Corporate Profile & History
Bernal Capital Group was founded in 2010 to take advantage of the bursting United States Housing Bubble of the late 2000’s. The co-founders and managing partners of BCG, Albert and Manuel Bernal, have a combined 50+ years of experience working in residential and commercial real estate. They bring an extensive knowledge base of residential and commercial real estate investment, finance, appraisal, brokerage, management and development. The company focuses on mid-market investments where there is less competition for scalable strategies such as BCG’s single-family rental platform, that allow the firm to deliver outsized returns due to inefficiencies in the market. The firm is forward-thinking, entrepreneurial, relationship-oriented, and the results reflect the quality and strength of our entire team.
The firm focuses on staying abreast on current market trends, new legislation and technological advances to stay ahead of the competition. All our due diligence is done through our proprietary technology BCG Navigation, a cloud-based system that is used throughout the field. Our team uses BCG Navigation for all business processes, from underwriting, to property and construction management to asset disposition. The company’s core business plan is to acquire and create value in real estate assets for our clients, partners and investors.
Albert Bernal – Managing Partner
As a Co-Founder of Bernal Capital Group, Albert is responsible for the overall leadership of the firm, strategy, acquisitions and fundraising. Albert has over thirteen years experience in real estate investment, development, appraisal, finance and brokerage throughout Southern California. Prior to co-founding BCG, Albert has been a managing partner of several firms focused on acquiring distressed residential real estate throughout the Southwest. Previously he worked in acquisitions and development with Trammel Crow Company, where he performed valuation, due-diligence, pre-development and asset management functions on office, residential, retail and industrial development projects from $25MM to $375MM in size. Prior to Trammel Crow Company, Albert worked as a real estate broker and appraiser for Sunbelt Realty Services and Option One Mortgage where he completed over 1,000 appraisals and reviews including hundreds of value add/flip properties.
Albert holds a B.A in Economics from the University of California Irvine and a JD/M.B.A from the University of California Los Angeles.
Manuel Bernal Sr. – Managing Partner
As a co-founder of Bernal Capital Group, Manuel is responsible for the overall leadership of the firm, strategy, and fundraising. Manuel brings over 35 years of real estate appraisal, mortgage banking, construction, brokerage, asset management, underwriting and investment experience. Prior to co-founding BCG, Manuel was founder and owner of Sunbelt Realty Services, a full service real estate consulting firm focused on appraisal, brokerage, property management, acquisition, restructuring and repositioning of real estate assets throughout Southern California. Prior to Sunbelt Realty Services, Manuel worked for 10 years at GE Capital Mortgage as Chief Appraiser and Risk Manger. At GE, he was responsible for appraisal review, condominium project approval and collateral guidelines on a national level. He also spent 7 years as a Vice President at Bank of America, where he was responsible for the sale, management and construction of Bank owned (REO), properties acquired thru foreclosure. The properties consisted of residential, commercial, industrial, land and special purpose assets throughout the United States. Manuel has been licensed in real estate since 1974 and a Certified Real Estate Appraiser since 1977.
Manuel holds a degree in Business from Redlands University and a professional designation in investment real estate from UCLA. He has been a contributing member of the Southern California Real Estate Research Council at Cal Poly University, Pomona for over 15 years.
Gerald Hammer – Acquisition and Development
Gerald is responsible for the execution of the firm’s acquisition and development strategies. Gerald adds over seven years of experience in real estate development, design, asset management and brokerage. Prior to joining BCG, Gerald was a project consultant for Expedient Energy utilizing his knowledge as a LEED AP to implement sustainable design and construction methods for new and existing buildings. Previously he worked as Land Analyst and Forward Planning Manager for Taylor Morrison Homes, where he managed all on-site and off-site land development operations for multiple new home subdivisions throughout Southern California.
Gerald holds a B.A in Political Science and a minor in Management from the University of California Irvine and is accredited by the U.S Green Building Council as a LEED AP. Gerald also is a licensed real estate salesperson in the state of California.
Anthony Bernal – Construction Management
Anthony is responsible for the management of all on-site construction processes for the firm. Anthony has over five years of finance, customer service and property management experience. Leading up to his role with BCG, Anthony was a real estate appraiser with Sunbelt Realty Services, focused on the valuation of a variety of real estate assets throughout Southern California.
Anthony holds a B.S in Economics from California State University Long Beach.