"Blue Vault’s mission is to conduct and provide reliable and thorough nontraded REIT and BDC performance-based research. Our top priority is helping keep you informed. Our commitment to you is transparency and education."
Mr. Chitty has over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry. During the course of his career, Mr. Chitty has specialized in distributing nontraded REITs, public Limited Partnerships, and other Private Placement offerings to Independent Broker Dealers.
Through these relationships and his experience, Mr. Chitty has achieved a significant level of expertise and understanding as it relates to the intricacies of the Independent Broker Dealer channel’s distribution, due diligence policies, operational and advisory models.
Prior to co-founding Blue Vault, Mr. Chitty was the Managing Director, Equity Sales for Moody Securities, the Broker Dealer arm of Moody National Companies. Mr. Chitty also served as Vice President, Broker Dealer Relations for Wells Real Estate Funds for over nine years, where he acted as the company's liaison to the Independent Broker/Dealer industry and directed the selling activities on a national basis for over 250 Broker Dealers.
Mr. Chitty holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communication from the University of Georgia.
Mr. Schneider is a Managing Partner at Blue Vault. His prior experience was serving as a strategy professional for CNL, a multi-billion-dollar alternative investment firm. In this role, he served as an internal consultant, led investment research and education initiatives, and conducted ongoing training for a 40-person sales team.
During his tenure there, the firm raised and invested roughly $1.5 billion of assets through its proprietary products and partnerships with KKR, CB Richard Ellis, and Macquarie. Before CNL, Mr. Schneider worked for Wells Fargo, as an independent consultant and traded equities for a proprietary trading group. He received an MBA from Rollins College and a bachelor's degree in both Finance and Entrepreneurship from Florida State University.
Mrs. Ricks has over 14 years of experience in the real estate and financial services industry. During the course of her career, she has developed significant relationships within the Independent Broker Dealer community having been primarily responsible for helping them fulfill their educational and regulatory needs as it relates to nontraded REITs.
Prior to joining Blue Vault Partners, Mrs. Ricks was employed by Wells Real Estate Funds, where she was responsible for managing Key Account teams in order to maximize relationships, education, and marketing opportunities. In addition, Mrs. Ricks was instrumental in helping broker dealers educate their sales force and home office staff on the benefits of investing in nontraded REITs, as well as assisting internal compliance professionals with meeting regulatory requirements for advisor attendance at regional due diligence meetings.
Prior to joining Wells, Mrs. Ricks worked for over six years in the entertainment industry providing administrative and logistical support for Kenny Rogers Productions.
Mrs. Ricks holds a Bachelor of Journalism degree in Public Relations from the University of Georgia.
Mr. Sprow has been an Associate Professor of Business teaching corporate finance, investments, managerial accounting, business statistics, international business, and entrepreneurship in both undergraduate and MBA programs for over 20 years.
Prior to pursuing a Ph.D. in Finance at Washington State University, Mr. Sprow was President and owner of a precision machine parts manufacturing firm. He also has done consulting to small businesses, written courses in finance and economics, and has published articles in finance and investments. He has taught courses in international finance, international economics, and globalization in Singapore and Indonesia.
Mr. Sprow received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Washington, and a Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in finance and accounting from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Before moving to the U.S. in 2010, Maria was a Senior Investment Manager for a private equity company in Russia. She performed due diligence on companies seeking investments, coordinated financial modeling and financial status evaluation, and prepared investment memoranda. Prior to that, Maria spent eight years as a Senior Specialist in the Credit, Retail, and Bank Securities Departments of Rosbank (Societe Generale Group), one of Russia’s largest banks. During this time, she received two promotions as she managed credit analyses, presented credit proposals for credit committees, and led the due diligence justification for launching the bank’s Retail Department.
Prior to joining Blue Vault Partners, Mrs. Heffington spent 10 years working in the childcare industry as the Executive Director for Creme de la Creme, Inc, where she was responsible for managing a team of 25 professionals, increasing enrollment and company revenue, training other Georgia-based Directors, and achieving Southern Association of Colleges and Schools accreditation.
Mrs. Heffington received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with an area in Marketing from Murray State University and holds a Georgia Training for Trainers 1 Certification.
Mrs. McDaniel has over 35 years of experience supporting operations related to financial administration, investment strategies, and client portfolio development within the real estate industry. During the course of her career, she has developed significant relationships within the financial services industry by working directly with registered investment professionals to raise capital for limited partnerships, nontraded REITs, and mutual funds.
Prior to joining Blue Vault Partners, Mrs. McDaniel was employed by Wells Real Estate Funds for 16 years as a Senior Sales Coordinator and Assistant Vice President. During her tenure with Wells she played a key role in developing a Financial Institutions Group over a six-year period; planned, organized, booked, and attended regional seminars and other events; maintained travel schedules on behalf of the Regional Vice President; and worked with financial advisors to resolve client service issues.
Prior to joining Wells, Mrs. McDaniel held several positions with various firms in the property management industry. She holds FINRA Series 7 and 63 licenses.
Prior to joining Blue Vault Partners, Mrs. Brescia spent three years working as the Director of Communications for St Ives Country Club in Johns Creek, Georgia, where she was responsible for managing the website, email marketing, social media, and the monthly newsletter for Members. She owned several small businesses over the span of 10 years, and prior to that, she worked as the Information Systems Coordinator at Heavenly Ham's corporate office (now owned by HoneyBaked Ham) for five years.
Laurie attended Kennesaw State University and has training in Adobe, Office, Sales, and a variety of marketing tools.
Ms. Gratz is the Marketing Assistant at Blue Vault. She recently received her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Organizational Communication at Emmanuel College. There she was the Marketing intern where she created a social media platform that integrated all of Emmanuel’s social media accounts into one central area. She was also the president of Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the women’s lacrosse chaplain, and received the integrity award on her swim team.
She started her career at Merrill Lynch, where she worked in their transfer agency and supervised the funds transfer unit of their real estate and securities-backed lending company. After moving from Florida to Georgia, she joined Coca-Cola Enterprises as a Senior Treasury Analyst to coordinate bank fee payments with multiple financial institutions. She then worked at Risk Management Alternatives as the Cash Manager, directing the company’s funds transfer and cash reporting operations and managing its banking relationships.
Mrs. Andrews joins Blue Vault as Executive Assistant and will support its sales, marketing, account management, and operational activities.
I have been using Blue Vault Partners for the past five years. I have found them to be a valuable, unbiased resource when it comes to evaluating and comparing non-traded REITs. The reports help me analyze which sponsors are doing a responsible job of managing their offerings. This allows me to limit my REIT recommendations to only the most competitive products, and then track those REITs throughout their life cycle.