Mark O. Decker

UMUC Ventures, Board of Directors

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Real Estate Capital Markets Advisor


Mark O. Decker has been a member of our board of directors since its inception.  Mr. Decker is currently self-employed as a real estate capital markets advisor.  Prior to becoming an advisor, he was Vice Chair of BMO Capital Markets, a position he held from January 2014 – December 2016.  Prior to becoming Vice Chair, Mr. Decker from September 2011 to January 2014 served as BMO’s Head of U.S. real estate investment and corporate banking.

Before BMO Capital Markets, Mr. Decker was a managing director and co-group head of the real estate investment banking group at Morgan Keegan from February 2011 to September 2011.  Prior to Morgan Keegan, from May 2004 to February 2011 he was a managing director and head of the real estate group at Robert W. Baird and Co. Incorporated.  Before joining Baird, Mr. Decker founded the real estate investment banking group at Ferris Baker Watts, Inc in 2000.  Mr. Decker began his investment banking career in 1997 when he joined Friedman, Billings Ramsey and Co. as a managing director.

He served as President and principal spokesman of the REIT industry and its national trade association, the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trust (“NAREIT”) from 1985 to 1997.  Concurrently, he served as chief staff executive of the Pension Real Estate Association (“PREA”) from 1985 to 1990.  Before his career in real estate capital markets and investment banking, Mr. Decker served in the White House during the Nixon and Ford administrations.  He is the 1997 recipient of the NAREIT Leadership Award.  Mr. Decker holds a J.D. from Antonin Scalia Law School, and a B.S. in Education from Kent State University.