Robert LaChapelle is Vice Chairman and leads CBRE’s Debt & Structured Finance Group in Atlanta, Georgia. Upon graduating from Tulane University in 1983, Mr. LaChapelle began his career with Coldwell Banker in New Orleans, Louisiana as an apartment broker. In 1986, he accepted a position with Coldwell Banker’s Financial Services division in Atlanta as a mortgage banker specializing in multi-family finance.
In 1988, Mr. LaChapelle accepted a position with First Fidelity Mortgage in Atlanta where he continued his specialization in multi-family finance and expanded his relationships to include numerous life insurance correspondents and pension clients. In 1993, Mr. LaChapelle joined Shoptaw-James, Inc., later becoming a partner in the firm. L.J. Melody & Company (now CBRE’s Debt & Structured Finance Group) acquired Shoptaw-James, Inc. in May 1998.
Since 1993, Mr. LaChapelle has continued to focus his efforts in procuring debt and equity for multi-family clients, and has been instrumental in originating new sources of debt and equity for the company’s clientele, in addition to agency lenders, such as Freddie Mac and FNMA.
Mr. LaChapelle enjoys numerous relationships with life insurance companies and pension clients interested in providing both debt and equity financing to the multifamily industry.
In 2011, Mr. LaChapelle was among the top 25 producers within the entire CBRE platform. He was awarded the Coldwell Colbert Circle Award in 2002, 2003, 2005, 2008 - 2016 and 2018 (which recognizes the top three percent of commissioned salespeople worldwide.) Mr. LaChapelle’s transactional experience is extensive, totaling in excess of $22.5 billion.
- Licensed Real Estate Salesperson, Georgia
- Mortgage Bankers Association, Member
- State Farm Life Insurance, Former Advisory Board Member
- PPM America, Former Advisory Board Member
- Nationwide Life Insurance, Former Advisory Board Member
- FreddieMac, Former Advisory Board Co-Chair
- Top 25 producer within entire CBRE platform - 2011
- Recipient of Coldwell Colbert Circle Award which recognizes the top 3 percent of commissioned sales people worldwide - 2002, 2003, 2005, 2008 - 2016, 2018.
- B.S., Management, Tulane University
- Atlanta Real Estate Collaborative (AREC) - Founding Board Member
A group of private individuals with extensive real estate experience who have come together in an effort to address homelessness in the metropolitan Atlanta area. By teaming up with premier firms in Atlanta AREC has created a network of expertise whose mission is to advocate, educate and end homelessness - arec.org
- 3 Stars Communities - Founding Board Member
Organization that purchases and transforms blighted apartment communities and further teams with local partners to bring educational, medical and community building initiatives to residents. Philanthropic support and private investments are leveraged to purchase and renovate these communities which are then operated utilizing a proven affordable housing model.
- Cool Girls - Annual Supporter
Organization whose mission is to empower Atlanta girls, breaking the cycle of poverty, low self-esteem and teen pregnancy. Weekly afterschool programs for 2nd to 8th grade age girls provide academic support, life-skills development, physical fitness and nutrition programs and exposure to science, technology, engineering and math.