An Experienced Team
of combined experience
of completed project value
With over 17 years of real estate investment, development, construction and finance experience, Mr. Drakos is responsible for equity and debt relationships, acquisitions and overall project execution. Prior to founding CREI, Mr. Drakos served as Executive Vice President for Carrington Holding Company, a diversified real estate services and investment firm, where he was responsible for founding and managing the firm’s residential real estate development company. Mr. Drakos also served as a Portfolio Manager for Carrington Capital Management, a $6B real estate investment manager, where he was responsible for investing in real estate throughout the US. Prior to Carrington, Mr. Drakos worked in investment banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch where he participated in over $5B of financing transactions. He began his career as a Project Manager for The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company and Ryan Homes, a publicly traded home builder. Mr. Drakos holds a B.S. from Cornell University, with a concentration in real estate and finance, as well as an MBA and Master of Real Estate Development from the University of Southern California. He also served as Vice Chair of the Encinitas Planning Commission and holds a LEED AP designation.
Mr. Monroe is responsible for deal review and approval, debt and equity relationships, and strategy. An accomplished entrepreneur and investor, Mr. Monroe co-founded ERx Network (previously Allwin Data) and, as a member of the executive management team, helped lead the firm to a successful exit through a sale to private equity firms General Atlantic and Hellman & Friedman for over $100M. Mr. Monroe is an active investor in both the public equity and private real estate markets. He is focused on actively researching and tracking trends to identify unique investment opportunities.
Director of Construction & Development
Mr. Westerfield is responsible for managing all aspects of construction operations for CREI’s subsidiary, Cross Construction Incorporated. Mr. Westerfield has over 30 years of construction and development experience ranging from custom homes to master planned communities and large-scale multi-family projects totaling over $100M. Prior to Cross, Mr. Westerfield served as a Senior Project Manager for Carrington Development Company where he oversaw numerous residential projects throughout the US. Before Carrington, Mr. Westerfield served as Construction Manager for Lennar Corp., a leading national homebuilder, where he was responsible for all construction operations on Lennar’s Southern California single family home and multi-family development projects. Mr. Westerfield holds both a California B and C-8 contractor’s license.