Dean Gorenc BA, CHRP, AMP | CEO
Dean has over 10 years of senior management experience and holds a CHRP and AMP designation. The last two positions Dean held were in the private lending industry (CareVest Capital) as National Director of Sales for their sister company Canadian Horizons and in the land banking industry with Walton International. Strengths include fundraising, product development, dealing with investors and equity capital providers at an executive and board level. Dean has raised over $200 million in a wholesale and retail capacity during this time.
Dean is a graduate from the University of Calgary. Prior to embarking on his career in real estate, he worked as an organizational, training and development specialist. He has specialized in start up companies, which have included Canadian Horizons, Westjet Airlines, ZIP Air, and Destina.ca. Dean also assisted several Executive teams with change management initiatives; the companies have included Halliburton and Air Canada.
Dean is also a Mortgage Broker operating his mortgage brokerage as UrbanStar Mortgages.
Peter Fournier President
Peter has over 15 years of senior management experience and his last two positions held were in the private lending industry (CareVest Capital) as National Sales Manager and as a Senior Account Manager. Peter’s strengths include fundraising, product development, dealing with investors and equity capital providers at an executive and board level. Peter has been involved in raising capital for various offerings including land banking, MIC’s and Syndicated Mortgages. During Peter’s tenure at CareVest Capital he managed a highly productive team that on a retail and wholesale level raised more $250 million for various types of security offerings across Canada.
Peter’s experience also includes being a Mortgage Agent and he has sourced numerous Commercial Mortgages and specialized in Residential Mortgages at Bridge Capital, a private mortgage provider.
Brent Knight Vice President International Sales
Brent has over 20 years in senior roles involving business development, client relationships and developing strategic business partnerships. Business experience has included 11 years in the role of business development with Calgary based financial planning firm Hamilton + Partners, Ownership of a construction services business Panama City Republic of Panama Central America. Brent’s recent role prior to joining Urban Star was senior manager of business development and strategic partnerships in the private aviation industry.
Strengths involve capital raising, developing international business ventures (Brazil, China), and managing assets and capital at both the individual and corporate levels.
Brent is a Business Graduate of Arizona State University and has been involved in a number of real estate funds both personally and on behalf of his clients. He has held a number of financial planning designations and is a board member of CERBA (Canada Eurasia, Russia Business Association).
John McMahon Senior Vice President Asia Pacific
John has over 10 years as a Sr. Underwriter in the Alberta Real Estate market. He holds a Canadian Risk Management Designation and a Certificate of Real Estate Development from the University of Calgary. For over 15 years, John has been involved in new home warranty and finance in the Alberta Real Estate community as Team Leader with Travelers, a Fortune 100 company with revenues of approximately $100 billion in 2017. He has managed over 700 builders and developers within Western Canada with nearly 18,000 housing starts yearly.
John brings knowledge of the Western Canadian real estate market and the authority to endorse investors on various investment opportunities. John has been successful with working with Alberta Municipal Affairs Government and the Development community on various initiatives.