About The Cogent Group

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Seasoned Real Estate Professionals

The Cogent Group was founded in December 2008 by three principals: Scott Kipp, Joe Longbotham, and Grey Stogner.

The principals of The Cogent Group are seasoned real estate professionals with over 75 years of combined acquisition, disposition, development, and property management experience. We employ a solution-oriented staff comprised of dedicated real estate professionals with expertise in project management, due diligence coordination and review, financing strategies and transaction closings. 

Prior to launching The Cogent Group, Joe Longbotham (former co-founder of Cardinal Capital Partners, Inc.) and Scott Kipp (former Managing Director of Cardinal Capital Partners, Inc.) were instrumental in the acquisition of over $4 billion of sale-leaseback transactions, representing 425 million square feet of office, industrial and retail properties located in 40 major geographic regions. 

As President of Crestview Companies (formerly S.C. Companies) Grey Stogner has been responsible for the construction management, leasing, entitlement, and development of over 5 million square feet of shopping centers located in all major Texas markets. Crestview Companies provides development, management, and leasing functions for The Cogent Group’s assets. These management functions include services at the property and partnership levels of Cogent Group investments. To learn more about Crestview visit www.crestviewcompanies.com.

The Cogent Group simultaneously opened its doors and closed its first transaction on December 8, 2008.

Who We Work With

Principals

Scott Kipp

Kipp is a Principal and co-founder of The Cogent Group, LLC, a private real estate investment company established in 2008. 

The company was established to pursue retail development, repositioning, and acquisition opportunities, the acquisition of net leased properties and the acquisition of opportunistic real estate. from 1993 to 2006, Mr. Kipp was intimately involved in the day to day operations of Cardinal Capital Partners, Inc., a real estate investment firm that focused exclusively on the acquisition of net leased corporate real estate. During his tenure, Cardinal Capital Partners, Inc. acquired hundreds of properties valued at approximately $5 billion of corporate real estate, totaling approximately 50 million square feet throughout the United States and in Europe and involved such companies as: Academy Sports and Outdoors, Bank of America, Barnes & Noble, Beckman Coulter, Bi•lo Supermarkets, Blockbuster, Bruno’s Supermarkets, Circuit City Stores, CompUSA, Eckerd Corporation, Firestone Tires, Fleming Companies, General Cinema Corporation, Georgia Pacific Corporation, Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company, Huntington Bancshares, Indiana Energy, Marsh Supermarkets, Nordea, PetsMart, Pier 1 Imports, Randalls, Rile Air Corp., Royal Ahold N.V., Sears, Roebuck & Co., Shaw’s Supermarkets, Sovereign Bank, The Home Depot, Unisource Worldwide, Wal-Mart and Winn-Dixie.

Prior to Cardinal Capital Partners, Mr. Kipp was development associate at Property Company of America and JPI, two apartment development companies located in Dallas, Texas.

A native of the mid•west, Mr. Kipp is a graduate of the University of Texas, graduating in the top quarter of his class, with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration Degree with concentrations in finance and international business.

Mr. Kipp is actively involved with Lakewood Country Club, serving on its Board of Directors and as Vice President of Tile Club. 

Mr. Kipp resides in Dallas with his wife, Cindy and their three children.

Joe Longbotham

Longbotham is a principal and co-founder of The Cogent Group, LLC, a private real estate investment company established in 2008.

