Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Board Members

John B. Bartling Jr.
President, Chief Executive Officer and Director
John B. Bartling has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Invitation Homes and on the Invitation Homes’ Board of Directors since November 2014 and has extensive executive management experience and 35 years of experience in the real estate industry.

Prior to joining Invitation Homes, Mr. Bartling served as a member of the Management Committee and Global Co-Head of Real Estate and Senior Partner of Ares Management LLC, a global alternative asset and private equity manager. Prior to Ares, he was the Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer of AllBridge Investments, LLC, a portfolio company of Ares Capital Corporation, owner of WMC Management Company, LLC, a privately held real estate operating company, and President and CEO of Walden Residential. Prior to that, Mr. Bartling served as the CEO and President of Lexford Residential Trust, Inc., a publicly-held multi-family REIT.

Before serving at Lexford, he was Director of the Real Estate Products Group of Credit Suisse First Boston. Previously, he served as an Executive Vice President of NHP Incorporated and held positions at Trammell Crow Residential and Mellon Bank, NA.

Mr. Bartling is the current President of the National Rental Housing Council (NRHC) and former Finance Chair of the National Multi Housing Council (NMHC). He served on the Board of Governors of Commercial Real Estate Finance Council and has served as a director for Lexford Residential Trust, Walden Residential, Arnold Palmer Golf Management (APGM), as well as the Chairman of the Board of Ares Commercial Real Estate. Mr. Bartling is actively engaged in philanthropic endeavors, including having served on the boards of the Children’s Hospital Research for Ohio State University, the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies: Leadership Forum on Pension Fund and Endowment Investments in Domestic Emerging Markets, as well as the Big Brothers and Big Sisters Association of Columbus, Ohio.

