Our Team

Jeff Friedman

Co-Founder & Principal

Mr. Friedman is a co-founder of Mesa West Capital. Prior to co-founding Mesa West in 2004, Mr. Friedman spent three years at Maguire Partners as a principal and was in charge of capital market activities which included the restructuring of the firm’s debt, the buy-out of partners and the firm’s eventual $800 million initial public offering. Mr. Friedman transitioned into real estate finance in 1994 initially as a Vice-President originating large loans at Nomura Asset Capital Corporation and later as a Director at Credit Suisse First Boston in New York. Mr. Friedman began his career as a corporate lawyer, working initially in Tokyo, Japan for an affiliate of Sidley & Austin and then in New York for Simpson Thacher & Bartlett. Mr. Friedman graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), a master’s degree in Applied Economics and a law degree from the University of Michigan.

Direct:310.806.6302

jfriedman@mesawestcapital.com

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Mark Zytko

Co-Founder & Principal

Mr. Zytko is a co-founder of Mesa West Capital. Prior to co-founding Mesa West in 2004, Mr. Zytko spent five years with Credit Suisse First Boston as a Director and Head of its West Coast office located in Los Angeles. Mr. Zytko was responsible for relationship management of major accounts in the Western United States and for originating a variety of real estate debt products for the firm, including balance sheet debt and equity, CMBS and mezzanine loans for securitization and sale. Previous to CSFB, Mr. Zytko was a Vice President with GE Capital Real Estate. Mr. Zytko spent three years with GE Capital, having successfully opened and run their Seattle office. Previous to GE Capital, Mr. Zytko was a Manager of mortgage lending with SunAmerica Investments in Los Angeles. For five years at SunAmerica, he originated mortgage loans for the insurance company’s portfolio, made RTC portfolio acquisitions and was involved in the issuance and purchase of commercial mortgage backed securities. Mr. Zytko began his career as a Senior Real Estate Analyst with CB Commercial in their Investment Banking Services unit. Mr. Zytko is a graduate of Stanford University with a bachelor’s degree in Economics.

Direct:310.806.6303

mzytko@mesawestcapital.com

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Matthew Cohen

Principal

Mr. Cohen is a Principal with Mesa West and is responsible for capital markets including the structuring, acquisition and distribution of commercial real estate loans and the management of Mesa West’s balance sheet. Prior to joining Mesa West in 2011, Mr. Cohen spent seven years at Natixis North America, a U.S. subsidiary of a French Investment Bank. As a Managing Director of Natixis’ Real Estate Group, Mr. Cohen was responsible for debt distribution, which included whole loan sales, securitizations, syndications and subordinate debt. Previous to Natixis, Mr. Cohen was at Genworth’s Stamford, CT office from 2002 to 2004. As a Vice President, Mr. Cohen sourced, structured, negotiated, and closed over $500 million of debt originations. Mr. Cohen began his career at Fortis Advisers (now known as Assurant) in the New York office. As a Vice President, Mr. Cohen focused on loan origination for the life company’s balance sheet. Mr. Cohen received his MBA from NYU’s Stern School of Business and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Michigan.

Direct:212.871.8907

mcohen@mesawestcapital.com

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Raphael Fishbach

Principal

Mr. Fishbach is a Principal of the originations team at Mesa West and heads the East Coast origination platform. Prior to joining Mesa West in 2010, Mr. Fishbach spent three years at Ramius LLC, an $8 billion asset management firm based in New York City with a specialty investment platform in real estate. As Director of Ramius’ Real Estate Group, Mr. Fishbach’s responsibilities included deal sourcing, origination and underwriting, negotiation of acquisitions, joint ventures and financings, as well as asset management. Mr. Fishbach was responsible for over $500 million of transactions. Previous to Ramius, Mr. Fishbach was at Wells Fargo Bank in the Real Estate Merchant Banking Group from 2000 to 2006, both in Los Angeles and New York. As a Vice President, Mr. Fishbach’s primary responsibilities included sourcing, structuring, negotiating, closing and managing senior loans, mezzanine loans and preferred equity investments on various types of commercial real estate assets. While at Wells Fargo, Mr. Fishbach was directly responsible for over $1 billion of debt originations. Mr. Fishbach graduated from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration with a bachelor’s degree.

Direct:212.871.8902

rfishbach@mesawestcapital.com

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Steve Fried

Principal

Mr. Fried is a Principal with Mesa West and co-heads the West Coast Originations platform. Prior to joining Mesa West in 2005, Mr. Fried worked in Credit Suisse First Boston’s CMBS group underwriting commercial real estate loans and as a Senior Accountant for Deloitte & Touche’s Private Equity Group in New York. At Deloitte, he planned, managed and implemented financial audits for funds, including Morgan Stanley’s real estate funds, The Blackstone Group’s mezzanine funds and Kelso & Co.’s and Rockefeller & Co.’s private equity funds. Mr. Fried’s work with The Blackstone Group also included working with Blackstone Debt Advisors LP to help create its first CDO. Mr. Fried graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Yeshiva University in New York and an MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management with a focus in Real Estate Finance.

