Joining Rockspring in September of 2019, Matthew Kenneally, VP Business Development, has hit the ground running in expanding Rockspring’s offerings to family offices, wealth managers and other sophisticated investors. He recently participated in a Q&A to share how he got to Rockspring and his goals for 2020.
How have you enjoyed your time with Rockspring so far?
It’s been fantastic and this extraordinary team has welcomed me with open arms. I am most impressed with the expertise and professionalism each team member brings every day. There is a strong culture that aims to deliver successful outcomes to our investors as well as meets the goals of each employee.
What originally attracted you to the firm?
I’ve known Rockspring CEO and Founder Jim McAlister since we were in elementary school. I’ve followed his career for many years and admire the firm he has built.
Last summer, I was approached by a headhunter I’ve worked with in the past about an opportunity at a firm she felt was a good match with based on my experiences and skill set. I wasn’t looking for a change, but once I knew it was Jim at Rockspring, I was interested to hear more. I spent weeks discussing the firm’s direction, processes and goals, and got to know each member of this incredible team. Needless to say, I was sold and couldn’t be happier with my decision.
Tell me about your role at Rockspring and what you think your biggest contribution(s) will be?
My role as VP of Business Development is, in simplest terms, to expand Rockspring’s investor reach and capital pools while building new long-term relationships with a broader investor class.
My focus has always been understanding the goals and concerns of current and future clients and providing solutions that match. My top priority each day is building trust, providing transparency, and proving that my business is a reliable partner. Rockspring operates on these same principals, so coming on board was an easy decision.
Tell us about your background.
For most of last two decades, I have worked in private banking and wealth management, most notably at HSBC Private Bank, Wells Fargo Private Bank, and UBS Financial Services.
In those roles, I was responsible for building diversified investment portfolios for high net worth investors and family office organizations. This experience directly benefits my role at Rockspring and offers a more focused opportunity to provide value to sophisticated investors and family offices seeking direct asset exposure and return potential through real estate.
What are you most looking forward to in 2020?
Our focus for 2020, and every year, is providing superior real estate investment opportunities for our clients. I am looking forward to carrying the Rockspring banner into 2020alongside our management team as their expertise is second to none.