Nurturing companies to build value for
our partners, team members and communities.







We envision an ecosystem of shared resources, integrated business development and strategy, that feeds the companies and the communities we serve.

We create meaningful opportunities for technical and personal growth and advancement, enabling our company leadership to operate autonomously in areas of passion and skill.

We support our companies with the infusion of financial resources, network sharing and mentorship.

We focus on a steadily expanding service offering for our clients and healthy returns for our investors.

With a start in the trades, real
estate was a natural progression.

Then curiosity and passion took over to build out the eCos portfolio. With more than 20 years of success across the real estate, sports, waste removal, environmental services, and construction industries, the Ehrenfeld Companies leverage extensive experience, market reach and economies of scale to achieve success.

Blue Ocean is a middle-market real estate investment firm headquartered in Owings Mills, MD. Blue Ocean pursues growth nationally and actively owns multiple product types within the real estate sector including multifamily, industrial, hospitality, and self-storage. Today, the Blue Ocean portfolio is valued in excess of $500MM with over 2,000 multifamily units and 3 million square feet of commercial space.

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Blue Ocean Founder, President and CEO

SPIRE Institute & Academy is where aspiring student athletes and professionals come to fuel their passion. SPIRE’s five divisions (Academy, Events, Camps, Institute, Fit) are housed in a 750,000sq ft “world-class” sports complex. With a 500 acre campus and 10 year master plan, SPIRE’s unique multi-layered business model addresses industry challenges, creates diverse annual revenue streams, and positions SPIRE as the premier destination for students, events and strategic affiliations that can impact the future of academics, sport and other professions.

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SPIRE Managing Member

Ace provides a full range of environmental services ranging from 24-hour Spill Response and Tank Management to Environmental Services including Soil and Groundwater Remediation and Waste Transportation. Environmental Clean Up Company Baltimore, DC, and Mid-Atlantic Regions.

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IET is committed to the development and implementation of a wide variety of in-situ and ex-situ remedial alternatives. Utilizing a fleet of specially designed equipment applying in-house and licensed patented technologies with 18 years of field experience, IET is able to offer clients and their customers a variety of the most effective remedial solutions.

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Innovative Environmental Technologies Partner

Located in Baltimore, Maryland, NWR has established itself as a local hauler to the Greater Baltimore/DC area servicing recurring municipal customers, as well as an experienced waste consulting firm. Servicing over 300,000 units nationwide, including hundreds of senior care facilities and Fortune 500 companies, NWR has earned a reputation for industry-leading waste management, reliability, and outstanding customer service.

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Northwest Refuse Partner

Acquired in 2013 by Jonathan Ehrenfeld, Atlantic Mechanical has steadily grown its client base and range of services over the years. The company has been proudly serving its clients in the greater Baltimore area for over 30 years. Atlantic specializes in commercial and residential plumbing for builders, contractors, homeowners, and multi-family property managers.

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Atlantic Mechanical Managing Member

Steinberg Sports & Entertainment is a full-service athlete management firm representing NFL players. They help all of their athletes to maximize their earnings potential and build concrete foundations for every piece of their career development. Their team of experts service each client in every aspect of his career – both on and off the field.

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Steinberg Sports & Entertainment Partner

Formerly the North Carroll High School, Panther Performance Center boasts a 50 acre footprint including several multi-purpose fields, sports courts, and just under 300,000 square feet of multi-purpose space, including several gymnasiums and an 850 seat performing arts venue. The campus has been activated for sports and arts rentals and will be hosting independent camp, clinic and league programs.

Panther Performance Center Managing Member

Built in 1868 as the St. Mary's Seminary and acquired in 1991 as a campus for Mercyhurst College, today, the estate is an architectural landmark. With responsible stewardship and genuine care, Granite Ridge has begun to vision a modern upgrade and business strategy focused on short and long term hospitality and sports rentals on the impressive 80-acre grounds.

Granite Ridge Managing Member


Fueling our people and communities.

eCos investments are now centered on the commercial real estate, service and sports sectors and supported by a centralized leadership team focused on finance, human and capital resources, marketing and business development.

Jonathan Ehrenfeld

Tradesman. Pioneer. Entrepreneur.

In elementary school, Jonathan was selling soda to his peers. At 19, he became a self-taught electrician, then carpenter. One could say he’s often chosen the road less traveled, taking risks and diving into opportunities that few others would have pursued, industries few were willing to touch. He’s always on the lookout for “great bones” and asking himself the same question:
What will it take to build value here?
With a focus on growing impact and achieving success in less chartered industries, he’s been willing to face rejection, and loss. He’s put his neck on the line for his investments, his principles and his people. Assessing risk, taking faith in the reward, he leads his companies with a confidence and willingness to trust his teams and try new things.

