Prior to founding BLD Group, Mr. Baumann served as chairman and CEO of BREL Capital, LLC. Prior to BREL Capital, LLC, Mr. Baumann served as Trade Street Residential, Inc.’s Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the board of directors since its recapitalization in June 2012. Mr. Baumann has over 28 years of experience in multiple sectors of the real estate industry, including residential and commercial real estate. Mr. Baumann has been the senior executive in charge of all corporate matters for Trade Street Capital, LLC since 1999.
Mr. Baumann focused Trade Street’s business on property management, property acquisitions, real estate development, and advisory services. A licensed attorney, Mr. Baumann served as general counsel for the Baumann Group of Companies from 1984 through 1995 where he was involved in the acquisition, financing, leasing, construction, and management of a variety of real estate projects. Prior to that time, Mr. Baumann worked as a senior litigation associate with the law firm of Sparber, Shevin, Rosen, Shapo, and Heilbronner. Mr. Baumann served as Assistant General Counsel for the Keyes Real Estate Company from 1982 until 1984. Prior to joining the Keyes Real Estate Company,
Mr. Baumann began his career as an Associate with the Harris County, Texas District Attorney’s office. Mr. Baumann received his B.A. in psychology from the University of Miami in 1979, and his J.D. from South Texas College of Law. Although no longer a practicing attorney or arbitrator, Mr. Baumann is licensed to practice law in Florida and was a licensed arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association of New York.