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Industrial Outdoor Ventures Hires First-Ever CIO 

Industrial Outdoor Ventures has named Nicholas Firth its CIO in an appointment designed to accelerate the growth of the Schaumburg, IL-based firm’s portfolio of assets and access to institutional capital. The appointment of Firth to this newly created position was made by Tom Barbera, CEO of IOV. 

“Industrial Outdoor Ventures plans to continue aggressively expanding our portfolio in key markets across the U.S. and continue building on our reputation as an innovative leader in the low coverage industrial asset class,” Barbera said. “Nick is one of the savviest industrial investors in the country and has the track record to prove it; he will make us a better company immediately.” 

Firth brings nearly 25 years of international institutional investment experience to IOV, with more than 22 years in the industrial sector. Most recently, he was acquisitions officer and industrial sector specialist at JP Morgan Asset Management.  


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