Real Estate

Lionel Partners specializes in multifamily investments in Texas and the Mountain West, providing value-add improvements, operational efficiencies, or repurposing of the asset to create the highest possible value for its respective community and for shareholders. With 30+ years of combined real estate investment experience across 6,300+ units purchased, 26,000+ units managed, and 3,500+ units renovated, our team leverages its experience to add value to its properties and produces strong returns for our investors.

Executive Team


Dan Thuet

Managing Director

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Brennen Jones

Managing Director


Justin Hafen

Director of Acquisitions

Jake Murray

Managing Director

Dan Thuet - Founder/Managing Director

Dan founded Lionel Partners in 2016 and oversees deal sourcing, investor relations, and fund strategy. Dan has sourced deals and placed capital for HNW investors in value-add student housing properties, overseeing the renovation and property management for each investment, and averaged a 40% increase in property value post-renovation and lease-up period. Dan has also successfully transitioned traditional multifamily housing into student housing with excellent returns. In addition to his real estate investments, Dan sourced and acquired a high-end distributor of door, kitchen, and bath hardware for residential and commercial properties. As CEO, Hardware by Design realized a 30% increase in revenue growth from PRO customers and successfully expanded distribution into the Mountain West through strategic professional account acquisition and management. Prior to founding Lionel Partners, Dan founded and sold two companies, and worked as a Director for the Wasatch Group, which manages over $1B in Real Estate assets around the western US. Dan holds an MBA and BA in strategy from Brigham Young University. ​

Brennen Jones - Founder/Managing Director

Brennen Jones is a Partner at Lionel Partners RE and oversees asset management and construction management.  Prior to Lionel, Brennen was the VP of Investments for Tides Equities, a regional real estate company focusing on multifamily value-add acquisitions. Brennen was responsible for the Asset Management, Revenue Management, Construction Management, and Investor Relations for Tides Equities, scaling its portfolio from 1,200 units to roughly 5,000 units over the course of a year. Total AUM was roughly $535M.  Prior to joining Tides Equities, Brennen was a Senior Director of Asset Management for the Irvine Company, one of the largest private REITs in the country. At the Irvine Company, Brennen oversaw the company’s largest multifamily portfolio of 17,000+ units, including two premier lease-up properties and various renovation projects. Total AUM was roughly $6.6B.  Prior to Irvine Company, Brennen worked in Asset Management for JRK Property Holdings, another large multifamily investment company. Brennen holds an MBA from the University of Southern California, and a BS in business, with a concentration in finance from Brigham Young University.    

Alex Hale - Advisor

Alex Hale is an Advisor at Lionel Partners and focuses on investor relations.  Alex is an owner of numerous commercial, industrial, and multifamily projects around the Mountain West through the Wasatch Group. Over the last 5 years, he has participated in new commercial and multifamily investment projects in SLC, CA, AZ, and WA. Alex's strong network provides a wealth of resources and experience in all areas of real estate investment, from asset management to financing. Alex is also the founder and director of MtnAir.Media, a content production company focusing on podcasts and content in the Mountain West. Alex holds a BA and a Masters Degree in Psychology from Brigham Young University

Jacob Murray - Founder/Managing Director

Jake Murray is a Partner at Lionel Partners RE and oversees acquisitions and capital.  Prior to Lionel, Jake was a VP of Acquisitions at Peak Capital Partners, a large multifamily owner/operator. During his tenure at Peak, Jake purchased large multifamily and self-storage properties, helped form Peak Multifamily Fund I, financially engineered and negotiated JV structures, and financially engineered the buyout of a $325mm portfolio. Prior to Peak, Jake worked at American Realty Advisors, a $6B+ institutional real estate private equity firm. Prior to joining American Realty Advisors, Jake was an AVP at Zions Bank’s Nation Real Estate Group.  While at Zions, Jake underwrote and funded dozens of loans and oversaw the management of hundreds of loans of all asset types across the country with a concentration on hospitality.  Jake pioneered the implementation financial review of commercial real estate loans during the 2009 downturn, which saved Zions several million dollars and kept hundreds of properties out of default and foreclosure.  Jake holds an MBA from the Brigham Young University and a BA in political science from the University of Utah.    ​

Justin Hafen - Director of Acquisitions

Justin is a Director at Lionel Partners RE and oversees deal sourcing and acquisitions. Prior to Lionel, Justin was a Senior Investment Analyst at Bridge Investment Group, a national real estate private equity firm. Justin was responsible for Acquisitions, Asset Management, and Dispositions of multifamily properties across various markets, including California, Arizona, and Texas. While at Bridge he assisted in the acquisition of $350mm of value-add and affordable housing multifamily investments and oversaw the disposition of $300mm of multifamily assets. Justin was also responsible for the Asset Management of one of Bridge's largest regional portfolios, which consists of approximately 4,200 units throughout Texas. Total AUM was roughly $600mm. Prior to Bridge, Justin was an Associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers in their Real Estate Advisory & Valuation division. While at PwC he provided commercial real estate equity/debt valuation and advisory services to global investment managers, REITs, retirement funds, and various other institutional investors. Justin is a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) and holds a BS in Finance from Brigham Young University.

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