MCS Associates is a nationally recognized consulting group that has provided financial, operations and regulatory/compliance consulting services nationwide to financial institutions, insurance companies and regulatory agencies as well as real estate and financial services organizations for over 40 years. Expert Witness and Litigation Consulting are a primary focus of our services. We undertake expert witness assignments throughout the United States and our clients include several hundred leading law firms around the country, working on behalf of both plaintiff and defendant financial institutions, borrowers, depositors, investors, developers, insurance companies and their insured, securities/insurance/real estate brokers/agents, regulators and government agencies, and individuals.
Together with MCS Associates’ specialized resources in banking, financial services and real estate, we also draw on key strategic alliances in insurance, economics, academia and the securities industry to meet a wide range of expert witness needs. Our litigation experts include experienced bankers, lenders, consultants, regulators, managers, brokers & agents in insurance, real estate, and securities; insurance claims and underwriting managers; economists, accountants, appraisers, real estate analysts, and academics.
Bedrock Investments Group (BIG) acquires undervalued, strategically located single tenant net leased properties that deliver predictable cash flow to our partners. Their streamlined Commercial Real Estate Acquisition Process, and in-depth Due Diligence, result in noteworthy investment opportunities. BIG's conservative, disciplined approach results in investment performance that provides for consistent cash flow and equity growth. BIG has an exceptional track record of delivering cash flow at above market rates without burdening their properties with debt.
The team at BIG identifies undervalued net leased properties throughout the U.S. that have solid fundamentals and creditworthy tenants. They acquire and hold these freestanding, single tenant net leased (STNL) properties as long-term investments. Typical sellers include estates, partnerships in dissolution, lender REOs, and investors facing less than three-year lease terms
Complete due diligence and acquisition thoroughly and quickly, thereby ensuring the seller of a timely transaction
Centralize the decision-making process by eliminating the need for many layers of approval
Evaluate worst case scenarios
Provide hands-on, active property management at competitive rates
Dr. Dick Bridy, a Principal at BIG, brings over 40 years of broad experience in Commercial Real Estate Acquisitions and Development to the firm. He is the entrepreneurial founder and CEO of DBI Group, a boutique real estate firm specializing in commercial retail centers and single tenant properties.
Throughout his distinguished career, Dr. Bridy developed expertise in team brokerage, leasing, private equity funding, construction, and asset management. From the ground up, he and his team entitled and built two shopping centers and five single tenant properties. In addition, he has supervised the redevelopment of over 3.5 million sq. ft. of gross leasable area in 14 shopping centers. Through extensive research, market valuation, physical inspection, and financial analysis, Dr. Bridy targets ideal properties with maximum economic potential for Bedrock’s portfolio.
Cambria Associates has provided consulting services to the Banking, Finance, and Real Estate industries for more than 24 years. Serving more than 100 clients over the years, and currently working with 30 banks, thrifts and credit unions with assets ranging from $100 million to $12 billion, Cambria Associates operates primarily in the Chicago area, but also in New York, California, Florida, Wisconsin and Iowa.
Cambria Associates focuses primarily on asset and loan review for its clients, with watch-list credits, analysis of risk ratings, quality of documentation and administration, adherence to policies, and monitoring and recommendations. Their partial client list includes Banco Popular NA, Glenview State Bank, Charter National Bank, Tuscola National Bank, Buffalo Savings Bank, Blackhawk Community Credit Union, Hawthorne Credit Union, Devon Bank, THE National Bank, Farmers & Merchants Bank and Trust, Foster Bank, Western Springs National Bank, and High Country Bank.
Banking Industry Services
Bank Acquisitions Due Diligence
Real Estate Lending
Regulatory Response / Repair
Banking Litigation Support
Principal, John B. Schnure, President of Cambria Associates, has 40 years of experience in Banking, Bank Management, Lending, Loan Review Due Diligence, and Commercial Real Estate. He has worked with Cambria Associates for over 25 years and has worked with over 100 banks as clients over the years.
Background - Mr. Schnure holds an MBA from Columbia University with majors in International Business and Real Estate, and a BBA from University of Cincinnati with a major in Finance. He has post-graduate study at Dartmouth College and University of Virginia Business Schools. Mr. Schnure has been President and CEO of three Chicago area banks/thrifts, and prior to that was Vice President of The Northern Trust Company in commercial lending and management.
