Meet Our Team
Leo Skeffington has over a decade in real estate finance and restructuring advisory in the real estate Investment Banking industry. Mr. Skeffington manages commercial finance, global portfolio debt restructuring, and facilitates financing investments for commercial and development real estate projects across the U.S. Since the inception of Bastion Capital Group, Mr. Skeffington has restructured and financed over $600,000,000.00 in commercial real estate for mid-market based real estate companies. Leo holds a Master’s degree from and instructed at University of Nebraska in Lincoln. Further Mr. Skeffington is a PhD candidate with and instructed at the University of Miami, FL.
Leo currently sits on the Des Moines Metro Opera Board of Directors and President of the Des Moines Opera Guild Association. Additionally he is an active pilot enabling him to be in many locations in a short amount of time.
Founder, Managing Director
Walter Githens graduated from Iowa State BS Accounting 1990. He spent six years in public accounting, as well as advising with software systems, Quickbooks ProAdvisor, and vast experience in bookkeeping for many of Bastion Capital clients. Walter has over 16 years payroll service bureau experience in addition to working with his father previously in pay-roll processing. Walter assists our clients in providing detailed statement analysis allowing our clients to readily understand how their business is operating. An avid cyclist for over 20 years, Walter has three grown children and one grandchild.
Jerry Carpenter serves as VP of commercial lending for Bastion Capital Group. From a young age, Jerry was accustomed to hard work helping on his family’s farming operation in rural Iowa. For the past 20 years, Jerry has worked in the finance industry starting out in retail banking and transitioning to commercial lending. His past experiences include working at Norwest Bank, US Bank, NationsBank and Barclays. Throughout his career, he has held mainly lending and business development creating long-term lending relationships. Jerry graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in 1996 in Economics. In his spare time, Jerry enjoys playing golf and spending time with his family.