Our People

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February 12, 2021

Howard Hirsch

Howard S. Hirsch is our General Counsel – Securities, a position he previously held from 2014-2018, and now from January 2021-Present. Mr. Hirsch is a member of Griffin Capital’s executive management team. He previously served as Chief Legal Officer and Secretary for Griffin Capital Real Estate Company, LLC (GRECO) and Griffin Capital Essential Asset REIT, Inc. (GCEAR), positions he held from 2018-2021. Prior to that, he served as Vice President and Assistant Secretary for those entities from June 2014 until December 2018. In his roles at GRECO and GCEAR, Mr. Hirsch handled the corporate matters, public company matters, securities compliance and filing, and board of director matters and was intimately involved in various operational matters, including investor relations and other business aspects of the firm. He was a member of the executive team. Prior to joining Griffin in June 2014, Mr. Hirsch was a member of two nationally known law firms where he held the positions of associate, counsel, partner, and shareholder.

Mr. Hirsch has 25 years of experience in general corporate matters, corporate transactions, public and private securities offerings, corporate governance issues, regulatory compliance, employment matters, and litigation related matters. He has extensive experience counseling executive teams and public company boards of directors and their committees. He has led various large transactional and other general corporate matters for public and private companies, predominantly in the real estate industry. Led or participated in over $20 billion in public company SEC registrations. Counseled public companies on corporate governance best practices and compliance matters and represented companies on various regulatory matters. Mr. Hirsch has represented broker-dealers on various FINRA compliance matters. He also has had a detailed involvement and responsibility with investor relations, human resources, litigation, IT, intellectual property, cybersecurity, and insurance-related matters along with other company operational matters. Mr. Hirsch earned his B.S. degree from Indiana University and his J.D. degree from the University of Illinois–Chicago John Marshall Law School.

December 11, 2020

Michael J. Escalante

Michael Escalante is Chief Executive Officer and President of GCEAR, while also serving as a member of the Board of Directors. Michael was part of the executive team responsible for founding GCEAR and initially served as its Chief Investment Officer beginning in 2008. After being named CEO in 2018, he has been responsible for managing the overall operations of the Company, including all capital allocation decisions and providing key guidance on major asset management matters. With more than 33 years of experience, Michael has been a prominent industry figure within institutional property sectors across North America, completing over $9.6 billion in commercial real estate transactions across the U.S.

Prior to joining Griffin Capital in 2006, Michael founded Escalante Property Ventures, a real estate investment management firm. He was employed from 1997-2005 at Trizec Properties, Inc., previously one of the largest publicly traded office REITs, with his final position being Executive Vice President – Capital Transactions and Portfolio Management. Michael also held various acquisitions, asset management and portfolio management positions at the Yarmouth Group, an international investment advisor from 1987-1997.

Michael earned an MBA from the University of California at Los Angeles, Anderson Graduate School of Management, where he specialized in finance and marketing.  He also graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Commerce degree, with an emphasis in finance and accounting, from Santa Clara University, Leavey School of Business.  Michael is a full member of the Urban Land Institute and active in many civic organizations.

December 09, 2020

Nathan P. Headrick

Nathan is a recognized advocate and leader in the alternative investments industry. Prior to joining Triloma, he served as President of Bluerock Capital Markets and held numerous leadership roles within the CNL companies. To date, Nathan has placed over $14 billion of public and private equity securities into the alternative investment marketplace, including syndication of funds with KKR, EIG, The Macquarie Group and CB Richard Ellis.
December 09, 2020

Ira P. Cohen

Mr. Cohen is a successful mutual fund executive with over 35 years of retail, offshore and institutional experience. He currently serves as an Independent Trustee for the Valued Advisors Trust group of funds with AUM in excess of $3 billion. Over the past nine years Mr. Cohen has served as managing principal of a boutique consulting company providing advisory and compliance related services. Mr. Cohen’s client list includes Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC), Goldman Sachs, Fidelity, Waddell & Reed, Commonwealth Funds, DST Systems and FINRA.
December 09, 2020

Robb W. Chapin

Chief Executive Officer - ROC Seniors and Medical Properties
December 09, 2020

Nate Whittier

Mr. Whittier joined Bain Capital Credit in 2013. He is a Director and Portfolio Manager in Liquid Credit based in Bain Capital Credit's Boston office. He is also responsible for risk management and portfolio analytics across the Firm’s strategies. Previously, Mr. Whittier worked in the Global Portfolio Solutions Group of the Asset Management Division of Goldman Sachs.
December 09, 2020

Alon Avner

Head of Bain Capital Credit Europe and Managing Director, Distressed and Special Situations, Bain Capital Credit
December 09, 2020

Michael A. Ewald

Mr. Ewald joined Bain Capital Credit in 1998. He is a Managing Director, Global Head of the Private Credit Group, Portfolio Manager for the Middle Market Credit and Senior Direct Lending strategies and a Credit Committee member. He also serves as President and CEO of Bain Capital Specialty Finance, Inc., a registered business development company. He is based in Bain Capital Credit’s Boston office. Previously, Mr. Ewald was an Associate Consultant at Bain & Company and an analyst at Credit Suisse First Boston in the Regulated Industries group.
December 09, 2020

Andrew Carlino

Mr. Carlino joined Bain Capital Credit in 2002. He is a Managing Director and Portfolio Manager in Liquid Credit based in Bain Capital Credit’s Boston office. Prior to his current role, Mr. Carlino was responsible for investments in the Airlines, Aerospace & Defense, and Homebuilding & Building Product sectors. Previously, Mr. Carlino was a consultant for The Boston Consulting Group and an intelligence officer in the US Air Force.
December 09, 2020

Muhammad Gazi

Mr. Gazi joined Griffin Capital in 2018 and serves as a Vice President, Product Specialist. Mr. Gazi is a member of the Griffin Capital Credit Advisor Investment Committee and is responsible for Griffin Capital Credit Advisor’s product placement and strategy development.
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