In January 2011, Scott Stokas joined Pontus Capital, a real estate private equity firm in La Jolla, California. As Vice President of Acquisitions, he focuses on evaluating and executing potential real estate projects and finance acquisitions. His duties include conducting due diligence of targets; researching debt and equity investment opportunities, as well as real estate markets; and modeling complex cash flows. He also assists with asset management. Scott Stokas brings experience in both the real estate and finance industries.
Prior to joining Pontus Capital, Scott Stokas worked with Realty Income in San Diego. As Director of Acquisitions, he facilitated the purchase of more than $1.2 billion of net-leased properties. He was part of a real estate investment team responsible for deploying more than $750 million of capital. During his two-year tenure with the company, he closed seven transactions that included a $305 million purchase of two Napa Valley vineyards and the $248 million purchase of the Minnesota and Wisconsin assets of Marathon Oil.
A graduate of the Honors College at Michigan State University, Scott Stokas earned a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting. Additionally, he passed the Series 7 General Securities Representative Exam (Stockbroker Exam) and the Series 63 Uniform Securities Agent State Law Examination to qualify as a securities agent. After graduating from college, Scott Stokas joined Bank of America/Merrill Lynch at the Charlotte, North Carolina, corporate headquarters. As an Analyst in Leveraged Finance, he gained experience in investment banking and real estate. His successes included closing multiple transactions valued in the billions of dollars. His transactions included raising $3.5 billion in senior secured and unsecured notes to fund CityCenter Las Vegas, a mixed-use, urban complex on 76 acres along the Las Vegas Strip.
Outside of his career, Scott Stokas stays active by working out, biking, hiking, boating, and horseback riding. He also volunteers as a reading and math tutor for Kumon North America, Inc., which has after-school learning centers around the world. His charitable work includes helping a nonprofit that supplies food and medicine to an orphanage in Tijuana, Mexico, and supporting Love 146, which aims to end child sex slavery.