Meet the Merlone Geier Team
Peter J. Merlone
Peter Merlone is a founder, co-owner and co-managing partner of the general partner entities of Merlone Geier Partners (“Merlone Geier”) and Merlone Geier Management (“MGM”). Mr. Merlone is also a founder, co-owner and president of the general partner entities of M&H Realty Partners (“M&H”), the predecessor to Merlone Geier, and was a founder and president of M&H Property Management (“MHPM”), the predecessor to MGM. From 1986 to 1993, prior to the formation of the first M&H fund, Mr. Merlone was the founder and owner of The Merlone Company, MHPM’s predecessor.
Mr. Merlone’s primary responsibilities are to formulate and oversee the strategy, financial and operating affairs of Merlone Geier and the activities of MGM. Since 1993, Mr. Merlone has overseen twelve institutional limited partnerships with aggregate equity capital commitments of $4.3 billion which have acquired 154 operating properties aggregating over 26.9 million square feet of retail improvements.
Mr. Merlone graduated from UCLA in 1979, simultaneously earning an undergraduate degree in economics, summa cum laude, and a master’s degree in education; he was also elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He is resident in the firm’s San Francisco office.
Bradley A. Geier
Brad Geier is a founder, co-owner and co-managing partner of the general partner entities of Merlone Geier and MGM and has also been a managing director of the general partner entities of M&H from its founding in 1993. From 1983 to 1993, prior to the formation of the first M&H fund, Mr. Geier held senior positions with Trammell Crow Company and The Taubman Company.
Mr. Geier’s primary responsibilities are to formulate and execute Merlone Geier’s investment strategy, including the acquisition and disposition of properties and the oversight and direction of land development and joint venture investment activities. From 1994 to 2006, Mr. Geier was the lead partner handling the purchase and subsequent sale of nearly 50 properties aggregating in excess of ten million square feet. During this period, Mr. Geier also had primary responsibility for development entitlements across the portfolio. Since that time, Mr. Geier has completed the acquisition of an additional 102 properties aggregating 15.4 million square feet and has continued to oversee dispositions.
Mr. Geier graduated from Stanford University in 1979, earning an undergraduate degree in history with departmental honors. In 1983 he earned an MBA degree from Harvard University. Mr. Geier is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and the Urban Land Institute. He is a Director of H.G. Fenton Company and serves on the Policy Advisory Board Executive Committee of the Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate at the University of San Diego. In addition, Mr. Geier is a member of the Board of Trustees of Stanford University, a lifetime trustee of The Bishop’s School, and a trustee of Coaching Corps, a non-profit focused on improving the health, educational and social outcomes of kids living in struggling communities through the power of coaching and sports. He is resident in the firm’s San Diego office.
Scott A. McPherson
Executive Managing Director
Scott McPherson has been with Merlone Geier and its predecessor entity since 1995. His primary responsibility has been serving as a senior project partner with a particular focus on project development, entitlement processing and major tenant leasing, including oversight of the firm’s urban redevelopments. Mr. McPherson has led many of the firm’s larger and more complicated property redevelopments including Santa Fe Springs Mall from 1998 to 2001, Oxnard Esplanade from 2000 to 2001, Mira Mesa Mall from 2000 to 2002 and from 2007 to 2011 he oversaw the entitlement processing and predevelopment activities for Delta Shores in Sacramento and the Metro Center in San Diego. In 2010, Mr. McPherson assumed the additional role of overseeing leasing, the project management function and coordinating its personnel to ensure the execution of the Company’s strategy for each asset. In 2015 he assumed full oversight responsibility for the firms North Hollywood and Laguna Hill’s redevelopments. In 2017, Mr. McPherson became a co-managing partner for Merlone Geier’s twelfth fund.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. McPherson was a Development Associate at Donahue Schriber and a Retail Leasing Specialist with C.W. Clark.
Mr. McPherson is a graduate of UCLA with an undergraduate degree in history. He is an active participant in the International Council of Shopping Centers, where he earned the Senior Certified Leasing Specialist designation, a member of the Urban Land Institute and a licensed real estate broker. Mr. McPherson is also a past member of the Board of Directors and current President of the Monarch Ambassador Council of the Monarch School in San Diego, and a past member of the Board of Trustees of The Bishop’s School in La Jolla, California. He is resident in the firm’s San Diego office.
Jonathan C. Lischke
Executive Managing Director
Jonathan Lischke joined Merlone Geier in 2016. His primary responsibilities are acquisitions and dispositions. Mr. Lischke also assists with urban project redevelopment and capital markets.
Prior to joining Merlone Geier, Mr. Lischke was the Chief Investment Officer and a Partner at GPI Companies, a private investor, developer, and operator of retail, multifamily, office, and mixed-use properties in Southern California. Mr. Lischke helped launch GPI in 2008, build the portfolio to over $550 million in total project capitalization, and establish a $200 million separate account on behalf of a state pension fund. Prior to joining GPI, Mr. Lischke worked in acquisitions and development at Trammell Crow and The JBG Companies in Washington, DC.
Mr. Lischke graduated from Stanford University in 1997 earning an undergraduate degree in Economics with departmental honors. He was a four-year letterman on Stanford’s varsity swimming team that won a NCAA and four PAC-10 championships. In 2003, he earned an MBA degree from Harvard University. Mr. Lischke is an active participant in several real estate professional organizations including ULI, ICSC, NAIOP, and Stanford Professionals in Real Estate (SPIRE) where he is a Regional Director, member of the Founder’s Circle, and sits on the Stanford Real Estate Council (SREC). Mr. Lischke is also a founding member of the Alliance College-Ready Public Schools YPN Board (the largest non-profit charter school organizaiton in Los Angeles). He is resident in the firm’s San Diego office.
Gabriela F. Parcella
Executive Managing Director
Gabby Parcella joined Merlone Geier in 2018. Her primary responsibility is to work with Messrs. Merlone and Geier on the furtherance of the firm’s investment management activities.
Prior to joining Merlone Geier, Ms. Parcella was the Chairman, President and CEO of Mellon Capital, a $380 billion institutional investment management firm focused on index and multi-asset strategies. For seven years, Ms. Parcella oversaw and coordinated the fully integrated company including Investments, Operations, Distribution, Legal, Regulatory and Compliance. During her 20-year career at Mellon Capital, Ms. Parcella held numerous other leadership roles, including Chief Operating Officer, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer. Prior to Mellon Capital, Ms. Parcella was a tax attorney at Orrick.
Ms. Parcella graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1991, earning a M.A. in Professional Accounting and a B.A. in Business Administration, both with High Honors. In 1994, she earned a J.D. with Distinction from the Stanford Law School and was elected Business Manager of the school’s Law Review. She is admitted to the California State Bar and is fluent in Spanish.
Ms. Parcella is a director of Terreno Realty Corporation (NYSE:TRNO), an industrial REIT with a strategic focus in six major U.S. coastal markets. Additionally, she serves on the Stanford Law School Board of Visitors and chairs the Board of Schools of the Sacred Heart, San Francisco.
Ms. Parcella was named one of the area’s “Most Influential Women” by the San Francisco Business Times in 2016. In 2017, Fortune and ALPFA ranked her third on their “50 Most Powerful Latinas in Corporate America.” She is resident in the firm’s San Francisco office.
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