MARK SANDERS is Founder and Principal of Fifteen Group. While Mark and his brother Ian are the entrepreneurial spirit behind Fifteen Group which they founded in 1992, Mark’s primary role is evaluating potential new opportunities and overseeing the transaction side of the business. Mark’s responsibilities also include raising capital from investors and lenders and overseeing Fifteen Group’s West Coast operations. Under Mark’s leadership, Fifteen Group has completed more than 75 unique real estate transactions with an investment performance that is extraordinary by any measure. After assembling a portfolio of 20,000 apartment units nationwide, Fifteen Group monetized most of its portfolio between 2005 and 2007. During the subsequent downturn Fifteen Group strategically deployed its capital in South Florida and Southern California across multiple property types and continues to be an early mover in emerging neighborhoods. Fifteen Group’s transactions range from simple property acquisitions to acquisitions of distressed debt, complex land entitlements, land development and vertical development. Mark received a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Real Estate from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He currently serves on the Board of Councilors of the USC Price School of Public Policy. He is active in a number of local and national philanthropies, and he leads the Fifteen Group Foundation with his brother Ian.