Gary M. Tenzer

Gary M. Tenzer

Gary M. Tenzer is co-founding Principal and Managing Director of George Smith Partners Inc., ("GSP"); a Los Angeles based real estate investment banking, financing and consulting services firm. GSP represents many of the largest and most prominent developers and owners of real estate throughout the country.

With over 35 years of experience in originating, structuring, underwriting and negotiating sophisticated real estate financing transactions, Mr. Tenzer has been personally involved in the placement of over $8.0 Billion dollars of real estate financing throughout the country. In addition to arranging financing for his clients, Mr. Tenzer has had extensive experience as an expert witness and litigation consultant. He has been involved in over three hundred real estate litigation matters, representing both plaintiffs and defendants, and has testified over 100 times in state and federal courts at both jury and bench trials.

Mr. Tenzer is a member of the Sustaining Board of the UCLA Ziman for Real Estate and has been a frequent lecturer at undergraduate and graduate real estate finance classes at UCLA and USC; he is also a member of the Urban Land Institute.


  • Master of Science in Business Administration (MSBA) 1979: University of Southern California. Major in Real Estate Finance, with specific focus on real estate economics and financial feasibility and rate of return analysis.
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) 1978: University of Southern California. Majors in Finance and Entrepreneurship and Venture Management. Emphasis on capital structure and creation of start-up enterprises in the real estate industry.
  • Bachelor of Arts (AB) 1976: University of California, Berkeley. Degree in Economics with emphasis on Urban Land Economics and quantitative analysis; minors in Psychology and Astronomy.