Prior to forming Helix Funds in 2003, Mr. Helfand worked at Equity Office Properties (NYSE:EOP) where he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer. During his tenure at Equity Office, Mr. Helfand supervised more than $13 billion of investment activity, including EOP's mergers with Cornerstone Properties and Spieker Properties. Prior to joining Equity Office in 1998, Mr. Helfand served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Equity Lifestyle Properties, Inc. (NYSE: ELS). Until recently, Mr. Helfand has served as a Member of the Board of Directors of ELS.
He has also served as a Managing Director of Equity International Properties, a private equity fund sponsored by Samuel Zell, focusing on international real estate investment.
Mr. Helfand holds a master's degree from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and a bachelor's degree from Northwestern University.