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Section 1: 8-K (CURRENT REPORT)





Washington, D.C. 20549






Pursuant to Section 13 OR 15(d) of The Securities Exchange Act of 1934


Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): February 10, 2020 (February 4, 2020)


Gadsden Properties, Inc.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)


Nevada   000-11635   59-2058100
(State or other jurisdiction
of incorporation)  
  (Commission File Number)   (IRS Employer
Identification No.)


15150 North Hayden Road, Suite 235, Scottsdale, AZ

(Address of principal executive offices)   (Zip Code)



(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)



(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)


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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act: None







5.02 Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers


Gadsden Properties, Inc. (OTC/TASE: GADS and the “Company”) today announced the following changes to its officers and members of its board of directors:


Resignation of Officer


Effective February 4, 2020, John Hartman resigned from his position as Chief Executive Officer of the Company, as well as Chief Executive Officer and/or President of the Company’s subsidiaries.


Appointment of Officer


On February 4, 2020, the Board of Directors of the Company appointed Douglas Funke as interim Chief Executive Officer of the Company. Mr. Funke is currently a member of the Company’s Board of Directors, where he serves as Chairman of the Board’s Audit Committee.


Mr. Funke was appointed until his successor is duly elected and qualified. There are no arrangements or understandings between Mr. Funke and any other person pursuant to which Mr. Funke was appointed to serve as the Chief Executive Officer of the Company. There are no family relationships among Mr. Funke and our directors or officers. There has been no transaction, nor is there any currently proposed transaction, between Mr. Funke and the Company that would require disclosure under Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.


Mr. Funke has not entered into an employment agreement with the Company, but has agreed to serve without the payment of any compensation beyond a nominal $1.00 fee.


Mr. Funke is the Chief Executive Officer of the Manager and Co-Portfolio Manager of the Berkeley Street Real Estate Income Fund. Mr. Funke is responsible for identifying, sourcing, structuring and managing the investments of the Fund. As manager, he oversees the daily operations and he sets the investment guidelines for the Fund. Mr. Funke is a member of both the Investment Committee and Risk Committee at Berkeley Street Real Estate. He was, previously, a Managing Director and Head of The Americas for Iceberg Real Estate (Forum Partners spin-out entity with Mr. Pine). Mr. Funke was responsible for bottom-up research for the Income Plus and Alpha strategies as well as sourcing / structuring investments for the Special Situations fund. Prior to Iceberg he was a Managing Director and Global Portfolio Manager with Forum Securities based in Greenwich, CT. At Forum, Mr. Funke managed and oversaw the Americas. Before joining Forum Partners, Mr. Funke was a Managing Director at BeachStreet Capital where he advised hedge funds, institutional money managers, high net worth clients and public and private companies on real estate and real estate related investments. Mr. Funke began his investment career at Morgan Stanley where he was a Managing Director and Co-Portfolio Manager of Morgan Stanley Investment Management’s US Real Estate Fund and the Morgan Stanley Special Situations Fund. He was the first employee of the fund and helped raise assets under management from $5.0 million in Morgan Stanley seed capital to $7.0 billion of institutional assets. He was responsible for the day-to-day investing of these funds and managed the bottom-up stock picking and research effort. In addition to his duties as Portfolio Manager, Mr. Funke sourced, structured and executed private investments for both the Morgan Stanley US Real Estate Fund and the Morgan Stanley Special Situations Fund. Mr. Funke holds an AB in Economics and Political Science from the University of Chicago.


Resignation of Director


Effective February 4, 2020, Mr. Hartman also resigned as Chairman and a member of the Company’s Board of Directors. Mr. Hartman did not serve on any committees of the Board.







Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Company has duly caused this current report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.



Gadsden Properties, Inc.

Date: February 10, 2020 By: /s/ Douglas Funke
    Douglas Funke
    Chief Executive Officer





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