Our Team

Executive Management

Brian Friedman

Chairman of the Board and CEO
Brian D. Friedman is a leading real estate investor and developer with extensive experience across the commercial, hospitality, and residential asset classes. He is currently a Partner at Friedman Capital, a family office, leading the Firm’s real estate and special situations investing practice. Additionally, he serves as Managing Partner of Foxhall Partners, a private alternative investment firm focused on real estate investments, hospitality management and development in the Washington D.C. area. He oversees all aspects of development and capital raising coordinating the Firm’s joint-venture operations. In this capacity he developed and owns the Line Hotel, Washington D.C., as well as numerous retail and commercial real estate properties. Mr. Friedman is on the board of KeySourceUSA, a generic drug distributor and a strategic advisor to Amalgamated Casualty Insurance working on their real estate portfolio. He is an active member of the community helping found the non-profit Adams Morgan Youth Leadership Academy and is an adjunct lecturer at Georgetown University. He is a non-practicing CPA and received his undergraduate degree and MBA from the Kogod School at American University.

Benjamin Friedman

President & Chief Financial Officer
Benjamin Friedman has extensive experience in public and private financial markets, specializing in high yield and distressed investments across sectors and products. Prior to joining BOA Acquisition Corp., he was a Director and Senior Trader at Citigroup Global Markets leading the high-yield Energy and Utility trading franchise. Previously, he served as a Portfolio Manager at CQS, UK LLP, where he managed US credit hedge fund investments employing capital structure arbitrage, fundamental credit analysis, and relative value risk strategies. He also was a member of the long-only multi-asset strategic investment team with over $7bn in AUM, managing a dedicated high-yield corporate credit book. He began his career at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and was named to Forbes “Top 30 under 30”. Mr. Friedman received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania, graduating Magna Cum Laude.

Board of Directors

Anthony Wanger

Anthony Wanger is a serial entrepreneur and investor with more than two decades of experience identifying and leading successful investments in the digital infrastructure market. Mr. Wanger has managed investments on behalf of several of the world’s leading investors, including Sterling Partners, Pritzker Group Venture Capital, Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. and J.P. Morgan Asset Management. From 2007 to 2018, Mr. Wanger served as President and Founder of IO Data Centers (“IO”), a global provider of data center services to the world’s leading enterprises and technology companies. Mr. Wanger led capital raising, new market development, and strategic transactions ultimately selling the US assets and business to Iron Mountain Inc. for $1.37bn. Additionally he sold IO’s London asset to Equinix, Inc., in 2017 and IO’s Singapore asset to Princeton Digital Group, an affiliate of Warburg Pincus in 2019. Prior to his work at IO, Mr. Wanger developed 120 E. Van Buren in Phoenix, AZ which grew into one of the largest carrier hotels in the United States. He sold the asset and colocation services to Digital Realty Trust in 2006 for approximately $180mm. Mr. Wanger began his career as a private equity investor at Sterling Partners focusing on real estate, M&A, and workouts. He received his undergraduate degree from Emory University and his J.D. from the Boston University School of Law where he was named a G. Joseph Tauro Scholar and an Edward F. Hennessey Scholar.

Lorron James

Lorron James is currently the CEO of James Group International, a privately held global logistics and supply chain management holding company. James Group specializes in the automotive sector providing numerous Fortune 500 companies with integrated technological and logistical expertise. Concurrently, he is the President of Magnolia Automotive Services, a joint venture with Toyota, providing just-in-time processes for their US based manufacturing operations. He is also the President of TLX, a supply chain management IT software service that provides global shipment tracking and risk mitigation applications. Mr. James is active member of the community serving on the Board of Trustees for the Children’s Hospital Foundation and the Dean’s Council at the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. He is a member of the Young Presidents Organization and Board Member of the Detroit Athletic Club (DAC). In 2014, he served by government appointment on the Financial Review Commission, helping oversee the City of Detroit’s re-investment process post-bankruptcy emergence. Mr. James received his undergraduate degree from Arizona State University and his MSA from Central Michigan University.

Shane Battier

Shane Battier is an accomplished businessman, philanthropist, and professional athlete with deep ties to his community. He currently serves as the Miami Heat’s VP, Analytics and Basketball Development, leading a group deriving data-based solutions to guide the organizations strategic initiatives. In this capacity, he has been able to leverage his distinguished collegiate and NBA career to help the Heat succeed in the increasingly analytical world of professional sports. Mr. Battier is also the founder of the Battier Take Charge Initiative, which is dedicated to providing educational and developmental resources for underserved youth communities. He serves as a Senior Fellow for the Fuqua Center on Leadership and Ethic at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and is a member of the National Advisory Board for the Positive Coaching Alliance. Mr. Battier received his undergraduate degree from Duke University where he was an Academic All-American and NCAA Basketball Champion.

