ATLANTA—Noble Investment Group has made senior management appointments as the firm enters its 28th year as a leading real estate investment manager.
Ben Brunt has been named chief investment officer, Jim Conley has been named chief compliance officer and George Dabney has joined the firm as CFO. Together with longstanding Noble principals, Adi Bhoopathy, EVP of capital markets, Kevin Grass, EVP of development, and Steven Nicholas, EVP of asset management, they have each been named to Noble’s management and investment committees.
“Noble’s diverse and cycle-tested team has been together an average of nearly 20 years and has helped us achieve industry-leading investment performance with a fully-realized track record spanning multiple decades,” said Mit Shah, Noble CEO. “We remain committed to investing in our next generation of leadership as we advance our growth and ensure our lasting success.”
Brunt joined Noble in 2005 and has helped develop and lead the organizations’ team responsible for investment sourcing, research, due diligence and execution across its institutional platforms.
“Ben is a driven, results-oriented leader who has been instrumental in guiding our value-creating investment efforts,” said Shah. “Having worked closely with him for over 16 years, I am confident that he will continue to provide strong judgment and diligent stewardship as we broaden the depth and breadth of our investment strategies.”
Brunt added, “I am proud of our team at Noble and the success we have achieved together over many years. I am honored and excited to continue to work closely with Mit and my colleagues as we maintain our disciplined approach in performing and providing for our investors while making an impact on the communities in which we live, work, play and stay.”
Conley joined Noble in 2006 as CFO. In his new role, he oversees the administration of the firm’s regulatory and compliance function. He also supports the data collection and measurement of Noble’s environmental, social and governance initiatives along with the firm’s duties as a signatory to the United Nations Principles of Responsible Investment.
“Well-informed and profitable investment decisions which incorporate sustainability, community stewardship and good governance have been Noble core values since our founding,” said Shah. “Jim and our entire team remain deeply committed to promoting strategies that help us make a measurable difference.”
“I look forward to supporting Noble’s longstanding commitment to ESG while continuing to enhance our reputation as a leading real estate investment manager and fiduciary,” said Conley.
Dabney joins Noble’s team as a principal/CFO. Since 2001, he has served as managing director/CFO of Brookfield Hotel Properties (formerly known as Thayer Lodging), the hospitality platform for Brookfield, a $575 billion global alternative asset manager, where he was a member of the firm’s investment committee and had primary responsibility for financial administration, treasury and investor relations.
“George is a highly respected leader with a strong track record of financial oversight, business strategy and investor relations,” said Shah. “Throughout his impactful career, he has been instrumental in developing and implementing initiatives which have created new businesses, expanded assets under management and helped to deliver strong investment performance.”
“I am thrilled to join Noble’s team of outstanding professionals and support the firms’ endeavors to accelerate innovation and organizational growth,” said Dabney. “Noble’s combination of hospitality expertise, investment track record, and world-class institutional partners are unmatched in our industry.”