Blue Vault Partners Hires New Director of Research

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Blue Vault Partners, first with online performance reporting for nontraded REITs, expands its research team and hires a director of research.

Blue Vault Partners is pleased to announce the hiring of James Sprow as its Director of Research. In addition to his finance and accounting background, Mr. Sprow’s experience as a professor will enable the firm to take a more academic approach to its research and expand upon the nontraded REIT educational tools and services it currently provides to subscribers.

Mr. Sprow has been an Associate Professor of Business teaching corporate finance, investments, managerial accounting, business statistics, international business and entrepreneurship in both undergraduate and MBA programs for over 20 years. Prior to pursuing a Ph.D. in Finance at Washington State University, Mr. Sprow was President and owner of a precision machine parts manufacturing firm. He has provided consulting to small businesses, written courses in finance and economics, and has published articles in finance and investments.
Mr. Sprow received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Washington, and a Masters of Business Administration with an emphasis in finance and accounting from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

“We are thrilled to have someone with James’ background join our team as he will be instrumental in helping us achieve our goals of enhancing the educational tools we provide to our subscribers,” stated Vee Kimbrell, Managing Partner, Blue Vault Partners. “In addition to supporting our current research efforts, he will also be responsible for the creation and launch of our new webinar series for financial advisors in 2012.”

Founded by Stacy Chitty and Vee Kimbrell in 2009, Blue Vault Partners, LLC was created for the purpose of providing unbiased research, education and enhanced transparency for the nontraded REIT industry.

Blue Vault Partners is the only independent research firm providing both print and electronic access to educational materials, quarterly performance reports and unbiased nontraded REIT research. Nontraded REITs are public real estate investment trusts whose shares are issued directly by the sponsor and are not traded on a stock exchange. The nontraded REIT industry currently consists of 69 product offerings and raised approximately $9 billion in new capital from investors in 2011.

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