Author: lamontblackstone

G. Lamont Blackstone is the principal of G. L. Blackstone & Associates LLC, a commercial real estate consulting firm specializing in urban markets. His clients include municipal agencies, non-profit organizations, and developers of multifamily properties. Prior to launching his consulting practice, Lamont was Chief Investment Officer of The Retail Initiative, Inc. (“TRI”), the nation’s first commercial real estate equity fund to target inner-city retail development opportunities. Prior to TRI, he held commercial real estate development and leasing positions with the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the New York State Urban Development Corporation, Pan Pacific Development Corp., and Cadillac Fairview Shopping Centers. Active over the years in various real estate industry leadership roles, Mr. Blackstone was elected chairman of Project REAP – an initiative sponsored by several real estate industry associations to recruit talented minority professionals into the practice of commercial real estate.

Articles by lamontblackstone

  • Expanding Opportunities for Multicultural Professionals in Commercial Real Estate
    Published on October 12, 2020 in Inside ULI
    Project REAP (Real Estate Associate Program), which has been connecting multicultural professionals to the commercial real estate industry for 22 years, is launching its first 100 percent virtual program in collaboration with the Urban Land Institute—the ULI/REAP Fall Academy 2020.
  • Opportunity Zones and Human Capital: Insights from the Marshall Plan
    Published on February 04, 2019 in Market Trends
    Why CRE professionals of color should be included in opportunity zone plans.
  • Developing the Next Generation of U.S. Commercial Real Estate Leaders
    Published on August 02, 2016 in Development
    Project REAP has been providing educational and networking opportunities to enable aspiring deal-makers to “be all that they can be” in commercial real estate (CRE). REAP conducts the equivalent of a ten-week boot camp in CRE fundamentals for minority professionals seeking to enter and advance in the industry. The program recently completed classes in Atlanta and New York City—with rave reviews from the program participants as well as the instructors who taught the classes.
  • The Last Frontier of Diversity
    Published on September 16, 2015 in Market Trends
    Lamont Blackstone, chairman of the board of Project REAP, the nation’s leading diversity initiative focused on the commercial real estate industry, shares his thoughts on why the commercial real estate (CRE) industry lagged behind other economic sectors in embracing diversity.