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Executive Leadership

Eric D. Banks

Eric D. Banks / Principal/Board Member/Partner/Executive Director-Brokerage Services

Eric D. Banks is a shareholder and the co-founder of CORE Partners, LLC and currently serves as an Executive Principal / Partner with the company. In addition to his transactional client services, Eric serves as the Principal Associate Broker for the firm with responsibilities for oversight of the company’s brokerage services team. As a member of CORE’s Executive Management Team, Eric also has responsibilities for the day-to-day operations of the company. CORE Partners is a consecutive recipient of the CoStar “Power Broker Award,” and recognized as one of the top commercial real estate firms in the United States. Eric is individually recognized by CoStar as a Power Broker Award recipient for his transactional work. Prior to becoming an Executive Principal/Partner with CORE, Eric was a Vice President with Friedman Real Estate Group, Inc., which he joined in 1998 quickly distinguishing himself as a leading industry professional in Southeastern Michigan. With specialized knowledge in investment, office, hi-tech/industrial and retail properties, Eric has a long established track record as a top producing deal maker with a proven ability to work through more complex real estate transactions that may involve environmental risk, difficult value assessment, creative financing structures, bankruptcies, short sales, lease vs. buy analysis, new lease structuring, or executing and negotiating tax free exchanges. Eric has been engaged by some of the area’s largest property owners, developers and corporations. Prior to becoming a full time real estate professional, Eric practiced law for eight years with two of Detroit’s most prestigious law firms. Eric is often sought out as a consultant on real estate matters, and frequently retained by court appointed Receivers, or retained to provide expert witness testimony in both state and federal court litigation matters. A Michigan native and graduate of the University of Detroit School of Law, Eric resides with his wife and two children in Birmingham, Michigan.

Peter K. Burton

Peter K. Burton / Principal/Board Member/Partner

Peter K. Burton is a 3rd generation real estate developer and builder and leads the office, industrial, retail and commercial development divisions of the organization. Peter is very well known in the Michigan real estate industry as a creative problem solver, having helped many Fortune 100 companies and institutions fulfill their real estate objectives. This has led to hundreds of successful transactions as well as joint venture partnerships with some of the region’s most notable corporations, institutions and families. Peter has served as a guest lecturer at the University of Michigan, Wayne State University and Michigan Appraisers Institute. Peter was a past President of the Building Industry Association and was named Developer of the Year in 1996. He also held a seat on the State of Michigan’s Licensing Board. Peter is also very active in giving back to the community, serving on a number of Boards including currently serving on Home Aid America, Haven, the Building Industry Association and the Building Industry Association foundation. Peter was also a past President of the Michigan M. S. Society and formerly on the Boards of United Way, Judson Center, Lighthouse of Oakland County among others.

Matthew J. Farrell

Matthew J. Farrell / CEO/Co-Founder

Matthew J. Farrell is a shareholder and the originator and co-founder of CORE Partners, LLC and currently serves as an Executive Principal / Partner for the group. In addition, to his transactional services, Matt is a member of CORE’s Executive Management Team and responsible for the day-to-day operations of the company and brokerage staff. Prior to becoming an Executive Principal/Partner with CORE, Matt was a Vice President with Friedman Real Estate Group, Inc. which he joined in 2002, and quickly distinguished himself as a leading professional in Southeastern Michigan representing nearly 4.2 million square feet owned by the largest list of institutional owners Michigan had to offer. Matt also served a term with Grubb & Ellis for nearly three years prior and serviced many local and national users. Specializing in office, hi-tech and investment properties, Matt has an established track record and a proven ability to work through more complex real estate transactions that may involve environmental risk, difficult value assessment, lease vs. buy analysis, new lease structuring, or executing and negotiating tax free exchanges. Matt is a past President of Michigan's Commercial Board of Realtors (CBOR), current Board Member and recipient of the statewide “Broker of the Year” award. A Michigan native and 1999 graduate of Michigan State University, Matt resides with his wife Jessica, son Quinn, and daughters Camryn and Sylvie in Clarkston, MI.

