Work History

Work History
2009 - Present

Managing Partner

RIVERSTONE CAPITAL INVESTMENTS

Riverstone Capital Investments (RCI), is an independent private equity firm specializing in managing opportunistic real estate investments in most commercial and residential real estate product types including: Office – Industrial - Multifamily Residential – Retail and Hotel-Related Investments. Riverstone Capital Investments offers a broad range of real estate investment opportunities and investment management services to its clients in the United States and Latin America. The firm pursues higher returning strategies through its Opportunity Fund, targeting event-driven strategies with the objective of earning superior risk-adjusted returns while at the same time preserving capital through its value investment approach. Riverstone Capital Opportunity Fund invests in alternative fixed income distressed assets, including distressed whole loans and titled real estate, tax lien certificates, structured settlements and factored receivables.

Jan 2003 - Present

CEO

RIVERSTONE CONSULTING

Francisco Gonzalez brings over fourteen years of International Real Estate Development and consulting experience to his rol as CEO of Riverstone Consulting. Mr. Gonzalez has extensive experience in development; master planning, project management, acquisitions, financing, marketing & RE portfolio management, across different RE Investment sectors. Mr. Gonzalez holds an Advanced Project Management Certification from Stanford University, a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Buenos Aires and he attended a Masters in Real Estate Development at Universidad Politecnica de Madrid. During his career, he has led projects valued in excess of $500 million dollars in the United States and Latin America Through his experience both as a real estate professional and architect, Francisco Gonzalez has acquired an acute sense of building design, economic and feasibility analysis, market research and general project management skills.

2006 - 2008

Owner - CEO

Opticsplace.com

Established an online e-commerce optical store specialized in selling sunglasses, glasses, contact lenses and accessories. Sold the business at a significant profit to a long-time partner. - Created a business model based on selling own merchandise and through affiliates programs to ensure that the site featured a wide variety of products. - Designed the look and fill of the web-site and coordinated the web-design, e-commerce platform, SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) - Outsourced costly tasks such as SEO (search engine optimization) and content design to companies based in India. - Directed online marketing efforts to promote visibility and introduced new products, using Google Adwords, affiliate programs, link building and SEO. - Negotiated the purchase of merchandise at very important discounted prices and managed the inventory through a customized platform. - Consistently maintained a high-standard performance record via exceptional service, follow-through, and specific attention to detail, which resulted in higher sales. - Researched and analyzed the eyeglass market to identify the best selling products and demand preferences, avoiding the purchase of unwanted products and re-focusing the business in response to market changes. - Selected and hired a multi-disciplinary team of self-motivated professionals located in different parts of the world: USA, Argentina, India and Ireland, which have been trained to work with minimal day-to-day supervision.

Jan 2003 - Jan 2007

Senior Development Manager

Jockey Club Resort & Marina
Appointed by Riverstone Consulting Led the development and management for $190 million mixed-use project and a Mega-Yacht Marina (The Jockey Club Resort & Marina). Responsible for directing the project through all the stages of the development process Managed all key components of the development from the planning process through tender, construction & operations Coordinated professionals and companies engaged in the project, ensuring that they complete their work on time, within budget and with the quality specified Managed partners and stakeholders relations to ensure joint venture success Monitored the projects on an ongoing basis, evaluating progress and quality, anticipating changes, future needs of resources and potential risks and taking corrective actions as necessary Managed relations with banks, investors, accountants & tax advisors Reviewed deals summaries to assure that were in line with the organization strategy Handled legal issues, serving as the primary point of contact with legal counsels Responsible for identifying, analyzing and acquiring new opportunities for development.
2002 - 2003

Country Manager

B.I.G. Developers LLC (Baresa International Group)
Appointed by BARESA, a renowned Argentinean based Real Estate Company, to expand their investment activities in the United States. Coordinated a multi-disciplinary team of top-consulting firms from Miami and New York. Oversaw the administration and operations of the company in the United Estates. Directed projects through the full cycle of the development process: Product definition, Strategic Planning, Deal structuring, Market Research, Financial and Operation management, economic and commercial feasibility studies, team assemblage, due diligence, schematic and final design, Governmental approvals, marketing and sales campaigns, going-to-market, construction cost estimation and contract negotiations. Responsible for establishing relationship, and communicating with stakeholders at various levels.
1996 - 2002

Director of Development and Acquisitions - Founding Partner

Baresa

Participated in the start-up and organization of Baresa • Designed several projects for the company • Directed the design and development department • Established, implemented and evaluated strategic plans for the company and its developments • Analyzed potential acquisitions and made recommendations to the board of directors • Completed various large-scale projects within the projected schedule and budget • Identified, analyzed, and executed new investment opportunities • Monitored projects on an ongoing basis, evaluating progress and quality and managing issue resolution processes. • Launched a marketing campaign resulting in selling-out 384 residential units in 10 days. • Completed a $32 million project below estimated cost (-5%) by negotiating contracts and change orders, projecting potential deviations while meeting strict timelines and budget requirements. • Introduced project improvements that maximized profit margins, increasing IRR from 25% to 45%. • Improve organization's financial profitability from $24 million to $35 million by redefining products, securing unique opportunities and by managing budget efficiently. • Implemented project management and disciplines in the areas of scheduling, quality control, communication management, cost management and procure management. • Mentored staff in methodology and consulting excellence and encouraged best practice in project management and project planning.

