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About Us


Ken Nicholson

Construction and development run in Ken’s veins. He grew up in a family of builders and began working with his father’s and uncle’s construction companies at an early age. Ken learned the trades from the ground up. He has worked in concrete, framing, electrical, plumbing, roofing, and painting. On the commercial side, Ken has built or remodeled strip malls, grocery stores, tanning salons, dry cleaners, and several brand name outlets such as McDonalds, Osco drug stores, Michaels, and Tux N Tails. His career in residential building led him from building Hallcraft Homes with his father to Shea Homes where he built 3500 to 5000 square foot high-end million-dollar homes. In 2008 Ken added certifications in thermal imaging, indoor air quality, and mold inspections. This enabled him to become an asset to any builder or investor because he can determine the true, behind-the-walls condition of any building or rehab that is under consideration.


Trish Marszalek

Trish has directed multiple, highly complex, global IT Programs at a Fortune 50 company, up to $1B Budget, within .02% variance year after year. She has a solid track record of saving time and money by keeping the team focused on objectives, removing barriers, and streamlining activities. Trish has also led multiple virtual and in-person international teams. Working with Ruiz & Nicolson, she has implemented new profit lines including property development, project management, and multi-family rehabs and new construction. New software for marketing, reporting, and to improve project and fiscal visibility and management are also to her credit. Trisha has increased profit margins by focusing expenditures on key targets, setting underwriting standards, and reducing costs. Prior to joining Ruiz & Nicolson, Trisha held multiple leadership roles at American Express, overseeing a variety of global IT Risk Management and Change Management programs. Trish is a mentor, coach, team player, collaborator, and problem solver.

The Team


George Nicholson


Travis Ramirez


Michael Carribon


Ben Downey


Hiten Unarker

Certifications & Associations

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