PRESIDENT / CEO
With over 34 years of experience in real estate investment, development, finance, and services, Ken Fridley is the founder and President / CEO of Strategic Asset Solutions. Since 2000, Mr. Fridley has been involved in the acquisition or development of over US$6.0 billion of real estate assets in Japan, China and South Korea.
In December 2011, Mr. Fridley founded Nippon ResCap Investors K.K., a real estate investment manager focused on acquiring and multifamily residential assets located in Japan. In 2015, Nippon ResCap teamed up with the Capbridge Group as Capbridge Investors and expanded focus to include logistics assets and corporate sale leasebacks.
From 2006-2009, Mr. Fridley was President of New City Asia Partners L.P., a real estate private equity fund sponsored by New City Corporation (NCC). Prior to overseeing the fund, Mr. Fridley was Vice Chairman of NCC responsible for capital markets activities, international operations, and a member of the Investment Committee.
From 1999 to 2004, Mr. Fridley was Executive Vice President of CBRE Investors Japan where he executed major investment strategies on behalf of the firm’s separate account clients. Mr. Fridley is a member of ULI Japan’s Sustainable Development Council.
FRANK S. ORRELL
As the team’s senior member, Frank Orrell provides direction and oversight in the creation and evolution of the firm’s investment strategies. Mr. Orrell will focus on entity-level M&A, corporate restructuring and the formation of development joint ventures to assist in scaling the firm’s investment portfolio.
Prior to Strategic Asset Solutions, Mr. Orrell was Chairman and CEO of The Capbridge Group (CBG), an investment management and holding company he founded in 2009. CBG was built through residential acquisitions and asset management, financial entity M&A and restructuring, senior living corporate restructuring, and approximately US$1 billion in large scale development projects in the U.S. Sensing the market was nearing a peak, CBG began to divest its operating subsidiaries and most of its development projects, enabling Mr. Orrell to focus on the new strategies of Strategic Asset Solutions.
Prior to forming CBG, Mr. Orrell was Chairman and CEO of New City Corporation (NCC), where he led the firm’s 2002 leveraged buyout from the former Industrial Bank of Japan and subsequently recapitalized and restructured the entity. From 1999 through 2003, Mr. Orrell served as President of CBRE Investors Japan. NCC was operated under the CBRE Investors Japan umbrella until 2005 when Mr. Orrell led a management team buyout of both entities and the growth of NCC into a significant Pacific Rim investment management entity. Mr. Orrell earned his BA in economics from San Francisco State University.
Senior Managing Partner
Norito Makimoto is Senior Managing Partner responsible for deal execution, formulating and implementing asset management strategies, coordination of the closing process and overseeing disposition activity.
Previously, Mr. Makimoto was Managing Director, Acquisitions of Asia Pacific Land overseeing their residential investment fund. Prior to that, Mr. Makimoto was Chief Investment Officer of daVinci Advisors overseeing its acquisition and asset management departments from 1998 through 2009.
During that time, he was involved in over ¥1,449 billion of real estate deals in Japan including approximately ¥57 billion of residential transactions. Before joining daVinci, Mr. Makimoto was involved in real estate investment and development for Kajima Corporation, a large Japanese developer and operator in the US, Europe and Kuala Lumpur.
Mr. Makimoto received a Masters Degree in Real Estate from MIT in 1995 and a Bachelor of Law Degree from Sophia University in 1987.
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT
With over 20 years of experience in Asia building and growing organizations in the automotive and industrial markets, Mike Corry is Senior Vice President of Strategic Asset Solutions where he is responsible for identifying potential clients in need of corporate real estate solutions. Having worked with numerous multinational companies, Mr. Corry has a deep understanding of the financial and operational challenges faced in these industries.
Mr. Corry previously served as the Global Vice President – Japanese OEMs for Eagle Ottawa based in Tokyo, Japan. As a member of Eagle Ottawa’s Executive leadership team, he was responsible for the commercial leadership of the Japanese automotive accounts globally.
Other career experience includes various senior commercial leadership positions throughout Asia to include President & General Manager (Japan) at Husky Injection Molding Systems and Director, Business Development with Johnson Controls in Korea. He is a retired Major in the U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve).
Mr. Corry holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Virginia and Masters of International Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management