5. MayfieldGentry Realty Advisors L.L.C.

Founded by Chauncey Mayfield in 2003, MayfieldGentry Realty Advisors L.L.C. is a leading Securities and Exchanges Commission (SEC) registered real estate investment advisor. The Detroit-based firm, specializing in portfolio and asset management, had $1 billion in capital under management as of Dec. 31, 2008—up 6% from the previous year.

Since its inception, the firm’s portfolio has expanded to 16 properties in 12 U.S. cities including Charlotte, North Carolina; Boca Raton, Florida; Richmond, Virginia; Detroit; and Las Vegas, among others.

Two of the firm’s most recent acquisitions include the Venture Center at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina and the Crossroads Corporate Park in Cary, North Carolina.

With it flagship MGRA Genesis Value Fund closing in on $150 million, the firm is looking to expand its portfolio to include commercial real estate in China.

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