Direct:310.806.6305

sfried@mesawestcapital.com

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Ronnie Gul

Principal

Mr. Gul is a Principal with Mesa West and co-heads the West Coast originations platform. Mr. Gul’s real estate experience includes the acquisition, management and renovation of multifamily properties in Los Angeles. Prior to joining Mesa West in 2005, Mr. Gul spent four years as a marketing and business development executive at firms backed by NBC and Universal Pictures and co-founded and published a general-interest magazine. Mr. Gul graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Economics with Phi Beta Kappa honors from UCLA and an MBA from UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Management. Mr. Gul is a past president and current board member of the UCLA Ziman Real Estate Alumni Group.

Direct:310.806.6306

rgul@mesawestcapital.com

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Ryan Krauch

Principal

Mr. Krauch is a Principal with Mesa West Capital and is active in all areas of the company’s operations. Prior to joining Mesa West in 2007, Mr. Krauch headed the joint venture equity acquisitions platform for Somera Capital Management, a West Coast-based value-add real estate equity funds manager. In addition to his primary responsibilities in acquiring office, industrial, retail, hotel, multi-family and specialty assets, Mr. Krauch was a management executive contributing to the growth of the company from a single-office, west coast syndication firm to a nationally oriented multi-office funds manager. Previous to Somera Capital, Mr. Krauch was a consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting (now IBM Global Services). Mr. Krauch received his bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College. Mr. Krauch currently serves on the Board of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Managers (NAREIM), is the Chair of the PREA Rising Leaders Committee, and is actively involved in the Urban Land Institute.

Direct:310.806.6323

rkrauch@mesawestcapital.com

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Jeff Friedman

Co-Founder & Principal

Mr. Friedman is a co-founder of Mesa West Capital. Prior to co-founding Mesa West in 2004, Mr. Friedman spent three years at Maguire Partners as a principal and was in charge of capital market activities which included the restructuring of the firm’s debt, the buy-out of partners and the firm’s eventual $800 million initial public offering. Mr. Friedman transitioned into real estate finance in 1994 initially as a Vice-President originating large loans at Nomura Asset Capital Corporation and later as a Director at Credit Suisse First Boston in New York. Mr. Friedman began his career as a corporate lawyer, working initially in Tokyo, Japan for an affiliate of Sidley & Austin and then in New York for Simpson Thacher & Bartlett. Mr. Friedman graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), a master’s degree in Applied Economics and a law degree from the University of Michigan.

Direct:310.806.6302

jfriedman@mesawestcapital.com

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Raphael Fishbach

Principal

Mr. Fishbach is a Principal of the originations team at Mesa West and heads the East Coast origination platform. Prior to joining Mesa West in 2010, Mr. Fishbach spent three years at Ramius LLC, an $8 billion asset management firm based in New York City with a specialty investment platform in real estate. As Director of Ramius’ Real Estate Group, Mr. Fishbach’s responsibilities included deal sourcing, origination and underwriting, negotiation of acquisitions, joint ventures and financings, as well as asset management. Mr. Fishbach was responsible for over $500 million of transactions. Previous to Ramius, Mr. Fishbach was at Wells Fargo Bank in the Real Estate Merchant Banking Group from 2000 to 2006, both in Los Angeles and New York. As a Vice President, Mr. Fishbach’s primary responsibilities included sourcing, structuring, negotiating, closing and managing senior loans, mezzanine loans and preferred equity investments on various types of commercial real estate assets. While at Wells Fargo, Mr. Fishbach was directly responsible for over $1 billion of debt originations. Mr. Fishbach graduated from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration with a bachelor’s degree.

Direct:212.871.8902

rfishbach@mesawestcapital.com

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Steve Fried

Principal

Mr. Fried is a Principal with Mesa West and co-heads the West Coast Originations platform. Prior to joining Mesa West in 2005, Mr. Fried worked in Credit Suisse First Boston’s CMBS group underwriting commercial real estate loans and as a Senior Accountant for Deloitte & Touche’s Private Equity Group in New York. At Deloitte, he planned, managed and implemented financial audits for funds, including Morgan Stanley’s real estate funds, The Blackstone Group’s mezzanine funds and Kelso & Co.’s and Rockefeller & Co.’s private equity funds. Mr. Fried’s work with The Blackstone Group also included working with Blackstone Debt Advisors LP to help create its first CDO. Mr. Fried graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Yeshiva University in New York and an MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management with a focus in Real Estate Finance.

Direct:310.806.6305

sfried@mesawestcapital.com

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Ronnie Gul

Principal

Mr. Gul is a Principal with Mesa West and co-heads the West Coast originations platform. Mr. Gul’s real estate experience includes the acquisition, management and renovation of multifamily properties in Los Angeles. Prior to joining Mesa West in 2005, Mr. Gul spent four years as a marketing and business development executive at firms backed by NBC and Universal Pictures and co-founded and published a general-interest magazine. Mr. Gul graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Economics with Phi Beta Kappa honors from UCLA and an MBA from UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Management. Mr. Gul is a past president and current board member of the UCLA Ziman Real Estate Alumni Group.

