Mr. Lester joined Kimberlite in 2016 as a Partner focusing his efforts on the firm’s real estate investment banking practice. Mr. Lester’s responsibilities include overseeing the management, origination, and execution of the firm’s strategic advisory, debt and equity placement, and mergers and acquisitions activities. Previously, Mr. Lester was a managing director in Macquarie Capital’s real estate banking group where he was a leader in the firm’s merchant banking, advisory, debt and equity placement activities. Prior to joining Macquarie Capital, Mr. Lester worked nearly ten years in various roles at Blackstone and its affiliates. During his tenure, Mr. Lester was responsible for both in-house and third party capital raising, including sourcing private capital for funds and joint ventures, as well as merger and acquisition advisory. Before Blackstone, Mr. Lester worked in investment banking with Deutsche Bank and BNP Paribas. He began his career at Merrill Lynch in Los Angeles.
Mr. Lester holds a B.S. in Economics from the University of California, Riverside and a MBA in finance from Pepperdine University. Mr. Lester attended the European Business School in Germany during his graduate studies.