2023 Rising Star: Brannen Blazer


Brannen Blazer is an executive director of private equity at Amherst. He has distinguished himself as a leader within Amherst’s Private Equity team, spearheading capital raising, new venture formation, investment management and other strategic initiatives for the firm. Blazer oversees the entire investment life cycle of Amherst’s single-family rental (SFR) portfolio, working closely with institutional partners from purchase through to sale, while also guiding the firm’s overall SFR strategy.

Blazer works closely alongside Amherst’s leadership team to establish joint venture partnerships while also supporting the firm’s capital-raising efforts and investment management operations. In the past year, Blazer and his team have overseen new and existing partnership activity totaling over $2.5 billion in asset value. As a part of these processes, Blazer leads the onboarding of each of these partners and their investments into Amherst’s ecosystem. As he continues to lead Amherst’s Private Equity function, he remains hyper-focused on supporting the company’s mission to transform the way real estate is created, owned, financed and managed. Brannen and his team work tirelessly to identify new solutions for a fragmented, slow-to-evolve real estate ecosystem, leveraging Amherst’s proprietary data and analytics, to materially improve the experience for residents, buyers, sellers, communities and investors. 

What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?

Slow down and be patient with the process. Our generation is often in a rush to get where we want to be in life, but it’s important to slow down, be patient, sit still and become an expert in what you’re doing. Only then can you look ahead and think about what’s next.


Brannen Blazer




Executive Director of Private Equity

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Real Estate

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