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  • Alan True
    Founder & CEO

    Alan is the Founder and CEO of True Investments and is responsible for the firm’s overall strategy, finances, operations, and culture, with a focus on growing assets under management and scaling processes.

    Alan graduated from the University of Colorado.  He worked on the Mercantile Exchange in Chicago and with Drexel Burnham Lambert in London, and decided that China was the area of the world that would offer the most opportunity during his lifetime.  Alan traveled to Hong Kong and Taiwan distributing his resume along the way.  After working in Chinese trading companies and developing new products, he established a quality control inspection company to help buyers ensure that they were getting the quality they expected before shipments left factories in Taiwan.  Alan formed True Innovations to manufacture innovative and affordable home and office furniture.

    In the early 1990’s, True Innovations moved production to southern mainland China and established a leadership position designing, manufacturing and selling office and home seating to big box retailers in the United States, Canada and Mexico.  Over a period of more than 10 years, True Innovations was the leader in merchandising those products. In 2011, True Innovations was acquired by Li & Fung, a publicly traded company in Hong Kong.

    As active philanthropists, Alan and his wife Twila founded True Children’s Home (“TCH”) in China in 2006.  The charity’s mission is to save the lives of orphaned children, fund corrective surgery, provide post-surgical care, place children with foster families, and facilitate adoption.  TCH merged with Love Without Boundaries in 2011.

    In addition, they founded the nonprofit True Sioux Hope Foundation, which is inspiring unprecedented, permanent, positive change for the Sioux Tribe in South Dakota by providing much-needed funding for education and infrastructure.  True Sioux Hope Foundation is a fundraising vehicle to provide grants and funding to highly vetted organizations that are already in place and well equipped to deliver the life-saving resources needed for the Sioux nation to survive and thrive.

    Alan is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.  He and Twila live in Newport Beach with their four children.

  • Eric J. Kim
    Senior Vice President, Capital Markets & Finance

    Eric is responsible for the capital markets strategy and execution.  Eric leads the capital markets team which spearheads all internal and external capital markets activities, building relationships with capital sources for both equity and debt, as well as exploring other potential strategic partnerships.  Eric has 16 years of experience in capital markets and financial analytics, including three years as Head of Capital Markets, nine years of experience in investment banking and four years in portfolio management.

    Prior to joining True Investments, Eric was a Director in the investment banking group at Zelman & Associates, where he originated and executed capital markets, mergers & acquisitions and recapitalization transactions in the Real Estate and Housing sectors and was the primary lead banker for the single-family rental and multi-family sectors.  Over the course of his investment banking career, Eric has worked on a wide range of capital markets, mergers & acquisitions, restructuring and recapitalization transactions for public and private real estate companies, media companies and institutional investors, with an aggregate transaction value of over $15 billion dollars.  Prior to joining Zelman & Associates, Eric held Vice President and Associate roles in the investment banking groups at KBW, Lehman Brothers and UBS Investment Bank.

    Eric earned a B.A. in Social Sciences at the University of California, Irvine and an M.B.A. with distinction from the Johnson School at Cornell University.  Eric serves on the Young Leadership Council at the Boys & Girls Harbor of Harlem.

  • Kent Ahlering
    Vice President, Asset Management

    Kent leads the Asset Management group and is responsible for the execution of the real estate portfolio management strategy, with an emphasis on overseeing renovations, marketing, leasing, property management and dispositions.  Kent is integral to management of daily operations of the asset management team, and monitors portfolio performance and works in conjunction with the acquisitions team to ensure fulfilment of underwritten projections.  Kent has 15 years of experience in residential and commercial asset management focused on operations, construction, property management, leasing and finance.

    Prior to joining True Investments, Kent was a Finance Manager for Mammoth Equities, a real estate development and investment firm.  In this role, Kent’s duties included underwriting, due diligence, vendor selection and management, income generation and cost reduction strategies, and managing construction, property management and leasing teams nationwide.  Kent was responsible for reporting and investor relations, as well as advising on fund strategy for investments in single family residential properties in addition to other real estate asset classes.  Kent’s expertise includes land use, entitlement, legal issues, foreclosure, bankruptcy and capitalizations.  Kent’s prior experience includes brokerage and management of residential investments for private client groups in Southern California.

    Kent is an active member of the National Association for Industrial and Office Parks (“NAIOP”), a real estate industry group, and the Young Professionals Group, a Southern California-based professional development and leadership program.  Kent earned a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Southern California.

  • Sonny Kim

    Sonny leads the accounting team and is responsible for the company’s accounting, treasury, debt compliance, financial reporting & analysis and tax matters.  Sonny brings 14 years of professional accounting experience in various real estate sectors including management of senior living, commercial, retail, and industrial properties, fund accounting, and homebuilding.  Sonny has demonstrated an adeptness at building, motivating and managing the accounting team while creating interdepartmental synergy and efficiency.

     Prior to joining True Investments, Sonny served as Controller for MBK Senior Living, LLC managing 22 senior living communities and leading a team of 13 accountants through all accounting related activities including financial reporting, budgeting/forecasting, accounting month end, and acquisitions/dispositions.  Prior to MBK, Sonny served in Controllership roles for Shopoff Realty Investments managing 7 commercial and development Funds, Colony Capital, LLC and the New Home Company during their IPO.

     Sonny earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Economics from the University of California Los Angeles and is also a California Certified Public Accountant.

  • Eugene Lim
    Assistant Vice President, Acquisitions

    Eugene is responsible for the execution of acquisitions strategy, with an emphasis on managing day-to-day operations and managing relationships with brokers and agents that source portfolio properties.  Eugene has 11 years of real estate experience in acquisitions, analytics, asset management, and finance.

    Prior to joining True Investments, Eugene was a Senior Analyst at Colony AMC OPCO, LLC, the asset management division of Colony Capital, LLC, where he was primarily responsible for the analysis of several real estate portfolios with an aggregate unpaid principal balance in excess of $3 billion.  In this capacity, Eugene also supported multiple divisions of Colony Capital, LLC, including Colony American Homes, Inc., with acquisitions as well as private and public financing efforts, including securitizations, a credit facility, and an initial public offering.  While earning his M.B.A., Eugene assisted Colony AMC OPCO, LLC acquisitions teams with the underwriting of numerous commercial real estate portfolios, valued at an aggregate unpaid principal balance in excess of $10 billion.  Prior to pursuing his M.B.A., Eugene managed over 40 employees at Diamond Financial Group, Inc., a full service residential real estate brokerage firm in Southern California.

    Eugene earned a B.A. in Economics from U.C. Riverside and an M.B.A. from Pepperdine University with an emphasis in finance.

  • Patrick Schmidt
    Assistant Vice President, Technology

    Patrick has nearly 20 years of experience in process improvement, technical project management, enterprise systems implementation, and integration. Previously, Patrick Implementated Yardi at real-estate investment startup Homeunion, was Director of Strategic Initiatives at residential solar integrator Verengo where he led Software Engineering and PMO, as well as Director of Business Systems Integration at Investors Business Daily / Investors.com.  Patrick extends Yardi functionality and integrates internal and external applications to drive operational efficiency for True.

    Patrick earned a B.A. in Political Science from U.C. Irvine and an M.B.A from Loyola Marymount University with an emphasis in Information Technology & Decision Sciences. He has ITIL, CSM, PSM, and PMP certifications.