team

Aaron Swerdlow
FOUNDER & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

424-500-8455
aaron@equitasinvestments.com
Through his knowledge, expertise, and relationships in commercial retail investments, founder Aaron Swerdlow created Equitas Investments to grow a significant national portfolio of single tenant retail properties with a heavy emphasis in convenience/gas, auto supply, and fast food. Aaron has been a developer and investor for approximately 20 years with a resume that includes the acquisition of approximately 300 properties nationwide, and the development of approximately 30 ground-up retail projects.

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Doug Payne
PARTNER

310-575-9760
dpayne@equitasinvestments.com

Doug Payne is a partner at Equitas Investments. Following a seven-year commercial real estate brokerage career specializing in retail investment properties, he partnered with Equitas Investments. Mr. Payne focuses on property acquisitions and business development for Equitas Value Company, LLC. By utilizing his brokerage relationships and his underwriting and analytic experience, he is able to effectively locate and recognize opportunities throughout the country. To date, Mr. Payne has purchased properties in twenty states in the U.S. Mr. Payne is a licensed real estate Broker in the state of California. Mr. Payne is a native of Los Angeles and received a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of California Los Angeles.

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Linda Swenson
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

With 30 years of experience in all financial areas of real estate including syndication and development of commercial and residential projects Linda brings the caliber of financial expertise one can expect from Equitas Investments. She understands the importance of financial transparency needed in all aspects of the day to day business. In addition to her vast expertise in all areas of accounting and finance, she is intimately involved in streamlining financial and property management reporting systems and optimizing complex accounting operations.

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Tom Johnson
ACQUISITIONS MANAGER

424-287-4181

tjohnson@equitasinvestments.com

Tom is trained in architecture and macro systems. He transitioned into real estate acquisitions in 2011 and worked in large scale development with CIM Group, after acquiring an advanced degree from UCLA. Prior to working in real estate, Tom worked as an architecture project manager. In his position with Equitas he manages and oversees day-to-day CRM workflow and distribution of leads based on economic trends and geography. He leads training for the research and acquisition process and directs sales and database management.

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John Packwood
ACQUISITIONS ASSOCIATE

424-287-4237
jpackwood@equitasinvestments.com

John’s background includes seven years in the investment real estate industry (at Marcus & Millichap and Savills Studley prior to working with Equitas). His experience encompasses many types of properties including apartments, retail, office and industrial space. At Equitas, he is responsible for acquisition of single-tenant, net leased commercial properties nationwide.

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John McLaughlin
TRANSACTION MANAGER

424-500-8558
jmac@equitasinvestments.com

John assists in managing properties and property escrows. His responsibilities include managing escrows from opening to close, handling inspections, obtaining bids for surveys, environmental assessments and building inspections, coordinating site access, developing property proformas and creating LLCs. He recently graduated from the University of California Riverside with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration. He spent three years interning at Equitas Investments in the Research Department and is a licensed California real estate agent.

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Vienna Vaca
OFFICE CLERK

Vienna Vaca is a welcome addition to the Equitas team. She assists in maintaining accurate filing of all accounting and tax documentation for both the company and our investors. Vienna also assists in accounts payable and receivable department. She recently graduated from El Camino College with an AA in Education.

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Veronica Saldana
TRANSACTION COORDINATOR

Veronica is the transaction coordinator for Equitas Investments, assisting in property research, escrow transactions, property contracts, analyzing leases and scheduling contractor work. Veronica’s background in Nevada’s Residential real estate market, helping people buy and sell homes, has led her to have a passion for all aspects of real estate.

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YASAMAN JASMINE OSTOVAR
ACQUISITION ASSOCIATE

424-287-4246
yas@equitasinvestments.com

As a member of the Acquisition team, Jasmine is responsible for sourcing, underwriting and analyzing single tenant, net leased commercial investment opportunities. Prior to Equitas, she conducted real estate acquisition analysis for multifamily residential and commercial real estate investments in New York City and overseas. She received her B.S. in Architecture from U.C. Berkeley and M.S. in Real Estate Development from Columbia University. She is an active member of Urban Land Institute (ULI) and serves in the Young Leaders Group and Women Leadership Initiative.

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Athena Flores
EXECUTIVE OPERATIONS MANAGER

Athena joined Equitas Investments as Executive Assistant to CEO, Aaron Swerdlow and CFO, Linda Swenson. In this role, she is responsible for overseeing the day to day operations of the office including entity formation, banking and maintaining banking relationships, processing new hires, benefits administration and payroll.

Her goal is to foster an environment that values diversity, employee development, and professionalism, while maintaining a dedicated focus on organizational effectiveness.

She has over 20 years of 1031 exchange, Triple Net and commercial real estate investment experience. Her past positions include Treasury Manager at Grubb & Ellis Company specializing in cash management, daily cash positioning and investments in commercial paper.

Shirley Tomol
Senior Property Accountant

With a degree in Business Management and 5 years' experience in bookkeeping and accounting, Shirley enhances business operations using her skillset to analyze and prepare financial statements for annual tax returns. Outside of the office, Shirley enjoys volunteering at her son’s school and being actively involved in his life.

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Logan Whitehead
SENIOR PROPERTY ACCOUNTANT

Logan is a proud addition to the Equitas Investment accounting team with an extensive history in Real Estate accounting ranging from budgeting to preparation of financials for taxes to calculations for investor returns.

Mike Wicks
PROPERTY ACCOUNTANT

Mike joined Equitas Investments with a very diverse background. He received his B.S. from University of California Irvine in Astrophysics. He worked at a small bookkeeping firm where he discovered his love of accounting and finance. Now at Equitas as a Property Bookkeeper, Mike works in various areas including real estate taxes, property loans and bookkeeping for single asset entities

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