Team Fortis

“I’ve had a lot of jobs, partners, and colleagues in the past. Never before have I had this much fun, or this much confidence in the people that I work with. When I come to work I feel like I’m making a contribution, and if I don’t come to work I feel like everything is going to be just fine. It’s a great place to be.”

Patrick Keenan, Chairman

Patrick Keenan

Patrick Keenan
Chairman

Patrick Keenan brings 32 years of structuring and deal-making experience as a lawyer, investment banker, owner/manager and investor/manager.

He became a Director of Australian investment bank Dominguez Barry Samuel Montagu. and manager of Prebon Yamane group, with 1,650 staff in 24 cities around the world. Patrick has invested in both equity and debt supporting various property development projects in Australia.

Dan Gallen

Dan Gallen
Director

Dan Gallen has completed over $2 billion in structured real estate transactions. These have included in the capacity of a Lender, Developer, Investor and Debt Advisor.

This breadth of experience brings a well-rounded and practical approach to managing Fortis’s development funding requirements. Dan is RG146 compliant and the Responsible Manager on the Pallas Funds AFSL.

Charles Mellick

Charles Mellick
Director

Charles Mellick brings an in-depth knowledge of the property industry gained over 28 years, and has funded and directed many residential and commercial projects with a particular focus on Sydney and Melbourne’s inner-city suburbs.

As the Director of acquisitions, Charles is responsible for negotiations and acquisitions including master planned communities, residential apartment developments and commercial assets.

Patrick Baldock

Patrick Baldock
Associate Director

Patrick has experience managing multi-residential, adaptive reuse and mixed-use developments across Sydney and Melbourne.

A qualified engineer with post graduate credentials in property development and planning, Patrick applies his in-depth knowledge of the property and construction sectors to ensure each development is executed successfully and to the highest quality.

Avalon Nethery

Avalon Nethery
Development Manager

Having studied commercial interior design, Avalon comes with a background in construction, design, project engineering and property development. Her extensive experience enables her to bring a diverse skill set to the Fortis development team.

Avalon can always be counted on to bring fresh ideas or fine-tune existing ones whilst working diligently behind the scenes on the development processes at Fortis. From acquiring a new site, to managing teams, budgets, settlements, sales and purchaser relationships, she ensures every project is aligned to the broader Fortis vision.

Michael Clark

Michael Clark
Senior Development Manager

Michael has 10 years of direct property experience, and recently completed a project in the Sydney CBD comprising of 199 apartments and 7,500sqm of commercial and retail space. Prior to that, Michael worked at an ASX listed development company.

Michael holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from The University of Sydney and Graduate Diploma of Property Development from University of Technology.

Sophie Hulse

Sophie Hulse
Assistant Development Manager

Sophie is an enthusiastic individual with strong initiative. Sophie holds a Bachelor of Property Economics with a working background in property management, commercial sales and real estate advisory.

At FDG, Sophie brings her energy and passion for the property development industry to assist her colleagues across all aspects of the development process.

Kristina Granberg

Kristina Granberg
Head of Marketing

Kristina brings 15 years of agency experience into Fortis, with a proven track record of achieving strategic and commercial objectives through differentiated brands and marketing campaigns.

Kristina’s role is to bring unique customer insights into the business to drive decision making. Kristina holds a Bachelor of Commerce with majors in Marketing and Management, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.

Jessica Garcia

Jessica Garcia
Marketing Coordinator

Jessica’s background in construction, architecture and PR has enabled her to develop a successful hybrid of skill sets, which she uses to provide best practice marketing to inform and engage Fortis customers.

As Marketing Coordinator, Jessica manages every touch point of the Fortis customer journey, delivering effective messaging through consistency and authenticity.

Eleni Afford

Eleni Afford
Executive Assistant & Sales Concierge

With 10 years' experience working across various sectors within the finance, insurance and commercial property industries, Eleni has expertise includes sales, consumer and commercial leasing, administration, account management and the implementation and coordination of all marketing initiatives surrounding portfolio sales, leasing, development sites and investment sales.

Mabel Zhou

Mabel Zhou
Finance Manager

Mabel commenced her career as an accountant at Ernst & Young Shanghai Branch. Between 2003 and 2005, Mabel completed her Professional Accounting Masters Degree at University of Sydney. She then joined Ron Bennett Menswear, with a demanding role where her responsibility included cashflow management, payroll, sales turnover management and reporting, compliance reporting, budgeting and financial reporting.

Marianna Varalta

Marianna Varalta
Accountant

Marianna holds a Bachelor of Economics Degree and has just completed her Masters in Accounting. Prior to Fortis Development Group, Marianna worked for a Brazillian Private Bank as a Business Analyst and also a Construction Company.

Marianna deals with all accounting functions including the analysis of all property portfolios. Marianna’s wealth of experience from Private Bank to Construction and now Property Development cements her place as valuable part of our team.