Michael Brennan is a Co-Founder, Chairman, and Managing Principal of Brennan Investment Group. With a 33-year career dedicated to industrial real estate, Mr. Brennan has orchestrated more than $14 billion in industrial real estate transactions and is a sought-after industry expert.
Mr. Brennan served as the co-founder, CEO, and a director of First Industrial Realty Trust for 14 years before founding Brennan Investment Group. In the 10 years since then, his leadership has helped grow Brennan into the second-largest private industrial real estate owner in the U.S.—an entrepreneurially led and institutionally managed national platform supported by regional offices from coast to coast.
Outside of Brennan Investment Group, Michael directed the writing of The Guide to Classifying Industrial Property Types, the definitive resource on the industrial property sector. He has appeared on CNBC, CNNfn, and Bloomberg Television, and currently serves as Executive Director of the University of Wisconsin’s James A. Graaskamp Center for Real Estate, a program that is consistently ranked among the best real estate programs in the world. Mr. Brennan also serves as a member of the Board of the Technical Committee for FIBRA Macquarie, a publicly-traded company (BMV: FIBRAMQ) and premier owner of Mexican industrial and retail real estate, and The Real Estate Roundtable’s Advisory Membership.
Jeff Dyrda is the Chief Financial Officer of Brennan Investment Group and is responsible for directing the overall financial, accounting, treasury, and risk management functions of the firm.
Prior to joining Brennan Investment Group, Jeff most recently served as chief accounting officer for real estate development and investment firm CA Ventures, where he directed the accounting and finance functions. He also served as vice president of finance and accounting for Hyatt Hotels, where he oversaw the accounting and financial reporting for Hyatt’s global real estate business unit during their initial public offering. Jeff has significant finance and accounting experience within the real estate industry, including senior positions at Starwood Retail Partners, Pritzker Realty Group, Tishman Speyer Properties, and Jones Lang LaSalle. He started his career as an auditor with PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Jeff holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accountancy from Northern Illinois University and is a Certified Public Accountant and a Chartered Global Management Accountant. He is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Illinois CPA Society.
Sam Mandarino is General Counsel of Brennan Investment Group. He has extensive experience in a wide variety of real estate and corporate transactions as a principal and attorney.
Prior to Brennan Investment Group, Sam co-founded Madison Partners Realty in 2001, a company that purchased, managed, and leased over 5 million square feet of industrial buildings, primarily in the Chicago and Milwaukee markets. He directed the day-to-day operations of the company and co-founded and managed their property management affiliate—MPR Management Inc. Prior to founding Madison Partners Realty, Sam was an attorney in the real estate practice groups of Sidley Austin and Baker McKenzie.
Sam holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from DePaul University and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Wisconsin School of Law. He is also a Certified Public Accountant.
Scott McKibben is Chief Investment Officer, Co-Founder, and a Managing Principal at Brennan Investment Group. He oversees the acquisition, development, and disposition of primarily industrial properties throughout the United States. Brennan Investment Group has acquisitions offices in Chicago, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Dallas, Denver, El Paso, Greenville, Houston, Indianapolis, Memphis, Philadelphia, San Diego, Tampa, and Washington D.C. While at Brennan Investment Group, Mr. McKibben has assisted in the acquisition, development, and disposition of nearly $5 billion in transactions totaling over 50 million square feet of transactions in 31 different states.
Prior to joining Brennan Investment Group, Mr. McKibben was the Co-Founder of Madison Partners Realty, which purchased, managed, and leased over 5 million square feet of office and industrial buildings in primarily the Chicago and Milwaukee markets. During his career as a principal of Brennan Investment Group and of Madison Partners Realty and as the Vice-President of Acquisitions of Prime Group Realty Trust, Mr. McKibben completed the acquisition and development of $10 billion in office and industrial properties.
Mr. McKibben earned his Bachelor’s B.S. in Finance in 1991 from DePaul University, his M.S. in Real Estate Appraisal and Investment Analysis in 1994 from the University of Wisconsin Graduate School of Business, and his Juris Doctor in 1994 from the University of Wisconsin Law School. Mr. McKibben is an Illinois licensed attorney and real estate broker.