibility for corporate and investment strategy. Mr. Nichols serves as the Chief Investment Officer for Rainier’s mezzanine investment program and oversees the department’s underwriting staff. Prior to joining Rainier, Mr. Nichols owned and operated a real estate investment consulting firm providing acquisition and capitalization services to real estate syndicators as well as real estate product selection, underwriting and placement services to FINRA member broker/dealers. He earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance from the University of Georgia and his Master degree in Real Estate with Emphasis on Valuation from Georgia State University.
Ken Dunn, Co-founder of The Rainier Companies, drew upon over two decades of experience in commercial real estate and finance to create a company with a sound strategy for success. Mr. Dunn is involved in all facets of the company and has primary responsibility for acquisitions, business development and negotiations. In 1994 Mr. Dunn co-founded Meridian Realty Advisors. As a Principal there, he directed the acquisition and management of more than $1 billion in transactions. He also served as Executive Vice President of Hampton Real Estate Group from 1988 to 1994. Mr. Dunn began his career as a commercial loan officer with First National Bank of Commerce and BancTexas, specializing in commercial real estate. He earned his undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University and an MBA in Finance from University of Arkansas.
Danny Lovell serves as Managing Principal of The Rainier Companies, and is involved in all facets of the company with primary responsibility being execution of all Rainier-led financing mandates for the firm’s individual, corporate and institutional investment partners. His teams have completed a broad array of commercial real estate transactions including common and preferred equity, high-yield debt, leverage finance and securitizations. Mr. Lovell has been involved in origination and structuring for more than $1.5 billion in various investment partnerships throughout his career. Under his leadership The Rainier Companies continue to grow their excellent financial intermediary relationships across the country. Mr. Lovell earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Communications from Oklahoma Christian University where he was a two-time Collegiate All-American in Golf.
Rob Jones serves as Principal for Rainier Realty Acquisitions. Rainier Realty Acquisitions specializes in large acquisitions of all product types with particular emphasis on long-term credit tenant leased buildings including GSA and state-leased assets. Mr. Jones brings over 30 years of experience in commercial real estate acquisitions to Rainier. Prior to joining Rainier, Mr. Jones was Senior Vice President of Trammell Crow Company and its successor CBRE. At both firms he specialized in investment sales of commercial assets. Mr. Jones has been involved in the acquisition and development of real estate investments in excess of $1.5 billion. He has been recognized numerous times as one of the Dallas Morning News “Heavy Hitters” in commercial real estate. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Southern Methodist University and is a licensed real estate broker in the State of Texas.
Tom Mock serves as Principal for The Rainier Companies, providing real estate acquisitions support and comprehensive legal oversight. He has practiced law in Dallas for 25 years, primarily providing legal services to individuals and closely held businesses. Mr. Mock’s areas of specialty practice include taxation, business transactions, corporate, partnership and real estate law. Prior to starting his law career, Mr. Mock spent six years as a CPA with Touche Ross & Co. specializing in taxation. He received his bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Duke University and his law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Keith Colvin is Chief Financial Officer of The Rainier Companies and is responsible for all financial and accounting functions of the firm and its affiliates. Prior to joining Rainier, Mr. Colvin was Controller at Satori Capital, a Dallas-Fort Worth-based private equity firm and hedge fund. Mr. Colvin has spent more than 25 years in the real estate industry, beginning his career with a Dallas area family office, where he oversaw accounting for multiple entities engaged in real estate acquisitions and financing, development, and construction of commercial and multi-family property operations. More recently, Mr. Colvin was CFO/COO for Emersons Commercial Real Estate, the property manager of one of Rainier’s largest portfolios, and for an additional 4.5 million square feet of retail and office properties throughout the U.S. Mr. Colvin is a licensed Certified Public Accountant and a CFA Charterholder; he received a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA in finance and an MS in accounting from the University of Texas at Dallas.
Lydia Bearrie serves as Office Manager at Rainier Companies. She provides administrative support for the executive staff and manages the daily office functions. Prior to joining Rainier in 2019, Ms. Bearrie worked for a financial firm in Arlington as a Client Relations Manager where she served as liaison between broker/dealers and clients, developing relationships, providing guidance and advice to ensure the client’s needs were met. Ms. Bearrie also has 15 years in the banking industry with Bank of America working in various roles from project management to human resources and recruiting.
Larisa Gaspar serves as Property & Corporate Accountant for The Rainier Companies. She brings more than ten years of experience in multi-family and commercial real estate to Rainier’s accounting team. Ms. Gaspar began her accounting career in Chicago, where she worked for a multi-family property manager. She moved to Dallas in 2014, joining Emersons CRE as a portfolio accountant for retail and industrial properties. Ms. Gaspar next joined Peloton Commercial Real Estate in 2018, where she oversaw accounting for portfolios of class A mixed use, retail, industrial, and office properties – the largest consisting of more than one million square feet. She is responsible for all phases of accounting for Rainier’s managed portfolio of more than one million square feet of office properties, as well as multiple Rainier corporate and affiliated entities. Ms. Gaspar earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Byron Hutcheson serves as Vice President of The Rainier Companies and brings 17 years of institutional transaction experience to Rainier’s team. Mr. Hutcheson is a key member of Rainier’s acquisition team which is responsible for sourcing, structuring and underwriting new investment opportunities. Mr. Hutcheson began his career in corporate finance for Wyndham International where he participated in development, dispositions, and debt financing. Most recently, Mr. Hutcheson spent 14 years working for Weingarten Realty Investors where he was responsible for acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures and institutional asset management. Mr. Hutcheson has a BBA from Baylor University.
Mike Janiszewski serves as Acquisitions Associate for The Rainier Companies and brings more than six years of investment banking and commercial real estate experience to Rainier’s underwriting team. Mr. Janiszewski screens potential opportunities, manages the underwriting and closing process for acquisitions, and assists Rainier’s asset management team post-closing. Mr. Janiszewski began his career as a commercial loan officer with Goldman Sachs and Silverpeak Argentic, where he underwrote, originated, and closed in excess of $650 million of commercial real estate loans for CMBS issuance. He earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance and a Masters degree in Real Estate Finance from Texas A&M University.