Our Team

moving the industry forward

The entire EXtrance team is focused on making investing in commercial real estate more manageable and attractive for investors and managers of all sizes. Our backgrounds bring a variety of strengths to the team, and we are all motivated by the opportunities that can be created by advanced technologies.

Meet our leadership:

William LivelyWilliam is a distinguished figure in the realm of technology and commercial real estate, with an illustrious career commencing at DCI Capital, the pioneering investment firm in the United States focused exclusively on blockchain. At DCI Capital, he ascended to the position of Partner, initially leading investor relations and subsequently spearheading ventures in emerging markets. In 2018, William embarked on a new venture, SyndEX labs, an innovative, Blockchain-based investment ecosystem designed to broaden the horizons of alternative capital sources and major institutions. Throughout this journey, he fostered groundbreaking alliances with renowned entities such as IBM and the Americas Group. Furthermore, he adroitly orchestrated a series of equity financing rounds, securing commitments exceeding $1.1 billion in assets. 

Following his departure from SyndEX, William founded EXtrance in 2021, driven by his realization that prevailing investor and investment management practices and platforms in the real estate domain lacked the cutting-edge advancements in AI, ML, and blockchain technology, which he had pioneered and wholeheartedly embraced. EXtrance has unequivocally set a new benchmark within the industry, establishing itself as an exemplar of excellence in investment and investor management platforms. The company boasts an accomplished team of technologists, private equity professionals, and real estate experts, all united in their pursuit of innovation. In recognition of its remarkable achievements, EXtrance was objectively and independently acknowledged as the preeminent AI-powered real estate solution of 2023 by Acquisitions International and featured prominently among the top 10 overall real estate solutions by Proptech Outlook.

Patrick FrankPatrick worked in the construction and development industry for six years before going to school for software engineering and business management. For a few years after that, he was privately developing software and small businesses to help solve problems in tech/automation-lacking industries before reconnecting with high school friend William Lively. Patrick started at EXtrance as Williams’s executive assistant but was quickly promoted to Chief of Staff and later to Chief Technology Officer where he continues to push the edge of state-of-the-art technology. 

Christian SovellChristian joined the EXtrance team in 2020, at the company’s inception. As Director of Operations, he brings an organizational and planning mindset, as well as an entrepreneurial spirit, to the table. 

After studying entrepreneurship and marketing at the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota in 2016, Christian pursued a career in marketing, starting with account management and copywriting. For the next few years, he continued to explore his passion for marketing and advertising, and learned a great deal about project management, teamwork, and client relationships along the way. 

Having studied entrepreneurial management, and being involved in the local entrepreneurship space with things like the Minnesota Cup, Christian wanted to shift his focus toward his goal of working with a team on an innovative new venture — and EXtrance was a clear choice. 

Lincoln BelitzLincoln Belitz joined EXtrance from GeoKey, a cloud-based access and security management platform for multifamily and commercial properties, where he was director of business development. He has worked in developing business-to-business relationships while spending nearly 10 years in technology sales, with a strong track record of simplifying technology for prospects to improve the buying cycle. As Chief Sales Officer at EXtrance, Lincoln is on the front line working with prospects and clients to enable the growth of the EXtrance ecosystem. 

Martha NevanenAfter 20 years leading marketing communications for commercial real estate companies across the industry, Martha joined EXtrance’s Board of Advisors in 2022 and became its fractional Chief Marketing Officer in 2023. She builds upon her deep experience in business-to-business marketing in commercial real estate, manufacturing, start-ups, and financial services, and aligns the marketing communications strategy with EXtrance’s business goals to connect with venture capital, private equity, and the CRE industry.

Her leadership extends beyond the companies where she worked. She serves as Vice Chair of Aeon, a non-profit affordable housing developer and investor, and previously worked to improve diversity within CRE through the DUS DEI committee, a national group of commercial real estate finance experts, and the Commercial Real Estate Diversity Collaborative.

She’s been recognized as a 2020 Business Journal Women in Business, the Midwest Real Estate News Hall of Fame, was the recipient of the President’s Award at Northmarq, and served as volunteer leader of IABC locally, regionally, and nationally.

Rajiv TandonRajiv Tandon is a serial entrepreneur and tenured professor at the Carlson School of Management. Listed by Twin Cities Business Magazine as one of the “200 Minnesotans You Should Know,” Rajiv has one of the first doctorate degrees in Entrepreneurship from the University of Minnesota and started the entrepreneurship program at the University of St. Thomas.

Christian Anstett is a top-rated business litigation lawyer in California. He was selected to Super Lawyers Rising Stars for 2013-2015. Highly accomplished and respected by his peers, Mr. Anstett is a trusted legal advisor.