Ian Ross, Managing Principal
Ian Ross founded Somera Road Inc. in 2014 to take an entrepreneurial and creative approach to value-add, opportunistic real estate in non-core markets.
Previously, Ian was a Managing Director at Triangle Capital Group, a firm he helped develop shortly after its inception. At Triangle, Ian managed the Acquisitions and Asset Management units, focusing on the purchase of hard asset real estate, non-performing loans, and securitized mortgage products, as well as the conception and execution of value-add business plans.
Ian sourced, underwrote and structured investments, in both the CMBS and CRE arenas, and focused on the development of strategic relationships, firm oversight, and risk management.
Prior to joining Triangle, Ian spent two years working as an analyst for Jefferies & Company in its Investment Banking Division where he focused on raising both debt and equity, as well as providing advisory services for companies in the financial services and real estate sectors. Ian initially began his professional career working on Morgan Stanley's CMBS origination and securitization platform.
Ian received an MBA from University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business and graduated with honors from Emory University with a Bachelors in Business Administration. Ian serves on Manhattan's Community Board 5 and sits on the Public Safety & Quality of Life, and Transportation & Environment committees. Additionally, Ian is the Founder and Chairman of The Asperger's Awareness Council, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2009 that strives to raise awareness and funding for high-functioning forms of Autism.
Fergus Campbell, Managing Director
Fergus serves as Managing Director of Somera Road Inc. helping oversee all aspects of the business. Prior to joining Somera Road, Fergus was a Senior Associate at NorthStar Asset Management Group, Inc. (a predecessor to Colony NorthStar, Inc.).
At NorthStar, Fergus focused on large portfolio acquisitions across all asset classes and jurisdictions. He spent time in New York, Luxembourg and London, running all aspects of the investment process.
He has extensive experience purchasing and financing real estate, having closed over $5 billion of transactions.
Fergus is concurrently completing his MBA at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business and received his BA from Dartmouth College with a major in Engineering Sciences.
Joe LeMense, Jr., Vice President - Development
Joe serves as Vice President - Development for Somera Road Inc. managing all capital projects and ground-up developments for the firm; a nearly 2 million SF pipeline.
Joe joined Somera Road at inception in 2016.
He previously served as Director of Finance for The Shooshan Company, a privately owned investor and full service commercial real estate developer in the Washington, DC-metro area.
There he managed all financial aspects of development projects, including the acquisition, entitlement, and financing of over 1.5 million SF of mixed-use office and residential ground-up development.
Prior to Shooshan, Joe worked with DC-based developer Douglas Development Corp.
There he managed developments and transactions of nearly $1 billion.
Joe graduated with honors from Georgetown University with a Master's in Real Estate Development and received a BS in Real Estate from The University of Georgia.
Joe has served as an adjunct professor to the Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies' Real Estate Independent Study course.
Jonathon Reeser, Vice President – Acquisitions
Jon serves as Vice President – Acquisitions for Somera Road Inc., helping lead its acquisition efforts.
Prior to Somera Road, Jon was a Vice President at Sovereign Capital Management Group, Inc., a privately owned commercial real estate investor and operator focused on distressed assets.
While at Sovereign, he lead the due diligence, acquisitions and management takeovers of failed real estate funds, distressed properties and asset management companies, including the purchase of Daymark Realty Advisors, a tenant in common asset management platform consisting of a $6 billion portfolio with over 150 properties nationwide.
Jon has extensive experience acquiring assets in various levels of distress from non-performing loans to bankruptcies and highly litigious situations.
Jon previously worked at KBS Realty Advisors, an $11 billion public non-traded REIT, where he was a financing analyst tasked with sourcing debt for all acquisitions.
Throughout his career, Jon has been a member of NAIOP, ULI and CREFC.
He graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Finance.
Basel Bataineh, Vice President – Acquisitions
Basel serves as a Vice President for Somera Road Inc.
His focus is on acquisitions.
Prior to joining Somera Road, Basel was an Investment Analyst at PGIM Real Estate.
There he held asset management responsibilities on the firm’s flagship core fund.
His focus was on office and industrial assets.
He supported all aspects of leasing, budgeting, and capital projects.
As a result, he worked on a portfolio of nearly $2.5 billion.
Basel received a Bachelor’s Degree in Hotel Administration from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration.
While at Cornell, Basel also took over a real estate investment firm.
He acquired and improved the firm with his expertise.
In doing so, Basel worked to dispose of distressed residential assets in Northern New Jersey.
Michael Ervolina, Senior Associate
Michael serves as Senior Associate for Somera Road Inc. with a focus on acquisitions and asset management.
Prior to joining Somera Road, Michael was an Acquisitions and Asset Management Associate at Cohen Equities, a New York City based commercial real estate investment firm.
His focus there was on Value-Add and Distressed properties throughout the United States.
