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Brian Shirken

Co-Founder and Principal
Rodeo Lending - Commercial & Residential Finance


Mr. Shirken has over twenty years of real estate, finance and investment experience and deep-rooted relationships with developers, investors and financial institutions. He has led the acquisition of properties with total value in excess of $300 million and has directed the acquisition of mezzanine loans and preferred equity positions totaling more than $200 million. He has also restructured over $120 million of debt.

Prior to co-founding CPP, Shirken held senior management positions with a real estate company with varying types of properties in 10 states and assets exceeding $300 million in value. Prior to this, he fulfilled auditing, accounting and advisory service responsibilities at a national accounting firm where his client base was primarily in the real estate industry.

Mr. Shirken holds a Bachelors of Commerce & Accounting degree and an Honors Graduate Degree in Finance and Management Control Systems from the University of Cape Town. He is a California CPA (inactive) and a California Licensed Real Estate Broker.

Mr. Shirken is the former Chairman of the United Jewish Fund Real Estate Division, General Partner of the Los Angeles Jewish Venture Philanthropy Fund, and is a Wexner Fellow.

Industry Expertise

  • Real Estate Professionals
    • Construction and Development
      • Developer
    • Investment / Acquisitions