Founded in 2002, Summit Investment Management LLC is a private investment company headquartered in Denver, Colorado. Since its inception, Summit has invested more than $1.5 billion in distressed debt acquisitions, balance sheet restructures of operating companies, special situation capital, bridge loans and joint ventures.
Typical investments range between $1 million and $75 million with the flexibility to do larger transactions. Summit’s existing portfolio includes commercial & industrial loans, asset-based loans and cash flow credits, along with a diverse commercial real estate portfolio consisting of hospitality, industrial, multi-family, c-store, retail, warehouse, office, self-storage, golf course, environmentally challenged property, and other esoteric asset classes.
Our knowledge and experience, ingenuity, strong relationships, and direct and honest approach to doing business set us apart from the competition. We take pride in being a leading resource and partner for banks, financial institutions, middle market companies, turnaround and restructuring professionals, law firms and private equity firms, among others.
Charles J. (CJ) Burger is a Founding Member and the President & Chief Executive Officer of Summit. He is responsible for overseeing the business development team. Prior to Summit’s inception, CJ was the Managing Director of the Special Assets Group at Republic Financial Corporation. CJ began his career as a Staff Accountant with Coopers & Lybrand in New York before taking a role as a Senior Vice President with Fleet Bank in Rhode Island. CJ holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from New York University and is a past board member of the Colorado Turnaround Management Association (TMA).
Steve Petrie is a Founding Member and the Chief Operating Officer of Summit. At Summit, Steve is responsible for managing the asset management, loan operations and accounting functions of the firm. Prior to Summit’s inception, Steve was the Managing Director of Asset Management at Republic Financial Corporation. Prior to Republic, he was with Ocwen Financial Corporation, Wilshire Financial Corporation, Univest Financial Corporation and Bank One Texas, NA. Steve holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Texas at Arlington and is a Certified Public Accountant. Steve is also a 12-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force.
Reed Gillis joined Summit in 2010 and is a Director. His responsibilities include business development, deal sourcing and underwriting. Reed has held various roles in the distressed and restructuring secondary market for more than 14 years. During that time, he has completed more than $700 million in loan purchases, originations and restructures in commercial real estate, commercial & industrial loans, equipment leases, asset based loans and 1-4 single family residential loans. Reed holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Colorado State University and is an active member of the Turnaround Management Association and the American Bankruptcy Institute.
Robert Milam joined Summit in 2018. His responsibilities include business development, deal sourcing and underwriting. Robert served most recently in a deal sourcing role for Bayside/HIG Capital. Prior to that he held various leadership roles in the Special Assets Departments at TD Bank, Regions Bank and SouthTrust Bank. Robert holds a bachelors degree in finance and a MBA from the University of Alabama. Robert is an active member of the Turnaround Management Association.
Jonathan Bloom joined Summit in January 2018. His responsibilities include business development and marketing, deal sourcing and underwriting. Jonathan has had various roles in the restructuring and asset monetization space during the last 16 years that spans organizations such as: The Huntington Bank, Loeb Equipment and Appraisal and The Hilco Organization. Jonathan holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing and management from Indiana University and is an active member of the Turnaround Management Association, Commercial Finance Association and the American Bankruptcy Institute.