Robert M. Katzman

Robert M. Katzman / Principal/Board Member/Partner

Robert M. Katzman is a 3rd generation real estate developer and builder and brings over 40 years of real estate expertise to the organization. Robert oversees the residential and new project division of CORE Partners. He is recognized and respected as a visionary expert in the field of residential, mixed use and master planned community developments. Beginning his career by building homes for his father’s business, Prudential Investment Company, Robert continued to grow the family legacy by learning all aspects of the construction and land development industry. A graduate of Michigan State University, he later became Chairman of the Board of Abbey Homes, which he founded in 1973. Gifted with a natural artistic talent which he brings to all his real estate development projects, Robert has created some of Michigan’s finest and most beautiful master planned communities. Robert’s trademark projects often include unique, trend-setting features as well as incorporating significant natural elements, which underscore his commitment to preserving and enhancing the environment. In support of the community, Robert and his family’s foundation are major contributors to the Detroit Institute of the Arts, as well as many other non-profit organizations.

Barry D. Pincus

Barry D. Pincus / Principal/Board Member/Partner

An innovator in Asset Management services, Barry Pincus brings more than 25 years of experience to his profession. Working on behalf of owners, developers and private investors, Barry spearheads an Asset Management firm responsible for over 11 million square feet of commercial real estate in 10 states nationwide. Whether he is protecting an iconic asset, such as New York City’s revered Woolworth Building or overseeing the management of national industrial portfolios, Barry brings an unparalleled breadth of knowledge and personal and professional care to each assignment. A graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, Barry began his current career path in 1985 when he became actively engaged in the development, acquisition, refinancing and operations of several assets. Over the years, the key to Barry’s success has been his strong and loyal relationships with investors, lenders and brokers such as Coldwell Banker Commercial, Cushman & Wakefield, and CB Richard Ellis. In 2005, he founded REalta Group, with his son Brad, also a law school graduate. Together they have developed a national business, adding new service lines and expanding an impressive client base. In addition to trophy assets and signature projects in New York City, Barry is involved in the acquisition and management of commercial and industrial properties as well as new development projects in seventeen states across the country.

Brad T. Pincus

Brad T. Pincus / Principal/Board Member/Partner

As Vice President/Co-Founder of one of the country’s most respected Asset Management firms, Brad brings modern practices, legal acumen and experience in a wide range of real estate disciplines to his profession. An attorney by training, Brad founded REalta Group in 2005 with his father Barry Pincus, a well-respected Asset Management professional for nearly three decades. Together they have built the firm into an innovator in the industry. Brad is responsible for a team of top professionals that manage commercial and industrial assets in New York and throughout the nation. He protects asset values for owners and investors of such trophy properties as New York City’s beloved Woolworth Building. In downtown New York City, his firm is responsible for the oversight of the prestigious SoHo Mews Condominium, from construction through completion, and continues to Asset Manage the project. Brad became a student of the real estate industry at a very early age, and long before earning his J.D. from New York Law School. While still an undergraduate at the University of Michigan, he spent his summers working as a leasing agent, specializing in office properties in midtown Manhattan, which provided him with a useful perspective of the relationship between owners and tenants, and the role management plays in the process. It also helped him build a broad network in the industry that remains strong to this day.

Larry R. Goss

Larry R. Goss / Executive Vice President

Lawrence Goss is Executive Vice President of CORE Partners, LLC. He joined the firm in 1986 and is involved in a broad range of activities related to commercial, retail and residential real estate development. Larry is a driving force in the organization with a proven ability to successfully orchestrate large-scale and complex development projects utilizing his strong planning, analytical and management skills. Over the course of Larry’s career with CORE Partners, Larry has managed master planned community development, commercial and mixed use projects as large as 700 acres and completed projects totaling several hundred million dollars in value. Serving for 6 years as Chief Operating Officer for Trillacorpe/BK, LLC, their Federal Government general contracting operation, Larry led the firm to be ranked #3 nationally in the Government Services category of the Inc. 500 list of Fastest Growing Private Companies in America, receiving contract awards from the Department of Defense, Department of Energy, U. S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Veterans Administration. Larry has completed coursework at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design in Real Estate Finance, holds a Michigan Brokers license and is a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM). He was a founding Board Member of the Pontiac Area Transitional Housing project for homeless women and their children, serving as President of the Board for two years, and a founding Board Member of Vetpower.org, a 501(c)(3) charity focused on supporting our returning Veterans.

