thriving with a combined 20 years of successful development experience in both chicago and Phoenix.
Principal and Managing Partner
Douglas Gannett is the founder and Managing Partner of Metrowest Development. He has over 25 years of real estate development and advisory experience working with a broad range of property types and market for both private and publicly owned companies. Mr. Gannett has developed, managed and structured debt and equity in transactions totaling over $500 million. Prior to his starting the Metrowest Companies, in 1998 Mr. Gannett co-founded Praedium Development, a retail development company in Chicago and in 1987 founded Gannett Capital Inc. a mortgage banking firm specializing in the debt and equity placement of middle market real estate transactions. Prior to his founding of Gannett Capital Inc., he spent 4 years in public accounting with Deloitte Haskins and Sells in Denver, Colorado. In his various companies, Mr. Gannett has overseen acquisitions/dispositions, site selection, entitlements, development, leasing, property/construction management, financial reporting and all debt/equity placement. Gannett's responsibilities range from all financial issues including origination of debt, raising equity, accounting, as well as construction management, site selection, contract/leasenegotiation, property management and partnership structuring/administration.
Doug has a B.A. degree in accounting from the University of Iowa (1983). He serves as a mentor to the University of Denver graduate school of business and serves on the board of several non-profit organizations.
Principal and Development Partner
Matthew Seaman is the development partner for Metrowest Development’s Arizona projects. Mr. Seaman has and continues to handle all acquisition, entitlement and development and disposition efforts on these projects.
Prior to joining Metrowest Development, Mr. Seaman, with his company Urban Realty Advisors represented owners and developers in their acquisition, entitlement and development related needs for residential, retail and mixed use development projects in Arizona. Mr. Seaman developed an understanding and knowledge for land use planning and zoning as it related to both private and public development. He was fortunate to be able to carry out substantial work in the preparation of preliminary development plans, land use plans, development plans and land use analysis for the entitlement of both private residential and commercial development projects ranging up to 19,000 acres.
Most notably, Matt has provided his representation and entitlement services as an owner and development representative to Brinker International, Gordon Biersch Brewery, Islands Restaurants, Thomas & King, as well as for Centres Inc., in their development expansion for Eckerd and CVS Drug Stores in Arizona. Today, his efforts have been primarily focused on front-end acquisition, entitlement and pre-development consulting for urban mixed use and residential development projects in Downtown Phoenix.
Matt has a B.A. degree in Urban Planning and Development from Arizona State University (1997). Matt was appointed by the City of Phoenix - Mayor’s Office to sit as a Board Member of the City of Phoenix Design Review Committee as well as serves as the Vice Chairman of the City of Phoenix Design Review Standards Committee, which assisted the Planning Department in authoring the recently adopted Downtown Zoning Code. Matt also currently serves as a board member of the Downtown Phoenix Partnership’s Community Development Corporation, which helps to promote the development of work force and affordable housing in Downtown Phoenix.
Joe Gannett is the Vice President of Operations for Metrowest Development. His responsibilities include predevelopment and entitlement work as well as construction and property management of existing Metrowest assets. Additionally Joe is involved with sourcing new value add multi-family opportunities in the Midwest and Southwestern markets.
Prior to joining Metrowest Development, Joe was active in the development, re-positioning and management of several manufactured housing communities. Joe participated in the expansion, lease-up, and equity creation of multiple communities in the Midwest.
Joe has a B.A. degree in Physics with a minor emphasis in Finance from Lake Forest College (2017).