Team
Richard Ackerman
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Ackerman formed BRP in 2004 as an opportunistic real estate investment firm that has since invested in and managed over $800 million in assets. Prior to BRP, Mr. Ackerman was the Head of the Los Angeles office of Apollo Real Estate Advisors, overseeing all investments on the US West Coast and Japan for the global private equity firm that has invested over $7 billion of equity.

In August 1999, Mr. Ackerman was appointed by Apollo as Chief Executive Officer in order to restructure Atlantic Gulf Communities Corporation (an Apollo portfolio company) and served in that capacity until April 2001. This publicly traded development and asset management company's primary operations included the development and sale of home sites and land tracts and the construction and sale of oceanfront condominiums.

From September 1996 to August 1999, he was President and co-founder of Crocker Realty Trust, a private REIT (an Apollo portfolio company) specializing in the ownership and development of office space in the southeastern United States. Crocker Realty Trust raised additional capital from affiliates of Fidelity Management and Morgan Stanley.

Prior to 1996, he was president and co-founder of Crocker Realty Investors, a publicly traded REIT and a portfolio company of the first Apollo Real Estate Investment Fund. The company specialized in the ownership and development of office space until its sale to Highwoods Properties, Inc.

Mr. Ackerman is currently on the Board of Directors for Tulane Law School and instructs as an Adjunct Professor. Mr. Ackerman is also a former Director of Summerville Senior Living, Inc., which is one of the largest assisted living companies in the nation. Mr. Ackerman graduated with a B.A. from Tulane University and a J.D. from the Tulane School of Law.

Thomas C. Brockwell
Managing Director
Prior to joining Big Rock Partners, Mr. Brockwell was a founding partner with Crocker Partners. Crocker Partners targeted investments in office and mixed-use assets in the southeastern United States. During the period 2008-2013, Mr. Brockwell was directly involved with $950 million of investments. Mr. Brockwell oversaw all aspects of the partnership's business in Florida and Texas, including investments, asset management, property management, leasing, construction and development of office and mixed-use property types. Additionally, Mr. Brockwell was heavily involved with the partnership's capital raising efforts including the formation of a commingled discretionary private equity fund and numerous joint ventures with institutions.

Prior to founding Crocker Partners, Mr. Brockwell served as an Executive Vice President of CRT Properties, a $1.8 public REIT, and oversaw capital markets and investments for the company. Since 1994, Mr. Brockwell has overseen the acquisition, value enhancement and disposition of real estate with a value in excess of $4.5 billion.

Mr. Brockwell has been involved with institutional quality real estate in the United States for 30 years. He began his career with Cushman & Wakefield in 1986 and subsequently went on to work for the real estate subsidiary of Equitable Life before taking his first position with Crocker & Company in 1994.

Mr. Brockwell holds a Bachelor degree in economics from Villanova University.

Kevin Fong
Managing Director
Before joining Big Rock, Mr. Fong most recently served as Business Development and Marketing Consultant for the Syndiant Corporation, a microchip manufacturer based in Plano, Texas, focusing on pico-projection technologies. Prior to joining Syndiant, Mr. Fong created and managed AsiaUnique, one of the first sourcers and importers of Chinese building finishes in the United States.

Mr. Fong also worked with JF International as part of its private equity and venture capital divisions. During his time with JF International, Mr. Fong helped identify and negotiate with potential target companies to assist with early-stage or bridge financing, as well as helping implement and cultivate business opportunities and marketing strategies.

Mr. Fong graduated from Princeton University with a BA in East Asian History. He also has earned a JD, with honors, from the Chicago-Kent College of Law and an MS in biomedical science from Barry University.

Bennett Kim
Managing Director
Mr. Kim was most recently Head of Acquisitions for Carefree Communities, the fifth largest national owners and operators of manufactured housing communities and RV parks with 103 communities and 28,000 sites. Mr. Kim executed over $370 million of acquisitions, which included 20 MH and RV communities. Mr. Kim re-joined Mr. Ackerman with whom he had worked for 14 years prior to Carefree.