Direct:310.806.6306

rgul@mesawestcapital.com

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Noah Bilenker

General Counsel

Mr. Bilenker is General Counsel at Mesa West.  Prior to joining Mesa West in 2013, Mr. Bilenker was an attorney in the real estate department at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP in its New York office.  At Gibson Dunn, Mr. Bilenker’s practice included financing transactions on each of the borrower and lender sides as well as real property purchases and sales, joint ventures and leasing.  Previous to Gibson Dunn, Mr. Bilenker was Vice President and General Counsel at Zamir Equities from 2006 through 2010.  Zamir Equities is a New York based family-owned real estate investment and development company.  Previous to Zamir Equities, Mr. Bilenker was an attorney in the real estate department at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, LLP in New York from 2002 through 2006, representing developers, investors, lenders, landlords and tenants on all manner of commercial real estate transactions.  Mr. Bilenker graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania, a juris doctorate from Columbia University School of Law, and a master’s degree from the New York University Schack Real Estate Institute.

Direct:212-871-8908

nbilenker@mesawestcapital.com

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Mark Zytko

Co-Founder & Principal

Mr. Zytko is a co-founder of Mesa West Capital. Prior to co-founding Mesa West in 2004, Mr. Zytko spent five years with Credit Suisse First Boston as a Director and Head of its West Coast office located in Los Angeles. Mr. Zytko was responsible for relationship management of major accounts in the Western United States and for originating a variety of real estate debt products for the firm, including balance sheet debt and equity, CMBS and mezzanine loans for securitization and sale. Previous to CSFB, Mr. Zytko was a Vice President with GE Capital Real Estate. Mr. Zytko spent three years with GE Capital, having successfully opened and run their Seattle office. Previous to GE Capital, Mr. Zytko was a Manager of mortgage lending with SunAmerica Investments in Los Angeles. For five years at SunAmerica, he originated mortgage loans for the insurance company’s portfolio, made RTC portfolio acquisitions and was involved in the issuance and purchase of commercial mortgage backed securities. Mr. Zytko began his career as a Senior Real Estate Analyst with CB Commercial in their Investment Banking Services unit. Mr. Zytko is a graduate of Stanford University with a bachelor’s degree in Economics.

Direct:310.806.6303

mzytko@mesawestcapital.com

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Ryan Krauch

Principal

Mr. Krauch is a Principal with Mesa West Capital and is active in all areas of the company’s operations. Prior to joining Mesa West in 2007, Mr. Krauch headed the joint venture equity acquisitions platform for Somera Capital Management, a West Coast-based value-add real estate equity funds manager. In addition to his primary responsibilities in acquiring office, industrial, retail, hotel, multi-family and specialty assets, Mr. Krauch was a management executive contributing to the growth of the company from a single-office, west coast syndication firm to a nationally oriented multi-office funds manager. Previous to Somera Capital, Mr. Krauch was a consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting (now IBM Global Services). Mr. Krauch received his bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College. Mr. Krauch currently serves on the Board of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Managers (NAREIM), is the Chair of the PREA Rising Leaders Committee, and is actively involved in the Urban Land Institute.

Direct:310.806.6323

rkrauch@mesawestcapital.com

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Brett Burns

Chief Accounting Officer and Chief Compliance Officer

Mr. Burns is the Chief Accounting Officer and Chief Compliance Officer at Mesa West. Prior to joining Mesa West in 2016, Mr. Burns worked as a Senior Manager for KPMG LLP’s Alternative Investments Group in Los Angeles. At KPMG, he was responsible for concurrently planning and managing multiple financial audits for Funds and Investment Advisers, including Mesa West Capital’s investment adviser and real estate funds, Wilshire Associates Incorporated’s investment adviser and fund of funds, and Westport Capital’s private equity funds. He started his career at KPMG working on an SEC registered company where he focused on internal controls and compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley. Mr. Burns received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a focus in Accounting from San Diego State University and is a licensed CPA in California.

Direct:310-806-6308

bburns@mesawestcapital.com

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Matthew Cohen

Principal

Mr. Cohen is a Principal with Mesa West and is responsible for capital markets including the structuring, acquisition and distribution of commercial real estate loans and the management of Mesa West’s balance sheet. Prior to joining Mesa West in 2011, Mr. Cohen spent seven years at Natixis North America, a U.S. subsidiary of a French Investment Bank. As a Managing Director of Natixis’ Real Estate Group, Mr. Cohen was responsible for debt distribution, which included whole loan sales, securitizations, syndications and subordinate debt. Previous to Natixis, Mr. Cohen was at Genworth’s Stamford, CT office from 2002 to 2004. As a Vice President, Mr. Cohen sourced, structured, negotiated, and closed over $500 million of debt originations. Mr. Cohen began his career at Fortis Advisers (now known as Assurant) in the New York office. As a Vice President, Mr. Cohen focused on loan origination for the life company’s balance sheet. Mr. Cohen received his MBA from NYU’s Stern School of Business and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Michigan.

Direct:212.871.8907

mcohen@mesawestcapital.com

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