FOUNDING PARTNER: CHRISTOPHER BLEDSOE
Chris is a founding partner of Ollie, leaving behind his finance career in 2011 to focus his full time and energy on his passion for the development of micro-suites. Chris’ prior experience as both an institutional investor and an angel investor in the consumer sector, and more specifically his observations of insight-driven segmentation strategies pursued by branded consumer goods companies, led him to re-imagine how the multi-family housing sector could, and should, be very different if only real estate developers would segment and innovate their product as a consumer category rather than as a commoditized asset class or an investment vehicle. Before making the entrepreneurial leap, Chris was a consumer staples analyst with Chicago-based hedge fund Citadel Investment Group. He joined Citadel in 2009 following six years as a sell-side equity research analyst, including an initial stint as a Junior Analyst covering packaged food stocks for JPMorgan; then as an Associate at Lehman Brothers, Inc., where the team was consistently awarded Wall Street’s top ranking by Institutional Investor (I.I.) magazine and Greenwich Associates; and finally, as Vice President with Senior Analyst coverage responsibility for the Agribusiness sector. As a Senior Analyst with Lehman Brothers and subsequently Barclays, Chris was designated Wall Street’s “Best Up and Comer” in the Food/Agribusiness sector according to the annual investor survey published by I.I. magazine. Likewise, based on tracking by Bloomberg Professional Services, his investment recommendations produced the highest total returns among Wall Street analysts in his sector group, outperforming the S&P 500 index by over 40% in the period measured. Chris’ entrepreneurial roots pre-date Ollie. He co-founded the online education company Essay101.com, LLC, out of his dormroom in June 2000. The company has been profitable and cash flow positive since its inception, and is currently staffed by a fulltime employee base and a network of over 60 editors who collectively service and support a wide range of client partnerships, from well-established industry players like Sylvan Learning Centers to online startups like TestRockercom. Separately, Chris is one of the initial seed investors in the organic baby food manufacturer, Happy Family Brands, which boasts nationwide distribution in most major grocers, including Whole Foods, Target and Wal-Mart, and was acquired by global food giant Groupe Danone in 2013. He also serves as an informal advisor to other food startups, including popsicle maker Ruby’s Naturals as well as egg substitute manufacturer Beyond Eggs. Additionally, Chris helped to incubate Fit For Good, LLC, a style-oriented rewards program providing personal fashion consulting and deep apparel discounts to individuals who experience a transformation in their figure due to the achievement of a meaningful fitness or weight loss goal.
FOUNDING PARTNER: ANDREW BLEDSOE
Andrew is a founding partner of Ollie. In 2011, Andrew left his career after seven years in investment banking to join his brother Chris in their shared goal of proliferating micro-housing units throughout New York City and beyond. After first conceiving of the idea for a microsuite in 2005, the brothers designed a prototype unit which successfully operated for five years in New York’s Financial District. The lessons learned from living in and operating the prototype formed the foundation for the rollout strategy of Ollie’s modern day, fully code compliant microsuite. Before 2011, Andrew served as Managing Director for Oppenheimer Investments where he advised multi-national industry leaders on how to access the capital markets using a proprietary non-recourse structured finance mechanism. While at Oppenheimer, and for a nine month period leading up to the 2008 Summer Olympics, Andrew relocated to Beijing where he was tasked with originating a first-of-its-kind cross border transaction for a public/private joint-venture with a Chinese State Owned Entity. The $241 million offering included the financing of the first phase of construction of an eventual 1.2 million tonne polyvinyl chloride and related facilities plant in the Xinjiang region of the PRC. Prior to joining Oppenheimer Andrew was an Analyst with Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc. in the office of Alan D. Schwartz, the final CEO at the time of JPMorgan’s acquisition in 2008. While at Bear Andrew worked under Mr. Schwartz’s Senior Advisor, Jonathan S. Barnett, where he participated in a number of global private placement advisories including the financing of a $925 million offering for a to-be-built $15 billion megacity in the Sultanate of Oman. Andrew holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Finance from the University of Central Florida.
