Mr. Blankenship has over 40 years of real estate experience and has extensive knowledge of the REIT industry, including cross-border experience. Mr. Blankenship was previously Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Verde Realty. Prior to Verde, he was Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer of Security Capital Group Incorporated, later sold to GE Capital Corporation. Earlier in his career, Ron held senior leadership positions with Archstone Inc., Trammel Crow Company, Mischer Investments, Heritage Mortgage Company, and Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co.
Mr. Blankenship is a certified public accountant and a graduate of the University of Texas. He currently sits on the boards of Regency Centers Corporation, Pacolet-Milliken Enterprises Inc., and Carefree Communities.