First Guardian Group (FGG) is a full-service investment and brokerage firm specializing in the sales, investments, and management of all commercial rental property real estate assets including: residential, apartments, office, retail, industrial, hospitality, and land. We also provide a one-stopshop for investors seeking to defer taxes through utilizing the 1031 Exchange tax code. See our 1031 Exchange website at www.FGG1031.com for more information.

Since our formation in 2003, we have closed more than $3 billion in real estate transactions throughout the US. We have also managed millions of square feet of income producing investment properties and assisted our clients to execute successful tax deferral strategies including the reinvestment of sales proceeds into higher yielding tax advantaged investments.

Our mission is to partner with our clients and collaborate with all other brokers to attain the highest value for our client’s commercial investment properties. Our team is a tightly integrated group of talented professionals with access to industry-leading market research and market intelligence data analysis capabilities. Local knowledge and marketplace information is key for an effective understanding of how to provide strategies and goals of our clients’ businesses and investment portfolios.

About Team

Paul Getty
Paul Getty is an experienced investment advisor and licensed real estate broker in the states of California and Texas and has been directly involved in commercial transactions totaling over $3 billion on assets throughout the United States. His experience spans all major asset classes including retail, office, residential, apartments , and student and senior housing.

Paul's transaction experience includes buy and sell side representation, sourcing and structuring of debt and equity, work-outs, and asset and property management. He has worked closely with nationally prominent real estate brokerage and investment organizations including Marcus Millichap, CB Richard Ellis, JP Morgan, and Morgan Stanley among others on the firm’s numerous transactions.Paul also maintains a broad network of active buyers and sellers of commercial real estate including lenders, institutions, family office managers, and high net worth individuals.

Prior to founding First Guardian Group/FGG1031, Paul was a founder and CEO of Venture Navigation, a boutique investment banking firm specializing in structuring equity investments made by institutions and high net worth individuals. He possesses over 25 years of comprehensive worldwide business management experience in environments ranging from early phase start-ups to multi-billion dollar corporations. His track record includes participation in IPOs and successful M&A activity that has resulted in investor returns of over $700M.

Paul holds an MBA in Finance from the University of Michigan, graduating with honors, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from Wayne State University. He is a member of Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM), a Certified Property Manager Candidate (CPM), and a member of the US Green Building Council. Mr. Getty holds Series 22, 62, and 63 securities licenses and is a registered representative with LightPath Capital Inc, member FINRA /SIPC .

Paul  is a noted speaker, author, and actively lectures on investments and sales and management related topics. He is author of The 12 Magic Slides ,Regulation A+: How the JOBS Act Creates Opportunities for Entrepreneurs and Investors , and Tax Deferral Strategies Utilizing the Delaware Statutory Trust (DST), available on Amazon and other retail outlets.

Dinesh Gupta
Dinesh Gupta is a Senior Vice President and co-founder of First Guardian Group and focuses on strategic planning, investment selection, financing, transaction structuring, disposition, asset and portfolio management, and investor reporting.Mr. Gupta has directly been involved in transactions totaling over $2.5 billion including income properties and development projects nationwide of on behalf of the firm’s clients and Investors. He has developed numerous financing relationships with top tier banks such as Wells Fargo, Morgan Stanley, Chase and many other institutions that assist the firm in providing financial and due diligence resources for the firm’s real estate transactions. Dinesh also led efforts to provide oversight on the management of retail, commercial and multifamily assets on behalf of the firm’s clients.

Dinesh possesses significant experience in underwriting and formulating effective deal structures between buyers and sellers of commercial real estate assets resulting in increased transaction volume for the firm.Dinesh has extensive experience in managing Private Equity investment funds on behalf of individuals and institutions. Prior to founding First Guardian Group, he co-founded D&B Venture Management and Satwik Ventures that collectively managed more than 25 investments on its own account and on behalf of numerous high net worth individuals. In addition to the $50M of equity on its own account, these investments attracted over $1 billion of co-investments from top tier Private Equity Funds.

Dinesh holds an MBA from the Santa Clara University, California and a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Delhi University, India. Dinesh also holds Series 22, Series 63 and Series 79 securities licenses and is a registered representative with LightPath Capital Inc.

Jan Getty
Jan Getty is Project Director at First Guardian Group. She is responsible for overseeing the successful outcome of the firm’s ongoing transactions including sales and investments on behalf of our clients. Jan also leads investor relations and continuing communications with current and prospective clients. Jan holds a business degree from Rochester University.

Jane also specializes in assisting rental property owners to develop and execute successful marketing and reinvestment options and provides assistance for property financing.

Jane graduated from UC Berkeley and holds a B.A in Economics and Statistics. She is fluent in Cantonese, Mandarin, and English. Jane holds Series 62 and Series 22 securities licenses under FGG’s security’s broker, LightPath Capital, Inc.

Michele Chen
Michele Chen is an Advisor at First Guardian Group. Michele creates seamless transaction processes from beginning—curated selections of properties and investments catered towards our client’s needs. Michele has over 7 years of real estate experience and serves as the in-house Bay Area residential rental property expert at the company. Born and raised in Silicon Valley, Michele obtained her B.A. from the University of California, Irvine and completed her final year of studies at Beijing’s Peking University. Michele holds Series 63 and Series 22 securities licenses under FGG’s security’s broker, LightPath Capital, Inc.

Certified in both tax and insurance, Michele has worked in wealth management, accounting, and business management. She received her MBA from UCI’s Paul Merage School of Business in June 2016. Michele’s emphasis on commercial and residential Real Estate has fortified the connections she maintains with leading developers and long-time real estate investors. In addition to possessing a network of key players in the regional market, Michele has the ability to traverse cultural and linguistic lines. Michele’s capacity to capture the local Chinese-speaking and international Chinese community marks her as a powerful figure in both the Northern and Southern California real estate industry.

Jane Lee
Jane leads the FGG Partnership Program and works with investment clubs and realtor groups to promote 1031 Exchange benefits and FGG’s wide range of investment offerings. Jane is experienced in all aspects of investing, managing, and flipping investment properties including 20+ Bay area properties with positive returns to investors.

Jane also specializes in assisting rental property owners to develop and execute successful marketing and reinvestment options and provides assistance for property financing.

Jane graduated from UC Berkeley and holds a B.A in Economics and Statistics. She is fluent in Cantonese, Mandarin, and English. Jane holds Series 62 and Series 22 securities licenses under FGG’s security’s broker, LightPath Capital, Inc.

Sean Penello
Sean is a Real Estate and Rental Property Advisor with First Guardian Group. His background and experience spans client advisory services in areas including real estate, wealth management, and estate planning.
Sean holds Series 7 and Series 65 securities licenses under FGG’s security’s broker, LightPath Capital, Inc.



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