George Smith Partners is shaking up its leadership team. The firm has promoted Malcolm Davies to lead the day-to-day strategy and operations along with Jonathan Lee and Shahin Yazdi. In the new role, Davies will focus on the big-picture strategy and goals and will focus more on private events. The firm’s co-founders Gary Tenzer, Gary Mozer and Steve Bram continue to lead the firm’s overall direction and policy.

“Many of the initiatives the firm has embarked on over the past decade have been used by our specific team, the Davies Group, to ensure production was at the forefront of the company’s revenue,” Davies, principal and managing director at George Smith Partners, tells “Our belief is that the connections we foster on behalf of our entrepreneurial sponsors is what differentiates George Smith Partners. By incorporating another partner into the management of the firm, alongside Lee and Yazdi, we are leveraging more of the collective knowledge base in our corporate growth strategies.”

Davies will focus on achieving the firm’s growth goals, which includes entering and establishing business in new geographic markets and growing on the East Coast. “In 2019, we opened a new office on the East Coast,” says Davies. “That office reports to our team from a structural perspective, and we’ve been starting to stretch our boundaries of not only being the pre-eminent West Coast capital advisory firm focused on representing the entrepreneurial sponsor, but also to working on projects in Charlotte, Atlanta, Tampa, Dallas, Houston and Chicago as well as other major cities in the US. By having a coast-to-coast solution, we are better connected to the greater capital flows from the East Coast and have better boots-on-the-ground coverage to bring our dedicated team approach to the whole country.”

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Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Maree Borland is a freelance journalist and magazine writer based in Los Angeles, California. For more than 5 years, she has extensively reported on the commercial real estate industry, covering major deals across all commercial asset classes, investment strategy and capital markets trends, market commentary, economic trends and new technologies disrupting and revolutionizing the industry. Her work appears daily on and regularly in Real Estate Forum Magazine. As a magazine writer, she covers lifestyle and travel trends. Her work has appeared in Angeleno, Los Angeles Magazine, Travel and Leisure and more.

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