Founder & President
Mr. Hejl is the Founder and President of Westside, he is responsible for the strategic direction, risk management and management of the company and its investments. Mr. Hejl’s real estate transactional experience includes real estate transactions of different kinds in excess of $2 billion in the aggregate both in the United States and Europe.
Prior to establishing Westside, Mr. Hejl worked out of the London office of the New York based Westbrook Partners where he served as a Vice President and a member of the investment team. Mr. Hejl was responsible for acquisition, value enhancement and realization activities covering various product types including office, residential, retail, logistics, hospitality, and leisure investments. Mr. Hejl was involved in transactions across the capital stack including equity, preferred equity and mezzanine debt in respect of individual asset transactions, portfolios and corporate real estate platforms. Westbrook Partners, founded in April 1994, is a fully integrated real estate private equity investment company with main offices in New York, London, San Francisco and Tokyo. Westbrook Partners has been among the world’s most active and successful investors, having raised and invested more than $14 billion of equity in over $50 billion of real estate transactions in major markets throughout the world.
Prior to joining Westbrook Partners in 2013, Mr. Hejl spent three years at a New York based private equity investment firm DRA Advisors. Mr. Hejl was directly involved in sourcing, structuring and acquiring of US real estate related investments including office, retail, multi-family and logistics properties, portfolios and real estate companies. He was also responsible for analyzing publicly traded real estate companies and real estate investment trusts. DRA is a private equity value-added real estate investment firm managing a series of commingled, fully discretionary funds focusing in the office, retail, multi-family and logistics / industrial sectors in the United States. DRA’s acquisitions since inception include 1,600 properties valued at over $30 billion.
Aside from work, Mr. Hejl has had great interest in politics and public service. Mr. Hejl has launched a family foundation focused on global policy & advocacy as well as sports & education. He is also an alumnus of the Hyperion Council, a charitable initiative led by the Dean of the School of Business at the University of Miami with a focus on helping underprivileged communities in the US and abroad.
Prior to DRA Advisors and Westbrook Partners, Mr. Hejl shortly worked at the real estate investment banking group at Citigroup in New York. Mr. Hejl earned a business degree in Finance and Real Estate with a concentration in Economics from the University of Miami School of Business and graduated with honors.