Previously, Michael was an Analyst at The Ackman-Ziff Real Estate Group, a real estate capital advisory firm, where he was part of teams that raised over $300MM of debt and equity capital for a variety of institutional clients.
Michael started his career in J.P. Morgan’s Exotic Interest Rate Derivatives Middle Office in both New York City and Tokyo, Japan.
Michael graduated with a B.S. in Finance from Villanova University, where he was a 4-time Academic All-American and captain on the Club Ice Hockey team.
Further, Michael received a Masters in Real Estate from New York University’s Schack Institute of Real Estate.
There he was also the recipient of the Douglas Elliman Scholarship.
Blake Toline, Associate
Blake joined Somera Road Inc. in 2018 as a Junior Associate. At Somera Road, Blake is focused on acquisitions and asset management. Prior to working for Somera, Blake worked at Rialto Capital in Miami, Florida.
At Rialto, Blake underwrote the acquisition of B-piece bonds within CMBS securitizations totaling $800M+, served as asset manager for REO properties, oversaw loans in special servicing, and negotiated loan modifications with delinquent borrowers. Before Rialto, Blake was an early employee at CompStak, a real estate tech start-up.
At CompStak, Blake was responsible for writing real estate research reports, verifying lease comp data, and analyzing leasing trends in various US markets.
Having worked on both the debt and equity sides of the real estate industry, Blake has significant experience evaluating new deals, working with lenders, executing business plans, and asset managing properties. Blake received a bachelor’s degree in finance from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University.
Andrew Marchetti, Senior Analyst
Andrew serves as a Senior Analyst for Somera Road Inc. with a focus on acquisitions and asset management.
Prior to joining Somera Road, Andrew was a Senior Analyst at Ackman-Ziff Real Estate Group, a real estate capital advisory firm.
There he was tasked with raising debt, equity, and opportunity zone capital on behalf of institutional clients.
Andrew began his career with Circle K Stores, the largest convenience and gas station operator in the country, where he served as the sole analyst to the head of North American real estate and later managed real estate development projects in Florida, Texas, and California.
During his tenure with Circle K Stores, Andrew worked closely on the $4.4B acquisition of CST Brands and led numerous ground-up development projects totaling over $100M in cost.
Andrew graduated from Florida State University where he majored in both accounting and finance.
Steven Velasquez, Analyst
Steven serves as an Analyst for Somera Road Inc.
His focus is on acquisitions and asset management.
Prior to joining Somera, Steven was an Investment Analyst at PGIM Real Estate.
There he held asset management responsibilities as well.
He worked on the firm’s Flagship Core Plus fund.
He also held responsibilities for multiple single client accounts.
These responsibilities were across all property types. At that time, Steven also supported leasing, developments, and capital improvement projects.
He supported partner workouts for assets across the Northeast region.
In total, Steven worked on a portfolio of approximately $1.6 billion. Steven received a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance and Investments. He studied at the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College.
Rodley Hayden, Analyst
Rodley joined Somera Road Inc. in the Fall of 2018 as a Junior Analyst.
Prior to Somera Road, Rodley worked as a real estate salesperson at Crosstown Apartments, a boutique real estate brokerage in New York.
Prior to that, he was an Analyst at Mark Chris Investments, a residential and commercial developer based in California.
Rodley graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University in 2015 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration – Finance.
While at Point Loma Nazarene University, Rodley held an internship with South West Manufactured Homes, a leading real estate broker and developer based in San Diego, CA
Michael Fralin, General Counsel
Michael Fralin is the managing partner of his New York City based firm, Couzens Hall Advisors, LLC, which provides real estate, corporate and structured finance legal advice and general counsel services to its clients.
Couzens Hall serves as general counsel to Somera Road Inc. and its affiliates. Michael primarily advises Somera on the structure and execution of real estate transactions, general contracts and litigation.
Michael Fralin formerly practiced law in the offices of Paul Hastings, LLP in the firm's Real Estate/Structured Finance Group.
While there, Michael handled all types of real estate transactions, including the origination of mortgage loans intended for securitization, mezzanine loans, bridge loans and credit facilities.
Michael was involved in all real estate asset types, including hotels, retail, office, multifamily, and industrial properties, ranging from single-asset financings to highly structured portfolio transactions.
Ruairidh Henderson, Head of Operations
Ruairidh serves as Head of Operations for Somera Road Inc. helping oversee all operational aspects of the business.
Prior to joining Somera Road, Ruairidh worked as a Management Consultant at a number of US and European Investment Banks leading client engagements in strategy, risk, operational efficiency and performance improvement.
Previously Ruairidh was also a Vice President at Deutsche Bank as part of the Global Markets COO-Central Management team leading initiatives across business strategy, control and regulation.
Ruairidh graduated from Australian National University with a Bachelor of Arts (Political Science) and Bachelor of Commerce (Finance).
Core Construction Services provides Construction Management and General Contractor services to Somera Road Inc. across the United States for all asset classes.