Andy C. Boyce

Andy C. Boyce / Chief Financial Officer

Andrew Boyce serves as the Chief Financial Officer for CORE Partners and its affiliated companies. A graduate of Michigan State University, Mr. Boyce manages and oversees all aspects of the accounting and finance functions of the company and serves on the company's executive management team. Prior to joining CORE Partners, Mr. Boyce served for eight years as Controller of Grand/Sakwa Properties, a large property management and development company located in the Midwest and was a Senior Tax Manager for eight years with Plante Moran, an international tax accounting and advisory services firm. Mr. Boyce has expertise in investment real estate, debt/equity financing and property insurance. He is a registered CPA, and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Joseph G. Pica

Joseph G. Pica / Senior Vice President/CORE Construction Services

Mr. Pica brings over 30 years of real estate, construction and development expertise to the organization. As Senior Vice President of CORE Construction Services (CCS), he has constructed several million square feet of research, office, retail, urban mixed-use, municipal, medical and industrial buildings. He has delivered nearly two thousand prime single-family residential home sites, and hundreds of multi-family and assisted living units to market. During his tenure with Burton-Katzman Development Company, which he began in 1989, he has successfully and economically completed a wide array of highly technical, innovative projects for some of the largest corporations in the Midwest, including Daimler Chrysler, Kroger, Saturn, UPS, Trinity Health Services, Dow, several tier one automotive supplier headquarters, and many others. Beyond the traditional construction and development challenges, Mr. Pica has demonstrated his broad scope of expertise by reconstructing one of the largest dams in Livingston County and building the largest municipal well water system in Oakland County. Currently he is developing several office buildings in the southeast United States and oversees Burton-Katzman’s Michigan based Affordable Housing Construction Initiative. Mr. Pica attended Oakland University and Lawrence Technological University. His hands-on approach begins immediately with architectural and engineer procurement, pre-construction services, value engineering, construction supervision and maintenance oversight with our extensive property management division. Through ongoing education and training in state-of-the-art construction and development techniques, Mr. Pica continuously implements the highest level of expertise and professional standards. His integrity, thoroughness and ability to bring utility and expedience to each project support the organizational standards of excellence of CCS.

Marlin M. Wroubel

Marlin M. Wroubel / Senior Vice President/Property Management

Marlin Wroubel is Senior Vice President of Property Management for CORE Partners. Mr. Wroubel specializes in institutional-grade commercial properties and brings over 35 years of development and asset management experience. Prior to joining CORE Partners, Mr. Wroubel was the Vice President of a national development and property management company with oversight responsibility for a staff of 75 individuals working a portfolio valued in excess of $300 million located throughout the eastern half of the United States. In 1992 Mr. Wroubel joined Burton-Share Management company as a Vice President of Property Management and Project Development where he oversaw the management and development of a host of class “A” industrial, technical, multi - tenant office and retail commercial sites throughout southeast Michigan. Notable projects include several developments within the prestigious Oakland Technology Park (home of Chrysler Corporation), and Executive Hills Corporate Park, Auburn Hills, MI. Mr. Wroubel is currently responsible for the marketing and management of millions of square feet of office, industrial, hi-tech, retail and apartment properties with a combined a portfolio valued in excess of $600 million. His duties include overseeing the Property Management Department, identifying suitable clients and lease negotiations. Mr. Wroubel has advanced degrees in Business Administration and Applied Sciences, has achieved the Certified Property Manager (CPM) designation from the Institute of Real Estate Management, and is a licensed Broker in the State of Michigan.

