Mr. Ropko is a Director at RobertDouglas, where he focuses on raising capital for lodging and specialty leisure properties throughout North America. Immediately prior to RobertDouglas, Mr. Ropko was a Portfolio Manager and Commercial Real Estate Specialist at Pacific Investment Management Company (PIMCO). While at PIMCO, Mr. Ropko evaluated more than $15 billion of investment opportunities involving CMBS, performing, sub- and non-performing loan portfolios, mezzanine loans, and preferred equity and direct equity investments secured by all major property types, including hospitality assets.
Prior to joining PIMCO, Mr. Ropko was an Associate at Goldman Sachs in the Real Estate Principal Investment Area focused on acquisitions and asset management almost exclusively in the hospitality sector on behalf of the Whitehall series of private equity funds. While at Goldman, Mr. Ropko helped build out Whitehall’s limited service hospitality acquisitions, asset, and property management platforms. During his career, Mr. Ropko has completed over $4 billion in real estate transactions as a principal, including:
San Francisco Hilton Financial District, financing of leveraged buyout
Equity Inns Portfolio, leveraged buyout
Hilton Hotels Corporation, senior and mezzanine debt acquisitions
Kyo-ya Hotel Portfolio, mezzanine debt acquisition
In addition to being registered with FINRA as a Series 7 General Securities Representative, Mr. Ropko is a recurring Guest Lecturer at USC’s Marshall School of Business on the topic of hospitality real estate finance.
He has a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration.
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