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Urban Renaissance Group Chief Investment Officer John Bliss Retires

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Seattle-based Urban Renaissance Group LLC (URG) announced that real estate industry veteran and partner John Bliss (pictured above) is retiring from his role as CIO at the end of 2020. Current URG Managing Director and longtime employee Matthew Simo will take on the CIO responsibilities in January 2021.


URG’s Patrick Callahan says, “As an integral member of our executive team for many years, John’s leadership has been critical to URG’s growth and current position in the marketplace. From leading major acquisitions to creating a stellar investments team, we’re beyond grateful for his invaluable contributions to the company.”

Since joining URG in 2009, Bliss has been responsible for overseeing $5.4 billion in investment and development activities. Bliss will join the URG board in 2021.

Simo has served as an integral member of URG’s team since the company was founded in 2006. His promotion to CIO represents a natural evolution since starting as an Associate in 2006.

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