Thomas Ruffing is a Managing Director of Blackstone's Real Estate Debt Strategies group and is based in New York. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Ruffing was Chief Credit Officer of CT Investment Management Co., LLC, a commercial real estate investment manager and rated special servicer that was wholly owned by Capital Trust, Inc. and acquired by Blackstone in December 2012. Mr. Ruffing’s responsibilities include asset management of the investment portfolios, as well as special servicing and CDO collateral management activities for Blackstone Real Estate Debt Strategies. Prior to joining Capital Trust, Inc., Mr. Ruffing worked at JP Morgan Chase in the Real Estate & Lodging Investment Banking Group. Mr. Ruffing’s responsibilities included structured corporate real estate finance transactions, major asset property sales, and the restructuring and workout of real estate loans. Mr. Ruffing holds a B.S. and an M.E. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Virginia and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School.