James E. Rehlaender
Chief Executive Officer
James E. Rehlaender, Chief Executive Officer of Northwood Securities LLC, has been managing global real estate portfolios for over 20 years. As CEO of Northwood Securities, he is responsible for the day-to-day operations of Northwood Securities, focusing on portfolio management, overall investment strategy, and client engagement. Mr. Rehlaender started Northwood Securities in 2014 in partnership with Northwood Investors LLC which is a highly regarded private equity investment and management firm investing in the real estate sector in the US and Europe.
Prior to founding the firm, Mr. Rehlaender spent 14 years with EII Capital Management, Inc. (EII), where he was responsible for all non-US investments and was the co-portfolio manager for global portfolios. He was also on the board of EII’s direct property business and assisted in the development of this business. In 2012, 2013 and 2014, EII Capital Management won the prestigious Lipper Fund Award for Best International Real Estate Fund over 5 years, in addition to other awards since 2006. Before EII, Mr. Rehlaender established Global Property Advisors (GPA) together with a German insurance company, Munich Re, to focus on global real estate securities. GPA was ultimately merged into EII when Munich Re decided to exit the business.
After spending his early career financing companies in emerging markets, Mr. Rehlaender joined LaSalle Partners (now Jones Lang LaSalle) in 1981 where he was involved in the financing, development and management of a variety of property types – hotels, industrial, office, retail and student housing. Mr. Rehlaender was also instrumental in establishing the U.S. REIT business at LaSalle as well as their hotel group.
Mr. Rehlaender has lectured on property finance at Yale University, The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, New York University and Northwestern University. He holds a B.A. degree from the College of William and Mary and an M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.