Acquire Real Estate allows accredited investors to own pre-screened, institutional quality real estate properties through crowdfunding. We have over 8 decades of relationships with the most distinguished real estate sponsors to source opportunities for our investors.
Josh has been in the real estate transaction business for nearly a decade. He started Acquire Real Estate to solve the inefficiencies he saw in how capital is currently raised for real estate transactions. “The capital flow into real estate has always rested in the hands of a very small population and the industry as a whole has been reluctant to change. There are millions of accredited investors with no direct exposure to commercial real estate and even the most successful real estate owners wonder where the equity for their next deal will come from. We are trying to fix that.” Prior to starting Acquire Real Estate, Josh worked as a Vice President of Capital Markets at CBRE/New England in Boston, MA. He was a senior member of a 25 person team responsible for underwriting, structuring, and advising on capital raising efforts for real estate transactions. During his time at CBRE Josh performed underwriting for more than $8.0 billion of retail, office, industrial hotel and multifamily properties and facilitated in closing 150+ capital market transactions in excess of $4.5 billion.
Prior to joining CBRE Josh played professional baseball for the El Paso Diablos.
Prior to Acquire Real Estate, Steven was the Founding Managing Partner at the Logan Asset Backed Fund, an Asset Based Lending Hedge Fund specializing in Real Estate bridge financing. Steven managed the underwriting and finance divisions at Logan.
Prior to Logan, Steven was the Co-Founder of Ascendia Brands, the largest manufacturer and distributor of liquid bath products in North America. Ascendia manufactured and distributed over 100 million units to over 20 countries annually.
Prior to Ascendia Brands, Steven was the founder and CEO of Cenuco, a technology company that developed security monitoring software applications for the cell phone industry.
Steven is also a founding partner in Coastal Car Worldwide, the largest provider of chauffeured ground transportation in South Florida. Coastal has developed and patented ground breaking software for the meeting & events industry.
In 2011, Steven was chosen for the 40 under 40 rising stars of South Florida.
Gerry is an entrepreneur, software architect, and accomplished engineer with 30 years of experience. In 1996 Gerry founded Mindstorm Technologies, a boutique software consultancy that innovates core technology for other companies. Mindstorm has developed many successful products including a medical imaging platform for cardiologists, one of the first Windows Mobile applications on the Stinger phone for Orange Wireless, and a storage management tool.
Gerry co-founded SwiftTouch Corporation in 1998, which was based on his idea for a virtual business card that attached to email correspondence. The product grew into a complete personal organizer that synchronized its data with Outlook, Lotus Notes, Act! and GoldMine. Later a wireless website and interactive voice interface was added so users could interact with their organizer by voice. He helped raised its initial $5 million investment, built the development team, and released the product to favorable reviews in the August 2000 edition of PC Magazine. SwiftTouch was later acquired by PumaTech in November of 2000. Mr. Polucci is listed as an inventor on its patents.
Gerry founded Smartparents, a social media monitoring company that monitors kids’ activities on social media sites and alerts their parents to potential threats. He built the entire cloud based architecture himself.
He started his career at age 12 programming games on the Atari 800 home computer. By the age of 17 he was being flown over to England by the game company Psygnosis to discuss purchasing his games.
Greg Shugar practiced law for eight years in Chicago prior to launching one of the first ever fully-verticial men’s fashion brands, The Tie Bar. Founded with his wife Gina in 2004, they bootstrapped and built The Tie Bar from the ground up, starting in their basement and eventually growing it to nearly $20 million in annual sales. In April 2013, The Tie Bar was acquired by a private equity group.
Greg is now the Chief Marketing Officer for Acquire Real Estate. In his spare time, Greg also invests in early-stage commerce companies, regularly speaks on topics related to entrepreneurship and teaches an entrepreneurship bootcamp course at Florida Atlantic University. And beyond that, Shugar recently launched his newest entrepreneurial venture called Thread Experiment -- the world’s first brand of home bedding dedicated to men.