OUR STORY

In 2013, our co-founders recognized an opportunity to improve upon the traditional brokerage model and created a unique culture of collaboration that enables Blueprint to deliver optimal solutions. We have since transformed from a boutique firm to a national platform, being named the market leader in 2018 and 2019.

Christopher Hyldahl
CHRISTOPHER HYLDAHL
Executive Managing Director & Co-Founder
Christopher Hyldahl is an Executive 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. California Department of Real Estate License #01879438 / Blueprint HCRE of California, Inc. California Department of Real Estate Corporation License #02014670
Ben Firestone
BEN FIRESTONE
Executive Managing Director & Co-Founder
Ben Firestone is a Founding Partner and Executive Managing Director at Blueprint Healthcare Real Estate Advisors. Ben is responsible for managing established relationships as well as new client development. He is also a driving force behind corporate strategy and serves as the managing broker for the firm. With over a decade in the seniors housing and care industry, Ben has structured over $2.0 billion in skilled nursing and seniors housing real estate transactions. He is an alumni of the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care (NIC) Future Leaders Council. Ben holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Jacob Gehl
JACOB GEHL
Executive Managing Director & Co-Founder
Jacob Gehl is an Executive 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. California Department of Real Estate License #02017945 / Blueprint HCRE of California, Inc. California Department of Real Estate Corporation License #02014670
Ryan Chase
RYAN CHASE
Senior Managing Director & Head of Market Strategy
Ryan Chase is a Senior Managing Director and Head of Market Strategy 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.
Christopher DeVine
CHRISTOPHER DEVINE
Director of Finance & Accounting
Christopher DeVine is the Director of Finance & Accounting 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.
Michelle Marzullo
MICHELLE MARZULLO
Director of Marketing & Communications
Michelle Marzullo is the Director of Marketing & Communications at Blueprint Healthcare Real Estate Advisors. Based in the Chicago office, Michelle is responsible for advertising, sponsorships and events, marketing communications, and media relations for Blueprint. She works to create engaging content to support Blueprint’s mission to be the leading advisory group in the space. Prior to Blueprint, Michelle was a marketing manager and spent time at The PrivateBank, now CIBC US, where she focused on marketing communications and employee engagement. She holds a bachelor’s degree from North Central College.
Steve Thomes
STEVE THOMES
Senior Managing Director & Head of Business Development
Steve Thomes is a Senior Managing Director and Head of Business Development at Blueprint Healthcare Real Estate Advisors. Having joined the company shortly after inception, 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 industry since 2005. With experience representing clients ranging from single owner-operators to REITs, Steve is able to effectively articulate the transaction story to a wide variety of acquirers, maximizing execution likelihood for his clients.

Prior to joining Blueprint, Steve was a vice president at a healthcare-focused investment banking group and began his career with a leading national HUD lender. He graduated with a degree in finance from West Virginia University.
Jake Bennema
JAKE BENNEMA
Analyst
Jake Bennema is an Analyst at Blueprint Healthcare Real Estate Advisors. In this role, he is responsible for conducting quantitative analysis of financial data to develop valuation analyses and financial models, performing market research, and creating offering materials for clients. Jake joined Blueprint as an undergraduate intern and graduated from Aurora University with a bachelor’s degree in finance.
John Berry
JOHN BERRY
Director
John Berry is a Director 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.
Brooks Blackmon
BROOKS BLACKMON
Director
Brooks Blackmon is a Director 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.
Blake Bozett
BLAKE BOZETT
Senior Associate
Blake Bozett is a Senior Associate at Blueprint Healthcare Real Estate Advisors. Blake is responsible for originating new business, primarily in the Pacific Northwest. He works to assist investors and operators achieve their goals by providing creative transaction solutions. Blake comes to Blueprint with a multi-generational background in seniors housing and healthcare. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Gonzaga University.
Kory Buzin
KORY BUZIN
Analyst
Kory Buzin is an Analyst at Blueprint Healthcare Real Estate Advisors. In this role, he works closely with the firm’s clients to underwrite, value, and otherwise analyze their assets to identify the optimal investment alternatives moving forward. A lawyer by training, Kory relies heavily on his legal background to assist clients in evaluating lease agreements, partnership structures, and industry-specific regulatory hurdles in order to navigate complex transactions.
