"Given my background in finance and economics, I have always viewed real estate as a vehicle to preserve and accumulate wealth."Read bio
David formed Origin Investments in 2007, along with cofounder Michael Episcope. He has more than 20 years of experience in real estate investing, finance, development and asset management.
As principal, David co-chairs the Investment Committee and oversees the analysis, acquisition and asset-management teams at Origin. He also assembles and leads Origin’s team of investment professionals, who share more than $5 billion of transactional experience.
Prior to forming Origin, David spent eight years at a privately financed hedge fund, where he opened and managed offices in New York and London and served as company president from 1999 to 2003.
In 2006, David co-founded One Million Degrees, which has raised $10 million to help low-income community college students graduate and successfully enter the workforce. He currently serves as the organization’s Board Chair. He also serves as the president of the Harvard Club of Chicago and is on the Advisory Board of Invest For Kids.
David received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and MBA from University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. He is married, has two children, is a youth flag football coach and has an interest in languages.
"The most important decision an investor can make when deciding to invest in this space is the selection of the manager."Read bio
As principal of Origin Investments, Michael co-chairs the Investment Committee and oversees capital raising efforts and company operations. He has been an active real estate investor for more than 15 years and has overseen the acquisition and disposition of more than $1 billion of commercial real estate. He cofounded Origin Investments in 2007 as a vehicle to invest his personal capital in private real estate. He has helped Origin become an industry leader through his 25 years of risk management and investment experience.
Before forming Origin, Michael spent 15 years trading interest rate derivatives. He had a prolific career and was twice named one of the top 100 traders in the world by Trader Monthly Magazine. In 2005, he retired from trading with the intention of focusing full-time on real estate investing.
Michael received his Master of Science in Real Estate and an undergraduate degree from DePaul University. He is the former president of the DePaul Real Estate Alumni Alliance and a sustaining sponsor of the DePaul Real Estate Center. He frequently writes about investing and has been featured in TheStreet, The Huffington Post and Commercial Real Estate Observer. His expertise has made him a frequent speaker on real estate investment panels across the nation. He has been a Vistage member for more than six years and lives in Chicago with his wife and three children.
"I am always looking for ways to maximize NOI, whether through physical repositioning, re-tenanting or implementing operational efficiencies."Read bio
Marc is a senior commercial real estate investment professional with 20 years of experience in asset management, acquisition, disposition, underwriting and valuation, leasing, and due diligence. As Managing Director of Investment Management at Origin, Marc is responsible for overseeing the company’s real estate portfolio and executing Fund and property-level business plans.
Before Origin Investments, Marc served as Vice President of Asset Management at Lightstone, a New York investment firm with $2 billion of assets under management. Prior to Lightstone, he was involved in the HSBC Amanah Global Properties Income Fund ("GPIF"). As Head of Asset Management for the U.S. portfolio, he held responsibility for the investment performance of a 36 building national office, R&D, and an industrial portfolio containing 7 million square feet. Earlier in his career, Marc performed in various asset management and acquisition roles at Equity Office Properties Trust, previously the nation's largest publicly traded office building owner and REIT. During his decade long tenure at Equity Office, Marc was involved in the underwriting and valuation analysis on corporate acquisitions with a total value in excess of $15 billion and conceived investment strategy for assets with an aggregate value over $2 billion.
He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. Marc lives with his wife and two daughters in a north suburb of Chicago. He is a faithful Cubs fan who also enjoys travel, the beach, and history.
"The breadth of our experience is vast, but our targeted investment strategy and solid returns for investors are the true hallmarks of Origin Investments."Read bio
Michael serves as Origin Investments’ in-house general counsel.
Prior to joining Origin Investments, Michael was the Vice President and Senior Associate General Counsel at General Growth Properties, a $3 billion publicly-traded REIT. Earlier in his career, he worked the Associate General Counsel and Assistant Secretary at APAC Customer Services. Michael also worked at Corporate Express as their Assistant General Counsel.
He received his Bachelor degree in Chemistry from Hope College and his JD from Valparaiso University School of Law. Michael is admitted to the Illinois Bar and the Northern District of Illinois. He is an accomplished French horn player, contemporary art collector and competitive recreational cyclist. Michael and his husband have been residents of the city of Chicago for over twenty-five years.
