The CREC Team

Over the prior two decades, CREC has developed an experienced and cohesive cycle-tested team executing a disciplined approach to real estate investment. CREC remains deeply committed to the investor experience. Our team’s collective depth of knowledge continues to deliver compelling investment opportunities across the real estate investment risk spectrum.

  • Aaron Dixon

    Aaron Dixon

    President

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    Aaron Dixon - President

    Aaron Dixon

    President

    Aaron oversees all operating components of Core including finance, acquisitions, asset management and investor management. He has spent most of his career in the financial services industry developing infrastructure and improving operational efficiency for large organizations.

    Prior to joining Core, Aaron served as Senior Vice President of REO Operations for Albertelli Law, with prior appointments as Vice President of National Field Relations for Stewart Title, and Vice President of National Home-Builder Services for LandAmerica Financial Services. Aaron is a strong executive leader who consistently develops operational accountability, values partnerships, and possesses a unique ability to quickly assess and solve business challenges.

    Aaron graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.S. in Business Administration from Franklin University, and an A.A.S. degree in Technical Communications from Columbus State. An avid outdoorsman, Aaron devotes his extra time with his wife and kids skiing, wakeboarding, hiking, hunting, fishing, or camping.

  • Jeffery Coopersmith

    Jeffrey Coopersmith

    Chairman and Founder

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    Jeffrey Coopersmith - Chairman and Founder

    Jeffrey Coopersmith

    Chairman and Founder

    Jeff Directs strategy, investment sourcing and capital origination for CREC’s principal activities. With 40+ years of real estate experience, Jeff identifies value-oriented, institutional-quality real estate investment opportunities. Since its inception, Jeff has led CREC to become an investor focused firm that delivers proven performance through calculated risk management, forward thinking strategy and maximized returns.

    Prior to founding CREC, Jeff was President of Distribution Centers (DCI), a warehouse developer and operator for Fortune 500 companies in the United States. Jeff also served as President & CEO of Directel and Triplefin—both direct marketing and direct distribution companies. Jeff is an author and was a frequent contributor to the Direct Marketing Association, Council of Logistic Management and Warehouse Education and Research Council.

    Jeff earned his B.S. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and his M.B.A. from The Ohio State University. An active member of his community, Jeff has served as Chairman of the Columbus Jewish Foundation, World Presidents Organization (Columbus chapter) and The Jewish Community Center of Greater Columbus.

  • Tom Sarko

    Tom Sarko

    Chief Compliance Officer

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    Tom Sarko - Chief Compliance Officer

    Tom Sarko

    Chief Compliance Officer

    Tom joined the Core team in 2020. In his role as Chief Compliance Officer, Tom ensures that Core complies with all outside regulatory authorities, domestically and globally, as well as internal policies and bylaws.

    Tom has over 20 years of experience as an attorney and compliance professional in the financial services industry. Prior to joining Core, Tom served as a compliance manager at J.P. Morgan Asset Management in support of their institutional sales, U.S. mutual fund and ETF distribution, and global liquidity businesses. Tom also served as an enforcement attorney with the Ohio Division of Securities, and as a compliance attorney with a third party mutual fund service provider.

    Tom received a B.A. from the University of Dayton and a law degree from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. In addition, Tom is a colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve with over 28 years of active and reserve service. He was raised in Cleveland, Ohio, and enjoys fly fishing, reading, and spending time with his wife and children.

  • Joe Bergman

    Joe Bergman

    Senior Vice President of Acquisitions

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    Joe Bergman - Senior Vice President of Acquisitions

    Joe Bergman

    Senior Vice President of Acquisitions

    Joe Bergman has been with Core since the second half of 2013, when he was hired as Senior Analyst to help facilitate all acquisitions,  refinancings and dispositions. Since joining the firm, Joe has played an increasingly instrumental role in all aspects of Core’s investment activity, which has led to the successful deployment over $195 million of equity capital over Joe’s tenure.

    In his current role as SVP of Acquisitions, Joe oversees all aspects of Core’s acquisitions process, including new business development, deal underwriting/analysis, deal negotiation and structuring, and preparation of investor marketing materials. Core’s acquisitions team, with Joe’s oversight, reviews 100’s of potential investment opportunities annually, performing thorough analysis, underwriting and due diligence to identify what it believes are the best deals to bring to Core’s investors. Through effectively and efficiently reviewing this high volume of deal flow, Joe and his team are able to continually monitor trends in the various markets and asset classes, allowing Core to stay on the front end of investment paradigm shifts.

    Prior to joining Core, Joe was Manager of Finance at Abercrombie & Fitch, where he oversaw the financial analysis of the company’s international expansion. Joe holds a B.A. in Finance from The University of Dayton. Joe also graduated in the top 15% of his class at Ohio State’s M.B.A. for Working Professionals program, which he attended nights and weekends while working full-time at Abercrombie & Fitch.

  • Brittany Hoy

    Brittany Hoy

    Controller

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    Brittany Hoy - Controller

    Brittany Hoy

    Controller

    Brittany joined the Core team in late 2014. As Controller, Brittany has worked across all departments and with external partners to improve processes and communication. She is a member of both the Investment and Valuation Committees.

    Prior to joining Core, Brittany worked in various asset management and accounting roles at Steiner + Associates. She began her career at PricewaterhouseCoopers on the audit and assurance team.

    Brittany holds a B.S. in Accountancy from Miami University Farmer School of Business in Oxford, Ohio. Outside of work, Brittany and her husband enjoy supporting the local Columbus music scene and cheering on two daughters at sporting and school events.

