Leadership

Meet our Board of Directors

Jeff Malach

Board Member

Jeff Malach serves as an independent Board Member of MJ REIT. Mr. Malach is currently Managing Director of Capital Markets and Strategy at Quanta Finance, a Senior Advisor and member of the investment committee at Landrace Financial, Senior Advisor to New Roots Capital, and Advisor to Pincanna.

Prior to joining Quanta Finance, Mr. Malach was a Managing Director at Landrace Financial and oversaw the cannabis lending portfolio. He was Head of Capital Markets at Barnett Capital, a family office located outside of Chicago, where he focused on the capital structuring of all Barnett Capital’s business lines. Additionally, Mr. Malach developed and ran the commercial real estate bridge lending platform for Barnett Capital.

Previously he was the Regional Vice President for B2R Finance, a Blackstone Group Fund. Earlier in his career, he was the initial employee and eventually Senior Business Development Director of Hilco Real Estate Finance, a lender to residential real estate investors. As part of the management team, Mr. Malach helped develop and grow that business to an eventual successful sale to Garrison Investment Group.

Mr. Malach holds a Juris Doctor from Chicago-Kent College of law and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan. He is a licensed attorney in the state of Illinois.

Matthew Malone

Board Member

Matthew Malone serves as an independent Board Member of MJ REIT. Mr. Malone has spent his entire career in the alternative investment industry. He currently serves as the President of Lonsdale Investment Management and the Head of Investment Management at Lonsdale Investment Technology, a technology enabled platform that provides wealth managers with specialized portfolio construction tools and access to curated platforms of alternative investment managers.

Prior to joining Lonsdale, Mr. Malone served in various roles at FS Investments, an alternative asset management firm, including serving as Managing Director, Real Estate and successfully launching the FS Credit REIT, a non-traded REIT focused on investments in commercial real estate loans.

Prior to his time at FS Investments, Mr. Malone was a partner at the law firm Snyder Kearney, LLC and specialized in research and diligence of alternative investments on behalf of wealth management platforms. Mr. Malone is a CFA charterholder and has served as the Board Chair of the CFA Society of Washington, DC and the Alternative Direct Investment Securities Association (ADISA).

Mr. Malone earned a BA in Economics from the University of Maryland and a J.D. from The George Washington University.

Michelle N. Galeski

Board Member

Michelle N. Galeski serves as an independent Board Member of MJ REIT. She is a Principal & Co-Founder of Rep Driven Results, LLC (RDR) and BridgeWorks, LLC Principal and Owner. RDR is a National Accounts services company founded in 2011. RDR brings a unique mix of two executives with a broad base of knowledge in the IBD space of over 20 years experience.  We offer Private (Reg D) companies the ability to hire on an as needed basis, our services, to assist/develop distribution and manage and/or grow your selling group syndicate.

Our Mission is to represent high-quality, well regarded management teams & their investment products to provide marketing solutions that will ultimately benefit the Broker Dealer and Financial Advisor and RIA, Family office channel. RDR and BridgeWorks bring knowledge that can be leveraged across the board whether it be intel on the IBDs, RIA’s, Advisors moving to new firms, feedback on marketing materials and PPM, operations, technology and how to properly utilize your time and money at industry events, expanding brand awareness in the channel and overall networking with the most respectable firms in the space.        

Prior to founding RDR, she served for ten years as Vice President for VSR Financial Services, Inc., a full-service securities broker dealer with a network of more than 300 financial advisors representing over 85,000 investors throughout North America.

In her role at VSR, she was responsible for evaluating new investment offerings and launching new product marketing initiatives as well as business development with Financial Advisors in the field. Prior to VSR, Ms. Galeski worked for Berthel Fisher, another independent broker dealer and started her career in the financial industry with Kennedy Capital Management out of St. Louis, Missouri, as a trader and portfolio liaison.

She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance and Economics from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas, is Series 7 and 66 licensed with Arete Wealth Management out of Chicago, IL and currently resides in Olathe, Kansas.

Matthew J. Gould

Board Member

Matthew J. Gould serves as an interested Board Member representing the sub-manager, Rainbow Realty Group. Mr. Gould has spent his entire career in the real estate industry with various organizations. He currently serves as CEO of Georgetown Partners, Inc. and Managing General Partner of Gould Investors, L.P., a diversified primarily real estate owner and operator since 1994.

Since 2012, Mr. Gould has served as Chairman of One Liberty Properties, Inc. (NYSE:OLP), a single tenant net lease REIT, holding earlier positions as Vice Chairman and President dating back to 1989. He is a Board Member and Senior Vice President of BRT Apartments Corporation (NYSE: BRT), a multifamily REIT, performing various roles dating back to 1984.

Since 2019 he has served as CEO of the Rainbow Realty Group Funds, which manages two private funds that own and provide mortgages to borrowers in the cannabis space. He is a Board Member of Halsa Holdings, LLC, a CA cannabis operator, since 2021 and Vice President of Majestic Property Management Corp., a privately held real estate management fund, since 1984.

Mr. Gould earned a B.A in English Literature from University of Michigan in 1981 and a J.D. from the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law in 1984.

Christopher R. Reece

Chairman & CEO

Christopher R. Reece has served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the MJ REIT since inception. Mr. Reece co-founded AC Capital Partners LLC, a national sponsor of alternative investments and serves as a managing director at Arcview Capital, a FINRA registered broker-dealer.

In his role with Arcview Capital, he focuses his efforts on developing relationships with independent broker dealers, regional firms and wirehouses. Prior to joining Arcview Capital, he spent nine years at FS Investments, where he built a team of client portfolio managers to serve as alternative investment experts, focusing on private real estate, private credit and liquid funds. His focus on educating advisers and clients led he and his team to successfully raise over $10 billion in assets. 

Before FS Investments, he spent five years as a Director with Turner Investment Partners (“Turner”), an investment firm that, at the time, managed more than $13 billion of securities for institutions and individuals. At Turner, he was responsible for managing the firm’s largest institutional relationships spread across alternative, domestic and international strategies. In this role, he was also responsible for generating investment research and articulating detailed portfolio analysis of the firm’s strategies to clients. Before joining Turner, he was a Product Specialist with Planco/The Hartford Mutual Funds and was instrumental in successfully building out their registered investment advisor channel.

Prior to this role, he spent two years at David Vaughan Investments as a senior relationship manager and eight years at The Vanguard Group, most recently as an international investment analyst. Mr. Reece received his MBA from Villanova University and his BS in Finance from Drexel University.

He is registered with FINRA as a Series 7 and Series 63 representative and is a CFA charterholder.