Ben Blakney

Senior Managing Director, Head of Strategic Solutions

Institutional Real Estate, Direct


Ben Blakney is a senior managing director in Mesirow Financial’s Institutional Real Estate, Direct group. He is responsible for the development and strategic implementation of client solutions. He has 31 years of investment industry experience as a senior executive in both the public and private sectors.

Prior to joining Mesirow Financial in 2014, Ben was a managing director at Courtland Partners, Ltd. Ben’s previous experience additionally includes senior positions as director of institutional funds for the Dilweg Companies;  president of NCM Capital; treasurer of the City of Philadelphia; and chairman of the Philadelphia Board of Pensions and Retirement.

Ben is an active member of the Pension Real Estate Association, the National Association of Securities Professionals and the Real Estate Executive Council.

Ben earned a BA from Williams College and an MCP from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.