Other appointments include Core Real Estate Capital and Newmark Knight Frank.

Effective Oct. 1, Kelly O’Reilly will be the new president and CEO of the Ohio Association of Health Plans. With an extensive legal and public policy background, O’Reilly comes to OAHP from Government Policy Group where she was senior director of governmental affairs. She replaces Miranda Motter, who earlier this year joined America’s Health Insurance Plans.

O’Reilly’s work in public policy began more than 25 years ago when she served as an Ohio Senate page while earning her political science degree from Ohio State University. A graduate of Capital University School of Law, O’Reilly has also worked as a state and federal court judicial clerk, an associate at Vorys Sater Seymour & Pease, and as director of legislative affairs for the Ohio Home Builders Association.

OAHP represents 15 member plans providing health insurance coverage to more than 9 million Ohioans. As the statewide trade association for the health insurance industry, it promotes and advocates for quality health care and access to affordable health benefits for Ohioans. 

Core Real Estate Capital, a private commercial real estate investor, has appointed Thomas Sarko as chief compliance officer. In his new role, Sarko will be responsible for overseeing the firm’s entire compliance program, overseeing compliance and ensuring compliance with laws, regulatory requirements, policies and procedures.

Sarko has 20+ years of experience as an attorney and compliance professional in the financial services industry. He comes to CREC with extensive experience in regulatory compliance and risk management for broker dealers and investment advisers. Sarko has a bachelor of arts 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, he is a colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve.

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.

Newmark Knight Frank, a commercial real estate advisory firm, has promoted Derek Lichtfuss to director in its Columbus office, where he will focus on office and industrial sales and leasing.

In his first four years at NKF, Lichtfuss completed 100+ office and industrial transactions totaling more than 2 million square feet. He was selected as a Rising Star nationally at NKF for the past three years and was awarded the Columbus Board of Realtor’s Rookie of the Year in 2017.

He is a ULI member and was the 2019 chair of the Columbus Board of Realtors Commercial Recognition Committee. Lichtfuss has a master’s degree in real estate finance and development from Georgetown University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Vermont.