Mr. Traenkle has been Chairman, an Interested Trustee, Chief Executive Officer and President of NorthStar Capital and the Funds since December 15, 2017, and a member of the Advisor’s investment committee since January 2017.
Mr. Traenkle also serves as Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of NorthStar Real Estate Income Trust, Inc. (NorthStar Income) and NorthStar Real Estate Income II, Inc. (NorthStar Income II), positions he has held since December 15, 2017. Mr. Traenkle is also expected to be the Chief Executive Officer of Colony NorthStar Credit Real Estate, Inc., which is expected to be the surviving company in the combination of NorthStar Income with NorthStar Income II and a select portfolio of assets and liabilities of Colony NorthStar, Inc. (Colony NorthStar).
Mr. Traenkle has served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer of Colony NorthStar since January 2017, the same position he has held since June 2009 at the preceding company, Colony Capital, Inc. (Colony Capital), prior to the Mergers. Mr. Traenkle served as an Executive Director of Colony Capital from April 2015 to January 2017. Mr. Traenkle also served as a Principal of Colony Capital, where he was involved in many facets of the firm’s activities including: distressed debt initiatives, investment and divestment decisions, business development and global client relations.
Prior to becoming a Principal at Colony Capital in January 2005, Mr. Traenkle served as a Vice President of Acquisitions at Colony Capital and was responsible for the identification, evaluation, consummation,and management of investments. Before rejoining the Colony Capital business in 2002, Mr. Traenkle worked for a private equity investment firm, where he was responsible for real estate-related investment and management activities. Prior to joining the Colony Capital business in 1993, Mr. Traenkle worked for an investment bank, First Albany Corporation, in its Municipal Finance department.
Mr. Traenkle received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 1992 from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York.