Humanities Foundation announces the addition of Robert LaChapelle to its Board of Directors. Robert is the Vice Chairman for CBRE’s Debt & Structured Finance Group in Atlanta, Georgia. Robert brings over 35 years of experience in commercial real estate, multi-family housing and finance, debt and equity structuring and insurance. Outside of his real estate and financial expertise, Robert is a dedicated philanthropist and advocate addressing the needs of homelessness, education and youth empowerment.
Robert graduated from Tulane University in 1983 and began his career with Coldwell Banker in New Orleans, Louisiana as an apartment broker. In 1986, he accepted a position with Coldwell Banker’s Financial Services division in Atlanta as a mortgage banker specializing in multi-family finance. In 1988, Robert accepted a position with First Fidelity Mortgage in Atlanta where he continued his specialization in multi-family finance and expanded his relationships to include numerous life insurance correspondents and pension clients. In 1993, he joined Shoptaw-James, Inc., later becoming a partner in the firm. L.J. Melody & Company (now CBRE’s Debt & Structured Finance Group) acquired Shoptaw-James, Inc. in May 1998.
Since 1993, Robert has continued to focus his efforts in procuring debt and equity for multi-family clients, and has been instrumental in originating new sources of debt and equity for the company’s clientele, in addition to agency leaders, such as Freddie Mac and FNMA. He also enjoys numerous relationships with life insurance companies and pension clients interested in providing both debt and equity financing to the multifamily industry.
In 2011, Robert was among the top 25 producers within the entire CBRE platform. He was awarded the Coldwell Colbert Circle Award in 2002, 2003, 2005, 2008-2016 and 2018 which recognizes the top three percent of commissioned salespeople worldwide. Robert’s transactional experience is extensive, totaling in excess of $22.5 billion.
Robert is a founding board member of Atlanta Real Estate Collaborative (AREC) a 501 c 3 Corporation whose mission is to reduce homelessness in metropolitan Atlanta to functional zero. He is also a founding board member of 3 Star Communities, an organization that purchases and transforms blighted apartment communities and further teams with local partners to bring educational, medical and community building initiatives to residents. Lastly, he is a Member of the Board of Directors of Atlanta’s Bobby Dodd Institute (BDI) whose mission is to connect people with disabilities and disadvantages to jobs, providing them with security and purpose.
“We are delighted to have Robert join the Humanities Foundation Board of Directors. He brings a wealth of knowledge which will further strengthen our board’s talent and experience. His insight and expertise will act as a catalyst by increasing future opportunities and establishing healthy growth,” Tracy T. Doran, President.