IIn 1991, Frank Crivello created two private trusts, Irrevocable Children’s Trust and Irrevocable Children’s Trust No.2 (the “Trusts”), for the benefit of his children, Joseph and Anthony Crivello. Later that year, through their majority interest in the First Berkshire Business Trust, the Trusts completed Wall Street’s first single-tenant retail property-backed securitized financing. That transaction, secured by 43 Kmart retail locations and warehouse stores, became a precursor for CMBS structures commonly used over the last twenty-five years.
In 1994, David Marks became trustee of the Trusts, and Phoenix Investors (“Phoenix”) was created as the management company of the Trusts’ investments.
Throughout the 1990’s, Phoenix focused on single-tenant arbitrage opportunities available across the country. To this end, Phoenix exploited various market inefficiencies that existed including information inefficiencies, differences in credit perceptions of unrated regional and national tenants, and innovative Wall Street financings, the combination of which produced above market returns.
From 2002 to the beginning of the Great Recession in 2007, our management team concluded that prevailing real estate opportunities and trends did not meet its disciplined risk/reward analysis. Phoenix suspended new acquisitions of commercial property and instead focused on improving its existing portfolio.
Since the Great Recession, Phoenix has aggressively used its experience to source, identify and harvest unprecedented commercial real estate opportunities. Currently, our focus is on maximizing underappreciated asset classes including Class B and C Industrial properties, portfolio and REIT dispositions, and creatively working with corporations, banks, and other institutions on underperforming asset dispositions.
Looking forward, Phoenix will continue applying its disciplined investment strategy to commercial real estate opportunities while implementing new technologies and adding resources.
To successfully identify and execute opportunities in a dynamic and changing marketplace, Phoenix has built a talented team of professionals across all levels of its business, providing them with the cutting-edge technology tools, and superior benefits including a highly acclaimed wellness program. The Trust beneficiaries, Joseph and Anthony Crivello, both of whom grew up around Phoenix, are part of its Advisory Board and reflect the next generation of leadership for Phoenix. The Phoenix team has been critical to our achievements to date and will lead Phoenix to new heights in future decades.
Advisory Board & Senior Management
Phoenix Investors, a limited liability company
Joseph A. Crivello
Anthony I. Crivello
Frank P. Crivello
David M. Marks
Frank P. Crivello
Chairman & Founder
Since 1991, Frank P. Crivello has served as the senior advisor to the Trusts and today is Chairman of Phoenix Investors. Given his extensive experience in all aspects of commercial real estate, Mr. Crivello provides strategic and operational input to the Trusts, Phoenix Investors, and affiliated companies.
Mr. Crivello began his real estate career in 1982 focusing his investments in multifamily, office, industrial and shopping center developments across the United States. In 1994, Mr. Crivello shifted his focus to the support of the Trusts. From 1994 to 2008, Mr. Crivello assisted Phoenix Investors in its execution of its then business model of acquiring net lease commercial real estate across the United States. Since 2009, Mr. Crivello has assisted Phoenix Investors in the shift of its core focus to the acquisition of industrial real estate throughout the country.
Mr. Crivello received a B.A., Magna Cum Laude, from Brown University and the London School of Economics, while completing a double major in Economics and Political Science. Mr. Crivello is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
Outside of his business interests, Mr. Crivello invests his time, energy and financial support across a wide net of charitable projects and organizations.
David M. Marks
President & Chief Executive Officer
Since 1994, David M. Marks has served as the Trustee of the Irrevocable Children’s Trust, Irrevocable Children’s Trust No.2 and Phoenix Business Trust where he oversees all trust investments, with responsibilities that begin pre-acquisition and extend through ownership and disposition. Mr. Marks has played a key role in all acquisitions and management of the Trusts’ portfolio of commercial real estate and operating companies and acts as key officer, director or manager for the Trusts’ operating subsidiaries.
Mr. Marks began his real estate career in the late 1980s while still an undergraduate, completing acquisition underwriting, portfolio analysis and abstracting complex anchor tenant leases on a national basis. In the early 1990s, Mr. Marks worked on national acquisitions, underwritings and financings, highlighted by assisting in the creation Wall Street’s first single-tenant, retail property-backed securitized financing, a CMBS transaction secured by a national portfolio of 43 Kmart retail and warehouse stores.
Mr. Marks has led or participated in real estate acquisitions, refinancings and dispositions ranging in size from single asset transactions under $1 million to portfolio transactions in excess of $170 million.
