About Blackfish

Our Name and company values

Orca Whales, also known as Killer Whales or Blackfish, are known for their intelligence, loyalty to their family pod, and a great ability to work together with ingenuity for the greater benefit of the group. As an organization we find great inspiration in the Blackfish and try to emulate their strength, intelligence, innovation, and loyalty.

Combined, the Blackfish Investments partners have over 40 years of development and student housing experience, have acquired over $1 Billion in student housing assets, underwritten over $2.5 Billion of real estate acquisitions, and have been involved in the development of hundreds of millions of dollars of real estate projects.


Dave Freeman

Over the past 30+ years, Dave as an owner and operator has overseen the acquisition, development, renovation, financing, and management of over $1 Billion of student housing assets.

Dave has served as National Director of Lending at Equitec Financial Group, as Executive Vice President of Acquisitions for Campus Crest Communities (NYSE—CCG), and as president of Glenwood Intermountain Properties.

Dave also served on the founding advisory board of Property Solutions (now Entrata), an award winning, high-tech, property management web portal and on-line software service provider.


Justin Earl

Justin brings 12 years of development experience from having worked with some of the largest real estate players in Utah and regionally. 

Prior to Blackfish, Justin was Director of Acquisitions and Development with the largest multifamily developer in Utah, ICO (Ivory Commercial). Before ICO, Justin worked with Phillips Edison & Company, a public/private REIT specializing in grocery anchored shopping centers throughout the US. Justin was also the Land Acquisition Manager and the Development Manager for Alpine Homes, a subsidiary of a “Top 50” private home building company in the US. 


Josh Freeman

Josh is a corporate and real estate attorney working out of Salt Lake City. Josh's practice focuses on the startup and commercial real estate verticals. Josh is a husband, father of four, and a disruptive innovation enthusiast.  When Josh is not in the office or with his family, he can be found on the tennis court.