Reclamation Real Estate Experience and Expertise

The Problem:

Resolution Equities, Inc. realizes that in most any metropolitan area in the U.S., there are numerous land parcels which are generally deemed unsuitable for any significant use. Whether through natural events or – more commonly – as the result of misuse and neglect, the potential value of such properties goes unrecognized and unrealized. We at Resolution Equities are the solution.

The Solution:

The good news is that many such properties can be restored to full and productive utility, richly contributive assets in their communities. Such restoration and reclamation can only be accomplished through detailed planning and execution; that means vision, knowledge, leadership, persistence, dedication and effective coordination.

Our Goal

Resolution Equities was established to bring together those very elements, and manage them with consistent results: properties rescued from neglect and the brink of abandonment to productive new life. For years now, the Resolution Equities team has been doing exactly that. Transforming eyesores and liabilities into economic and cultural assets.

Case Study

One recent project exemplifying Resolution Equities’ reclamation real estate expertise is located in south-central Phoenix, in the Rio Salado Restoration Area. What started as an abandoned gravel quarry / wildcat dump on the south bank of Rio Salado Restoration Area, ended up as a high end commercial site for Liberty Wildlife’s headquarters building.  Click on any image for larger view and to open slideshow.


The success of any venture depends in large measure upon access to adequate resources, and intelligent, efficient use of those resources. Resolution Equities is proud of the resources it has marshalled since its inception, and its acquired skill in deploying them to maximum effect.  


The success of any venture depends in large measure upon access to adequate resources, and intelligent, efficient use of those resources. Resolution Equities is proud of the resources it has marshalled since its inception, and its acquired skill in deploying them to maximum effect.  

Dean Thomas, President of Resolution Equities

Dean Thomas – President, Resolution Equities, Inc.

Business Strategy and Execution


Dean’s extensive background in real estate, solid waste facilities, and the redevelopment of brownfield properties brings an unmatched level of expertise and experience stretching back more than three decades.

He is particularly well versed in the areas of property acquisition, entitlements, public relations, and forwarding the environmental, commercial and community needs and objectives of a redevelopment property.

In addition to direct community and municipal benefit, Dean’s projects have included such varied organizational notables as Waste Management, Liberty Wildlife Foundation and several branches of the US Armed Services. He’s also perfected the art of forging teams of experts, then coordinating their efforts to achieve superior results – especially in the field of solid waste management, and in geotechnical remediation and rehabilitation of non-performing properties.

A Phoenix, Arizona native, Dean has a great depth of understanding of local businesses, customs, practices, and tractions.

Enamul Hogue, Hogue and Associates

Enamul Hogue – Hogue & Associates Inc.

Environmental /Geotechnical Engineering

Enamul has more than thirty-seven years’ experience as a geotechnical, solid waste, hydraulic, and structural engineer in Asia, North Africa, the Middle East, and the United States. He is highly respected for his strong scope of work, budget development and cost-control skills.

Mr. Hoque has executed numerous projects in the Phoenix area, including offices, shopping centers, commercial and hospitality projects on old landfills and debris-fill sites:

  • Liberty Wildlife, which occupies a portion of a twenty-acre reclamation site. A former quarry filled with construction and demolition debris, it underwent extensive environmental cleanup, importation of clean fill, and deep dynamic compaction (DDC). Red Jacket Properties is also soon to establish their headquarters on the site.
  • Airport I-10 Business Park, a 65-acre construction debris landfill site developed into more than a million square feet of warehouse and distribution facilities.
  • Tempe Marketplace, a major multiplex shopping center developed on several old landfills.
  • Tempe Business Park, where 2 five-story hospitality facilities and a two-story, 95,000-square-foot office building have been erected on a landfill site containing municipal solid waste and construction debris.

Tim Smith

Tim Smith


Tim is a finance executive with more than twenty-five years’ experience.

Over the past ten years, he’s focused on founding and managing a Phoenix-based commercial real estate development firm, through which he developed a successful 50,000-square-foot shopping center during the real estate crash of 2008-2010. Tim performed all project functions, from entitlement, financing and construction management to leasing, accounting, and property management.

