Executive Vice Presidents
Elisha J. Blechner serves as Executive Vice President, Head of Portfolio Management. He is responsible for asset management efforts across our real estate finance, net lease, operating properties and land & development portfolios, development risk management, reporting and servicing. Mr. Blechner assumed his role in 2016 after holding several positions within the Investments team since joining iStar in 2004. While on the Investments team, he was responsible for originating, structuring, underwriting and closing investments throughout the capital structure. Prior to joining iStar, Mr. Blechner served as an Investment Banking analyst for Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc. where he assisted hospitality, gaming and transportation companies with a range of capital markets activities. He holds a B.S. degree, magna cum laude, in economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Chase S. Curtis has served as Executive Vice President, Credit for iStar since January 2005. He assumed his current position after serving as Senior Vice President, Credit since June 2001. He is responsible for coordinating the initial and on-going underwriting of corporate credit risk, with a particular emphasis on corporate tenant risk assessment. He joined iStar in 2001 from Bank of America following a 16-year career in credit risk management and structured corporate finance. Immediately before joining iStar, Mr. Curtis was the Chief Credit Officer of Bank of America Commercial Finance responsible for its credit approvals, risk policy and risk process controls. Prior to that, he was on a three-year assignment in Hong Kong as an executive credit risk review officer overseeing portfolio, transactional, business and overall strategic risk assessment across Asia. He began his financial services career in 1985 with Continental Illinois National Bank initially as a specialist lender in mining, construction, natural resource and project finance and subsequently highly leveraged corporate finance. Mr. Curtis holds an M.S. from the University of Arizona and a B.S. degree with high honors from Bates College. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst.
Tim Doherty currently serves as Executive Vice President, Head of Ground Lease Investments. Mr. Doherty leads the investment team of Safety, Income & Growth, Inc (NYSE: SAFE), a public REIT focused on the acquisition and creation of ground lease investments across all property types nationwide. SAFE is the first publicly traded company focused solely on ground lease investments and is externally managed by iStar. Mr. Doherty worked at iStar between 2000 and 2008 and recently rejoined iStar in 2013. Prior to becoming the Head of Ground Lease Investments, he focused on structured finance having worked on over 60 transactions totaling more than $5 billion during his tenure at iStar. The transaction structure types included first mortgage, mezzanine, B-notes, preferred equity, DIP financing, participations and corporate finance investments and included all traditional property types (office, retail, hotel and industrial) and non-traditional product types (self-storage, entertainment and land). Prior to his latest tenure at iStar, Mr. Doherty co-founded and operated Shem Creek Capital (“SCC”), a boutique real estate finance fund located in Boston, MA. Prior to joining iStar Financial in 2000, Mr. Doherty was at Archon Group, a subsidiary of Goldman Sachs, investing on behalf of the Whitehall funds. He received his B.S. in Finance from Georgetown University.
Barclay G. Jones III currently serves as Executive Vice President, Net Lease Investments for iStar since March 2000, focusing on the Company's corporate finance and leasing business. Prior to joining iStar, Mr. Jones was a Principal of ACRE Partners LLC, a privately held firm focused on providing public and private corporations with highly structured, value-added financing solutions for their corporate real estate facilities. Prior to that, Mr. Jones served in a variety of capacities, including Vice Chairman and Chief Acquisitions Officer, for W.P. Carey & Co., Inc. from 1982 to 1998. During that period, he was responsible for originating in excess of $2 billion of sale-leaseback financings and over $1 billion of mortgage placements. During his tenure at W.P. Carey, the firm grew from fewer than 10 employees to over 70, and from approximately $100 million in assets to over $2.5 billion. Mr. Jones holds a B.S. degree in economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Clifford De Souza (1) (3)
Robert W. Holman, Jr. (2) (3)
Robin Josephs (2) (3)
Dale Anne Reiss (1) (3)
Barry W. Ridings (1) (2)
(1) Audit Committee
(2) Compensation Committee
(3) Nominating & Governance Committee