Michael A. Cope, Chief Investment Officer, has more than 20 years of experience in the real estate industry and is responsible for the company’s acquisitions, financings/refinancings and for analyzing and structuring transactions. Since joining Wingate in 1997, Michael has been actively involved in the acquisition of more than $250 million of multifamily and commercial properties, and has recently placed approximately $75 million of equity and refinanced $180 million of debt for existing properties.

Before joining Wingate, Michael was employed in the banking industry for 15 years, working at the corporate headquarters of Fleet Bank (now part of Bank of America) where he gained extensive experience in analyzing and structuring real estate and corporate transactions. At Fleet Bank, he was responsible for developing and managing relationships with national real estate companies, including real estate investment trusts and homebuilders. He also managed relationships with commercial lenders, investment management companies and media companies.

Michael was also employed by Shawmut Bank from 1987 until its merger with Fleet Bank in 1996, and First National Bank of Chicago from 1983 to 1987. While at Shawmut Bank, he spent two years working out problem real estate and commercial loans. He received his credit training in the Real Estate Group at First National Bank of Chicago at their Chicago corporate headquarters. Before working at the First National Bank of Chicago, Mr. Cope was a Senior Auditor with Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co. from 1978 to 1982.

A CPA, CMA and member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Michael graduated from the University of Maine in 1978 and received his MBA from Northwestern University in 1983.