WHO WE ARE
The Ohio River played a crucial role in the development of Ohio. In the 1600s, it served as a transport for entrepreneurs and explorers seeking new opportunities westward on the River. Later, the river served as a primary commercial shipping route connecting Ohio to the rest of the country.
Like the westward flow of the Ohio River, Brenen and Tom sought to leverage their experiences to drive catalytic growth in Central Ohio. Both grew up in small towns, and, prior to founding RiverWest Partners, developed skills and built relationships that connected them to some of the smartest and most successful investors and builders in the country. Through RiverWest, Brenen and Tom left their careers to connect buildings, neighborhoods, and businesses in Ohio to innovative ideas and capital.
These are core company values we live and breathe every day, whether at work, at a portfolio asset, or elsewhere. We are constantly seeking to work with people who share these values, and stress that each member of our team carries these with them at work and beyond.
Our reputation for honesty and forthrightness with our team and investors is our greatest asset and is the core of everything that we do.
We are ambitious, aggressive, and action-oriented in the pursuit of our goals.
We are flexible and curious learners who want to keep getting better.
We are rigorous in everything we do and we sweat the details, even if they don’t come with fame and glamour.
We are focused on building long-term value and so we take full responsibility for each investment and project with that frame of reference.
WHAT WE DO
WHAT WE DO
Our projects move the needle. Catalytic investments transform neighborhoods and we develop sites that do just that.
Typically, our investments are multi-faceted mixed-use projects spanning multiple sites in a neighborhood.
We aren’t afraid to get our hands dirty and dig in to the many components of every project and manage the entire process from land assemblage to final building delivery and lease-up.
Residential and Commercial Services
The more we can align the incentives of real estate service providers with the properties they serve, the better their product will be.
In our case, our residential and commercial services companies are laser-focused on helping property owners and management teams to efficiently run their properties and overcome roadblocks and challenges. We operate a full range of businesses from plumbing to HVAC to pest control.
Our teams are intimately familiar with the importance of providing a high-quality service offering because they see the other side of the business every day as they provide services to our portfolio properties. We think this makes our service offerings uniquely compelling when selling to third-party clients.
We are disciplined investors who seek undervalued assets and locations which can benefit from new capital investment and proactive management. The investments we make are frequently characterized by complexity that allows us to capitalize on outsized return potential for our investors.
We are vertically integrated owner-operators. We source, underwrite, raise equity and debt capital, redevelop, and manage all of our investments in-house through our property management company. By managing all investments in-house, we take complete ownership of and directly influence the profitability of each investment.
We provide our residents with great value at an affordable price. We treat them with respect, diligently address issues, and do what we say we will do. Our disciplined and values-driven approach reduces resident turnover and minimizes conflict while also providing outsized investor returns and outcomes.
Our property management company sweats the small stuff. We work tirelessly to ensure that our residents get fantastic value and our investments perform at their highest levels. Many of our projects involve large-scale repositioning projects which we dive into with the grit and experience required to knock them out of the park.
RiverWest does not offer third-party property management services and instead is focused solely on managing our investments, keeping our property management company fully aligned with the investment goals of each property.
Co-Founder and Principal
Tom has been investing in real estate transactions throughout Central Ohio for 10+ years.
Prior to founding RiverWest, Tom was an attorney at Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease law firm in Columbus. At Vorys, he represented real estate developers and investors throughout the full spectrum of the investment lifecycle. This experience included working on development projects and agreements, purchase and sale transactions, debt and equity financing transactions, zoning matters, leasing, and association management, among other areas.
His project sizes ranged from small commercial transactions and developments to multiple $1bn+ real estate transactions. Tom graduated magna cum laude from Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University. He graduated summa cum laude with Honors from the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.
Co-Founder and Principal
Prior to founding RiverWest, Brenen worked as an Investment Associate at TowerBrook Capital Partners, a Private Equity firm co-headquartered in New York City and London with over $9bn of assets under management. At TowerBrook, Brenen focused his efforts on deal sourcing, transaction valuation and structuring, due diligence, financing of new investments, and portfolio company management. Brenen’s experience included the structuring and execution of for-control buyouts, structured equity and structured debt investments, and the refinancing of portfolio company bonds and bank debt.
Prior to his experience at TowerBrook, Brenen worked for Goldman Sachs in their Investment Banking division in New York City, where he worked on an array of transactions including debt and equity capital raising and mergers and acquisitions. Brenen graduated summa cum laude with Honors from the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.
Andrew focuses his efforts on driving performance across the entire portfolio.
Specifically, Andrew interacts with on-site property managers, oversees all Maintenance Technicians, and works directly with third party contractors to coordinate capital investments and other special projects across the portfolio. Andrew was RiverWest Partner’s first full time hire.
Renee manages the daily financials of all of our investments.
She prepares monthly and quarterly internal and external financial statements for each investment and for the holding company. Renee also manages, among other things, accounts receivable and accounts payable.
Office & Leasing Administrator
Alyssa manages all marketing and leasing workflow, tenant requests and communications, and general office operations and activities.
Sourcing & Project Manager
Bill helps manage special projects within the investment portfolio including large-scale renovation and redevelopment projects. Bill also helps identify, negotiate, and evaluate new acquisition opportunities.
Our firm owes a great deal of thanks to our capital partners that make what we do possible. We have been fortunate to work with people who share our values, believe in us, and want to see the same catalytic growth in Ohio's core.
Our equity investors include a broad mix of both real estate professionals and those who don’t work directly in real estate. Our lender base includes a broad range of commercial banks, agency lenders, and private individuals. Our greatest commodity is the trust of our capital providers and every deal we do is structured to align interests and facilitate transparency.
We are always interested in meeting those who share our values and are interested in exploring a long-term relationship. If you have an interest in discussing further, reach out to us below and we can start a conversation.
We are always looking for talented and reliable individuals interested in joining our growing Maintenance and Renovation teams in Central Ohio. Please contact us if you are interested in learning more!