Wilbow Group is an investment company that focuses on private equity, corporate debt,  listed equities, property development and property debt/equity funding.

Wilbow also has a wholly owned subsidiary specialising in residential land subdivisions that operates in Texas, USA.

Philanthropy and the arts are an important part of the Wilbow philosophy.

WHAT WE DO

Australian Property

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Wilbow has considerable experience in all facets of property development as well as debt and equity funding.

Bill Bowness, chairman of Wilbow Group, has over 40 years experience as a property developer. He oversaw the growth of his company during that period to be one of the largest privately owned property development companies in Australia and ultimately sold his Australian interests to an ASX listed property company in late 2006.

Michael Herskope, the CEO of Wilbow Group, has several years experience in property, corporate, banking and finance law as well as transaction structuring.

Oscar Guglielmi and Jim Dolkas have many years experience in the property industry. Oscar has held senior executive positions with substantial listed and private organisations whose operations have involved property development and investments throughout Australia. Jim has held Senior Executive positions both within the private and public sector. He has substantial property development and construction experience with a  proven capability in managing projects across the entire project cycle from inception to completion.

Wilbow develops property in its own right and partners with developers by providing equity and/or debt to projects. Generally, we will invest in developments with up to a 3 year term which are apartments, townhouses, retail, industrial, mixed use and commercial.

For further enquiries please contact Oscar Guglielmi:

Phone: 03 9805 2010
Email: oscar.guglielmi@wilbow.com.au

Private equity, corporate finance, investments, equities

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Wilbow provides debt and equity funding to unlisted businesses for expansion and refinancing purposes. Wilbow also makes investments in listed companies, both local and international.

Wilbow Group invests in companies that are both listed and unlisted where it sees potential for growth and the valuation does not recognise that potential. In making its investment choices, Wilbow places great importance on the ability of management in the company it is assessing to deliver on that growth potential. Where appropriate, Wilbow can support management to realise that potential.

Wilbow is flexible in the way it invests – equity or the provision of debt funding – and in the investment structure i.e. solely or as part of a syndicate.

Wayne Phillips has several years experience in the private equity industry.

For further enquiries please contact Wayne Phillips:
Phone: 03 9805 2011
Email: wayne.phillips@wilbow.com.au

USA Property

Wilbow Corporation Inc, a wholly owned subsidiary, focuses on residential land subdivision in Texas.

It has completed and sold over 5,000 lots in the Dallas Fort Worth area since the establishment of the Dallas office in 1988 and established a presence in Houston in 2018.

A staff of highly qualified personnel has been assembled in Dallas and Houston.

Click here to access the Wilbow Corporation Inc website for more details about Wilbow’s USA property operations.

Philanthropy

The Bowness Family Foundation is committed to supporting not for profit organisations that provide access and opportunity to enrich the culture, education and potential of our community.  The Foundation supports projects in three key areas: Arts & Culture, Disability & Communication and Education.

Some of the organisations we are proud to support include: University of Queensland, National Gallery of Victoria, The Australian Ballet, Monash Gallery of Art, ANAM, Australian Youth Orchestra, Zoos Victoria, Scope and Guide Dogs Victoria.

Art

Wilbow has accumulated a significant collection of major Australian art over a long period of time. The collection continues to grow and contains a diverse range of styles and periods which include paintings, photographs, works on print and sculpture. Work by artists such as Fred Williams, Arthur Streeton, John Russell, Ian Fairweather, Peter Booth and Bill Henson.

Wilbow Group is a benefactor of art through donations (including works of art) and sponsorships of various exhibitions. The collection has been publicly exhibited and elements of it are lent regularly for exhibitions. Wilbow has been a long term supporter of institutions such as the National Gallery of Victoria, Monash Gallery of Art, Benalla Art Gallery and Heide Museum of Modern Art.

