Frank Schmitz is a Senior Advisor at PJT Partners, having previously served as a Partner and the Co-Head of PJT Park Hill Real Estate.
Mr. Schmitz has over thirty years of experience in the real estate industry. Prior to joining PJT Partners through the spin-off from The Blackstone Group in 2015, Mr. Schmitz co-founded Park Hill Real Estate Group in 2005 and served as a Senior Managing Director at The Blackstone Group. Preceding his tenure at Park Hill Real Estate Group, Mr. Schmitz was a Managing Director and the Head of Real Estate Equity at Principal Real Estate Investors, where he was responsible for portfolio strategy and investment management for private and public market equity clients of Principal’s $12 Billion real estate equity group. In addition, Mr. Schmitz previously served as Principal’s 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 currently serves as a member of the Pension Real Estate Association (PREA) and on the Board of Visitors for the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern University. He received a BA in Economics and Political Science from Northwestern University and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.