David J. Blitz
David J. BlitzManaging Partner
David Blitz is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner of BlitzLake. Mr. Blitz has interests in real estate development, hospitality, and fitness industries

Over the past decade, David has focused his attention on the financing and development of more than $3 billion in ground up construction. His most recent projects have been focused in Chicago’s River North, Lakeview, and Lincoln Park neighborhoods, including most recently the development of 3200 N Clark, which encompasses 40,000sf of prime retail space, 90 residential units, and 40 parking spaces.

In addition to David’s real estate activities, he co-founded Studio Three in 2015, a first of its kind, 16,000-square-foot boutique fitness facility featuring the first and only studio to date outside of New York City to offer a Peloton® indoor-cycling studio, in addition to Interval Training and Yoga on three separate, synergized levels, along with spa-like locker rooms and a full service café, all under one roof. In 2012, David co-founded River North’s Untitled Supper Club, a Michelin Guide’s Bib Gourmand winner for the past several years.

David received a BBA from The University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross Business School, where he graduated with Highest Distinction.

Jeffrey Lake
Jeffrey LakeManaging Partner
Jeff Lake is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner of BlitzLake Partners, known for his involvement in the futures market, specializing in lean hogs, agriculture and commodities. He began trading in 2004 and became a member of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (“CME”) Chicago Board of Trade in 2006.

Mr. Lake continues to work with his other partners on the development of Studio Three, a Chicago based fitness and health facility, with a flagship location in Chicago’s River North neighborhood. He has extensive experience participating in private equity and venture capital investments for his proprietary accounts and along with his partners, has played a key role in the purchases and development of Tokyo Rose’s old Toguri Building at 851 W Belmont, 3200 N Clark St., the Flair House at 214 W Erie, and a number of other mixed-use buildings in Chicago’s River North and Lakeview neighborhoods.

Jeffrey earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Duke University.

Brian C. Lake
Brian C. LakeVice President
Brian Lake is a Vice President at BlitzLake Partners, focusing on providing project management and oversight in an effort to ensure long-term project viability. Brian utilizes a strong quantitative background to assist in the asset valuation process through predictive cash flow modeling, risk assessments, and evaluating the impact of capital events.

Brian works closely on the finance side for all projects to help jobs progress on time and on budget, playing an integral role in managing projects in excess of $50 million in cost. He interfaces with loan officers to support efficient project underwriting and draw processing. Brian also focuses on property management, facilitating project funding and managing investor relations.

Prior to joining BlitzLake in January 2013, Brian worked for three and a half years in the nuclear power industry as a Project Engineer and Project Manager for Westinghouse Electric Company, where he was the recipient of the George Westinghouse Signature Award, an honor given to employees at the highest level of award recognition.

Brian earned Bachelor’s Degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Economics from Duke University.

Jeffrey Bajtner
Jeffrey BajtnerVice President
Jeffrey Bajtner is a Vice President at BlitzLake Partners, focusing on modeling investments and working with lenders to finance projects. Additionally, Jeffrey is involved in the acquisition and development of various real estate projects with the Partners.

Prior to joining BlitzLake in September 2015, Jeffrey worked at NorthStar Asset Management Goup focusing on healthcare, hotel, net lease and real estate debt investments. Prior to NorthStar, Jeffrey worked at BDO USA in the Real Estate & Hospitality Group performing financial audits and due diligence for acquisitions.

Jeffrey earned his Bachelor’s Degrees in Accounting and Finance from Yeshiva University and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).