Delivering Value

We are a private real estate investment and advisory firm that utilizes a unique blend of hands-on real estate operating
experience and vast industry relationships to create opportunities and deliver value to our investors and clients.

what we do

Investing

We have overseen the acquisition and management of several million square feet of real estate investments in the office, industrial, multi-family, and residential land development sectors.

  • We target assets that we consider exceptional opportunities because they are in irreplaceable locations, have historic significance, involve strategic relationships, or have some other compelling characteristic.
  • We create value by improving on existing cash flow and finding ways to create new streams of cash flow.
  • We focus intensely on proactive property and asset management to create value. Our investment successes have been realized largely through disciplined operational management in conjunction with sophisticated financial transactions.
  • Our investment underwriting always includes a downside scenario that enables us to thoroughly assess risk.
  • We self-manage all our investment properties.

Advisory

We provide strategic advice and representation to a range of clients, including property owners, corporate tenants, and investors.  Services include tenant representation, asset management, project management and portfolio management.

  • Our principals have been actively engaged advising clients in the Philadelphia and surrounding markets for over twenty-five years.
  • We have significant experience in executing sophisticated and complex real estate financings, restructurings, and lease transactions; providing the ability to identify and pursue strategies that less sophisticated brokers/advisors cannot.
  • Through our years of experience, we have developed partnering relationships with other real estate brokers, lenders, appraisers and contractors which enable us to always access the skills and insights needed by our clients.
  • We have extensive experience representing clients in headquarters office lease transactions and providing strategic advice to businesses with multiple locations.
Thomas Gravina

From 1987 – 2000, Thomas Gravina was President, CEO and co-founder of ATX Communications. During his tenure, Thomas grew ATX into one of the largest privately-held telecommunications companies in the United States with more than 300,000 clients and revenues in excess of $350 million.

In 2000, Thomas led the multi- billion-dollar merger between publicly-traded CoreComm Limited, Voyager.net and privately-held ATX Communications. He ran the combined entities as a NASDAQ publicly traded company until early 2005 when he retired as President and CEO and became the Chairman of the Board until late 2006 when the company was sold to Broadview Communications.

In 2007, Thomas co-founded and remains the Executive Chairman of GPX Enterprises. GPX and its affiliates maintain investments in various industries including real estate, software, cloud services, manufacturing, consumer health and financial services.

In 2007, Thomas co-founded Evolve IP and from inception through his retirement in January of 2018, he was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Today he remains Executive Chairman of the Board and continues to oversee the company’s M&A strategy and philanthropic efforts. Today, Evolve IP has achieved a 50% compounded annual growth rate, has been named as one of America’s 50 Best Places To Work (Inc Magazine), Best Entrepreneurial Companies (Entrepreneur Magazine), Fastest-Growing Technology Companies (Deloitte Fast 500) and is one of the fastest-growing, privately-held cloud technology companies in the world. The company’s services are currently deployed on 5 continents in 60 countries.

From 2009-2018 he was a member of the board of directors of FS Investment Corporation, a NYSE listed BDC. He has also served on the board of trustees of FS Energy and Power Fund, where he was the Chairman of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, and FS Global Credit Opportunities Fund.

He is currently the Vice Chairman of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine’s (PCOM) board of trustees, chairs their foundation committee, and sits on the finance, executive and audit committees. In 2014, he was inducted into the Philadelphia Hall of Fame for Junior Achievement and was previously named a member of the Philadelphia Business Journal/Wharton Business School CEO Hall of Fame. Additionally, he has been selected as a member of the Philadelphia Business Journals 30 under 30 and 40 under 40 lists amongst other numerous awards.He supports many worthwhile non-profit causes through the Thomas and Tracey Gravina Family Foundation. Since 2007, Mr. Gravina, and members of his organizations, have volunteered more than 8,000 hours of their personal time and raised or donated over $12 million to more than 45 charities throughout the country.

Mr. Gravina received a bachelor of science in business administration from Villanova University and is an active alumnus sitting on the President’s Leadership Committee. Thomas currently resides in Haverford Pa, with his wife Tracey and their three children.

Michael Peterson

 Michael A. Peterson is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, a non-partisan organization dedicated to addressing America’s fiscal challenges and building a stronger economic future. The Foundation engages in grant-making, partnerships and research to educate citizens and foster solutions to put America on a sustainable fiscal path. Michael sets the Foundation’s policy direction and strategy, shaping its major programs and initiatives.

Michael combines his dedication to public service with extensive private sector experience as an entrepreneur, operator and investor. In 2007, he co-founded Evolve IP, an award-winning telecommunications company named as one of America’s 50 best places to work (Inc. Magazine), best entrepreneurial companies (Entrepreneur Magazine) and fastest growing technology companies (Deloitte Fast 500). Michael also co-founded GPX Enterprises, L.P., which makes direct investments in operating businesses and real estate. Previously, he held a number of corporate finance positions, leading and executing transactions totaling several billion dollars. Michael also currently serves as the CEO of Peterson Management, LLC, which manages the Peterson family investments.

Michael is Chair of the Board of Directors of the Peterson Institute for International Economics, and serves on the boards of the Nuclear Threat Initiative and the Partnership for New York City. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Economic Club of New York, and Business Executives for National Security. He has received the Corporate Community Achievement Award from the Northside Center for Child Development and the Visionary Award from the Committee for Economic Education. Additionally, he has established his own foundation, which focuses on a variety of philanthropic areas.

Michael graduated Magna Cum Laude and with Honors from Brown University, where he was awarded the Taubman Prize for his thesis. He received his Master’s degree from the London School of Economics. Michael lives in New York with his wife, Tara Peters, and their two children.

Joseph Conwell

Mr. Conwell is a founding member of GPX Realty Partners and is responsible for acquisitions and asset management of real estate investments as well as leading the firm’s brokerage and advisory activities.

Since 1989, Mr. Conwell has played a key role in acquiring, managing, repositioning, and selling over four million square feet of commercial real estate investments.  Mr. Conwell also has extensive experience in advising both commercial tenants and property owners having spent over ten years with CBRE, the world’s largest commercial real estate services firm.

Under Mr. Conwell’s direction, GPX has successfully executed over $200 million in real estate investments, realizing strong results through disciplined operational management in conjunction with sophisticated financial transactions.

Prior to embarking on his real estate career, Mr. Conwell enjoyed a five-year professional football career with the Philadelphia Eagles of the NFL and Philadelphia Stars of the USFL.  Mr. Conwell earned a B.A. degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Christopher Canale

Christopher Canale is a Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer at GPX. In this capacity, Mr. Canale is primarily responsible for all aspects of the company’s daily operations including property management operations, construction, facilities, and budget management.

Prior to joining GPX, Mr. Canale served as Director of Operations for ATX Communications, Inc. During his decade-long tenure with the company, Mr. Canale served in various leadership roles, including management of a one million square-foot portfolio of office space and technical operations centers across 17 states.

Mr. Canale attended Penn State University and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Almeda University.

Mr. Canale currently serves on the Board of Supervisors in East Vincent Township, Chester County, PA.

Matt Lukof

Matt Lukof is a Principal at GPX Realty Partners, responsible for acquisitions and asset management. Mr. Lukof is actively involved in the day-to-day management of the firm, including financial and administrative management, leasing oversight, and investment underwriting.

Mr. Lukof has over 15 years of real estate experience.  Prior to joining GPX Realty Partners in 2007, Mr. Lukof was an Acquisitions Specialist for NWJ Companies, a national multi-family investment and redevelopment firm.

Mr. Lukof received a B.A. in Economics from Lafayette College.