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Peachtree Group expands executive team with new elevations

Michael Harper
Michael Harper, President of Hotel Lending

Peachtree was recently ranked as the tenth largest U.S. commercial real estate hotel lender, its third consecutive year in the top ten, by the Mortgage Bankers Association (“MBA”) 2023 loan origination rankings.

ATLANTAPeachtree Group announced the elevation of three senior executives, expanding their roles to strengthen the firm’s executive leadership team. The promotions include Michael Harper to President of Hotel Lending, Jared Schlosser to Executive Vice President of Hotel Lending and Head of CPACE and Michael Ritz to Executive Vice President of Investments.

“These appointments underscore Peachtree’s commitment to its core growth initiatives in hotel lending, as well as fostering talent from within our own ranks, with an eye toward further diversifying its allocation strategies as it taps into new investment opportunities,” said Greg Friedman, Peachtree’s CEO and managing principal.

Jared Schlosser

Jared Schlosser, Executive Vice President of Hotel Lending.

Since joining Peachtree in 2014, Harper has distinguished himself through a succession of leadership roles, directing the company’s credit business, particularly in loan originations and strategic acquisition of credit portfolios. Since joining, he has led the team through over 500 investments totaling over $6 billion. As president, he is responsible for the entirety of Peachtree’s credit platform for hotels, guiding all facets of the credit business.

Schlosser’s promotion to executive vice president of hotel lending and head of CPACE reflects his exceptional performance and extensive knowledge of the hotel loan origination processes and the firm’s Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (CPACE) program. His significant contributions since joining the firm in 2019 have been crucial in advancing Peachtree’s CPACE program, which now exceeds $800 million in transactions and has become one of the largest in the U.S. Furthermore, since taking over hotel originations at the start of 2022, Peachtree has completed more than $1.5 billion in hotel loans, further demonstrating his expertise and effectiveness in these dual roles.

Michael Ritz

Michael Ritz, Executive Vice President of Investments.

Ritz has been elevated to the position of executive vice president of investments and will oversee Peachtree’s credit and equity investments across commercial real estate and other ventures.  He joined Peachtree in 2017, and his promotion recognizes his expertise in successfully managing and growing a portfolio of investments that is now approaching $10 billion in transaction asset value.

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