Matt Shulman is the CEO and Managing Partner of the Ardent Companies, a real estate investment and asset management company. Ardent has invested in over $1 billion in real estate assets since forming in 2012 with offices in Atlanta and New York City. Prior to forming Ardent, Mr. Shulman was a Managing Director with Rialto Capital. Prior to Rialto, Mr. Shulman was a founding partner at Fairway Capital Partners in New York, a real estate distressed debt firm he co-founded in 2007. Mr. Shulman received a degree in political science from the University of Arizona and a masters in real estate finance from New York University. Mr. Shulman was also an adjunct professor of real estate finance at New York University. Mr. Shulman actively serves on the boards of the Atlanta Real Estate Collaborative (AREC), whose focus is to end homelessness in Atlanta, the ELC board at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, and he is an active supporter of the Epstein School. Matt and wife Karen are the proud parents of Jake and Sara.