Tuesday, March 7, 2017

George Smith Partners Announces Focus on Rapid Growth; Appoints Co-Managing Directors to Lead Expansion

Jonathan Lee
LOS ANGELES, CA – National commercial mortgage banking firm George Smith Partners has announced a new leadership structure which includes the appointments of two Principals to Co-Managing Directors to lead the firm’s upcoming growth and expansion.

The two new Managing Directors, Jonathan Lee and Shahin Yazdi, will drive the company’s platform forward alongside co-Principal Bryan Shaffer and Co-Founders Gary M. Tenzer, Steve Bram, and Gary Mozer.

“George Smith Partners has a proven track record and a deep history of success in the capital markets sector,” says Steve Bram (60), who has been managing the company since the death of George Smith in 2005. 

“Our innovative structuring expertise, strong lender relationships, and entrepreneurial culture have enabled us to grow rapidly and secure more than $44 billion in financing on behalf of our clients to date.”

Lee explains that George Smith Partners’ new leadership structure will position the firm for additional growth, while maintaining its culture of diligence, integrity, and commitment to client service.

“We are poised to grow to an even higher level of activity while upholding our strict standards of excellence, allowing us to attract and retain the best employees and clients,” says Lee.

Shahin Yazdi
In their newly appointed roles as Managing Directors, Lee and Yazdi will be responsible for driving the firm’s business development and overseeing corporate operations. In addition, the pair intends to ramp up recruitment and also plans to open new office locations in the near future, according to Yazdi.

“This is the time to grow, and we have the right team in place to do just that,” Yazdi explains. “Our firm has a reputation as a leader in the industry, and through this new expansion plan, we will be able to serve more clients and facilitate more financing than ever before.”

Newly appointed Co-Managing Director Jonathan Lee (40), has arranged more than $2 billion in financing across all product types since joining George Smith Partners in 2005 and being promoted to Principal in 2015. 

Co-Managing Director Shahin Yazdi (33) joined George Smith Partners in 2007 and was promoted to Principal in 2015 as the youngest Principal in the firm’s history. During his decade-long tenure, Yazdi has arranged more than $1 billion in financing across all property types.

For a complete copy of the company’s news release, please contact:

Miki Conant / Katie Kea

Brower, Miller & Cole 

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