Our Team

Blake Wettengel

Blake Wettengel

Chief Executive Officer

As Chief Executive Officer of Book and Ladder and its related entities, Blake Wettengel is responsible for the creation of a firm that is now recognized nationally as a leading real estate operating company that has acquired, managed, and/or developed well in excess of $1 billion in real estate investments with properties across the country. Under Mr. Wettengel’s leadership, his firms have received multiple awards including a ranking in the Inc. 500, recognizing the fastest growing companies in the country. 

Mr. Wettengel holds a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He practiced law from 2005 to 2015, specializing in real estate and corporate transactions and related tax and securities matters. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree with honors from Brigham Young University.

Tanya Muro

Tanya Muro

Chief Operating Officer

Tanya Muro is Chief Operating Officer of Book and Ladder and its related entities. With over 20 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry, Mrs. Muro has closed more than $2 billion in real estate equity, beneficial interests, LLC/LP interests, land development and oil and gas transactions, including the country’s first tenant in common acquisition. 

Mrs. Muro has managed over 3,500 investors while heading Business Development at multiple firms, including Nelson Brothers Professional Real Estate, which was ranked in the Inc. 500 as one of the fastest growing real estate companies in the country. Mrs. Muro has broad knowledge of regulatory bodies, including NASD, FINRA and the SEC and holds a B.A. from Loyola Marymount University.

Dillon Deffense

President

Dillon has overseen the leasing and marketing strategy of over 4,000 multi-family units, including 10,0000 student housing beds. Dillon joined the real estate industry after a career of leading operational, sales, and corporate finance teams across multiple divisions of PepsiCo.

Leveraging his unique background, Dillon has implemented successful strategies at Book & Ladder, setting the standard in the industry with digital marketing and overall leasing of student housing properties. Dillon holds a Master of Business Administration from Utah Valley University and a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Brigham Young University-Hawaii. Dillon is an expert in the industry and a member of Forbes Real Estate Council where he has contributed to multiple real estate articles published by Forbes.