Mr. Marks and his wife Rachael are active supporters of various charitable organizations, with a specific focus on Jewish charities in Southeastern Wisconsin.
Mr. Marks received a B.S. in economics from the University of Wisconsin.
Anthony I. Crivello
Executive Vice President
Anthony I. Crivello is a member of Phoenix Investors’ Advisory Board and is its Executive Vice President. As a beneficiary of the Trusts, Mr. Crivello has had a lifelong history and exposure to commercial real estate. Today, Mr. Crivello provides strategic guidance to Phoenix Investors and the Trusts, focusing on asset management, underwriting, acquisitions, leasing, and financing for affiliates of Phoenix Investors. While at Phoenix Investors, Mr. Crivello has directly participated in real estate acquisitions, refinancings and dispositions in excess of $300 million dollars.
Prior to joining Phoenix Investors, Mr. Crivello worked as a portfolio manager for a large regional bank after completing its rigorous credit analyst program for commercial real estate. He was responsible for underwriting hundreds of millions of dollars in commercial real estate loans for institutional, middle market and REIT borrowers. In addition to working on senior debt financing opportunities, Mr. Crivello has also worked on over $40 million dollars in tax credit equity investments for income restricted multi-family developments.
Mr. Crivello earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Magna Cum Laude, with a concentration in Finance and Real Estate from Marquette University. In addition to his business endeavors, Mr. Crivello is an avid supporter of the Milwaukee community and numerous charitable organizations.
Ryan J. Trost
Director, Capital Markets
Ryan J. Trost is a lifelong entrepreneur having started his first business while in High School. Following a successful banking career with two multi-billion dollar regional bank groups and as a consultant to a private equity group, Mr. Trost joined Phoenix Investors in 2014 to strategically manage the debt and equity needs of its affiliated companies and Trusts.
Early in his banking career Mr. Trost underwent formal credit training which provided him with a solid foundation for the underwriting and structuring of complicated financings. In connection with his private equity work, Mr. Trost helped clients source and close leveraged buyouts and recapitalizations. As a commercial real estate lender, Mr. Trost worked on complicated financings including the refinancing and acquisition of commercial real estate.
Mr. Trost earned his B.B.A. from the Austin E. Cofrin School of Business at the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay.
Mr. Trost is a passionate supporter of various local charitable organizations focused on family and children’s causes. These charitable pursuits include Rebuilding Together Greater Milwaukee and The Wisconsin Humane Society. Mr. Trost also serves on the Board of Directors for REACH (Real Estate Alliance for Charity), NAIOP Wisconsin, and the Commercial Real Estate Development Association. In addition, Mr. Trost also serves as the Director at Large for CARW (Commercial Association of REALTORS®).
Joseph F. LaDien
Joseph F. LaDien joined Phoenix Investors as its General Counsel after serving as the company’s primary outside counsel. As a member of Phoenix Investors’ senior management team, Mr. LaDien is involved in all matters related to business operations, acquisitions, investment decisions, financing, and asset management of its portfolio.
Prior to joining Phoenix Investors, Mr. LaDien represented businesses in a wide array of commercial real estate and general business matters. His legal practice involved acquisitions and sales, development and redevelopment of industrial, office, multi-family, and healthcare properties, mergers and acquisitions, leasing, commercial finance, zoning and land use, and construction matters. In addition to his real estate and general business practice, Mr. LaDien has extensive experience in all aspects of complex litigation matters.
Mr. LaDien graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin with a B.A. in journalism and mass communication. He earned his J.D. from Marquette University Law School. Mr. LaDien is a past president and current director of the Milwaukee Young Lawyers Association and serves as treasurer of the Justinian Society of Lawyers-Wisconsin Chapter. He has also served on the Marquette University High School alumni board and as a student mentor for Nativity Jesuit Middle School in Milwaukee.
Tracy L. Schroeder
Director of Governmental Affairs & Community Development
Tracy L. Schroeder recently joined the team as the Director of Governmental Affairs & Community Development, and with her skills, she will help cultivate business relationships that create mutually beneficial, long-lasting partnerships through a wide range of markets.
Ms. Schroeder is responsible for cultivating business and political relationships throughout the country, as well as aligning funding opportunities for current and future projects.
Prior to joining Phoenix Investors, Ms. Schroeder was a long-term commercial real estate executive with expertise in project management, operational organization, and development of strong public-private partnerships and community relationships throughout the United States.
Ms. Schroeder received a B.A. in Political Science from University of Wisconsin Eau Claire and a Teaching Certificate from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee.