We're a nimble team of industry veterans, proven experts, and thoughtful investors. We move diligently and invest with intent.

John Helm


Prior to founding RET Ventures in 2017, John was a Venture Partner with DN Capital in Munich, Germany. Before that, John ran and successfully exited two venture-backed real estate tech startups, was CFO of Marcus & Millichap, and a consultant at McKinsey & Company. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin, and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. You can find John on his skis or mountain biking around Park City or—his favorite thing—spending time with his wife, son, and daughter.

Alec Page


Alec joined RET Ventures in 2017 from the Leveraged Finance group at BofA Merrill Lynch in New York, where he worked on debt capital financings for corporate issuers and private equity funds. He holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Chicago. Originally from San Francisco, Alec is a traveler at heart and spends his time out of the office outdoors: hiking, skiing, snowboarding, and skydiving.

Tayla Martin


Tayla joined RET Ventures from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, where she earned an MBA in 2018. While pursuing her MBA, Tayla gained proptech venture experience at Fifth Wall Ventures. Tayla is originally from Maine and holds a B.A. in Mathematics from Dartmouth. She enjoys hiking and traveling in remote parts of the world in her free time.

Juan Nicholls

Chief of Staff

Juan joined RET Ventures in 2018. He previously worked as a Business Consultant at Applied Predictive Technologies in Washington, D.C. Juan received a B.A. in Economics from Dartmouth College. A former Chef, he’s an avid cook, constantly absorbing and learning new techniques from the environments he’s lived in—eleven cities across six countries. As an outdoorsman, he welcomes the abundance of nature Utah has to offer.

Lee Pantuso


Lee has 20 years of experience as a venture capital firm CFO and has shepherded two venture-backed startups to successful exits. She graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.S. in Accounting and earned an MBA from the University of Denver. She’s a Certified Public Accountant in California (currently inactive). Lee is a huge sports fan—mostly tennis and football—and loves traveling through Europe.