With a mentor approach to problem solving and business development, respect for team governance and autonomous management, Jonathan’s leadership is the undercurrent to success for the eCos system.

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Elaine Cohen

Executive Assistant


Elaine is the starter engine behind much of the Ehrenfeld Companies launch activities; supporting the set-up of infrastructures from HR to IT and space allocation. Elaine is a keen juggler with organizational priorities, and will always jump in for an assist. Having been with Jonathan and his teams since early 2018, Elaine is super attuned to keeping harmony in planning, scheduling and problem solving for a diverse set of personalities and industries.

Phran Edelman

Director of Women Business Investments


Phran is a rare “left and right brain thinker”; not only is she objective and analytical, but also creative and intuitive. She has a background in film production and more than two decades in non-profit management. Phran believes that women are capable of anything and is excited to develop an investment platform focused on women-owned businesses. With talents in spatial design and project management, she will assist in managing current eCos portfolio projects, from research to strategy and implementation.

Jason Jannati

Strategic Advisor


Jason is a highly motivated individual, with strengths in team building, goal setting and sales. He brings extensive experience in entrepreneurship – investing in and developing companies centered around core values that empower the people and planet. A leader in maximizing resources and sustainable community infrastructure, Jason was recognized by the Obama administration for his contributions to the nation’s economy. Jason’s eCos role focuses on developing the platform through measurable visioning acquisitions, business development and supporting individual company infrastructures.

Hope Lavenstein

Accounting Specialist


Hope is the backbone of the finance and administrative team. Hope works quietly, in the background, to ensure the critical financial processes, accounting and analysis, are never overlooked. Known for her versatility and flexibility, she is the go-to teammate for tying loose ends and taking projects across the finish line. Her positivity, calm and constant focus on team support provides our companies a constant resource for enhanced productivity.

Josh Notes

Mergers and Acquisitions Director


Josh is passionate about pursuing businesses that make a difference and are built to last. Having decades of experience as an entrepreneur and operator, Josh is most attuned to the finances, processes and resources that make a business succeed over time. Josh leads our mergers and acquisitions with efficient due diligence, sincere care for all parties involved and timely communications. His attention to detail, knowledge of deal metrics and target company numbers helps our lending partners drive deal flow through underwriting and onto the closing table.

Nicole Parker

Human Resources Director


Nicole is passionate about people. She effortlessly walks the line between corporate compliance and maintaining the family culture that is so important to the organization overall. She is constantly looking for ways to enhance team morale and company productivity, and increase benefits while mitigating expenses. Thanks to Nicole, every employee feels valued, understood, and challenged to grow.

Juliya Sheynman

Vice President


Juliya is dedicated to building relationships and providing resources to help our people and companies thrive. Having decades of experience in non-profit management and development, Juliya is hyper-focused on mission, vision and values and works directly with company leadership teams in developing their processes, protocols and culture to support growth and team cohesion. Juliya also leads strategies in investor relations, charitable giving, marketing and communications, and supports acquisition and fundraising efforts.

Marie Spearman



Marie is the keystone of our finance team, giving stability and strength through strategic financial planning, cash forecasting and business model evaluation. She is eager to engineer and preserve a solid financial foundation within the portfolio companies, creating reporting and oversight to ensure manageable, profitable growth. Marie takes personal responsibility in breaking down barriers to organizational success by thoughtfully navigating change and developing long lasting solutions.


19 JULY 2022

Blue Ocean and Coppermine to open sports center at former N. Carroll H.S.

Coppermine is expanding again in Carroll County with plans to invest up to $6 million into turning...

15 JULY 2022

Coppermine partners with Blue Ocean at Pantherplex

We are thrilled to announce that Coppermine has partnered with Blue Ocean on the former North Carroll...

24 MAY 2022

SPIRE Splashes Down in Abu Dhabi

SPIRE has always been known as an elite, international athletic academy. Sometimes, that even involves taking SPIRE...

19 MAY 2022

SPIRE acquires FC Evolution, Cleveland-based soccer club

Spire announced it has acquired FC Evolution, a Cleveland-based soccer club program that competes nationally. The club...

21 APR 2022

Former Mercyhurst NE Campus Launches Naming Contest

The public is asked to submit names for the former Mercyhurst NE campus capturing the social and...

