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Our firm’s nontraditional structure combined with the breadth of the team’s experience ensures well-conceived, strategic, and client-focused solutions.
Doug Smith
Senior Vice President

Experience

Doug, senior vice president, brings more than 25 years of real estate development, finance, and management experience to Plante Moran Real Estate Investment Advisors (PMREIA). Our clients gain measurable value from Doug’s knowledge of the real estate industry. Having worked for and represented private development interests as well as the public sector and community stakeholders, Doug is well-suited to represent a broad array of clients with diverse real estate objectives.

Prior to joining PMREIA, Doug worked for a firm that delivered real estate consulting, development management, and asset management services to public institutions, corporations, and private sector clients with a focus on public-private partnerships (P3s) and economic development. As a vice president, Doug helped clients manage and reposition their existing real estate assets, including raw land, schools, single purpose, multifamily, office, hospitality, and mixed-use developments.

He also led engagements on behalf of public sector clients seeking development expertise in the planning and implementation of master plans, from feasibility analysis through capital procurement, for unique economic development projects in urban locations.

Doug began his real estate career in the banking industry as an underwriter and real estate loan officer, and subsequently worked ten years for a private real estate development firm. As part of the development team, Doug first led preconstruction from acquisition and feasibility analysis through procurement of entitlements. Ultimately, Doug played a critical role in strategic planning and oversaw land development on behalf of the firm.

Doug graduated from the University of Michigan with a bachelor’s degree in both economics and English. He has his Michigan builder’s license and is a licensed real estate broker.