Dean Gorenc BA, CHRP, AMP | CEO
Dean has over 10 years of senior management experience and holds a CHRP and AMP designation. The last two positions Dean held were in the private lending industry (CareVest Capital) as National Director of Sales for their sister company Canadian Horizons and in the land banking industry with Walton International. Strengths include fundraising, product development, dealing with investors and equity capital providers at an executive and board level. Dean has raised over $115 million in a wholesale and retail capacity during this time.
Dean is a graduate from the University of Calgary. Prior to embarking on his career in real estate, he worked as an organizational, training and development specialist. He has specialized in start up companies, which have included Canadian Horizons, Westjet Airlines, ZIP Air, and Destina.ca. Dean also assisted several Executive teams with change management initiatives; the companies have included Halliburton and Air Canada.
Dean is also a Mortgage Broker operating his mortgage brokerage as UrbanStar Mortgages.
Peter Fournier President
Peter has over 15 years of senior management experience and his last two positions held were in the private lending industry (CareVest Capital) as National Sales Manager and as a Senior Account Manager. Peter’s strengths include fundraising, product development, dealing with investors and equity capital providers at an executive and board level. Peter has been involved in raising capital for various offerings including land banking, MIC’s and Syndicated Mortgages. During Peter’s tenure at CareVest Capital he managed a highly productive team that on a retail and wholesale level raised more $250 million for various types of security offerings across Canada.
Peter’s experience also includes being a Mortgage Agent and he has sourced numerous Commercial Mortgages and specialized in Residential Mortgages at Bridge Capital, a private mortgage provider.
Brent Knight Vice President International Sales
Brent has over 20 years in senior roles involving business development, client relationships and developing strategic business partnerships. Business experience has included 11 years in the role of business development with Calgary based financial planning firm Hamilton + Partners, Ownership of a construction services business Panama City Republic of Panama Central America. Brent’s recent role prior to joining Urban Star was senior manager of business development and strategic partnerships in the private aviation industry.
Strengths involve capital raising, developing international business ventures (Brazil, China), and managing assets and capital at both the individual and corporate levels.
Brent is a Business Graduate of Arizona State University and has been involved in a number of real estate funds both personally and on behalf of his clients. He has held a number of financial planning designations and is a board member of CERBA (Canada Eurasia, Russia Business Association).
Bruce Elvins Vice President of UrbanStar Homes
Bruce has over 20 years of senior experience in home construction. His last position was held at Mitchell Brock as Superintendent of the Custom Home Division and Quality Assurance Manager. He also held a key role in many of their award-winning projects of the company. Bruce is a fourth-generation builder with experience and passion; and he earned the Red Seal designation as Journeyman Carpenter proving his commitment to excellence.