James Simmons III is CEO and Managing Partner at Asland Capital Partners where he serves as the head of the investment committee. James has over two decades of experience in real estate investment throughout the United States as well as New York City including specifically in Upper Manhattan where he is both a resident and pillar of the community. At Asland, he runs the day to day operations where he focuses on sourcing and structuring transactions through his deep relationships across the public and private sectors. Prior to joining Ares Management in 2013 as a Partner, Mr. Simmons was a Partner at AREA Property Partners and Apollo Real Estate Advisors. Prior to his employment at Apollo, he led the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone as President and CEO and had tenures at Salomon Smith Barney, Bankers Trust and General Electric.
Mr. Simmons holds a B.S. from Princeton University in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, an M.S. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Systems Engineering, and an MBA from the Northwestern University J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management in Finance and Marketing.
Mr. Simmons serves as a director on the following boards – Princeton University National Annual Giving Committee – Vice Chair; Real Estate Executive Council – Vice Chair; Helen Keller International; Princeton Alumni Real Estate Network; Kellogg Finance Network and The Centennial Campaign for The Dalton School.