Bryce Blair
Executive Chairman and Director
Bryce Blair has served on the board of directors of Invitation Homes since September 2013 and as Executive Chairman of the board since November 2014. Mr. Blair also serves on the board of Pulte Homes, one of the largest home builders in the U.S., where he chairs the Finance and Investment Committee. Additionally, he serves on the board of Regency Centers, one of the largest owners of shopping centers in the U.S., where he chairs the Nominating and Governance Committee. Mr. Blair also serves on the Advisory Board of the MIT Center for Real Estate, the Advisory Board of the Boston College Center for Real Estate and Urban Action and the Advisory Board of Home Start, a non-profit focused on ending homelessness in the greater Boston area. Mr. Blair is the former Chairman and CEO of AvalonBay Communities, a REIT focused on the development, acquisition and management of multifamily apartments throughout the United States, where he served as Chief Executive Officer from 2001 to 2012 and Chairman from 2002 through 2013. Prior to his role as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman, he had previously served as President, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Investment Officer and Senior Vice President of Development, Acquisitions and Construction. He has overseen the development, construction, acquisition and management of over $15 billion of multifamily assets. Prior to the formation of Avalon Properties in 1993, Mr. Blair was a Partner with Trammell Crow Residential. Mr. Blair also previously served as a Senior Advisor to McKinsey and Co. and previously served as a part time faculty member at Boston College. Mr. Blair is the past chairman of NAREIT, where he also served on the Executive Committee and on the Board of Governors. He is a past member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), where he served as a Trustee and was past chairman of the Multi-Family Council. Mr. Blair is a past member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and a former member of the World Presidents Organization (WPO).
Nicholas C. Gould
Vice Chairman and Director
Nicholas C. Gould has served on the board of directors of Invitation Homes since October 2012 and as Vice Chairman of the board since January 2017. Mr. Gould was a founding member of the company’s business. He served as Chief Executive Officer of Invitation Homes from October 2012 to November 2014. Mr. Gould has over thirty years’ experience in residential real estate investment in both the United States and United Kingdom, building and investing in large institutional platforms. For over twenty years he has been the owner and executive chairman of Regis Group Plc, one of the largest private owners of residential freehold properties in the United Kingdom. He served as founder and joint chairman of Riverstone Residential Group from June 2006 to May 2014, growing it to the second largest third party multifamily manager in the United States, with over 170,000 units under management. In May 2014 he led its successful merger with Greystar, creating the largest third party multifamily manager in the United States. He is and remains the founder of R4 Capital, a major LIHTC (Low Income Housing Tax-Credit) syndication business headquartered in New York, which has deployed over $1 billion of equity since its launch. Mr. Gould is also the Chairman and founder of B2R Finance, a Blackstone-owned business that provides real estate loans for investors in the United States.
Kenneth A. Caplan
Director
Kenneth A. Caplan has served on the board of directors of Invitation Homes since January 2017. Mr. Caplan joined The Blackstone Group in 1997 and is a Senior Managing Director and Global Chief Investment Officer of Blackstone’s Real Estate Group. Previously, Mr. Caplan served as the Head of Real Estate Europe at Blackstone. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Caplan worked for Lazard Fre`res & Co. Mr. Caplan currently serves as a Director for Hilton Grand Vacations Inc. and on the Board of Trustees of Prep for Prep.
Jonathan D. Gray
Director
Jonathan D. Gray has served on the board of directors of Invitation Homes since October 2012. Mr. Gray has served as global head of real estate for Blackstone since January 2012 and as a member of the board of directors of Blackstone since February 2012. He also sits on Blackstone's management committee. Prior to being named global head of real estate at Blackstone, Mr. Gray served as a senior managing director and co-head of real estate from January 2005 to December 2011. Since joining Blackstone in 1992, Mr. Gray has helped build the largest private equity real estate platform in the world with nearly $102 billion in investor capital under management as of September 30, 2016. He currently serves as chairman of the board and a director of Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc., and as a board member of Nevada Property 1 LLC (The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas) and Trinity School and is Chairman of the Board of Harlem Village Academies. Mr. Gray and his wife, Mindy, have established the Basser Research Center at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, which focuses on the prevention and treatment of certain genetically caused breast and ovarian cancers.
Robert G. Harper
Director
Robert G. Harper has served on the board of directors of Invitation Homes since January 2017. Mr. Harper currently serves as the head of U.S. asset management for the Blackstone real estate group. Since joining Blackstone in 2002, Mr. Harper has been involved in analyzing Blackstone’s real estate equity and debt investments in all property types. Mr. Harper has previously worked for Blackstone in Los Angeles and London, where he served as Head of Europe for the Blackstone Real Estate Debt Strategies business. Mr. Harper also currently serves as a director of ESH Hospitality, Inc., where he serves on the compensation committee, and as a director of Park Hotels & Resorts Inc. following its spin-off from Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. Prior to joining Blackstone, Mr. Harper worked for Morgan Stanley’s real estate private equity group in Los Angeles and San Francisco.
John B. Rhea
Director
John B. Rhea has served on the board of directors of Invitation Homes since October 2015. Mr. Rhea is Managing Partner of RHEAL Capital Management, LLC, a real estate development and investment firm he founded in March 2014, specializing in multifamily rental housing and mixed-use projects. Mr. Rhea has served as a Senior Advisor to The Boston Consulting Group, a worldwide management consulting firm, since July 2014. From May 2009 to January 2014, Mr. Rhea was a senior appointee of Michael R. Bloomberg, Mayor of the City of New York, where he served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the New York City Housing Authority. Prior to the Bloomberg Administration, Mr. Rhea was Managing Director and Co-Head of Consumer and Retail investment banking at Barclays Capital (and its predecessor firm Lehman Brothers) from May 2005 to April 2009. Previously, Mr. Rhea served as Managing Director at JPMorgan Chase & Co. from May 1997 to April 2005. Earlier in his career, Mr. Rhea worked at PepsiCo, Inc. and The Boston Consulting Group. Mr. Rhea has served on and chaired several non-profit boards and is currently a director of Red Cross Greater New York and University of Detroit Jesuit High School.
David A. Roth
Director
David A. Roth has served on the board of directors of Invitation Homes since October 2012. Mr. Roth currently serves as senior managing director of Blackstone’s real estate group. Since joining Blackstone in 2006, Mr. Roth has been involved in sourcing and analyzing Blackstone’s real estate investments in several markets and types of property. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Roth was a principal in the acquisitions group at Walton Street Capital, where he was involved in numerous real estate transactions. Mr. Roth is also a Certified Financial Analyst Charterholder.
John G. Schreiber
Director
John G. Schreiber has served on the board of directors of Invitation Homes since October 2012. Mr. Schreiber is the President of Centaur Capital Partners, his family investment office. Mr. Schreiber was a Partner and Co-Founder of Blackstone Real Estate Advisors (“BREA”) from 1992 until his retirement in 2015. Prior to his retirement, Mr. Schreiber oversaw all Blackstone real estate investments for 23 years as Co-Chairman of the BREA Investment Committee, during which time Blackstone invested over $75 billion of equity in a wide variety of real estate transactions. Previously, Mr. Schreiber served as Chairman and CEO of JMB Urban Development Co. and Executive Vice President of JMB Realty Corp. During his twenty-year career at JMB, Mr. Schreiber was responsible for over $10 billion of firm and client real estate investments and had overall responsibility for the firm’s shopping center development activities. Mr. Schreiber is a past board member of Urban Shopping Centers, Inc., Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc., The Rouse Company, AMLI Residential Properties Trust and General Growth Properties and he currently serves on the board of JMB Realty Corp., Brixmor Property Group and Hilton Worldwide, Inc., and is currently a director/trustee of the mutual funds managed by T. Rowe Price Associates and a Trustee of Loyola University of Chicago.
Janice L. Sears
Director
Janice L. Sears has served on the board of directors of Invitation Homes since January 2017. Ms. Sears serves as a Director and Audit Committee Chair of Essex Property Trust Inc., a fully integrated REIT, and as the Board Chair of The Swig Company, a corporate owner of office properties nationwide. Previously, Ms. Sears served as a Director and as the Audit Committee Chair of Biomed Realty Trust, Inc. and held the position of Managing Director, Western Region Head in the Real Estate, Gaming & Lodging Investment Banking Group at Banc of America Securities. She was concurrently the San Francisco Market President for Bank of America. Prior to 1999, Ms. Sears was Head of Client Management for Bank of America’s Commercial Real Estate Groupin California, where she oversaw client relationships with REITs, homebuilders and opportunity funds. Prior to 1988, Ms. Sears was a Real Estate Economist at both Chemical Bank and Citicorp in New York. Her professional activities have included NAREIT, Urban Land Institute (ULI) and the National Association of Corporate Directors. Ms. Sears is the Past President and Past Treasurer of the San Francisco Chapter of the National Charity League and most recently sat on the boards of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, the San Francisco Economic Development Council and Leadership San Francisco. She acts as an advisor to the Audit Committee of the San Francisco Art Institute.
William J. Stein
Director
William J. Stein has served on the board of directors of Invitation Homes since October 2012. Mr. Stein has been a senior managing director of Blackstone since January 2006 and serves as global head of asset management in Blackstone’s real estate group. Since joining Blackstone in 1997, Mr. Stein has been involved in the direct asset management and asset management oversight of Blackstone’s global real estate assets. Mr. Stein also serves as a director of Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc., Nevada Property 1 LLC (The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas), where he serves on the audit committee, and Extended Stay America, Inc., where he serves on the nominating and corporate governance committee. He previously served as a board member of La Quinta Holdings Inc. and Brixmor Property Group Inc. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Stein was a Vice President at Heitman Real Estate Advisors and JMB Realty Corp.