Founder / CEO
Mr. Albro is the Founder and CEO of Penn Square Advisory Group, LLC and Penn Square Real Estate Group, LLC. Founded in 2006, Penn Square Real Estate Group has emerged as a leading sponsor and co-sponsor of alternative investments. At Penn Square, he is responsible for the oversight of all strategy, marketing, finance, operations, partner relations, fundraising. Since inception, Penn Square has successfully closed four investment strategies from institutional investors, global wealth management platforms, private banks and high net worth investors.
Jon has 30 years of institutional and retail distribution leadership with best in class investment managers. Prior to the founding of Penn Square Real Estate Group, Mr. Albro served as EVP of Cole Capital Markets, a Phoenix based REIT. Hired by CEO Chris Cole to build a distribution company, he established a platform of institutional and retail distribution partners for a suite of real estate offerings. Prior to Cole, Mr. Albro was EVP, National Sales Manager with MetLife Investors, a wholly owned subsidiary of MetLife. Mr. Albro has held executive positions with Gartmore Global Investments and Hartford Financial.
Jon serves on the board and audit committees of NorthStar Real Estate Income Trust I and NorthStar Real Estate Trust II. Mr. Albro completed his Bachelor’s degree at the State University of New York and maintains a Series 7 license.
Senior Vice President, National Accounts
Kendall Best is the Senior Vice President, National Accounts at Penn Square Real Estate Group, LLC. At Penn Square, Kendall is responsible for developing and maintaining distribution relationships for the Penn Square real estate funds.
Kendall has 26 years of financial services experience, on both sides of Broker/Dealer-sponsor partnerships. Prior to joining Penn Square, she served as Vice President of National Accounts at KBS Capital Markets Group, Ridgewood Securities, and Jackson National Life Insurance Company. Ms. Best also served as Vice President, Sponsor Relations at National Planning Holdings.
Ms. Best is a graduate of UCLA and maintains Series 7 and 63 licenses.
Director of Investor Relations
Mr. Gallegos is Director of Investor Relations and Client Service. He is responsible for relationship management for current and prospective fund shareholders, financial communication, and administration of Penn Square’s real estate funds. Based out of the home office in Steamboat Springs, CO, Mr. Gallegos manages Penn Square’s internal marketing desk through facilitative outreach with team members, partners, and clients. Additionally, Brandon supports marketing efforts by managing campaigns and reviewing analytical reports.
Prior to joining Penn Square, Brandon served as a Radiochemist and Quality Assurance Coordinator for an analytical Environmental testing laboratory.
Mr. Gallegos completed his Bachelor’s degree at the University of Colorado Boulder and maintains Series 7 and 63 licenses.
In his career, Mr. Hughes has directed all facets of a capital markets group. He has held Senior roles in sales, marketing, distribution and product development for both public and private companies. As a highly engaged and driven professional, Mr. Hughes has worked successfully with multiple distribution teams to deliver solutions that help advisors navigate an increasingly regulated landscape.
With more than 25 years of experience in the distribution and alternative investment field, Mr. Hughes has consistently been a top performer. Most recently, he served as Senior Managing Director, Co-Head of Distribution at Bluerock Capital Markets, building a distribution team that emerged as one of the top sponsors in the direct investment industry, achieving over 160% growth despite a year of significant contraction in the industry. Prior to his time at Bluerock, Mr. Hughes served for more than 8 years as Executive Director and Senior Vice President for Carey Financial, an affiliate of W.P. Carey. He has also held senior roles within other industry leading companies including Hines, Cole, Wells Fargo and MetLife.
Mr. Hughes completed his Bachelor’s degree at the University of California, Berkeley and maintains Series 7, 63, 26, 24 licenses.
Executive Vice President
Jeff brings to Penn Square over 20 years of distribution experience as a senior executive within the financial services industry. Mr. Kusek is responsible for fundraising efforts and relationships with limited partners in the United States. Jeff’s primary focus is representing Penn Square’s investment products, capabilities philosophy and process to institutional investors, investment consultants and other financial intermediaries. Since his time at Penn Square, Mr. Kusek has successfully raised and closed three investment strategies from institutional investors, global wealth management platforms, private banks and high net worth investors.
Prior to joining Penn Square, Mr. Kusek was a Director with RiverSource Asset Management, now Columbia Management Investment Distributors, Inc., responsible for the marketing of all managed investment products and services to broker dealers and registered investment advisors. Before joining RiverSource, Mr. Kusek worked at Gartmore Global Investments, a global asset management company based in Philadelphia.
Mr. Kusek completed his Bachelor’s degree at Millersville University of Pennsylvania and maintains Series 7, 63, and 66 licenses.
Mr. Wood is a Partner at Penn Square. He has 18 years of experience as a senior executive within the financial services and alternative asset management industry. Mr. Wood has previously served as Senior Managing Director/Co-Head of Distribution for Bluerock Capital Markets, a real estate investment management company. He was Senior Vice President, for Carey Financial, a fully owned subsidiary of W.P. Carey, a leading REIT traded on the NYSE.
Additionally, Mr. Wood has held several senior level positions at MetLife Investors, Cole Capital & Texas Energy Holdings. He holds both the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™(CFP®) & the Chartered Financial Consultant®(ChFC ®) designations.
Mr. Wood is a graduate of California State University, Fullerton and is a Securities Principal. Mr. Wood maintains series 7, 66 and 24 licenses.