Strategic Advisory Council
Brian P. McGowan is the President and CEO of Greater Seattle Partners – a public/private partnership created to advance economic growth and competitiveness for the Puget Sound region. It will focus on attracting new investment, promoting international trade and growing existing industry clusters.
The start-up organization is supported by companies such as Boeing, Amazon, JP Morgan Chase, Microsoft, Starbucks and Alaska Airlines, and county executives, mayors and port commissioners from Snohomish, Pierce and King counties.Prior to this, he was the CEO of the Atlanta Beltline Inc. and worked as a Principal with the global law firm Dentons.
Mr. McGowan was appointed by President Obama in 2009 as U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce. In this capacity, he was the Chief Operating Officer of the U.S. Economic Development Administration. He was detailed to the White House as an Economic Advisor to lead the Economic Solutions Group within the National Incident Command in response to the BP oil spill.
Mr. McGowan was also appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger to serve as California’s Deputy Secretary for Economic Development and Commerce.
Bob Vanech is Chief Financial Officer and Business Development manager of TREBEL. Mr. Vanech has previously served as the Chairman and founding CFO of Zealot Networks, where he led the company’s $100 million fundraising effort and the acquisition of 17 digital media properties, including 4 digital music companies and 6 ad monetization companies.
Mr. Vanech is a seasoned entrepreneur with significant venture capital and business incubation experience as well as a background in the AEC industry. He was the co-founder and Director at CADFORCE, an A/E design and production services firm and also founded and served as the President of Eureka Broadband Corporation (now InfoHighway Networks), a highly profitable telecommunications company with $110 million in annual revenues. Prior to that experience, he was a partner at ETF Group, a $250 million Swiss technology venture fund.
Craig M. Deitelzweig
Craig M. Deitelzweig joined Merchants’ National Properties, Inc. and its management and development arm, Marx Realty & Improvement Co., Inc. in August of 2017 as President and Chief Executive Officer. In this capacity he oversees a portfolio of more than 5 million square feet of space across the US, including marquis properties such Cross County Shopping Center in Yonkers, NY (the first open air shopping center in the US), 10 Grand Central and 545 Madison Avenue in NY, NY, 207 Peachtree Street in Atlanta, GA, and numerous development sites in markets such as Washington, DC and Boston, MA.
Mr. Deitelzweig brings over 20 years of diverse real estate experience to Marx Realty. He joins Marx Realty from Building and Land Technology, where he served as a Managing Director and head of Asset Management overseeing a diverse portfolio of office, multifamily and hotel assets across the United States. Prior to joining BLT, Mr. Deitelzweig oversaw the office division of Rockrose Development Corp., and previously led the leasing and asset management activities of the Ruben Company’s 4,000,000 square feet of retail and office space in New York, Washington, DC, and Boston. Mr. Deitelzweig is also an attorney having worked in the real estate group at Skadden Arps.
Brandon R. Huffman
Brandon R. Huffman joined Rubenstein Partners in 2008. As Portfolio Manager of Equity Investments, he is responsible for implementing and overseeing all aspects of the firm’s value-added funds and is a member of the Investment Committee. Rubenstein Partners is a Registered Investment Advisor and Fund Manager for a series of private equity funds focused on office investments throughout the United States. The firm is vertically integrated and provides first-class investment services on behalf of its investor base, which consists of some of the nation’s preeminent public and private pension funds, university endowments and family offices.
Mr. Huffman is a member of PREA, ULI and the Editorial Board of Institutional Real Estate Incorporated He is also a member of the Philadelphia Chapter of YPO.