Prior to entering commercial real estate, Tim worked in the technology, manufacturing and telecommunications industries, successfully holding senior management positions. He began his career working with Pricewaterhouse-Cooper as an auditor of financial services and has performed those services for entities such as Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, Salomon Brothers, Mesirow Financial and Amersham (now part of GE Healthcare).

Tim is a CPA and has a BBA in accounting from the University of Notre Dame. He earned an MBA in finance and strategy from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University while also working full-time.

Leslie Kland – Kland Engineering

Civil Engineering

Leslie has more than eighteen years of civil engineering experience, in both public and private land development. She has been closely involved with a wide range of project types, including municipal, federal and tribal facilities; parks; residential, retail, office, hospitality and industrial developments, and both K-12 and higher-education facilities. Leslie is a LEED® accredited professional, registered to practice in eight states. Her skills are by no means limited to the technical aspects of engineering; she is well versed in project planning and management, communication, and challenge identification and resolution.

Jack Gilmore – Gilmore Land Planning

Land Planning

Jack’s professional focus has been primarily upon developer-oriented land planning and landscape architectural design. In addition to administration and management of the firm he founded, he has been intimately involved in the firm’s broad array of projects, ranging from mixed-use office, industrial, educational and commercial complexes to master-planned communities, desert restorations, and community parks and golf courses. Jack holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Landscape Architecture from Kansas State University, and is registered to practice in Arizona and several other western and mid-western states.

Sarah Murley – Applied Economics

Environmental Impact

Sarah’s twenty years’ experience in economic research, analysis and modeling has made her an expert in the field of economic impact assessment. She has consulted with both urban and regional groups across the U.S., including municipal, county and state governments, utilities, and economic development organizations.  Her expertise in computer-based modeling has been instrumental in construction of fiscal and economic impact models for a broad spectrum of projects, and includes evaluation of proposed annexations, land-use alternatives, economic development incentives, financial projections, and modifications to tax rates and fee structures.

John Werstler – CBRE


With more than three decades of commercial real estate experience, John is an acknowledged expert in industrial properties, logistics and land development. His deep understanding of the Greater Phoenix locale and market, longstanding relationships within the local and national industry, and  talent for anticipating obstacles and developing creative solutions make him an invaluable resource.

David Schwartz – Goodman Schwartz

Public Relations

David has accumulated decades of public and private sector experience, and considerable expertise in managing local government relations, association management and community outreach.

During his years of municipal government service with the City of Phoenix, David developed a solid working familiarity with the relationships between local elected officials, community leaders, boards, commissions, municipal management and staff, and other stakeholder groups. He has managed or advised on numerous high-profile campaigns and measures, and carried this wealth of knowledge and experience into successful private practice.

Richard Nye – Nye LTD


Rick focuses his practice on commercial matters, combining more than four decades of experience in local, national and international commercial transactions with a broad foundation in litigation. His work has included property and investment acquisitions across the U.S., ranging from residential, mixed-use and commercial developments, to major medical and office facilities, and landmark properties such as the FedEx World Headquarters Building. His clientele spans the spectrum from multinational corporations to medium and small LLCs, corporations and partnerships.

Tolga Kuru

Finance and Planning

Tolga has held various strategic analyst and management roles in the semiconductor industry, and has significant experience in capital investment analysis, supply chain and competitive intelligence. He is the managing partner for a private equity firm, Infinx Capital LLC, and is also the co-founder of AZ Finance Group, a CFO services and strategic advisory firm. Tolga holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Cornell University, a master’s degree in electrical engineering from ASU, and an MBA in corporate finance from ASU.

Jeff Ryskamp

Finance and Planning

Jeff has served in a variety of senior financial and operational roles for more than twenty years. His broad experience ranges from Fortune 100 companies to successful start-ups in the aerospace, technology, and biotech industries. He is the CFO of PathogenDX, a biotechnology company delivering disruptive testing to the botanicals, food, and agricultural markets, as well as the co-founder of AZ Finance Group, a CFO services and strategic advisory firm. Jeff earned a degree in economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and an MBA in finance and strategy from UCLA.

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For years now, the Resolution Equities team has been transforming eyesores and liabilities into economic and cultural assets. Please contact us to learn more about our work and to schedule a meeting to discuss your projects.