Prior to Carefree Mr. Kim was the Chief Investment Officer at Big Rock Partners and was responsible for acquisitions, development, asset management, and dispositions. BRP is an opportunistic real estate investment firm that has invested in and managed over $800 million in assets. Prior to BRP, Mr. Kim was a Vice President at Apollo Real Estate Advisors, a global private equity firm that has invested over $7 billion of equity. Mr. Kim was responsible for new investments and investment management from 2000 to 2006 including the development of a $400 million mixed-use project that consists of two hotels, two condominium towers, retail, office and structured parking. Mr. Kim also formulated work-out strategies for one of the largest assisted living companies in the nation.

Between 1999 to 2000, Mr. Kim was an Assistant Vice President at Oaktree Capital Management, where he evaluated and executed investments in the U.S. and Japan for funds then totaling $1.7 billion of equity.

Previously, Mr. Kim worked as an Associate at Merrill Lynch Real Estate Investment Banking, where he evaluated financing alternatives for public and private real estate companies. Mr. Kim also worked as a Senior Analyst at Walt Disney Imagineering and as an Analyst at Disney Development Company. In addition to evaluating investments and development opportunities of conventional real estate assets, Mr. Kim led feasibility studies for the development team of Disney's California Adventure, a $2 billion theme park, and helped structure a $500 million municipal bond deal through tax increment financing.

In 2006, Institutional Investor News selected Mr. Kim as one of "The 20 Rising Stars of Real Estate" in the nation. Mr. Kim graduated with an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.A. in Economics from UCLA.

Sean Nealon
Managing Director, Operations
Prior to Big Rock Partners, Mr. Nealon served as an executive director with Lifespace Communities from 2006 to 2015. During his time with Lifespace he was the Executive Director of The Waterford a Continuing Care Retirement Community with 288 residential apartments and 60 skilled nursing beds. Mr. Nealon also assisted as interim Executive Director for both Harbour's Edge, a CCRC with 266 residential apartments and 40 skilled nursing beds. Additionally, Mr. Nealon served as Lifespace Home Health Administrator from 2013 to 2015.

Mr. Nealon worked for Life Care Services beginning as an assistant administrator for Friendship Village of South Hills, a CCRC with 295 residential apartments, 70 skilled nursing beds and 19 memory care beds, and was then promoted to associate administrator. Later he was transferred to The Cypress of Hilton Head Island, a CCRC with 323 residential apartments 40 skilled nursing beds and 15 memory care beds, to be their administrator while serving as interim Executive Director when needed.

Born and raised in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area, Mr. Nealon attended Ohio University and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Care Administration.

Lori Wittman
Director, Chief Financial Officer
Ms. Wittman is the Chief Financial Officer of Big Rock Partners and BRP Acquisition Corp, a $70 million Special Purpose Acquisition Company. Prior to joining Big Rock Partners, Ms. Wittman served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Care Capital Properties (CCP), a public healthcare real estate investment trust with a diversified portfolio of triple-net leased properties focused on the post-acute sector, from August 2015 (after a spin-off from Ventas, Inc.) to August 2017 (due to the merger of CCP and Sabra Healthcare REIT, Inc.).

From 2013 to 2015, Ms. Wittman served as Senior Vice President, Capital Markets and Investor Relations at Ventas, a leading real estate investment trust with a diverse portfolio of more than 1,600 assets in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom that consist of seniors housing communities, medical office buildings, skilled nursing facilities, hospitals and other properties. From 2011 to 2013, Ms. Wittman served as Vice President, Capital Markets and Investor Relations at Ventas. Before joining Ventas, Ms. Wittman was a Managing Principal and the Chief Financial Officer at Big Rock Partners, responsible for all accounting, finance and investor reporting functions. Before that, Ms. Wittman held various capital markets and finance positions with General Growth Properties, Inc., Heitman, Homart Development Company, Citibank and Mellon Bank.

She has been a member of the Board of Directors of IMH Financial Corporation since July 2014. Ms. Wittman received a BA in geography and sociology from Clark University, a master’s degree in city planning from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the University of Chicago.