Led by Thomas A. Rizk and Roger W. Thomas, the Workspace Property Trust executive team has over 75 years of combined real estate experience.

This experience paired with their reputation in the industry, local market presence and exercised knowledge, provides Workspace Property Trust with competitive advantages in acquiring and managing commercial real estate portfolios.

Christopher B. Allen
Executive Vice President & CFO

Thomas A. Rizk

Co-Founder & CEO

In 1994, Mr. Rizk led the family-owned real estate partnership, Cali Associates, through its highly successful initial public offering as Cali Realty Corporation, a real estate investment trust (REIT) traded on the NYSE.

Cali Realty’s original portfolio grew from 12 properties at the time of the IPO to over 250 properties totaling over 28M square feet.

During Mr. Rizk’s tenure, the Cali Realty’s total market capitalization grew from $300M to over $3.6B, completing over $3B in acquisitions while maintaining the Company’s 50-year reputation for superior property management and tenant services.

As President and Chief Executive Officer, he also led the merger of Cali Realty Corporation into the Mack Company and Patriot American Office Group in 1997.

In 2000, Mr. Rizk founded TractManagerInc, the recognized leader in providing technology-based contract management solutions to healthcare organizations.

He led the company’s growth from a start-up operation to a company that served over 25% of the hospitals in the United States with more than 130,000 end users at over 5,000 locations throughout all 50 states.

Over the past 20 years, Mr. Rizk has also supported and partnered with select organizations to promote awareness for the needs of injured service members, supported youth education initiatives, and combated the effects of poverty. These charities include the Mourning Family Foundation, Operation Game On, and Jumpstart.

Mr. Rizk received his B.A. degree in business administration from Rutgers University, his J.D. degree from Rutgers University School of Law, and his L.L.M. in taxation from the New York University School of Law.

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Roger Thomas

Co-Founder, President, & COO

Mr. Thomas has over 30 years of experience in real estate and has had significant success structuring, negotiating, completing and implementing all aspects of complex transactions including: real estate acquisitions, disposition and development, corporate securities and compliance matters, risk management, human resources and marketing.

From 1994 until 2014, Mr. Thomas served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary at Mack-Cali Realty Corporation, serving as a key member of the executive team. He also filled the roles of head of the risk management, human resources, and marketing departments.

During his tenure, Mr. Thomas was responsible for structuring and implementing the company’s acquisitions, mergers and dispositions, supervising outside and in-house legal and leasing counsel and staff, and negotiating joint venture agreements. He also insured legal compliance and oversaw day-to-day legal requirements, and assisted the company in investment strategies and financial activities.

Mr. Thomas was a key member of the executive team that worked with Mr. Rizk in taking Cali Associates public in 1994.

Mr. Thomas received both his B.S.B.A. in Finance and his J.D. from the University of Denver.

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Christopher B. Allen

Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Allen has more than 17 years of REIT executive management and real estate investment banking experience. Prior to joining Workspace Property Trust in August 2017, Mr. Allen was a Managing Director in the M&A and Corporate Advisory Group at HFF Securities L.P., which he joined in March 2017 upon HFF’s acquisition of Hentschel& Company, a boutique real estate investment banking advisory firm where Mr. Allen had been a Managing Director since early 2016.

From 2008 to 2015, Mr. Allen was a senior financial executive at Chambers Street Properties and served as the company’s Executive Vice President of Capital Markets and Finance since 2012. Chambers Street Properties was a publicly traded REIT that merged with Gramercy Property Trust in December 2015 to become the largest industrial and office net lease REIT with an enterprise value totaling approximately $5.7 billion.

From 1999 to 2007, Mr. Allen spent more than eight years in real estate investment banking, including five years at Merrill Lynch and three years at Banc of America Securities, executing a broad cross section of financial advisory and capital raising transactions, including over $9 billion in M&A and financial advisory transactions; 27 public debt and preferred equity offerings, raising over $7.4 billion; and 16 common equity offerings, raising over $3.3 billion.

Mr. Allen has an M.B.A. in Finance and Accounting from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and a B.A. in Economics from Rice University.

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Michael Gervasio

Senior Vice President, Operations & Innovation

Mr. Gervasio’s experience in the commercial real estate industry includes asset management, brokerage, property management and consulting. Since 2015, Mr. Gervasio has served as Senior Vice President and has been part of the executive leadership team that has led our predecessor through over $1.2 billion of acquisitions in less than one year. During this time WPT has grown from its infancy stage to expanding its portfolio to 148 properties totaling approximately 10 million square feet. From 2004 to 2007, Mr. Gervasio worked at CB Richard Ellis in the commercial real estate brokerage division. During his tenure, he worked closely with senior management of both private and public companies to develop strategic real estate plans and implementation strategies. He negotiated commercial real estate leasing and sales transactions for both acquisition and disposition assignments on behalf of landlords and tenants.

From 2008 to 2013, Mr. Gervasio served as the Vice President of PropertyTract, advising landlords and property managers on their administration of leasing and management objectives. From 2007 to 2008, Mr. Gervasio was part of the real estate financial services division of FTI Consulting where he was responsible for providing consulting services to public and private real estate companies including REITs, investment and commercial banks, opportunity funds, private equity funds and insurance companies. In 2013 he joined Rizk Ventures focusing on investment activities in the areas of Real Estate, Private Equity, Venture Capital, and Special Opportunities until joining Workspace Property Trust.

Mr. Gervasio received a B.A. degree in Communication Studies from the University of Rhode Island.

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Anthony A. Nichols, Jr.

Senior Vice President, Leasing

Mr. Nichols brings with him over 27 years of fundamental knowledge in asset management, development and leasing, and over 19 years of experience with publicly traded REITs. From 2005 to 2017, Mr. Nichols held various roles including Vice President and City Manager as well as Vice President & Market Officer for suburban Philadelphia for Liberty Property Trust.

From 1989 to 1996, he was Vice President of Marketing and Property Management for the Nichols Company, a private commercial real estate developer. Mr. Nichols played an instrumental role in the Nichols Company before and during its merger with Brandywine Realty Trust in 1996. He is a past President of the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the National Association of Office and Industrial Properties (NAIOP) as well as having served as a member of NAIOP’s National Board of Directors.

Mr. Nichols received a B.S. degree in Economics from East Carolina University and an MBA degree from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia.

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Christopher Eckerd

Vice President, Property Management

Since 2015, Mr. Eckerd has lead our team of senior property managers and overseen customer service operations. Prior to joining Workspace Property Trust, Mr. Eckerd spent 18 years with Liberty Property Trust where he was Senior Property Manager for its Pennsylvania suburban office portfolio. In this role, he was responsible for the management of an eight-million square foot portfolio of office and flex assets in the Philadelphia suburbs. Mr. Eckerd is a Certified Property Manager through the Institute of Real Estate Management. He holds a Pennsylvania Real Estate License and is a member of the Philadelphia chapter of Building Owners and Managers Association. He also holds a LEED Green designation through the U.S. Green Building Council.

Mr. Eckerd received an Associate’s degree in General Studies from the Montgomery County Community College.

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