Kathleen (“Kathy”) Corton

Chief Executive Officer, Chief Investment Officer, and Managing Partner
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Ms. Corton established Hillcrest in 2013 and serves as its Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer. She has over 30 years of experience in the real estate industry primarily focused on debt investing.

Prior to establishing Hillcrest, Ms. Corton was Co-Owner and Partner of Brickman, a New York-based real estate equity and debt investment management firm.  During her 14-year tenure at Brickman, Ms. Corton was responsible for debt and equity investing through discretionary commingled funds.  Previously, Ms. Corton was Executive Managing Director at Nomura Asset Capital Corporation, where she headed U.S. real estate loan originations. In this capacity, she was responsible for the management of the firm’s six regional lending offices with over 200 people, including approximately 100 loan originators, as well as the firm’s national relationships with mortgage bankers and brokers, development of lending policies and procedures, and creation and oversight of the firm’s servicing platform.  Ms. Corton began her career in commercial real estate finance as an Associate at Mabon Securities, a regional broker-dealer in New York City. 

She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and History from Georgetown University.  She is a member of Urban Land Institute’s Industrial and Office Park Development Council (Blue Flight) and Member of the Board of Governors of CRE Finance Council.