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About Pacific Sands & the Principals

Pacific Sands is based in Torrance and Irvine, and the principals have built a personal portfolio of over 500 units in Southern California, Las Vegas, St Louis, and Kansas City over the last 10 years. Pacific Sands has also raised 4 funds with average mid 30% IRRs upon disposition.

Ryan Mansour
Managing Partner and Chief Strategy Officer

As Managing Partner and Chief Strategy Officer, Ryan is responsible for developing the overall strategy for the company including detecting both strong and up and coming residential markets; identifying potential investment opportunities and directing the focus of the company. Formerly an executive at Mattel and Warner Bros, Ryan Mansour started purchasing multi-family assets in Long Beach and the South Bay in 2002 while obtaining a master’s degree in International Economics from the University of Southern California.  Ryan also has an MBA in Finance from Loyola Marymount University; Los Angeles and he sits on the advisory board for the Loyola Marymount University Real Estate Advisory Council.

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Jim Shute
Managing Partner and Chief Operating Officer

Jim Shute manages the day-to-day operations for Pacific Sands Funds as Managing Partner and Chief Operating Officer.  Prior to starting Pacific Sands, Jim founded J.W. Shute International in 1996, a company that provides quality development and real estate consulting services to a select clientele.  J.W. Shute International has updated and repositioned over 80 single family rental properties throughout Southern California and Nevada and has developed several single family and multifamily projects over the last 20 years.  Jim graduated from University of California, Berkeley and has an MBA from the University of Southern California.

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Nik Bringleson
Managing Partner and Chief Research Officer

Nik Bringleson is Managing Partner and Chief Research Officer at Pacific Sands Funds and he oversees the research behind investment opportunities and potential real estate markets.  Nik began his career as a certified commercial appraiser over 15 years ago.  As a certified commercial real estate appraiser Nik has appraised over $4.0 billion in assets for commercial lenders. Nik is also an independent real estate consultant focused on feasibility studies, real estate developments, and investments. Nik graduated from University of California, San Diego.

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Geoff Kudlacz
Missouri and Kansas Operating Partner

Geoff is from Kansas City, MO. He attended the University of Missouri-Columbia. Upon graduating he entered the Air Force as a commissioned officer. After 5 years in the Air Force as a nuclear missile operator he earned his MBA from Columbia College. He has been working in real estate the last 5 years and has completed numerous single-family rehab projects and repositioned several multi-family assets in the Kansas City market.

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Daniel Cooper
Outside General Counsel with TLD Law

Danny is a civil litigation and real estate attorney with TLD Law in Long Beach. Danny graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a B.A. in International Studies in 2004 and obtained his law degree from Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles in 2007.  He has been an active member of the California State Bar.

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Ghassan Hakim

Recently retired from full time employment, Ghassan is currently providing senior advisory services to organizations with a focus on global financial services, back office operations and technology. Ghassan most recently served as a Senior Vice President at Franklin Templeton and CEO of Riva Financial Systems, a subsidiary of Franklin Templeton. Ghassan earned his B.S. degree from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon, and an M.B.A., Systems Management, from DePaul University, Chicago.

Nick Karamanos

Nick is Senior Vice President of Entertainment Partnerships and Business Development at Mattel, Inc. He and his team are responsible for analyzing and negotiating deals with intellectual property holders, from established partners including Disney, Universal, and Microsoft to up-and-coming influencers and content creators. Nick earned a Bachelor of Political Science from the University of Michigan and a MBA from the USC Marshall School of Business.

Matt Petersen

Matt has served in various management roles at blue chip companies including Pepsico, Mattel, Jafra and most recently as CEO of Neato Robotics, a key player in the robotic vacuuming category. In addition, Matt has been a board member with Neato for over five years. Matt is also an active real estate investor and has invested privately and as part of larger investments across the country. Matt attended Boston College.

Kevin Trussell

Kevin has over 30 years of experience in the lumber, flooring and construction industry. He also is a leader in the Orange County business community. Kevin earned a bachelor’s in Business Management and Human Resources from Washington State University.