The company was established to pursue retail development, repositioning, and acquisition opportunities, the acquisition of net leased properties, and the acquisition of opportunistic real estate. From 1988 to 2003 Mr. Longbotham was President and co-founder of Cardinal Capital Partners, Inc., a real estate investment firm that focused exclusively on the acquisition of net leased corporate real estate. He was instrumental in growing the company to one of the largest sale-leaseback principals in the country. During his tenure, Cardinal Capital Partners, Inc. acquired hundreds of properties valued at approximately $4 billion of corporate real estate, totaling approximately 45 million square feet in 40 state geographic area. He was also involved in providing build-to-suit services for clients of the firm. The firm’s clients included Academy Sports + Outdoors, Alamo Car Rental, Bank of America, Barnes & Noble, Beckman Coulter, Blockbuster, Circuit City Stores, CompUSA, CVS, Firestone Tires, Fleming Companies, General Cinema Corporation, Georgia Pacific Corporation, The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, Huntington Bancshares, Indiana Energy, Keystone Automotive, PetsMart, Petco, Pier 1 Imports, Rite Aid Corp., Royal Ahold N.V., Safeway, Sears, Roebuck & Co., Shaw’s Supermarkets, Sovereign Bank, The Home Depot, Unisource Worldwide, Wal-Mart, and Winn-Dixie.

Prior to co-foundng Cardinal Capital Partners, Mr. Longbotham was a  commercial real estate broker with The Mullen Company, A real estate development company located in Dallas, Texas.

A native Texan, Mr. Longbotham is a graduate of Baylor University, where he majored in accounting and finance and earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in 1982.

Mr. Longbotham currently serves on the Board of Directors of Sovereign Bank. In 1987 he served as chairman of the board of First Mercantile Bancorp., Inc. from 1999 to 2001, the bank was sold to Colonial BancGroup, Inc. (NYSE: CNB) and Mr. Longbotham continued to serve on the Colonial Bank Texas Board of Directors until 2004. Mr. Longbotham is also an owner/partner of Southwest Credit Systems, L.P. and serves on the company’s Board of Directors.

Mr. Longbotham is integrally involved in many community and civic activities throughout the Dallas metroplex. 

Mr. Longbotham resides in Dallas with his wife, Karen and their three children. 

Grey Stogner

Stogner is a principal and co-founder of The Cogent Group, LLC. a private real estate investment company established in 2008 to pursue retail development, repositioning, and acquisition opportunities, the acquisition of net leased properties, and the acquisition of opportunistic real estate.

Prior to forming The Cogent Group, Mr. Stogner was associated with S.C. Companies for over 20 years. S.C. Compa­nies specialized in the development, management, and sales of commercial properties throughout Texas. During his career, he has personally been involved with the entitlement, development, leasing, and construction management of over 5,000,000 square feet of commercial space. This has included grocery-anchored retail, specialty retail, lifestyle centers, as well as single-tenant facilities, and multi-tenant office buildings.

During the course of his career he has worked with pension fund advisors, high net worth families, as well as private investors. Tenants he has worked with include Tom Thumb (Safeway), Randalls Food Markets, Costco, Wal-Mart, Walgreen’s, Bank of America, World Savings, Wells Fargo, Chili’s, Cheddar’s Casual Cafe, McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Blockbuster, Starbucks, Dickey’s Barbeque, Barnes and Noble, Stein Mart, CareNow, and TJ Maxx to mention a few.

In 2008 Mr. Stogner formed Crestview Real Estate, LLC for the purpose of continuing in the development, manage­ment and leasing of retail centers. Crestview will provide management, development and leasing functions for Cogent Assets.

Mr. Stogner earned a BBA with majors in Management, Marketing and Real Estate from Baylor University, where he was also a football letterman.

Mr. Stogner has served on the Board of Directors for Goodwill Industries, The Highland Park Sports Club and Compass Ministries.

Mr. Stogner resides in Dallas with his wife, Mona and four children.

Dana Goldsmith

Dana Goldsmith is a Principal of The Cogent Group. She joined the company in October 2009 and opened its New York office.

Ms. Goldsmith has more than twelve years of experience focused exclusively in the net lease industry. She has been instrumental in the acquisition and disposition of more than $3 billion of single-tenant net leased properties through­out the United States. From 1999-2009, she worked at Cardinal Capital Partners, Inc. where she was a Managing Director overseeing its New York office. Prior to Cardinal Capital Partners, Dana was an Associate at Corporate Realty Investment Company (CRIC) in Boston.

Dana holds a Juris Doctor degree from Boston University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University.

Ms. Goldsmith resides in New York City with her husband and two children.