Ram’s principals manage a team of approximately 40 dedicated professionals. The principals average 31 years of industry experience and an 18-year tenure with Ram. One or more of the principals is directly involved in all aspects of sourcing, evaluating and executing each investment.
Our team of real estate professionals brings comprehensive market knowledge, relationships, and experience to the table. The team provides investment, asset, project and development management services to Ram sponsored funds and investments.
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Ram is an equal opportunity employer and a drug-free workplace. Ram treats each individual fairly without regard to race, color, gender, religion, age, national origin, or disability in all employment decisions.
At Ram, the people and projects are a big part of our history and culture. The company continues to evolve, but the impact that the founders, partners and team members (both past and present) have had on the Company’s mission and values remains at our core: the importance of perseverance; the value of building things that last; the dignity of hard work; and the understanding that everyone deserves to be treated with respect ‐ this legacy is part of what we stand for and who we are.
In 1921, Maxwell Cummings leased 440 Saint Catherine Street in Montreal. After achieving success as a shoe salesman, he signed the $400 per month lease with the intention of opening his own shoe store. Just a few weeks later, he found a restaurant operator to take half of the space for $400 per month. Soon thereafter, he found another businessman to take the balance of the space at a handsome profit. This was the end of Maxwell’s shoe career and the beginning of a real estate story that spanned over 70 years. Over the next several decades, he and his sons Robert and Jack participated in the development of several residential and commercial projects in Canada and the United States.
In 1978, Peter Cummings formed Southern Realty Group for the purpose of developing Martin Downs, a 2,600-acre master planned community located in Martin County, Florida. Today, Martin Downs contains over 4,000 homes, 500,000 square feet of commercial space, a marina, 54 holes of golf, a town center, nursing home, assisted-living facility, and several civic uses. Developing a community of that size required an ability to work with government, understand the consumer, pay attention to detail, and most importantly, be patient and persistent. Following substantial completion of Martin Downs, Peter Cummings formed the predecessor entity to Ram to continue the development and acquisition of commercial and residential projects.
HOW WE TRANSFORMED
In 1991, Casey Cummings joined the company as it began to expand into commercial and multifamily redevelopment. In 2010, Casey Cummings was promoted to Chief Executive Officer and the firm added a new Principal and President – Jim Stine. During that year, the Company expanded into North Carolina and added a regional office. Two additional members of the senior management team, Karen Geller and Jennifer Stull-Wise became Principals in 2011 and 2014, respectively. As part of the succession plan, Casey Cummings acquired Peter Cummings’ remaining interest in the Company in 2015, allowing for an increased sharing of incentive compensation among team members. In 2017, the Company’s operating name was changed to Ram Realty Advisors to better reflect the Company’s evolving investment strategy and capital sources.