"We believe having a physical presence in our core markets is essential to deal sourcing, relationships and overall investment performance."Read bio
Dave is directly responsible for investment activities across the firm’s target markets and collaborating with the Investment Committee to shape the firm’s investment strategy.
Over the past 13 years, Dave has been involved with the sourcing, closing and execution of more than $1.1 billion of commercial real estate acquisitions, dispositions and development. During his five-year tenure with Origin, Dave has completed nearly $300 million of direct and joint-venture investments including acquisitions, ground-up development, physical and operational repositioning of multifamily and office assets throughout Chicago and the Southeast U.S.
Prior to joining Origin Investments, Dave spent six years at Deutsche Bank’s global commercial real estate investment and advisory division known as RREEF. During his tenure, he was involved with the acquisition of more than $500 million of multifamily, office, industrial and retail assets throughout the U.S. on behalf of the firm’s pension fund clients. Additionally, Dave was a member of the Portfolio Management group that oversaw the investment management and strategic direction for two separate account pension fund clients that had a combined asset value of more than $2 billion and comprised over 10 million square foot of multifamily, office, retail and industrial assets throughout the U.S.
Dave is married, has two sons and lives in the Cotswold neighborhood of Charlotte. He enjoys trying to keep up with the ever-changing restaurant scene, travel, a round of golf, an occasional bird hunt, Iowa Hawkeyes athletics and Blackhawks hockey.
"Transparency to us means sharing the good and bad news with investors on asset performance."Read bio
Tom joined Origin Investments in early 2011 and is responsible for sourcing office investments across Chicago and Denver. Before his current role, he served as Vice President of Asset Management for Origin Investments, overseeing the firm’s portfolio assets. Tom has worked with the Origin team for over five years and has ten years experience in the commercial real estate sector.
Prior to joining Origin Investments, he performed underwriting commercial real estate investments at Equity Office Properties. Before Equity Office Properties, Tom worked as a commercial credit analyst at JP Morgan Chase.
He received his Bachelor degree in Finance from The University of Connecticut. Recently, Tom relocated to Denver with his wife and children. He is a competitive cyclist and loves to travel.
"Origin’s "boots on the ground" approach provides a distinct competitive advantage in deal sourcing and asset management"Read bio
Matt is responsible for acquisitions across Austin, Dallas and Houston. He has over six years of experience sourcing, evaluating and executing investments on behalf of Dallas-area real estate firms.
Prior to joining Origin, Matt served as the Vice President of Acquisitions at Behringer Harvard. Earlier in his career, he was an Analyst for Goldman Sachs & Co. Matt holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Finance from the University of Arkansas. In 2014, he was selected as one of "Tomorrow’s Leaders: Texas’" on behalf of Real Estate Forum Magazine.
He holds an active Real Estate License in the State of Texas and is an active member of the Real Estate Council. Matt is married and he and his wife live in Dallas. He enjoys all things outdoors and the Arkansas Razorbacks.
Melissa joined Origin in early 2017 after spending nearly a decade at Morningstar, Inc., a leading provider of independent investment research. At Morningstar, Melissa set the marketing communications strategy to drive demand for an extensive line of products for financial advisors, including software, events and investment management services. Her career at Morningstar began as a marketing associate for the company’s most widely-used financial advisor software system and, prior to that, she worked in marketing at Merrill Lynch Capital.
She received a Bachelor’s degree with a major in Strategic Communications from the University of Kansas and a Master’s degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from Northwestern University. She also serves on the board of the Chicago Chapter of the American Marketing Association.
Melissa is a life-long resident of Chicago and lives with her husband and dog in Forest Glen. She is an avid reader, traveler, yoga practitioner and concert-goer.
"Investors have the right to the highest quality information that is transparent, timely and reliable. At Origin, that’s our mantra!"Read bio
Priya is the Controller at Origin Investments. She manages the accounting and financial operations of the company. She has worked with the Origin team for over 6 years, and during this period has managed the consolidations and reporting for the company.
Prior to joining Origin, Priya was responsible for the financial operations of a national real estate development company with a portfolio of assets totaling to over $200mm. Priya is a licensed CPA and a Certified Internal Auditor. She is also a Chartered Accountant, affiliated with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.
Priya is married and lives with her husband and son in Hinsdale. Travel, music, spending time with her family & friends, and tirelessly competing with her 6 year old in geography are some of the things she enjoys the most.
