Bridging the gap

Bridging the gap between real estate and private capital

Customized investment vehicles

Customized investment vehicles

Access to proprietary, off-market transactions

Access to proprietary, off-market transactions

Proven and established track record

Proven and established track record

Institutional asset management

Institutional asset management

Diversified real estate holdings

Diversified real estate holdings

Pontus Management
About Pontus
  • Michael Press

    Managing Partner

    Michael is responsible for the overall management of Pontus Capital.  He determines its investment and capital markets strategy and serves as the Head of its Investment Committee.  Prior to founding Pontus in 2009, Michael was Head of Acquisitions for Realty Income Corp. (NYSE: O), a publicly traded REIT that specializes in the purchase of net leased properties and sale leaseback transactions.  Under his leadership the acquisitions group completed over $2.5 billion in complex property investments over five years, more than doubling the size of the company’s at cost portfolio.  In addition, Michael was an Investment Committee participant, and a member of the seven person Executive team and the company’s Board Subcommittee on Strategic Initiatives.  While at Realty Income, Michael held several key management and leadership positions in its Acquisitions and Portfolio Management Departments.  Previously, Michael co-founded 2P Holdings LLC, a private investment company specializing in the purchase of sub and non-performing residential whole loan mortgages.  Michael received a BA from the University of California, San Diego and an MBA from the University of Southern California.
  • Scott Stokas

    Partner

    Scott is responsible for sourcing, underwriting and structuring investments for Pontus Capital.  Prior to joining Pontus, Scott served as an Acquisitions Director for Realty Income Corp. (NYSE:O) where he facilitated the acquisition of over $1.2 billion of net leased properties, primarily through sale leaseback transactions.  Scott began his career at Bank of America Merrill Lynch as an Analyst within the real estate investment banking group.  Scott holds a BA in Accounting from the Honors College at Michigan State University.
  • Jen Holm

    Principal

    Jennifer HolmJen is responsible for our capital market efforts, including equity and debt capital raising initiatives, as well as contributing to the sourcing and underwriting of investments.  Prior to joining Pontus, Jen was Deputy Head of Credit Sales for Société Générale where she managed a team of eleven institutional fixed income sales people, with a focus on the placement of public and private corporate debt.  Jen began her career at Credit Suisse Securities in the Global Credit Products and Real Estate Finance and Securitization groups.  Jen holds a BA from the University of San Diego and a MBA from the University of Minnesota.
  • Andrew Haley

    Vice President, Asset Management

    Andy HaleyAndrew is responsible for the management of the commercial and residential real estate portfolios, including the valuation, and disposition of all real estate owned assets and whole loan mortgages. Andrew has over 20 years of property and staff management experience. Prior to joining Pontus, Andrew served as an asset manager of bank owned real estate for some of the largest financial institutions including Citibank, GMAC, and Homecomings Financial. Andrew also served as Partner at LH Investments and achieved entrepreneurial success both in new construction and renovation projects, tenant improvements and small business ownership. Andrew holds a BA from San Diego State University.
  • Nicole LoPiccolo

    Nicole LoPiccolo

    Director, Operations

    Nicole is responsible for the overall operations and marketing initiatives of Pontus Capital.  Prior to joining Pontus, Nicole was Director of Portfolio Management for a boutique private equity investment firm, where she was responsible for the acquisition and management of over one hundred non-performing loans.  Before moving to San Diego, Nicole was an Assistant Marketing and Product Manager for Disney and Associate Marketing and PR Manager for John Roberts Powers, an LA based talent agency.  Nicole holds a BA from University of Southern California.
  • Breanne Mode

    Manager, Controller

    Breanne ModeBreanne is responsible for the firm’s accounting and bookkeeping activities.  Previously, Breanne served as Controller for OliverMcMillan, a private commercial real estate development firm, where she oversaw accounts payable, accounts receivable, job cost accounting and the general ledger.  Prior, Breanne served as an Associate at BDO USA, LLP where she executed engagements for private companies with with revenues in excess of $100 million.  Breanne holds a BS in Accounting from the University of Denver.