Executive Team

Executive Team

Executive Team

Ryan Freedman — Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Ryan Freedman is the Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Corigin, the private investment firm he formed in 2010. Mr. Freedman has built Corigin's real estate business into synergistic platforms focused on condominium development, multi-family rentals, student housing, property management and lending. His vision drives Corigin to embrace a culture of strategic and creative thought, rigorous execution and a commitment to excellence. The firm continues to develop a collaborative environment adopted by a team of experienced, dedicated and impactful individuals.

Fueled by Mr. Freedman's thirst for innovation and his interest in technology he is responsible for the expansion of Corigin into an early-stage venture capital firm. Corigin Ventures supports founders who are impacting the future of consumer behavior and daily living with a focus on areas that include consumer, mobile, marketplaces, on-demand economy, Internet of Things, retail innovation and real estate technology.

Previous to Corigin, Mr. Freedman began his career developing condominium projects in South Florida. He later moved to New York to oversee the US operations of Coalco, a multi-national real estate developer focused on large-scale development and Coral Realty, a student-housing operator exclusive to New York University. In 2010, Mr. Freedman acquired and distributed out assets from these partnerships to create Corigin.

Mr. Freedman earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in Real Estate and Urban Land Economics. He is an active member of the Young Presidents' Organization and a board member of Zeel, a technology and logistics company servicing the wellness space. As a believer in the power of the crowd he is actively involved with X Prize. A Florida native, Ryan Freedman now lives in New York City.

Edward Baquero — President of Corigin Real Estate Group

Mr. Baquero is the President of Corigin Real Estate Group and is responsible for the day-to-day operations and the development activities of the company. Mr. Baquero has more than twenty years of real estate investment and development experience.

Prior to joining Corigin, Mr. Baquero served as President and CEO of Landmark Development LLC, an investment and development firm, which was acquired by Corigin in 2004. Prior to founding Landmark, Mr. Baquero founded Dominion Ventures Inc. in 1988, which included Dominion Properties Inc. and Dominion Hospitality Inc., private investment companies that developed, owned and operated real estate and hospitality businesses.

Mr. Baquero holds an MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business and London School of Economics, and an MS from NYU in Property Asset Management. Mr. Baquero has served as a member of New York University’s adjunct faculty where he taught corporate finance and is an active member of several of its boards, including Vice President of the Alumni Board of Directors.

Spencer Romoff — Vice President and General Counsel

Mr. Romoff is Vice President & General Counsel of Corigin and has over fifteen years of legal experience in tax, accounting, finance, and general real estate matters. Prior to joining Corigin, Mr. Romoff served as Senior Counsel and Director of Business Development at America Online, Inc. Prior to America Online, Mr. Romoff was a senior tax associate at Proskauer Rose LLP.

Mr. Romoff holds a JD from the American University Washington College of Law where he graduated with Honors, a Masters in Tax law from NYU School of Law, and a BA from the University of Texas at Austin.

Bill Culkin — Chief Financial Officer

Bill Culkin joined Corigin in 2015 as Chief Financial Officer. In this role, he is responsible for directing the company’s financial policies and overseeing all accounting functions.

Prior to joining Corigin, Mr. Culkin held the position of Senior Vice President of Accounting for New York City based Silverstein Properties, Inc. He was responsible for the accounting of the firm’s 10 million square foot portfolio of office and multi-family properties. In addition he developed the accounting and reporting infrastructure to meet the needs of the company’s growth.

Prior to Silverstein he held senior financial positions at Broadway Partners, LLC and WP Commercial, LLC, an affiliate of Goldman Sachs & Co.

Mr. Culkin received a BBA degree in accounting from Niagara University.

Will Olivares — Vice President

Mr. Olivares is Vice President of Corigin and is responsible for orchestrating and collaborating with internal and external team members to execute the firm’s investment initiatives. Mr. Olivares has over ten years spanning the full gamut of real estate development, finance, sales/marketing, design construction, and project management. Most recently, Mr. Olivares headed the Miami office of Coalco, Corigin’s predecessor company, where he oversaw day-to-day operations for a two million square foot ground-up development. Prior to joining Coalco, Mr. Olivares served as Vice President of Development for Landmark Development LLC, a real estate investment and development company that specialized in luxury residential development.

Mr. Olivares earned a Bachelor of Science degree from New York University with distinction as an honors scholar.

Greg Gleason, CFA — Director of Finance

Mr. Gleason is the Director of Finance at Corigin and is responsible for evaluating Corigin’s investment transactions, designing capital structures, and sourcing financing. Prior to joining Corigin, Mr. Gleason held various positions at DLJ Real Estate Capital Partners (“DLJ”), a $4 billion global real estate private equity manager. At DLJ, Mr. Gleason was responsible for opportunistic real estate acquisitions and asset management. During his four-year tenure at DLJ, Mr. Gleason participated in the investment of over $400 million of equity capital. Prior to DLJ, Mr. Gleason was an associate of Deutsche Bank Berkshire Mortgage in their special asset management department, where he specialized in commercial loan restructurings, loan resolution, and REO portfolio.

Mr. Gleason graduated from Emory University with a BA in Economics and has been a CFA Charter holder since 2007. Mr. Gleason previously served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Real Estate Finance Association (REFA) in Boston.

Christopher Jett — Director

Mr. Jett is a Director at Corigin. He is primarily responsible for the CMA platform and its property management affiliate. He has been operating the day-to-day oversight and direction of our New York University (NYU) student-housing portfolio since 2009. Corigin’s NYU student housing portfolio includes five buildings master-leased to NYU, containing 715 apartments and housing 2,400 students.

Prior to joining Corigin, Mr. Jett worked for City Center Investments where he served as its Senior Project Manager on various multi-family projects.

Mr. Jett served in the United States Coast Guard for three years and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Buffalo with a BA in Political Science.

Jonathan Grzyb — Director

Mr. Grzyb is a Director at Corigin. He is primarily responsible for the CMA platform and its property management affiliate. Mr. Grzyb brings diverse experience to the investment platform from both the public and private sector in project management, leadership, and strategy development. Prior to joining Corigin, Mr. Grzyb served in an advisory role to the Secretary of Homeland Security.

Mr. Grzyb received a Bachelor of Science with high honors from the United States Coast Guard Academy and holds a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard Business School.

Megan Maciejowski — Director

Ms. Maciejowski is a Director at Corigin and has over ten (10) years of experience in real estate finance and transaction management. Prior to joining Corigin, Ms. Maciejowski served as Vice President in the Real Estate Finance and Securitization Group at Credit Suisse where she managed due diligence and closing on more than 400 transactions valued at more than $6 billion.

Ms. Maciejowski graduated with distinction from the University of Kansas with a BS from the School of Journalism and Mass Communications.