Conor Daly
CONOR DALY
Senior Analyst
Conor Daly is a Senior Analyst at Blueprint Healthcare Real Estate Advisors, engaging in thorough market research, analyzing operational performance, and creating offering materials for clients. Conor was involved in the valuation and analyses of over 200 seniors housing and skilled nursing assets throughout the country. He now uses his insight for various capacities within the firm. Conor joined Blueprint as an undergraduate in its first year and has been with the company since, assisting not only in his role as an analyst, but also leading new hire training and authoring the first edition of the firm’s analyst training manual. Conor graduated from Indiana University with a bachelor’s degree in economics and a minor in entrepreneurship.
Connor Doherty
CONNOR DOHERTY
Senior Director
Connor Doherty is a Senior Director 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.
Brad Egeberg
BRAD EGEBERG
Finance Associate
Brad Egeberg is a Finance Associate for Blueprint Health Care Real Estate Advisors. Brad is responsible for the day-to-day accounting and FP&A operations of the firm, including budgeting/forecasting, maintaining accurate accounting records, and financial reporting. Before joining Blueprint, Brad worked as a Financial Analyst at CCC Information Services. He also has experience providing tax preparation services for individuals and corporations at a small public accounting firm in Chicago and was an Accounting Intern at Stantec Architecture. Brad attended DePaul University, where he earned both his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Accountancy.
Alex Florea
ALEX FLOREA
Senior Director
Alex Florea is a Senior Director at Blueprint Healthcare Real Estate Advisors. In this role, Alex advises Blueprint’s clients on investment, capitalization, and portfolio strategy. He is also tasked with leading Blueprint’s seniors housing capital market efforts to help sellers achieve higher certainty while supporting buyers and investors in achieving optimal capitalization for their investments. Alex supports clients in these goals by drawing on his knowledge and expertise buying, selling, and financing as a principal across the seniors housing and skilled nursing spaces. Alex’s prior industry experience includes healthcare investment banking at Citigroup, corporate finance and strategy at Ventas and Care Capital Properties (now part of Sabra Health Care REIT), and strategy and business development for Enlivant (a TPG portfolio company). In these roles, Alex closed over $5 billion in merger, acquisition, disposition, and financing transactions. Outside of work, Alex is a whiskey aficionado and an avid dog enthusiast.
Scott Frazier
SCOTT FRAZIER
Senior Associate
Scott Frazier is a Senior 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. California Department of Real Estate License #01996132 / Blueprint HCRE of California, Inc. California Department of Real Estate Corporation License #02014670
Eileen Gehring
EILEEN GEHRING
Senior Graphic Designer
Eileen Gehring is the Graphic Designer for Blueprint Healthcare Real Estate Advisors. Based in the Chicago office, Eileen is responsible for setting and maintaining brand standards to support Blueprint’s marketing strategy. With a keen eye for modern design, Eileen has helped to set Blueprint apart in the market. Prior to Blueprint, Eileen spent time at a marketing agency supporting Fortune 500 brands. Eileen graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2016 with degrees in Digital Art and Communication.
Trent Gherardini
TRENT GHERARDINI
Director
Trent Gherardini is a Director 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.
Kendra Gonzalez
KENDRA GONZALEZ
Associate
Kendra Gonzalez is an Associate 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. California Department of Real Estate License #02017924 / Blueprint HCRE of California, Inc. California Department of Real Estate Corporation License #02014670
Ryan Kelly
RYAN KELLY
Associate
Ryan Kelly is an Associate at Blueprint Healthcare Real Estate Advisors. Ryan’s focus is origination and execution of seniors housing divestiture assignments across the Midwest and New England. Ryan prides himself on understanding his clients goals and working tirelessly to achieve them. Prior to joining Blueprint, Ryan held an analyst position with a trading firm, responsible for assisting investors manage price risk. Ryan graduated from Miami University with a bachelor’s degree in economics.
Brett Levin
BRETT LEVIN
Director
Brett Levin is a Director 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.
Daniel Lukatsevich
DANIEL LUKATSEVICH
Senior Analyst
Daniel Lukatsevich is a Senior Analyst at Blueprint Healthcare Real Estate Advisors. In this role, he is responsible for assisting with the development of valuation analyses and financial models, performing market research, and preparing various aspects of Blueprint’s offering materials. Daniel Joined Blueprint as an undergraduate intern and graduated from DePaul University with a bachelor’s degree in finance and minor in economics.
