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Connecting Investors with

TRIPLE NET

Retail Investments

In collaboration with our joint-venture partners, Clever Capital, Peak Development Partners, and San Tan Commercial Advisors, our mission is to fortify local communities through retail development.

By partnering with exceptional brands and operators, we strive to empower enterprises to share their unique offerings and passion with consumers throughout local communities. 

Get To Know Our

EXPERT TEAM

Get To Know Our

EXPERT TEAM

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Kristian Cotta

President

Kristian has been active in the commercial real estate industry for almost 20 years. His extensive brokerage work focused on retail and shopping center development having worked under a number of the most reputable developers in Arizona.

Kristian’s considerable development work includes ground-up single-tenant projects, large scale shopping centers and the renovating and repositioning of existing retail and restaurant properties in multiple markets including Oregon, Utah, Colorado, Texas and Arizona.

Kristian has completed hundreds of real estate transactions while representing landlords, investors, developers and national credit tenants such as McDonalds, Taco Bell, Burger King and many other well known brands. He is a graduate of Washington State University, a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and holds the designation of CCIM, Certified Commercial Investment Member.

In addition to his brokerage and development career, Kristian founded one of the most prominent digital media agencies in the Phoenix metro area. With a focus on assisting local and regional restaurant operators with their marketing and online presence, this insight and deep knowledge of restaurant and retail operations has furthered Kristian’s ability to successfully identify sites for restaurant and retail development.

Phil Bramsen

Development & BTS Director

Phil has been active in the commercial real estate industry for over 20 years. His extensive brokerage work has evolved into a professional expertise in tenant representation and the development of single tenant NNN assets.

Phil’s considerable development work includes dozens of ground-up single-tenant projects in multiple markets including California, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Nevada and Arizona.

Prior to his brokerage career, Phil owned and managed retail and wholesale automotive aftermarket businesses operating throughout the Western U.S. This background enabled him to foster many strong relationships with automotive clients, and eventually, other retail operators, representing their interests for new store and development programs. His focus towards pads and outparcels has grown to include an ample amount of work with drive-thru and quick serve restaurant concepts.

Phil has completed hundreds of real estate transactions while representing an extensive list of national, regional, and local tenants, as well as landlords and investors. He is a graduate of The University of Arizona and a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers.

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Armando Delgado

Acquisitions Director

Armando has been active in the real estate industry for over 5 years. His extensive brokerage work has evolved into a professional expertise in commercial transactions and retail investment and development acquisition.

Armando’s considerable sales and transaction experience has helped him hone his communication and relationship building skills leading to a keen ability to adapt every deal structure to its unique characteristics. With a focus on add-value shopping centers, development pads and outparcels, Armando has worked extensively with drive-thru and quick serve restaurant concepts.

Armando is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and a candidate working on his designation of CCIM, Certified Commercial Investment Member.

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Brennen Pierson

Single Tenant Net-Lease Director

Brennen’s background includes tenant rep and single tenant NNN build-to-suit development. Brennen has been part of a team that identified and completed more than forty build-to-suit projects over the last three years.

He has extensive knowledge of GIS (geographic information systems) platforms and mapping. His work has allowed him to develop a specialization in trade area analysis and data interpretation. He has a curious and entrepreneurial mind, which motivates him to constantly learn and master business strategy. Brennen is a tenacious advocate for our clients. He is a former student athlete as a baseball player with a degree in Business Marketing from Eastern New Mexico University.

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Cody Sperber

Member of Clever Capital Fund, LLC

Cody Sperber, a.k.a. The “Clever Investor” is an American entrepreneur, author, philanthropist, and real estate mentor and educator. Sperber is a United States Navy Veteran turned Real Estate Investor, and the Founder and CEO of Clever Investor, a real estate education company.

Cody served in the Navy from 1998 to 2002 and completed his service as an E-5 Petty Officer 2nd Class, served as a Navy QuarterMaster until 2002, and is decorated with several medals.

After serving in the Navy, Cody attended Arizona State University and graduated in 2006 Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance, with an emphasis in Accounting. Prior to beginning his Real Estate career, Cody had a short career as an accountant. During his accounting career, Cody developed a strong interest and passion for Real Estate. Cody spent the next four years working to learn as much as he could about the Real Estate Industry, and in 2010, founded Clever Investor, LLC.

INC 5000 named Clever Investor the #648th fastest growing company in 2015 and the #685th fastest growing company in 2016. Clever Investor gained some additional honors from INC. 500, including #15 on the list of “Top Education Companies,’ #17 on the list of ‘Top Phoenix Companies’, and the #18 for ‘Top Arizona Companies.’ In 2017, Arizona Central named Clever Investor as a ‘Top Company to Work for in Arizona’, and Comparably named Cody as one of the ‘Best CEO’s in 2017.

