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Mr. Leahey joined George Smith Partners in 2019 as a member of Team Hachem. His focus is to deliver solutions to address his clients’ real estate capital requirements. Michael has 20 years of experience in finance and commercial real estate arranging transactions as a broker, consultant and CFO.
Prior to joining GSP, Michael ran the Mountain West region for PACE Equity, where he pioneered the use of property tax financing for ground up development, building a pipeline of over $100 million in assessments in the multifamily, hospitality, office, and retail classes, and educated the lending and development community on the use of assessment finance to leverage returns on capital.
Before that, he was Chief Financial Officer for Wall Development Group, a privately owned real estate investment and development firm focused on triple net retail in urban infill and ground up development projects throughout the Mountain West. Michael began his career at GE Capital in their Insurance, Commercial Real Estate, Consumer Finance, and CNBC divisions.
In addition to commercial real estate, Michael is an expert in fundraising for early stage ‘clean tech’ companies, and is an advisor to the DOE and the USDA’s Strategic Business Innovation grant program. He is a professional speaker who has spoken at TEDx and facilitator who has worked with the federal government and companies large and small in improving their public speaking and strategic planning skills.
Michael earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill and a Master of Development Economics from Penn State University. In his free time, you will find Michael hiking, biking, and skiing his way through the wilderness of the Western U.S.