Co-Founder & CEO: CHRISTOPHER BLEDSOE
Chris is Co-founder & CEO 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.
CHIEF OF STAFF, TANIN PAISARNSRISIN
Tanin currently serves as Chief of Staff at Ollie. He joined Ollie as an Analyst in 2016, looking to apply his experience in financial engineering to disrupt and optimize an industry he grew up in -real estate development and construction. As Chief of Staff, Tanin was responsible for the Series A financing round and now focuses on the strategic development and institutional fundraising activities for the rapidly-growing company.
Tanin holds a M.S. degree in real estate development from Columbia University and a B.S. in Industrial Engineering with a minor in Economics from Purdue University.
GENERAL COUNSEL: RICHARD GREEN
Rich is the General Counsel at Ollie. Prior to joining Ollie, Rich was Vice President, Senior Counsel for the Hudson Group where he oversaw legal activities for one of the largest North American travel retailers, including Hudson Group’s real estate and joint venture transactions. Rich began his career as an associate at Holland & Knight LLP and DLA Piper LLP (US), where he advised financial institutions, commercial real estate owners, developers and investors in a broad range of commercial real estate transactions. He received his B.A. from Duke University and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Georgetown University Law Center.
DIRECTOR OF PEOPLE & CULTURE: SADAF CHOUDHRY
Sadaf joined Ollie as our Director of People and Culture. She previously worked for an airport retail organization, where she spearheaded a number of company-wide initiatives for the HR team, with a special focus on employee engagement. Prior to that, she worked on the operations team for a non-profit organization. Now returning to the start-up environment, she oversees all things HR and is focused on cultivating a culture of engaged employees at Ollie.
CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER: ORI KLEIN
Ori has been working with Ollie since 2011 as a consultant helping the organization shape its technology roadmap. Now as the CTO, Ori overseeS the develoment of the company's tech ecosystem. Prior to joining, he served as an external consultant and in-house technology officer for various startups, corporations, franchises and fortune 500's in the real estate industry. Ori graduated with a degree in computer science and international marketing from Baruch College in New York City.
DIRECTOR OF REAL ESTATE PARTNERSHIPS: 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.
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.
VICE PRESIDENT OF ACQUISITIONS: TED POPOV
Ted serves as Vice President of Acquisitions at Ollie. Prior to joining Ollie, Ted worked at EJS Development | Credit, an affiliate of LS Power, where he focused on ground-up, mixed-use development and senior / mezzanine loan origination. Ted began his career in the Real Estate Investment Banking and CMBS group at Goldman Sachs where he underwrote over $4.0 billion of commercial real estate and participated in multiple advisory transactions including buy-side M&A, IPO, equity follow-on and debt financings. Ted received his Bachelor of Science from Centre College and is a Chartered Financial Analyst® charterholder.
DIRECTOR OF PROJECT DEVELOPMENT: 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.
Carlos has deep experience in high-end hospitality FF&E sourcing, project-based procurement and project management – making him a powerful asset to our business! He successfully managed and sourced products for numerous complex new construction projects in the USA and Overseas, including the $2.7 Billion Wynn Las Vegas and the $8.9 Billion Marina Bay Resort and Casino in Singapore. And purchased over $500MM of FF&E and OS&E products from various suppliers around the world. Throughout his career he created and improved the procurement and project management processes for companies like Wynn Design & Development, The Sands Corporation, ISC, Neuehouse, Pirelli and Direct Supply (to name a few) by managing each department's expectations and focusing on the companies common goals.
DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT: ELENI GILMAN-HARTS
Eleni serves as the director of Community Engagement. Prior to this role, she was the head of operations for a membership-based hospitality and events startup, where she was primarily responsible for business and marketing operations. Eleni holds a bachelor's degree in Political Science from Syracuse University.
Vice President of Hospitality: LUIS PARDILLO
Luis serves as Ollie's VP of Hospitality, overseeing 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.