Rice Park Capital Management, a private investment firm managing funds in the residential and commercial mortgage sectors, has hired Chris Bixby as managing director of venture capital strategies.

With more than 15 years of industry experience, Bixby (pictured) will be in charge of sourcing underwriting, structuring and managing investments in early to mid-stage technology companies in the proptech and real estate technology sectors. Rice Park’s venture capital strategies will be supported by co-chief investment officers Matt Kennedy and Craig Freel.

“We believe Chris’s strong business acumen, expertise, and likeminded approach to investing and partnering with investors, portfolio companies, and colleagues will further our growth trajectory,” said Nicholas Smith, managing partner at Rice Park Capital Management. “Because of his skillset, we believe Chris offers high-level strategic insights. He digs deep into the day-to-day operations of a business to uncover potential opportunities for greater success.”