Mark O. Decker
Mark O. Decker has been a member of our board of directors since March 2015. Mr. Decker is currently the vice chair of BMO Capital Markets, a position he has held since January 2014. Prior to becoming vice chair, Mr. Decker from September 2011 to January 2014 served as BMO’s Head of U.S. Real Estate Investment and Corporate Banking. Before BMO Capital Markets, Mr. Decker was a managing director and co-group head of the real estate investment banking group at Morgan Keegan from February 2011 to September 2011. Prior to his time at Morgan Keegan, from May 2004 to February 2011 he was a managing director and head of the real estate group at Robert W. Baird & Co. Incorporated. Before joining Baird, Mr. Decker founded the real estate investment banking group at Ferris, Baker, Watts, Inc. in 2000. Mr. Decker began his investment banking career in 1997 when he joined Friedman, Billings, Ramsey & Co. as a managing director. He served as president and principal spokesman of the REIT industry and its national trade association, National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (“NAREIT”) from 1985 to 1997. Concurrently, he served as chief executive officer of the Pension Real Estate Association from 1985 to 1990. Before his career in real estate capital markets and investment banking, Mr. Decker served in the White House during the Nixon and Ford administrations. He is the 1997 recipient of the NAREIT REIT Leadership Award. Mr. Decker holds a J.D. from George Mason University School of Law and a B.S. in Education from Kent State University. We believe Mr. Decker’s expertise in the REIT industry, financial acumen and investment banking background are a significant value to our board of directors.