ABOUT US

William D Bowness founded Wilbow Corporation in 1976, which grew to be one of Australia’s largest privately owned property development companies, with interests in Melbourne, Brisbane, Dallas (USA) and Auckland (NZ). Wilbow Corporation undertook a broad range of developments, including residential subdivisions, medium density housing, high density apartments, retail shopping centres, commercial office buildings, industrial office parks and retirement facilities. The success of the Wilbow business and high regard it was held in was demonstrated by the numerous development industry awards its projects received. The Australian interests were sold to a major public company in 2006 and the NZ office closed in 2005. Wilbow’s USA property operations have been retained.

Following the sale of the Australian interests, Wilbow Group was formed to be an investment company that focuses on its USA property interests, private equity, listed equities and property development funding. Philanthropy and the arts continue to be an important part of the Wilbow philosophy.

OUR PEOPLE

Board of Directors

Bill Bowness
Chairman

Bill is the Chairman of Wilbow Group.  Bill’s initial work background was in banking and investment banking.

He founded property developer, Wilbow Corporation Pty. Ltd. in 1976.  The Australian operations were sold to a major public company in late 2006 and the U.S. operations retained. Bill was previously a director of Centro Retail Trust, Defence Housing Australia, Housing Choices Australia and Places Victoria. He is currently Chairman of Wilbow Group Pty Ltd.

Bill was a member of the Monash Gallery of Art Committee of Management and was Chair from 1998 to 2010.  He is a Trustee of the Monash Gallery of Art Foundation, on the Board of the Australian Ballet Foundation and a Member of the National Gallery of Victoria Foundation.

In 2011 Bill was made a Life Member of the National Gallery of Victoria and a Life Member of the Australian Ballet in 2018.

He was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2017. 

Natasha Bowness

Natasha Bowness
Director

Natasha commenced her career as a chartered accountant with Price Waterhouse where she spent 7 years working in Audit and Risk Management in Melbourne and London. She has experience in governance, strategy, risk, business management, audit, finance and philanthropy.

Natasha is Chair of the Bowness Family Foundation, a Director of Zoos Victoria, a member of The Australian Ballet Foundation Board and President of the Australian Ballet Annual Giving Program. She is a member of the Monash University Philanthropic Campaign Council and Chair of the Monash Gallery of Art Committee of Management.

Kelly Wyborn
Director

Kelly is a Chartered Accountant having commenced her career at PricewaterhouseCoopers (pwc) working in both Melbourne and London.

During her time at pwc, Kelly worked across the Audit, Transaction Services and Corporate Finance divisions. Kelly then worked within the “Business Development and Strategy” team for Ramsay Healthcare, an ASX listed healthcare operator. During this time Kelly worked on various M&A, business development, operational and strategic projects.

Executive Management

Michael Herskope
CEO

Michael commenced his professional career as a lawyer specialising for 7 years in corporate and finance law. He then spent nearly ten years working in senior executive roles with large listed corporations. Since 2005, Michael has worked in the private investment sector and joined Wilbow Group as CEO in 2010.

Oscar Guglielmi
General Manager – Commercial

Oscar is a CPA with over 25 years’ experience in the property industry. He has held senior executive positions with substantial listed and private organisations whose operations have involved property development and investments throughout Australia.

Chas Fitzgerald
Co-President – Wilbow Corporation Inc.

Chas Fitzgerald joined Wilbow Corporation in June 2002. Prior to joining Wilbow, Chas was actively involved in several master-planned communities of his own design in Frisco, Texas. He has degrees from the University of Illinois in both architecture and landscape architecture, with several years of experience in commercial and residential land planning.

Larry Corson

Larry Corson
Co-President – Wilbow Corporation Inc.

Larry Corson joined Wilbow Corporation in 2014. Working closely with Co-President Chas Fitzgerald, Corson is responsible for the strategic direction of the company, capital relationships, and the financial and administrative aspects of Wilbow’s operations.

He has held key leadership positions in real estate investment and development for over three decades.

Larry is a Full Member of the Urban Land Institute, where he currently serves as Chairman of the Red Flight of the Recreation Development Council as well as serving as an Assistant Chair of the local Community Development Council in North Texas.

Contact Wilbow Group

Address: Como Office Tower
Suite 1, Level 9
644 Chapel Street
South Yarra VIC 3141

Phone: 03 9805 2000
Fax: 03 9805 2020
Email: office@wilbow.com.au