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Pearlmark Welcomes Mike Wesson as Managing Director

Chicago, IL – Michael Wesson has re-joined Pearlmark as a Managing Director and opened Pearlmark’s Irvine, CA office. Mr. Wesson joins Pearlmark with a focus on debt investment originations, bringing over 20 years of real estate investment experience.

“It is incredibly exciting to be re-joining Pearlmark, the firm where my career began. I look forward to being a part of the continued positive momentum of the Debt Investment team and expanding our client base on the West Coast,” commented Mr. Wesson.

Mr. Wesson joins Pearlmark from CIBC, where he held numerous roles over nine plus years in New York and Newport Beach, most recently leading CIBC’s senior loan origination efforts in the Western Region. Prior to his time at CIBC, Mr. Wesson served as a Vice President at Rockwood Real Estate Advisors. He is returning to Pearlmark, where he started as an analyst and rose to Vice President over six years prior to joining Rockwood. He received his BS in Finance from Case Western Reserve University.

“We are thrilled to have Mike back on the Pearlmark team driving credit investment originations from our new Irvine, CA office along with Managing Directors Bill Swackhamer (Denver), Mark Witt (Chicago), and Steve Gordon (New York),” commented Doug Lyons, Managing Principal and Head of Debt Investments for Pearlmark.

“It’s great to welcome Mike back to the firm in a senior role after 13 years,” stated Stephen Quazzo, CEO and Co-Founder of Pearlmark. He further elaborated, “having a California origination presence is critical to Pearlmark’s growth strategy and will enable us to better serve the capital needs of our West Coast borrowers and partners.”

About Pearlmark

Pearlmark is a Chicago-based investment firm that targets domestic core to value-add real estate opportunities via commingled funds, separate accounts, and joint venture structures. Since 1996, Pearlmark has sponsored more than a dozen real estate equity and debt investment programs and completed 572 real estate equity and debt transactions on behalf of investors, representing $5.6 billion in equity capital commitments and $13.9 billion in gross investment value. In credit, Pearlmark has now originated 150 loans aggregating $2 billion in commitments. Pearlmark is dedicated to creating value for its investors and offers a range of investment opportunities nationwide across various property types (office, industrial, multifamily). For more information, please visit


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