Bob is Mainstreet's founder, a leading Canadian real estate owner and asset manager with more than two decades of experience in acquiring and repositioning all types of properties. Bob made his real estate start while still a teenager, buying a pair of houses in Calgary, renovating them and selling them for a tidy profit. He was hooked, and soon moved into larger residential buildings, where he discovered a talent for finding under-valued property and repositioning it. As he built a private property portfolio from the ground up, he honed and perfected a model of acquiring under-priced properties and renewing them to a much higher and more valuable standard. It’s a background that strongly shapes how Bob runs Mainstreet and the vision he has for property ownership and management. Every transaction in Bob's career has been financed with his own equity and personal guarantees. With an unwavering dedication to creating and capturing new value from each property, he has maintained a portfolio that is constantly in tune with market conditions. This has allowed for profitable real estate ownership at all phases of the property cycle. Bob has owned and managed, on a collective basis, over 10,000 multi-family units since creating Mainstreet, which he took public in 1998. His guidance has led Mainstreet into a position of market prominence. Mainstreet was a Top 10 Gainer among all TSX-listed companies in 2011, and was number one among all Canadian REITs and real estate corporations in shareholder returns over the past decade. Bob holds an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario. He is Honorary Consul General for Belize in Canada. Bob currently sits on the Board of Directors of The Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC).
John Irwin serves as Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Vice-President of the Ivey Companies for the Richard Ivey School of Business. He is primarily responsible for Ivey's financial organization, information technology, conference centres, main campus facilities and global asset management in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing and Mumbai. Mr. Irwin joined Ivey in 1987 as CFO and in 1997, expanded his role to Director of Facilities and Vice-President of the Ivey Companies. In 2004, he also took on the role as Ivey's CIO where he manages Ivey's IT infrastructure. Mr. Irwin holds a Bachelor's Degree in Economics from the University of Western Ontario as well as his Certified General Accountants of Ontario Designation. He was project manager for the new $110 million new Ivey Business School building. Mr. Irwin has been a key player in Ivey's strategic initiatives. He was responsible for the financial re-organization and privatization of business operations, expansion of the school's operations in Asia, physical expansion and financing of Ivey's Leadership Centres in London, Toronto, and Hong Kong. In addition to Mainstreet, Mr. Irwin sits on the boards of Richard Ivey School of Business Foundation, Richard Ivey School of Business (Asia) Limited, RISB Ltd (Beijing), and the London Convention Centre. He serves as the Chair of Mainstreet's Audit Committee.
Joe Amantea is a partner with the law firm Warren Tettensor in Calgary, Alberta. Mr. Amantea has more than three decades of experience in real estate, multi-family acquisitions, construction law, foreclosures and corporate/commercial law. He deals mainly with small and medium-sized private companies. Mr. Amantea articled with Warren, Raymaker & Stewart (now known as Warren Tettensor Amantea LLP) in 1977 and was admitted to the Bar in 1978. He became a partner of the firm on February 1, 1982. Mr. Amantea has an extensive record of professional and community service that has included roles as Past Director and Chairman, Columbus Savings and Credit Union Ltd.; Director, Calgary Italian Sportsman's Dinner Association; Past Unit Chairman, Western Canada Summer Games; Member and Executive Officer of the St. Joseph's School Parent Council; Member, Calgary Winter Club; and Member, University of Calgary Chancellors Club. Mr. Amantea acts as corporate counsel on real-estate related matters on behalf on Mainstreet.
Rich Grimaldi is a seasoned real estate executive with over 25 years of experience in senior roles in the real estate industry. He has held various positions in the Commercial Real Estate Division at GE Capital, including Managing Director of Institutional Accounts, Managing Director - Canadian Real Estate, and Managing Director - Large Transaction Group. He has extensive experience in financing public and private companies, structuring debt, equity and joint-venture new business opportunities. As the Managing Director of GE Real Estate National Accounts from 2001 to 2004 (in New York), he was responsible for all debt investments in North America covering a customer base that consisted of Opportunity Funds, REITs and Public Companies. National Accounts consisted of a $4 billion portfolio and closed approximately $3 billion of new business during that term. Mr. Grimaldi was Managing Director of GE Capital Commercial Real Estate Financing and Services (CREFS) operations in Canada from 1997 to 2000. The Canadian Division of CREFS consisted of ownership interests in 189 properties and a combined base of loans and owned properties exceeding $2 billion. Prior to his appointment in Canada, Rich was based in Stanford, CT, as the Managing Director of CREFS Large Transaction Group (LTG). In his capacity as Managing Director, he spent four years valuing, acquiring and lending on more than 100 transactions world-wide totalling in excess of US$28 billion. Mr. Grimaldi was initially recruited by GE Capital for its Financial Management Program (FMP) in 1980. From 1983 to 1988, he specialized in structuring joint venture transactions with GE Real Estate. In 1988 he joined CREFS where he focused on traditional core lending and portfolio acquisitions until his appointment as Managing Director of the LTG in 1993. Mr. Grimaldi holds an MBA from the University of Miami.
K.V. Dhillon is the CEO and Managing Director of Guggenheim Capital Management (Asia) and Head of Guggenheim's India operations. Guggenheim Capital is a leading investment management firm with over $100 billion under management. Mr. Dhillon has over 16 years of experience in the financial services area. Prior to joining Guggenheim Partners in 2008, he was a partner at Thomas Weisel Partners (TWP). Mr. Dhillon led TWP's efforts in India by establishing its Mumbai office. Before joining the Institutional Sales team at TWP in 1999, He was a VP on the Sales team at First Analysis, and prior to that he was an Associate in Sales at Kidder Peabody. During his career, Mr. Dhillon has established strong relationships with leading investment managers including AIM Funds, Chartwell Investment Partners, Morgan Stanley Asset Management, T. Rowe Price and Turner Investment Partners. In addition to Mainstreet, Mr. Dhillon sits on the Board of Directors of Pan Pacific Mercantile Group. He holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of Calgary and an M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.
Ron Anderson has over 30 years of experience in real estate finance, private equity, M&A and corporate and commercial banking in Western Canada. He ran the British Columbia operations of National Bank of Canada from 1986 to 1993. Tallinn Capital, which he founded in 1999, has offices in Vancouver and Calgary and manages two private mezzanine loan funds, one focused on real estate finance and the other focused on financing the mid-market corporate and junior oil & gas sectors. Mr. Anderson received his Certified General Accountant designation in 1987 and earned a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia in 1979. In addition to sitting on the Mainstreet board, he is a director of The Nature Trust of British Columbia, a Governor and past-Treasurer of Crofton House School and has been a director of a number of public and private companies and non-profit organizations.