FOUNDER & CHAIRMAN
Mr. Barth has over 35 years of experience in real estate and serves on Crosswind Financial’s investment committee. Since 2009 he has funded approximately $100 million of private real estate loans, in addition to the more than $100 million funded by Crosswind’s fund vehicle since 2012. He began his career in 1973 by acquiring commercial and industrial properties and joined Black Equities Group in 1985, the year that it was founded by Stanley Black. Over the next 25 years, Black Equities Group acquired interests in over 200 commercial and industrial properties located in California and the Western US. Mr. Barth presently serves as the CEO for Black Equities Group. In 2007, Mr. Barth co-founded California Republic Bank and currently serves as the Chairman of its board of directors. Mr. Barth serves on the advisory boards of several private equity funds in which he has invested and on the board of directors of a number of other privately held companies. Mr. Barth graduated with Bachelor’s degrees in economics and business administration from the University of California, Berkeley and earned a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.
MANAGING DIRECTOR & CHIEF INVESTMENT OFFICER
Mr. Jan B. Brzeski is a managing director & chief investment officer of Crosswind Financial and fund manager for Crosswind Venture Fund. Prior to Crosswind, he was vice president of acquisitions at Standard Management Company. While there, his responsibilities included identifying properties to acquire, underwriting and negotiating to purchase income property and land. Before this, Mr. Brzeski was a successful entrepreneur, co-founding and serving as CEO of STV Communications, a media services business that he sold in 2000.
Previously, Mr. Brzeski worked at Goldman Sachs as an investment banking analyst, where he contributed to initial public offerings, secondary stock and bond offerings, as well as mergers and acquisitions of leading technology companies. Mr. Brzeski holds a B.A. in physics from Dartmouth College and an M.A. in economics (PPE) from Oxford University. He is a California licensed real estate broker.
Mr. Hebner is a Managing Director of Crosswind Financial and a part of the investment committee for Crosswind Venture Fund. He is also the founder & Chief Investment Officer of Community Rebuild Partners, a residential real estate investment and asset management firm. Mr. Hebner’s principal experience is both as a residential developer having purchased, renovated and resold more than 225 properties since 2010 and more recently as a lender originating over $125 million in loans.
From 2008 through 2011, Mr. Hebner served as the President of NuView Financial Services, a provider of outsourced loss mitigation services for the residential mortgage industry, and served as the COO of NuView’s parent company, Sorrento Capital, a private asset management firm focused on the financial services industry. From 2006 to 2008, Mr. Hebner served as CEO of Relocation.com and previously was the Senior Vice President of Consumer Media Services at Move, Inc. (NASDAQ: MOVE). Mr. Hebner holds a B.S. in accounting from the University of Illinois and an M.B.A. from Harvard University. He is a licensed California mortgage loan originator and real estate broker.