Luzich Partners LLC is a Las Vegas-based multi-strategy
investment firm formed in 2013. Luzich Partners was
capitalized by approximately $200 million in private
capital and seeks to invest opportunistically in public,
private and select real estate investments.
As the founder of Luzich Partners, Michael Luzich brings more than 30 years of investment and development expertise to the firm. Prior to forming Luzich Partners, he founded Peninsula Gaming Partners LLC with an acquisition of a gaming facility generating approximately $16 million of annual EBITDA. Through four greenfield gaming developments and additional acquisitions, the company grew into the largest privately owned gaming company in the United States, producing $205 million of EBITDA in 2012.
In November 2012, the company was sold to a publicly traded gaming company for $1.45 billion plus an earn out – equity investors achieved a return of over 100 times their initial investment.
Prior to founding Peninsula Gaming, Mr. Luzich was founder and president of various real estate and international trading companies. He attended Marquette University and is a graduate of the OPM program at the Harvard Business School.
Partner, Chief Investment Officer
Before co-founding Luzich Partners, Nick Toor was founder and chief investment officer of BlackRoot Capital, an investment fund focused on small-cap public equities and special situations.
Prior to BlackRoot Capital, Mr. Toor joined Jefferies & Company, Inc. in 1994 when its investment banking group had less than a dozen bankers. During his tenure, Jefferies became the largest middle market focused investment bank in the country, with an increase in market value from $50 million to over $3 billion.
Mr. Toor was promoted as the youngest Managing Director in the firm’s history and has served as the Group Head of the Media Investment Banking Group in addition to various leadership positions in the Leveraged Finance and M&A groups. Additionally, Mr. Toor led analyst & associate recruiting efforts as well as guided Jefferies’ growth and strategic direction as a member of the Investment Banking Management Group.
Prior to Jefferies, Mr. Toor was founder and CEO of Netsperanto.com, an online media company. Mr. Toor holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School, where he was the youngest member of his class.
Director of Development
Mr. Spainhour has over 28 years of experience in the construction industry, with projects ranging from major high rise hotel-casinos to convention centers, office buildings and airport cargo facilities.
As Executive Director of Construction and Development for Peninsula Gaming, LLC, Mr. Spainhour oversaw the design and construction of all construction projects for the company. Notably, all projects were completed ahead of schedule and under-budget.
Mr. Spainhour has also served as Vice President of Real Estate Development and Vice President of Construction at the Marnell Companies. Among various other projects, he was responsible for the project management and construction of the Molasky Corporate Center, a 3-time Toby Award winner. In addition, he oversaw the design and construction of the Marnell Corporate Airport Center as well as major amenities for MGM-Mirage Resorts.
Mr. Spainhour received his BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Arkansas in 1984.
Director of Architecture
Mr. Marshall brings over 25 years of experience in all phases of the real estate development process including site selection, programming, land acquisition, planning and zoning.
As Director of Development of Peninsula Gaming LLC, Mr. Marshall oversaw all architectural and engineering functions of the company. He has also served in senior design roles at Harrah’s Entertainment, YWS Architects LLC, and Marnell Associates.
At Harrah’s Entertainment, he had oversight of the $8 billion Las Vegas Master Plan, which sought to tie together campuses of 10 megaresorts on the Las Vegas strip. He also oversaw the $980 million expansion of Caesars Palace, which included the addition of over 1,100 guest rooms and over 170,000 square feet of amenities. Mr. Marshall’s design for the $1.4 billion Pinnacle Residential and Resort Condominium Towers won the 2007 Best of Nevada Real Estate Award for Best Architectural Design (Residential).
Mr. Marshall obtained his Master of Architecture degree and BS in Architecture from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Director of Administration
Cindy Gentis has over 20 years of combined experience in the legal and gaming industries, working with the national law firm of Ballard Spahr and the geographically diversified Casesar’s Entertainment Corporation.
Prior to joining Luzich Partners, Ms. Gentis managed complex corporate matters and litigation for large corporate clients such as Bank of America, Wells Fargo and Bank of Nevada.
Ms. Gentis began her career in the casino division of Caesars, rising to VIP Services Manager in the VIP Services and Player Card Services division. During this time, Ms. Gentis received the distinguished Excellence in Management Award in recognition of her leadership and management skills.
Ms. Gentis received her BA in Russian Language and International Relations from the University of California, Davis and her paralegal certificate from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Mr. Jones began his career at Chimera Securities as a proprietary equities trader, managing a growth and global macro oriented long/short equities portfolio.
Prior to Luzich Partners, LLC, Mr. Jones served as an investment analyst at Stillwater Capital Management, a value-oriented hedge fund. Mr. Jones focused on the small cap equities space.
Mr. Jones graduated from Davidson College with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and a minor in Mathematics. Mr. Jones is a CFA charterholder.
Prior to Luzich Partners, Mr. Lee served as an analyst in Jefferies & Company, Inc.’s restructuring and M&A groups, where he conducted company and industry research as well as cash flow, liquidity, credit and valuation analyses. Mr. Lee was part of the teams that advised American Airline’s flight attendant union and Omega Navigation’s management in their respective Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases.
Mr. Lee graduated from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 2011, magna cum laude, with a Bachelor of Science in Finance