To provide superior commercial real estate
investment returns to our investors and to distinguish ourselves based
on expert analysis; quality service, reporting and management; and unwavering
Formed in 1993, Weybridge Capital Investors
is a Chicago-based real estate investment firm specializing in the acquisition
and management of both commercial as well as residential real estate.
At the outset, our primary focus was
solely on the acquisition of strip, neighborhood and community shopping
centers and retail-focused commercial properties located in the Chicago
metropolitan area and throughout the Midwest where we had considerable
market knowledge and expertise. Finding value added properties was our
primary objective as we entered the business in order to take advantage
of opportunities left by the wrenching 1991-1992 commercial real estate
After 2000, we then ventured into
development opportunities in the Chicago and Kansas City metropolitan
areas in strong suburban markets with continued population growth.
Two developments were completed, one in Round Lake, IL and the other
in Overland Park, KS.
In 2005, the Company refocused its efforts
on the growing area of fractional or shared ownership as it related
to luxury vacation homes and formed The Weybridge Collection®. We
began to assemble a collection of luxury homes in the United State and
in other countries around the world in locations with a significant
cultural component, thereby offering “A Cultural Connection” ®
to prospective buyers. All homes were carefully selected to be architecturally
significant and decorated to reflect the area in which they are located.
Initial projects included the acquisition and redevelopment of luxury
homes in San Miguel de Allende Mexico and Santa Fe NM. See www.weybridgecollection.com for information each home.
In 2008, The Weybridge Collection launched
the new Weybridge Collection Global Exchange Program ™ to be
able to add more homes to the Collection that would appeal to prospective
buyers. See www.weybridgeglobalexchange.com for more details.
Today we see a similar environment for
the vacation home and housing market that we saw with the commercial
market in 1993 when the business was founded. Therefore, our current
focus is to continue to add more homes to the collection through acquisition
by taking advantage of the significant downturn in the residential real
estate market. We still feel strongly that a portion
of one’s investable assets needs to be in real estate.
The company's overriding goal is still
to create value and superior returns for its investors through the ownership,
management, rental and enhancement of individual properties.
With considerable institutional real
estate investment experience, Robert H. Glaze, the principal, saw institutional
owners of real estate as too bureaucratic, as not being able to move
quickly enough to take advantage of opportunities in fast changing markets
and as too inflexible in the way they did business. Glaze also saw many
entrepreneurial firms in commercial real estate investment lacking.
professionalism, competency and honesty.
"To distinguish ourselves, we formed
a company that takes the best from the institutional mentality, particularly
as it relates to proficiency, detailed analysis and expert management.
From the smaller firm, we took the qualities of flexibility and being
able to react quickly while maintaining the highest level of integrity,"
says Glaze. Weybridge surpasses its competition as a result of:
- rigorous acquisition and development
- expert and detailed quantitative
- a thorough due diligence process;
- hands-on management, with
attention to both detail and the bottom line;
- an annual budgeting and strategic
planning process for each property;
monthly reporting; and
analysis of external market conditions.
Robert H. Glaze, President
The principal, Robert H. Glaze, has an
advanced degree in finance and real estate, as well as considerable
institutional real estate investment, analytical and financial experience.
His background includes thirty-three
years of commercial banking and commercial real estate experience. After
a seven-year career at The First National Bank of Chicago (now JP Morgan
Chase), covering the national retailing industry,. In addition to his
invaluable experience at he worked for Prudential Real Estate Investors
for eight years. As a general manager, he was responsible for the acquisition
and disposition of investment property throughout the Midwest for the
company's institutional pension fund clients. He became involved with
the day-to-day leasing and management of a number of real estate assets
and was involved with the development of two large grocery anchored
shopping centers in the Chicago area.
During this period, Glaze completed $40
million in sales and $285 million in acquisitions. He has had
considerable shopping center leasing and management and development
training through New York University, the International Council of Shopping
Centers and the Urban Land Institute.
Glaze is a licensed real estate broker
in Illinois. He is a former member of the International Council of Shopping
Centers, the Urban Land Institute and the Illinois Chapter of the Real
Estate Investment Association.
Glaze has been, and continues to be personally
involved in the ownership of a number of commercial properties totaling
364,000 square feet, including office, medical office, retail and industrial
properties, as well as land for future development. In addition he has
acquired, owned and decorated seven residential/vacation home properties
in the United States and Mexico.
He received a Master of Business Administration
degree from the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University
in Dallas, Texas, with an emphasis in finance and real estate. He also
attended the Kellogg Management Institute at the J. L. Kellogg Graduate
School of Management at Northwestern University from September, 1997
through May, 1998.