Education

Education

Architect

Universidad de Buenos Aires

Masters

Universidad Politecnica de Madrid

Stanford Advanced Certified Project Management (SCPM).

Stanford University

Skills

Skills

Languages - English

Languages - Spanish

Autocad

Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Photoshop

Microsoft Project

Summary

Francisco J Gonzalez is the Founder and Managing Partner of Riverstone Capital Investments (RCI).  Mr. Gonzalez is also the CEO of Riverstone Consulting, a firm that provides commercial and residential property services for international Investors, Family Offices, Investment Funds, Investment advisors and Real Estate Developers that invest in the (SF) South Florida Real Estate market. Mr. Gonzalez holds an Advanced Project Management Certification from Stanford University, a BS in Architecture from the University of Buenos Aires and he attended a Masters in Real Estate Development at Universidad Politecnica de Madrid. Francisco has executed an extensive number of complex real estate transactions in United States and Latin America and he has broad experience in acquisitions, financing, marketing & Real Estate portfolio management, across different RE Investment sectors. His experience leading big size mixed-used and residential developments gives him a thorough understanding of the Real Estate market. During his career, he has led projects valued in excess of $500 million dollars. Mr. Gonzalez was previously a founding partner and Development Director at Baresa (BA Real Estate SA), where he led the development and management of well known residential and mixed-used projects in Argentina. HIGHLIGHTS An innovative leader and entrepreneur with a successful background in coordinating all phases of developments from inception though completion. Responsible for setting the overall strategic guidance for start-up organizations, transferring vision & strategy into realistic delivery plans and profitable projects Adept at understanding markets, identifying needs, designing and executing solutions, and managing deployment to the end-user. Dynamic team builder with collaborative leadership style and the ability to motivate cross-functional teams and develop cost-effective solutions

Objective

Seeking an opportunity to contribute 14 years of managerial experience, entrepreneurship, creative talents and commitment to excellence to an organization where these skills will have valuable application and can be utilized for the company’s benefit. 

Custom

OBJECTIVE

Seeking an opportunity to contribute 14 years of managerial experience, entrepreneurship, creative talents and commitment to excellence to an organization where these skills will have valuable application and can be utilized for the company’s benefit.

SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS

Results-oriented and seasoned executive with a successful background in leading projects through full project life cycle, from inception through completion, including: planning, resource management, staffing, execution, and quality assurance using PMI methodologies. Dynamic team builder with leadership and proved ability to manage multicultural teams effectively, motivate cross-functional teams to meet or surpass project goals. Rapidly assimilate new technologies and methodologies.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

oProject Management

oStrategic Planning

oFinancial Management

oMarket Analysis

oMarketing & Sales Campaigns

oGoing to the Market

oTeam mentoring & coaching

oInvestor Relations & Fundraising

oBudgeting & Cost Control

oProcurement, tender & award

oEntitlements & Regulations

oE-Commerce

oWeb Design/SEO optimization

oInternet Marketing

oGraphic Design

oBusiness Design

oDesign & Master planning

PROJECT AND DEVELOPMENT MANAGEMENT EXPERIENCE

RIVERSTONE CONSULTING & RIVERSTONE CAPITAL INVESTMENTS Miami, FL

Chief Executive Officer< www.riverstone-capital.com >2003- Present

Direct and supervise day-to-day operations, management and administration of the company. Responsible for setting strategic guidance for different projects and clients, transferring vision & strategy into realistic delivery plans and profitable projects.

·Monitor the projects on an ongoing basis; evaluating progress and quality; anticipating changes, future needs of resources and potential risks and taking corrective actions as necessary.

·Responsible for establishing relationship, and communicating with stakeholders at various levels.

·Assemble the team of professionals and companies engaged in the projects, ensuring that they complete their work on time, within budget and with the quality specified.

·Work effectively with multicultural teams, delivering own targets and supporting others to achieve theirs. Maintain harmony amongst team members through effective communication skills, mentoring and coaching.

·Responsible for identifying, analyzing and closing new opportunities for the company.

·Improved the company performance by locking new clients, negotiating engagements and launching new projects.

·Aligned project initiatives with strategic objectives, completing projects faster, with more efficient resource deployment.

·Secured a $32 million operational loan for the Jockey Club Resort & Marina (One of the company’s clients).

·Saved $1.5 million in project expenses by negotiating several contracts and by outsourcing services to out-of-country firms.

