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John Mangel, CEO and co-founder, has more than 20 years experience in commercial real estate and business development. Before founding Bridge Investment Partners, Mr. Mangel was an executive with HSA Commercial Real Estate specializing in real estate acquisitions and development. He has spearheaded the development of more than 4 million square feet of commercial property, assembled more than 300 acres of land, and acquired more than $200 million worth of existing property. Prior to joining HSA, Mr. Mangel gained substantial business development and planning experience with The Walt Disney Company. As part of the development and strategic planning group for Walt Disney Attractions, he guided the development of 2,100 hotel rooms and 140,000 square feet of retail and dining venues. John also was a member of strategic planning and development team for Disney’s Hong Kong theme park.
A native of the Chicago area, Mr. Mangel has deep ties to his community. In addition to being a member of the President’s Leadership Council of the Chicago Field Museum and the Chicago Council on International Relations, Mr. Mangel also serves on the board of directors for the Long Grove Confectionery Company and Best Buddies of Illinois.
Education: M.B.A., Northwestern University Kellogg Graduate School of Management; B.S., Georgetown University School of Business Administration.
Rick Stearns, CIO and co-founder, has more than 20 years experience in investment banking, working primarily with publicly traded companies. Before co-founding Bridge Investment Partners, Mr. Stearns was a managing director at Lazard Freres & Co. where he specialized in mergers and acquisitions and debt restructurings. During his 10 years at Lazard, Mr. Stearns worked on corporate mergers totaling $20 billion and debt restructuring totaling $15 billion. He has advised many well-known corporations, including 3M, Cargill, Lufthansa, and Wrigley. Prior to Lazard, Mr. Stearns worked at William Blair & Company where he focused on mergers and acquisitions and public equity offerings for middle-market companies.
Mr. Stearns is a native of the Chicago area and is extremely involved with the local community. He serves on the board of the Children’s Memorial Hospital foundation and The Make a Wish Foundation of Illinois. He also is a member of The Economic Club of Chicago.
Education: M.B.A. with distinction, Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management; B.A., Amherst College.