Blake Whitney Thompson

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Blake Whitney Thompson is a developer, lawyer and financier.[1]

Blake Whitney Thompson.


Mr. Thompson is a Cum Laude graduate of both The Florida State University’s College of Social Sciences (B.S., 2001) and its College of Arts and Sciences (M.A., 2002). Also, Thompson holds a Juris Doctor from The Stetson College of Law, and is licensed by The Florida Bar.[2][non-primary source needed]

Real Estate[edit]

As the Managing Director for Black Orchid Equity, LLC, he deploys capital into distressed note and real estate purchases. Black Orchid Equity’s boutique private equity shop invests in lower-middle-market businesses ($20–50M revenue), with an emphasis in light manufacturing and distribution. Under varying structures and with a host of different ownership configurations, Thompson’s focus has been on creating value and contra-cyclical investing.

In 2007, Thompson began preparing for the real estate downturn and is now known as "Real Estate's Grim Reaper." The Wall Street Journal[3] noted Blake Whitney Thompson's premature attempts at bargain basement shopping in an article about his attempts to buy single family home lots from distressed home builders.[not in citation given]

In late 2008 a Tampa Bay local news network reported that Thompson, along with The Cypress Company had gathered a substantial group of high-net-worth investors in order to swiftly make investments into distressed opportunities. According to the report, they were "succeeding with a smile in a such a difficult market." [4]

In July 2010, The Daytona Beach News-Journal featured an article about Thompson's potential involvement in the local hospitality business through the pursuit of a new beach-front restaurant/bar and hotel development.[5]

Thompson acquired Moteng NA, LLC – in 2011 and has also started a hospitality company based in Florida with locations in St. Petersburg, Orlando and San Diego.[6][not in citation given][citation needed]

In 2013, eight newspapers reported that Blake's fund purchased one of the largest residential portfolios in the South.[7] Further, Thompson and his affiliates have been listed as a seed investors in numerous technology start-ups.

Thompson is a former City of St. Petersburg Mayoral Appointee to the Board of Adjustments,[citation needed] and is a recipient of the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s 30 Under 30 Award.[8]


  1. ^ Silva, Cristina (August 12, 2007). "Architectural perceptions clash". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved December 17, 2011. 
  2. ^ Member Search
  3. ^ Real Estate News - Mortgage Rates, Home Prices, Foreclosures, Property Search -
  4. ^ Boey, Valerie (December 25, 2007). "20-somethings come up with $500 million real estate plan". Tampa News, Channel 10. Retrieved December 17, 2011. 
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  6. ^ Grant, Justin (February 3, 2011). "Mandarin Hide brings cocktail culture to downtown St. Petersburg." St. Petersburg Times. Accessed December 2011.
  7. ^ . Builder Magaine  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ Porter, Arthur (letter dated September 21, 2004). "30 Under 30 (Letter)". Retrieved December 30, 2011.  Check date values in: |date= (help)

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