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About Us

Our Mission

To create economic opportunity for real estate owners, investors,  and developers throughout the country while impacting the communities in which we live and work in a positive way.

Who We Are

We are a multi-faceted real estate firm focused on value-add investment opportunities.  With our development, brokerage, and property management experience, we have expertise in all facets of the real estate life cycle and are competitively positioned to identify investment opportunities for our clients.  Within our platform, we focus on the following aspects of real estate investing:

  • Equity Placement
  • Brokerage
  • Development

Our experience and relationships within the marketplace provide us the opportunity to partner with seasoned real estate professionals across the country who are actively developing and managing real estate within their respective communities to maximize our returns to our investors.

With apartment communities, commercial, and residential properties located across the country, our investors are offered a diversified mix of investment opportunities.  Owning real estate is a time-tested investment strategy and a strategic portion of a diversified investment portfolio.  However, participating in private real estate transactions is not generally available due to the large entry barrier of the asset class. Pluris opens the door to this opportunity by providing an investment vehicle through which investors can participate in large private real estate transactions.

Meet the Team

President

J. Colin Underhill

Colin is the President and Co-Founder of Pluris Real Estate. He has a strong passion for quality and an impressive track record of executing highly-acclaimed development projects. Colin began his real estate career in 2004 in the property management sector before evolving his skills as a developer, construction manager, and broker.

In 2008, he saw an opportunity to utilize his experience to build a platform which provided an avenue for individuals to invest in real estate, which ultimately became Pluris. This paved the way to not only assist developers and tenants, but also individuals looking for alternative investment strategies. Colin has acted as a property manager, development director, broker, and private equity leader in creating winning outcomes for over $800,000,000 in real estate projects, including condominium developments, multifamily investments and rehabs, commercial office buildings, residential subdivisions, and commercial retail projects. The wide array of project types and skill sets allows Colin to lead Pluris in a most unique manner.

Colin received his Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from the University of Georgia, where he was on the Men’s swim team and served as team captain his senior year. Colin and his wife, Natalie, have 5 amazing children who help foster a very active lifestyle both professionally and personally.

CFO

Matt Willinger

Matt is the CFO and Co-Founder of Pluris Real Estate. With an extensive background in all financial aspects of real estate, Matt spearheads the financial modeling and due diligence of acquisitions, along with overseeing the financial performance of all Pluris’ investment funds.

After graduating with degrees in Finance, as well as Decision Sciences and Information Systems from the University of Kentucky, Matt began his career at Cummins, Inc. (NYSE: CMI). In only two years, he was able to climb from an analyst position to corporate financial manager. After gaining experience in a large corporation, Matt pursued his passion for real estate. Matt’s ability to identify unique investment opportunities ultimately propelled him to a position as CFO for a boutique development firm.

In 2008, Matt completed his MBA at Bellarmine University and also obtained his CPA license. He was able to do this while managing over $100M in active developments and over $750M in asset values in the multi-family, office, retail, and residential sectors of real estate.

VP of Brokerage

Austin Gutgsell

Austin is the VP of Brokerage at Pluris Real Estate. He began his real estate career working with Stirling Properties, a leading developer in the Gulf South region. He worked on several facets of the development process, including the financial analysis of large retail, office, and medical developments. Upon moving to Louisville, Austin worked as a commercial agent in the brokerage division of NTS Development Company, which leases and manages nearly 4 million square feet in the Louisville MSA. He gained experience working to create marketing packages, compile market reports, conduct financial analysis for project feasibility, and assisting in all aspects of the lease negotiation process. Austin’s experience in multiple aspects of the real estate life cycle provides value-add services for his clients.

Prior to starting his real estate career, Austin was a former LSU Golfer and NCAA Academic All-American. While at LSU, he was able to assist in bringing the Tigers back to the National Championship after a 15-year drought. As a senior, he was named Co-Captain and helped the Class of 2012 become what was then the winningest class in school history. Gutgsell has also been recognized as Golfweek’s NCAA National Player of the Week and the SEC Player of the Week, for winning multiple individual titles.

After his undergraduate degree, he attended the LSU Flores MBA Program, where he graduated number one in his class with a 4.0 GPA. Gutgsell was voted to the list of LSU’s All-Time Student-Athlete Academic Dream Team, which recognized fifty individuals who have achieved the highest level of academic excellence and/or made major contributions to their communities.

Director of Asset Management

Conner Parsons

Conner is the Director of Asset Management at Pluris Real Estate. He is responsible for underwriting, due diligence and closing of acquisitions, and investor relations.

Prior to joining the Pluris Real Estate team, Conner spent several years at a boutique hotel owner-operator where he progressed from Financial Analyst to Director of Asset Management. During that time Conner facilitated the implementation of the only air-rights structure in the state of Kentucky and secured nearly $20 million in state and local tax incentives for an $80 million renovation of the company’s flagship hotel. Conner’s day-to-day responsibilities included managing the Company’s budgeting and forecasting processes, Company projections and business planning. Prior to this role he spent several years as an Associate in Corporate Banking with Synovus Financial Corporation where he underwrote syndicated real estate loans averaging $25 million.

