Our leadership team brings over 100 years of experience to our client engagements. We pride ourselves on providing the most creative and effective solutions to our clients.

 Leadership Team

Damian McKinney, Chairman

Damian McKinney has 35 years of experience in national commercial real estate brokerage and investment. Damian has been recognized as one of the nation’s preeminent corporate services advisors since 1979. As Sequoia Equity Partners’ Chairman, Mr. McKinney is actively involved in supporting the firm’s corporate development, capital partner programs and community relations.

Recognizing the dilemma borrowers of commercial real estate face and will continue to face, Damian wasted no time getting behind Sequoia Equity Partners, LLC.

Throughout his 35 years of national commercial real estate experiences Damian has been involved in a full spectrum of transactions from industrial, retail, office, land and hospitality. Mr. McKinney has directly contributed to the closing of billions of dollars of leases, sales, debt and equity ranging from individuals investors to Fortune 100 corporate accounts.

With his seasoned real estate and leadership experience, Damian is instrumental in helping the firm execute it strategic plan. Damian also serves as the firm’s liaison to community outreach opportunities.

Damian represents Corporate America’s best interests working with decision makers to leverage real estate and proficiencies towards bottom-line savings. His understanding of the current economy and experience in multi-market real estate transactions allows Damian to be a fiduciary advocate on behalf of his clients.

Damian founded McKinney Advisory Group, a full-service, and client-focused, real estate firm focusing on representation of corporate tenants to maximize the value of their real estate assets. Damian is also the founder of McKinney Capital Group, a commercial real estate investment platform focusing on direct investment in value-add and opportunistic transactions.

Damian began investing in real estate on behalf of his corporate clients when they asked him to do for them personally as he did for their companies. Through representing his clients across the country he is able to identify value-add investments that work for tenants needs, avoiding potentially draining investments. Working in multiple markets and staying cutting edge in technology and asset management best practices are a key part of this success.

Causes and Nonprofit Involvement

  • Kids Included Together – Past Board President
  • All Kids Inc. – Founding Board Member
  • National Center for Fathering – Volunteer
  • San Diego Center for Children – Vice Chairman of the Board
  • Academy of Our Lady of Peace – Board Member
  • San Diego North Economic Development Council – Vice Chairman of the Board, Director of the Finance Committee


  • Continuing Education: UCLA & USD
  • B.A. Business Administration and Finance Emphasis, University of Southern California
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David Mannion, Chief Executive Officer

David has over 15 years of commercial real estate and capital markets experience. His role in private client money management led him to pursue a career in real estate where he helped grow Sagemark Properties, Inc. into a regional and relevant player in the commercial real estate investment advisory and brokerage space. David oversaw the Special Assets Group at BOFI Federal Bank and supported the risk management of the then $1.4 billion loan portfolio.

Wearing many hats, David is well-versed with asset management, brokerage, capital markets finance and portfolio management. Over the last few years, David has been party to over $450MM of commercial real estate transactions and assignments.

Prior to following his first love in real estate, David has consulted for several start-ups and Fortune 100 companies in strategic roles to include KKR, Allied Signal, Inc. and Lockheed Martin just to name a few.

Causes and Nonprofit Involvement

  • Hunger2Help – Volunteer
  • Solana Beach Dads Club – Volunteer
  • Arizona State University Alumni, San Diego Chapter – Member
  • University of Illinois Alumni, San Diego Chapter – Member


  • Stanford University, Strategic Leadership (continuing education)
  • University of San Diego, Burnham-Moores Center of Real Estate, Commercial Real Estate Finance(continuing education)
  • University of Illinois; M.B.A.
  • Arizona State University, WP Carey School of Business; B.S.
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Peter Quinn, Chief Operating Officer

Peter has 34 years of experience in commercial real estate brokerage, development, investment and consulting. Peter supports the operations and Corporate Development function for the firm. His aptitude for business process and planning coupled with his strong corporate real estate background make Peter a perfect fit to manage the continued growth of Sequoia Equity Partners.

Peter began his commercial real estate career in 1980 with CBRE in Newport Beach, CA. He began his development and investment career in 1985 with a group of former Trammell Crow Partners in San Diego. Pursuit of joint venture development opportunities led to corporate real estate assignments with Eastman Kodak, Texaco USA and Eli Lilly. These relationships and experience led to the founding of Parkstone Companies, a provider of corporate real estate services to Fortune 500 companies, investors and major financial institutions, including Security Pacific Bank, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, and Sumitomo Bank. Quinn led southern California based Voit Development Company’s efforts in San Diego from 2003 to 2007, becoming the third most active real estate development company in the region while developing or acquiring nearly 1,000,000 square feet of office and industrial product.

