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Jay Atkinson

Jay Atkinson
Managing Principal

Mr. Atkinson is the Managing Principal of Paceline Investors, LLC, a San Francisco-based real estate investment and development firm focused on value-added and opportunistic investments, entitlement and developments in California, primarily the San Francisco Bay Area.

Prior to forming Paceline Investors, Mr. Atkinson co-founded Cannae Partners, LLC, a real estate investment firm focused on value-added commercial real estate investments. Cannae Partners had success investing in and repositioning value-added office buildings and re-leasing them to technology firms that desired new, creative office style improvements. One of their investments, 1019 Market Street in San Francisco, won the NAIOP Chapter’s 2015 Investment Transaction of the Year. Cannae’s institutional partners included J.P. Morgan Asset Management, Westport Capital Partners, TDA Investment Group and New York Life.

Prior to forming Cannae Partners, Mr. Atkinson was a Vice President of Gerrity International and helped to establish a joint venture investment with MSREF that grew into a $250 million development platform of fifteen development projects with 140 employees and nearly eight million square feet of Wal-Mart anchored shopping centers in mainland China.

Prior to his time in China, Mr. Atkinson worked in investment and development capacities for GMS Realty, LLC, a retail property investor/operator affiliated with Washington State Investment Board and Principal Financial Group, at Jones Lang LaSalle’s Capital Markets group in Los Angeles and for Trammell Crow Company. Comfortable with multiple asset types, Mr. Atkinson is most experienced with office, retail and mixed-use assets.

Mr. Atkinson received his M.B.A from the Haas School at U.C. Berkeley and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. degree in Urban Studies and Diplomatic History. In his free time, Mr. Atkinson enjoys his family, endurance sports and supporting charities sponsoring educational opportunities for today’s youth.