Blake Burger

Development Manager

Industry Start: 2016

Focus Start: 2021

As Development Manager

As development manager, Bake has contributed to the due diligence and delivery of important Focus projects in both the midwest and southeast markets. He has played a key role in the design and development process to ensure the Focus standard of value is met on projects he manages. Blake has been involved with the development of 1221 W. Washington in the Fulton Market neighborhood of downtown Chicago and 275 5th Street in St. Petersburg Florida.

  • Participate in investment analysis of potential projects and acquisitions
  • Oversee projects through each stage of entitlement and permitting
  • Collaborate with Focus project managers in construction
  • Participate in real estate development and architectural design
  • Act as owner’s representative throughout the development and construction process
  • Lead a team of consultants from project inception through design development drawings

Industry Expertise

  • Financing and project capitalization
  • Underwriting and due diligence
  • Asset Management
  • Project Entitlement
  • Industrial, office, and multi-family development and acquisitions

Prior Experience

• Bond Companies, Development Associate
• Denholtz Properties, Real Estate Acquisition and Development Associate
• HFF (Now JLL), Investment Advisory Summer Analyst

Education + Certifications

  • Bachelor’s in Science, Real Estate Finance + Business Management, Monmouth University
  • Master of Business Administration, Monmouth University
  • Argus Enterprise Financial Modeling
  • REFM Level, I, II, III


  • Monmouth University Real Estate Mentorship
  • PADI Scuba

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