Our experienced team of professionals adds value to every step of the investment process. Meet a few of the people who have built our performance:
Chairman, Member, Board of Directors
John R. Saunders is Chairman of the company. During the past seventeen years, Mr. Saunders has become one of Orange County’s largest and most successful commercial real estate owners through the application of proactive management. He is currently the owner of over 4 million square feet of commercial real estate, primarily in Orange County, California. Mr. Saunders’ real estate success is based on his experiences building one of the country’s largest coin dealing firms, London Coin Galleries. He is one of the largest North American ancient coin dealers, as well as being a major dealer in domestic coins. Mr. Saunders began buying and selling coins at the age of thirteen. During the 1970’s, he was the Assistant Treasurer at American Express Bank, one of the youngest officers appointed to the firm. He graduated from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida with a B.S. in Mathematics and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School Of Business. Mr. Saunders is an editorial contributor to Krause “World Coins Catalogue,” the industry standard. Mr. Saunders is involved in a number of civic causes, including: a member of the Economic Development Committee, a Newport Beach City Council-sponsored entity; Chairman of the Airport Area Subcommittee; member of the Newport Beach General Plan Advisory Committee; member and board member of the Orange County Lincoln Club; member of the New Majority; member NAIOP. Mr. Saunders is involved in a number of charitable causes, including: Boy Scouts, Volunteer Center, UC Santa Cruz, Pitzer College, Eckerd College, Kidworks, Walking in His Shoes, Queen of Hearts Foundation, Space Studies Institute, Cato Institute, Red Cross and Goodwill.
CEO and Vice-Chairman, Member, Board of Directors
Douglas C. Morehead is Vice Chairman of the company. As President of Optima Asset Management Services, Inc., Mr. Morehead brings over 37 years of hands-on real estate property management, asset management, construction, development and acquisitions experience to the company. He currently oversees the daily operations of a full service property management firm with 4.5 million square feet of commercial property in Southern California. His previous position as President of Optima Capital Management and Triton Property Management included direct management of all operations for a large commercial portfolio, plus several thousand residential apartments predominantly located in the Southwestern United States. Mr. Morehead was also associated with R & B Enterprises Commercial & Residential Management Company for over ten years as Vice President and Regional Manager for Southern California, Phoenix, and Texas. He was directly responsible for the management and operation of several million square feet of commercial properties including more than 30,000 Oakwood Garden Apartments. In Addition, he has over twenty years of receivership and provisional directorship experience in both State and Federal District Courts in California. Mr. Morehead is also an expert witness regarding issues of property management, marketing and standards of practice in the real estate management industry. Mr. Morehead is a graduate of Arizona State University with a B.S. degree. He is an active member of the Building Owners and Management Association; a board member and one of the founders of the California Receivers Forum; and an associate member of the California and Orange County Bankruptcy Forum and the Los Angeles Bar Association.
Henry Fitzpatrick is the Chief Financial Officer of CORE Realty Holdings, LLC and CORE Realty Holdings Management, Inc. and has been with the company since November 2007. Mr. Fitzpatrick is a licensed CPA in the State of California and has over 25 years of experience in the Accounting and Finance arena, as well as several years with one of the Big 4 Accounting firms, KPMG. Prior to joining CORE, Mr. Fitzpatrick served as Account Finance Officer at the Newport Beach office of CB Richard Ellis (CBRE), handling the Accounting and Reporting responsibilities for one of the largest Facility Management contracts the company had ever been party to, Washington Mutual Bank. This engagement involved managing the day-to-day real estate needs for over 2,500 branch locations nationwide. Also while at CBRE, he assumed various management roles both on the Facility Management and Property Management sides of the organization. Mr. Fitzpatrick worked for CB Richard Ellis for over 12 years, and in early 2007, he assisted with the consolidation of the entire Newport Beach office into the Dallas and Memphis locations. His previous employers include Trammell Crow Company and PM Realty Group, both widely known real estate development and management firms. Mr. Fitzpatrick earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business/Economics at the University of California at Los Angeles in 1983. He is married and has one child, and enjoys participating in several motorsports activities.
EVP Director of operations
Donna Grant is Senior Vice President, Loan Administration, Closing and Compliance of CORE Realty Holdings, LLC. Ms. Grant has over twenty-five years of commercial real estate loan administration management experience in commercial real estate, construction, residential subdivision, mezzanine, REIT, 1031 exchanges and syndications in California and thirty-nine states nationwide. As a Senior Vice President for NationBank, Ms. Grant managed and led over 10 banking acquisitions nationwide as well as the set up, training, and management of regional loan administration groups for the Real Estate Lending Division of the Bank throughout the 1990's, culminating in the 1999 merger with Bank of America. From 2000 to 2002, she was the Senior Loan Administration Manager for IndyMacBank responsible for nationwide loan administration in the Residential Subdivision group. Prior to joining CORE, Ms. Grant worked as Vice President and Director of Client Services for Loan Administration Network, Inc., providing staffing, training and consulting for banks and mortgage and title/escrow companies.
Vice President, Investor Relations
Tania Jernigan joined CORE Realty Holdings, LLC. ("CORE") in 2008 and assumed the role of Vice President of Investor Relations. Ms. Jernigan is primarily responsible for the development and implementation of a comprehensive communication plan to CORE's investors, tenant-in-common owners, registered representatives and the financial media.
Ms. Jernigan has over 20 years of financial communications and investor relations experience working for both publicly and privately traded companies. During her tenure, she has developed and managed communication plans that have successfully navigated significant organizational growth as well as unprecedented financial market disruptions. Prior to joining CORE, Ms. Jernigan served as Vice President of Investor Relations for Impac Mortgage Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: "IMH") where she oversaw the investor relations program since its initial public offering in 1995. She has also provided investor relations consulting and contract services to small and mid-size cap firms focusing on the development of IR strategy and implementation of consistent, credible IR communication plans. Ms. Jernigan's publicly traded clients included Imperial Credit Mortgage Holdings, Inc. (AMEX: "IMH"), Imperial Credit Commercial Holding's, Inc (AMEX: "ICH") and Skechers USA (NYSE: "SKX"). Ms. Jernigan also has significant experience in the marketing and management of private placement fundraising.
Ms. Jernigan is an active member of the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI), and has served on the Board for the Orange County Chapter for 9 out of her 18 years of membership including three terms as President. Ms. Jernigan has also served on numerous committees for the NIRI National Board of Directors, as well as on the Advisory Committee for the UCI Irvine Investor Relations Extension Program. Ms. Jernigan received her BA degree in business administration from California State University, Fullerton and obtained a Series 7 and 63 securities license.