Phillip G. Cantrell is a nationwide provider of Consulting Services for the Mortgage and Banking Industry. He has 45 years of experience in his field. Mr. Cantrell is a former advisor for the Federal National Mortgage Association (FNMA) and has done work for the FHLMC. He consults with State and federal agencies and possesses in-depth knowledge in all areas of operations of the mortgage industry.
Mr. Cantrell is uniquely qualified to assist in evaluating income and financial needs. He has served on both state and national MBA committees, been a speaker at regional conferences, and served as a consultant and expert witness to federal and state fraud enforcement agencies.
In 2000, Mr. Cantrell founded Capital Lending, Inc. As President and CEO, where he was responsible for all lending activities, including residential, underwriting, construction, commercial, and the purchase and sale of loans. In 2014, he assigned his NMLS license to McGowin King Mortgage. Mr. Cantrell currently originates traditional and reverse loans and brokers to McGowin King for processing, underwriting, and closing support.
Errold Moody, PhD, MSFP, LLB, has over 50 years of experience analyzing Personal Financial Issues, including literally all elements impacting an individual. His current website, Financial and Economic Daily Commentary 2021, has been hailed by USA Today as, "...a high-powered personal bookmark list that spans the spectrum of the truly useful," and Forbes as a site, "...to find some great information."
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Griswold Real Estate Management has been dedicated to providing superior Property Management, Receivership, and Expert Witness Services for over 30 years. With offices in Las Vegas, San Diego, and Los Angeles, they serve southern Nevada and all five southern California counties. Properties include single family homes, condominiums, apartment communities, homeowners associations, commercial and retail space, and self storage facilities. Griswold Real Estate Management has been awarded the Accredited Management Organization (AMO®) designation from the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM). Across the country, less than 5% of all management firms have earned this distinction, by fulfilling the most stringent requirements in expertise, education, integrity, and financial stability.
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Principal, Robert S. Griswold, CRE, CPM, CCIM, PCAM, CCAM, GRI, ARM, is currently active as a day-to-day hands-on, licensed practitioner, consultant, and expert witness in all aspects of real estate (except valuation). A 3-time graduate of the distinguished Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California with a BS ('81), MBA ('86) and MSBA (2nd Masters) ('88) in real estate and related disciplines, Mr. Griswold is a recognized expert on management of all types of residential real estate. He has actively managed over 60,000 residential units and several million square feet of commercial, industrial, self-storage and retail properties nationally in the last 30 years. He has extensive experience as a court-appointed receiver (nearly 200 times) for private lenders and major financial institutions.
Media Consultant - Since 1995, Mr. Griswold has appeared as the Real Estate Expert for an NBC-owned affiliate in San Diego and weekly on NBC News This Weekend answering live impromptu questions on any aspect of real estate from viewers. He was the host of the longest running weekly 2-hour live real estate news, information, and advice radio show in the country for over 14 years. The show, Real Estate Today! with Robert Griswold (along with his work for NBC) has won 5 national journalism awards and is unlike other real estate radio shows as his show is non-advertorial in nature.
Do you want to get involved in real estate investing, but aren't quite sure where to start? Real Estate Investing For Dummies is your go-to resource for making sense of the subject, offering plain-English, step-by-step explanations of everything you need to know to keep yourself one step ahead of the competition. Inside, you'll discover how to overcome the challenges of the market, take advantage of the opportunities in any real estate environment—including a down market—and so much more.
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George Hedley, owner of Hedley Construction & Development Inc., commercial General Contractor and Owners Representative on over 750 projects totaling $700 million ranging from $100,000 to $10 million each and real estate developer of 30 projects totaling over $200 million. His experience includes office, retail, manufacturing, industrial, warehouse and residential construction and real estate development throughout Southern California. He provides personal professional hands-on construction and real estate development expert witness consulting services.
Construction expertise includes: construction industry standard practices, cost estimating, budgets, defects, scheduling, general contract & subcontract issues, delays, project management, field supervision, change orders, disputes, claims, field operations, licenses & site inspections.
