The principals of Provident Real Estate Ventures, Irvin Kessler and Phillip Jaffe, have combined hedge fund expertise with real estate acumen to build Provident Real Estate Ventures. Provident’s investment approach capitalizes on a broad platform of seasoned professionals whose experience span all phases of property investments, developments, asset management and sales.


Real Estate Development Manager

He began his professional career in residential development with Pulte Homes then went to Perini Building Company and was exposed to many different high profile projects at various stages of development. During his tenure with Perini, Blake worked on projects from Florida to California, including the 86 Acre Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Resort and Seminole Paradise with 350,000 SF of retail in Hollywood, FL.

In 2005, Blake joined Glimcher Ventures Southwest (“GVSW”), a real estate development firm based out of Scottsdale, AZ, as Project Manager to develop Park West, a 350,000 SF lifestyle retail center in Peoria, AZ. During this time he also developed other retail projects throughout Arizona.

After his tenure with Glimcher, Blake founded R.B. Carroll Consulting and was able to procure and execute a Development Management Agreement with a global corporate real estate tenant representation brokerage firm to handle project management services for their Fortune 500 and 1000 clients. With this relationship, he was successful in completing over 20 projects all across the country, encompassing Class A Office, Distribution Warehouse, Refrigerated Warehouse and Geotechnical Labs totaling more than 1,000,000 SF.