RCG Ventures said March 6 that Wilkes Graham has joined the firm as chief financial officer. Graham was previously with Compass Point Research & Trading LLC where he was a director of research and a senior sell-side equity research analyst. RCG Ventures is an affiliate of Argonne Capital Group.
ATLANTA, March 6, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — RCG Ventures announces Wilkes Graham has joined the executive team as Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Graham will lead RCG as it continues to establish itself as the premier leader of value-add real estate in the country.
“RCG’s intense focus on creating value at the property level has resulted in a long track record of delivering outsized investor returns,” Mr. Graham said. “Critically, this strategy requires an equally focused financial approach which includes broadening our investor, JV partner and lender relationships and further streamlining our internal systems and processes. I could not be more excited to be joining such a dynamic and energetic team.”
Mr. Graham brings over 18 years’ experience to the role, most recently as Chief Financial Officer at Wheeler. While at Wheeler, he oversaw corporate finance, accounting, investor relations and capital and financing strategies. During his two years there, the company raised over $100 million of capital and acquired nearly $300 million of real estate, all while doubling earnings per share.
Prior to joining Wheeler, Mr. Graham spent 16 years in the real estate financial services industry. Mr. Graham worked with Compass Point Research & Trading, LLC, a boutique investment bank in Washington, DC focused on the financial services sector. He served as Director of Research and as a Senior Sell-Side Equity Research Analyst.
From 2001-2009, Mr. Graham worked as a Vice President and a Senior Sell-Side Analyst focused on the real estate sector at FBR Capital Markets & Co. (NASDAQ: FBRC), a full-service investment bank in Arlington, VA that offers equity and fixed income research services to institutional investors.
From 1999-2001, he worked as a Research Associate covering REITs for Raymond James & Associates, a leading diversified financial services company in St. Petersburg, FL.
“We’re so pleased to welcome Wilkes to the RCG team,” said Mike McMillen, RCG’s Chief Executive Officer. “Wilkes brings with him a unique combination of analytical, operational and managerial experience over two decades that fits perfectly within our long-term vision of being the nation’s premier value-add real estate investment company.”
About RCG Ventures
RCG Ventures, an affiliate of Argonne Capital Group, is an Atlanta-based privately funded real estate investment group that acquires shopping centers, redevelops assets, and develops commercial real estate in the Continental United States. The company’s primary focus is acquiring and repositioning value-add anchored shopping centers in secondary and tertiary markets.
Founded in November of 2003, RCG Ventures has steadily grown its portfolio through direct equity investment in shopping centers. In addition, the company selectively enters into joint ventures with institutional partners and with owners in search of an equity partner. Since inception, RCG has acquired over 160 assets totaling approximately $1.25 billion of Invested Capital. RCG’s current portfolio includes approximately 90 assets in 25 states, and approximately 11.5 million square feet.
Additional information about RCG Ventures can be found at www.rcgventures.com.