31 MAR 2022

eCos CEO featured in Alea Journal, distributed globally to more than 7,000 business owners, family offices, and investment companies

Jonathan Ehrenfeld's road to success featured on pages 23-24 of Alea Journal

5 MAR 2022

Owner of NE Campus Partners with Erie Sports Center

Partnering with Erie Sports Center will allow growth in athletic competition within the Erie community...

26 JAN 2022

Owner of SPIRE Institute Closes on Purchase of Mercyhurst North East Campus

The campus was sold to Ehrenfeld Companies (eCos). eCos has been expanding its portfolio in the service...

24 JAN 2022

Panther Takes the Stage: Theater Offers Haven for Community Groups Shut Out Due to Covid

The Panther stage features massive wing space that allows larger set pieces and props to be stored,...

6 JAN 2022

BBJ Leadership Trust: Put Yourself in the Trenches

Focus on being a better leader. Put yourself literally and figuratively in the trenches alongside teams. Work...

1 JAN 2022

SPIRE Institute & Academy in Geneva, OH Partners With NBA Legend & International Humanitarian Dikembe Mutombo

An investment group, led by Basketball Hall of Famer, Dikembe Mutombo, has finalized an investment in the...

21 DEC 2021

Blue Ocean Purchases Former North Carroll High School - Launching 'The Panther' Sports Complex

We want to support and expand the community's needs for suitable sports and arts facilities; and are...

16 DEC 2021

BBJ Leadership Trust: Focus on the Right Platform

For small businesses, social media is often an afterthought. You need to be actively involved on each...

14 DEC 2021

Blue Ocean Partners with the Student Support Network to Improve the Lives of Baltimore County Students

Blue Ocean partnered with the Student Support Network, working with Councilwoman Vicki Almond, to further the organization’s...

8 DEC 2021

BBJ Leadership Trust: Client Relationships

As business leaders, we often find ourselves removed from client-employee interactions. Encourage your team to bring any...

30 NOV 2021

Blue Ocean Inks Another 100,000+ SF Deal at Halethorpe Industrial Complex

Maryland-based real estate investment firm, Blue Ocean, is pleased to welcome its newest tenant, Emanuel Tire LLC,...

12 NOV 2021

Mercyhurst University North East Campus Could Soon Have New Owner

Ehrenfeld’s company sees the campus as a tremendous opportunity to invest in the Erie community. The sale...

8 NOV 2021

Blue Ocean Transitions Aviation Station to New York-based Real Estate Firm

Jonathan Ehrenfeld, President & CEO of Blue Ocean states “We are humbled to have been a part...

28 OCT 2021

Blue Ocean Expands to Pittsburgh, PA with Acquisition of Suburban Residential Community

The company, along with its partner Walker & Dunlop Investment Partners (WDIP) acquired a 155-unit residential community...

27 OCT 2021

SPIRE Is Ready for Lacrosse with Coach Lelan Rogers

After an intensive search in partnership with Legendary Sports Group (LSG), SPIRE announced the addition of Lelan...

19 OCT 2021

BBJ Leadership Trust: Must-Have Elements of Successful Sales Presentation

I think being transparent, humble and genuine is what cements that connection. – Jonathan Ehrenfeld, Blue Ocean

5 OCT 2021

Innovative Environmental Technologies, Inc. (IET) Acquires Monroe, GA Based Exo Tech, Inc

The synergies of our companies were immediately apparent as soon as we began acquisition discussions," said Barry...

4 OCT 2021

SPIRE's Growth Continues with Additions of On-Campus Marriott Hotel and Starbucks Cafe

In a unique partnership with SPIRE Institute & Academy (IA), Blue Ocean has announced plans to develop...

16 SEPT 2021

BBJ Leadership Trust: Before Pursuing Business Growth

Always be thoughtful, creative and innovative. Whatever that next step is for your business, you have to...

27 AUG 2021

Hunt Valley Hotel Trades to Blue Ocean Partnership for $7M

Hunt Valley’s Quality Suites hotel has changed hands to an investment group headed by Pikesville-based developer Blue...

13 JAN 2021

IET Acquires Irving, Texas Based GEDCO

"The GEDCO acquisition expands the reach of IET's drilling services into Texas and surrounding states," said Michael...

17 JUN 2020

Blue Ocean Continues SPIRE IA Expansion in Ohio – Plans for Baltimore’s SPIRE East Remain on Track

As the master developer of the northeastern Ohio property, Blue Ocean is focusing on expanding the sprawling...