Tyler Kent // PRINCIPAL & MANAGING DIRECTOR
Tyler Kent is the founder and managing principal of Opwest Partners. Tyler is a 17-year business executive specializing in hospitality, mixed-use, commercial and residential real estate. Tyler's project background includes over $4B in the investment and development of a variety of assets including hotels, resorts, residential, retail and office properties. Tyler's expertise encompasses development, asset management, private equity, banking, consulting, and project management.
Prior to forming Opwest Tyler led a variety projects as the Vice President of Acquisitions and Development of The Robert Green Company. Development ventures under Tyler's leadership included the Montage Healdsburg Resort & Residences in Healdsburg, CA, the Silver Rock Resort and Residences in La Quinta, CA, the Pendry Hotel in San Diego, CA, the Everly Kimpton Hotel in Hollywood, CA, the Del Mar Resort in Del Mar, CA and the Hope Street Joie De Vivre Hotel in Silicon Valley, CA. Prior to TRGC, Tyler was the Director of Acquisitions and Development for The Athens Group, a full service real estate development firm specializing in mixed-use urban and resort hotels, residences, and recreational properties (www.athensdevco.com). During his tenure with The Athens Group Tyler was responsible for all new project acquisitions, planning, programming, strategy, entitlements, development coordination, sales and marketing strategies, capital market activities and ongoing asset management. Notable ventures include the revitalization of the Fairmont Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica, CA, the Montage Deer Valley Resort in Park City, UT, the Montage Beverly Hills in Beverly Hills, CA, the Edition West Hollywood in West Hollywood, CA, and the expansion of the Inn at Palmetto Bluff in Bluffton, SC, among others.
Before joining The Athens Group, Tyler worked for Starwood Capital's development division, Starwood Development, based in Scottsdale, AZ. While with Starwood Development, Tyler focused on a number of mixed-use hospitality, resort and residential development projects located throughout the United States and Mexico including; Scottsdale, AZ, Washington DC, Seattle, WA, Cabo San Lucas, and Mammoth Lakes, CA. Prior to Starwood Development, Tyler was a Senior Analyst for the commercial real estate division of Western Alliance Bancorporation's Arizona subsidiary, Alliance Bank where he executed a number of debt transactions including acquisition and development financing, construction, bridge and permanent financing across a broad spectrum of real estate assets.
Tyler completed his Master's degree in Business Administration from The University of Arizona with emphases in Finance and Marketing in 2006. He completed his bachelor's degree in Business Administration in 2001 at the University of San Francisco where he also played Division-I Men's Soccer. Tyler is a member of the Urban Land Institute Urban Development Mixed-Use Council.
G.S. Jaggi // PRINCIPAL & MANAGING DIRECTOR
G.S. Jaggi is a founder, managing principal and major shareholder of Opwest Partners, bringing over 20 years of banking, investment and development experience across product types.
Jaggi serves as Chief Investment Officer at Iridius Capital, leveraging years of entrepreneurial experience and a successful track record in each of Iridius Capital's investment domains as an active multifamily real estate investor, developer and financier. He has been directly involved with the investment of approximately a billion dollars in real estate.
Jaggi has been involved in creation and subsequent execution of the luxury rental home neighborhood product Avilla. He has a keen awareness of the residential financing industry from both the consumer and capital perspectives. He is a major investor and board member in Nexmetro, an innovative residential single-family rental company that is a recognized national leader in the space.
Prior to founding Iridius Capital, Mr. Jaggi was founder and CEO of one of the largest privately held mortgage banks in the United States. This mortgage lender grew from a two-employee, Tucson-based firm to a 6,500-employee, nationwide firm originating $30 billion per year before the great recession compressed the industry.
Jaggi was also a founder of a business process outsourcing company that made a successful exit when the company was acquired by WNS Ltd. (NYSE:WNS). He holds a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin.
Colin Hooper // DIRECTOR: ACQUISITIONS & DEVELOPMENT
Colin is head of acquisitions and development for Opwest Partners. Colin is a versatile business professional with eight years of experience in investment banking, investment management, real estate finance and development.
Prior to joining Opwest Ventures, Colin founded a private investment management and consultancy practice, Hooper Companies LLC. The company focused on the public securities of companies with healthy business prospects but temporarily, and usually significantly, depressed valuations in such industries as consumer discretionary, real estate, financials, and energy. Its consultancy practice provided transactional advice and financial analysis to real estate developers.
Colin worked as a management consultant focusing on acquisitions and capital markets activities for The Robert Green Company. Sample projects include the SilverRock Resort and Residences in La Quinta, CA; a mixed-use four-star lifestyle hotel and retail project in downtown San Diego, CA; and a mixed-use four-star lifestyle hotel and office development in Mountain View, CA.
