We sit down today with Mark Whiting, the co-founder, chairman and CEO of San Francisco-based Drawbridge Realty. Drawbridge is a real estate investment and development company that targets commercial property investments in growth markets across the U.S. Its portfolio primarily consists of office properties leased long-term to large corporations with an emphasis on strategically important locations.
Mark Whiting and Mark Pearson formed Drawbridge Partners in 1999. In late 2011, Drawbridge Partners recapitalized the company with a major institutional investor, Almanac Realty Investors, and changed the name of the company to Drawbridge Realty Trust. During the next three years, Drawbridge tripled the size of its portfolio and generated steady growth in profitability and valuation. In December 2014, Drawbridge formed a partnership with international asset management firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., LP (“KKR”) which made a significant investment in the Company to substantially grow the platform.