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Bryant Aplass

Member of Clever Capital Fund, LLC

Bryant Aplass is the CEO of Green Elephant Development, LLC, owns his own real estate holding company, and oversees the operations of several other companies.

Bryant began his career as an entrepreneur during his Sophomore Year of College at Washington State University making screen-printing apparel in the basement of his Fraternity House, which was the beginning of his apparel company, Explosion Sportswear. Bryant graduated from Washington State with a double major in Business Management and Human Resources, which helped him navigate his future as a CEO and business owner. Explosion Sportswear became especially popular with Sororities and Fraternities, which eventually spread throughout the United States. Bryant’s nationwide recognition of being one of the go-to providers of apparel for Greek Life eventually caught the attention of bigger companies, Bryant and Explosion Sportswear were noticed by the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and the USA Olympics team. Bryant began contracting with sports teams and leagues to produce clothing for teams and their fans.

Explosion Sportswear was asked to produce the merchandise for the 2011 Super Bowl. The year following, Bryant and his team at Explosion Sportswear were asked to do the Superbowl Merchandising for the next 6 years, through 2017. Explosion Sportswear continued to produce apparel for other major US sports leagues as well as having accounts with dozens of Fortune 100 & 500 companies.

In October of 2017, Bryant sold Explosion Sportswear and began his career as a full-time Real Estate Investor. Prior to selling his company, Bryant had 10 years of experience of real estate investing, including his own portfolio of residential and commercial rental properties. Bryant has since spent his time overseeing multiple multi-million dollar real estate companies and being a licensed real estate agent in the State of Arizona, which he took 2nd place in his brokerage for sales in 2024 out of 280 agents.

This Equity Fund will be the third fund that Bryant has run, and is a proud member of Elite Capital Raising Masterminds, always furthering his commitment to staying in alignment and pursuing big goals without ever sacrificing his core values and code of ethics. Bryant prides himself on being the best fiduciary he can be for all of his investors.

Brittany Shulman

Brittany Shulman

Member of Clever Capital Fund, LLC

Brittany Shulman brings 20 years of multifaceted expertise, particularly in commercial real estate, fundraising, strategic partnerships, marketing, and lead generation. Brittany is specialized in various securities regulations such as Regulation D 506(c), 506(b), Reg CF, and Reg A offerings, which has enabled her to reach a broader investor base.

Originally from Arizona, Brittany earned her Bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning from Arizona State University, a testament to her foundational understanding of real estate and its profound impact on communities.

She currently holds her real estate license in the State of Arizona and previously held securities licenses 22 & 63 in Arizona, New York, California and Washington.

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Elizabeth Shinohara

Third-Party Business Development / Petroleum Activities

Elizabeth’s focus is on the acquisition of multi-unit petroleum portfolios, the development of commercial assets which include retail, industrial, and commercial land entitlement. Elizabeth has been involved in purchase and development transactions of more than $2.0 billion in value.

Elizabeth founded Petroleum Sales Group (PSG), LLC, and Commercial Plus (CP), LLC in Scottsdale, Arizona. She worked for Five years as senior director of acquisitions and finance at Petroleum Sales Group and Commercial Plus. Upon completion of her work at CP, she was asked to give consultative services to the organization’s principles. She also spent six years as senior vice president of Countrywide Credit Exchange and worked with institutional investors at Franchise Mortgage Acceptance Company (FMAC), Fannie Mae and GMAC. She used her contacts found within the national credit investors and the petroleum industry and handled more than $1 billion in asset transactions in wholesale financing and retail credit markets.

Elizabeth attended undergraduate studies at the University of Arizona and Western International University with a degree in MIS and Finance.

Elizabeth is a CCIS, and member of NAR, AAR, APMA, WPMA, and SIGMA.

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Jonathan Thorpe

Investment Underwriting

Jonathan began his professional working career in public accounting upon graduating from the University of Alaska – Anchorage in 1994, he started working as an auditor and tax accountant then moved into business consulting. In 2003 Jonathan went to work in the seafood industry as a CFO later transitioning into the Chief Investment and Strategy Officer.

During his time in the industry Jonathan worked on several M&A deals securing assets and resources for the respective companies he worked for.

Jonathan has worked with several seafood companies and served on several BOD’s through the early part of 2022. At that time he moved full time into real estate activities.

Jonathan’s career has covered many industries from public accounting, seafood, oil & gas, cannabis and medical devices and now commercial real estate.

Jonathan brings with him a wealth of knowledge and creativity on how to analyze and underwrite businesses, how to finance and fund, how to grow and scale, how to do product development and launch.

