Leadership

We are passionate about our people. They are the heart of our company and the reason for our success. Meet the individuals and teams that make it possible for us to develop and build exceptional, purposeful real estate across the nation.

Loren King Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder

Hometown: West Lafayette, Indiana

College Attended: DePauw University

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Loren leads Trinitas’ corporate vision and strategy overseeing the company’s investment, finance, development, construction and property management activities. Under Loren’s leadership, Trinitas has developed nearly $1 billion in university-centric real estate and is currently developing nearly $1 billion in student housing and mixed-use projects. Prior to co-founding Trinitas, Loren served as a corporate law attorney for Frost Brown Todd and in the international corporate affairs office of a multinational Fortune 500 company. He is a member of the Indiana bar association (and an inactive member of the Illinois and Kentucky bar associations), his local chamber of commerce, and his local, state and national apartment associations. Loren also serves on the Indiana leadership council of the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) as well as the Urban Land Institute Student Housing Council. In addition, he formerly served as a board member of the Indiana Apartment Association and is a deacon at his church.

Loren graduated with distinction from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law and earned a Master of Business Administration from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business, with a concentration in New Venture and Real Estate Finance. He also earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from DePauw University.
 

Full Disclosure: Loren can be found walking the halls of Trinitas deep in thought with his custom, Louisville Slugger “thinking stick,” which is accredited with at least one really good idea per day.

 

Chris King EVP, Development Operations and Construction

Hometown: West Lafayette, IN

College Attended: University of Notre Dame

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Chris leads Trinitas’ student housing project development operations, pre-construction and construction operations. He has been involved in real estate development for over fifteen years and has earned his Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) accredited professional credential. Chris also provides legal counsel for Trinitas with a focus on construction activities. He is a member of the Indiana Bar Association, the Tippecanoe County Bar Association and the Chamber of Commerce. He also leads youth and teen programs at his local church.

Chris is a graduate of University of Notre Dame and New York University School of Law.

 

Full Disclosure: Chris is an avid traveler who’s traveled to over 25 countries and lived in both Europe and the Middle East.

 

 

Aaron Bartels EVP, Mixed-Use Development

Hometown: Knoxville, IA

College Attended: University of Illinois-Chicago

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Aaron directs mixed-use development for Trinitas, bringing more than 20 years of experience to his role. Prior to joining Trinitas, Aaron directed mixed-use development for General Growth Properties. Most recently, he oversaw commercial real estate activity for University of Chicago, leading the redevelopment of the historic 53rd Street commercial corridor in Hyde Park.

Aaron received his Master of Regional Planning degree from the University of North Carolina and earned his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Illinois-Chicago. He is a licensed architect and a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).
 

Full Disclosure: Aaron has no brothers, seven sisters, and has ridden his bike across the state of Iowa five times.
 

 

Mark Baumgarten EVP, Strategic Projects

Hometown: Detroit, MI

College Attended: Michigan State University

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Mark leads strategic initiatives and special projects that drive the acceleration of Trinitas’ overall real estate platform. With 35 years of experience, he combines a rich background in property management operations, sales, project management, and development in residential, mixed-use, and commercial real estate to his assignments. Additionally, Mark’s passion for training and mentoring will play a key role in developing Trinitas’ future leaders. Prior to joining Trinitas, he served as a vice president at General Growth Properties and was a director for American Tower Corporation, the fourth largest REIT in the U.S.

Mark earned his Master of Business Administration, with distinction, from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He received a Bachelor of Arts from Michigan State University’s James Madison College with a concentration in socioeconomics.
 

Full Disclosure: Mark asked for, and received, Marvin Gaye’s autograph thinking he was a Detroit Lion in 1969.

 

Brad Bennett EVP, Development

Hometown: Hoffman Estates, IL

University: Butler University

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At Trinitas, Brad is responsible for identifying potential markets for future development projects and cultivating the new development pipeline. He also oversees the development, acquisition, and finance team focused on market research, site identification, underwriting, and debt and equity financing. Prior to joining Trinitas, Brad worked in various real estate finance roles developing office, retail and senior housing. Brad brings over 10 years of commercial real estate finance and development experience to his role at Trinitas.

Brad earned his Bachelor of Science in finance and Master of Business Administration degrees, with distinction, from Butler University.

 

Full Disclosure: Brad attended the first night game at Wrigley Field.

 

Patrick Filice General Counsel, EVP – Risk Management

Hometown: Hollister, CA

University: Boston College
 

Pat leads the legal strategy for Trinitas where he is responsible for managing, directing, and advising the company on a broad range of legal issues related to land acquisition, financing, property development, construction, and leasing, as well as legal matters related to the daily operations of the company. He also oversees litigation matter and risk mitigation. Prior to joining Trinitas, Pat served as corporate counsel for Hyatt Hotels Corporation where he acted as a strategic advisor to senior management and developers in collection with all aspects of real estate transactions.

