Mr. Schwaber serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Bluerock Capital Markets and oversees the company’s capital markets, securities sales and distribution operations. As a 38-year veteran of the securities industry, Jeff brings a wealth of executive-level experience to Bluerock.
Jeff’s diverse career accomplishments include senior executive roles in several key areas of the investment and securities industries. Prior to joining Bluerock, Jeff served as President and Head of Distribution for Griffin Capital and EVP and Head of Distribution for Behringer Harvard. Since 2003, Jeff has overseen the equity raise of over $24 billion, making him one of the most successful and highest capital raising executives in the history of the alternative investment industry. He was also President and Chief Operating Officer of a publicly-listed NASDAQ corporation, and Senior Vice President of Houlihan, Lokey, Howard and Zukin, an M&A and valuation leader in investment banking, giving him unique perspective into the inside world of public capital markets and corporate finance.
Earlier in his career, Jeff was President and CEO of Lifetime Asset Management, Inc., a financial advisory practice focusing on sophisticated wealth accumulation and wealth transfer strategies for ultra-high net worth individuals and corporate clients. Having owned his own successful financial advisory firm, he is intimately familiar with the needs of the financial advisors with whom he interacts daily. Jeff started his securities career wholesaling, later becoming the National Sales Director for Star Partners, the largest independent financier of major motion pictures in the world, financing Warner Bros and MGM/United Artists films including Rain Man, Moonstruck, Thelma and Louise, A Fish Called Wanda, The Color Purple, Overboard, Spies Like Us, Little Shop of Horrors, Heartbreak Ridge, Superman II, III and IV, Rocky V, James Bond’s License to Kill and dozens of others, credited with Academy Award wins in every major category including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Screenplay, Best Musical Score and others. Known industry-wide as a distinguished and entertaining speaker, he is frequently invited to present and keynote at major broker dealer and investment industry conferences. He has also been a regularly invited guest on CNBC including interviews with both Ron Insana and Neil Cavuto, Fox Business News’ The Claman Countdown with Liz Claman, TD Ameritrade Network with Oliver Renick, Barron’s, and Financial Planning.