Kneeling at football games, fists raised, locking arm in arm… The protests aren’t working.. This type of protest has been around since before the 1960s. What has it gotten us? Well, a few critical laws were passed to address blatant discriminatory practices. But by and large over time, the discrimination hasn’t gone away. Common practice has simply slithered from above ground to below ground and has remained just as effective. Perhaps even more so. The byproducts of discrimination still persist in education, employment, law enforcement, sentencing, healthcare, and many other corners of our society with a stagnant and even...Read More
Kurt M. Collier
Mr. Collier has been a real estate professional since 1991. Mr. Collier owns and operates the Bridgeview Company. The Bridgeview Company is an Atlanta based real estate services firm with a primary focus on capital procurement for commercial real estate transactions. The Bridgeview Company was started in 2010. Since inception the Bridgeview Company has arranged over $750MM in capital including construction, bridge, permanent and mezzanine lending as well as LP, GP, GP Co-‐invest, and preferred equity. Prior to Bridgeview, Mr. Collier was a founding partner and operator of QR Capital, a company specializing in the acquisition and operation of distressed multifamily properties in the Southeast. In just under a year, he played integral roles in deal sourcing, underwriting and capital procurement for three multi - family projects totaling 560 units and just over $15.0 Million of capital. Immediately prior to that, Mr. Collier was a commercial real estate banking professional for over 18 years. For seven years he served as the President of Commercial Real Estate Finance for Royal Bank of Canada’s U.S. Banking Operation, RBC Bank. In that position, Mr. Collier was responsible for building out Royal Bank of Canada’s US commercial real estate platform from 2002 – 2009. He ultimately created and directed RBC Bank’s production, strategy, portfolio management, underwriting and syndications for a $3.5 billion commercial real estate platform and a $2.0 billion commercial mortgage platform. During his seven year career with RBC Bank, Mr. Collier was responsible for overseeing $4.6 billion in commercial real estate project financing, and $3.1 billion in commercial mortgage permanent debt placements. Prior to joining RBC Bank, Mr. Collier held senior level positions in commercial real estate finance with Wachovia Bank and Bank of America.
Mr. Collier is a graduate of the Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in finance. Board directorships have included Atlanta Neighborhood Development Loan Committee, Piedmont Park Conservancy, Georgia Epilepsy Foundation, Junior Achievement of Georgia, Georgia State University Real Estate Department, and Operation PEACE. Mr. Collier is a native of Chicago, IL and currently resides in the Morning side neighborhood of Atlanta, GA with his wife, and two children.
The maiden vision for this section is to write from the perspective of a business. It will generally offer opinions and insights on business, finance, and entrepreneurship. It will remain flexible and attempt to give the readers what they are looking for based on commentary offered and perhaps venture into testaments to the psychological mindset for successful transition into entrepreneurship. There is so much information out there on things like IRA investing, home finance, and basic budgeting that I won’t address those things at all or only in how they relate to business
Articles by Kurt M. Collier
Many years ago I was working in a large banking company in the Atlanta area. As part of the community outreach efforts of my employer, they asked several of the execs, including me, to host students from a nearby school in the inner city to conduct a “lunch and learn” for a group of High School students. Our ambitions mission was to take two and one half hours of our time and attempt to offer this deserving group of students a basic workshop on financial literacy and responsibility, and maybe even provide for them a small glimpse of a...Read More
When I was 26 years old I worked for a large commercial and retail banking organization based in Atlanta, GA. I had successfully completed a management-training program out of college five years earlier, and was fortunate to land a “coveted” job in the Commercial Real Estate group, of the bank, as a Relationship Manager. A “Relationship Manager”. It was a fancy name for an account manager, a corporate worker bee, a producer, a decorated sales person. I was tasked with lending construction money and selling other types of banking products and services to companies who were actively engaged in...Read More