VanWest Partners and its affiliates have invested in:

  • Single Family Fix and Flip Properties
  • Single Family Rentals
  • Multi-family
  • Office
  • Industrial
  • Retail
  • Self-Storage
  • Mixed-use
  • Residential Townhome Developments
  • Residential Condominium Developments and Conversions
  • Land Entitlement

VanWest Partners and its affiliates have INVESTED OVER



In real estate with high net-worth, ultra-high-net-worth, family offices and institutional partners

VanWest Partners is an opportunistic real estate investment firm specializing in urban infill repositioning and redevelopment of distressed commercial and residential assets. The diverse background of our principals allows our company to look at investments outside the traditional, single focus strategy of many companies. Uncovering value when the value is not obvious allows our company to maximize investment performance to our stakeholders.

At VanWest, we believe investments can have massive impact, and we work to make those real.


We Reveal and Maximize Opportunity to Make a Positive and Lasting Impact.


We Make Real Estate Investment More Sophisticated and Personal…Simultaneously.


Repurposing Distressed Real Estate Assets.


VanWest Focuses On Investments Driven By Data. Our Proprietary Analytic Tools And Assessment Formulas Lead The Way For Our Investment Decisions. Because In The End, The Data Is What Matters.


VanWest Maintains An Institutional Level Of Expertise, Communications, And Strategy, All While Creating Personal Relationships With Investors And Partners.


Short Term Trends Are Not The Focus. Our Track Record And Current AUM Are Developed From A Conservative And Adaptable Approach To Commercial Real Estate.


Our Team

Jacob Vanderslice

Jacob Vanderslice


Jake is the founder and principal of VanWest Partners and has been investing in real estate since 2006.

He is passionate about the outdoors and is an avid skier, mountain climber, and pilot and has been active in Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado since 2008.

Aaron Westphal


Aaron Westphal has been with VanWest Partners since its inception and has been actively involved in real estate since 2006. As Chief Operations Officer, as well as a principal of VanWest Partners, Aaron brings an extensive background in leadership, administration, financial management, IT, and operations.

Aaron is responsible for creating and managing all of VanWest’s finances, processes, and systems.

Prior to his career in real estate, Aaron was a Senior Software Engineer at Qualcomm. His technical background keeps VanWest Partners at the forefront of technology and systems, allowing the company to not only react quickly to ever-changing market conditions but also develop complex proprietary software systems. Aaron graduated with Distinction from the University of Colorado Boulder with a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering with a minor in Business.

Wade Buxton


Wade Buxton is a principal of VanWest Partners. In 2014 Wade partnered with Jake and Aaron to expand VanWest Partners’ investment platform into commercial assets.

Prior to VanWest Partners, Wade sourced and completed the acquisition of 339,000 SF of neighborhood retail centers totaling $27,080,000 for Baceline Investments. Wade has also been responsible for the underwriting and analysis of over $400MM of CMBS debt as part of securitized B piece transactions for various Institutional clients such as Blackrock, Eightfold Capital and Doubleline Capital.

Wade attended the University of Denver where he received a BSBA degree in Real Estate as well as an MBA with a concentration in Finance.



Project Manager

Bio Coming Soon!



Acquisitions Associate

Mikael has been working with the principals of VanWest Partners since late 2010 after spending time in the banking industry. Mikael has a developed a passion for real estate working with VanWest and currently focuses on residential acquisitions specializing in foreclosure auctions. He also assists with acquiring tenants for our commercial properties.

Originally from Skövde, Sweden. Mikael attended Fort Lewis College on a football scholarship as a kicker and still holds five school records including most points in a career and longest FG. Following college, Mikael had success playing arena football in California before his career was cut short by an injury.


Forrest Bassett

Director of Commercial Brokerage

Forrest is focused on growing our commercial brokerage business on both the investment sales side and representing tenants.

Prior to joining VanWest Partners, Forrest worked at Broad Street Realty where grew his business assisting a variety of tenants including office, breweries, charter schools and industrial. He also proved his value in repositioning distressed retail assets by improving tenant mix and lease rates. His experience also includes five years as an Executive Team Leader at Target Corporation performing roles ranging from logistics to store remodels.

Forrest resides in the greater Denver area enjoying snowboarding, hiking, mountain biking and camping which allows him to live a healthy work/life balance. Forrest finished his first Leadville 100 MTB race in 2012 and plans to compete again.