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Richard J. Byrne

Mr. Byrne has been the President of Benefit Street Partners since 2013. He also serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Development Corporation of America and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Benefit Street Partners Realty Trust, Inc., since 2016. Mr. Byrne is also the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Broadtree Residential, Inc. and Broadstone Real Estate Access Fund, since 2020. Mr. Byrne currently serves on the Board of New York Road Runners (since 2009). He is also the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Kasai Elite Grappling Championships.


  • 1999 to 2013: Chief Executive Officer, Deutsche Bank Securities, Inc. (2008-2013); Global Co-Head of Capital Markets at Deutsche Bank (2006-2013); member of the Global Banking Executive Committee and the Global Markets Executive Committee (2001-2010).
  •  1985 to 1999: Global Co-Head of the Leveraged Finance Group and Global Head of Credit Research at Merrill Lynch & Co.
  • Highly-ranked credit research analyst, principally in the gaming, lodging and leisure sector


  • Mr. Byrne graduated with a B.A. from Binghamton University and a Masters of Management from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
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