Previously, Colin worked at Jefferies LLC in its investment banking division covering clients in the gaming industry. Among the transactions that he financed were several ground-up developments and acquisition and repositioning ventures of casino-hotels.
Colin received a BA in Business Economics with a Minor in Accounting from UCLA and a Master of Real Estate Development degree from USC. In addition, he is licensed as a real estate broker and pending licensure as a Certified Public Accountant in California.
Anna Wood // DIRECTOR; DEVELOPMENT & PROJECT MANAGEMENT
Anna Wood is a project manager/consultant with broad-based construction and design experience ranging from hospitality and mixed-use to multifamily and municipal projects. Anna’s hospitality background alone includes over $16 billion in project value. She has been a facilitator throughout the entire construction process including preconstruction, development of budgets and production schedules, management of subcontractors and government entities, design and finishes, and the on-time completion of projects in a cost-effective manner.
At Adolfson & Peterson, a national full-service construction firm, Anna was the link between the owner-developer and the construction team and was primarily responsible for authorizing all project transactions. She focused there on commercial mixed-use projects, higher education, charter schools, multi-family, and senior housing, and regularly managed architects, subcontractors, and other consultants. Highlighted projects include the Estrella Mountain Performing Arts Center, Lookout Mountain Elementary, American Leadership Academy Queen Creek and Mesa, The Symphony Apartments, and the Kyrene Elementary School Expansion.
In her prior position, Anna worked for a recognized leader in hospitality and gaming, Tutor Perini. Representative projects include the City Center Las Vegas, an ultra-luxurious $11 billion, 76 acre, 17 million SF, LEED accredited, mixed use project, and Cosmopolitan Las Vegas, a $3.9 Billion hotel/casino that includes convention and meeting space, spa and fitness facilities, retail, restaurants, and entertainment. Among other responsibilities, Anna resolved scope gaps and pricing, prepared field design changes, as-built drawings and value engineering. Anna was also an integral member of the team that managed the Phoenician Ballroom Expansion project, including ensuring that the project complied with contract drawings and city codes. Likewise, she led the fire protection and life safety systems design process and managed the construction of the kitchen and back of house areas. Those components came in under budget and prior to the scheduled completion date.
Anna received her bachelor’s degree in Construction Management from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo, and is an active member of several community organizations in the Phoenix metro area.
Chris Piper // DIRECTOR: DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION
Chris Has been involved in the design, construction and construction management of built environments for over 25 years. With degrees in Architecture and Real Estate Development, time spent practicing architecture and electrical engineering led to project management, superintending and directing project teams. He has managed projects for a diverse array of clients, from industrial projects for Arizona Public Service to office environments for The Social Security Administration, American Express and Waste Management, to hospitality projects for Intrawest, Starwood, Montage, Athens and Re:Play.
Starting his professional career with Smithgroup A/E in Phoenix, Chris was primarily involved for six years with the design of and implementation management of Social Security’s worldwide office and information management upgrade. He made site visits himself to over 300 SSA offices, and was involved with countless more. Leaving Smithgroup in 2002, he then became a founding associate of FM Solutions, where he led numerous projects for the Arizona Public Service team. Soon realizing that after years of designing and managing projects, he was missing the “boots on the ground” experience of superintending projects, so Chris spent three years working for The Weitz Company as a construction superintendent.
Having built a reputation for managing on time, on budget and high quality workmanship, Chris was able to parlay all his experience into his ultimate goal, the hospitality and resort development industry. Working for Intrawest, he was the construction manager for Luna di Lusso at Lake Las Vegas and The Woodwinds in Mammoth Lakes, CA. While at Intrawest, He performed many roles, such as Director of Construction for the Resort Village at Verrado, The Westin Verasa in Napa, and Q4 in Mammoth Lakes, Director of Development for the June Lake, CA, property and Commercial Asset Manager for the Resort Villages of Squaw Valley and Lake Las Vegas. Departing Intrawest to work for The Athens Group, he served as the Director of Vertical Construction for the 1.2M square foot, 5-Diamond, Montage Deer Valley Resort and Spa.
Chris currently has his own consultancy, 928 C|D Services, and consults for The Athens Group on the Montage Palmetto Bluff, for Re:Play Resorts, managing capital improvement projects at the Turtle Bay Resort in Oahu, Under A Tree Wellness Consultants of Tucson, AZ, Sistina Ventures of Honolulu, as well as private owner projects. Chris is a Partner in Calvert Systems, a manufacturer of innovative construction industry tools, and COO of Sol-Ice Engineered Systems, manufacturer of building integrated snow melt and solar thermal systems. Chris’s broad knowledge of the construction and real estate development industry, from team leadership, planning, scheduling and project management down to constructability, methods, materials and logistics makes him indispensable to any project.
Based in Park City, Chris is an avid skier, golfer and outdoorsman, and has lived in New York, Arizona, Nevada, California, Utah, Hawaii and South Carolina.