Laurie Smith is a Managing Principal of Blue Vista and the firm’s Senior Investment Strategist, as well as a member of the firm’s Equity Investment Committee. In this role Laurie is responsible for guiding the firm’s investment processes, working with sponsors, conducting on-site property evaluations, developing team members, and being a thought leader in our investment efforts. Laurie brings over 40 years of real estate experience to Blue Vista.
Prior to joining Blue Vista, Laurie was Senior Vice President of Acquisitions at Strategic Capital Partners, the managing member of a discretionary fund. Prior to that, Laurie spent eight years at GE Commercial Finance Real Estate in Chicago, where she held several positions including Region Manager and Senior Relationship Manager in the North American Equity Holdings group and was responsible for sourcing over $1 billion in middle market equity deals from joint venture relationships. Prior to GE, Laurie held senior positions at Julian Toft & Downey and was the Branch Manager for the Chicago office of General American Life Insurance (now part of MetLife).
Laurie earned an Master’s in City Planning from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a BA in Political Science from Goucher College.