Company Profile

Steelbridge Capital, LLC is a privately held, value-focused, real estate investment company based in Chicago and Miami. Its principals have generated lifetime gross IRR's in excess of 20% for investors by acquiring commercial real estate through debt, equity, and private or public markets.

Steelbridge Capital seeks assets where values have been temporarily discounted due to supply or demand imbalances in real estate capital, space, or information markets or where values can be significantly enhanced through redevelopment and repositioning of the asset with aligned management teams.

As value investors, we follow three important principles:
  • We focus on cycles to minimize capital competition and create efficient, after-tax value in real estate through hold periods that play heavily into local and national cycles
  • We are research-driven and concentrate on information advantages, which enable us to play into inefficiencies between markets
  • We focus exclusively on buying properties and in submarkets with unique, sustainable competitive advantages as identified by our proprietary models
Although Steelbridge Capital has deep roots and expertise in Chicago and Florida, its proprietary models and investment history give it expertise in a number of other markets that fit its criteria, including Austin, San Diego, Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco, Washington D.C., and Boston. Steelbridge Capital also continues to closely monitor developments in Cuba.

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Gavin Campbell; Firm Founder and Managing Principal

Gavin Campbell Steelbridge Capital, LLC was founded in 2006 by Gavin Campbell after a fourteen-year career at LaSalle Investment Management where he served as a Managing Director in its acquisitions and portfolio management groups. Mr. Campbell invested over $1 billion for the firm's clients in a broad range of property types in both core, value-add and opportunistic investment programs, and consistently outperformed NCREIF benchmarks by 200-400 basis points.

During the mid 1990's and during his LaSalle tenure, Mr. Campbell also created and served as the President of the Florida Office Property Company, a private real estate investment trust that bought distressed office and retail properties in Florida and sold to strong returns in 2005-2008. Mr. Campbell oversaw all aspects of the Fund including acquisition and disposition of properties, raising capital, and portfolio management. Prior to his LaSalle tenure, Mr. Campbell founded and ran Restoration Capital, a privately held investment firm that invested in residential and commercial real estate in the emerging Chicago neighborhoods of Bucktown, Wicker Park, Logan Square, Ukrainian Village and Ravenswood Manor.

Mr. Campbell is also active in Chicago civic affairs, and is former past Chairman of Leadership Greater Chicago, Landmarks Illinois, and the Latino Chicago Theater Company and former Executive Director of the Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago. He is also an AYSO soccer and Little League coach to his three children. He is a Fellow of the National Tropical Botanical Garden and was part of the acquisitions team in the 2003 acquisition of the Mies Van Der Rohe designed Farnsworth House in Plano, Illinois at auction, and its subsequent opening as an international museum (www.farnsworthhouse.org). Mr. Campbell received a BA Magna Cum Laude from Yale College in 1982 and holds an MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago.

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Jay Caplin; Managing Principal

Jay CaplinMr. Caplin has been a leader in all aspects of commercial real estate for the past 24 years. Prior to joining Steelbridge Capital as Managing Principal, Mr. Caplin served as Executive Director, Capital Markets Group for Cushman & Wakefield, the world's largest privately held commercial real estate firm. During his tenure, Mr. Caplin was responsible for founding the Financial Services Group for Cushman & Wakefield in South Florida. Mr. Caplin led the expansion and direction of the company's impressive growth with a specialization in the disposition of real estate equities throughout the Florida region for major institutional clients including life insurance companies, REITs, pension fund advisors, developers and investors. Mr. Caplin has represented a diverse list of owners in the disposition and refinancing of over $7.0 billion worth of office, industrial, multi-family, retail and hotel properties.

A partial list of Mr. Caplin's prestigious client base includes MetLife, Prudential Real Estate Investors, LaSalle Investment Advisors, Westwind Capital Management, CB Richard Ellis Investors, DRA Advisors, Hines Interests, CMD Realty Investors, J.P. Morgan Investment Management, Prudential Realty Group, Principal Real Estate Investors, Sunbelt Investment Holdings, Morgan Stanley Real Estate, AEW Capital Management, Apollo Real Estate Advisors,, TIAA-CREF, Invesco Realty Advisors, UBS Realty Investors, John Hancock Mutual Life, Triple Net Properties, Blackstone Real Estate Advisors, TA Associates, and Colonnade Properties.

Additionally, Mr. Caplin served as a senior appraiser for a regionally based real estate advisory and appraisal firm.

A 2nd generation Floridian, Mr. Caplin graduated from Florida State University (FSU) with a Bachelor's Degree in both Finance and Real Estate. He is a member of National Association of Office and Industrial Parks and serves on the Executive Advisory Board for the FSU Real Estate Program, which was is formed to assist in advancing the Program's visibility and national standing; serve in an advisory capacity to the Program's faculty in the evaluation of the Program and its initiatives; assist in developing strategies to enhance the Program's resources; and assist with regard to career counseling, mentoring and placement of the Program's students. Mr. Caplin is most proudly a devoted father of two.

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We aren't all over the map!

Steelbridge Capital is unique in the commercial real estate investment space because we focus only on submarkets that have these three key attributes:

  • strong natural and political barriers to entry, such as oceans, lakes, environmentally-protected areas or mountains, capitol city height restrictions, historic districts
  • strong baby boom demand fundamentals; and
  • an abundance of affluent housing.
Submarkets and markets such as these-and the properties that are built there-- have unique competitive advantages due to resulting strong limits on new supply and strong demand for existing real estate, resulting in less risk and higher risk adjusted returns.

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