Erik Loomis, President
As President of Core Construction Services, LLC Erik is committed to the success of each individual project.
He displays this through his involvement in preconstruction efforts and seeing that the budget is achieved.
Erik's responsibilities include leading the company's business operations.
He also is responsible for accomplishing the goals of the developer's business objectives.
Prior to starting Core Construction Services, Erik led Loomis Companies a multimillion-dollar design/build commercial construction company.
The aforementioned company focuses on projects of all sizes and types.
With over 20 years of experience and construction expertise, Erik's vision and leadership provide guidance that motivates our staff.
He leads our team to look for innovative and cooperative ways to create value for our clients.
Matthew Howells, Director of Construction
Matt serves as Director of Core Construction Services LLC with a focus on the execution and delivery of repurposed and newly constructed assets.
Matt has extensive experience in development & construction in multiple sectors
These include; high rise, education, institutional, medical, manufacturing, agricultural, mixed-use, historic renovations, office, and warehouse projects.
These were for a variety of private and publicly held clients and institutions, both nationally and internationally.
Matt pursued an education at:
Georgia Tech for Construction Management,
Case Western Weatherhead School of Management, and
Cleveland State University
He trained and worked as a journeyman carpenter in Cleveland Carpenters Union Local 212 early in his career.
Pete Sotus, Project Manager
Pete serves as Project Manager Core Construction Services, LLC.
He is responsible for handling all aspects of Construction Management.
Prior to working with Core Construction Services LLC, Pete gained extensive experience in managing commercial construction projects.
He worked for premier real estate developers, such as:
The Debartolo Corporation,
Marous Brothers Construction.
Pete graduated from Youngstown State University with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering.
He also has an Associate’s degree in Architectural Engineering from Penn State University and has done course work towards an MBA majoring in Finance.
Namratha Gadipudi, Project Manager
Namratha works as a Project Manager for Core Construction Services, LLC.
She is responsible for focusing on project intake, scheduling process, quantity takeoffs, budget analysis and coordination of change orders & submittals.
Prior to Core, she worked as an assistant project manager.
She has experience in all phases of pre-construction, client meetings, project estimation, scheduling, submittals and construction coordination of residential and commercial construction.
She also has experience as Jr. Architect working with design team, collaborating with the technical team to ameliorate design problems
Namratha has Master’s in Construction Management from Bowling Green State University.
There she majored in construction project management, cost estimation & risk management.
She also earned a Bachelor’s in Architecture, majoring in architectural design & sustainability.
Brooke Picozzi, Contract Administration
Prior to joining Core Construction Services LLC, Brooke worked for several highly regarded commercial construction and consulting firms.
She assisted in closing over $250M in projects.
With over 15+ years of experience in the Commercial Construction Industry, Brooke has a varied background.
She has a wide breadth of experience assisting in managing large-scale and complex development projects from concept to delivery.
Through Brooke’s Career, she also maintained, coordinated, and managed over 5000 Residential units with a well-known property management co.
Highly creative with strong communication and client service skills, Brooke excels at finding solutions.
She is a key player when it comes to supporting the Core Construction Services Team.
Brooke truly understands what drives a business with her skills extending to their success.
Gavin Heath, Assistant Project Manager
Gavin serves as the Assistant Project Manager for Core Construction Services LLC.
He is involved in the scheduling of different projects along with assisting the project management team with coordination and other various assignments.
Prior to joining the Core Construction team, Gavin attended Ohio State University and graduated in 2019.
There he earned a Bachelors's Degree in Construction Systems Management.
During his time at Ohio State, he gained experience in the construction industry through two internships, an academic competition, and residential renovations.
Hope Wheeler, Public Relations
Hope oversees all aspects of Somera Road Inc.'s corporate marketing, communications and public relations, asset marketing, internal and external communications and media management. Hope is a Director at Collins + Co., a public relations and marketing agency.
Previously, Hope worked as an in-house PR and marketing strategist for a number of the world's most highly regarded commercial real estate firms.
She began her career in commercial real estate in Washington, DC marketing Tishman Speyer's $2.4 Billion Pennsylvania Avenue portfolio and executing a star-studded event series that followed upon delivery of the renovations.
As a Marketing Manager at JLL, Hope managed business-to-business marketing initiatives on behalf of multiple national practice groups before taking on the role of Marketing and Communications Manager at the United States' largest special servicing firm.
Hope graduated from the College of Charleston with a BA in Arts Management.
Blink Visuals provides Marketing and Visualization services to Somera Road Inc. across the United States for all asset classes.
Justin Rossire, Director
Justin serves as the Director of Blink-Visuals. He is an FAA licensed drone operator and provides photography and video content.
Prior to joining the Blink Visuals and the Core Construction Services team, Justin graduated from Cleveland State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Film and Digital Media.
He then went on to work on a documentary, a feature film, and several short film projects before developing Blink-Visuals and specializing in Architectural Visualization for the past three years.