  • Eric Henrickson

    Eric Henrickson

    Vice President of Acquisitions

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    Eric Henrickson - Vice President of Acquisitions

    Eric Henrickson

    Vice President of Acquisitions

    Eric Henrickson joined the Acquisitions team in 2020 to focus on direct multifamily acquisitions. His 30 years of commercial real estate experience has encompassed multiple asset types with an institutional focus.

    Prior to joining Core, Eric served as Executive Vice President of Everest Healthcare Properties, in which he was responsible for leading the medical office building acquisitions, asset management, and research teams. Prior to Everest, Eric was the Director of Capital Markets for Equity, Inc. in which he was responsible for raising debt and equity capital, investor relations, research, and acquisitions. Eric also spent 17 years with Simon Property Group, Inc. in various roles, eventually serving as Vice President of Treasury and Capital Markets. In this role, Eric was responsible for closing multi-billion dollars worth of acquisition, financing, and hedging transactions.

    Eric received a B.S. in Accounting and an M.B.A. in Finance from Butler University. In addition to enjoying spending time with his wife, children, and grandchildren, Eric serves with various community and charitable organizations.

  • Seth Porter

    Seth Porter

    Vice President of Investor Relations

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    Seth Porter - Vice President of Investor Relations

    Seth Porter

    Vice President of Investor Relations

    Seth Porter joined Core Real Estate Capital’s Investor Relations team in 2016. He serves as the primary point of contact for current and prospective investors. Seth utilizes his experience in finance and investment management to add an investor focused and advisory perspective to CREC’s team. He serves on CREC’s Investment Committee, which analyzes all potential real estate opportunities and provides approvals for all major decisions. Seth has an investor-first approach, and he actively seeks to educate investors about CREC’s strategy and conservative approach to real estate investment.

    Prior to joining Core, Seth held wealth management positions at The Bank of New York Mellon and JPMorgan in Columbus, Ohio. He carries a Series 65 and Series 22 license, and he is an investment advisor on behalf Core Investment Advisors, LLC.

    Seth graduated with degrees in Master of Financial Economics (MFE) from Ohio University and B.S. in International Business Administration from The Ohio State University (Fisher College of Business). In his free time, Seth enjoys spending time with his wife Chi and their three daughters.

  • Mary Heidorn

    Mary Heidorn

    Manager of Investor Relations

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    Mary Heidorn - Manager of Investor Relations

    Mary Heidorn

    Manager of Investor Relations

    Mary works closely with our clients to create the best possible investor experience. She guides investors through the real estate investing process before, during and after a capital raise. Mary also manages the investor portal, important communications, and collaborates with Seth Porter to address investor requests.

    Prior to joining Core, Mary’s diverse experience included supporting wealth advisors at Legg Mason (now Franklin Templeton), Janney Montgomery Scott LLC and Capital Asset Management. Mary also built and directed all operations of a franchise business from the ground-up including construction, staffing, product inventory, marketing and sales.

    Mary holds a B.A in Speech Communications with a concentration in Business from Geneva College in Beaver Falls, PA. She enjoys watching her two daughters play softball, gardening, and cheering on the Steelers and Buckeyes.

  • Jon Bedzyk

    Jon Bedzyk

    Vice President of Acquisitions

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    Jon Bedzyk - Vice President of Acquisitions

    Jon Bedzyk

    Vice President of Acquisitions

    Jon Bedzyk joined the Acquisitions Team in 2018 and is responsible for sourcing all joint venture acquisitions, loan refinances and property dispositions for Core.

    Prior to joining Core, Jon had varied roles spanning 20 years which covered multiple asset classes including multifamily, hospitality, medical office, office and industrial. Most notably, while with the Edwards Companies, Jon oversaw the development of close to $1 billion of Class A multifamily and student housing projects located across the United States. Prior to his career in real estate, Jon traveled the world while serving in the United States Navy.

    Jon graduated from The Ohio State University with a B.S.B.A. with a concentration in Finance. Jon enjoys spending time with his two children.

  • Sara Russell

    Sarah Russell

    Director of Asset Management

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    Sarah Russell - Director of Asset Management

    Sarah Russell

    Director of Asset Management

    Sarah Russell joined Core in July of 2019. Sarah develops and implements strategies that maximize the financial performance and value of her portfolio. Sarah works with local and national operating partners on jointly owned investments, serving as relationship manager for all operational, compliance and reporting functions.

    Before joining Core, Sarah spent 20 years of her career with Washington Prime Group, formerly Glimcher Realty Trust, a publicly held retail REIT, who owns, manages, acquires and develops retail properties across the United States. In her most recent role, Sarah was the Senior Director of Joint Ventures where she managed and oversaw all joint venture partnerships.

    Sarah graduated from West Virginia University with a degree in Finance, and in 2009, attained her M.B.A. from The Ohio State University, Max M. Fisher College of Business. In her free time, Sarah enjoys reading, spending time with her kids and during the summer, boating.

  • Morgan Wilson

    Morgan Wilson

    Director of Asset Management

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    Morgan Wilson - Director of Asset Management

    Morgan Wilson

    Director of Asset Management

    Morgan Wilson joined Core’s Asset Management team in 2015. She is responsible for driving asset performance within her portfolio. She also oversees the strategy and execution of property-level business plans.

    Prior to joining Core, Morgan developed her knowledge of asset management by spending 10 years in multifamily operations working for national property management companies including Associated Estates and Steadfast Management Companies. During that time, Morgan was responsible for executing property repositions, renovation programs and employee training and development.

    Morgan received her B.A in Communications from The Ohio State University. She currently resides in Columbus, Ohio with her husband and son. Morgan is a fitness enthusiast and enjoys hiking and baking in her free time.