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Mr. Ward serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Trimont Real Estate Advisors and Trimont Global, and is responsible for all functions of the company and its affiliates worldwide, including the roughly $110 billion of client assets under management. Mr. Ward chairs the firm’s Operating Committee and Global Advisory Council, and serves on Trimont’s Board of Directors with Vӓrde. Mr. Ward is the Managing Member/CEO of Trimont’s businesses in the U.K., Europe and Asia.
Prior to joining Trimont, Mr. Ward was the President of the Americas region for Colliers International, overseeing their Capital Markets & Investment Services businesses in Canada, Latin America and the United States, while also supporting the EMEA and APAC teams on all Capital Markets matters. Mr. Ward has substantial international real estate investment experience.
Mr. Ward has spent the bulk of his career on the institutional investment management side of the business, previously serving as the Managing Principal & Chief Executive Officer for Aspen Residential and its predecessor business, Orion Residential. Aspen was part of D.B. Zwirn & Co. (through its Big Rock Partners entity), and Orion was part of Starwood Capital Group. Mr. Ward has substantial experience with all manner of complex domestic and international debt and equity structures, having led the investment of more than $4.0 billion of equity capital into commercial real estate around the world. In this capacity, Mr. Ward also oversaw the acquisition, development and sale of more than 12,000 multifamily/ mixed-use/ condominium units representing roughly $1.2 billion in total capital. Mr. Ward has overseen, as a principal, major development/ re-development projects in the range of $300 million in total capitalization.
Mr. Ward is a full member of CREFC and the Urban Land Institute where he serves on the Global Exchange Council; he is also a real estate attorney and an active member of the Washington Bar. Mr. Ward is a frequent speaker on CRE topics, often providing commentary for several international media channels, including the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Reuters, South China Morning Post, Sirius XM Wharton Real Estate News, CNBC and Bloomberg.
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