Blueprint is an advisory firm exclusively focused on seniors housing and healthcare real estate. Blueprint has fortified broad market coverage with offices in Chicago, Los Angeles, Maryland, Denver, and Oregon.

Why Blueprint?

Blueprint Healthcare Real Estate Advisors is designed to optimally navigate the unique challenges facing investors and operators with both critical thinking and creativity. Blueprint’s philosophy is that providing a solutions-based approach increases optionality and maximizes value for its clients.

Services

To accomplish an array of client objectives, Blueprint offers distinct and integrated advisory services including:

  • Exit Strategy
  • Capital Solutions
  • Partnership Placement
  • Consulting
THE BLUEPRINT TEAM

“Blueprint implements critical planning and creativity to optimally navigate the unique challenges, facing investors and operators, in an increasingly competitive and complex industry of seniors housing and healthcare real estate.”

Christopher Hyldahl
CHRISTOPHER HYLDAHL
Senior Managing Director, Founding Partner
Christopher Hyldahl is a Senior Managing Director and founding partner of Blueprint Healthcare Real Estate Advisors. In addition to co-managing the company’s strategic direction and operations, Christopher is responsible for directing Blueprint’s brand identity in order to increase its power, value, and relevance. Christopher specializes in the capitalization of investment real estate through a strategic process which is tailored to each transaction’s unique qualities. This is accomplished through a proprietary and highly confidential direct sales process, which has led to more than $3 billion of seniors housing transactions over his career. Christopher received a bachelor of arts in marketing from Western Michigan University.
Ben Firestone
BEN FIRESTONE
Senior Managing Director, Founding Partner
Ben Firestone is a Senior Managing Director and founding partner of Blueprint Healthcare Real Estate Advisors. Ben’s responsibilities include co-managing Blueprint’s operations and establishing and managing many of Blueprint’s corporate client relationships. Ben is also the Managing Real Estate Broker for the firm. Over the course of the last decade, Ben has personally completed over 100 seniors housing and nursing home real estate transactions. Ben received a bachelor of arts in economics from University of Michigan and MBA in finance and entrepreneurship from University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Ben is also an active member of the NIC Future Leaders Council.
Jacob Gehl
JACOB GEHL
Senior Managing Director, Founding Partner
Jacob Gehl is a Senior Managing Director and founding partner of Blueprint Healthcare Real Estate Advisors. Jacob co-manages the company’s operations and strategic direction of the company. He has more than 15 years of seniors housing experience closing transactions valued in excess of $2 billion over the course of his career. Jacob was born in New Jersey but raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Jacob received a bachelor of arts in international politics from the University of Michigan. Jacob currently sits on the Board of Directors of the American Senior Housing Association (ASHA), and is actively involved in the ASHA PAC, as well as the establishment of the ASHA Rising Stars program. Jacob is also actively involved in the Ohio Healthcare Association.
Adam Sherman
ADAM SHERMAN
Managing Director
Adam Sherman is a Managing Director at Blueprint Healthcare Real Estate Advisors. Adam’s responsibilities include leading Blueprint’s Capital Solutions platform, establishing and developing client relationships, and procuring solutions for clients pursing strategic objectives including sale, lease, development, joint venture, and financing transactions. Adam’s career in healthcare real estate spans over 15 years and has included roles with both debt and equity investors, including GE Capital, CIT Healthcare, and Red Capital Group. His wide spectrum of experience within the asset class covers seniors housing, skilled nursing, and medical office buildings. Adam was an inaugural member of the NIC Future Leaders Council and holds the CCIM designation. Adam earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Emory University and a masters degree in real estate development from Johns Hopkins University.
Steve Thomes
STEVE THOMES
Managing Director
Steve Thomes is a Managing Director at Blueprint Healthcare Real Estate Advisors. Steve is responsible for establishing and managing Blueprint’s client relationships as well as managing Blueprint’s East Coast operations. Steve has been in the seniors housing and healthcare finance industry for over 11 years. Prior to joining Blueprint Steve was a vice president at a healthcare focused investment banking group. Steve began his career with a leading national HUD lender as an analyst.
Ryan Chase
RYAN CHASE
Managing Director
Ryan Chase is a Managing Director at Blueprint Healthcare Real Estate Advisors. Ryan joined Blueprint at the company’s inception and has a significant role in which he oversees quantitative and qualitative valuation in all of its seniors housing and healthcare real estate engagements and offerings. Under Ryan’s leadership and analytic initiatives, along with the company’s technological resources, Blueprint successfully developed systems and processes that provide its clients a strategic edge in the marketplace.