All the facets of investing in, growing and operating businesses comes from a strong financial and analytical background, combined with a dose of EQ, Jonathan has developed strong relationships with ability to listen and problem solve.

Kristian Cotta

President

Kristian has been active in the commercial real estate industry for almost 20 years. His extensive brokerage work focused on retail and shopping center development having worked under a number of the most reputable developers in Arizona.

Kristian’s considerable development work includes ground-up single-tenant projects, large scale shopping centers and the renovating and repositioning of existing retail and restaurant properties in multiple markets including Oregon, Utah, Colorado, Texas and Arizona.

Kristian has completed hundreds of real estate transactions while representing landlords, investors, developers and national credit tenants such as McDonalds, Taco Bell, Burger King and many other well known brands. He is a graduate of Washington State University, a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and holds the designation of CCIM, Certified Commercial Investment Member.

In addition to his brokerage and development career, Kristian founded one of the most prominent digital media agencies in the Phoenix metro area. With a focus on assisting local and regional restaurant operators with their marketing and online presence, this insight and deep knowledge of restaurant and retail operations has furthered Kristian’s ability to successfully identify sites for restaurant and retail development.

Phil Bramsen

Development & BTS Director

Phil has been active in the commercial real estate industry for over 20 years. His extensive brokerage work has evolved into a professional expertise in tenant representation and the development of single tenant NNN assets.

Phil’s considerable development work includes dozens of ground-up single-tenant projects in multiple markets including California, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Nevada and Arizona.

Prior to his brokerage career, Phil owned and managed retail and wholesale automotive aftermarket businesses operating throughout the Western U.S. This background enabled him to foster many strong relationships with automotive clients, and eventually, other retail operators, representing their interests for new store and development programs. His focus towards pads and outparcels has grown to include an ample amount of work with drive-thru and quick serve restaurant concepts.

Phil has completed hundreds of real estate transactions while representing an extensive list of national, regional, and local tenants, as well as landlords and investors. He is a graduate of The University of Arizona and a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers.

Armando Delgado

Acquisitions Director

Armando has been active in the real estate industry for over 5 years. His extensive brokerage work has evolved into a professional expertise in commercial transactions and retail investment and development acquisition.

Armando’s considerable sales and transaction experience has helped him hone his communication and relationship building skills leading to a keen ability to adapt every deal structure to its unique characteristics. With a focus on add-value shopping centers, development pads and outparcels, Armando has worked extensively with drive-thru and quick serve restaurant concepts.

Armando is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and a candidate working on his designation of CCIM, Certified Commercial Investment Member.

Brennen Pierson

Single Tenant Net-Lease Director

Brennen’s background includes in tenant rep and single tenant NNN build-to-suit development. Brennen has been part of a team that identified and completed more than forty build-to-suit projects over the last three years.

He has extensive knowledge of GIS (geographic information systems) platforms and mapping. His work has allowed him to develop a specialization in trade area analysis and data interpretation. He has a curious and entrepreneurial mind, which motivates him to constantly learn and master business strategy. Brennen is a tenacious advocate for our clients. He is a former student athlete as a baseball player with a degree in Business Marketing from Eastern New Mexico University.

Cody Sperber

Member of Clever Capital Fund, LLC

Cody Sperber, a.k.a. The “Clever Investor” is an American entrepreneur, author, philanthropist, and real estate mentor and educator. Sperber is a United States Navy Veteran turned Real Estate Investor, and the Founder and CEO of Clever Investor, a real estate education company. Cody served in the Navy from 1998 to 2002 and completed his service as an E-5 Petty Officer 2nd Class, served as a Navy QuarterMaster until 2002, and is decorated with several medals.

After serving in the Navy, Cody attended Arizona State University and graduated in 2006 Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance, with an emphasis in Accounting. Prior to beginning his Real Estate career, Cody had a short career as an accountant. During his accounting career, Cody developed a strong interest and passion for Real Estate. Cody spent the next four years working to learn as much as he could about the Real Estate Industry, and in 2010, founded Clever Investor, LLC.

INC 5000 named Clever Investor the #648th fastest growing company in 2015 and the #685th fastest growing company in 2016. Clever Investor gained some additional honors from INC. 500, including #15 on the list of “Top Education Companies,’ #17 on the list of ‘Top Phoenix Companies’, and the #18 for ‘Top ArizonaCompanies.’ In 2017, Arizona Central named Clever Investor as a ‘Top Company to Work for in Arizona’, and Comparably named Cody as one of the ‘Best CEO’s in 2017.’

