Citymark Team

  • Daniel Walsh
    Chief Executive Officer
    Daniel Walsh
    Chief Executive Officer

    Daniel Walsh is the founder and CEO of Citymark Capital. Citymark Capital is a real estate private equity fund management company with expertise on investing in apartment properties and mixed use real estate projects in the top 50 markets in the United States.

    Prior to founding Citymark Capital, Daniel was President, Northeast Ohio for Huntington National Bank, joining the company in May 2010. Walsh’s responsibilities included management and oversight of all Huntington business activities in the Northeast Ohio metropolitan market.  Huntington is a $100 billion bank headquartered in Columbus, Ohio.  Prior to Huntington, Walsh was national head of KeyBank’s Real Estate Capital Markets businesses where he managed the Fund Management, CMBS, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, FHA and Life Company whole loan placement businesses conducted by more than 200 professionals in 16 offices in major metropolitan areas across the US.

    In 2016, Walsh was appointed to the board of directors for the Cleveland Foundation by the administrative judge, 8th Ohio District Court of Appeals.  Walsh also serves on the following boards: Destination Cleveland (current Chair); Cleveland Museum of Art (Building and Grounds Committee chair); Cleveland Orchestra; United Way of Greater Cleveland; Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; Playhouse Square (Chair, Real Estate Committee), and ideastream (Chair, Finance Committee).

    He received his B.A. in Management and MBA from the Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management in Cleveland, Ohio. Walsh also holds his Juris Doctor degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law, with a certification in environmental and energy law practice.

  • James Strauss
    Managing Director of Operations
    James Strauss
    Managing Director of Operations

    James Strauss is the Managing Director of Operations. He manages the investor relations and financial operations of Citymark. He has been with Citymark since its inception in 2015.

    Mr. Strauss’s professional career spans over 20 years with vast experience in banking and commercial real estate. He is known for his expertise in strategic planning & execution, sales management, analytics, and marketing.

    Mr. Strauss began his career at National City Bank in its management program. Following his tenure at National City Bank, Mr. Strauss became the Chief Administrative Officer at KeyBank’s Real Estate Capital group, the seventh largest commercial real estate lender in the United States with over 30 offices nationally and a peak employment of over 1,100 full-time employees.

    Mr. Strauss resides with his wife in the Cleveland area, where they are devoted parents to their two sons. He received his Bachelor’s degree from The University of Toledo and his MBA from Baldwin Wallace University. In his spare time, he enjoys the outdoors and classic cars.

  • Jerel Klue
    Managing Director of Investments
    Jerel Klue
    Managing Director of Investments

    Jerel Klue is the Managing Director of Investments at Citymark Capital. Mr. Klue is responsible for investment origination, execution, and performance.

    Prior to joining Citymark in 2016, Jerel was Principal & Managing Director with Signet where he was responsible for originating and executing on real estate investments for the firm.  At Signet, he successfully executed investments totaling more than $300 Million for the firm, its investors, and joint venture partners.

    Mr. Klue’s career spans both the public and private sectors, including work as District Director for a Member of the United States Congress, Chief of Staff for a Member of the New York City Council, and as a management consultant for several Fortune 500 firms.  In 2012, he was recognized by Crain’s Cleveland Business as one of Northeast Ohio’s “Forty Under 40” business leaders and one of “30 for the Future” by the Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce in 2014.

    Mr. Klue earned a Master of Arts in American Studies from Columbia University, a Bachelor of Science in International Business from Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Nantes-Atlantique in France, and a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Bowling Green State University.  He lives in Northeast Ohio with his wife, Nicole, and their three children, Sofia, Stella, and Tyler.

  • Zachary Brown
    Director of Asset Management
    Zachary Brown
    Director of Asset Management

    Zachary Brown is the Director of Asset Management at Citymark Capital. Mr. Brown is responsible for developing pro forma underwriting for prospective acquisitions and managing the execution of those business plans through the investment’s life cycle.

    Prior to joining Citymark in 2016, Mr. Brown was a Consultant and Chief Compliance Officer for Courtland Partners, an institutional real estate investment advisory firm. At Courtland, Mr. Brown was responsible for providing client portfolio management services, conducting investment due diligence, closing discretionary investments, and directing company compliance. Mr. Brown served an array of institutional clients, including one major state pension, a Fortune 500 corporate pension, and several labor union pensions, with aggregate private real estate portfolios in excess of $1.75 billion.

    Mr. Brown received a BA in both Philosophy and Political Science from Youngstown State University. Mr. Brown also holds an MPA and JD from The University of Akron. He is a member of the Ohio Bar. Mr. Brown resides in Lakewood, where he serves on the board of zoning appeals and is a trustee of Lakewood Community Services Center.

  • Matthew Porath
    Director of Investor Relations
    Matthew Porath
    Director of Investor Relations

    Matthew Porath is the Director of Investor Relations at Citymark Capital. Mr. Porath is responsible for the coordination and support of all fundraising and business development initiatives with both existing and prospective Citymark Capital investors. Prior to joining Citymark Capital in 2019, Mr. Porath was a Vice President in sales at Zelman & Associates, an institutional housing research firm. At Zelman, Mr. Porath worked with global institutional investment managers, including hedge funds, mutual funds, pension funds and private equity firms. Prior to Zelman, Mr. Porath was an analyst in the Private Wealth Management division of J.P. Morgan. Mr. Porath received a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Boston College. He lives in Cleveland and is active in numerous local organizations and alumni associations. He enjoys all that Northeast Ohio has to offer.

  • Auni Haapalahti
    Executive Assistant
    Auni Haapalahti
    Executive Assistant

    Auni Haapalahti is the Executive Assistant to Mr. Walsh. She also provides administrative support to the Citymark Team.

    Prior to joining Citymark in 2017, Ms. Haapalahti was Head of Administration at Courtland Partners, an institutional real estate advisory firm. At Courtland, Ms. Haapalahti supported the Executive Team in business operations, particularly data room and client relationship management. In her prior position at Courtland, she was the Executive Assistant to the firm’s founder and Managing Principal.

    Ms. Haapalahti received a BA in Business Administration from Stockholm Business School, University of Stockholm, and she is Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certified. Ms. Haapalahti resides in Rocky River and enjoys running and biking in the nearby Cleveland Metroparks.

  • Michael Essig
    Michael Essig

    Mr. Essig recently joined Citymark as an analyst. He is responsible for evaluating new investments and assisting in due diligence. Prior to working at Citymark, Mr. Essig worked as an intern at Carnegie Management and Development Corporation. Mr. Essig received a BSBA in Finance from The Ohio State University Fisher School of Business. Mr. Essig is an Eagle Scout.

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