Thomas P. Kaplan — Founder & Principal
Mr. Kaplan is responsible for business development, corporate strategy, and investment decisions. Mr. Kaplan entered the real estate market as a principal after a distinguished career as a corporate executive in real estate, investment banking and specialty finance. Since forming Hamilton’s initial real estate entities in 2005, he has led the acquisition of over $500 million in commercial real estate assets, and has overseen the controlled growth of Hamilton from a startup to its present position as a significant and respected real estate investment manager.
Prior to forming Hamilton, Mr. Kaplan was an accomplished corporate executive and investment banker. He served as CFO of a publicly traded REIT (Amex: HCM) and as EVP for Capital Markets of a publicly traded real estate lender (NYSE: FMAX). Prior to becoming a corporate executive, he was the head of principal investments at RBS Greenwich Capital, and Director of Mortgage-Backed Securities Credit Trading at Credit Suisse First Boston. Mr. Kaplan graduated cum laude from Yale University with distinction in Economics.
Ethan Ard — Principal
Mr. Ard is responsible for acquisitions, asset management and property management for Hamilton and its property management subsidiary Horizons Asset Management.
Prior to forming Hamilton, Mr. Ard was an accomplished investor, corporate executive and management consultant.
Most recently, he was a Vice President at Innovatus Capital Partners, a private equity investor with over $2 billion in assets under management. Prior to Innovatus, he was an engagement manager at McKinsey & Company, focusing on real estate, insurance and banking. Before attending business school, Mr. Ard was a leader in the cloud storage division at Microsoft. Mr. Ard graduated from Harvard University with a degree in Economics, and significant coursework in computer science, and earned an MBA from the University of Michigan with a focus on Finance and Corporate Strategy.
Barb Garey — Head of Property Management
Ms. Garey leads property management for Hamilton and Horizons Asset Management, with over 1,500 units under management. Ms. Garey is a recognized expert in multifamily lease up, revenue management, rehab, marketing and human resources. Prior to joining us, she had over 14 years of experience in the multi-family industry, overseeing a portfolio of over 3,500 units in multi-family and student housing communities, including market-rate and affordable housing. Most recently, she led lease-ups for several newly constructed communities in Columbus Ohio, including the View on Fifth and the View on High. She led large operational teams and manages large apartment community portfolios. Throughout her career, Barb has worked closely with property owners to maximize the value of their investment with creative business planning, marketing and management.
She attended Otterbein College and graduated with honors and holds a Bachelor of Science in Business and Marketing. Before getting into the property management, she served as the Executive Director of the Ohio Chapter of American College of Emergency Physicians for over 17 years. Barb, her husband and five children reside in Lancaster, Ohio. She is involved with the school system as a substitute teacher and helps with fundraising campaigns. She is very active in her community and church with such efforts as bac pack giveaway and volunteering at the homeless shelter and food pantry.
John Gelhaus — Head of Real Estate Brokerage & Mortgage Brokerage
Mr. Gelhaus founded Horizons Asset Management, and is responsible for real estate brokerage activities at the firm.
Since 1982, Mr. Gelhaus has been active in commercial real estate. He is an Ohio Licensed Real Estate Broker and a Certified Property Manager. As a CPM and a member of the local Chapter of The Institute of Real Estate Management, he is in active communication with all levels of property management and brokerage professionals.
Over his long and accomplished career, Mr. Gelhaus has played multiple roles as a leader in the real estate investment and asset management industry. As the founder of Horizons, he and his teams have managed over 8,000,000 square feet of commercial and industrial office space, and over 2,000 units of multi-family properties, as well as generating over $40 million of commercial real estate brokerage transactions, and winning multiple ‘Top 25’ and ‘Top Producer’ awards. Prior to founding Horizons, Mr. Gelhaus was a Regional Manager responsible for over 6,000 units in multiple states, with broad responsibility for acquisition and construction supervision for new developments.