[Updated] Blueprint Appoints Co-Founders Firestone and Gehl as CEO, Chief Vision Officer

Blueprint has named Ben Firestone as CEO and Jacob Gehl as the company’s chief vision officer.

Company leadership also appointed Ryan Chase, Michael Segal and Steve Thomes as partners and executive managing directors.

As CEO, Firestone is overseeing the the Chicago-based senior housing and health care real estate brokerage’s management team and provides strategic direction. He also is responsible for managing and developing client relationships.


As chief vision officer, Gehl is responsible for developing and executing Blueprint’s long-term growth plan.

The two roles “work hand-in-hand,” the company noted in a press release about the move.

“While Blueprint’s culture and core values haven’t wavered since the firm’s inception in 2013, we have been fortunate to have experienced considerable growth,” Gehl and Firestone said in a joint statement. “Our evolution has led us to professionalize our organizational structure for the benefit of our team and ultimately our clients.”


Firestone and Gehl were among the three co-founders who launched the brokerage in 2013. In the time since, they have helped lead the company in completing more than 480 transactions valued at more than $7.5 billion in the skilled nursing, senior housing, and medical office sectors.

Firestone has a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He was also on the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care (NIC) Future Leaders Council, and currently works with NIC as a member of the organization’s planning committee.

Last year, Blueprint launched a capital markets practice in a move intended to expand the company’s business solutions for clients as capital markets were disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic. Alex Florea, who joined the firm as a director in November 2017 from Care Capital Properties (CCP), is leading that practice.

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