Our Team

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Brian Duggan

Brian Duggan is responsible for overall execution of fund strategy, with particular emphasis on financing, operations, and investor relations. Mr. Duggan brings Guardian almost two decades of experience in entrepreneurship, real estate, finance and investments having acquired, developed, managed and disposed of more than $1 billion in real estate across all asset classes. He was previously a Director at the Harlem Irving Companies and also worked with Mesirow Financial Real Estate, Ernst & Young Corporate Finance, and UBS Paine Webber. Mr. Duggan has a degree in finance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a Master of Science in Accounting and Financial Management from the University of Virginia, and an MBA in Finance and Real Estate from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He is also an Illinois Real Estate Broker.

Team Megan

Megan VanVelzel

Megan VanVelzel has been a member of Guardian’s team for over a decade. Primarily responsible for overseeing, managing and optimizing revenue of the Residential and Commercial Investment portfolio. Prior to joining Guardian Capital, Ms. VanVelzel assisted with loss mitigation and asset management duties at Bank of America. Megan holds a bachelor’s degree from the Arizona State University.

John Andrews

John Paul Andrews leads the strategic identification, evaluation, and execution of multifamily property acquisitions and site selection for development. Prior to joining Guardian Capital, Mr. Andrews served as a commercial broker and team leader of SVN’s multifamily team, with a core focus on the South Florida market. He has also enjoyed a successful entrepreneurial career where he transformed a family business into a lucrative venture and strategically navigated its sale to maximize returns. John holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Florida Atlantic University, with majors in Management and Strategic Marketing.

Randy Baum

Randy Baum is Guardian’s Design and Marketing Manager. With over a decade of experience, Randy has excelled in crafting captivating concepts, collateral, designs and websites for a diverse range of real estate, special events, SaaS and retail clients. Randy holds a B.S. in Fine Arts/Arts Technology from Illinois State University and is proficient in various design and development tools, including Illustrator CC, Photoshop, InDesign, HTML5, CSS3, WordPress, and more. Passionate about delivering top-notch solutions, Randy continues to make his mark in the marketing and digital realm with his creativity and technical acumen.

Team Gregory

Gregory Martin

Gregory Martin spearheads all aspects of new construction and rehabilitation projects. Over the past half-decade, he has navigated the acquisition, demolition, redevelopment, leasing, and sale of numerous single-family and multi-unit properties. During his tenure at Vivify Construction, Greg assumed diverse responsibilities, including managing financing paperwork, subcontracting, project management, and providing oversight for the construction of over 250 units, totaling over $40 million in work. Transitioning to his role as principal at Guardian Properties, Greg has overseen the successful completion of over 20 rehabilitation projects, led the construction of single-family homes, and laid the groundwork for a $10 million new construction initiative for the upcoming year.

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Andie Smith

Andie Smith is a Senior Accountant and Operations Manager at Guardian. As Senior Accountant, she supervises accounting for Guardian’s investment portfolio and prepares financial statements. She also spearheads all accounts payable, bank reconciliations and several other general accounting functions. As Operations Manager, she is liaison for staff, suppliers and clients. Prior to Guardian, she was employed by the Los Angeles Times and Target Media Partners, in various capacities, from General Financial Accounting to Digital Ad creation, Customer Care and User IT Support.

Team John

John Holland

John Holland is responsible for identifying and executing new acquisition opportunities. Prior to joining Guardian, Mr. Holland was a real estate broker focused on Sunbelt multifamily properties. Mr. Holland has a degree from the University of Miami.

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Brian Schmidt | Advisor

In 2022, Brian retired from Varde Partners after a 17-year career, culminating as a Partner and Head of North America Real Estate and Mortgages. During his tenure, AUM grew from $1 billion to $14 billion. Prior to this role, he excelled in structured products, loan portfolio acquisitions, and aircraft/equipment finance. Brian also contributed significantly to Piper Jaffray’s M&A investment banking division.

Brian resides in Minnesota with his family, enjoying skiing, biking, and outdoor adventures with loved ones. His educational background includes an MSc from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a BSc from the University of Minnesota – Carlson School of Management.