Conrad M. Schewe


CORE Partners & CORE Construction Services (CCS) are pleased to announce the addition of Conrad Schewe, as Senior Vice President of Project Development. Mr. Schewe will be involved in key project development related to real estate acquisitions, planning, construction and development. A seasoned commercial real estate professional Mr. Schewe adds extensive experience and depth to our executive team. Mr. Schewe brings over 19 years of project finance, real estate development, construction, and urban planning experience to the organization. Mr. Schewe has significant expertise in a wide variety of Federal, State and local economic incentives, including: Historic Tax Credits, Brownfield incentives, Low Income Housing Tax Credits, New Markets Tax Credit, HOME Funds, CDBG, HUD guaranteed loans, and related incentives. Prior to joining CORE Partners, Mr. Schewe was an Asset Manager at Great Lakes Capital Fund (GLCF) for three and a half years, where he was dedicated to overseeing a significant portfolio of over 2,200 units of affordable housing projects with a total equity investment of over $150,000,000 and was responsible for managing these projects through their construction, lease up and stabilization phases. Prior to working at GLCF, Mr. Schewe worked for 7 years as a Vice President of Project Development for Burton-Katzman Development Company managing and overseeing a wide variety of office, industrial, commercial and land development projects. Representative projects included the development of over 750 finished residential lots, 500,000 SF of office, 250,000 SF of retail/commercial and 1,000,000 SF of industrial property. Prior to joining Burton-Katzman, Mr. Schewe worked for a Detroit based consulting firm specializing in securing financial incentives and financing involving a total project investment value of over $40,000,000 for a variety of redevelopment projects. Mr. Schewe also has national exposure and related work experience in the affordable housing and construction fields having spent 5 years with a firm in Denver Co. Conrad has a BS in Urban and Regional Planning from Eastern Michigan University, he sits on the Planning Commission of the City of Plymouth and is active in his community. Conrad is a member of the American Planning Association and the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and is a LEED Green Associate.

Kris P. Korvun


Kris Korvun is Senior Vice President – Business Development for CORE Partners (Consultants Of Real Estate) with two offices located in Birmingham and Bingham Farms, Michigan. Kris serves in an executive leadership capacity for the firm, and is responsible for the continued growth for all of the firms service platforms. Kris comes with a wealth of knowledge and connectivity given his years in law, real estate, finance, workouts, foreclosures, distressed debt acquisitions, 1031 exchanges etc. Prior to joining CORE, Kris served as Equity Partner for Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP, where he counseled sellers, buyers, landlords and tenants of office, retail, hospitality and industrial properties in connection with acquisitions, dispositions, leasing and refinancing. Kris was also involved in restaurant, hotel and liquor license acquisition, disposition and management. Kris has been honored as “The Best Lawyers in America, 2013 & 2014 and recognized as Michigan Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2008 and 2011-2013. Kris holds a law degree from University of Detroit-Mercy School of Law, attended the London Law Program in London, England and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Michigan.

Jennette Smith Kotila


Jennette Smith Kotila is Vice President, Director of Marketing and Communications for CORE Partners. Smith brings a unique perspective to the CORE team after a 20-year career in business journalism, most recently as Editor of Crain's Detroit Business. Jennette and the growing marketing team are translating their skills in writing, editing, storytelling, media relations and brand positioning to commercial real estate -- plus growing a book of business for third-party clients (such as nonprofits, municipalities and entrepreneurs.) The third-party work is for the new CORE Creative Works marketing division of CORE Partners. Creative Works has an internal team experienced with graphic design, photography, video editing, technical document preparation and other skills, plus Jennette has an extensive network of freelance experts to call on for specific needs. Jennette earned her bachelor's degree in journalism from Michigan State University in 1996 and is a member of the International Association of Business Communicators. She earned many writing and editing awards from the Alliance of Area Business Publications, Society of Professional Journalists-Detroit chapter and other groups during her newsroom years.