Joseph G. Gillespie, MBA
Mr. Gillespie is the founder and CEO of Inner Circle. He has extensive experience in all phases of hospitality-related real estate investment with substantial transaction experience, and numerous industry contacts. He is an expert in all phases of the acquisition process including deal structuring, contract negotiation, and raising and closing on the debt/equity capital structure.
Mr. Gillespie has been responsible for the acquisition of 135 hotels with 93 as a major Principal. He has been responsible for the financing of over $3.5 billion in real estate having personally borrowed $1.7 billion. Prior to forming Inner Circle, Mr. Gillespie served in various capacities at a succession of institutional commercial real estate concerns including Trammel Crow, Consolidated Capital, and Johnstown America.
J. Kenneth Rhodes
Mr. Rhodes has over 30 years of experience in securities, finance and real estate. His transaction volume exceeds $8 billion structuring investments through a variety of organizational structures including IPO’s, Private Placements, Reverse Mergers, Convertible Debentures and various forms of debt. He is a former State Securities Administrator serving as Chief of Securities for the State of Tennessee. He has been a featured guest lecturer for the National Association of Realtors, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the North American Securities Administrators Association.
A former NASD Registered Securities Principal, Mr. Rhodes qualified as an expert witness in state and federal court regarding securities, real estate and fraud. Mr. Rhodes has previously served as CFO for a regional real estate developer and Director of Development for a large hospitality company. He earned a Masters in Finance and Economics and is a Certified Private Equity Professional.
Julie A. Brian
Ms. Brian brings over 18 years of Real Estate Acquisitions, Commercial Insurance and Corporate Asset Management to the team. She is an integral part of the team managing 95 corporations and 24 operating hotel assets. In the course of her real estate asset management career she has been responsible for oversight of acquisition due diligence processes, including review of corporate documents, leases, licenses, state and county regulations, and commercial insurance negotiations.
From acquisition through disposition, Ms. Brian manages and oversees each asset from the perspective of integrating the property into the ownership portfolio. She develops, implements, and refines asset management processes and procedures. Her expertise has resulted in optimization of asset control and inventory management to track accountability, identification, location, maintenance, contracts, and life cycle status.
Jade Dremstedt, MBA
Mr. Dremstedt has over 20 years of domestic and international consulting experience providing services to Fortune 500 companies in a diverse range of industries, including construction, engineering, utilities, technology, and hospitality. He joined the team in 2015 as Managing Director of Strategy and Business Development. Among his responsibilities is sourcing and maintaining relationships with lenders, developers and general contractors.
Mr. Dremstedt focuses on business processes and controls to streamline and economize fund raising. By applying scorecard and metrics reporting he is able to direct capital in the most efficient manner while managing enterprise risk. Working closely with general contractors, local government, and community redevelopment agencies, he oversees construction cost reviews, resource planning, and system implementation.