Mr. Rupert serves as President of Griffin Capital Company, LLC, and is a member of the Investment Committee of both Griffin Capital Credit Advisor, LLC and Griffin Capital Advisor, LLC, the respective investment advisors to Griffin Institutional Access™ Credit Fund and Griffin Institutional Access™ Real Estate Fund. Mr. Rupert also serves as Executive Vice President of Griffin Capital Essential Asset REIT I and II.
Mr. Rupert’s 36 years of commercial real estate and finance experience includes over $9 billion of transaction volume on four continents. Mr. Rupert has been President of Griffin Capital since 2010, and served as Chief Operating Officer of Griffin Capital from 2000-2008. He is also an Investment Committee Member of Griffin Institutional Access Real Estate Fund, Griffin Capital’s ’40 Act interval fund. Mr. Rupert’s career began in the early 1980’s when he worked for Chemical Bank (now JP Morgan) in the credit analysis, loan workout and commercial lending areas, and continued at investment banking firm Salomon Brothers (now Citi), where for a decade he was a senior member of the real estate finance department, working in various capacities providing advice and raising debt and equity capital for leading public and private real estate institutions and entrepreneurs; his final responsibilities included heading the firm’s REIT underwriting effort. Between 2008 and 2010 Mr. Rupert co-headed an opportunistic hotel fund in partnership with The Olympia Companies, an 800-employee hotel owner-operator, and served as partner in a private equity firm focused on hotel and multifamily residential development in Eastern Europe.
For the past 22 years Mr. Rupert has served on the Real Estate Advisory Committee to the Cornell University endowment fund; in 2012 Mr. Rupert was appointed Co- Chairman of that group. Mr. Rupert is a founding board member of the masters program in real estate at Cornell, and for more than two decades has guest lectured in graduate level courses and served as a student mentor. Mr. Rupert currently serves as the President and Chairman of the Board of the Harvard Business School Real Estate Alumni Association.
Mr. Rupert holds a Bachelors of Arts from Cornell University and a Masters of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.