Our real estate professionals have an active, entrepreneurial, hands-on
management style. The result is a team able to quickly create, identify
and capitalize upon emerging investment opportunities in today's market.
An aggressive, pro-active focus characterizes MPF's approach to
successfully completing real estate transactions and operating
profitable real estate assets.
JOHN PROTOPAPPAS President & CEO
Mr. Protopappas developed his first live/work project in 1985 and has developed and managed over sixty commercial and residential projects during the past twenty-eight years. During that time, Mr. Protopappas transformed many neglected properties by turning them into mixed-use live/work spaces. These projects, such as the historic Tribune Tower, Telegraph Lofts at the site of the former Sears Roebuck store in Oakland and the Bakery Lofts at the site of the former Remar Bakery in Emeryville, are representative of his innovative approach to revitalizing urban neighborhoods through mixed-use projects. The projects' continued popularity and profitability attest to the success of Mr. Protopappas' approach.
Mr. Protopappas is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley with an A.B. in Economics. In 1985, after four years of investment brokerage experience, he formed Madison Park Financial Corporation of which he remains President and CEO.
Mr. Protopappas serves on the Board of Directors of Summit Bank. He also serves on the Urban Land Institute Executive Committee.
SIMON CHEN, CFA Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Chen joined Madison Park in 2004 and has served as Chief Financial Officer since 2008. In addition to overseeing its corporate finance functions, Mr. Chen directs Madison Park’s investment and development operations. Mr. Chen focuses on executing MPF's strategic planning and growth initiatives, as well as structuring and executing new acquisitions and development opportunities. Before
joining MPF in 2004, Mr. Chen was a banking analyst at National City
Corporation in Detroit where he specialized in investment real estate
Mr. Chen holds a Bachelors of Business Administration (BBA) from the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business where he concentrated in Finance and Corporate Strategy. Mr. Chen is a CFA charterholder and a member of the Urban Land Institute, SPUR and the CFA Institute. In addition, Mr. Chen is a licensed broker by the California Bureau of Real Estate.
KURT BIDDLE Director of Property Management
As Director of Property Management at MPF, Mr. Biddle manages the Company's residential and commercial property portfolios consisting of 20 live/work loft and apartment buildings and over 600,000 square feet of industrial, retail and office properties. He has 10 years of experience managing and selling real estate in the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles.
Mr. Biddle helped to oversee the transformation of Mint Plaza in San Francisco, which revitalized a long-neglected downtown neighborhood. He completed his CCRM certification from the California Apartment Association and is a California licensed real estate salesperson.
BOB HUFF Project Manager
Mr. Huff focuses on managing the development and construction of many of MPF's residential and commercial developments. In addition, he currently serves as Property Manager for the 1080 Lofts, one of Madison Parkís early loft conversion projects. Mr. Huff has been with Madison Park for over two decades in various diverse roles including Property manager, Facility Manager and Property services manager.
Mr. Huff is a lifelong Oakland resident and has experience in virtually every aspect of construction and building maintenance.
ROBIN BROWN Investment Associate
Ms. Brown supports Madison Park's acquisitions, development, asset management, strategic planning and capital raising efforts. Previously she was at ASB Real Estate Investments in the Portfolio Management group, responsible for evaluating the suitability and impact of proposed new investments, leasing activity, sales and financings on portfolio composition, risk, and performance, in addition to playing an important role in product development and client reporting. Before joining the Portfolio Management group, Ms. Brown was in ASBís Capital Investment group where she was responsible for valuing, underwriting, and due diligence of potential real estate acquisition opportunities, in addition to asset management of office, retail, and multifamily properties held in ASBís portfolios.
Prior to ASB Ms. Brown was in the Capital Markets group at Cushman & Wakefield where she valued and consulted on over $6 billion of performing and nonperforming loans.
Ms. Brown received her BS and MS in Management Science & Engineering from Stanford University. She is a member of the Urban Land Institute.