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Michael Braun is president of GRIT Development. Michael joined GRIT Development in 2003 as senior vice president and chief financial officer. He assumed complete management of the company in February 2017. As president, Michael oversees all aspects of the Palm Springs downtown revitalization project plus a full portfolio of real estate assets. GRIT Development’s portfolio consists of over one million square feet of commercial real estate assets including shopping centers, hotels, and housing projects. Earlier in his career, Michael was a partner and chief investment officer at Pinnacle Securities in New York where he managed various currency partnerships and portfolio funds. Over the course of his 15-year career in fixed income and currency markets at JP Morgan and Merrill Lynch in Frankfurt, London, and New York, he advised some of the largest hedge funds in the world, two of the biggest mutual funds in the U.S. and key Asian sovereign funds along with the most prestigious car manufacturers and mutual funds in Germany.