About Us

Cold Summit is a leading developer of cold storage facilities.  With a combined experience of over 50 years, Cold Summit brings best-in-class, innovative cold storage solutions to the end customer.  Cold Summit delivers ground up development services for both conventional and high-bay ASRS facilities, as well as repurposing existing dry warehouse facilities into state-of-the-art, box-in-box cold storage solutions.

Cold Summit works with a client from the initial site selection, to site planning and building design, site entitlement and permitting, through to the completion of the building, bringing speed, seamless execution and full transparency throughout the process.

Our Team

Scott Pertel – President & CEO

Scott Pertel is the Founder and President of Cold Summit Development. Scott most recently was a Senior Managing Director and San Francisco Office Co-Head at HFF, L.P. (NYSE: HF), a real estate capital markets intermediary. Over the course of his career, Scott has focused his efforts within the cold storage industry, providing investment advisory, debt advisory and capital raising expertise for developers, owners, and operators of refrigerated warehouses throughout the United States. Scott will lead all aspects of the organization, from client relationships, community involvement, fundraising, and philanthropic efforts, to project delivery.

Alex Langerman – Co-Founder & COO

Alex is COO of Cold Summit Development. Alex has built his career around the real estate and infrastructure space, approaching projects from multiple angles including development, operations and finance. Prior to Cold Summit, Alex was with PJ Solomon in its Infrastructure, Power & Renewables Investment Banking group where he executed M&A, project finance and capital raising transactions. Earlier, Alex was with Bechtel Corporation where he was based in the Middle East and developed, managed and constructed major industrial and infrastructure projects.  Alex holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.

Brian Peters – CFO

Brian serves as CFO for Cold Summit Development. He brings 15 years of accounting, finance, and leadership experience in the real estate industry. His expertise includes partnership reporting, financing, sales, acquisitions, development, and asset and property management. Brian was most recently Controller at Wareham Development, a commercial real estate development company in the San Francisco Bay Area. Brian is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.

Mike Smith – EVP, Construction

Mike serves as Executive Vice President of Construction for Cold Summit Development.  During his 24 year career, Mike has developed and built over 100 low temperature distribution facilities throughout the United States and Internationally.  Mike’s responsibilities include executive supervision of General Contractors, project development and planning, risk mitigation, estimating, contractual negotiations, and quality assurance to ensure projects are completed on time and on budget.  Mike holds a Bachelor of Science in Building Construction Management from the University of Florida with an Executive Leadership degree from the Florida State School of Business.  He is a certified General Contractor and is a 9-year Veteran of the United States Army.

Matt Anderson – VP, Development

Matt serves as Vice President of Development for Cold Summit Development. He brings 12 years of experience managing real estate projects across all stages of the development cycle. In addition to leading Cold Summit’s West Coast office, his primary focus is spearheading the acquisition, due diligence, entitlement and design for new development and investment opportunities. Once projects enter construction, Matt works with the project management team to ensure project timelines and budgets meet our client’s expectations and performance requirements. Matt recently served as Development Manager with Scannell Properties, where he helped manage a pipeline of build-to-suit and speculative industrial projects across the West Coast of the U.S. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo and a Master of Business Administration from UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business where he focused on Real Estate and Finance. 

Aaron Bass – Director, Construction

Aaron is Director, Construction for Cold Summit Development, where he brings to bear his 11 years of experience at building low temperature distribution and food processing facilities with a specific expertise in thermal/building envelope construction.  Aaron’s responsibilities include management of Design Build General Contractors, onsite supervision and coordination, contracts negotiation and construction risk management to ensure that all Cold Summit facilities are delivered on time, under budget and to the highest specification.  Aaron holds a Bachelor of Science in Building Construction Management from the University of North Florida with an Executive Leadership degree from the Florida State School of Business.

Kelly Cavanaugh – Operations Manager

Kelly serves as Operations Manager for Cold Summit Development.  Over the course of her career, Kelly has overseen the implementation of corporate infrastructure, building of teams to support rapid expansion, and the creation of education programs for the auto industry.  Kelly has started multiple businesses, following her passions for exploration and outdoor guiding.  In addition to her professional pursuits, she is a wonderful mother of two beautiful daughters.

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