Columbus’ Core Real Estate Capital hires chief compliance officer

Tom Sarko

Columbus, Ohio-based Core Real Estate Capital has appointed Thomas Sarko as chief compliance officer. Sarko is responsible for overseeing the firm’s entire compliance program. His primary focus will be on overseeing compliance within the organization and ensuring compliance with laws, regulatory requirements, policies and procedures.

With more than $1 billion of real estate assets under management, CREC specializes in multifamily real estate investments in secondary and tertiary cities throughout the United States.

Sarko has more than 20 years of experience as an attorney and compliance professional in the financial services industry. He comes to CREC with extensive experience in the areas of regulatory compliance and risk management for broker dealers and investment advisers.

Most recently, he was a compliance manager at J.P. Morgan Asset Management, where he primarily supported the company’s institutional sales, U.S. mutual fund and ETF distribution, and global liquidity businesses. Prior to that, Sarko served as an enforcement attorney with a state securities regulator, the Ohio Division of Securities. He also served as a compliance attorney with a third-party mutual fund service provider.

Sarko received a bachleor’s degree from the University of Dayton and a law degree from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. He is a licensed attorney in Ohio and holds FINRA Series 7 and 24 licenses. In addition, Sarko is a colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve with more than 28 years of active and reserve service.