March 2013

  • Mar
    26

Ram Promotes Chris Witker to Regional Director Investments in Southeast — John Strzalka New Florida Regional Director

March 26, 2013

Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., March 16, 2013 – Chris Witker has been promoted to Regional Director of Investments for Ram, a leading real estate investment management firm headquartered in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.  Mr. Witker, a six-year veteran at Ram, will concentrate on expanding the company’s portfolio of investments in Georgia, Tennessee and Kentucky markets.  Previously, he covered the Florida market.

John Strzalka now joins Ram as Regional Director of Investments for Florida.  Mr. Strzalka has a strong retail and acquisition background.  He comes to Ram from Global Fund Investments, LLC, in Acquisitions.  Previously, he was at Equity One.  Both Witker and Strzalka report to Jim Stine, Chief Investment Officer.

“Ram is bullish on the Southeast, which has seen some of the strongest job growth in the US,” said Jim Stine. “Both Chris Witker and John Strzalka give Ram a strong presence on the ground.  By appointing top investment professionals to concentrate on key markets, we are demonstrating a strong commitment of resources to establishing stronger partnerships and increasing investments in these markets.”

  • Mar
    21

Ram Announces Expansion of its Capital Markets and Investor Relations Team

March 21, 2013

Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., March 18, 2013 – Jonathan Porter has been named Vice President of Capital Markets for Ram, a leading real estate investment management firm headquartered in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Mr. Porter will join the firm’s investment group, which is led by Jim Stine, Chief Investment Officer. He will have leadership responsibility for the Company’s debt capital market relationships and will actively manage a variety of Ram borrowings. Prior to joining Ram, Mr. Porter served in a similar capacity on behalf of a regionally focused real estate private equity fund. He began his career as an underwriter and commercial lender with First Union National Bank.

“The addition of Jonathan is a key part of our continued growth. Real estate is a capital-intensive business and we deeply value the relationships we have with our debt partners. Jonathan will strengthen these relationships, as well as adding some new ones. His background on both the lending and principal side is a perfect match for our team”, said Casey Cummings, Ram’s Chief Executive Officer.

In addition to Porter joining the team, Ram announced that Brian Bode has been promoted to Managing Director – Investor Relations. Brian began working with the firm in 2011 and has now assumed full responsibility for institutional capital raising and structuring of private equity funds, as well as programmatic joint ventures. Brian will be working directly with the Company’s Chief Executive Officer and the fund administration and reporting team. Prior to joining Ram, Brian served in a similar capacity on behalf of a regionally focused private equity fund. He also served as a Executive Director and Managing Director for UBS Investment Bank and Atlantic Pacific Capital. He began his career in public accounting at KPMG and later as a manager of private market investments for the BellSouth (now, AT&T) pension fund.

“Brian has been a key member of our team for close to two years. We are pleased to have him become a part of the senior leadership of the firm. With an expanding investor base, it is important to have a dedicated senior professional focusing on their needs and objectives. We firmly believe that investments in our team are as important as the real estate investments that we make on a regular basis. The addition of Jonathon and the promotion of Brian are key ingredients to our continued growth.”

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Brian Bode  –                                                        Jonathan Porter –

Managing Director, Investor Relations                 VP, Capital Markets