Pat received his Juris Doctor Master of Business Administration degree from Loyola University Chicago and earned his Bachelor of Science in Finance from Boston College.
 

Full Disclosure: Pat has a passion for community service and spent 5 years building homes with Habitat for Humanity in North and South Carolina.

 

Julia SponsellerEVP, People and Culture

Hometown: Avon, IN

University: Indiana University
 

Julia is responsible for leading Trinitas’ people and culture strategies. She focuses on championing Trinitas’ efforts to build great culture, grow employee engagement, and expand leadership development, learning, and training programs. Julia brings over 12 years of experience in people operations, with specific specialties in proactive total rewards, M&A integrations, and talent development. Prior to joining Trinitas, Julia served as the vice president of people and administration at Mandolin and is a Tech 25 Award Winner.

Julia received her Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management & Economics from Indiana University.
 

Full Disclosure: Julia is a huge sports fan. Recently, she travelled all the way to London with her husband to visit the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and see Harry Kane play in real life.

 

Eric Wojak EVP, Build for Rent and Multifamily

Hometown: Terre Haute, IN

University: Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
 

Eric oversees Trinitas’ build-for-rent and multifamily division throughout the country, leading the acquisition, entitlement, design, construction, and operations for each community.
Prior to joining Trinitas, he served as vice president of development at Thompson Thrift where he was responsible for the company’s build-for-rent development efforts. Eric brings more than 15 years of experience to his role.
Eric received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and earned his Masters of Business Administration from Indiana State University.

Full Disclosure: Eric loves all types of music and plays the guitar… but he is not very good at it.
 

 

Julia Watson;EVP, Property Management

Hometown: Athens, GA

University of Georgia
 

Julia leads Trinitas’ property management strategy and operations and is responsible for the success of the company’s portfolio. She brings over 22 years of experience in the multifamily industry, starting her career as a leasing agent in 2002. Julia has held various leadership positions in the property and leadership pathway and has earned the CAM and HCCP designations. She has operated and overseen assets across all classes, including ground-up development, LIHTC, BTR, mixed-use development and renovation/value-add and repositioned projects. Prior to joining Trinitas, she served as senior vice president for an NMHC Top 50 management company and has led large scale operations teams at other nationally recognized management firms such as The Bainbridge Companies, RAM Partners and Alliance Residential.

Julia attended the University of Georgia where she majored in Business Management.
 

Full Disclosure: Julia and family are avid sports fans and with her daughter set to attend The Ohio State University, their fan loyalty will now be tested and torn between the Big10 and SEC conferences..

 

Nick DrummondSVP, Operations

Hometown: Athens, GA/span>

University: University of Georgia

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Nick brings a wealth of experience and expertise to his new role, with over 20 years of student housing industry experience. Prior to joining Trinitas Ventures, Nick served as a regional vice president (operations) with Landmark Properties, where he played a key role in overseeing the collective operations of a third of Landmark’s management portfolio (34 properties, totaling 18,000 beds). His extensive background includes various positions at American Campus Communities (ACC), where he started as a community assistant and progressed to the role of regional manager. Nick's experience also includes a two-year tenure as a regional operations manager for Aspen Heights, where he oversaw their entire East Coast portfolio.

Nick earned his Bachelor of Science in economics from the University of Georgia and an MBA in Management from Mercer University.

 

Full Disclosure: In his free time Nick enjoys spending time outdoors, whether it be fly-fishing trout streams in North Georgia or multi-day section hikes of the Appalachian Trail. He also lives for college football Saturdays so he can cheer on the best college football team in the land, the Georgia Bulldogs!

 

Brett HillSVP, Capital Markets

Hometown: Tampa, FL

College: University of Wisconsin-Madison Sheet1!

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At Trinitas, Brett is responsible for executing on debt and equity capital markets activities and developing and maintaining relationships with partners, lenders, and intermediaries. Brett previously served as Managing Director at Greystone. He focused on Student Housing and Multifamily Debt and Equity solutions, which included Debt Placement, JV Equity, Agency Finance, Bridge Lending, CMBS, and Subordinate Debt. Brett worked closely with both the Greystone Platform and Cushman Wakefield’s Student Housing Team. Prior to joining Greystone, he spent 17 years with Wells Fargo, most recently serving as a Managing Director for the Commercial Real Estate Group within the Corporate and Investment Banking Division. In this role, he led loan origination throughout the United States and client development efforts for institutional and large commercial real estate clients across the Midwest..

He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Real Estate and Urban Land Economics from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Mr. Hill is an active member of the Wisconsin Real Estate Alumni Association.

 

Full Disclosure: In his free time, Brett enjoys long runs on the Chicago lakefront, watching and coaching his kids’ sports teams, and cheering on the Wisconsin Badgers.

