About Us

HAPGOOD CAPITAL is a real estate investment company founded in 2013 and headquartered in Memphis, TN. Our firm raises private equity from Accredited Investors for acquiring commercial real estate, and in return our investors receive passive monthly income and attractive returns on their invested capital.

Since our founding, HAPGOOD CAPITAL has acquired 33 rental houses, most of which we have since sold, and two office buildings in the Memphis suburbs. Our current focus is sourcing “value-add” investment opportunities in office, medical, and industrial flex buildings within the Memphis MSA and surrounding region.

Our vision is to build a large portfolio of commercial real estate assets within growth MSAs across Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Missouri, and Kentucky. We aspire to build a company with a best-in-market reputation for integrity, professionalism, operational excellence, and service.

Our Guiding Principles

Build Trust

Building trust means always keeping your commitments and being honest, transparent, humble, discreet, and competent. We expect the same from those we do business with.

Serve Others

We are a service business that practices servant leadership. We implement policies and processes that provide our tenants, clients, and investors with the best possible service.

Make Great Decisions

Making great decisions requires us to perform the required research and analysis and be open to challenging all assumptions and sources of cognitive bias. For major decisions, we apply these principles by following a standardized decision-making process.

Get Results

We use the OKR-CFR management system to keep everyone focused on and aligned with our stated goals and our desired culture. This system comes from a book by John Doerr, “Measure What Matters.”

Develop Relationships

Our growth is driven by the capital we receive from our investors and the good work we receive from our service providers. We aspire to develop our investor and key service provider relationships into long-lasting partnerships.

Become The Best

We strive to realize our full potential. We hold each other accountable to work in a manner consistent with Our Guiding Principles. Although we operate in a disciplined and process-orientated manner, we challenge ourselves to improve continuously and to adapt as the external environment dictates.

Our Team

Christopher G. Niederer

Managing Principal & Founder

As the Managing Principal and Founder of HAPGOOD CAPITAL, Chris raises private equity for acquiring commercial real estate. His vision is to establish the firm’s reputation as a reliable source of CRE investment opportunities that offer solid returns on a risk-adjusted basis.

Chris began investing in real estate in 2006.  In 2013, he transitioned from a corporate career into full-time real estate investing. Prior to 2013, Chris was a marketing director at Smith & Nephew, and before that was a senior process and project engineer at Eastman Chemical Company. He has a chemical engineering degree (B.S., 1989) from the University of Idaho and an M.B.A. (2003) from Vanderbilt University.

Chris has lived in the Memphis area since 2003. He is active in the community and supports St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, the Soulsville Foundation, and The Heights Community Development Corporation. He and his wife, Sandra, have two daughters, a son, and two granddaughters.

Michael D. Ries, M.D.

Senior Advisor

Mike is an experienced real estate investor. He advises the team on its business development efforts and private equity fundraising practices.

Mike is an orthopedic surgeon and the Arthroplasty Fellowship Director at the Reno Orthopedic Center. He received his B.S. and M.S. in engineering from MIT, and his medical degree from Dartmouth Medical School, and has been in practice since 1989.

Mike and his wife are avid skiers. They have three children and live near Lake Tahoe.

Clifford G. Niederer

Senior Advisor

Cliff advises the team on all matters related to aesthetics, design, and architecture.  He provides insights and concepts for possible upgrades that would maximize a property’s value and appeal to tenants and buyers.

Cliff’s 45-year career spanned wooden boatbuilding, architectural woodwork, fine woodworking, architectural design, and project management. His career was focused primarily in the San Francisco Bay Area where he worked under Niederer Architectural Design and Fine Woodworking.

Cliff has a degree in psychology [B.S., 1970] from the University of San Francisco and an architectural degree [M.A., 1990] from the University of California, Berkeley.

Now retired in La Jolla with his wife, Mia, Cliff enjoys investing, art and rare book collecting, flying seaplanes, free diving, swimming, fly fishing, and summers in Montana.

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