ABOUT US

University Avenue Partners is a $100M+, debt-free private equity firm that has been acquiring commercial real estate properties throughout the Bay Area since 2010. Our typical individual investment is between $1M and $30M, and our purchases are always all-cash.

The company’s investment criterion includes any type of retail property; old or new shopping centers, stabilized or distressed, vacant or leased. The management team uses a highly-focused investment approach by concentrating exclusively on Bay Area retail properties, with the goal of creating long term income cash flow for its investors.

OUR TEAM

Don Tepman

Founder and President

Don Tepman founded University Avenue Partners in 2010. Mr. Tepman oversees all aspects of the Company’s operations and investment decisions, and has grown the Company’s portfolio to over $100M in assets.He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Santa Clara University, and grew up in Cupertino, CA.

Maria Talpas

Senior Acquisitions Associate

Maria Talpas spearheads the Company’s property acquisition efforts, and has been involved in the Bay Area commercial real estate industry for the last seven years. Maria grew up in Los Gatos, and graduated from CSU Chico, where she majored in both Finance and Economics, and graduated with Honors.

James Martin

Acquisitions and Asset Management

A graduate of Purdue University, James is involved with all aspects of the Company’s day-to-day operations. His role within the organization includes asset management, overseeing redevelopment projects, negotiating leases, and acquisitions analysis and evaluation. In addition, James augments our business development efforts.

Ben Minton

Junior Asset Manager

With previous experience in equity portfolio management, Ben's duties include project management, construction management, and lease-up strategies. Ben is originally from Columbus, Ohio, and graduated from Santa Clara University with a degree in Finance.

OUR TEAM

Don Tepman

Founder and President

Don Tepman founded University Avenue Partners in 2010. Mr. Tepman oversees all aspects of the Company’s operations and investment decisions, and has grown the Company’s portfolio to over $100M in assets.He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Santa Clara University, and grew up in Cupertino, CA.

Maria Talpas

Senior Acquisitions Associate

Maria Talpas spearheads the Company’s property acquisition efforts, and has been involved in the Bay Area commercial real estate industry for the last seven years. Maria grew up in Los Gatos, and graduated from CSU Chico, where she majored in both Finance and Economics, and graduated with Honors.

James Martin

Acquisitions and Asset Management

A graduate of Purdue University, James is involved with all aspects of the Company’s day-to-day operations. His role within the organization includes asset management, overseeing redevelopment projects, negotiating leases, and acquisitions analysis and evaluation. In addition, James augments our business development efforts in the brokerage community.

Ben Minton

Junior Asset Manager

With previous experience in equity portfolio management, Ben's duties include project management, construction management, and lease-up strategies. Ben is originally from Dayton, Ohio, and graduated from Santa Clara University with a degree in Finance.