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Thomas H. Nolan

Managing Partner, Real Estate


Thomas H. Nolan, Jr. is a Managing Partner of RIDGE-LANE LP where he co-leads the firms Real Estate practice, with a focus on acquisitions, development, finance, and asset management. 

Tom served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Spirit Realty Capital – a real estate investment company with $8 billion in assets and ownership of 2500 properties across the U.S., where he was recruited to restructure the company, resulting in a successful IPO. 

Prior to, he was the President and Chief Operating Officer of General Growth Properties – a real estate investment company with $22 billion in assets across the United States.  Mr. Nolan assumed his leadership position during the 2008 economic crisis, spearheading the restructuring of the Company through a Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, where he repaid creditors in full, raised $8 billion of new institutional capital, orchestrated the spin-off of the non-retail components of the business, and restored substantial equity value to shareholders.

Mr. Nolan also served as President and Chief Operating Officer at The Howard Hughes Corporation – a real estate development and management with $6 billion in assets.

He served as a Principal and Managing Director at AEW Capital Management, LP – a group of investment funds with $35 billion in assets under management.  He was Head of the Private Equity Group, a member of the Firm's Operating, Management and Strategy Committees, responsible for the Investment, Sale, Development, Restructuring and Management of billions of dollars of real estate, across all property types.   

Mr. Nolan serves or has served as a Member of the Board of Directors of Bedford Property Investors Inc., General Growth Properties, Spinco Inc., Spirit Realty Capital, The Howard Hughes Corporation, The Rouse Company, Taubman Centers Inc, Crocker Trust Inc., UDC Homes Inc., Bedford Property Investors, and a Trustee of Washington Real Estate Investment Trust.

He holds a B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts, and is the subject of academic case studies at University of Chicago, Booth School of Business as well as Harvard Business School.

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