John Merrick, Owner’s Representative/CM
A native to Malibu, California, John Merrick began his construction career in 1971 as a carpenter and concrete mason. In 1976, Merrick became a licensed General Contractor and together with a workforce of up to 30 people, he spent the next 20 years building custom homes along the beach and in the hills of Malibu, specializing in structural concrete, challenging hillside foundations, custom home framing and finishing.
In the mid 1990’s Merrick’s experience building custom homes in Malibu lead to managing large custom estate residential construction projects in Beverly Hills, California. During this time, Merrick worked with elite groups of architects, contractors and tradesmen, managing and coordinating their work - on behalf of the builder.
These working relationships with the elite trades, as well as his own expertise as a builder and journeyman carpenter, provided the ideal foundation for his transition to the field of Project Management – Owner’s Representative, joining Freeman Group, Inc. October 2001.
As an Owner’s Representative, Merrick provides substantial cost savings to the client through the effective use of value engineering and competitive bidding. His experience and professional relationships are all utilized to the benefit of the owner. He is a facilitator in every aspect of the project (from pre-construction to move-in) by maintaining accountability between all parties, significantly reducing total construction time and owner stress.
Merrick has provided project management-owner representation services with Freeman Group, Inc., for new construction projects and remodels ranging from 5,000 to 50,000 square feet, with construction budgets up to eighty million, in California, New York, Florida and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
Rodney Freeman, Founder & Principal
Since founding Freeman Group in 1993, Rodney Freeman has led his team of consulting professionals to successfully represent owners’ interests on a broad range of iconic projects - from custom estates to institutional campuses. In 1997 he expanded into real estate investments, development and property management by co-founding Metro Properties LLC – while continuing to grow Freeman Group. Metro Properties has successfully purchased, renovated, and repositioned commercial properties which they continue to own and operate throughout Southern California, Oregon, New Mexico and Texas
In the community, Mr. Freeman is heavily involved in various organizations and institutions where he holds key leadership roles. Among these are City of Hope where he serves on the National Board of Directors and is Chairman of their Real Estate and Construction Committee, Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles where he is Chairman of the Real Estate and Construction Division, and Otis College for the Art where he is Vice-Chair and serves on the Executive Board of Trustees. Mr. Freeman also serves on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors at the Zimmer Children’s Museum, the Board of Directors at American Jewish University and the Advisory Board/Audit Committee at the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation.
A native of Los Angeles, Mr. Freeman attended the Architecture and Construction Management Program at L.A. Pierce College and furthered his studies at the Construction Management Program in the School of Engineering at California State University at Long Beach. He received his Masters of Business Administration Degree at Pepperdine University in Malibu and continued his studies as a Wexner fellow. In addition to his educational degrees, Mr. Freeman holds a California State Contractors License, has served as an arbitrator on multiple panels for the American Arbitration Association and is a guest lecturer at UCLA’s Ziman Center for Real Estate.
Steve Wallock, Owner’s Representative/CM
Since joining Freeman Group, Inc. in 2003, Steve Wallock has spearheaded the management and oversight a wide range of institutional, commercial and residential projects. With 3 decades of experience in architecture, development, and construction, he possesses a well-defined set of skills and perspective needed to meet the demands of successful Project Management and Owner’s Representation. Mr. Wallock’s responsibilities with Freeman Group include Construction Management, and Project Control services for projects ranging from hotels and major auto dealerships to educational, religious and community institutions. His area of expertise is with non-profit organizations doing new construction and renovations. Prior to joining Freeman Group, Inc., Steve managed his own business and architecture firm and served as in-house project architect for several developers. He managed a team responsible for design, documentation and construction administration for mid-rise and boutique office buildings, mixed-use projects, retail centers, and residences.
Steve holds a Bachelor of Architecture Degree from The University of Texas, at Austin and is a licensed Architect in California. Steve has been involved for over 20 years with American Jewish University’s real estate division and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Westside Jewish Community Center.
Ari Eisenberg, Owner’s Representative/Partner
Ari Eisenberg has been an owner’s representative and project manager with Freeman Group, Inc., since 2011. Coming from a family in the construction industry, leading projects is second nature to Ari. His formal education began with his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin – with an emphasis on concrete and construction management. After working for nine years with a global construction management firm, and after completing his Master of Business Administration from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, Ari joined Freeman Group.
Recognized for his abilities in group collaboration and leadership at Freeman Group, Ari has successfully managed complex projects throughout the design and construction processes, providing fresh insight and expertise to clients and builders alike. As a partner at Freeman Group, Ari currently manages and oversees the design and construction of commercial, institutional and residential projects throughout Southern California.
Beyond his work at Freeman Group, Ari serves on the board of directors at several community organizations and is actively involved with local and national politics. He enjoys spending time in the outdoors and traveling with his wife and three daughters.
Jeff Strickland, Owner’s Representative/CM
Jeff Strickland has been with Freeman Group since 1999. Jeff brings over thirty years of experience in the construction industry and has been involved with a wide variety of construction projects, including commercial office buildings, hotels, retail properties, industrial buildings, educational facilities and a variety of residential and mixed used projects. Mr. Strickland’s responsibilities with Freeman Group include Construction Management, Property Condition Reports, Due Diligence and Project Control services. He has inspected various types of buildings totaling over 50 million square feet.
• Due Diligence
• New Construction
• Tenant Improvements
• All Major Capital Expenditures
Jeff Strickland holds a California State Contractors License, California Real Estate License, and Certified with the International Code Council as a Building Inspector.
Kyle Andrich, Owner's Representative/CM
Kyle Andrich joined Freeman Group in 2015 after successfully completing several projects managed by Freeman Group. He began his career in the U.S Coast guard where he served for 22 years and held various positions such as a commissioned officer in health care administration and most recently the director of quality assurance for the U.S. Air Force medical clinic in El Segundo, California. Upon completion of his military service, he opened a general contracting business that focused on high end home building in the South Bay, Beverly Hills and Bel Air areas. He later shifted his business to high end estate renovations and expansions in the West Los Angeles Area. After proving his excellent ability to manage clients and oversee contractors on multiple projects under Freeman Group, we felt he would be an excellent addition to our team.
Daniel Shore, Owner's Representative / CM
Daniel Shore brings over 20 years of experience as a project manager, industrial designer and entrepreneur. Early in his career, Daniel developed environmental remediation technology and water puriﬁcation systems with private investors. This served as the foundation which furthered his industrial design and product development experience for items ranging from toys and landscape lighting to furniture and architectural design for developers. Daniel has over ten years of real estate development experience, developing and building properties throughout Los Angeles. Specifically he has focused on project management, design, investor relations and property analysis – while also focusing on renewable energy project development and emerging sustainable technologies. Daniel represents our clients on a variety of commercial, institutional and estate projects. Utilizing his background in renewable energy, he brings a unique perspective to the company and leads our efforts to make our projects more sustainable.
Daniel holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design from CSULB, is a LEED Accredited Professional, and a licensed real estate professional.