PARTNER: JONATHAN SIMON
Jonathan H. Simon is a partner in Ollie and the Founder & CEO of Simon Baron Development LLC. He has been investing in, asset managing and renovating real estate since 1988. He first entered the real estate business with The Donald Zucker Company and then formed the predecessor to Simon Baron in 1990. Mr. Simon began as a general contractor and subsequently commenced the acquisition and renovation of both residential and commercial spaces for his own account. Mr. Simon takes a long term ownership view with respect to the real estate investment. In addition, Mr. Simon believes in creating an alignment of interests and incentive to perform. Mr. Simon currently sits on the Board of Trustees of BRT Realty Trust, which is a New York Stock Exchange listed mortgage REIT (NYSE: BRT). Mr. Simon graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1987 and attended the Real Estate Institute at New York University.
PARTNER: MATTHEW BARON
Matthew M. Baron is a partner in Ollie and the President of Simon Baron Development LLC. He has substantial experience in the financial valuation and structuring of real estate transactions and as a financial intermediary has financed over $2 billion of real estate transactions across a broad range of property types including multi‐family, office, hospitality, commercial and industrial. In addition, Mr. Baron has also raised capital for traditional lending institutions, as well as for private funds. Mr. Baron graduated with a B.S. in Finance from New York University’s Stern School of Business and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School.
ASSOCIATE: DON (YUKI) TOMITA
Prior to joining Ollie, Don worked for RTKL Associates. He has experience on the design side of the real estate industry, having worked on national and international projects, including healthcare, residential and commercial work. Don holds a Master’s of Architecture and graduated with distinction from Pratt Institute’s School of Architecture and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Architecture from Miami University.
DIRECTOR OF DESIGN: JACQUELINE SCHMIDT
Jacqueline is Director of Design for Ollie. She brings years of experience designing both conventional and compact spaces in both commercial and residential settings. Her interiors have been featured in numerous publications, including Dwell Magazine, Elle Decoration, Readymade, Tiny House Hunting, The Design Sponge at Home book, Page Six Magazine, Coastal Living, Domino, and Casa de Abitare, with one of her spaces being voted Best of NY Interiors by New York Magazine. Her expertise in small space living was also showcased in the number one documentary of 2016, "Minimalism." In addition to her interior work, Jacqueline is an accomplished graphic and product designer. In 2007, she founded the paper goods company, Screech Owl Design, whose products are carried worldwide in over 1000 stores including Anthropologie, ABC Carpet and Home, The MoMa Store and others. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Vogue, New York Magazine, Better Homes and Gardens, and more. Jacqueline is the author and illustrator of two children’s books in “The Patchwork Adventures” (POW!) and two adult coloring books, Dream Dresses and Birds on Bikes, published by the Quercus imprint of Hachette Books. Jacqueline holds a BFA from SUNY Purchase and an MFA from the Pratt Institute where she graduated with distinction. She is also a licensed real estate broker.
Director of Design
DIRECTOR, REAL ESTATE PARTNERSHIPS: ANDY LEVIN
Andrew is Director of Real Estate Partnerships for Ollie, where he is responsible for sourcing and closing strategic partnerships. Prior to joining Ollie, he spent 7 years at Lehman Brothers & Barclays Capital, where he was a Vice President on the institutional equity sales desk, and most recently worked at The Ackman-Ziff Real Estate Group underwriting debt and equity transactions on behalf of developers. He has led fundraising efforts for the Camp Cedar Scholarship fund which provides underprivileged children scholarships to attend camp, and is a mentor with Year Up. Andrew graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Director of Real Estate Partnerships
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS: LUIS PARDILLO
Luis is the Director of Operations for Ollie. He is primarily responsible for construction project management, resident on-boarding and vendor relationships. Before Ollie, Luis worked in telecom operations with at&t mobility, managing the Real Estate portfolio in the South Central and Northeast United States. Luis received a Bachelor of Science from Universityof Central Florida from the Rosen School of Hospitality Management.