"Good design fosters happiness in end users. It's like a small contribution to world peace."Read bio
Nick joined Origin late 2015 after spending two years as presentation editor for the Chicago Tribune's business innovation section, Blue Sky. Covering startup culture, entrepreneurship and tech-focused companies in the Chicagoland area quickly introduced him to the diverse technological landscape surrounding Origin's Chicago headquarters.
An Iowa native, Nick's design foundations were laid at Iowa State University, where he majored in graphic design. While in Iowa, he produced and co-hosted a podcast and led the web design team for an anime company for six years.
Nick's love for journalism evolved after joining the Baltimore Sun's interactive media team as the design and technology manager in 2012. In addition to data visualization, Nick's love of photography led him to design, build and report on The Sun's most successful blog to date, The Darkroom.
Nick is married and has two cats and two collies. He owns two Dysons (see previous mention of pets), has a love/hate relationship with the gym and enjoys an occasional game night in with friends.
"Our mission is to consistently provide clients unparalleled investment access and transparency."Read bio
Ben is responsible for raising investment capital and servicing the firm’s investor base. He joined Origin Investments in early 2015 as an Acquisitions Associate and underwrote $1.25 billion of office and multi-family assets.
Before joining Origin, Ben served as a Financial Analyst for Starwood Retail Partners, a division of Starwood Capital Group. Earlier in his career, he was a summer analyst at two of Chicago’s leading commercial real estate firms, MB Financial and Baum Realty Group.
Ben received a Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in Real Estate and Urban Land Economics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He lives in the River North neighborhood of Chicago. He regularly participates in local recreational sports leagues, is an avid traveler, and loves to see live music.
"Real estate is unique because it’s tangible, captivating and simple. By sifting and winnowing, we’re able to realize the best opportunities for investors."Read bio
Kyle is responsible for underwriting commercial real estate investments and conducting quarterly valuations for portfolio assets at Origin Investments.
Prior to Origin Investments, he completed the Risk Management Leadership Program at GE Capital. In this role, he was a part of GE Antares Capital where he managed a $460mm portfolio of distressed senior secured loans. Kyle began his career as an intern at GE Capital Real Estate where he completed valuation models for all assets.
He received a Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in Real Estate and Urban Land Economics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Kyle lives in the West Loop neighborhood of Chicago. Originally from the Wisconsin, he is an avid Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin Badgers fan.
"As a marketer, I aim to build relationships and establish credibility above anything else."Read bio
Emily joined the marketing team in spring 2017. She works alongside the VP of Marketing and Creative Lead by producing integrated marketing campaigns.
Prior to Origin, Emily worked as the Marketing Coordinator and Transactions Manager for the Marcus & Millichap Healthcare Real Estate Group. The group has an exclusive focus on advising physician practices, health systems, investors, and developers on the disposition and acquisition of healthcare properties nationwide. She was responsible for creating all marketing collateral, managing every transaction from start-to-finish, and streamlining the group's pipeline. During her tenure, she initiated multiple marketing initiatives that directly increased business revenue and the group's online presence.
Emily graduated from the University of Missouri where she received a Bachelor of Journalism in International Strategic Communications and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. She lives in the Noble Square neighborhood of Chicago. She is an active member of the Junior League of Chicago, an avid rock climber and loves to travel.
James is responsible for underwriting commercial real estate investments, executing property-level business plans and conducting quarterly valuations for portfolio assets at Origin Investments.
Prior to Origin Investments, James served as a Financial Analyst for Pearlmark Real Estate, a Chicago-based Real Estate Private Equity Group. In this role he underwrote equity and mezzanine investments in addition to providing asset and portfolio management support. He began his career as an Analyst for Wells Fargo’s Real Estate Managed Assets Group, supporting a team that restructured the bank’s distressed debt.
James received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Washington and Lee University where he captained the school’s Cross Country and Track teams. Originally from Connecticut, he currently lives in the Old Town neighborhood of Chicago. He is an avid runner, skier and New York Jets fan.
"Origin’s culture is comparable to none. We remain disciplined, but deliver ingenuity and support not only to our investors, but to each other as a team. "Read bio
Prior to joining Origin, Ashley was a Personal Assistant/Office Manager for Jessica Abernathy, who owns Professional Pet Sitters, Chicagoland Cat Sitters, and Chicago Canine Concierge. There she managed all client care, employee performance, and social media marketing. Before working as an office manager, Ashley worked as a manager at Nordstrom, where she specialized in employee sales development, client relationships, and merchandising.
