People - NOVEMBER 21, 2014

Real estate veteran to retire from ULI

by Andrea Waitrovich

Stephen Blank, the senior fellow of finance at the Urban Land Institute, plans to retire after 17 years with the institute. His retirement will be effective Dec. 31, 2014.

Blank’s primary responsibilities have included expanding ULI’s real estate capital markets information and education programs; writing real estate capital markets commentary; participating as a principal researcher and adviser for the Emerging Trends in Real Estate series of publications; organizing and taking part in real estate capital markets programs at ULI events worldwide; and participating in industry meetings, seminars and conferences.

Prior to joining ULI, Blank served from 1993 to 1998 as managing director, real estate investment banking, at Oppenheimer & Co. Prior that, from 1989 to 1993, Blank served as managing director of Cushman & Wakefield’s real estate corporate finance department. In addition, he was a managing director at Kidder, Peabody & Co., president at KP Realty Advisers and a vice present of corporate finance at Bache & Co.

Blank is a member of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts and ULI; serves as a member of the board of directors and chair of the audit committee of MFA Financial; serves as a member of the board of directors and chair of the audit committee of Home Properties; and is nonexecutive chairman of the board of trustees and chair of the nominating and governance committee of Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust. In addition, he acted as ULI’s representative to the Green Building Finance Consortium.

Blank has served as a guest lecturer for the Harvard University Graduate School of Design Advanced Management Development Program, the Boston College Graduate School of Business Administration, and the Cornell University Program in Real Estate.

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