Experience and Expertise

Nationwide Realty Investors’ is led by an executive leadership team of many of the most skilled and brightest planners, development and construction specialists, and project managers in the nation. They each come from rich and diverse backgrounds and have worked together as a highly cohesive and successful team for many years.

  • Brian J. Ellis
  • James K. Rost
    Vice President
  • Paula G. Sloan
    Vice President
  • Rob Maloney
    Vice President
  • Gina Ormond
    Vice President
  • Chris A. Dale
    Associate Vice President
  • Linda Gengler
    Associate Vice President
  • Janice Gresko
    Associate Vice President
  • Don Montgomery
    Associate Vice President
  • Carli Lanfersiek
    Director of Marketing

Brian J. Ellis

Brian serves as President and COO of Nationwide Realty Investors. He and his team have built a $2 billion portfolio of real estate investments spanning 11 states. Brian has guided the company’s growth through ever-changing real estate and economic climates, building Nationwide Realty Investors as one of the nation’s most recognized and respected developers and investors of office, commercial, retail, hotel, restaurant, residential and mixed-use real estate. Brian serves on the executive committee of Experience Columbus, the city’s convention and visitor’s bureau, and is chair of the Board of Commissioners for the Columbus Sports Commission. He holds a business degree from Miami University (Ohio) and an M.B.A. from Duke University.

James K. Rost

Jim manages Nationwide Realty Investors’ planning and construction activities, ensuring compliance with plans, specs and budgets. He brings tremendous master-planning and construction experience and expertise to his role, having been a former manager of the special projects division and manager of business development for Turner Construction prior to joining Nationwide Realty Investors in 1999. Jim is a member and past president of the Builders Exchange of Columbus, a board member and vice president of the Builders Exchange Foundation, and serves on the board of the Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District. Jim graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering.

Paula G. Sloan

Paula is responsible for Nationwide Realty Investors’ accounting, financial reporting and budget activities.  In her role, she provides leadership and coordination of the value maximization efforts of the company’s estate portfolio. Paula also oversees the underwriting and issuance of the Company’s bond investment portfolio and is responsible for obtaining project specific and portfolio financing needs including construction loans, permanent debt and lines of credit. Prior to joining Nationwide Realty Investors, Paula spent nearly a decade in the audit department at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Paula is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a bachelor’s degree from Miami University (Ohio).

Rob Maloney

Rob is responsible for asset management, new investments, and property management for Nationwide Realty Investors. In his role, he plays a critical role in aligning the company’s vision with strategic investment opportunities. Rob has been with Nationwide since 1989.  Prior to joining Nationwide Realty Investors in 2008, Rob had leadership responsibility for Nationwide’s commercial real estate investment operation, including the origination and management of Nationwide’s internal commercial mortgage portfolio, Nationwide’s third-party and securitization lending programs, and certain real estate equity/tax credit asset classes. Rob holds a B.S. in finance and real estate from The Ohio State University.

Gina Ormond

As corporate counsel, Gina and her team provide legal support to Nationwide Realty Investors on a wide range of real estate matters including land assemblage, development and construction, public-private partnerships financing, leasing, property management and sales.  In her role, she drives creative solutions to complex legal issues, at all times seeking to minimize risk while remaining bottom-line focused. Gina began her career at Nationwide in 1998. She has a Bachelor of Arts from Notre Dame, a law degree from the University of Cincinnati, and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Cincinnati. Gina also serves on the boards for COTA and United Schools Network.

Chris A. Dale

Chris Dale is the director of property management for Nationwide Realty Investors. Chris oversees the property management operations for the company’s two million square feet office portfolio primarily located in central and suburban Ohio and Phoenix, Arizona. Prior to joining Nationwide Realty Investors, Chris worked for Trammell Crow Company in Virginia for 10 years managing a diverse portfolio of commercial real estate. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in finance from James Madison University and a Masters degree in real estate from Johns Hopkins University.

Linda Gengler

Linda is responsible for overseeing Nationwide Realty Investor’s day-to-day accounting operations including budgeting, financial reporting and tax compliance.  Prior to joining NRI in 2001, she served for seven years in the real estate group of Deloitte’s tax department and previous five years as controller with a local real estate developer.  Linda currently serves as Treasurer for the Jerome Village and NorthStar Community Development Authorities.  She is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a bachelors degree from The Ohio State University.

Janice Gresko

Janice serves as legal counsel for Nationwide Realty Investors. In this role, she provides legal counsel and support on a variety of Nationwide Realty Investor’s projects ranging from land assemblage and development issues to financing and leasing matters. She is intimately involved with Nationwide Realty Investors’ Jerome Village and North Star projects as well as the continued development of the Arena District and Grandview Yard projects.  Prior to joining Nationwide in 2006, Janice worked at the Columbus office of Jones Day.  She received her undergraduate degree from Hiram College and her law degree from Ohio Northern University.

Don Montgomery

Don is responsible for the design and construction of Nationwide Realty Investors’ large commercial real estate development projects and communities. He also oversees all tenant improvements for the company’s portfolio of over 2 million square feet of Class A commercial space. Before joining Nationwide Realty Investors, Don spent eight years leading design, construction and facilities planning efforts for Mount Carmel Health Systems. Prior to that, Don spent ten years working in project management at Battelle Memorial Institute. He holds a bachelors degree in Civil Engineering from The Ohio State University and has an MBA from Ohio University.

Carli Lanfersiek

Carli Lanfersiek is Marketing Director at Nationwide Realty Investors. She is responsible for strategic planning, brand development, communications and media relations for NRI’s portfolio of real estate assets including the Arena District, Grandview Yard, Jerome Village, and Northstar Communities in Central Ohio, and Rivulon in Phoenix, Arizona. Carli has been with NRI since 2011. She has also served as Digital Marketing Director at Steiner & Associates and Director of Advertising at COSI. She currently serves on the Gladden Community House Board in Franklinton, and is on the executive committee of Destination Grandview, the City’s Convention & Visitor’s Bureau. Carli has a Bachelor’s degree from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University.