Director of Operations
ASSOCIATE: DAVID WEINSTEIN
David is an Analyst for Ollie primarily responsible for financial modeling and feasibility analysis. Before Ollie, David worked in various positions in real estate finance, development, operations, and hospitality. David received a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration and minored in real estate and natural resources. As an undergrad, David was actively involved in real estate and entrepreneurship, publishing extensive research on the Target’s Entrance into the Canadian retail landscape and the applicability of 3D concrete construction for low income housing. He was a President of the Real Estate Club and a member of the winning real estate case competition team representing Cornell at the 2014 International Hotel Investment Forum in Berlin.
ASSOCIATE: TANIN PAISARNSRISIN
Tanin currently holds the position of Associate at Ollie. Prior to joining the company, Tanin worked for a coworking startup in New York City, another example of the sharing economy’s influence on the real estate sector. His previous experiences in finance include asset management, trading and risk management. With a family background in construction and development, he is familiar with the mechanics of the real estate industry and takes particular interest in residential development and design. Tanin holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering with an Economics minor from Purdue University and holds a Masters in Real Estate Development from Columbia University.
DESIGN ASSOCIATE: CATHERINE LEUNG
Prior to joining Ollie, Catherine has worked in home goods and accessories design. She also has experience in high end event design and planning. She is interested in the psychology of design, and the relationships that people create with their objects and environments.
She holds a BS in Industrial Design from New Jersey Institute of Technology.
REGIONAL DIRECTOR OF REAL ESTATE PARTNERSHIPS, WEST COAST: ELLEN PARRY
Ellen joined Ollie in July 2016 to lead the expansion strategy for the co-living platform on the West Coast. Ellen’s experience in urban development, specifically on key projects in the Downtown Los Angeles (DTLA) renaissance, confirmed her belief in the future for micro-unit development and coliving in the residential sector. Before joining Ollie, Ellen served as associate development manager for Mack Urban’s DTLA multifamily high-rise development. Prior to her work in project management, Ellen played a key role on the JLL Development Asset Strategy team, a national land and development brokerage group. As a senior analyst, Ellen focused on complex multi-phase redevelopment feasibility, including the $6 billion, 8,000-unit master plan for Treasure and Yerba Buena Islands in San Francisco, California. In 2014, Ellen received a Community Impact Award from the Los Angeles Business Council for her work supporting revitalization of the Los Angeles River and river adjacent neighborhoods. Ellen began her career as a sustainability associate with Krout & Associates, a Southern California strategic planning group, advising on climate adaptation and mitigation strategies for West Coast cities. Her core value system remains rooted in sustainable development, informing her support for the future of coliving. Ellen Parry holds a Master’s of Planning with Deans Merit Scholar distinction from the University of Southern California (USC) and a USC Bachelor’s degree in International Relations.
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Real Estate Partnerships, West Coast
COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER: MEGHAN DAVEY
Meghan joined Ollie as the communications manager in July of 2016. Prior to this role, she served as the Digital Marketing Strategist for Eason, Ireland's largest chain of retail bookstores, where she specialized in content creation, SEO, and paid advertising campaigns. Meghan achieved her master's degree in Digital Marketing from University College Dublin in 2014 and holds a bachelor's degree in Applied Psychology from Boston College.
ASSOCIATE: LEO YU
Leo is currently an Associate at Ollie. Trained as an architect, he worked at Los Angeles-based award-winning firm, Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects, as well as an internationally acclaimed architecture office in Rome, Studio Fuksas prior to joining the team. His past professional experience involved working on residential complexes, mixed-use developments and cultural institutions from schematic design to construction phases. Leo received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from University of Southern California with high honors; and a Master of Science in Real Estate Development from Columbia University, where he was awarded the distinctive Glascock & Van Beuren Graduate Fellowship and served as a Research Fellow at the Center for Urban Real Estate at Columbia University during school.
CARMEL PLACE COMMUNITY MANAGER: NICOLE KELNER
Nicole serves as the live-in Community Manager for Ollie at Carmel Place. Before joining the team, Nicole organized programming for the traveling coworking community, Hacker Paradise. She is the co-founder and COO of the Coding Space, an after-school program that teaches children to code. Nicole received her bachelor's degree in advertising from Penn State University in 2015.
Carmel Place Community Manager