Grandbridge hires Fowler as Newport Beach, Calif., Production Co-Manager

Published On: 02.14.18

James M. FowlerNEWPORT BEACH, CALIF. — Grandbridge Real Estate Capital is pleased to announce that James M. Fowler has been named senior vice president and production co-manager of its Newport Beach, Calif., loan origination team. Fowler is based in the company’s 1500 Quail St. office.

Fowler is partnering with Grandbridge Senior Vice President/Office Co-manager Don Curtis, who recently joined Grandbridge in October of last year. The Curtis/Fowler combination is a reunion of sorts, as the duo previously worked together. The addition of Fowler to the Newport Beach team is evidence of Grandbridge’s commitment to and further expansion of the company’s Southern California commercial and multifamily footprint.

Fowler has more than 35 years of experience in the commercial real estate investment banking industry in all aspects of commercial real estate finance and mortgage banking, which includes equity placement, bridge, construction and fixed rate debt with an emphasis on retail, office, multifamily, hospitality, seniors housing and industrial properties.

“We’re excited about James’ new role. His commercial real estate background and business development track record create such a depth of product experience for our Southern California clients,” said Matt Rocco, Grandbridge EVP/national production manager.

Prior to joining Grandbridge, Fowler served as a senior managing director and national co-head of Hospitality Debt Capital Markets for HFF. He also served as a principal and founder of US Realty Capital, a nationwide commercial real estate financial intermediary. Prior to forming US Realty Capital, Fowler served as the western regional manager for Merrill Lynch within their Real Estate Investment Banking platform.

His prior experience also includes serving as first vice president within the Mortgage Banking division of CB Richard Ellis where he was the No. 1 producer in the nation and direct banking experience as a vice president and top producer with Bank of the West (formerly Sanwa Bank). Fowler has closed in excess of $8 billion in real estate transactions on behalf of his clients throughout his career. His direct industry experience, combined with his professional education in real estate development, enables him to bring focus and expert execution to every transaction he sources and structures for Grandbridge’s Southern California clients.

A lifetime resident of California, Fowler earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Southern California. He is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP), Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA), and Urban Land Institute (ULI), and he holds a state of California Real Estate Salesperson license (#01014854).

About Grandbridge Real Estate Capital LLC
Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Grandbridge Real Estate Capital, a subsidiary of Branch Banking and Trust Company (BB&T), arranges permanent commercial and multifamily real estate loans; services loan portfolios; and provides asset and portfolio management through its broad investor base that includes insurance companies, CMBS investors, pension fund advisors, commercial banks and capital markets investors, as well as its proprietary lending platform, BB&T Real Estate Funding. The company is a Freddie Mac Multifamily Approved Seller/Servicer for Conventional and Seniors Housing, a Fannie Mae DUS® lender and an approved FHA MAP and LEAN health care lender.

With a current servicing portfolio of $30 billion, Grandbridge, an S&P strong rated servicer, services loan portfolios and provides asset and portfolio management nationwide for all capital providers including Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, Ginnie Mae, insurance companies, banks and more than 250 securitizations. More information about Grandbridge and its full line of products and services is available at 

About BB&T
BB&T is one of the largest financial services holding companies in the U.S. with $221.6 billion in assets and market capitalization of $38.9 billion as of Dec. 31, 2017. BB&T offers a wide range of financial services including retail and commercial banking, investments, insurance, wealth management, asset management, mortgage, corporate banking, capital markets and specialized lending. Based in Winston-Salem, N.C., BB&T operates over 2,000 financial centers in 15 states and Washington, D.C. A Fortune 500 company, BB&T is consistently recognized for outstanding client service by Greenwich Associates for small business and middle market banking. More information about BB&T and its full line of products and services is available at