 

Allison SchlarbSVP, Marketing

Hometown: Greenville, SC

University: University of South Carolina
 

Allison is responsible leading the marketing strategy for Trinitas where she is responsible for the development and implementation of marketing strategies and tactics to support the leasing of all of Trinitas’ real estate assets in each vertical. Additionally, she oversees the company’s corporate marketing including brand and reputation management, corporate communications, and marketing strategy. Prior to joining Trinitas, Allison served as the vice president of marketing at CA Ventures and brings 15 years of experience to her role.

Allison received her Bachelor of Science in Management and Marketing from the University of South Carolina.
 

Full Disclosure: Allison is an animal lover and found her passion for animal rescue after rescuing her first dog, a pug named Stuwie.

 

William "Bill" SwiderskiSVP, Accounting, Financial Planning and Analysis, and Tax

Hometown: Franklin Park, IL

University: DePaul University
 

William "Bill" Swiderski has joined Trinitas Ventures as the Senior Vice President of Accounting, Financial Planning and Analysis, and Tax. With a remarkable 25-year career in accounting and investment management within the commercial real estate sector, Bill brings a wealth of experience and expertise to his new role.

Prior to becoming a part of the Trinitas team, Bill served as the Head of Fund Finance for DWS Group, a prominent international asset manager with nearly $1 trillion in assets under management (AUM). His eight-year tenure at DWS allowed him to develop a deep understanding of fund finance and investment management. Before his time at DWS, Bill held the position of Senior Vice President and National Director at LaSalle Investment Management, where he was responsible for performance measurement and accounting for LaSalle's custom accounts portfolio in the Americas.

Bill's educational background is equally impressive, with a B.S. in Commerce and a concentration in Accounting from DePaul University. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a CFA Charterholder, underscoring his commitment to excellence in the field.

Full Disclosure: When asked what his ‘full disclosure’ statement would be, Bill cut straight to the chase. According to him, "I've turned into a middle-aged cliché. I bought a Jeep, started collecting vinyl records, and will only drink craft beer." Sounds like a good time!

 

KYLE COUCH VP, Accounting & Finance

Hometown: South Bend, IN

University: Purdue University

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Kyle oversees the Accounting and Finance functions at Trinitas. These groups are responsible for budgeting, compliance, forecasting, and monthly investor reporting of the Trinitas portfolio. Kyle brings over 9 years of experience, all with Trinitas, having held various positions in both the Accounting and Finance groups prior to settling into his current role. During this time, Kyle has been a part of $950 million+ of dispositions, even more new project starts, and multiple refinancings.

Kyle received his Bachelor of Science with an Advanced Accountancy Certificate from Purdue University and is actively working on reactivating his CPA license in the state of Indiana.
 

Full Disclosure: Kyle has been put onto the Weimaraner breed by his significant other and they have recently foster failed a unique long-haired version, Bri.

 

Michael KleinVP, Development Acquisitions

Hometown: South Bend, IN

University: Purdue University
 

Mike is responsible for leading the development acquisitions team to identify and secure development opportunities for Trinitas across all different real estate asset types. He is a veteran real estate professional with broad experience sourcing land and executing development projects including multifamily, luxury single-family and resort & leisure integrated master planned communities. Prior to joining Trinitas, Mike served as the director of development at SC Bodner Company.

Mike earned his Bachelor of Science in General Management from Purdue University.
 

Full Disclosure: Mike is an avid fisherman, and his largest catch to-date is a 252.5-pound Mako Shark caught off the coast of the Big Island of Hawaii.

 

Hardik PatelVP, Pre- Construction

Hometown: Mt.Prospect, IN

University: Northeastern Illinois University
 

Hardik leads the preconstruction efforts for each of the different real estate asset types: student, mixed-use, build-for-rent, and multifamily. He is responsible for establishing hard cost budgets, preparing massing plans, finalizing construction contracts, and establishing relationships with General Contractors, Subcontractors and Suppliers throughout the country. Prior to joining Trinitas, Hardik served as vice president of preconstruction at CA Ventures. He brings over 22 years of experience to his role and has finalized over $1.5 billion in construction contracts.

Hardik earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Northeastern Illinois University.
 

Full Disclosure: Hardik loves traveling and has been to 36 states, 15 countries and 4 continents.

 

Damian VanMatre VP, Development Operations

Hometown: Anderson, IN

University: Purdue University

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Damian oversees the company’s development throughout the country, from conceptualization to completion. He’s responsible for performing due diligence, negotiating services, and implementing schedules that govern the design and construction of projects. Prior to joining Trinitas, Damian spent over a decade in commercial real estate, developing national projects for outpatient healthcare facilities. He has 17 years of experience in real estate development.

Damian received his Bachelor of Science degree in construction engineering and management from Purdue University and a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in accounting and finance. Damian is LEED certified.
 

Full Disclosure: Damian worked as a DJ spinning records to pay for his first two years of college.