Conner graduated from the University of Alabama with a bachelor’s degree in Finance and minor in Spanish. In his spare time, he runs marathons and ultra-marathons, is an avid reader and frequent concertgoer.

Residential Specialist

Channing Flaherty

Channing is a real estate professional for Pluris Real Estate; she truly can do anything to help create successful outcomes for all clients. As a Louisville native, Channing grew up surrounded by residential and commercial real estate transactions through her family’s real estate business. Channing launched her real estate career in May of 2010 after graduating with a degree in Marketing from the Terry Business College at the University of Georgia in Athens, GA. During her time at the University of Georgia, Channing was a very successful leasing agent for Fairfield Properties. In addition, Channing was a CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) scholar and was accepted into a highly competitive internship program with CB Richard Ellis during the summer of 2009 where she worked for three months in their Washington, DC office.

Channing’s expertise is in relationship development and executing exceptional communication with clients. She is extremely involved in the Louisville community, which has helped create a successful track record for herself and her clients in the market. She is actively involved with Holy Trinity Catholic Parish serving on their Parish Council as well as leading their Young Adult Ministry. She is also a former member of the Sacred Heart Alumni Board and an active volunteer with Maryhurst Charities.

Commercial Brokerage Specialist

Jon Grell

Jon joined Pluris Real Estate in 2020 as a commercial brokerage specialist. Since 2017, he has worked in the real estate industry with a focus on sales and leasing activity in the Louisville, KY MSA. Jon has a strong background in retail and office asset classes.

Prior to his career in real estate, Jon worked for Cutting Tools Inc. where he was in sales for over 10 years. He graduated from Indiana University with a degree in social science by way of Saint Xavier High school. Jon is also an assistant coach with the Saint Xavier soccer program which one of the most successful, and winningest, high school soccer programs in the country.

In his free time he enjoys playing soccer, tennis, and golf, traveling the world, and spending time with his family and friends. Jon has a passion for selling and investing in real estate, a strong work ethic, and competitive spirit.

Residential Specialist

Meredith Denbow

Meredith Denbow is a real estate veteran with more than a decade of experience in residential sales and multi-family leasing and management. Meredith shares her passion for real estate with several members of her family. Her father is an established developer in Louisville, KY and a few of her brothers currently work for prominent real estate firms in Los Angeles, CA. A native Louisvillian, Meredith is a graduate of the University of Louisville with a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance.

Since 2007, she has built an unrivaled reputation for creating successful outcomes for her clients. Meredith recently oversaw marketing, leasing, and resident relations at Germantown Mill Lofts, a fully-occupied, award-winning restoration of the former mill factory in the chic, up-and-coming Germantown neighborhood. All the while, Meredith has bought and sold numerous single-family homes for her clients across the Louisville MSA. She is high-energy, detail oriented, and passionately pursues the perfect fit for her buyers and sellers alike. Meredith lives in Northfield along with her husband, Pat, and her three active young sons, Sebastian, Oscar, and Felix.

Business Development

Karsen Thornton

Karsen Thornton joined Pluris Real Estate in 2021 as a member of the Commercial Real Estate team. With a background in Finance and Accounting, Karsen is involved in the financial aspects of the business, including transaction and firm accounting, financial modeling, due diligence aspects.

In addition to working with Pluris, Karsen is a local Business Broker with Murphy Business and Financial Services. She advises business owners through the sale process and conducts professional business valuations across a variety of industries. Karsen graduated from the University of Kentucky with degrees in Accounting and Management. She obtained her CPA license while in public accounting and completed her MBA at the University of Louisville while working full-time in Accounting, Finance, and Mergers and Acquisitions at Humana.

Outside of the office, Karsen runs a team of ~75 volunteers at GRRAND, a Louisville-based dog rescue, and is a Pure Barre instructor. She lives in Louisville with her husband, Clay, and their two dogs, Moose and Birdie.

Residential Specialist

Jordan King

Jordan has grown up in the real estate arena, giving her the unique opportunity to gain knowledge in development, property management, and commercial/residential leasing. More recently she has risen as one of the top producers for single family residences, with a unique expertise in condominium sales. Jordan attended Wake Forest University where she received her bachelor’s degree in Finance.
Director of Marketing

Caitlyn Hacker

Caitlyn joined Pluris Real Estate in 2021 as the Director of Marketing. She believes that creating meaningful relationships while continuing to grow and learn are the most important things in life. Caitlyn is an enthusiastic, creative, and motivated young professional who is eager to learn more about the real estate business.

Caitlyn graduated from the University of Louisville with her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Marketing. As the Director of Marketing, Caitlyn taps into all facets of the company. Her main efforts involve content creation across all social media channels, developing and executing marketing materials for both commercial and residential agents, and other office/administration pursuits. When Caitlyn is not in the office, you can find her spending time with her friends and family, planning her next trip to NYC, or learning about the latest social media and fashion trends.