The Team

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Left to right: Fred Grossman, Mike Donovan and Steve Brown

General Partners



  General Partner

Steve Brown, Age, 64, serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Balke Brown Transwestern, Inc. Mr. Brown has 39 years of experience in the development, acquisition, leasing and management of institutional quality office, multi-family and industrial buildings in the St. Louis Metropolitan Area. He joined the founder of Balke Brown Transwestern, Inc., Gary Balke in 1984. Mr. Brown is responsible for leading members of the firm to create long term value for clients of Balke Brown Transwestern through thoughtful real estate investment and management. Mr. Brown has sponsored and led the development and acquisition of many significant Class A commercial real estate assets with an aggregate value of over $750,000,000 in the St. Louis Metropolitan Area, including 16 office buildings totaling 1,300,000 square feet, 12 industrial buildings totaling 3,200,000 square feet, and 7 multi-family projects totaling 1554 apartment units. Mr. Brown earned a Bachelor of Architecture Degree in 1982 from the University of Notre Dame and a Masters in Architecture and Urban Design in 1984 from Harvard University.



  General Partner

Michael J. Donovan, age 62, serves as Chief Operations Officer of Balke Brown Transwestern, Inc. Mr. Donovan has over 32 years of experience in the acquisition, disposition and leasing of institutional quality office and multi-family buildings in the St. Louis Metropolitan Area. Since 2007, Mr. Donovan has initiated the acquisition of over $500,000,000 of Class A office buildings and has leased over 3,000,000 square feet of space in the St. Louis area. Mr. Donovan’s current role includes the acquisition, asset management, leasing and disposition of Balke Brown Transwestern sponsored assets including the Rough Diamond and Diamond Income Funds. Prior to joining Balke Brown Transwestern, Inc. in 2007, Mr. Donovan was Vice President of Duke Realty Corporation and had an average leasing production of over 300,000 square feet a year between 2000 and 2006.

Other Associates



  Chief Financial Officer

Frederick J. Grossman, age 32, serves as the Chief Financial Officer of Balke Brown Transwestern, Inc. Mr. Grossman began his career in public accounting at Ernst and Young in Kansas City, MO, working there for over four years. Upon moving back to the St. Louis area in 2016, Mr. Grossman switched accounting firms to RubinBrown in Clayton where he spent his time advising and consulting with similar type of real estate funds, real estate developers, and management company clients. Since joining Balke Brown Transwestern in 2019, Mr. Grossman has taken a leadership position by being involved in the continued advancement of the accounting function while also striving to drive overall company performance and growth. Mr. Grossman has seen great success in the financial management of Diamond Income Fund by keeping finances controlled and visible to the investor members of the Fund. Mr. Grossman earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Rockhurst University in 2012, is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), and has been an AICPA and MSCPA member since 2012.