·Increased the NAV of the Jokey Club Marina from $4 million to $22 million by successfully securing governmental permits.

·Increased projected ROE 30% by correcting cash-flow problems, redesigning capital structure and redefining the product-mix.

·Helped to develop United States market entry strategies for several foreign companies and assisted them in executing these strategies through a variety of services. (Going to the Market - Strategic Planning - Market Analysis& Financial Management)

·Identified niches that remained unexplored and opportunities that arose due to the US economy crisis.

·Established strong relationships with owners, vendors, intermediaries and key-professionals; assuring the ability to source deals and master the flow of on-and-off market opportunities.

B.I.G. DEVELOPERS (Baresa International Group) – Miami, FL2002-2003

Country Manager

Appointed by BARESA, a renowned Argentinean based Real Estate Company, to expand their investment activities in the United States. Coordinated a multi-disciplinary team of top-consulting firms from Miami and New York. Oversaw the administration and operations of the company in the United Estates. Directed projects through the full cycle of the development process: Product definition, Strategic Planning, Deal structuring, Market Research, Financial and Operation management, economic and commercial feasibility studies, team assemblage, due diligence, schematic and final design, Governmental approvals, marketing and sales campaigns, going-to-market, construction cost estimation and contract negotiations. Managed partners and stakeholders relations to ensure joint venture success.

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BARESA -Buenos Aires, Argentina < www.baresa.com >1997-2002

Director of Development & Acquisitions – Founding Partner

Participated in the start-up and organization of Baresa · Lead projects for the company in excess of $ 300 M ·Owned the development department · Managed supplier & vendor relationships by establishing objectives, negotiating contracts, leading cross-functional teams and holding partners accountable for achieving agreed-upon deliverables ·Established, implemented and evaluated strategic plans for the company and its developments ·Analyzed potential acquisitions and made recommendations to the board of directors ·Completed various large-scale projects within the projected schedule and budget ·Identified, analyzed, and executed new investment opportunities ·Monitored projects on an ongoing basis, evaluating progress and quality and managing issue resolution processes.

·Launched a marketing campaign resulting in selling-out 384 residential units in 10 days.

·Implemented project management and disciplines in the areas of scheduling, quality control, communication management and cost management, encouraging best practices in project management and project planning.

·Completed a $32 million project below estimated cost (-5%) by negotiating contracts and change orders, projecting potential deviations while meeting strict timelines and budget requirements.

·Introduced project improvements that maximized profit margins, increasing IRR from 25% to 45%.

·Improve organization's financial profitability from $24 million to $35 million by redefining products, securing unique opportunities and by managing budget efficiently.

ENTREPRENEUR EXPERIENCE

OPTICSPLACE.COM – Miami -FL

Founder

Established an online e-commerce optical store specialized in selling sunglasses, glasses, contact lenses and accessories. Sold the business at a significant profit to a long-time partner.

·Created a business model based on selling own merchandise and through affiliates programs to ensure that the site featured a wide variety of products.

·Designed the look and fill of the web-site and coordinated the web-design, e-commerce platform, SSL (Secure Sockets Layer)

·Outsourced costly tasks such as SEO (search engine optimization) and content design to companies based in India.

·Directed online marketing efforts to promote visibility and introduced new products, using Google Adwords, affiliate programs, link building and SEO.

·Negotiated the purchase of merchandise at discounted prices and managed the inventory through a customized platform.

·Consistently maintained a high-standard performance record via exceptional service, follow-through, and specific attention to detail, which resulted in higher sales.

·Researched and analyzed the eyeglass market to identify the best selling products and demand preferences, avoiding the purchase of unwanted products and re-focusing the business in response to market changes.

·Selected and hired a multi-disciplinary team of self-motivated professionals located in different parts of the world: USA, Argentina, India and Ireland, which have been trained to work with minimal day-to-day supervision.

EDUCATION – CERTIFICATIONS – RELEVANT COURSES – COMPUTER SKILLS

·Stanford University – Stanford Certified Advanced Project Manager (SCPM)

·Madrid Polytechnic University (UPM) – Masters in Real Estate Development – Final thesis in progress

·University of Buenos Aires – BS Architecture

Courses: Stanford University: (Mastering the Project Portfolio, Leading effective teams, Financial Mastery for Projects, Leadership for strategic execution, Designing the organization for execution, Converting Strategy into action), Marketing of Products and Services - Integrated Marketing for Real Estate Developments – Financial Engineering - Negotiation techniques.

·Computer Skills: Proficient in MS Project, MS Office, Adobe Photoshopillustrator, AutoCAD,

Design Portfolio: < http://www.slideshare.net/guesta27aeb/architectural-portfolio-francisco-gonzalez >

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

·Member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI)

·Member of The American Institute of Architects(AIA)

Certifications

Certifications
2008 - Present

Stanford Certified Advanced Project Manager

Stanford University