John A. Coury
Founder

 

John formed Crestlight in 2017 and is responsible for strategic direction and overseeing operations for the firm.

 

Prior to Crestlight, John worked at The Blackstone Group and was directly responsible for managing 75 assets with a total enterprise value of $5.6 billion overseeing a team of 150 investment professionals at Equity Office Properties (Blackstone portfolio company) and a staff of 3 analysts.  John managed office investments in 10 markets across the United States.

 

Prior to Blackstone, John worked as an Assistant Vice President at Rockwood Capital, a real estate fund with $6.5 billion in assets under management, and was directly responsible for 9 office, retail and multifamily properties with a total enterprise value of $745 million while also providing acquisition support in each market.  

 

Prior to Rockwood Capital, John worked as an Associate Vice President at DTZ Rockwood underwriting 16 separate portfolio transactions totaling 9 million square feet.

 

John received a Bachelors in Business Administration from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.  After living in New York City for 12 years, John, with his wife and their two children, recently moved to the Detroit area where their families grew up. 

Brian J. McAlpine, CFA
Principal 

 

Brian is a Principal and Chief Investment Officer at the firm responsible for the management, coordination and execution of Crestlight’s investment activities.

 

Prior to Crestlight, Brian worked as Director of Investments at ValStone Partners, a private equity real estate fund manager with nearly $1 billion in assets under management.  While at ValStone, Brian led a team responsible for acquiring both debt and equity investments across multiple property sectors and geographies primarily located within the United States.

 

Prior to ValStone Partners, Brian worked as an Assistant Portfolio Manager at The Townsend Group, one of the largest global institutional private equity real estate advisors and multi-manager investment platforms.  At Townsend, Brian was primarily responsible for investment and portfolio management related activities on behalf of the firm’s discretionary special situations accounts which currrently total approximatey $15 billion.

 

Brian is a Chartered Financial Analyst ("CFA"), a member of the CFA Institute, a member of the Detroit CFA Society, and a member of the Urban Land Institute.  Brian received a BS in Finance with a minor in Economics from the Richard T. Farmer School of Business at Miami University (OH).  Brian and his wife currently live in their hometown outside of Detroit with their two children.

Adam J. Lawler
Vice President 

 

Adam is a Vice President at the firm responsible for both acquisition and asset management activities.

Prior to Crestlight, Adam worked in the Asset Management and Investment group at Sterling Bay, a fully integrated, owner/operator real estate investment and development company based in Chicago with a portfolio exceeding $3 billion, and development pipeline of $8.7 billion.  Adam focused on sourcing, analyzing, managing and closing real estate transactions, structuring equity and debt transactions, investor relations and fundraising.  Adam completed Sterling Bay’s two largest acquisitions to date, Prudential Plaza, a 2.3 million square foot marquee office complex and 600 W Chicago, a 1.6 million square foot creative office property anchored by Groupon. 

 

Prior to Sterling Bay, Adam worked at Ernst & Young in the Financial Services group focusing on tax consulting and compliance for large private equity and alternative investment funds.

Adam holds a BS in Accountancy and BS in Finance from the Gies College of Business at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is a Certified Public Accountant (“CPA”) in the State of Illinois. Adam and his wife recently moved from Chicago to Detroit. 

Brad Finkel
Vice President 

 

Brad is a Vice President at the firm primarily responsible for acquisition activities but also assists in asset management functions.
 
Prior to Crestlight, Brad was a Vice President at Triangle Capital Group, a private real estate investment company that purchased over $1 billion of distressed and special situations across all property types throughout the United States.  At Triangle, Brad was responsible for all facets of the acquisition process from sourcing, evaluating, structuring and closing complex transactions. During his tenure, Brad was involved in over $500 million of distressed debt and equity investments across numerous property types throughout the country.  Brad also focused on the creation of new investment theses and worked closely with the Asset Management team, assisting with investments he purchased.
 
Prior to Triangle, Brad worked on the Underwriting and Asset Management teams within the Commercial Real Estate Lending arm of The Bancorp, a national and publicly traded commercial bank.  At Bancorp, Brad underwrote opportunities for the fixed and floating rate programs across multiple property types throughout the United States.  Brad also worked directly under the Head of Asset Management to manage and securitize Bancorp’s first floating rate CLO of over $250 million.
 
Brad received a BA in Economics from the University of Michigan.  Brad and his fiancé recently moved to Detroit after six years in New York City.  Brad’s extended family resides in the Northwest suburbs of Detroit.