Our team combines institutional practices with an entrepreneurial mentality and a data driven approach to investment analysis.

Christopher Russell

Managing Director and Executive Committee Member

Christopher Russell is co-founder and Managing Director of Mercatus Partners, LLC. During Mr. Russell’s career in the institutional real estate industry, he has acquired or developed more than $2.5 Billion in assets. As Senior Analyst of Acquisitions and Development with Pacific Life Insurance Company, he played an instrumental role in scaling the Fortune 300 life insurance company’s equity real estate portfolio from $500 million to more than $3.5 billion.

Prior to Pacific Life, Mr. Russell served as Managing Director of Acquisitions and Capital Markets for RedHill Realty Investors, a value-add multifamily sponsor located in San Diego, CA. While with RedHill, Mr. Russell played a key role in sourcing, negotiating, and managing programmatic joint ventures with several leading financial institutions.

Brett Belliston, CFP, ChFC

Co-Founder, Executive Committee Member

Brett Belliston is a co-founder and Executive Committee member for Mercatus Partners, LLC. Mr. Belliston also owns and operates Andina Capital Management, LLC, a prominent Intermountain West family office, where he serves as COO/CCO. Mr. Belliston began his career in financial services in 1992, and in 1998 co-founded The Capital Group LLC, a fee-based wealth management practice in affiliation with Lincoln Financial Advisors. He also accepted a position as the Regional Director of Investments for Lincoln Financial where he directed the investment business for over 40 advisors in multiple states.

In 2014, Mr. Belliston co-founded Bluefield Capital, a private equity real estate investment company focused on multifamily, industrial, and senior housing. Bluefield placed over $100 million into private real estate assets, netting an internal rate of return of +20% for the firm’s clients.

Eric Barlow, ChFC

Co-Founder, Executive Committee Member

Eric Barlow is a co-founder and Executive Committee member for Mercatus Partners, LLC. Mr. Barlow is also co-founder of Andina Capital Management, LLC, where he serves as CEO.

Mr. Barlow has been involved in the investment management business since February of 1992, when he joined the financial consulting firm Sterling Financial Group. In April 1999, Mr. Barlow joined Alta Capital Management LLC, a Salt Lake City based asset management firm, as Director of Business Development and Investment Committee member. Mr. Barlow helped to grow the firm from $100 million to over $600 million in assets under management (“AUM”) during his tenure. He was also a co-founding partner of Bluefield Capital, where he served as an advisor and Investment Committee member. He played an instrumental role in scaling the business and helping to produce client returns in excess of 20% IRR. Mr. Barlow has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Utah, teaching advanced courses in finance, investment management, and entrepreneurship.

Zane Beadles

Vice President

Zane Beadles is a Vice President at Mercatus Partners where he assists with the sourcing, evaluating, underwriting and executing on the firm’s acquisition and development opportunities. Mr. Beadles also contributes to the asset management and development project oversight of Mercatus’ portfolio properties and is actively involved in the procurement of debt and equity financing for various projects.

Prior to joining Mercatus, Mr. Beadles concluded a nine-year career playing Offensive Line in the NFL for the Denver Broncos, Jacksonville Jaguars, San Francisco 49ers, and Atlanta Falcons. During his NFL career, Mr. Beadles founded and led a non-profit organization supporting the journey of kids and their families through life-threatening medical experiences, where he managed a board of directors and team of volunteers. Mr. Beadles was twice selected as his team’s Walter Payton Man of the Year award nominee given each year to the man representing the NFL’s commitment to philanthropy and community impact. Mr. Beadles was also selected to a pro bowl in 2013 and competed in Super Bowl XLVIII.

Mr. Beadles graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and is currently pursuing an MBA at Indiana University, Kelley School of Business.

Bernadette Peterson, CPA, CFA, CFE

Accounting and Financial Services (The Steadfast Group, Inc.)

Bernadette Peterson has been engaged by Mercatus Partners to oversee all activities related to accounting and financial reporting. As President of The Steadfast Group, Inc, Bernadette has consulted both public and private companies in matters related to internal controls, process improvement, budgeting/forecasting, Sarbanes-Oxley compliance, and has acted in the capacity of outsourced CFO. Bernadette’s expertise covers industries including manufacturing, wholesale distribution, retail, real estate, and technology.

Prior to forming Steadfast, she spent several years with Ernst & Young in the Assurance and Advisory Business Services group. During that time, she was selected nationally to serve on the Beta Alpha Psi’s Board of Directors. Bernadette graduated Summa Cum Laude from California State University, Fullerton, where she received two Bachelor of Arts degrees in Business Administration, one with a concentration in Accounting, and another with a concentration in Finance. She is also a member of American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the CFA Institute, and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.