Glaze is active in numerous civic and
charitable organizations, including the Auxiliary Board of the Art Institute
of Chicago and the Ravinia Festival Annual Fund
Weybridge Capital Investors has assembled
an extremely capable team of outside advisors. With the combined expertise
of this Professional Performance Team, Weybridge has the management
talent and systems to underwrite, acquire, develop, finance, reposition
and manage any project and deliver superior performance.
Shefsky & Froelich
Shefsky & Froelich's real estate lawyers have broad experience in
all areas of real estate practice, including acquiring, selling, leasing,
developing, financing, and tax-deferred exchanges of apartment complexes,
hotels, land, shopping centers, office buildings, industrial sites,
nursing homes and other health care properties. They are continually
involved in structuring, forming and counseling partnerships and joint
Goldsmith is a principal at Shefsky & Froelich Ltd.
He is a 1978 graduate of the University of Chicago Law School (J.D.)
and a 1975 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (B.A., summa
cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa). Goldsmith practices in the corporate
and securities areas and represents a broad base of publicly and privately
held companies, having been involved in over 200 offerings of debt or
equity capital. He has significant experience in real estate finance,
representing owners of shopping centers, apartment complexes, office
buildings, nursing homes, hotels, raw land, single family homes and
other specialty properties.
Arnold is also with Shefsky &
Froelich Ltd. She is a 1990 graduate of Northwestern University School
of Law (JD) and a 1987 graduate of the University of Illinois (BA,
magna cum laude). Arnold has considerable experience in real estate
and specializes in drafting and negotiating leases, drafting contracts
for acquisitions and dispositions, and preparing loan documents for
asset and real estate loans.
Plante & Moran is the nation’s 12th largest certified public accounting
and business advisory firm.
Timothy J. O'Brien is a partner in the Real Estate and Construction
Services Group, based in the Elgin office of Plante & Moran.
He has been with the firm since 1996. O'Brien has over 19 years of experience
in public accounting with extensive expertise in real estate and construction.
His varied real estate and construction accounting experience includes
such areas as entity structuring, tax planning, business plans, cost
allocation, equity investment analysis and tax cash flow forecasting.
DESIGN AND REDEVELOPMENT
The DePalma Group,
The DePalma Group, Inc. is a full-service design, architectural and
environmental communications firm serving businesses and institutions
since 1977. The DePalma group staff includes architects, interior designers,
space planners, CAD operators, industrial designers, graphic designers
and visual merchandisers. They provide architectural services, graphic
identity packages, image analysis and design, industrial design services,
feasibility studies, property repositioning, facility management and
real estate support services. DePalma Group has won numerous design
awards, including an International Council of Shopping Centers Renovation
& Expansion Award, and its work has been published in many trade
Elsa S. DePlama, FISP, IIDA, is a principal of the Chicago-based
DePalma Group, Inc. With 25 years of experience in retail design and
shopping center renovation DePalma directs all of DePalma Group's retail
activity. She is a frequent speaker on a variety of subjects related
to trends and consumer awareness and their relationship to retail performance.
DePalma is a 1968 graduate of State University
of New York. She is a fellow of The Institute of Store Planners, an
associate member of the International Council of Shopping Centers, a
professional member of the International Interior Design Association
and active with Chicago Real Estate Executive Women. She also serves
on the Board of Directors of AidsCare, Inc.
MARKETING AND PUBLIC
L.LaRose Advertising, headed by Lori LaRose is a full-service marketing,
graphic design advertising, public relations and promotions firm headquartered
in Chicago. The company develops both short-term and long-term marketing
plans and meets a variety of marketing needs for its clients from the
strategy and planning stage to the creation and execution of high impact
In addition to the Professional Performance
Team, Weybridge carefully selects an appropriate team of experts with
local market expertise for each property it is involved with. With a
network of over 1,150 professionals, Weybridge has the ability to choose
only the best talent for each unique transaction. This selection process
enables Weybridge to evaluate, acquire, manage and sell projects in
diverse markets while staying on top of local market conditions. Some
of our additional resources include:
- Architectural engineers
- Roofing consultants
- Parking lot/traffic consultants
- Property tax consultants and
- Environmental engineers and
- Property management companies
- Leasing professionals
- Local legal counsel
- Mortgage brokers
- Investment property brokers
- Residential real estate brokers
- General contractors and maintenance professionals
- Insurance and risk management
- Design professionals
- Landscape architects
- Concierge services
- Vacation rental specialists
- Website design and internet