Michael Segal
MICHAEL SEGAL
Managing Director
Mike Segal is a Managing Director at Blueprint Healthcare Real Estate Advisors and he is based in the company’s headquarters in Chicago, Illinois. Since Blueprint’s inception, Mike has played an integral role strategically positioning the firm’s seniors housing and skilled nursing offerings as well as coordinating the firm’s confidential marketing campaigns. Additionally, Mike helped to establish and is responsible for overseeing the firm’s processes associated with transaction execution, and he is actively involved in nearly every phase of the transaction process. Mike has several years of experience successfully executing transactions with a variety of clients including REITs (publicly-traded and non-traded), private equity firms, real estate developers, high-net-worth investors, regional and national operators, local owner/operators, and non-profit organizations.
Pamela Pyms
PAMELA PYMS
Managing Director
Pamela Pyms is a Managing Director at Blueprint Healthcare Real Estate Advisors. She oversees the firm’s Denver operations. As a third-generation real estate broker, Pam has practiced in Florida, New York, and Colorado. She found her niche in seniors housing while working as an investment broker at Cassidy Turley. In 2011, Pam formed Pyms Capital Resources, a boutique real estate advisory firm focused exclusively on senior living. In March 2017, Pyms Capital Resources joined forces with Blueprint. Interspersed with real estate, Pam was also a broker in the cable television industry. Following that, she spent 10 years in Paris, France, where she raised her family. Pam graduated from the University of Alabama.
Brian Payant
BRIAN PAYANT
Senior Director
Brian Payant is a Senior Director at Blueprint Healthcare Real Estate Advisors. Brian plays a central role in developing the financial analysis infrastructure used by Blueprint’s production center. His analytical insight into the quantitative and qualitative aspects of a transaction unlocks strategic value for Blueprint’s clients and offers a competitive edge in the marketplace. Brian recently received his brokerage license and is also involved in client relationship management.
Michael French
MICHAEL FRENCH
Director
Michael French is a Director at Blueprint Healthcare Real Estate Advisors. Michael is an instrumental team member in the analysis of incoming data and production of detailed proposals and quality offering materials. He has worked to improve processes and efficiencies, resulting in increasing the overall capacity of the firm. As the unofficial Blueprint photographer and official curator of the recent addition of the Blueprint Client Portal, Michael has helped improve the overall aesthetic of Blueprint’s offering materials and online marketing and deal management platform. He is a graduate of Florida State University with a degree in real estate and finance. Michael started his career with over seven years of experience specializing in the appraisal of healthcare and senior housing assets nationwide.
Gideon Orion
GIDEON ORION
Director
Gideon Orion is a Director at Blueprint Healthcare Real Estate Advisors. Gideon is responsible for origination and execution of seniors housing and healthcare real estate transactions. Gideon is dedicated to helping his clients achieve their goals and guides them through every phase of the transaction process. Gideon has a long track record of managing complex real estate transactions to successful outcomes, and his clients trust his highly organized and strategic based advisory approach. Prior to joining Blueprint, Gideon spent five years at Cushman & Wakefield, where he was a member of the highest producing brokerage team in the Western United States, having closed transactions in excess of 3.5 million square feet valued at over $800 million during his tenure. Gideon is a licensed California Real Estate Broker and received a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from California State University, Northridge. Gideon is actively involved in the community and currently holds a Vice Chair position for The Guardians of the Los Angeles Jewish Home, and sits on the Board of Managers for the Westside Family YMCA.
Mario Wilson
MARIO WILSON
Senior Associate
Mario Wilson is a Senior Associate at Blueprint Healthcare Real Estate Advisors. Mario assists owner-operators and investors in seniors housing and healthcare real estate by providing sell-side transaction advisory services. He also arranges conventional and HUD-insured debt financing for the acquisition, refinance, and development/rehab of seniors housing and healthcare facilities. Prior to Blueprint, Mario was at Cambridge Realty Capital, where he sourced acquisition opportunities for Cambridge’s seniors housing and healthcare-focused private equity platform. Mario received a bachelor’s degree in finance from DePaul University’s Driehaus College of Business and is a member of the American Seniors Housing Association’s Rising Leaders.
Trent Gherardini
TRENT GHERARDINI
Senior Associate
Trent Gherardini is a Senior Associate at Blueprint Healthcare Real Estate Advisors. Trent specializes in transactional advisory and debt placement with a specific focus in the Southeastern United States. He prides himself on cultivating strong relationships and providing unmatched advisory services for owner-operators and institutional investors alike.
