Mr. Welch has over 20 years of experience in the real estate industry and serves as a trustee of the REIT. Prior to co-founding Slate in 2004, he held senior management positions with Fortress Investment Group, including acting as a Vice President and Managing Director, responsible for overseeing all direct investments in commercial real estate in the U.S. During his time at Fortress, Mr. Welch was involved in a significant number of commercial real estate investments across retail, office, industrial, multi-family and hospitality asset classes. Prior to this, Mr. Welch managed the joint venture investments of Truscan (a former arm of TD Canada Trust) including class A office towers in major Canadian markets. Mr. Welch began his career in the mid-1990s with Brazos Advisors (now Lonestar) in the acquisition and work-out of distressed commercial real estate loan pools. Mr. Welch received a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Mount Allison University.