Cody can boast that he has taught, mentored and assisted thousands of students over

Bryant Aplass

Member of Clever Capital Fund, LLC

Bryant Aplass is the CEO of Green Elephant Development, LLC, owns his own real estate holding company, and oversees the operations of several other companies.

Bryant began his career as an entrepreneur during his Sophomore Year of College at Washington State University making screen-printing apparel in the basement of his Fraternity House, which was the beginning of his apparel company, Explosion Sportswear. Bryant graduated from Washington State with a double major in Business Management and Human Resources, which helped him navigate his future as a CEO and business owner. Explosion Sportswear became especially popular with Sororities and Fraternities, which eventually spread throughout the United States. Bryant’s nationwide recognition of being one of the go-to providers of apparel for Greek Life eventually caught the attention of bigger companies, Bryant and Explosion Sportswear were noticed by the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and the USA Olympics team. Bryant began contracting with sports teams and leagues to produce clothing for teams and their fans.

Explosion Sportswear was asked to produce the merchandise for the 2011 Super Bowl. The year following, Bryant and his team at Explosion Sportswear were asked to do the Superbowl Merchandising for the next 6 years, through 2017. Explosion Sportswear continued to produce apparel for other major US sports leagues as well as having accounts with dozens of Fortune 100 & 500 companies.

In October of 2017, Bryant sold Explosion Sportswear and began his career as a full-time Real Estate Investor. Prior to selling his company, Bryant had 10 years of experience of real estate investing, including his own portfolio of residential and commercial rental properties. Bryant has since spent his time overseeing multiple multi-million dollar real estate companies and being a licensed real estate agent in the State of Arizona, which he took 2nd place in his brokerage for sales in 2024 out of 280 agents.

This Equity Fund will be the third fund that Bryant has run, and is a proud member of Elite Capital Raising Masterminds, always furthering his commitment to staying in alignment and pursuing big goals without ever sacrificing his core values and code of ethics. Bryant prides himself on being the best fiduciary he can be for all of his investors.

Brittany Shulman

Investment Director for Clever Capital Fund

brings 20 years of multifaceted expertise, particularly in commercial real estate, fundraising, strategic partnerships, marketing, and lead generation. Brittany is specialized in various securities regulations such as Regulation D 506(c), 506(b), Reg CF, and Reg A offerings, which has enabled her to reach a broader investor base.

Originally from Arizona, Brittany earned her Bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning from Arizona State University, a testament to her foundational understanding of real estate and its profound impact on communities.

She currently holds her real estate license in the State of Arizona and previously held securities licenses 22 & 63 in Arizona, New York, California and Washington.

Elizabeth Shinohara

Third-Party Business Development / Petroleum Activities

Elizabeth’s focus is on the acquisition of multi-unit petroleum portfolios, the development of commercial assets which include retail, industrial, and commercial land entitlement. Elizabeth has been involved in purchase and development transactions of more than $2.0 billion in value.

Elizabeth founded Petroleum Sales Group (PSG), LLC, and Commercial Plus (CP), LLC in Scottsdale, Arizona. She worked for Five years as senior director of acquisitions and finance at Petroleum Sales Group and Commercial Plus. Upon completion of her work at CP, she was asked to give consultative services to the organization’s principles. She also spent six years as senior vice president of Countrywide Credit Exchange and worked with institutional investors at Franchise Mortgage Acceptance Company (FMAC), Fannie Mae and GMAC. She used her contacts found within the national credit investors and the petroleum industry and handled more than $1 billion in asset transactions in wholesale financing and retail credit markets.

Elizabeth attended undergraduate studies at the University of Arizona and Western International University with a degree in MIS and Finance.

Elizabeth is a CCIS, and member of NAR, AAR, APMA, WPMA, and SIGMA.

Jonathan Thorpe

Investment Underwriting Director

Jonathan began his professional working career in public accounting upon graduating from the University of Alaska – Anchorage in 1994, he started working as an auditor and tax accountant then moved into business consulting.

In 2003 Jonathan went to work in the seafood industry as a CFO later transitioning into the Chief Investment and Strategy Officer.

During his time in the industry Jonathan worked on several M&A deals securing assets and resources for the respective companies he worked for.

Jonathan has worked with several seafood companies and served on several BOD’s through the early part of 2022. At that time he moved full time into real estate activities.

Jonathan’s career has covered many industries from public accounting, seafood, oil & gas, cannabis and medical devices and now commercial real estate.

Jonathan brings with him a wealth of knowledge and creativity on how to analyze and underwrite businesses, how to finance and fund, how to grow and scale, how to do product development and launch.

All the facets of investing in, growing and operating businesses comes from a strong financial and analytical background, combined with a dose of EQ, Jonathan has developed strong relationships with ability to listen and problem solve.