Douglas W. Lyons is a Managing Principal of Pearlmark, with responsibility for the firm’s capital markets and debt investment activities. Pearlmark is a real estate private equity firm based in Chicago with offices in New York City, Denver, Nashville, and Irvine. He is a member of the firm’s Management and Investment Committees. Prior to joining Pearlmark in 1996, Mr. Lyons was Vice President of Equity Institutional Investors, Inc. where he was responsible for merchant banking activities and strategic portfolio management projects for the Zell/Merrill Lynch Real Estate Opportunity funds, the Zell/Chilmark Fund, and other Sam Zell-related affiliates. In addition, Mr. Lyons actively managed an institutional portfolio of REIT stocks. Previously, he worked in the New York Real Estate Capital Markets groups for Bankers Trust Company (1989-1991) and Merrill Lynch & Co. (1987-1989).
Mr. Lyons earned a BA degree in History from Amherst College where he was a two-time All-American in soccer, and his MBA from the Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration. He currently serves several nonprofits including the Harvard Alumni Real Estate Board, the U.S. Soccer Foundation, and the JDRF Illinois Chapter as Chairman of the Real Estate Games. Mr. Lyons is also a member of the Pension Real Estate Association and the Urban Land Institute, where he is a Trustee. Mr. Lyons currently serves as a Trustee of the Loomis Chaffee School chairing its Buildings and Grounds Committee and previously served as a Trustee for Lycée Français de Chicago and Chair of its Facilities Committee and as Treasurer of St. James Cathedral in Chicago.
Mr. Lyons was introduced to soccer in the 1970’s through Boston Area Youth Soccer. He captained his high school and college teams at Loomis Chaffee and Amherst, and was one of the first American players to earn colors for the University of London. Mr. Lyons played for the New York Athletic Club in the First Division of the Cosmopolitan League and captained the Soccer Club of Harvard Business School. He has coached at European Soccer Camps and both boys and girls in AYSO for over a decade. Mr. Lyons has attended nine men’s World Cups in a row and counting.