Kevin Lukehart
KEVIN LUKEHART
Analyst
Kevin Lukehart is an Analyst at Blueprint Healthcare Real Estate Advisors. He is responsible for assisting the Blueprint team in developing valuation methodologies, financial models, and market research. Kevin prides himself on helping clients and team members achieve their goals as efficiently as possible through tireless and diligent work. Kevin joined Blueprint as an intern prior to graduating from DePaul University Magna Cum Laude with B.S. degrees in Economics and Real Estate.
Dan Mahoney
DAN MAHONEY
Managing Director
Dan Mahoney is a Managing Director at Blueprint Healthcare Real Estate Advisors. Based in Salem, Oregon, Dan leads business development in the Pacific Northwest. An industry veteran with 12 years in seniors housing and healthcare real estate, he has participated in over 80 transactions across more than 16 states. Prior to joining Blueprint, Dan spent time at a national real estate investment services firm, where he specialized in the acquisition and disposition of seniors housing including independent and assisted living, memory care, and skilled nursing in the Pacific Northwest and Mountain States. He also served as vice president of real estate finance at Sunwest Management where he helped the company grow to its peak of 300 communities. Dan holds a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University and MBA from Willamette University.
Lauren Nagle
LAUREN NAGLE
Associate
Lauren Nagle is an Associate at Blueprint Healthcare Real Estate Advisors, focusing on business development and execution. Prior to joining Blueprint in 2018, Lauren spent time at CBRE where she was a seniors housing appraiser for their Valuation and Advisory Services group. She is actively involved in the Real Estate Finance Forum (REFF) and the Wisconsin Real Estate Alumni Association. Lauren holds a bachelor of business administration in finance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison
Gideon Orion
GIDEON ORION
Managing Director
Gideon Orion is a Managing Director at Blueprint Healthcare Real Estate Advisors. He is responsible for origination and execution of seniors housing and healthcare real estate transactions. Over the last 10 years, Gideon has closed transactions valued at over $1.5 billion. Gideon is dedicated to helping his clients achieve their goals and guides them through every phase of the transaction process. Prior to joining Blueprint, Gideon spent five years at C&W where he was a member of one of the highest producing brokerage teams in the United States. Gideon is actively involved in the community and serves on several non-profit boards, including the Board of Directors for the Los Angeles Jewish Home, the largest single-source provider of seniors housing in Los Angeles. California Department of Real Estate Broker License #01832742 / Blueprint HCRE of California, Inc. California Department of Real Estate Corporation License #02014670
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.
Giancarlo Riso
GIANCARLO RISO
Senior Associate
Giancarlo Riso is a Senior 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. California Department of Real Estate License #02023403 / Blueprint HCRE of California, Inc. California Department of Real Estate Corporation License #02014670
Dillon Rudy
DILLON RUDY
Analyst
Dillon Rudy is an Analyst at Blueprint Healthcare Real Estate Advisors. Dillon uses financial modeling and market trend analysis to create investment materials that most effectively market clients’ properties throughout all stages of the deal process. Prior to graduating from DePaul University with a degree in finance in 2018, he worked as an intern on the private equity acquisition side in the seniors housing real estate industry.
Humair Sabir
HUMAIR SABIR
Managing Director
Humair Sabir is a Managing Director at Blueprint Healthcare Real Estate Advisors and is based out of the Los Angeles office. Humair has spent his entire career in the healthcare real estate industry. Before joining Blueprint in early 2018, he worked for Granite Investment Group, a private equity firm out of Orange County, California. Prior to that, Humair spent a number of years at Ventas, Inc. in a variety of different roles, including acquisitions and asset management. Humair earned a bachelor of science in finance with honors from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is also a Level III candidate for the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Program. Humair continues to author various industry articles and expert publications and is a frequent speaker at regional conferences. California Department of Real Estate License #02092545 / Blueprint HCRE of California, Inc. California Department of Real Estate Corporation License #02014670
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 seniors housing and 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.
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.
Amy Sitzman
AMY SITZMAN
Senior Director
Amy is a Senior Director at 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. California Department of Real Estate License #02011020 / Blueprint HCRE of California, Inc. California Department of Real Estate Corporation License #02014670
Akash Vipani
AKASH VIPANI
Senior Analyst
Akash Vipani is a Senior 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.

We are high-energy, collaborative, fast-paced, and dynamic. We look for team members who embody our entrepreneurial spirit and culture of critical thinking and accountability. If that sounds like you, send your resume to careers@BlueprintHCRE.com