Press Release - February 26, 2014

For Immediate Release:  Altus Equity Group, LP names Nelson as Partner

Mark Nelson, former President and Chief Operating Officer of the Nelson Family of Companies and current Entrepreneur in Residence at Sonoma State University, has joined Altus Equity, one of the North Bay’s fastest growing Alternative Asset Investment Companies, as Partner.

Nelson, who brings over 25 years of business building experience to the firm, will be charged with strategic oversight and positioning, capital access and accumulation, investor relations, operational improvement and talent acquisition.

“Altus Equity is one of those special situations; fast growing, outstanding financial performance, incredible people, a marketable core competency, and a hunger for more.  Initially serving as an advisor to the Founder Forrest Jinks, in Altus I found an unusual combination of real estate expertise and experience, unshakeable values, unparalleled employee drive, superior financial acumen and returns, and proven methodologies and delivery systems.  When they asked me to join, it was a no brainer.”

Nelson, will continue to serve in his capacity as Codding Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) at SSU and sees tremendous synergies between the roles. “Business is about creating value for people, relevant value.”

“Having Mark join the firm is a testimonial to the opportunities at Altus”, said Jinks, who founded the firm in 2009.  “His business building experience and business network will drive our company to the next level. Mark is the perfect fit for our culture and we are confident his leadership skills will lead us to optimum success.”

Nelson received a B.S. in Accounting from University of San Francisco in 1985 and began his career in the San Francisco office of Price Waterhouse.  He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and has completed certified course work at Stanford University.  Nelson is the former Board Chair at Soco Nexus, sits on the Sir Francis Drake High School Scholarship Foundation Board, and is a former Board Member for the San Rafael Chamber, USF Accounting Alumni Association, Bread and Roses, Volunteer Center of Marin and countless others.

About Altus Equity

Founded in 2009, Altus Equity is a boutique Alternative Asset firm focused on real estate.  We typically generate above market returns by unleashing hidden value with a no fee, preferential return structure.  Alternative Asset investing has historically been an investment opportunity reserved for the extremely wealthy. Altus Equity Group, LP, while serving high net worth individuals and family offices, provides these very same investment alternatives to the average accredited investor.   As an instrument for portfolio management and diversification, while simultaneously allowing for tax advantaged investing, our goal is to optimize portfolio returns for each and every one of our investors. In contrast to most Alternative Asset firms, Altus Equity creates indisputable alignment between all related parties.

Media Contact:  Mark Nelson 415 450-8107  or Forrest Jinks 707-932-5887