Dan French – Founder / CEO
Dan is a licensed attorney and transaction expert with domestic and international experience. His U.S. practice has focused on real estate transactions, environmental risk transfer and redevelopment. Long a student of the deal his watchword is ‘due diligence’, which helps explain why Dan has been trusted to lead transaction support initiatives for some of the largest companies in the world. His transactional experience encompasses thousands of properties of all conditions across two dozen states, with more than a billion dollars of property and environmental liability successfully transacted. He has received an LL.M. in Business Law from Erasmus University in Rotterdam, a J.D. from St. Louis University School of Law, and a B.A. in history from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dan is leading a redevelopment renaissance within the larger real estate revolution—a technologic, civic, social and market-based movement lifting the form and function of humanity’s built-environment to new heights, taking the health and wealth of our communities with it. He believes proactive due diligence is the difference in successful real estate transactions… and in life.
Tim Hansen – Founder / COO
Tim has over twelve years of high speed capital markets, technology, and start-up experience. Most recently, Tim functioned as an algorithmic derivatives trader and developer for Ketchum Trading where he designed and developed all option risk management and analytical software and led trading execution and all data research for trade optimization and system efficiency. Prior to Ketchum, he was a co-founder and head of operations for Zen Global Markets (ZGM), a subsidiary entity of Rosenthal Collins Group, where Tim developed operations from a business plan into a fully functional enterprise—serving as both operations manager and head trader. Before ZGM, Tim led derivative trading groups at Infinium Capital Management, as well as technology development, implementation and project management. Tim holds a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He believes that building a better tomorrow requires efficient, functioning markets where all participants can send clear signals and both parties in a transaction can find value.
Jim Mitchell – Chief Diligence Officer / CDO
Jim brings the BL team his experience providing environmental legal and regulatory counseling since 1997, with extensive work in brownfield divestment and development, due diligence, site remediation management, and risk mitigation. He understands the needs of brownfield sellers and buyers and has dealt with matters ranging in size and complexity from the disposition of single contaminated parcels to $100-million plus transactions involving dozens of industrial properties throughout the U.S. and North America. Jim received his J.D. from the DePaul University College of Law.
Chris Olson – Senior Advisor of Corporate Landholdings
Chris has more than 30 years of experience in the petroleum and environmental industry, having served in a wide spectrum of business and environmental management roles, including remediation project management on complex chemical and Superfund sites, as well as leading repositioning strategies for reuse challenged real estate. Chris brings strategic and tactical expertise that is invaluable to large landholding clients seeking to maximize value through combined real estate, business and natural resource eco-asset value.