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. California Department of Real Estate License #01879438.
Ben Firestone
BEN FIRESTONE
Senior Managing Director, Founding Partner
Ben Firestone is a Founding Partner and Senior 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
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. California Department of Real Estate License #02017945.
Torey Riso
TOREY RISO
President and Chief Executive Officer
Torey Riso is President and CEO for Blueprint Healthcare Real Estate Advisors. He is a real estate investment veteran with 25 years' experience, including over ten years in the seniors housing and care industry, and was most recently President and CEO of Care Investment Trust LLC.

Riso is a member of the Executive Board of the American Senior Housing Association (ASHA) and is Co-Chair of the Spring Investment Forum Planning Committee for the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care (NIC). He holds a bachelor's degree from UCLA and J.D. from the Loyola Law School of Los Angeles.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Billy Lichtenstein
BILLY LICHTENSTEIN
Director
Billy Lichtenstein is a Director 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.
Alex Florea
ALEX FLOREA
Director
Alex Florea is a Director at Blueprint Healthcare Real Estate Advisors. In this role, Alex advises Blueprint’s clients on valuation as well as investment and portfolio strategy. He is also tasked with leading the development of underwriting and capitalization analyses to support successful transaction execution. Alex supports clients in achieving investment, capitalization, and exit strategy goals by drawing on his knowledge and expertise across the seniors housing and skilled nursing spaces, as well as alternative healthcare assets including behavioral healthcare, acute care, and specialty hospital 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.
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.
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. California Department of Real Estate License #02011020.
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 a Senior 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.
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.
John Berry
JOHN BERRY
Senior Analyst
John Berry is a Senior 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.
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. California Department of Real Estate License #01996132.
Conor Daly
CONOR DALY
Associate
Conor Daly is an Associate at Blueprint Healthcare Real Estate Advisors. Prior, he served in an analyst role at the firm, where he engaged in thorough market research, analyzed operational performance, and created 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 this market knowledge and industry expertise to originate new business and execute asset dispositions and partnership placement transactions for both seniors housing and skilled nursing properties, with a special focus in the Mid-Atlantic. Conor joined Blueprint as an undergraduate in its first year and has been with the company since, assisting not only in his prior 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.
Blake Bozett
BLAKE BOZETT
Associate
Blake Bozett is an 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.
Jordan Sharf
JORDAN SHARF
Associate
Jordan Sharf is an Associate at Blueprint Healthcare Real Estate Advisors. Jordan specializes in the origination and execution of seniors housing and healthcare real estate transactions in the Western United States. Prior to joining Blueprint, Jordan worked in development for a leading bi-partisan lobbying group and uses his experience to cultivate meaningful relationships and develop disposition strategies for his clients. Jordan received a bachelor’s degree in counterterrorism operations and conflict resolution from IDC Herzliya in Israel. He is a member of non-profit organizations including The Nation Foundation and The Guardians of the Los Angeles Jewish Home, which supports underserved seniors in Los Angeles County. California Department of Real Estate License #02055931.
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
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.
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.
Michelle Marzullo
MICHELLE MARZULLO
Director of Corporate Marketing & Communications
Michelle Marzullo is the Director of Corporate 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.
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. California Department of Real Estate License #02017924.
Deb Hayes
DEB HAYES
Operations Manager - Chicago
Deb Hayes is an Operations Manager at Blueprint Healthcare Real Estate Advisors.
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.