Executive Team

Our Executive Team each have 10-20 years of deep experience acquiring, operating, and developing real estate opportunities. Our team, which has worked together for more than a decade, offers a rare blend of hands-on real estate experience, sophisticated capital markets expertise, and long-established contacts in the real estate and financial communities.

As a result of the longevity and cohesiveness of our Executive Team, we have developed a unique working environment for an institutional investment firm: an entrepreneurial culture that simultaneously emphasizes creativity and new ideas, while invoking discipline, conservatism, and integrity as core values.

Bio

Colby Durnin is the founder and CEO of Sentinel Real Estate Group. Founded in 2001 while working with Oaktree Capital Management, Mr. Durnin and Sentinel have been involved in the development and redevelopment of more than 100 projects, including all asset classes, spanning 15 states and 5 countries. Prior to starting Sentinel, Mr. Durnin was the Director of Special Projects for Urban Partners, worked at Keller CMS and was a founding partner of Vortex Construction and Vortex Development. He started his career working for Pacific Energy Management Company as an Owner’s Representative in Baja California.

Mr. Durnin holds a BA from the University of San Diego and an MBA from the University of Hawaii; he is a licensed California, Nevada, and Texas Real Estate Broker. Mr. Durnin is a member of YPO and on the executive committee of their real estate network, a council member of the Urban Land Institute, ICSC, Team 100 Foundation, and is a Past President of the Avalon Tuna Club.

Mr. Durnin’s projects have received various awards, including:

  • Portland Business Journal – Transformer Award
  • NAIOP 2018 Development of the year, 2nd place
  • NAIOP Best of the Bay 2018 – Best Lease Transaction
  • NAIOP Best of the Bay 2014 – Best Investment Transaction
  • NAIOP Hawaii 2003 Commercial Renovation of the Year Award
  • Builder Institute of America Hawaii 2003 Renovation of the Year Award
Colby Durnin

Colby Durnin

Chief Executive Officer, Principal
cdurnin@sentinelreg.com

Bio

Mr. Reiter joined Sentinel Real Estate Group in 2015 as a Principal in the company and serves at its President. Prior to working with Sentinel, he was a Principal in commercial real estate development ventures and partner in a private equity fund. Previously, Mr. Reiter was the Chief Investment Officer for two family offices in Southern California. In those positions, Mr. Reiter managed, sourced, structured and developed real estate holdings, private equity holdings, public securities and oil and gas investments. He was instrumental in raising debt and equity, structuring investment agreements, introducing strategic partners and implementing the respective business plans. During his tenure he developed and/or managed real estate holdings in over 20 states in a wide array of asset classes, including fast food restaurants, hospitality, industrial, multi-family, office and retail.

Mr. Reiter started his career with KPMG and Ernst & Young where he focused on capital market transactions and assisted companies with SEC transactions (IPO’s and secondary offerings), CMBS bond offerings and capital market transactions in the US and Europe.

Mr. Reiter holds a B.S. from St. Cloud State University and is a recipient of San Diego’s “40 Under 40” honor.  He is a member of NAIOP and ULI.

Thomas Reiter

Thomas Reiter

President, Principal
treiter@sentinelreg.com

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Bio

Mr. Spurgiasz has over 25 years of commercial real estate related experience. Prior CFO experience includes The Koll Company, an institutionally capitalized private real estate company with a portfolio of over 6.7 million square feet of industrial and office properties and multiple industrial, R&D, office, and resort developments. Mr. Spurgiasz has completed over $2 billion in cumulative financial transactions and $825 million in acquisition transactions. Additional experience includes family office CFO and financial analyst for Donahue Schriber, a multi-state institutionally funded private REIT.

Mr. Spurgiasz holds a bachelor’s degree in business accounting, and an MBA from California State University, Fullerton graduating with Magna Cum Laude honors from both degree programs. Industry memberships include the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and the National Association of Industrial & Office Properties (NAIOP).

Jay Spurgiasz

Jay Spurgiasz

Chief Financial Officer
jspurgiasz@sentinelreg.com

Bio

Cameron Bassett serves as Senior Vice President of Development for Sentinel Real Estate Group and is responsible for the direct management of projects within the portfolio, assisting with the acquisition and underwriting of new assets, as well as managing the Development Services department.

Since joining the Sentinel Development team in 2010, Cameron has managed a wide variety of projects across the Western United States which include creative office renovations, hotel repositioning, ground up office and mixed use residential developments, and historic building renovations. Several noteworthy projects completed by Mr. Bassett include the historic renovation of 1019 Market Street, San Francisco, CA which received NAIOP’s Best of the Bay 2014 Best Investment Transaction, and the creative office renovation of 7000 Marina Boulevard, Brisbane, CA which received NAIOP’s Best of the Bay 2018 Best Lease Transaction for the Peninsula. Another noteworthy Development was the historic renovation of the Towne Storage Building in Portland, OR which received the Portland Business Journal’s 2018 Transformer Award, and also received the 2nd place award for NAIOP’s 2018 Development of the year.

Prior to joining the Sentinel Team Mr. Bassett served as a Project Manager for the Koll Company in Newport Beach for 7 years, working on ground up industrial and office projects in Southern California, assisting with capital improvement projects, and was responsible for the preparation of annual budgets for various portions of the portfolio.

Mr. Bassett graduated with a B.A in Humanities from The University of California at Irvine, where he also played NCAA Division I Water Polo.

Cameron Bassett

Cameron Bassett

Senior Vice President of Development
cbassett@sentinelreg.com

Bio

Lisa Miller has been with Sentinel Real Estate Group for 6 years and serves as the company’s Senior Vice President of Property Services. Lisa has over 20 years of commercial property management experience with all property types – including high rise office, low rise office, retail, industrial, suburban office parks, multi-family and homeowners’ and commercial associations.

Throughout her career she has worked with private and institutional owners such as The Blackstone Group, Equity Office, DRA Advisors, CarrAmerica, Principal Financial Group and Westport Capital Partners. Lisa is a longstanding member of BOMA, and was graciously honored with the Principal Member of the Year award in 2006. She graduated from Cal Poly Pomona with a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance, Real Estate and Law and is licensed by the California Department of Real Estate.

Lisa Miller

Lisa Miller

Senior Vice President of Property Services
lmiller@sentinelreg.com

Bio

Amy Liu serves as Controller for Sentinel Real Estate Group and oversees accounting and finance activities for the company’s asset and property management, development and corporate divisions. She maintains responsibility for all financial reporting and controls and assists in portfolio budgeting and forecasting, asset accounting, tax filing and treasury function for the corporation and all investments.

During her 20 years of experience, Ms. Liu has held senior-level finance positions for industry leading companies involved in real estate, mortgage banking and construction. Her expertise in financial and operational systems integration helped those firms achieve superior cost efficiencies and consistently strong ROI.

Ms. Liu served as Corporate Controller at MMFX Technologies Corporation, a global leading specialty steel distribution company for six years before joining Sentinel Real Estate Group. That followed a multi-year engagement at Greenlaw Partners, a real estate investment and management firm where she served as Principal Accounting Officer. Her resume also includes Controller positions at Hanover Financial Company, (a subsidiary of Marcus & Millichap Co.) as well as The Picerne Group.

After graduating with a BA from the University of International Business and Economics, P.R. China, Ms. Liu attended the University of California, San Diego, Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies. She earned her MBA in Accountancy at San Diego State University. She obtained her CPA license while working for Ernst & Young Kenneth Leventhal, the Real Estate Group.

Amy Liu, CPA, MBA

Amy Liu, CPA, MBA