Executive Director, Real Estate Asset Management
Premier Group WLL
Mr. Blackall joined Premier Group, W.L.L.in Bahrain, in 2008 where he is responsible for the oversight of all real estate investment and asset management activities. Prior to Premier Group, he spent five years at Kingdom Hotel Investments as Senior Vice President Asset Management, based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and Dubai, UAE. At Kingdom, Mr. Blackall was responsible for the Asset Management of a $1.5 billion portfolio of five-star hotels throughout the Middle East, Africa and Asia, comprised of 25 operational hotels and 13 projects in various stages of development. Brands included Four Seasons, Fairmont, Intercontinental, Raffles and Movenpick. Prior to joining Kingdom, Mr. Blackall worked for Japanese firm Shimizu Development, Inc. in Los Angeles, California, where he was responsible for all facets of a $1 billion real estate portfolio, consisting of hotel, office and retail properties. Prior to joining Shimizu, Mr. Blackall operated his own company in Palm Beach, Florida, specializing in hotel appraisals, feasibility studies, acquisition due diligence, impact studies and general management advisory and consulting assignments for hotel, restaurant, golf course and other related recreational projects. Mr. Blackall has also held a variety of hospitality industry consulting and operational management positions throughout the United States at Arthur Andersen, Marriott International Corporate Hotel Development, PKF Consulting, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts and the Walt Disney World Resort Division. Mr. Blackall holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration and also attended graduate-level real estate classes at the American University in Washington, D.C.