George Chopivsky, III 

George is the managing principal of The FORTIS Companies.  Prior to founding FORTIS, Mr. Chopivsky was the VP of the Mid-Atlantic region for Simpson Housing, a national apartment developer and operator with over $3.5 billion in assets. Previous to that, George was a longtime executive of The Donohoe Companies, one of DC’s largest and oldest real estate companies. During his tenure with Donohoe, Mr. Chopivsky was responsible for managing construction and development of projects throughout the DC region: from property acquisition through project completion and stabilization.  A native Washingtonian, George graduated from St. Albans School and Yale University.  He serves on the Eagle Bank Advisory Board, is a Board Member for Habitat for Humanity of Washington DC, and is an active member of the Urban Land Institute and The DC Real Estate Group.  He is also a former chairman of the young professionals group of the Trust for the National Mall, the L’Enfant Society, which is charged with overseeing the renovation of America’s front doorstep and raising private funds to help restore and maintain the National Mall as a world-class park.  Over the past decade, Mr. Chopivsky led the development of over 2,400 units in the DC area with a value of over $800 million. 

Tim Friemel  

Tim is responsible for the day-to-day oversight of FORTIS’ design, development, and construction activities.  Mr. Friemel has over twenty years real estate development and construction experience.  He managed the planning, design, and construction of a diverse portfolio of projects including ground-up commercial and mixed-use developments, large interior construction projects, and the U.S. Embassy in Iraq.  Prior to joining The FORTIS Companies, Tim worked as a consultant to the U.S. Department of State, and as a senior development manager for one of Arlington’s land owners where he was responsible for the development of several large mixed-use projects.  His past experience also includes several years in a commercial brokerage team with Jones Lang LaSalle where he provided planning, construction, and brokerage services to large commercial tenants.  Mr. Friemel is a registered professional engineer and holds engineering degrees from Washington University in St. Louis and the University of Wisconsin, and a law degree from George Mason University.

MATT Bunch  

Matt is responsible for FORTIS’ property acquisition and entitlement efforts in Maryland and Virginia.  He has worked over 17 years in key management roles for strategy development, marketing, and land acquisition.  Prior to joining FORTIS, Mr. Bunch led acquisition efforts for single-family and multi-family product for the Pulte, Del Webb, and Centex brands across the Mid-Atlantic region for national homebuilder PulteGroup, Inc., securing over $200 million in premium land assets in Northern Virginia and Maryland.  He provides extensive experience in real estate operations, project management, financial analysis, consumer research, and product development.  Mr. Bunch is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University (MBA) and the University of Delaware (BA), resides in Washington DC, and is an active member of the Urban Land Institute.

Brian Eskew  

Brian is responsible for sourcing and underwriting new acquisitions as well as developing and maintaining pro formas, budgets and schedules for existing projects.  Mr. Eskew is an experienced financial professional with a strong background in cash flow modelling and asset valuation.  Prior to joining FORTIS, Mr. Eskew worked for Houlihan Lokey, a leading middle markets investment bank, advising clients in mergers and acquisitions, private debt financings, and private equity placements.  During his time with Houlihan Lokey, he advised in M&A transactions totaling over $400 million, debt placements totaling over $2.1 billion, and equity placements totaling over $500 million. Mr. Eskew graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in Finance and is currently completing his Masters of Professional Studies in Real Estate at Georgetown University.  He is an active member of the Urban Land Institute.