Our Team

Michael Clinton | Managing Partner

Office: (213) 223-6343 x1014

Mr. Clinton began his career with IBM Corporation while still a student completing his undergraduate studies. After receiving his BA from Duke University, Mr. Clinton was hired at the age of 22 to run a multi-million dollar tutoring department for The Princeton Review. He was responsible for a $20M P&L and growing his territories in DC, MD, VA and managing over 45 teachers and tutors. He began his career in corporate finance in 1999 for a fortune 1000 technology firm headquartered in Ft. Lauderdale, FL called Spherion Technologies. He began as a Jr. Analyst, taught himself corporate finance and inevitably became to Sr. Financial Analyst, running corporate reports for the entire billion dollar corporation. He was promoted to Account Executive, Managing over 40 technology consultants and deepening relationships with his clients AARP and XM Satellite Radio. He switched into commercial real estate finance after receiving his MBA from Vanderbilt University in 2007 and founding Gauntlet Commercial Real Estate Capital in 2008. Gauntlet in investment banking firm focused on providing bridge loans to distressed borrowers and in complex financial circumstances. The success of Gauntlet Commercial led to the creation of Gauntlet Private Investments where the breadth of real estate services provided was expanded to provide direct investment, equity structuring, small business capital loans, and to move outside of commercial real estate exclusively.

As Founder and Managing Director of Gauntlet Pi, he oversees all financing requests and has created a reputation for structuring some of the most complicated and creative transactions in the United States. The firm has acquired an interest in 180 MF units and 6 retail strip centers throughout the United States and structured nearly $400M in real estate and private equity transaction since its inception.

Michael routinely hosts and speaks in seminars on real estate finance and periodically speaks as a guest of the Owen School of Management in Nashville, TN. He has successfully underwritten and consulted on hundreds of multi-million dollar transactions. His expertise is in structured finance, business plan analysis, private equity and CRE risk assessment. He is licensed CA real estate broker and a CCIM member candidate, currently studying for the Series 7 Exam. He sits on the board for the YMCA at Weingart, Los Angeles, CA. He is on the board for the University of West Los Angeles, School of Graduate Studies as well as on the board for the HNOJ School located in Los Angeles, CA. He is married to Tiffany Clinton, who is currently an attorney for the University of West Los Angeles and a licensed boxing time keeper in the State of California. They currently reside in Los Angeles, CA and recently welcomed their first child.

Robert Brown, Esq.

Mr. Brown has Thirty-five years (35) years’ expertise serving as legal counsel and business advisor for Fortune 100 financial institutions, specializing in real estate and corporate finance, banking regulations, compliance and loan work-outs. Transactions that he has handled are in excess of $7 billion. Mr. Brown participated in the creation of $275 million in profits while saving in excess of $50 million in potential losses while at Sears Savings Bank. He assisted significantly in the development of a Fair Lending Policy for a Fortune 50 Mortgage Banker. Mr. Brown was instrumental in handling the transfer and transition of the Security Pacific National Bank real estate assets to Bank of America in 1993. In 1997, Mr. Brown was one of the lead attorneys handling the disposition and transfer of Union Oil real estate assets and refineries to British Petroleum Co. Mr. Brown has had extensive experience in handling all forms of real estate transactions including construction, development, environmental matters, commercial leasing and finance documentation.

Kenneth Brookins | Director of Acquisitions

Direct Dial: (410) 365-7965

Kenneth T. Brookins, Principal and CEO of Brookins Investments LLC, based in Baltimore Maryland has over 10 years of experience in the Real estate industry and extensive knowledge of residential and multifamily construction and development. Mr. Brookins has hands on experience in all phases of real estate, which include construction, development, leasing, and management of residential and commercial projects in Maryland, D.C, and Virginia. As Director of Acquisitions, Mr. Brookins handles origination, underwriting, analysis, execution and asset management of properties for Gauntlet Principal Investments. He attended Hampton University and is a licensed architect in the state of Maryland.

Detavio Samuels, MBA

Mr. Detavio is currently President of operations for GlobalHue, the largest multi-cultural marketing firm in the country. Detavio R. Samuels is an accomplished marketer with experience on both the client and agency side of the business. In his current capacity, Detavio is responsible for the overall management, strategic vision and growth of the Fortune 1000 accounts within GlobalHue-Detroit, covering automotive, lending, public sector, sports, insurance and retail. Of recent note, Samuels has received the following accolades for his professional achievements: Black Enterprises’ Top Executives in Marketing and Advertising (2011), Michigan Chronicles’ Men of Excellence (2012), Who’s Who’s Amongst African-Americans in the Automotive Industry (2013) and Executive Member of the Agency Collective. Before Johnson & Johnson, Detavio attended Stanford University, where he received his master’s degrees in business administration and education.

Paul Petshow | Associate

Office: (213) 223-6343 x6357 | Cell: 602.376.9111

Paul Allison | Relationship Manager

Office: (213) 223-6343 x1003 Direct: 213.223.6355