Management Team

John Palmer
Founder and President


John Palmer is the managing principal and founder of Montgomery Partners, and Montgomery Capital Management (MCM), and is responsible for the strategic vision and overall direction of the firms. He specializes in the acquisition, renovation, and management of income producing real estate, and has owned and managed income property in California since 1979. He was the acquisitions manager of a real estate investment firm prior to forming his own company, Montgomery Partners, in 1983.

John’s specialty is acquiring under-managed properties in both urban and suburban markets, then renovating and repositioning them for eventual cash flow and/or long-term capital gain. He has also completed several historical renovations, which generate substantial tax savings in addition to the normal benefits of income property ownership.

Mr. Palmer has extensive experience in partnership organization and investor relations, in project development including construction and remodeling, risk management, landlord/tenant and rent control issues, as well as the acquisition and sale of investment grade property.

John Palmer attended Albany Academy in Albany, New York, and Columbia University in New York City, and is a member of the National Cum Laude Society.

Michael Piro
Vice President


Michael Piro Vice President, has worked for Montgomery Partners since 2004, and is the broker of record for MCM. During this time, Michael has participated in over $300M worth of real estate transactions representing the acquisition of more than 2,500 apartment units by Montgomery Partners across Northern and Southern California. He is responsible for brokerage-related acquisition and disposition activities, contract negotiations, project planning and implementation, risk management, and various aspects of property and asset management oversight.

Prior to his arrival at Montgomery Partners, Michael worked as an Executive Recruiter for Schweichler, Price & Partners, one of the top 10 technology search firms in the United States. As a top producer, Michael worked with some of the most promising startups in the country backed by top-tier venture capitalists.

Michael earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in finance from the University of Oregon. He was a recipient of the Charles H. Lundquist College of Business “Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.” He is a licensed real estate broker in the State of California.

Aram Danesh
Vice President, Investor Relations


Aram Danesh joined Montgomery Partners in 2013 as Vice President of Business Development and Investor Relations. Aram has over 13 years of experience in multifamily/commercial real estate, with a focus on investment management, fundraising, and dispositions. He is responsible for reporting, investor communications, and fundraising at Montgomery Partners and MCM.

Aram previously worked as the Director of Investor Relations for Fowler Property Acquisitions (FPA), and as Vice President at Appian Capital. While at FPA, Aram was directly involved in approximately $500M in dispositions and $400M in fundraising from institutional investors and high net worth individuals, including a $260M fully discretionary real estate investment fund whose investors included a top U.S. venture capital firm, European and domestic funds of funds, pension funds, three of the largest U.S. foundations, and two of the largest U.S. endowments. Aram was also responsible for investor-level reporting on a portfolio of approximately 16,500 apartment units valued at $1.5B and over 1.5M square feet of commercial property in the western U.S. Aram started his career as part of FPA’s sales team and was in charge of providing due diligence and marketing materials for the disposition of real estate assets. While at Appian Capital, he worked with the mezzanine financing team in collecting and analyzing due diligence materials associated with the origination of mezzanine loans for real estate developments, as well as performing the investor relations and fundraising roles.

Aram attended San Francisco State University, Monterey Institute of International Studies, and the American University in Paris. Prior to moving to the US, he lived in Germany, France, Iran and Switzerland.