Real estate development expertise includes: developer standard practices, processes, responsibilities, manager & partner issues, project approvals & permits, architect & engineer coordination, documentation and lender requirements.His experience as the general contractor on over 15,000,000 square feet of commercial projects, real estate project developer on 2,200,000 square feet, past president of 3 construction associations, and well-known national construction industry speaker, allows him to provide detailed expert analysis, convincing presentations and positive results on construction and development issues. He is a well-recognized construction business expert and published author of books on construction business, cost estimating, field & project management, and construction contracts.
Construction Standard Practices & Standards
Cost Estimating & Cost of Replacement
Defects & Site Inspections
Claims, Disputes, Conflicts
Schedule Delays & Claims
Gen. Contractor, Subcontractor & Owner Disputes
Contracts, Change Orders, Payment
Field & Project Management
Construction Industry Speaker - Today, along with managing his company, Mr. Hedley owns HARDHAT Presentations, presenting keynote speeches, workshops and seminars to companies and associations. He has received the prestigious ‘Certified Speaking Professional’ designation from the National Speakers Association earned by only 7% of the members. His ‘Profit-Builder’ Programs include topics on Building Leaders, Building Profits, Building Customers and Building Wealth. Construction Business Coaching - Mr. Hedley also provides ongoing professional business Coaching, hosts peer to peer mentor groups, facilitates Strategic Planning retreats for companies, and leads ‘BIZ-BUILDER Boot Camps’ for business owners of construction companies.
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Litigation - When a case is not to the point where an expert needs to be designated, clients and attorneys often benefit from consulting with an expert in order to gain a better understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of their case. Our firm offers services in these early stages, allowing the attorney to consider key questions, such as whether or not the case has enough value for litigating, potential settlement value, and often times forming the framework for discovery requests. With our in-depth experience in banking and real estate, we have been able to help our clients identify key issues to investigate in a deposition, consider different complexities of a case, and assist in fact development by suggesting documents or information to request. When we work in this consulting capacity, our communication is covered by the attorney-client privilege, so our clients and attorneys are free to discuss trial strategy without the worry of discoverability. This has allowed us to add value by performing preliminary analyses to assess the viability of different strategic directions for the case.
Bank Negotiation - Situations may arise where you could benefit from the knowledge and experience of an unbiased party in a financial situation. Whether you need help negotiating a short sale on your commercial property, working with the SBA, or renegotiating an operating line of credit with your bank, we can help. Our many years in the banking industry have given us the knowledge and contacts necessary to help you through the transaction. For these situations that require a greater depth of experience than you may have on staff, JBH Real Estate Experts can do the job on a project basis.
Real Estate Brokerage
Jay Hibert is a licensed Real Estate Broker CA BRE #01523075 . He is happy to assist your existing broker, or he can represent you in a transaction. Jay's expertise is in negotiating transactions between buyer and seller, identifying purchase opportunities for 1031 exchange, contract review, and arranging financing.
Stack Real Estate, LLC (“Stack”) is a full service Real Estate consulting and principal investment firm. Stack has procured equity and debt capital on a transaction specific basis for both acquisition and development projects as well as sourced acquisition and development opportunities nationwide for a principal investment platform.
Stack is also providing project management services for residential and student housing development projects. Performed financial modeling and capital markets consulting for land acquisition, residential development, and senior living acquisition and development.
Equity & Debt Procurement
Development / Redevelopment
Legal / Tax Issues
Jeffrey S. Rothbart, JD, LLM, founded Stack Real Estate, LLC (“Stack”) to focus on commercial real equity investments, development, capital markets advisory, and expert witness services. Since its inception, Stack has participated in over $1.5 billion in Commercial Real Estate Transactions.
Mr. Rothbart is experienced in real estate acquisitions, development asset, portfolio management, capital markets, leasing, dispositions, and sustainability. He has been involved in office, residential, retail, industrial, hotel, self-storage, medical, and senior-living operations as an investor, developer, adviser, or expert witness.
In addition to his responsibilities at Stack, Mr. Rothbart is also the Head of Investments for Peer Realty and a Principal at both Birchwood Health Care Properties, LLC and Insignia Homes. In his roles for Stack, Peer, and Birchwood, Mr. Rothbart is currently overseeing the syndication of over $65 million in real estate investments, including two residential subdivision developments, retail centers, and multiple senior living acquisitions and development opportunities. He is also LEED-AP for New Construction (v2.2) and an Adjunct Professor of Law at Chicago-Kent College of Law.