Richard Ressler
Richard Ressler
Co-Founder and Principal
Richard Ressler is a Co-Founder and Principal of CIM Group® with more than 30 years of active real estate, infrastructure and lending experience. Since co-founding CIM in 1994, Mr. Ressler has been a fundamental influence in shaping the organization and facilitating its growth. He is the chair of CIM's Executive, Investment, Allocation and Real Assets Management Committees. He leads several teams essential to internal and external operations at CIM. Prior to co-founding CIM, Mr. Ressler founded Orchard Capital Corp., and continues to oversee companies in which Orchard Capital or its affiliates invest, including CIM, Orchard First Source Asset Management, a full-service provider of capital and leveraged finance solutions to U.S. corporations, and OCV Management, LLC, an investor, owner and operator of technology companies. Further, he currently serves as a board member for various public and private entities, including as Chairman of the Board, CEO and President of CIM Real Estate Finance Trust, Inc., Chairman of the Board of CIM Commercial Trust Corporation and Chairman of the Board of Ziff Davis.

Additionally, Mr. Ressler has served as Vice Chairman and in various executive capacities of Brooke Group Limited. Prior to Brooke Group he worked as an investment banker at Drexel Burnham Lambert, Inc. and as an attorney at Cravath, Swaine and Moore.

Mr. Ressler earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brown University and Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration degrees from Columbia University.