Founder & CEO
Chris founded Cherry Tree Capital Partners in 2021 after an 18-year career at the Irvine Company, where he served as President of the Apartments Division. Chris leverages his vast knowledge of commercial and multifamily real estate, and capital market relationships to provide the strategic direction for Cherry Tree. With more than 30 years of proven experience, Chris has led the strategic reinvestment, asset management, segmentation strategy, capital allocation, acquisitions, and dispositions for the existing 62,000 unit portfolio while also adding 22,000 new multifamily units to Irvine Company’s portfolio in his role overseeing acquisitions, due diligence, entitlements, product development, design, and delivery.
Education and community development are at the core of Chris’s values and philanthropic legacy. Chris sits on the non-profit Boards of St. Mary’s International Baccalaureate School in Aliso Viejo and the Jessie Rees Foundation – NEGU (‘Never ever give up’).
Chris received a Bachelor of Science degree in Quantity Surveying with first-class honors from the University of Birmingham, UK, and a Master of Science degree in Real Estate from the University of Reading, UK.
Aurmon is an established leader in commercial real estate brokerage and investment advisory. He initially started his career in wealth management at Fisher Investments, where he was the #1 ranked Account Executive with $160M+ in assets funded to the firm and record holder for most deals and assets funded in an Account Executive’s first twelve months in the firm’s history. Most recently, he represented clients in the acquisition and disposition of commercial real estate at the San Diego office of Marcus & Millichap, with a specific focus on retail and industrial assets.
Aurmon graduated from California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance.
John started his career with major investment banks, such as Barclays, before transitioning into the real estate world where he met Chris at the Irvine Company. John gained experience as part of the strategic planning teams before progressing into asset management and analytics. John then joined The Picerne Group where he built and led the Asset Management & Analytics division and was responsible for the performance of $1B+ in assets. He and his team built proprietary revenue, planning, reporting, and analytical tools in order to successfully manage their portfolio.
John graduated from the University of Scranton with a Bachelor of Science degree and an MBA in Accounting.
Austin started his career in real estate private equity and corporate development across a multitude of industries. He was a part of JP Morgan’s real estate private equity group, where he was directly involved in deal structuring, underwriting, and managing a $50B+ portfolio of commercial real estate assets across the US — including office, industrial, and multifamily. Most recently, he has been directly involved in scaling and raising over $500M+ of equity and debt capital for one of the fast-growing real estate tech companies in the world — City Storage Systems.
Austin graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Finance.
Mike has spent the last seven years in real estate with experience in underwriting, acquisitions and dispositions, financing, deal structuring, and asset management. This includes managing $600mm of equity invested across 56 multifamily properties with over 20,000 units in the southwest and southeast regions of the U.S. as well as managing a $300mm portfolio comprised of office, retail, multifamily, hospitality, and parking assets concentrated in the Midwest. Most recently, Mike was a member of the Investment team at The Picerne Group, where he was responsible for underwriting and investment research, supporting new business, acquisitions, financing efforts, and dispositions.
Mike graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Science degree in Commerce, with concentrations in Finance and Real Estate.
Head of Development
Tim has over 30 years of commercial real estate and development experience across multiple institutions and product types. Most recently, Tim was the SVP of Capital Investments at Public Storage, where he was responsible for managing the nationwide development platform for the 3rd largest REIT in the US. His responsibilities included land acquisition oversight, entitlements, development execution, investment committee management, as well as full P&L responsibility for the division which executed over 200 deals nationwide during his tenure.
Tim received a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Master’s in Business Administration degree from the Anderson School of Management at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Tax Strategy & Accounting
Bryan began his career with Arthur Andersen and later spent time in public accounting as well as Controller of two commercial real estate companies, before founding his own firm, Lipinski & Associates.
Bryan graduated from California State University, Fullerton, and is a Certified Public Accountant, as well as an active member of the American Institute of Public Accountants and the California Society of CPA’s.
Eric specializes in advising clients on transactional matters including joint-ventures, financing, asset acquisitions and dispositions, fund formation and fund raising, dispute resolution, and federal and state investment adviser act compliance.
Eric spent over a decade as the general counsel and chief compliance officer of multiple multi-billion dollar institutional investment advisors specializing in private and public equity investments in real estate and corporate debt and equity.
Eric earned his J.D., cum laude, from the Harvard Law School and his B.A., magna cum laude with college and departmental honors, from UCLA.
Niny has a broad range of experience in the commercial real estate industry, starting in multifamily brokerage at Marcus & Millichap where she managed the firm’s top-performing sales team. She then moved on to manage the operations of a private real estate investment company that closed $240M in new acquisitions. Most recently Niny transitioned to the technology sector where she successfully leads the implementation of large-scale and complex technology projects, from initiation to closure.