Mr. Ackerman formed BRP in 2004. BRP is an opportunistic real estate investment firm that has invested in and managed over $800 million in assets since its formation. In 2012, BRP began to focus on senior housing development as there was a distinct supply - demand imbalance and fragmentation in senior housing developers, and formed Big Rock Senior Housing, a national leader in developing and managing new Class A senior housing communities of $50 million and more. Mr. Ackerman serves as the Senior Managing Principal of BRP and Big Rock Senior Housing. Prior to BRP, Mr. Ackerman served as the Head of the Los Angeles office of Apollo, overseeing all investments on the U.S. West Coast and Japan for the global private equity firm, and in August 1999, he was appointed by Apollo as the Chief Executive Officer of Atlantic Gulf Communities Corporation (an Apollo portfolio company). Mr. Ackerman was responsible for turning around one of Apollo's largest investments, Summerville Senior Living. Summerville was then one of the largest private assisted living operators in the nation. Prior to Apollo, Mr. Ackerman served as President and co-founder of Crocker Realty Trust, a private REIT, and Crocker Realty Investors, a publicly traded REIT.
Lori Wittman most recently served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of CCP, a public healthcare real estate investment trust with a diversified portfolio of triple-net leased properties focused on the post-acute sector. Ms. Wittman previously served as Senior Vice President, Capital Markets and Investor Relations of 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 consisting of seniors housing communities, medical office buildings, skilled nursing facilities, hospitals and other properties. She was also formerly the Chief Financial Officer and Managing Principal of BRP and held various capital markets and finance positions with General Growth Properties, Inc., Heitman, Homart Development Company, Citibank and Mellon Bank.
Bennett Kim has served as the Managing Principal of Big Rock Senior Housing since January 2016. Mr. Kim was also the Chief Investment Officer at BRP from May 2006 to July 2014 and was responsible for acquisitions, development, asset management, and dispositions. Mr. Kim previously served as the Head of Acquisitions for Carefree Communities, the fifth largest national owner and operator of manufactured housing communities and RV parks with 103 communities and 28,000 sites. He also previously served as a Vice President at Apollo and was responsible for new investments and investment management 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 while at Apollo. Mr. Kim was also 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.