Michael Hunter is a distinguished and experienced investment banker, specializing in arranging institutional equity and debt for value-add real estate opportunities. His experience spans over 30 years of corporate and real estate finance for a range of property types including hotels, apartments, retail, condominiums, land, and office.
Throughout his career, he served as President of Stratford Investment Group, a real estate syndication and development company, and simultaneously, as principal of a NASD licensed broker-dealer firm, a property management company and a construction company. In this position, he served as a General Partner for numerous partnerships developing office and office/warehouse buildings, and repositioning/renovating multifamily properties and over 50 single family homes.
Mr. Hunter began his career with Bank of America in its International Banking Division, moving to the National Division, and finally to the International Banking Division. Subsequently, he focused for many years on the real estate industry working with a wide range of clients providing a full range of services including arranging joint venture equity for either value-add or distressed opportunities, conventional mortgage and securitized financing, mezzanine debt, bridge loans, credit facilities, construction loans, and restructuring and real estate advisory services.
During his career, Mr. Hunter has represented a variety of companies and financial institutions, helping them evaluate, strategize, finance, or sell real estate assets. After the meltdown in the capital markets in 2007-08, he consulted for banks and companies representing the FDIC as a part of a team that took over failed institutions. In this capacity, he worked in special assets – i.e. workouts, litigation, bankruptcy and foreclosures. Prior to this, he was a Senior Vice President with Johnson Capital, a real estate investment banking firm, Managing Director with Newmark Knight Frank in the Structured Finance Group, and Executive Vice President with Sonnenblick Goldman, a New York based investment-banking firm, in its Hospitality Industries Group where he represented corporate clients in the national disposition of hotel assets.
During the financial crisis in the real estate industry during the early 1990’s, he worked for Arthur Andersen as a specialist working with financial institutions’ risk rating hotel loan portfolios, evaluating real estate assets, determining the value of loans, and interacting with the American Government’s bank regulators.
Mr. Hunter’s education includes a B. S. in Business Administration from the University of Nevada, a M. S. in International Public Administration from the University of Southern California, and an MBA in Real Estate from Golden Gate University.