Tammy K. Jones Co-Founder and CEO Basis Investment Group Ms. Jones has more than 20 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry. Over her entire career, Ms. Jones has invested in and loaned CRE assets on behalf of large pension funds and institutional investors, including Equitable Real Estate (largest pension fund advisor and investment management firm at the time), GMACCM (one of the largest CRE lenders, owned by GM) and CWCapital (the U.S. debt investment platform owned by Caisse de dépôt, one of the largest pension fund managers in Quebec). Ms. Jones is a seasoned veteran in CRE investments, capital markets, and structured finance. Since 2009, Ms. Jones has served as both Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Basis Investment Group (Basis), a multi-strategy commercial real estate investment platform she founded with JEMB Realty Corporation that acquires and originates a variety of senior and subordinated loans, preferred equity and joint venture equity positions on behalf of its investors. Under her leadership, Basis has succeeded in closing nearly $4.0 billion in commercial real estate debt and structured equity related investments across the United States. Prior to joining Basis, Ms. Jones worked at CWCapital LLC (CW) from 2004 to 2009, serving as head of CW’s fixed and floating rate Capital Markets Lending Division and closing approximately $6B in investments. Between 1997 and 2004, Ms. Jones was a Senior Vice President of Commercial Capital Initiatives, Inc., a GMACCM subsidiary (now Berkadia) (GMAC) and part of the leadership team responsible for creating GMAC’s Capital Markets lending division. Prior to her seven years with GMAC, she held various positions on the equity and asset management side of the business at commercial real estate investment companies including Equitable Real Estate and AMRESCO Management, Inc. Ms. Jones is currently an Independent Director for Mack-Cali Realty Corporation (NYSE: CLI), is a Trustee of The Georgia State University Foundation and sits on the Investment and Real Estate committees, is the Chair of the Real Estate Executive Council (REEC), is a member of the President's Council of Cornell Women (PCCW), is a member of the Executive Leadership Council, is on the Advisory Board for NYU’s Schack Institute of Real Estate and is the Vice-Chairman of Basis Impact Group Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to creating a pipeline of women and minorities in commercial real estate. Ms. Jones formerly served as an Independent Director for Monogram Residential Trust, Inc. (NYSE: MORE). Ms. Jones was recognized as one of The Network Journal’s 25 Most Influential Black Women in Business in 2017 and received the Council of Urban Professionals (CUP) 2019 Finance Catalyst Award. Ms. Jones holds a BA in Economics from Cornell University and an MBA with a concentration in Real Estate Finance from the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University.
Accordia Partners is a “triple bottom-line” real estate investment company that focuses on people, planet and profit benefits for itself and its investors. Mr. Sykes is formerly the founder and President of Urban Strategy America Fund, LLP, where he was the head of an urban investment, development and redevelopment fund for select institutional investors. The USA Fund offered investors an opportunity to transform urban and economic development areas in their states, regions and cities while achieving an attractive return on their investment by prioritizing diversity in the asset types and locations in order to maximize returns. Mr. Sykes was responsible for the supervision of the partnership equity placement, the identification of investments and the day-to-day business operations of the USA Fund. He combines his professional training and hands-on experience in the areas of development, design and construction to create customized responses to the complex issues of urban real estate development. In his role as Co-Managing Partner of Accordia Partners LLC, his approach is grounded in the bottom-line driven perspective gained during his tenure as Chairman of The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and a member of Fleet Bank and BankBoston’s First Community Bank Advisory Boards, along with being on the boards of Real Estate Executive Council (Chairman), NAIOP New England and ULI New England, and various other for-profit and non-profit board affiliations. Kirk currently serves on the board of Ares Capital Real Estate (NYSE; ACRE), The Natixis Loomis Sayles Funds Board of Trustees and The Eastern Bank Board of Trustees. The Governor of Massachusetts appointed him Co-chair of the African American commission and the future of transportation commission, and the mayor of Boston appointed him to the. City of Boston Civic Design Commission. His combination of business and community-based experience allow him to bridge the competing concerns that sometimes block urban projects from moving forward. His specialty is the creation of urban mixed-use developments, a role he is playing with Basis Investment Group as an advisor to New York City Emerging Developer Loan Fund.