Mr. Knisley is the President of Albany Road Real Estate Partners (“Albany Road”) and one of its four founding Partners.
He has been involved in the commercial real estate industry for the past 25 years and during that time has been involved in all facets of the business, including acquisition/development, asset management, equity raising, financing, and disposition work.
Before leaving to form Albany Road, Mr. Knisley was the CIO for RJ Kelly Company (“RJ Kelly”), directly responsible for sourcing new acquisition and development opportunities, and for securing high net worth, family office, and institutional equity to leverage RJ Kelly’s buying capacity. During his tenure there Knisley orchestrated in excess of $70,000,000 of new acquisitions, increasing the firm’s pre-existing 1,000,000 square foot / $100,000,000 portfolio by over 70%.
Prior to RJ Kelly, Mr. Knisley had spent the majority of his career as a Managing Director with The Koffler Group (“Koffler”). Koffler is a private, full-service real estate firm based in Providence, RI, that had begun its operation in 1978, having been capitalized with proceeds resulting from founder Sol Koffler’s sale of American Tourister Luggage Company.
Mr. Knisley joined Koffler in 1997 to head up its real estate acquisition and development expansion efforts. He was responsible for sourcing, pricing, negotiating, and structuring new real estate transactions, and for implementing Koffler’s strategy of pursuing value-added investment and development opportunities throughout New England for both Koffler’s own account and in conjunction with venture partners.
At the time Mr. Knisley joined Koffler, the group owned approximately $50 million of commercial real estate, specifically retail strip centers and apartments all located in RI. During his time there, Koffler completed over $400 million of new acquisition and development deals, and the group’s portfolio expanded to include office, industrial, retail, and residential properties located in every New England state except Vermont.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Knisley was a Vice President/Principal with Berkeley Investments and, previous to that, an Investment Manager with Copley Real Estate Advisors. He has market experience throughout New England and the Mid-Atlantic States, as well as the Southwestern/Western United States, including Phoenix, Las Vegas, and Southern California. He is an active member of NAIOP (National Association of Industrial & Office Properties), ULI (Urban Land Institute), REIAC (Real Estate Investment Advisory Council), ICSC (International Shopping Center Council), and the Greater Boston Real Estate Board.
Mr. Knisley is a graduate of Deerfield Academy, Vanderbilt University (BA Economics), and The Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University (MBA Marketing).
He is married with four children and resides in Wrentham, MA.