About Fortuitous

Fortuitous Partner’s leadership team brings decades of experience in real estate, public and private company operations, fund formation / management, capital raise, deployment, and tax incentives.  With over 25 years of real estate experience, the team has completed over $10+ billion and 40+ million square feet in commercial transactions, and 15+ years in fund management.  The team has deep experience in  leadership and oversight of global public and private companies.  Having structured $2+ billion in U.S. tax advantaged investments, and optimizing returns in targeted communities, the team is positioned to maximize tax benefits for a wide range of investment opportunities.

Berke Bakay


Current Positions
Principal Owner / Co-Chairman, Phoenix Rising Football Club (professional soccer team)
Founder / Managing Director / Controlling GP, BBS Capital Fund, a diversified equity firm
Board Member, MRI Mexican Restaurants (owns, operates and/or franchises 57 locations)
Advisory Board, MyPark (app-based disruptive parking solution)

15+ years fund management
Returns from 2008-2018 outperformed DJIA, Russell 2000 and S&P 500
Executive Chairman / President / CEO, Kona Grill, Inc. (NASDAQ:KONA)
Board of Directors, Pulcra Chemicals (€300+ million in sales)

Education / Honors / Affiliations
BS/MS in Finance, Boston College School of Management
40 Leaders Under 40, Boston College (out of 40,000 candidates)
Member, Young Presidents Organization (YPO)

Brett M. Johnson


Current Positions
Co-Chairman, Phoenix Rising Football Club (professional soccer team)
Founder, Benevolent Capital (private equity fund)

Managing Director, Zealot Networks (digital media company w/ $150MM revenues)
President/Director, Greenwood Hall (leading education management firm) - took firm public
CEO/President, Forward Industries (NASDAQ: FORD)
President, Targus (mobile computing company w/ $545MM sales)
Board of Directors, Blyth Inc. (NYSE: BTH) – acquired by Carlyle in Nov. 2015

Education / Affiliations
B.A., Brown University
MBA, Pepperdine University (Presidential/Key Executive Program)
Harvard Business School, President’s Leadership Program
Member, Young Presidents Organization (YPO)

Eric Glass, CFA, CPA, CAIA

Founder and Partner

15+ years leading real estate, private equity and public equity investments:
Senior Portfolio Manager, Arizona State Retirement System ($40B AUM managed for its 500,000 members)

  • Responsible for public equities ($18B), private equity ($4B), and real estate ($5B) portfolios
  • ASRS real estate portfolio consists of more than 100 properties across 9 product types owned directly with 14 operating partners and has generated more than 200bps in annual excess performance

Named to Trusted Insight’s 2019 Top 30 PE, VC Investors
Analyst, Gradient Analytics
Analyst, Guggenheim Partners
Tax Associate, Arthur Andersen, LLP

Education / Licensure
B.S., Iowa State University
M.B.A., Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota
Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)
Certified Public Accountant (CPA) (inactive)
Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA)

Mark Detmer, SIOR, CCIM


Current Positions
Managing Director / Head of Industrial Capital Markets (Western U.S.), Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL)
Member, International Capital Markets Leadership Council, JLL
Co-Founder / Co-Owner / Executive Board Member, Phoenix Rising Football Club

25+ years in commercial real estate
$10+ billion and 40+ million sq. ft. in real estate transactions
Executive Director, Cushman and Wakefield
Senior Vice President, Trammell Crow Company

Education / Associations
B.S., Biology and Pre-Medicine, Arizona State University
Chairman, National E-Commerce Forum, NAIOP
Member, Urban Land Institute (ULI), including Industrial & Office Park Development Council (Red Flight)
Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR)
Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM)
JLL’s Supply Chain and Logistics Solutions (SC&LS) specialty practice
Former Secretary of AZ Round Table for Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP)

James Lang


Current Positions:
Attorney / Shareholder, Tax and Corporate Project Finance, GreenbergTraurig

Structured/closed over $2 billion in tax advantaged investments and project level tax incentives
Advanced tax strategies to optimize returns for investors and impact in targeted communities.
Tax credit incentive programs / Tax exempt organization finance / New Markets Tax Credits
Qualified Opportunity Zones
Real estate development / Affordable housing
Operating business expansion
Public finance / Project finance

Education / Admissions / Awards:
J.D., Florida State University College of Law
B.A., University of Florida
LL.M., University of Florida
Florida and New York State Bars
Selected, ABA “On the Rise – Top 40 Young Lawyers,” 2018