Hampshire Real Estate Companies


The Hampshire Companies, headquartered in Morristown, New Jersey is a privately held, fully integrated real estate firm that has more than 50 years of hands-on, cycle-tested experience in acquiring, developing, leasing, repositioning, managing, financing and disposing of real estate. The investment strategy of the Hampshire Real Estate Companies is to acquire value-added opportunities where it can use its 50 year operational experience to materially enhance their value with a focus on the following real estate asset classes: Industrial; Office and Retail. Hampshire balances the risk in its various fund portfolios by employing a strategy that blends the assets in the portfolio between YIELD-oriented properties and CAPITAL enhancement properties. YIELD-ORIENTED STRATEGIES: 1. Stable Yield Strategy: This strategy is focused on assets with stable, long term Net Operating Income to counter balance the riskier investment strategies. 2. Yield Enhancement Strategy: This strategy is focused on assets with a fairly stable Net Operating Income; however, there is an opportunity to enhance the yield by modifying the underlying leases. 3. Buy Vacancy/Renewal Strategy: This strategy is focused on assets that have short term Net Operating Income issues caused by existing vacancies or pending tenant lease expirations. 4. Credit Risk Strategy: This strategy is focused on acquiring well-located assets at a discount due to the credit status of the primary tenant. In employing this strategy, Hampshire looks at special risk mitigating factors; such as, the quality of the asset, nature of use to tenant's business, ability to re-tenant/re-use the facility. CAPITAL-ORIENTED STRATEGIES 1. Re-positioning Strategy: This strategy is focused on assets that need to be upgraded by an infusion of capital to bring the facility up to today's standard. These projects include deferred maintenance; modernization of the physical plant; exterior facade improvements; and interior renovations. This strategy is typically employed with buildings that are vacant or have a pending renewal. 2. Expansion Strategy: This strategy is focused on assets that have the ability to be expanded. 3. Development/Re-development Strategy: This strategy is for raw development or major re-development of existing facilities. 4. Change of Use Strategy: This strategy is focused on assets that have the ability to be converted to a different use through re-development of the property. In all investment strategies, the Hampshire Companies uses appropriate debt leverage in order to enhance the overall returns of the investments.

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Portfolio Manager - Hampshire Legacy Fund

Deborah Imperatore

Deborah Hanson Imperatore has been with The Hampshire Companies since 1983 and currently serves as the Treasurer and Chief Administrative Officer of The Hampshire Legacy Group. She is the Founder and President of Hanson-Imperatore Securities, inc., a broker dealer firm. Deborah is also the Co-Founder and executive Director of The Paige Whitney Babies Center, a non-profit 501(C) (3) organization located in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, which is dedicated to helping disadvantaged babies and their families. Deborah graduated from Dwight Englewood High School and holds a BA from Hope College Magna Cum Laude. She is married to Harold J. Imperatore, Principal and General Manager of The Hampshire Destination Properties and proprietor of The Bernards Inn. She has 5 children ranging in age from 13 to 20 years.

President and Chief Executive Officer

James Hanson II

As President of Hampshire Real Estate Companies, James Hanson is fully dedicated to the formation, operation and investment activities of the Hampshire family of funds. Hanson has over 25 years of real estate investment management experience, and serves as the President of the Palisades Interstate Park Commission. In 1995, Hanson spearheaded a joint venture between Hampshire and CB Richard Ellis (CBRE) to provide asset management and advisory services to institutional investors. In 2001, Hampshire sold their share of the joint venture to CBRE to allow Hanson's full dedication to the Hampshire Partners Fund VI. Hanson has a B.A. degree from Hope College and a J.D. degree from Vermont Law School, Magna Cum Laude.

Portfolio Manager and Hampshire Legacy Fund

Jeffrey Hanson

Jeffrey Hanson began his career with Hampshire Real Estate Companies in 1984, focusing on the oversight and coordination of Hampshire's development and re-development projects. Hanson has handled all aspects of site selection, negotiation of joint venture agreements, site plan approvals, lease negotiations, plan development, construction financing, and the oversight of project construction. Hanson currently fulfills the duties of Portfolio Manager. During Hanson's tenure, Hampshire has developed over 1,500,000 square feet of grocery anchored shopping centers, single-tenant retail facilities and re-developed over 1,500,000 square feet of industrial properties. Recently, Hanson has led the company's effort in the acquisition of town centers and urban properties for rehabilitation and redevelopment. Hanson has also been instrumental in leading and pursuing joint venture activities with major retail tenants.

Founder and Chairman

Jon Hanson

Jon Hanson, Chairman and Founder of the Hampshire Real Estate Companies, is fully dedicated to the formation, operation and investment activities of the Hampshire family of funds during the investment period. He also serves as a Portfolio Manager within the Hampshire Legacy Group. Hanson has over 45 years of real estate investment management experience and sits on the Boards of Prudential Financial, HealthSouth Corp., National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame, Inc. and Yankee Entertainment and Sports Network. Additionally, Hanson is an active member of the investment committee of Hope College and the Board of Advisors of NYU School of Law Center for Real Estate. Hanson has a B.A. degree from Colgate University.

Investor Relations and Acquisitions Officer

Norman Feinstein

Norman Feinstein has been affiliated with Hampshire since 1980, and officially joined the company in 1999. In his role as Executive Vice President at the Hampshire Real Estate Companies, Feinstein oversees the investment committee, as well as investor relations and acquisitions. Previously, Feinstein had been a practicing attorney for more than 25 years, specializing in real estate law. He has also owned and operated commercial and residential properties since 1974. In addition, Feinstein has served as President and Counsel to the New Jersey Apartment Association and as a Regional Vice President of the National Apartment Association. Feinstein has a B.A. degree from University of Connecticut and a J.D. degree from Suffolk University Law School, and is admitted to practice law in New Jersey. In his spare time, Mr. Feinstein also enjoys travel and golf.

Senior Investment Manager

Robert Schmitt

Robert Schmitt is the Senior Investment Manager at Hampshire Real Estate Companies. Schmitt's involvement with the Hampshire real estate portfolio has ranged from disposition, acquisitions and refinancing to negotiating tenant renewals, new leases and shopping center expansion projects. Schmitt also supervises leasing and property management teams on several properties where Hampshire functions as a third party manager. Prior to his affiliation with Hampshire, Schmitt was an Asset Manager with Legg Mason Real Estate Advisors in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. At Legg Mason, he was responsible for managing a portfolio of real estate investments for pension fund clients including equities, joint ventures and mortgages. Schmitt holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Clarkson University and an MBA in Finance from Boston University.

Transaction Manager

Mark Rosen

Mark Rosen has been with Hampshire for over 20 years and currently serves in the roles of Transaction Manager and Legal Specialist. In that capacity, he directs the acquisition and financing activities of the Hampshire family of funds. Rosen's broad experience includes the negotiation of contracts, origination and placement of financing, acquisition due dis, origination and placement of financing, acquisition due diligence and facilitating dispositions. Rosen has a B.S. degree from SUNY- Binghamton, and a J.D. degree from Brooklyn Law School.

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