Bruce Davidson



Real Estate Finance and Development – Commercial and Hospitality Sectors

Providing Management Solutions to Capital Market Challenges Worldwide

Successful in structuring and originating complex real estate and development transactions and managing portfolios of up to $3B – domestic and overseas. Entrepreneurial drive is combined with integrity, creativity, and a proven record of success in developing high-profile business deals and delivering product across diverse groups worldwide, including the cross-sell of banking and treasury products.

Expertise includes:

Complex Construction and Development Deals in Global Markets – Workout and Restructuring - Portfolio Management – Senior and Mezzanine Financing Structures – Equity Raise – Risk Strategies - Start-Up Operations in Competitive Marketplaces – Capital Market-Related Products – Development of Operating Groups and Lending Sources – Strategy Design and Execution –Multinational Corporations – Loan Origination – Financial Modeling – Risk Analysis / Management – High Net Worth Investors – Fractional and Timeshare Ownership – Leadership of Global Business Units

Work History

Work History
Feb 2009 - Present

Managing Director

Capello Group, Inc.

Founded hospitality division within the Capello Group, a global investment banking firm. Direct all financing activities for the luxury lodging group using vehicles that include workout restructure, capital raise on debt and equity, and investing discretionary capital for fractured development transactions, distressed loan portfolios, and existing operating properties.

* Identified a $150M fractional ownership development deal representing the developer/equity group on loan restructure and overall recapitalization. Worked with senior legal/banking directors in integrating one solution.

2000 - 2009

Managing Director-Global Head of Hospitality Finance


Managing Director—Global Head of Hospitality Finance (2006 to 2009)

Executive Director – Hospitality Finance Unit (2004 to 2006)

Director / Associate Director - Hospitality Finance Unit (2000 to 2004)

At WestLB, a leading European commercial bank headquartered in Dusseldorf, Germany with total assets of $300B, co-founded global hospitality group platform; ultimately held complete management responsibility for a $3B real estate portfolio primarily composed of complex construction and development transactions as the Global Head of Hospitality Finance. Managed a staff of up to nine real estate professionals (US and Europe). Reported to Global Head of Originations with dotted line to the Board. WestLB exited from non-core businesses in 2009.

* Drove 50% year-over-year increases in fee income through strategic planning and implementation of a global business plan.

* Booked $500M in new originations and $10M in fees by developing and implementing aggressive new marketing plan for hospitality finance product (2006). Used advertising, conference sponsorships, speeches, and “rolodex networking” strategies to build brand awareness.

* Composed white paper that supported creation of a new business segment in the fractional residence and private residence club industry. The program increased fee income for group by 30% and made company the top provider of financing. 

* Developed and implemented the risk policy and strategic plan annually for the Hospitality business unit ($3B portfolio).

* Proactively created workout and restructuring plans for fractured development and existing hotel properties to respond to current economic conditions.

* Successfully cross-sold treasury and other derivative products to banking clients.

1998 - 2000

Vice President - Mortgage Officer

National Realty Funding

Handled origination, marketing, negotiation, due diligence, and underwriting of all real estate transactions for this startup real estate commercial mortgage firm that focused on loan origination for securitization. Coordinated with closing department to maintain loan closes and funds according to the terms and conditions of contracts.

* In a highly competitive marketplace, generated nearly $200M in new business consisting of various types of real estate products in 12 months, including office, retail, hotel, and industrial properties.


1993 - 1994

Real Estate Certificate Program

Real Estate Institute-Monmouth University

Graduate-level program encompassing real estate financing and development curriculum


Bachelor of Science

Wagner College