Our Team

First Name:
Forrest
Last Name:
Jinks
Job Title:
President of General Partner
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Forrest
Jinks
President of General Partner

Forrest Jinks has over 15 years of real estate experience throughout the Western United States, with a primary focus on Northern California over the past several years. Specializing in real estate as an “alternative investment”, Forrest has served as the lead investor in over 100 million dollars of real estate transactions, ranging from single-family homes to large retail centers. Projects include retail development and redevelopment, office repositioning, in-fill residential development, bulk residential transactions, apartment development and repositioning, and various types of single-family exchanges. Prior to founding Altus, Forrest was President of Expowth, Inc., a three-division company focused on real estate development, distressed property acquisition, and property preservation. Forrest’s core competencies lie in investment identification, unleashing hidden value, financial modeling and instruments, investor relations, partner and supplier relations, and project management. He received his B.S. from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and holds a California Real Estate Broker’s License.

First Name:
Kristy
Last Name:
Brooks
Job Title:
Managing Director of General Partner
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Kristy
Brooks
Managing Director of General Partner

A rare combination of financial aptitude and marketing creativity and strength, it is Kristy’s eye for business detail aligned with strategic direction that is core to her competence. Whether serving as the Business Manager of a 500 million dollar retail brokerage business at E*Trade Financial, or determining project interdependencies and resolving critical path conflicts at Hewlett Packard Company, Kristy’s particular strength lies in aligning the goals of a business with the details of service and solutions delivery. After initiating her post graduate career at Staples, Inc. as a Senior Financial Analyst, Kristy’s career propelled at accelerated rates. Kristy’s specific skills lie in the areas of business planning and execution, financial modeling and analysis, cash flow projections, compliance and accounting regulation, and business improvement. She has a B.S. from the University of California, Davis and an M.B.A. from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business.

First Name:
Ali
Last Name:
Negus
Job Title:
Project Manager
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Ali
Negus
Project Manager

Born and raised in Sonoma County, Ali joined Altus Equity Group in 2013, and quickly rose to the position of Project Manager. With a passion for architecture and design, she has had the primary responsibility for all phases of renovation in diverse ventures, ranging from single‐ family residences to over 700 units of multifamily complexes. An attention to detail, an artistic view, and a hands‐on approach make Ali indispensable with the complexities of asset/property management and corporate due diligence. Her background at Gonzaga University, as well as her training with the CAM – Certified Apartment Manager program are significant factors in why Ali is a key figure in the client’s Altus experience.

First Name:
Andrew
Last Name:
Eicher
Job Title:
Manager of Acquisitions
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Andrew
Eicher
Manager of Acquisitions

Andrew joined Altus Equity in February of 2017 following 16 years working in and around the financial markets, the last ten spent overseeing the Operations of Securities Broker-Dealers.  Years spent working with multiple assets classes, adjusting to changing business models, and seeking dynamic solutions to problems facing the Investor, have given Andrew an eye for detail, proven communication skills, and a determination to find investment value in the marketplace.  A background of success, ranging from Corporate Finance with a Fortune 500 company, to the lively and uncertain world of a Securities Trader, has provided Andrew with a unique perspective and skillset that he’s eager to apply to the opportunities facing Altus today.  A resident of Austin, Texas for over 17 years, Andrew was born, raised and educated in Iowa, earning a B.B.A in Finance from the University of Iowa.  He holds FINRA Series 7, 24, and 57, as well as several state securities licenses.     

First Name:
Michael
Last Name:
Adler
Job Title:
Chairman & Partner
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Michael
Adler
Chairman & Partner

Raised, educated and spending the majority of his career in the State of Ohio, Michael Adler relocated to Sonoma County in 2005. For more than four decades, Michael has held countless roles, from entrepreneur, businessman, investor, philanthropist, to political activist. As a businessman and entrepreneur, Michael served as a primary shareholder and Chief Executive Officer of two public companies and half a dozen private enterprises, including CEO of the largest franchising photo retailer in North America (450 locations).

Michael’s keen sense of strategy coupled with creative problem solving skills and strong listening ability, has led many to coin him a “resourceful deal maker” and “financial engineer”. He loves people and win-win relationships. Since moving to Santa Rosa eight years ago, Michael has been an active investor and mentor to early stage companies and serves as a Board Member for the North Bay Angels, an early stage Angel Investment Association based in Sonoma County. He received his B.S. and J.D. degrees at Ohio State University.

First Name:
Mark
Last Name:
Nelson
Job Title:
Partner
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Mark
Nelson
Partner

Mark Nelson joined Altus Equity in August of 2013 after spending 25 years starting, building, re-purposing and investing in businesses in the staffing, workforce management, financial services, real estate and technology industries. Prior to the 2009 founding of The Mark Nelson Group, an entrepreneurial capital, advisory and consulting firm, Mark served twenty plus years at the Nelson Family of Companies (NFC), Northern California’s premiere workforce management and talent acquisition company. Named President and Chief Operating Officer in 1995, NFC grew revenue from $56 million to nearly $400 million by the end of 2007, while offering a host of new products and services in the human capital space.

Mark has served as a trusted adviser to companies like Google, Sony Computer Entertainment, Clorox, Bank of America, Cisco Systems, Trinchero Family Estates, Redwood Credit Union, and countless others. Mark’s core competencies lie in the areas of comprehensive business and market strategy, client development and strategy, building intimate customer relationships, hiring and retention of top talent, service delivery, oral and written communication, and fiscal analysis and management. He has a B.S. from the University of San Francisco and is a Certified Public Accountant.