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What You Don’t Know About Patrick Ward


Position: President of Newport Beach-based MetroGroup Realty Finance

Background: Founded MetroGroup Realty Finance in 1983. The company specializes in providing capital advisory and mortgage banking services throughout Southern California. 

Memorable projects: Currently a $180M portfolio. The Center at Rancho Niguel in Laguna Niguel, a 118k SF retail center with a $26M loan; Western Avenue in Garden Grove, a 210k SF industrial property with a $17M loan; and the Commons at Aliso Viejo Town Center in Aliso Viejo, a 30k SF retail center with a $10M loan.

Hometown: Joliet, Ill.

Current home: Newport Beach

First job: At a steel mill.

Came to OC for: Lifestyle.

Person (living or dead) you’d like to meet: John Wooden

Favorite book: All Tony Hillerman novels (he’s best known for his Navajo Nation Police mysteries)

Favorite movie: Wedding Crashers.

Family: Three adult children. Two grandchildren and growing.

Advice to 18-year-old self: Never take the easy way out.

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