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Russell Posorske
Russell L. Posorske is the founding partner. Mr. Posorske has over a two decades of experience in development, private equity and commercial funding with large banks and institutional partners, as well as commercial turnaround successes in three countries.
During the years previous to founding Fortis, Mr. Posorske served as Senior Vice President of the Retail Group at  Continental Properties, co-founded and served as a Senior Development Officer for DeBartolo Development, co-founding partner of Fortis Advisors, was Managing Director of acquisitions for Wilton Partners.
Mr. Posorske is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  He has served on the Board of Directors of the University's Arizona Alumni Association, the Board of Directors of Sales and Marketing Executives International, is a Life Member of the Fiesta Bowl Committee and served on the Board of Directors of the United States Tennis Association Southwest Tennis Foundation and the USTA Phoenix Board of Directors. Mr. Posorske is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers. He is married and lives with his wife and five children in Cave Creek, Arizona.


Douglas J. Nicholas
Doug Nicholas is a Partner in Fortis. Mr. Nicholas has 26 years of business leadership, growth and turn-around success. Responsible for growing the Fortis capital base, he has extensive operational and strategic experience within growth stage and startup organizations ranging in revenue from $5m to $100m.

His strength is building great organizations through humility and humor comes from putting customers, team and shareholders first. Especially valuable to Fortis is his excellent ability to build a customer-focused, exciting, dynamic and winning culture that attracts and retains top notch talent.

Mr. Nicholas has a four-time record of success profitably founding, building or turning around businesses which consistently returned profits and exceeded investment partner’s expectations. He is a two-time E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year finalist, W.P Carey Spirit of Enterprise Award recipient, Inc., CEO Project participant, and numerous industry-specific awards.
Mr. Nicholas is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers. He is married and lives with his wife and two children in Scottsdale, Arizona.


Kira Niccum Pritzl
Kira Niccum-Pritzl is a development and construction coordinator for Fortis Development, LLC.  She is responsible for oversight and management of due diligence, entitlements, design, and construction implementation. She has worked in real estate since 2002.

Previously employed as the development coordinator at Continental Properties Co., Inc., Mrs. Pritzl was responsible for oversight of the entitlement process for Continental’s retail projects. Continental provided her with experience in TIF districts, FEMA permitting, environmental remediation, re-zoning, annexation, platting, and permitting in over 20 markets across the country.

Mrs. Pritzl is the former President and active member of the Old Pueblo Business Alliance; a member of the Alliance of Construction Trades and Arizona Landscape Contractors Association. She is a sponsor of the Arizona Professional Landscape Designers and Ben’s Bells Project. She graduated from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Mrs. Pritzl currently lives in Tucson, AZ with her husband. They enjoy spending time outdoors and traveling.

What We Do

As preferred developer to national credit tenants, we meet market store-opening goals within time and budget constraints allowing our clients to focus on the core operations of their businesses. In effect, we become an outsourced real estate department for clients, big and small, whose aggressive growth plans require multiple locations strategically located in a market. We deliver turn-key freestanding buildings and shopping centers.

Who We Are

We are a company of commitment. We believe that our word is our bond and that the customer, internal and external, is the focus of all we do. We believe in service and community. That all of our projects, big and small, should enhance the communities they serve and become places of lasting design and value.