Vivek Seth – Immediate Past Chair
Immediate Past Chair
Vivek has more than 25 years of corporate finance and real estate experience in the USA and India, with involvement in over 325 transactions worth more than $80 billion. He is Vice Chairman of Investment Banking at Raymond James and Managing Director of the real estate investment banking group which is involved with public and private offerings and mergers and acquisitions within the real estate, hospitality, and home building industries. Prior to joining Raymond James in 2001, he was a senior member of the real estate investment banking group at J.P. Morgan, where he was involved in several landmark real estate transactions in the United States, Europe, and Latin America. Prior to J.P. Morgan, Mr. Seth was one of the three founding members of the real estate group at CIBC World Markets and previous to that spent eight years at Salomon Smith Barney focusing on the real estate, hospitality, and healthcare industries. He received a Bachelor of Science in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Notre Dame.
He also serves as a board member of E-Line Media, an entertainment and educational publisher, and board member of July Systems, a widely acknowledged mobile platform. Additionally, Vivek is an associate board member of NAREIT, board member of the YPO Florida and member of Urban Land Institute.
A native son of Bangalore India, Vivek has maintained a personal connection to India since moving to the USA in 1986 and is involved in numerous charitable and cultural organizations. He is a co-founder of Children Across Borders, a public charitable organization that provides financial and non-financial support to children-focused non-profit and grassroots organizations primarily in the areas of education, health, housing, and wellness across the United States and India.