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Bo Diamond

Bo Diamond, 39

Co-Founder & Managing Partner

Capital Partners

Fayetteville

Professional achievements
• Navigated the worst of the stormy market of the last two years without losing any investor money. Caisson Capital has remained conservative, completing three acquisitions and one successful exit. It’s now poised for growth as the macro environment turns and more acquisition opportunities present themselves.

Community involvement
Revenue Committee chair and young professionals mentoring, Arkansas chapter of the Urban Land Institute; previously taught classes in real estate finance as an adjunct professor, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.

Most valuable lesson learned
“Always be true to your core values. If you are unwavering in that regard, you will navigate challenges with integrity, attract like-minded partners and find opportunities that align with your strengths.”

Professional inspiration
“I studied architectural design in school and then spent the early years of my career on a capital markets desk at a major investment bank. Combining my love for the built environment with my transactional expertise is my inspiration.”

Where you see yourself in 10 years
“Running Caisson Capital Partners, a multifamily investment and development firm with over $1 billion of assets under management.”

Career dream as a child
“Firefighter, F-16 pilot or theoretical physicist.”

One word to describe you
“Student.”

First job and lesson learned
“It wasn’t my first job, but an early one was as an architecture intern at a successful firm in Atlanta. I worked there for three years, and it was an incredible experience. I learned a great deal, and the most impactful lesson was that I didn’t really want to be a professional architect. Unfortunately, the unbounded creativity that excited me in the classroom is very rare in the real world. To this day, I love every interaction that I have with architects, both personally and professionally.”

Top challenge facing Arkansas
“Arkansas is near the bottom of state rankings of median income per capita. I’m not an expert in economic development, but I’ve always believed that it starts with education.”

Advice for future 40 Under 40 honorees
“Don’t ever compromise your values.”

Learning from a mentor
“I have about a dozen close relationships outside my company who advise me, but my closest advisers are my partners. For 12 years in New York, I learned hard skills and perfect attention to detail. My current partners — Brian, Scott and now David — have taught me how to do real business with real people.”

Professional “aha” moment
“Since moving to Arkansas and starting Caisson Capital, I’ve learned that technical skills and knowledge of ‘industry best practices’ will only get you so far. Well-drafted operating agreements are essential, but businesses are built on relationships and trust.”

Most fulfilling career moment
“I recently had an investor tell me that he thought that our behavior — specifically canceling a deal to Caisson’s detriment but to our investors’ benefit — was incredibly rare and cemented trust. That was a proud moment.”

Making Arkansas more attractive to young professionals
“I can’t speak to other parts of the state, but northwest Arkansas is already attractive to young professionals. The area has really hit an inflection point, and I’m thrilled to be right in the center of it.”

Best thing about Arkansas
“The economic drivers and growth trends in northwest Arkansas are incredible. Unfortunately for me, the secret is out in the broader real estate investment community.”

Advice for your 18-year-old self
“That was a pretty tough time in my life for various reasons. If I could return to 2002, I’d just listen and try to be supportive. I’d also tell myself to buy and hold Apple, Amazon and Netflix, each of which returned more than 34,000% from 2002-24.”

How you define success
“Success is achieving one’s ambition while staying true to one’s values.”

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40 Under 40

June 10, 2025

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