Innovators and Leaders in the industry.
Justin French is an Executive Leader with over 20 years’ experience in empowering businesses and individuals to reach their maximum potential.
Prior to joining Growth Equity Group as its CEO, Justin led several major retailers to growth in excess of a billion dollars in sales, while enriching their organizations with top talent and leadership track training programs. Additionally, Mr. French has dedicated time to aiding students develop their career track at major universities, and served as advisor to the board of Sanford-Brown College in Orlando.
Founder of Growth Equity Group, Preston Despenas quickly took the alternative investment firm from startup to being a highly visible leader in innovating the retirement, real estate, and investment spaces.
Preston first discovered his passion and talent for entrepreneurship and real estate while still in college. Since obtaining his broker’s license and completing his first deal in 1998, he hasn’t looked back. He has since been involved in over 400MM worth of real estate transactions, including heading up a Chicago based leasing and property management firm which he launched in 1999.
As part of the original founding team and current member of the acquisitions team, Jon Kopp has been key in developing the firm’s technology, service, and reach.
Responsible for consistently driving growth in excess of 55%, Jon continues to innovate, design, and recruit for ongoing expansion goals, while ensuring a stellar client experience. Jon took the lead in developing several technologies and systems for GEG and its customers, including GEG Manager. Now an award winning leader and developer.
As our COO, Vince Gianfortune oversees daily operations, and has been a highly effective leader in facilitating the scaling of infrastructure while maintaining solid customer experience.
Vince has over 16 years’ experience in quality control, transaction management, real estate, and due diligence. This includes handling quality control for a national real estate title and escrow firm. His talent for processing documentation, developing procedures, and designing property management solutions are an invaluable asset, and provide a solid, yet scalable foundation for GEG’s next phases of expansion.