Frank Schmitz is a Partner at PJT Partners and Co-Head & Co-Founder of PJT Park Hill Real Estate Group. He has over thirty years of experience in the real estate industry.
Prior to the formation of PJT Partners, Mr. Schmitz co-founded Park Hill Real Estate Group in 2005 and served as a Senior Managing Director at Blackstone Group. Preceding his tenure at Park Hill Real Estate Group, Mr. Schmitz was a Managing Director and Head of Real Estate Equity at Principal Real Estate Investors. Mr. Schmitz was responsible for portfolio strategy and investment management for private and public market equity clients of Principal Real Estate Investors’ $12 Billion real estate equity group. In addition, he previously served as a Director of Institutional Marketing, specializing in real estate business development for the western United States.
Before joining Principal in 1992, Mr. Schmitz was with FCLS Investors Group of Chicago, a predecessor organization to CenterPoint Properties. He began his career at Northern Trust Bank of Chicago where he was a commercial real estate lending officer.
Mr. Schmitz received a BA in Economics and Political Science from Northwestern University and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He is also a member of the Pension Real Estate Association (PREA). Additionally he is a member of the Board of Visitors for the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern University.