Edward Ratinoff is Managing Principal and founder of James Investment Partners and co-heads all acquisitions and capital-raising activities. Ed currently serves on the board of Axos Financial (NYSE: AX) and previously served on the board of MPG Property Trust, a publicly traded real estate investment trust. Ed previously was national head of acquisitions for Phoenix Realty Group, an institutional multifamily real estate investment fund sponsor with activities in California and New York, during which he led the acquisition of over $500 million apartment assets. Ed also held the position of Managing Director and west coast head for the J.E. Robert Companies. At JER he was responsible for all equity and debt transactions throughout the western US for the firm’s real estate investment funds and was a member of the investment committees for both JER Partners and JER Investors Trust (NYSE: JRT). During his tenure, Ed led the acquisition of approximately $1.0 billion in assets representing multiple real estate sectors and geographies. Prior to joining JER, Ed held senior positions focusing on real estate investment banking with McDonald Investments, Chase Securities and BT Alex. Brown, executing public and private capital markets transactions for west coast-based real estate companies. Ed also served as Principal with FowlerFlanagan Partners, where he was responsible for the acquisition, financing and development of real estate assets, and as Project Manager for the Paragon Group, where he was responsible for the development of office and industrial projects in the San Francisco Bay Area. Ed received a BA in Architecture and City Planning from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MBA from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.