Real estate finance expert joins Ian Black Real Estate team
George Kruse brings with him more than 20 years of real estate finance experience
SARASOTA, Fla. (Dec. 21, 2016) – Real estate finance executive George Kruse has joined the Ian Black Real Estate (IBRE) team as a Sales Associate in the firm’s Sarasota office. Kruse brings with him more than 20 years of experience on both the debt and equity sides of commercial investments. In addition to his role as a commercial broker, he will provide the IBRE team with guidance in value creation, financing opportunities and an understanding of the present debt and equity environments.
Kruse is also a Senior Managing Director at Osprey Capital, a Tampa-based commercial real estate finance company, specializing in the financing of value-add investment opportunities.
“We’re thrilled to welcome George to the team,” said Ian Black, partner at Ian Black Real Estate. “His experience on the financing side of the industry is a valuable add-on to our existing skill set and will go a long way in providing our clients with the highest level of service available.”
Leveraging Kruse’s expertise in the finance industry will allow the IBRE team to better assess opportunities for clients and maximize their investment potential.
Previously, Kruse spent more than seven years as the sole managing director of Vesta Equity, LLC, a private real estate investment fund based in Sarasota. Under his leadership, Vesta made over $200 million in small balance senior and equity investments nationwide. He also oversaw both the lending and investment divisions and structured the fund’s capital deployment strategies.
Prior to that, he served as an Investment Officer at CapitalSource Finance in both the New York and Orlando offices. At CapitalSource, Kruse was directly involved in over $600 million in commercial loan and hypothecation line transactions.
Kruse earned his bachelor’s degree in finance and management from the University of Florida and his Master of Business Administration from Columbia Business School. He recently obtained his Florida Real Estate license.
“It’s an honor to join the Ian Black team and put my experience in real estate finance to use in this side of the industry,” said Kruse. “I’m looking forward to starting my career as a commercial sales associate and working alongside such a strong team of brokers in the Sarasota market.”
Kruse is currently on the Advisory Board for the University of Florida’s Masters of Science in Real Estate (MSRE) program, as well as the Board of the Columbia University Club of Sarasota. He is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and the Sarasota Commercial Investment Division (CID), and is regularly asked to moderate and sit on panels about private commercial financing.
About Ian Black Real Estate
Ian Black Real Estate (IBRE) is a boutique commercial real estate brokerage firm located in Sarasota, Fla. The firm is one of the largest commercial brokerage firms in Southwest Florida and boasts a deep knowledge of the commercial real estate market in Sarasota and Manatee counties and the surrounding area. For more information, visit ian-black.com.