Westminster Capital is a deeply experienced real estate investment manager on behalf of private wealth capital.
westminster capital team
Robert T.E. Lansing
Prior to founding the forerunner firm to Westminster Capital in 1988, Mr. Lansing spent nine years with LaSalle Partners, becoming Senior Vice President and Founder of the Strategy Group. Clients included private family clients and companies such as Tribune Company, Hewlett-Packard, Ford Motor, 3M, Bristol-Myers, and Clorox. This work involved evaluation of real estate portfolios, formulation of corporate real estate strategy, formation of joint ventures, and overseeing acquisition/disposition activity. Several of these client assignments dealt with multi-billion dollar real estate portfolios. Before joining LaSalle Partners, he worked for The Fox Companies, a regional real estate development company in Philadelphia, and FMC Corporation in Chicago. Mr. Lansing was the Mayor of Lake Forest, Illinois, and served on the Zoning Board of Appeals, Chaired a City Planning Committee, and served as an Alderman on the Lake Forest City Council. Mr. Lansing is a Director Emeritus of Lake Forest Bank & Trust Company, having served on the Bank’s Credit and Risk Management Committees. He has a BA from Wesleyan University and an MBA from The Wharton School.
Mr. Hunt joined Westminster Capital as Chief Financial Officer in January, 2012 and was promoted to his current position in January, 2013. Prior to joining the Firm, he was Managing Principal of Newport Advisors, a real estate advisory services firm that he founded. Mr. Hunt has over 10 years of REIT experience including serving for seven years as President, Chief Operating Officer and a Trustee of Great Lakes REIT, a publicly traded (NYSE) company that was sold in 2004 to a private equity firm. He subsequently was Executive Director-Joint Venture Management at First Industrial Realty Trust. Prior to Great Lakes REIT, Mr. Hunt had a 14 year career at LaSalle Investment Management, one of the world’s leading managers of private and public property equity investments, where he served as a Managing Director in a variety of development, asset management, and portfolio management positions. He began his business career as a loan officer at BMO Harris Bank in the commercial lending department. Mr. Hunt is a Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Life Care Companies LLC, one of the largest senior living operators in the U.S. He has a BS from Northwestern University and a MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Mr. King joined the firm in 2004, to lead the Asset Management Group. He worked 12 years for Northwestern Mutual Life as the Director of Real Estate Asset Management throughout the Midwest with responsibility for managing a $400 million portfolio of property assets largely containing apartment and industrial properties. In Lake Forest, Illinois, he serves on the board of the Housing Trust Fund, and was a past Chairman of the City of Lake Forest Building Review Board. Mr. King is an active member of the Wisconsin Real Estate Alumni Association (WREAA) and serves on the Investment Committee of the WREAA Fund. He has a BBA-Finance and a Masters of Real Estate and Urban Economics from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.
Mr. Mazur is a partner of Westminster Capital and has worked at the firm since 2000. Before joining Westminster Capital, Mr. Mazur was Chief Investment Officer for a real estate investment fund. His responsibilities included all aspects of the acquisition process from identification of opportunities to negotiation, financial analysis, due diligence, financing, and asset management. Prior to that, Mr. Mazur worked for 10 years at Jones Lang LaSalle in various capacities including investment sales, asset management, development, property management, and leasing. In his last assignment, he oversaw the Healthcare Investment Services Group. Before joining LaSalle, he was a district sales manager for Chrysler Corporation. He holds a BA in Economics from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.
Ms. Sherin oversees Investor Reporting, Human Resources, and Administration at Westminster Capital. Prior to joining the Firm in 1995, she was an Administrative Assistant for the Retirement Planning Group at PaineWebber. She has a BA degree in Economics/Business with Honors from Lake Forest College.
Before joining the Firm in 2002, Mr. Strotman spent five years at Arthur Andersen in the Commercial Audit Division, the last three as a Senior Auditor. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the AICPA and the Illinois Society of CPAs. He holds a BBA in Accounting from the University of Notre Dame.
Mr. Van Wie joined the Firm in 2007 as a Financial Analyst supporting the Firm’s asset management, acquisition, and disposition activities. Previously he worked for PSK Properties, Inc. as Director of Finance and Administration. He earned a BS degree in Business Administration from Marian College, and an MBA from Marquette University.
Mr. Lansing joined the Firm in 2010 to support the investor relations and asset management functions of the Firm. Since 2014, he has led the Firm’s client capital activity. Previously, in the institutional equities and executive search businesses, he worked with many well-known hedge fund and private equity firms. Mr. Lansing is a Director of The Western Golf Association which supports The Evans Scholarship Foundation. An avid supporter of amateur golf, he has caddied in seven USGA Championships, including The United States Men’s Amateur Championship four times. Mr. Lansing is a board observer of Talk Shop Live LLC and has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Denver.
Mr. Lukac joined Westminster in 2019 to support the firm’s acquisition and asset management activities. He began his career in New York at J.P. Morgan in the investment banking division, covering public and private REITs. Most recently, Mr. Lukac worked at Jones Lang LaSalle in Chicago within the capital markets advisory group, focusing primarily on underwriting office, multifamily, retail and industrial acquisitions and dispositions, as well as debt and equity placement. Mr. Lukac holds a BBA in Finance from Valparaiso University and is actively involved in Urban Land Institute Chicago and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.
Ms. Cekay joined the firm November 2019 as an Executive Assistant after working as an assistant to a tax and law attorney. Graduating with a BS in Finance from the University of Maryland, College Park, her career started as an Institutional Fixed Income Sales Assistant with Bear Stearns in Los Angeles, CA before becoming a Portfolio Manager for Frye Financial Center in Aventura, FL. Ms. Cekay is an active volunteer in the Lake Forest community, currently serving as Vice President of the Lake Forest High School Boosters Board.