Executive Director & CEO
Brian has been the full-time Executive Director and CEO of CAW since 2010, a role he stepped into after serving on its Board of Directors since 2007. He brings extensive experience in economic and strategic development, board management, and involvement in the arts, philanthropy and community service to bear on his leadership.
Prior to serving CAW full time, Brian spent over 25 years in real estate portfolio management, acquisitions & dispositions, asset management and capital markets. He is the founder of Real Estate Acumen, a principal real estate investor and a real estate investment manager and advisory firm. Mr. Ricklin was Senior Director and Global Head of Asset Management at Marathon Asset Management, an alternative investment advisory firm, directing the $4.5B in real estate and real estate operating company investments in the Marathon Real Estate Opportunity Fund portfolio.
Brian takes great pride in his corporate philanthropy and, with respect to his assets under management, the grass-root commitments and local community service of his various partners and operating properties. Since his formative childhood years, Brian has maintained three simple principles that brought him to CAW: empowerment through creativity, grass-roots community service and volunteerism, and leadership as a fiduciary.
During his teens, Brian developed a love of the arts and integrated all forms of interdisciplinary studies during his undergraduate career. Brian’s leadership of CAW is dedicated to best practices and the quality and expansion of all its social ventures and program-related investments. He has brought CAW recognized, tangible and innovative results in development, board management, strategic planning, and programming impact, including achieving top ratings for fundraising efficiency, revenue growth and program expense growth. Brian’s responsible for CAW’s recent capacity-building, including attracting new talented program and development staff.