Who we are

Our partners and employees have held senior investment, operational, legal and regulatory roles at leading institutions in the real estate, mortgage, and financial services industries. We bring deep experience in real estate, whole loans, asset backed securities, mortgage servicing rights and operating companies. We employ transparent and relationship-oriented strategies to craft customized capital solutions tailored to meet ever evolving and dynamic market opportunities. We don’t do trades. We build businesses through collaboration and a shared goal to build durable businesses that generate value for all stakeholders.

 

Nick Smith

Founder | Managing Partner | Chief Executive Officer

Nick Smith is the founder, managing partner and Chief Executive Officer of Rice Park Capital, overseeing all aspects of...

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Matt Kennedy

Partner | Co-Chief Investment Officer

Matt Kennedy is a partner of Rice Park and serves as the co-Chief Investment Officer, overseeing the firm’s investment...

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Craig Freel, CFA

Partner | Co-Chief Investment Officer

Craig Freel is a partner of Rice Park and services as the co-Chief Investment Officer, overseeing the firm’s investment...

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Shawn Kelly

Partner | Chief Operations Officer

Shawn Kelly is a Rice Park partner and Chief Operating Officer, overseeing the firm’s accounting, operations, transaction management, and...

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Craig Opp

Partner | General Counsel | Chief Compliance Officer

Craig Opp is a partner of Rice Park. As General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, he manages the firm’s...

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Mark Filler

Partner | Operating Companies

Mark Filler is a partner of Rice Park, overseeing investments in operating companies with a focus on the loan...

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Chris Bixby

Managing Director of Venture Capital Strategies

Chris Bixby is Managing Director of Venture Capital Strategies for Rice Park and is responsible for sourcing, underwriting, structuring...

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Patrice Blaeser

Senior Compliance and Governance Paralegal and Assistant Secretary

Patrice Blaeser is Senior Compliance and Governance Paralegal and Assistant Secretary at Rice Park. Patrice’s responsibilities include the daily...

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Ghillian Grantham

Vice President

Ghillian Grantham is Vice President of Transaction Management and Transfers with Rice Park. She is responsible for the initial...

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Stephanie Kantola

Assistant Vice President

Stephanie Kantola is Assistant Vice President of Systems, Reporting, and Analysis at Rice Park. She is responsible for the...

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Ashley Kelner

Vice President

Ashley Kelner is Vice President of Servicing Oversight and Document Management at Rice Park. She is responsible for the...

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Kate Nelson

Vice President

Kate Nelson is Vice President of Servicing Oversight and GSE Relations at Rice Park. She is the liaison with...

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Karissa Olson

Executive Assistant to CEO

Karissa Olson is the Executive Assistant to CEO Nicholas Smith.  In addition to her administrative responsibilities, Ms. Olson’s also...

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Emily Potrykus

Vice President

Emily Potrykus is Vice President of MSR Analytics at Rice Park where she is responsible for key elements of...

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Mitch Steffen

Vice President

Mitch Steffen is Vice President and head of systems, reporting, and analysis at Rice Park. He is responsible for...

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