Connor Doherty
CONNOR DOHERTY
Senior Associate
Connor Doherty is a Senior Associate at Blueprint Healthcare Real Estate Advisors. Connor’s focus is providing Real Estate and Business solutions for both investors and operators throughout the Seniors Housing and Care industry (IL, AL, SNF, CCRC, LTACH). He understands each client’s goals and challenges are unique, and empowering clients with deep M&A expertise, integrity, and results is what drives him.
Michael Mooney
MICHAEL MOONEY
Senior Associate
Michael Mooney is a Senior Associate at Blueprint Healthcare Real Estate Advisors. His responsibilities include originating new business and he is driven by his desire to assist developers, operators, and investors in achieving their goals. Michael comes to Blueprint with over 15 years of experience in the senior housing and healthcare industry. He spent 13 years with the national senior housing and healthcare valuation and consulting firm Tellatin, Short and Hansen, as well as four years of mergers and acquisition work. Michael resides in Salem, Oregon and has worked extensively across the country with primary emphasis in the Pacific Northwest and Texas. Michael received his bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance from University of Oregon, Charles H. Lundquist College of Business.
Amy Sitzman
AMY SITZMAN
Senior Associate
Amy is a Senior Associate of Blueprint Healthcare Real Estate Advisors. Her responsibilities include working with both owner/operators and investors by providing acquisition and disposition advisory services. Amy is focused to help grow Blueprint’s West Coast operations. Prior to Blueprint, Amy formed and ran a national senior housing and healthcare platform within Commonwealth Land Title, a Fidelity National Financial company, for three years. Prior to that, she worked in the healthcare industry for 16 years selling capital medical equipment for Philips Medical, GE Medical and Toshiba Medical. Amy prides herself on her interpersonal skills while clients appreciate her tenacity and ability to effectively communicate with all parties involved in her work.
Hayden Behnke
HAYDEN BEHNKE
Senior Associate
Hayden Behnke is a Senior Associate at Blueprint Healthcare Real Estate Advisors. Her focus is on the origination and execution of seniors housing and healthcare real estate transactions, with the primary goal to identify the best solution for each client. She particularly enjoys developing relationships with her clients, from the independent owner/operator to the larger corporate provider. Hayden came to the seniors housing industry as a direct result of her personal experience caring for an elderly family member, and was a senior living broker with Pyms Capital Resources in Denver for five years prior to joining Blueprint. Previous careers include international business and higher education. Hayden received a bachelor’s degree in economics and fine arts from Vanderbilt University and a master’s degree in international management from the University of Denver.
Brooks Blackmon
BROOKS BLACKMON
Senior Associate
Brooks Blackmon is an Associate at Blueprint Healthcare Real Estate Advisors. Brooks specializes in providing creative transaction advisory solutions in seniors housing and healthcare real estate. Brooks worked with a seniors housing operator before moving to Chicago. He parlays his knowledge of operations with his past experience raising equity for a niche real estate investment firm to initiate and establish long-term relationships with Blueprint clients in the Southeast.
Billy Lichtenstein
BILLY LICHTENSTEIN
Senior Analyst
Billy Lichtenstein is a Senior Analyst at Blueprint Healthcare Real Estate Advisors. Billy is responsible for supporting Blueprint's senior advisors and clients in all aspects of the deal-making process, including the development of valuation analyses, preparation of offering materials, and transaction execution. Billy’s prior work experience in leveraged finance and investment banking provides him with a unique skill set that adds value to Blueprint and the firm’s clients in the marketplace. Throughout his career, Billy has successfully completed transactions representing approximately $1 billion in value on behalf of private equity firms, owner/entrepreneurs, family-owned businesses, and public companies. Billy received a bachelor’s degree in finance from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. Billy is involved in his community and supports several philanthropic causes and charitable organizations.
Giancarlo Riso
GIANCARLO RISO
Associate
Giancarlo Riso is an Associate at Blueprint Healthcare Real Estate Advisors. Giancarlo specializes in the valuation, acquisition, and disposition of seniors housing properties in the Western United States. Giancarlo works with his clients to devise creative solutions in order to meet their unique investment goals and objectives.
Scott Frazier
SCOTT FRAZIER
Associate
Scott Frazier is an Associate at Blueprint Healthcare Real Estate Advisors . Scott’s responsibilities include originating new business, while also assisting both investors and operators in the seniors housing industry to seamlessly achieve their goals. Scott draws on his previous experience as a mortgage broker to develop and maintain strong relationships in his primary target market of California and the Western United States.
John Berry
JOHN BERRY
Analyst
