George Kruse  joined Ian Black Real Estate in December 2016 as a Sales Associate. In addition to his role as a commercial broker, George will utilize his deep real estate finance expertise to further enhance the services IBRE brings to its clients. George will work with all teams to provide guidance and analysis in value-creation, financing opportunities and an understanding of the present debt/equity environments. These services will allow Ian Black Real Estate clients to better assess opportunities and maximize their investment potential. Additionally, George is a Senior Managing Director at Osprey Capital, a Tampa-based commercial real estate finance company, specializing in the financing of value-add investment opportunities.  He has 20 years of real estate finance experience on both the debt and equity side of commercial investments. Prior to joining IBRE and Osprey, George spent over 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 through all stages of the recent cycle. At Vesta, George oversaw both the lending and the investment divisions and structured the fund’s capital deployment strategies. Prior to Vesta, George served as an Investment Officer at CapitalSource Finance in their New York City and Orlando offices. At CapitalSource, George was directly involved in over $600 million in commercial loan and hypothecation line transactions.

He is a member of the ICSC, the Sarasota CID and attends real estate conferences nationwide, often moderating, and sits on panels focused on private commercial financing.  George earned a BS degree in both Finance and Management from the University of Florida and received his MBA from Columbia Business School, graduating with Beta Gamma Sigma honors. George is presently on the Advisory Board for the University of Florida’s MSRE program, as well as the Board of the Columbia University Club of Sarasota.  Growing up in Sarasota, he attended Cardinal Mooney High School. In his spare time, George coaches his kids’ sports teams, is involved with Junior Achievement locally and competes in marathons and triathalons throughout the country.

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