Since its inception in 2009, Ocean West Capital Partners has pursued a variety of expertise and backgrounds to form the team that is currently in place. We are proud of the skill and diversity that is reflected within our team.
Russ Allegrette is a Principal and Co-Founder of Ocean West Capital Partners, a real estate investment and operating company headquartered in Los Angeles. Since its founding in 2009, Ocean West has completed over $6.0 billion of commercial real estate transactions and has overseen a portfolio of 10 million square feet of office and industrial projects as well as approximately 5,000 student housing beds and 1,000 apartment units.
The firm invests with both national and international clients and is active in all facets of property ownership, including property management, asset management, construction management, and capital markets.
Before joining Ocean West, Mr. Allegrette was the President of Maguire Investments, where he was responsible for the oversight of a 5 million square foot real estate portfolio consisting of office, retail, and hotel uses.
Prior to joining Maguire Investments, Mr. Allegrette was a Managing Director at Eastdil Secured where he was responsible for debt placement and loan sales. In this capacity, Mr. Allegrette placed over $20 billion of commercial real estate loans, sold more than $3 billion of mortgage and mezzanine paper, and participated in a variety of M&A and recapitalization transactions.
Mr. Allegrette is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, receiving a Bachelor of Business Degree with a concentration in finance.
Phil Choi is a Principal and Co-Founder of Ocean West Capital Partners. Since inception, Ocean West has completed over $6.0 billion of commercial real estate transactions and has overseen a portfolio of 10 million square feet of office and industrial projects as well as student housing. Before joining Ocean West, Mr. Choi was the Vice President of Maguire Investments, which owned and operated 5 million square foot real estate portfolio consisting of office, hotel, and Fixed Base Operators. Prior to joining Maguire Investments, Mr. Choi was a Senior Associate at Eastdil Secured where he was engaged in over $7 billion of commercial real estate transactions, including acquisitions, dispositions, financing, and joint-venture formations.
Mr. Choi is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, receiving a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics.
Ted Bischak is a Principal and Co-Founder of Ocean West Capital Partners. He is responsible for all Property Operations including, Asset Management, Property Management, Construction Management and Physical Due Diligence, upon acquisition or disposition, of managed assets.
Prior to the formation of Ocean West Capital Partners, he was Senior Vice President of Asset Management for Maguire Properties, responsible for the firm’s entire portfolio of 21 million square feet of real estate assets.
Before joining Maguire Properties, Mr. Bischak served as Senior Vice President for CommonWealth Partners, where, in partnership with the CalPERS pension fund, he was responsible for all operations activities, including in-house property management, tenant improvement, operational leasing, and asset management for the $1.5 billion portfolio and directed all property-level acquisition and disposition activities.
Additionally, Mr. Bischak has held senior management positions with Tooley & Company and The Irvine Company, where he was a key member of the development team on over 6 million square feet of new office development product, multiple retail, and hotel projects as well as 6,000 apartment units over his 35-year career in commercial real estate.
Ryan Tucker is a Principal with Ocean West Capital Partners and oversees Ocean West’s capital markets activities including new acquisitions, financings, and dispositions. Since joining the company in 2010, Ocean West has completed over $3.7 billion of acquisitions of office, industrial, multifamily and student housing properties throughout the country.
Prior to joining Ocean West, Mr. Tucker was an Acquisitions Associate at Cornerstone Real Estate Advisers (now Barings), the real estate investment subsidiary of MassMutual Life Insurance Company, where he was responsible for sourcing new acquisitions of various property types including office, apartment, and industrial properties. Prior to Cornerstone Real Estate Advisers, Mr. Tucker was an Assistant Vice President with Nomura Securities where he was involved in the origination of over $5 billion of new commercial real estate loans across numerous property types.
Mr. Tucker is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and received his Master of Business Administration from the University of California at Los Angeles.
Sam uses his deep transactional background and extensive network of relationships to lead our acquisition and disposition activities, as well as supervise our capital markets group in Northern California and the Pacific Northwest. In addition to managing our deal sourcing, underwriting, due diligence, and execution activities, Sam is a member of our Investment Committee.
Sam has over 35 years of equity investment, loan origination, and portfolio management experience in commercial real estate. He has sourced and closed more than 300 transactions totaling over $4 billion in property acquisitions and structured debt during his career. Prior to joining Ocean West, Sam was head of capital markets and chairman of the investment committee at Embarcadero Capital Partners (“ECP”), where he oversaw the placement of approximately $1 billion of discretionary equity through five closed-end funds. Prior to ECP, Sam was director of acquisitions for ATC Partners, a San Francisco-based commercial real estate investor. He also provided term, bridge, and mezzanine financing to the commercial real estate market as vice president of Finova Realty Mezzanine and regional director of Finova Realty Capital. Sam is a graduate of University of California at Berkeley.
Ocean West Capital Partners is a great organization for self-motivated and talented individuals who are intellectually curious and enjoy working in a collaborative, engaging work environment.
We value the contributions and talents of all our employees. We provide our employees with a breadth of experiences that allow our people to continue to be challenged and to develop professionally as our business evolves.
At Ocean West, we believe that the diversity of our employees brings a range of thought and experiences throughout our company, cultivating innovation, fresh perspectives, and new ideas
We consider diversity and inclusion to be essential elements of our corporate culture. We know that all dimensions of diversity enhance our overall performance and ultimately create value for our employees and investors. We are proud of our diversity at all levels of the organization, and our management team's commitment to promoting employees of all backgrounds
Ocean West Capital Partners is always looking for talented individuals to join our team. If you are passionate about commercial real estate, we want to hear from you!
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