John Berry is an Analyst at Blueprint Healthcare Real Estate Advisors. John is responsible for developing valuation analyses and financial models, performing market research, and preparing various aspects of Blueprint’s offering materials. John joined Blueprint as an undergraduate intern and graduated with distinction from DePaul University with a bachelor’s degree in economics.
Conor Daly
CONOR DALY
Analyst
Conor Daly is an Analyst at Blueprint Healthcare Real Estate Advisors. Conor is responsible for engaging in thorough market research, analyzing operational performance, and creating offering materials for Blueprint clientele. Conor joined Blueprint as an undergraduate during the year of the firm’s inception and has been with the company since. Prior to joining the team, Conor was a sales associate at a national marketing firm.
Sam Jagodzinski
SAM JAGODZINSKI
Analyst
Sam Jagodzinski is an Analyst at Blueprint Healthcare Real Estate Advisors. Sam uses financial modeling techniques paired with an analysis of market trends and demographics to deliver unique insights for Blueprint’s clients. Sam graduated with distinction from the University of Wisconsin with a bachelor’s degree in real estate and marketing.
Brett Levin
BRETT LEVIN
Analyst
Brett Levin is an Analyst at Blueprint Healthcare Real Estate Advisors, responsible for engaging in thorough market research, analyzing operational performance, and developing offering materials. Prior to joining Blueprint, Brett was a litigation attorney focused on mediation and trial of complex personal injury litigation. Using the skills honed during his legal career, Brett brings a unique storytelling ability allowing Blueprint to effectively market its clients’ properties at all stages of the deal making process.
Akash Vipani
AKASH VIPANI
Analyst
Akash Vipani is an Analyst at Blueprint Healthcare Real Estate Advisors. In this role, he is responsible for assisting with the development of valuation analyses and financial models. Prior to joining Blueprint, he held an internship as an analyst with a global investment bank. Akash graduated from Marquette University’s Applied Investment Management Program with a bachelor’s degree in finance and accounting.
Christopher DeVine
CHRISTOPHER DEVINE
Controller
Christopher DeVine is the Controller for Blueprint Health Care Real Estate Advisors. Chris is responsible for general operations of the firm including financial reporting, compliance, and strategic planning. Before his time at Blueprint, Chris was a Senior Finance Manager at Apartments.com and spent six years in operations at Jones Lang LaSalle. Chris is a graduate of The University of Iowa where he majored in Finance with an emphasis in Accounting.
Joshua Salzman
JOSHUA SALZMAN
General Counsel
Joshua A. Salzman, Esq. is the General Counsel for Blueprint Healthcare Real Estate Advisors. Josh is focused on providing Real Estate and Business solutions utilizing his analytical and legal background for both investors and operators throughout the Senior Housing Care industry (IL, AL, SNF, CCRC, LTACH). He understands the challenges clients face in undertaking complex commercial transactions, and seeks to ensure that all of his clients’ objectives are successfully met.
Kendra Gonzalez
KENDRA GONZALEZ
Operations Manager – Los Angeles
Kendra Gonzalez is an Operations Manager at Blueprint Healthcare Real Estate Advisors. She oversees operations and assists the firm’s founding partners with management of its corporate processes, including brand, marketing, and employee management. Prior to joining Blueprint, Kendra was a legal specialist and operations manager at a Beverly Hills commercial real estate investment firm, where she supported the acquisition, property management, and operations team. Kendra received her Bachelor of Science degree from California State University, Northridge.
Michelle Marzullo
MICHELLE MARZULLO
Operations Manager – Chicago
Michelle Marzullo is an Operations Manager at Blueprint Healthcare Real Estate Advisors. Based in the Chicago office, Michelle is primarily responsible for corporate administration and day-to-day operations and processes. She also assists with marketing strategy and employee management. Prior to joining Blueprint, Michelle was a marketing manager and spent time at The PrivateBank, where she focused on marketing communications and employee engagement. She holds a bachelor’s degree from North Central College.
Rich Lerner
RICH LERNER
Partner
Rich Lerner is a Partner of Blueprint Healthcare Real Estate Advisors. Rich was a Managing Director at Credit Suisse, where he was responsible for all the company’s healthcare and affordable multifamily housing loans. During his tenure, Credit Suisse originated over $6 billion in mortgage loans for healthcare related real estate. He pioneered the business of making bridge loans to healthcare properties to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
Erik Lindenauer
ERIK LINDENAUER
Partner
Erik Lindenauer is a Partner of Blueprint Healthcare Real Estate Advisors. Erik has worked in the mortgage banking/investment banking industry for the past 18 years specializing in healthcare lending, multi-family housing, and FHA- and FNMA-insured loans. Throughout his career, he has originated and/or underwritten in excess of $1 billion in mortgage loans with a focus on acute care hospitals, assisted living facilities, senior housing, and skilled nursing facilities.