James D. Fant

Executive Managing Director of Acquisitions at Westmount Realty Capital LLC

James D. Fant

James D. Fant

Executive Managing Director of Acquisitions at Westmount Realty Capital LLC

Biography

James D. Fant is Chief Investment Officer & Senior Vice President at Behringer Harvard Opportunity REIT II, Inc. In his past career he was Senior Vice President for MEPC American Properties and Vice President-Acquisitions at Kennedy Associates Real Estate Counsel LP. James D. Fant received an undergraduate degree from The University of Texas at Arlington.

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Lightstone Value Plus Real Estate Investment Trust V, Inc.

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President & Chief Executive Officer at Westmount Realty Capital LLC

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Executive Managing Director & Chief Investment Officer at Westmount Realty Capital LLC

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Chief Operating Officer at Westmount Realty Capital LLC

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Senior Director of Acquisitions at Westmount Realty Capital LLC

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Senior Director of Engineering & Construction at Westmount Realty Capital LLC

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Senior Director of Industrial Acquisitions at Westmount Realty Capital LLC

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Senior Director at Westmount Realty Capital LLC

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Managing Director, Acquisition Team at Westmount Realty Capital LLC

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Managing Director-Acquisitions at Westmount Realty Capital LLC

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Director, Due Diligence & Closing at Westmount Realty Capital LLC

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Education

The University of Texas at Arlington is a growing research powerhouse committed to life-enhancing discovery, innovative instruction, and caring community engagement. An educational leader in the heart of the thriving North Texas region, UT Arlington nurtures minds within an environment that values excellence, ingenuity, and diversity. Guided by world-class faculty members, the University’s 33,300 students represent 120 countries and pursue more than 180 bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in a broad range of disciplines. UT Arlington is dedicated to producing the lifelong learners and critical thinkers our region and nation demand. More than 107,000 of the University’s 169,000 alumni live in North Texas and contribute to our annual economic impact of $12.8 billion in the region. With a growing number of campus residents, UT Arlington has become a first-choice university for students seeking a vibrant college experience. In addition to receiving a first-rate education, our students participate in a robust slate of co-curricular activities that prepare them to become the next generation of leaders.

Career History
Executive Managing Director of Acquisitions
2017 - Current
Chief Investment Officer & Senior Vice President
Prior

Lightstone Value Plus Real Estate Investment Trust V, Inc. operates as a real estate investment trust. It acquires and operates commercial real estate and real estate-related assets, including office, industrial, retail, hospitality, recreation and leisure, single-tenant, multifamily, and other real estate properties. The firm has focused on acquiring commercial properties with significant possibilities for capital appreciation, such as those requiring development, redevelopment, or repositioning, those located in markets and submarkets with high growth potential. The company was founded on January 9, 2007 and is headquartered in Lakewood, NJ.

Vice President-Acquisitions
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Kennedy Associates Real Estate Counsel develops, redevelops and acquires assets that produce competitive income returns and offer the potential for significant capital appreciation. The firm practices Responsible Property Investing (RPI) which is an investment approach that considers the environmental and social ramifications and fiduciary responsibilities of managing real estate investments. RPI is based on sustainable development/redevelopment, high performance property operations and adherence to Economic Fairness and Worker Health standards.Kennedy Associates invests in properties that opportunities to create value. This may include lease up, re-lease by moving tenants, build out, expansion on excess land, property rehabilitation, change of use or new construction. The firm's most important criteria is that there is an expectation that the property will be in demand by an available supply of tenants and that the space can be leased at rates that provide an acceptable return on investment given the risks associated with the investment.The firm focuses on markets that are supply constrained and on markets in which research indicates there will be a significant future demand for space. They invest primarily in Washington, DC, Baltimore, New York City, New Jersey, Boston, Chicago, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles/Southern California and Dallas. The firm combines broad top-down research with a bottom-up approach to determine how to deploy capital efficiently and take advantage of optimal risk/return dynamics.Kennedy Associates has significant expertise in new development. They employ a variety of investment structures including equity joint ventures, forward-funding, development service agreements and construction financing convertible to equity ownership.The firm invests in individual properties and in portfolios consisting of the five main property types including office, industrial, retail, multi-family and hotel.Within the industrial property segment, Kennedy Associates prefers to invest in bulk storage, assembly, manufacturing and flex space. Properties must have a multi-tenant design and be located in markets where pricing is attractive to build and/or buy. Properties must also be functional and of sufficient quality to attract a broad range of tenants in the local submarket.The firm buys, builds and redevelops a variety of Class A and B office buildings, focusing on suburban and/or mid-rise structures. They are experienced in the design and development of cost efficient, high performance assets including fiber optics, power, HVAC, flex floor plans and parking.Kennedy Associates prefers to build or rehab upper-end, mid to high-rise apartment projects in markets that are supply-constrained mainly due to physical barriers to entry.The firm also acquires need and convenience-based community and neighborhood shopping centers. They look for opportunities to rehab or re-tenant poorly managed centers that are located in excellent areas. The firm also seeks opportunities to forward-fund new construction in selected in-fill locations and in locations with high barriers to entry.Kennedy Associates also focuses on the development of new properties or the purchase of existing properties in major US markets that offer repositioning opportunities through renovation and improved management. The firm seeks to acquire and reposition assets at prices below replacement costs.

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