Ashley received her degree in Apparel and Textile Merchandising from Eastern Michigan University. There she was active as a member of Delta Zeta Sorority and the Fashion Forum club. Originally from Ohio, Ashley currently lives in the Lincoln Park area of Chicago where she enjoys running, yoga, and rooting for the Ohio State Buckeyes.
"Accurate accounting is one of the key factors to all business, and I’m glad to be part of the team to make sure that happens in Origin."Read bio
Originally from China, Grace came to the U.S. in 2011 to pursue a Master of Science in Accounting degree, which she received in 2013 from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Previously she studied accounting as a undergrad at Capital University of Economic and Business in China.
After graduating from UIC, Grace worked as a staff accountant at the food industry consulting firm Technomic, Inc. (now part of Winsight), in downtown Chicago. Two years later, she took a role as a Property Accountant at SLM Realty, LLC., where she was first exposed to the real estate industry. Then in April 2016, she joined the Origin family.
Grace enjoys cooking, singing, painting and traveling. During the summer, Grace enjoys biking along Lakeshore Drive and makes the most of the big city by exploring new places, museums, parks, restaurants and festivals. During the unpredictable Chicago winters, she tries to stay active and has found skiing and skating in the park to be her favorite wintertime activities.
"In Origin, you can see their core competitive advantages in real estate, technology and in particular, disruptive transparency."Read bio
John Barrett is Executive Director of ISSA, the worldwide association for the cleaning industry. Previously, he was the board director of Eurest Services, a division of the Compass Group, one of the largest publicly-traded food and facility services company worldwide.
John served as the Vice Chairman of SMS Assist, a Eurest Services equity holding company. He was also CEO of Kimco Corp., one of the largest U.S. privately-held BSCs that was acquired by Eurest in 2008.
Prior to Kimco, He held executive positions at York Management, Unicco Service Co., Ogden Services Corp. and the Xerox Co.
John served on the ISSA Board of Directors as BSC director (2010-12), and on its executive committee (2013-2015). He is a frequent speaker at ISSA/INTERCLEAN North America. He has served on the boards of several other organizations, including Gemini Industries and the Building Service Contractors Association International (BSCAI), as well as serving on the boards of Digital Innovations and SDI (Systems Development Integration). He also was recently named to the board of trustees for Dominican University and a director for Power Quality International.
John graduated as an Evans Scholar from the University of Michigan in 1981 with a degree in economics and speech communications. He received his MBA with an emphasis in finance and marketing from the University of Chicago. In addition to ISSA, he is a longtime member of several industry-related organizations, including the BSCAI, Building Owners and Managers Association International (BOMA), International Facility Management Association (IFMA) and Professional Retail Store Maintenance Association (PRSM).
"David and Michael have established an investor-focused platform that is reinventing real estate investing in unique and creative ways."Read bio
Don McNeill is a Chicago-based entrepreneur who has started a number of businesses in the technology, marketing and entertainment industries. With over 20 years of experience, Don has worked with blue chip clients and other major brands including HBO, AT&T, Netflix, X-Box, Coca-Cola, FX, Boeing, McDonald’s and Nike.
Don currently serves as Executive Chairman of the creative agency Digital Kitchen (DK) which was voted Chicago’s Agency of the Year in 2016. In 2014, DK joined the select handful of U.S. companies that have won the Cannes Grand Prix for Design, one of the world’s most prestigious awards for creativity.
As a DK co-founder, Don started and self-funded DK in 2000 with five full-time employees, a few clients, and a modest revenue. The company quickly grew to three offices, a full-time staff of 150, and over $40 million in revenue. Don led DK as President for 15 years.
In 2015, DK was sold to kyu, an organization seen as the most innovative collective in the industry and a year after the sale he moved into the Executive Chairman seat. His new responsibilities include managing DK’s vision, growth strategy, client relationships, and innovation production.
On top of his professional accomplishments, Don is proud to have served as a media delegate to the United Nations since 2014. He is also a member of the Economic Club of Chicago where he serves on both the Technology Committee and Young Leaders Committee. He is actively involved with the Association of Independent Commercial Producers (AICP) where he has served as Chairman as well as the AICP Midwest Chapter President. Don also serves on the board of directors for Favary.com, a startup social shopping company, and as an advisory board member of Digital Hollywood.