Creating a Focused Approach to Real Estate Investing
Meet Our Team
Forum’s personnel bring a wide range of capabilities and experience that enable us to identify opportunities that others miss. The backgrounds of our team members include real estate, private equity, public equity, investment banking, investment management, securitization and international law. Our collective knowledge and experience provide us the advantage of an all-encompassing and uniquely focused approach to real estate investing.
Russell C. Platt, Co-founder and CEO
Russell C. Platt is a Co-founder and the Chief Executive Officer of Forum Partners and is based in London. He has over 30 years’ experience in real estate finance and investment in Europe and North America including a period as Managing Director of Morgan Stanley & Co. Russell founded and managed the global real estate department of Morgan Stanley Asset Management and was Director of the company’s real estate fund. Before founding Forum Partners, he was Managing Director of Security Capital Research & Management and President of JER Partners. Russell has a BA in economics from Williams College, Massachusetts, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Andrew Faulk, Managing Director and Head of Australia
Andrew Faulk is a Managing Director and Australian country head for Forum Partners. Previously Andrew was head of St. George Bank’s structured and institutional real estate, which originated and managed A$3.5 billion in senior and mezzanine loans across commercial and development property assets nationally. Prior to this Andrew practiced law with Weil Gotshal in London and Clayton Utz in Sydney. He was also previously a senior manager with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Sydney, specializing in structured finance, transactions and restructures. Andrew holds bachelor degrees in Arts and Laws, Masters of Laws (Taxation) Masters of Applied Finance (Corporate Finance) and a Masters of Business Administration. He is a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australia and a Member of the Law Society (NSW).
Noah Hopkins, Managing Director and Head of North America
Noah Hopkins is a Managing Director and head of North America. He has over 10 years of experience in real estate investment banking, M&A, corporate advisory and principal investing. Prior to joining Forum, he worked in JLL’s M&A, Strategic Advisory and Private Capital group. Previously, Noah worked at FBR Capital Markets & Co. focusing on private equity capital raising and formation capitalization transactions. Noah started his career in the principal investment group at Choice Hotels International focusing on select-service hotel transactions.
JulieAnn Villanueva-Barela, Director of Finance
JulieAnn Villanueva-Barela is a Director and the Firm Controller in Forum Partners’ office in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Julie has primary responsibility for the firm’s accounting and financial reporting. Prior to joining, she spent six years with the accounting firm Neff & Ricci LLP, most recently as an Audit Manager. She has a BA (cum laude) in business administration from the University of New Mexico. While at UNM, she was an intern in the university’s internal audit function. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a member of the AICPA.