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The Democratization of Real Estate Investment:

An equity crowdfunding strategy for small to medium sized developments.

Drew A. Lambert, MBA

Principal, General Manager, and Broker

Drew’s experience in real estate development provides DJR with diversified expertise across various sectors of the industry. His entrepreneurial, strategic thinking paired with specialized market and project financial analyses is a key differentiating asset to the team.

Drew’s approach produces accurate studies that inform decision making to maximize the top line revenue (value) and bottom line profitability (cost effectiveness weighed with risk) of each project, skills applicable across asset classes.

Drew is also a licensed broker (DRE# 01884073), President and CEO of DJR Realty, Inc. (DRE# 019689921); representing DJR Companies on most acquisitions and sales, as well as a variety of other real estate transactions including individual homebuyers, sellers, and investors.

Drew emphasized entrepreneurship and business strategy as he completed his Masters in Business Administration (MBA) at the Fermanian School of Business at Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU), where the education is about more than the bottom line. His thesis, The Democratization of Real Estate Investment, focused on the feasibility of an equity crowdfunding model for small to medium sized real estate developments, and is publicly available at PLNU’s Ryan Library or download.*

Drew earned his undergraduate degrees from the University of California, San Diego where he made the Dean’s List while double majoring in three years, earning both a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics (emphasis in Business/Finance) and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Biology. After completing his undergraduate studies, working another summer season as an ocean lifeguard, and backpacking through his cultural roots in Europe for 5 weeks; he worked in financial planning briefly before deciding to join with his father’s engineering and development firm (A. Lambert & Associates) as an assistant project manager.

Not long thereafter, the father/son team formed DJR Companies.

Drew thrives on innate leadership and entrepreneurial skills groomed in his youth as an Eagle Scout and leader in his athletic and academic endeavors (his National Ocean Sciences Bowl team placed 4th at national tournaments in Providence, RI and 7th in La Jolla, CA in consecutive years as a teenager), further refined in his adult professional life.

He insists on doing business in accordance with a value system in which integrity and building relationships are paramount. Drew believes in his responsibility as a steward of our sustainable environment, while at the same time being a creator of ethically defensible environments for the community, partners, and clients.

His years as a surfer and ocean lifeguard for the Solana Beach Department of Marine Safety have promoted this vision. Drew is an alumnus member of the United States Lifesaving Association and was previously president of the Solana Beach Lifeguard Association.

Drew’s background brings innovation, creativity, an unwavering degree of ethics and responsibility, and a fresh outlook to the business of real estate development in today’s rapidly changing economy, an approach from which DJR’s community, clients, and partners greatly benefit.

On a personal note, Drew enjoys surfing, snowboarding, mountain biking, baseball (currently playing with The Rock Church’s baseball ministry), and reading or listening to podcasts regarding history, political and economic philosophy, and apologetics. He is married to the beautiful Megan Lambert and attempts to capture beautiful moments through photography of their “adventures” and travels ( Get to know Drew through his Instagram feed @drewanthon.

Drew also serves on the Board of Directors for Friends of Portugal, whose mission it is to transform communities of ordinary Portuguese people who are facing many systemic, structural, and economic challenges through entrepreneurial micro-enterprises as well as fostering relationships through business and cultural trips to and from Portugal. Drew was an originator of the business plan for one of FOP’s first projects in 2011 during a European study trip, as an MBA project while studying at Point Loma Nazarene University.

* Drew’s thesis adviser was Dr. Lynn Reaser, a friend and former chief economist for Bank of America’s Investment Strategies Group and chief economist at the Fermanian Business and Economic Institute at PLNU in San Diego, CA as well as chief economist of the California State Treasurer’s Council of Economic Advisors.