Jenny Abramson

Jenny Abramson is the Founder & Managing Partner of Rethink Impact, sitting on the boards of Ellevest, FutureFuel.io, Winnie, Sempre Health and as a board observer for Neurotrack. Previously, Jenny served as CEO of LiveSafe, a tech security company focused on preventing school shootings and sexual assaults. She also held leadership roles at The Washington Post, Personal (a data tech company), The Boston Consulting Group, D.C. Public Schools, and Teach for America. Jenny is a board member of the NFL Players, Inc. and DC Prep. She is also an active member of All Raise, co-leading their data efforts. Finally, she is an Advisory Board member of the Camden Partners Nexus Fund (an early-stage health focused VC fund). Jenny has been named one of Forbes’ Impact 50 in 2020, Entrepreneur Magazine’s 100 Powerful Women and a DC Tech Titan. She has been covered in The New York Times, in The Washington Post, and on CNN, interviewed on Squawk Box, featured at the Code Conference, at the United Nations, at the G7, and on Capitol Hill. She received bachelor’s and master’s degrees with honors from Stanford University, an MBA with honors and the Dean’s Award from Harvard Business School (where she also served on the Investment Committee for Shareholder Responsibility for Harvard University) and was a Fulbright Scholar at The London School of Economics.

Srikanth Batchu

Srikanth Batchu has extensive experience as an operational leader at rapidly scaling PropTech companies. He currently leads finance, strategy, and business operations for Advertising at Instacart, a market leader in online grocery delivery services. Previously, he was an early employee and executive at Opendoor, the first and largest iBuyer of homes in the US where he served in a variety of roles during its rapid expansion. During his time at Opendoor, the company expanded from less than 50 employees to nearly 2,000 and saw monthly revenue grow from under $10mm to over $500mm. He led the nationwide pricing and purchasing team responsible for over $5bn in monthly US residential real estate transactions with a team of over 150 professionals. He has also worked as a technology investment specialist at various firms including Invus Group, Universal Music Group, and Bain Capital. He began his career at Mckinsey as a management consultant. He received his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College, graduating Summa Cum Laude, and his MBA from Harvard University.

Strategic Advisors

David Glazer

David Glazer, independent board member, is currently the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer for Palantir Technologies (“Palantir”), a leading global software and data solutions provider. Mr. Glazer joined the company in 2013 and helped lead it through its direct public offering in 2020. Mr. Glazer began his career at Wilson Sonsini as an Associate focusing on Capital Markets, M&A, Venture Financings and Corporate Governance. He received his undergraduate degree from Santa Clara University and his J.D. from Emory University School of Law.

Sam Beznos

Sam Beznos is a Partner and the CEO of the Beztak Companies. For more than six decades, Beztak has developed, built, managed and invested in commercial, industrial and residential real estate throughout the United States.  Beztak currently owns or manages approximately 35,000 apartments and 1,653,641 s.f. of retail and office. Beztak is headquartered in Farmington Hills, MI and also has offices in Boca Raton, FL and Tucson, AZ.  Mr. Beznos is in charge of property management, asset management, finance, construction and accounting. He also specializes in acquisitions, land development and property rezoning and strategic planning and risk evaluation for the company. Mr. Beznos has been a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (“ICSC”) since 2005 and is an active member of the National Multifamily Housing Council (“NMHC”).  He is also a member of the Young Presidents Organization (“YPO”). In 2013, Mr. Beznos was selected for the “40 under 40” award by Crain’s Detroit Business.  In 2020, Sam was selected as a finalist in the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Michigan and Northwest Ohio. Mr. Beznos attended University of Michigan and received a Bachelor of Arts with Distinction from University of Michigan in 2000 and received a Master of Science in Real Estate with Distinction from New York University in 2002.

Dennis Ratner

Dennis Ratner is a leading entrepreneur and active member of the Washington D.C. community. He served as co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Ratner Companies as well as the owner and operator of Bubbles, Colorworks, Hair Cuttery, Salon Cielo and Spa, and Salon Plaza. He grew the enterprise to encompass a global footprint with more than 1,000 salons employing over 10,000 stylists across the continental United States and the United Kingdom. Mr. Ratner has spent decades giving back to the Washington D.C. area with both time and resources acting as a mentor and coach to underserved parts of the community.

Griffin Rotman

Griffin Rotman is currently a Principal at Roystone Capital Management, an investment management firm based in New York. Griffin joined Roystone in 2016 and has helped lead the firm’s investment efforts in the consumer sector, having worked on numerous transactions in the space across the capital structure. Prior to joining Roystone, Mr. Rotman worked in Investment Banking at RBC Capital Markets, focusing on M&A, equity and debt financings in the healthcare industry. Mr. Rotman received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his MBA from the The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.