Causes and Nonprofit Involvement

  • Kimera Orphanage, San Diego, CA & Kampala, Uganda — Board of Directors, Supporter
  • American Heart Association — Past Board Member, San Diego Region
  • Noah Homes — Board of Directors
  • USD, Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate


  • B.A. in Business Administration, San Diego State University, Finance Emphasis
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Lori McKinney, Chief Financial Officer

Lori McKinney has over 30 years of experience in understanding and maximizing finances in investments of real estate and portfolio management. Lori brings her financial expertise to the management team and oversees the financial activities of Sequoia Equity Partners. Her responsibilities include providing the support to ensure financial reporting and tax preparation are managed in compliance with industry standards.

Over her financial career, Lori has assisted investors and owner-users in managing expenses, budgeting, and forecasts, as well as strategic remodeling for achieving maximum value add in real estate investments.

Lori has responsibility for everything that approaches a balance sheet or profit and loss statement. Her understanding of finance and accounting provides a ready resource to all with informative reporting for the team.

Causes and Nonprofit Involvement

  • UCSD — Cuddler Program Volunteer
  • All Kids Inc. — Supporter
  • Kids Included Together – Supporter
  • National Center for Fathering – Supporter
  • San Diego Humane Society – Supporter & Volunteer
  • St James Catholic Church – Parishioner & Supporter
  • Assistance League of Long Beach — Past Board Member of Rickrackers


  • B.A. in Business Administration, Finance Emphasis, University of Southern California, CA

Sequoia Equity Partners Team

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Greg Rutten, Senior Managing Director

Greg has over 29 years of expertise in commercial real estate brokerage, investments and consulting. Over the last ten years, Greg has focused on the market adjustments post-2008 recognizing the opportunity to acquire distressed real estate loans and assets from lending institutions and special servicers dealing with CMBS debt.

With default rates in the commercial real estate market not expected to peak until 2017-2018 Greg has joined the firm to work specifically with borrowers, lenders and servicers while helping direct the firm’s capital partners deploy their capital in the form of debt, equity and/or Principal investment.

Some of his clients include Wells Fargo Bank, Bank of America, Alta Pacific Bank, California Bank & Trust, Luther Burbank Savings, City National Bank, JP Morgan Chase, One West Bank, First Na­tional Bank, Torrey Pines Bank, FDIC, Cathay Bank, China Trust Bank, Pacific Western Bank, Zions First National Bank, BOFI Federal Bank, East West Bank, Synovus Bank, GE Real Estate, Midland Loan Servicing, LNR Partners, C-III Asset Management and CW Capital.

Causes and Nonprofit Involvement

  • University of Oregon Alumni Association, San Diego Chapter – Member
  • Solona Beach Schools Foundation – Past Board Member


  • North San Diego Real Estate Investors Association
  • B.A. Business Administration, University of Oregon, Emphasis in Finance & Economics
  • Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) – Candidate
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Anthony D’Alessandro, Managing Director

Anthony brings over 20 years of experience in the real estate and capital markets industry.  He started his career in commercial real estate leasing and sales with an emphasis in retail centers, office buildings and apartments. Anthony transitioned into the capital markets side of our industry networking with banks, investors and developers and he was able to develop a solid book of client service of structuring capital for client acquisitions.  His track record and performance have afforded him an impressive client list and will support Sequoia Equity Partners’ business plan to develop a strong presence on the East Coast.  Anthony has played critical roles in the negotiation of more than $250MM in transactions.

Other Interests

  • Real Estate Development
  • Family

Non Profit Involvement and Causes

  • Louie’s Voice – “Speaking up for Autism” – Vice President


  • Temple University, Marketing and Real Estate Institute
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Tess Shepard, Managing Director

As Managing Director at Sequoia Equity Partners, based in San Diego, California Tess is a 12-year commercial real estate industry veteran and has a proven track record of representing large users of office and industrial space in a wide array of real estate transactions.  Tess has built a solid foundation of corporate clients through her tenant and seller advisory services.

Additionally, Ms. Shepard has successfully guided local, national and multi-national clients with their commercial real estate acquisitions, lease obligations, asset reposition and dispositions. Her specific areas of expertise include strategic planning, space utilization, transaction management and financial structuring.

Tess specializes in applying her expertise and market knowledge to broker commercial office, industrial, retail and business sales that consistently exceed the investment goals of her clients.  In addition to being an active volunteer with FocalPoint Foundation Charities, Tess is the founding partner of FocalPoint Investments and Realty in La Mesa, California.  Tess is an active member in the professional networking real estate groups: CAR, NAR, SDAR, and the San Diego Chamber of Commerce.  Tess graduated from the University of Phoenix with a Masters of Business Administration degree and received a Community Consensus Scholarship from University of San Diego (USD).  Tess is also a recipient of Serving the Underserved Community Free Clinic Project through University of California San Diego (UCSD).