MEET OUR TEAM
Brian Ferdinand is CorpHousing Group’s Managing Partner and is in charge of business strategy, new city launches, and overall brand positioning. He began his career in proprietary trading, founding ECHOtrade, LLC. His passionate vision guided ECHOtrade’s growth from a single employee to Read More…
Edward Rogers (Partner & Head of Property acquisitions)
Edward Rogers is the head of property acquisitions for CorpHousing Group, working daily to target potential properties that align with the company’s rigorous criteria. At the start of his career, Rogers was a member of Legg Mason’s prestigious Chairman’s Council and Million Dollar Club, where he advised individual and corporate investors for 28 years. In this role, he acted as a strategic financial advisor, responsible for managing more than $150 million for individual and corporate investors, including company retirement plans. He has since become a private investor, while raising his four children EJ, Ben, Olivia, and Lindsay. Rogers graduated from Bowdoin College with a bachelor’s degree in economics.
Jimmie Chatmon (Senior Partner and Executive Director)
Jimmie Chatmon is senior partner and executive director of CorpHousing Group. In this role, he oversees daily operations, managing all aspects of the business, including revenue generation, acquisitions, customer service, and corporate procedures. Along with the executive team, Chatmon’s progressive perspective has positively shaped the company’s structure and energetic environment. Chatmon earned a bachelor’s in business from the University of Miami with a focus on finance and accounting.
Lt Col. David Gurfein (President of Operations)
David oversees the operations of CorpHousing Group and related companies and their operations. LtCol. Gurfein brings to CorpHousing Group his extensive business executive management experience in diverse highly-competitive industries. To include as the CEO for ArmorSmith, defense technology; SVP and Partner with Holden International, business development consultants; VP for The Venetian and The Palazzo, five-diamond resorts in Las Vegas; National Sales Manager for MV Sport/Weatherproof, emblazoned sports apparel; COO for TeleVend, e-commerce start-up; and Associate with Goldman, Sachs & Co, Wall Street investment bank. LtCol. Gurfein received his MBA from Harvard Business School and BS in Speech Communication and Political Science from Syracuse University.
Lt Colonel Gurfein enlisted in the Marines at 17, completed Boot Camp at Parris Island and went on to become the Honor Graduate from Officer Candidate School, Meritoriously Augmented as a 2nd Lieutenant out of The Basic School, and served as a Marine Corps Infantry Officer.
With 25 years of service, he retired as a Lt Colonel after leading Marines operationally and in combat around the world – From a Rifle Platoon in the jungles of Panama; to a Mortar Platoon across the deserts of Saudi Arabia and Kuwait; to a Rifle Security Company on the fence-line at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; to a team of Future Operations Planners in the mountains of Afghanistan; to a Special Operations Task Force during the initial assault into the cities of Iraq; and as a Congressional Liaison on Capitol Hill for both the Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, and the Marine Special Operations Command.
In 2016, LtCol. Gurfein ran for U.S. Congress in NY’s 4th District and was endorsed by 5 parties.
Lane Ferdinand (General Counsel)
Lane Ferdinand was born and raised in New Jersey, where he has practiced law for close to 40 years. Throughout his career, he has been a successful trial attorney on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants. He is highly sought-after by major casualty insurance companies and large national corporations, as well as by other lawyers for his courtroom skills and expertise in negligence law and insurance disputes. In addition to being an active member of multiple trial and bar associations, Ferdinand is also an active lecturer in insurance law, general negligence, and medical issues confronting lawyers. He serves as an arbitrator in the New Jersey Superior Court Arbitration Program and maintains an active role of mediator in alternative dispute resolution matters. He is certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a “Certified Trial Lawyer” and has the distinction of being selected as a “Super Lawyer” by his peers. Outside the practice of law, Ferdinand has served in various leadership capacities including president and/or board member for several community, charitable and private organizations. He is a graduate of Seton Hall University and the Seton Hall University School of Law.
Blake Oakland (Senior Advisor)
Blake Oakland brings industry expertise that has been invaluable to CorpHousing Group and affiliates in identifying and targeting inventory for its portfolio. He is the vice chairperson and head of multifamily investment sales for Newmark Knight Frank, the leading fully integrated global investment advisory and lending platform. Acting as a unifying figure for Newmark Knight Frank’s offices throughout the country, Oakland’s primary roles are to increase collaboration and improve service to clients nationwide by identifying and executing strategic initiatives, business lines and geographic expansion and recruiting. As the face of the brand, Oakland also leads business development nationally where he maintains relationships with large institutional clients to help the firm secure business and engage in complex national and global assignments. Since 2000, he has led and been meaningfully involved in multi-housing transactions worth more than $10 billion. Oakland is an executive committee member of the National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC.)
EJ Rogers (Advisor)
EJ Rogers provides guidance on CorpHousing Group’s digital strategy, as well as website design and maintenance. He is a graduate of the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California and is a product manager at Vylla.com, a residential home and lending platform.