Our Team

JOHN BLANCHETTE
SENIOR MANAGER

John joined the Kelso Team in the spring of 2007 and currently manages the Team’s business development, marketing and customer relations. John grew up in Menlo Park, located in Northern California’s Bay Area and decided to move south after high school to attend UCLA. From there John joined Douglas Emmett, a commercial real estate firm located in Santa Monica, CA. There John gained valuable management and communication skills while managing over 400,000 square-feet of office space. Over the course of his career with the Kelso Team, John has successfully managed and contributed to over $500 Million in Funded Loan Volume. During his time at UCLA, John was Team Captain and Academic All-American on the Men’s Water Polo Team, winning a Division I NCAA Championship in 2004. In 2005, John was awarded the Jack Bariteau Jr., “Most Inspirational” Award for his extraordinary play and exceptional daily work ethic. John is an avid UCLA and Laker’s fan, and in his free time enjoys swimming and playing golf. John, his wife Ingrid and their young children Jack & Emma live in Laguna Niguel, California and are actively involved in their local and church community.