RealInsight: 2nd annual Central Texas Multifamily Summit: Austin & San Antonio

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RealInsight: 2nd annual Central Texas Multifamily Summit: Austin & San Antonio

Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 8:00am to 4:00pm


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Join over 300 investors, owners, developers on February 24th, 2016 at the 2nd RealInsight Central Texas Multifamily Summit: Austin & San Antonio for a full day of programming along with a networking breakfast, lunch and post conference cocktail reception. Benefit from the insights, successes and failures of top multifamily developers, investors and owners as they discuss the latest trends, challenges and innovations in the Central Texas markets. Benefits of attending this event:

  • Hear the latest updates on some of Austin's most significant condo and mixed use projects, including the "Independent", "Seaholm Residences", "St. Elmos Public Market" and "Fifth and Bazos."
  • Benefit from being able to network with over 300 of Central Texas's most Important real estate decision makers.
  • Learn from real estate innovators as they discuss future of cutting edge affordable housing.
  • Get ahead of your competition by getting key up to date information on what markets in Central Texas still of room to grow your portfolio.

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OrganizerJohn WardCall (646) 755-3164
SponsorshipAdam KolankoCall (646) 783-3955
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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

8:00AM – Exhibit Hall & Dining Area

Registration, Networking Breakfast & Exhibit Hall Opens

Join us early for the opportunity to enjoy breakfast and network with fellow owners, investors, developers and financiers.

8:30 AM – Opening Remarks & Multifamily State of Market: National vs.Central Texas

9:05 AM – Developers' Forecast: The State of Transformative Development in Central Texas


With cranes dotting the landscape and scores of new high-rise apartments, condos and massive mixed use projects in the pipeline, Austin is at its zenith of development. However, with the potential glut of new apartment units coming to market and construction costs reaching record highs, is it time to start worrying about a slowdown? Or are there still opportunities to be had? Key topics include:

  • With development running at historically high levels, what is the impact on the existing market and how does the future look?
  • What are some successful strategies for dealing with high construction and labor costs?
  • How can "Code Next" ease the difficult entitlement process?
  • Two Birds, One Stone: How Mixed Use Projects can solve two challenges with one building?

How can a Condo boom be great for Austin?

9:40 AM – Morning Keynote: Christi Craddick, Commissioner of the Railroad Commission of Texas

10:30AM – Exhibit Hall & Dining Area

Networking Break

Enjoy a delicious mid-morning snack and refreshments, while mingling and comparing notes with fellow peers.


Track A – When the Money Talks, You Should Listen: Capital & Investment

Find out from top owners, investors and developers as they discuss:

  • What is the best plan if rates go up?
  • Where do investors feel the best opportunities still are?
  • When do the investors feel the market will be oversaturated?
  • What does the rise of lending in the equity market mean for you?

Track B – Room to Grow: Central Texas Emerging Markets

With core investments harder to come by, multifamily investors are finding lower prices and higher yields in secondary markets. The opportunities are there, but what should investors be mindful of? This panel will help address whether the job market is strong enough to support secondary market growth, as well as which areas outside of the Central Texas core are showing the greatest outlook. Discover the qualities that investors seek out when identifying an emerging neighborhood.


Track A – Extreme Makeover: Central Texas Value Add Opportunities

Find out from top owners, investors and developers as they discuss:

  • What techniques have proven the most successful in achieving the highest ROI in the various markets?
  • When competing in a market that has had a large influx of new development and knowing that there are major restrictions with value add – what are brokers/owners doing to differentiate themselves to the public?
  • Who are the players and capital sources for these deals?
  • How can you successfully incorporate new amenities into older assets?
  • What changes do have you have make during post transaction?

Track B – The Secret to My Success: Best Practices in Property Management & Operations

Changing demographics, evolving tenant demands and new economic realities will continue to require new approaches to managing and operating real estate. More than ever, property and asset managers must respond to these shifting conditions – to position themselves to seize the opportunities and stay ahead of the competition. This panel will share best practices and key strategies that will help you meet today's most pressing property management challenges.

  • How is real estate and non real estate technology disrupting the industry?
  • A Winning Formula: Strategies for getting the right team in place
  • What funds/programs/tax incentives are available to provide assistance with energy efficiency projects?
  • How to get on the same (social media) page with your tenant

12:40 PM – Exhibit Hall & Dining Area

Networking Lunch

12:55 – 1:30 PM – Lunch Workshop: Ins and Outs of Effective Protests of Property Taxes

1:40PM – Special Presentation: The Future & Growth of Micro-Units

With housing in Austin becoming more expensive each day and demand to live in the Central Business District at an all time high, real estate leader are going to need to adapt ….

  • What are developers doing to make money on building affordable housing?
  • How can Micro-Units solve the need for affordable housing in downtown?
  • Coping with harsh rent regulation constraints & administration costs to add value and get returns
  • What steps are the city of Austin and the state of Texas taking to incentivize more affordable housing development?
  • What can projects like Kasita teach us about doing a lot with a small space?

2:45 PM – Exhibit Hall & Dining Area

Refreshments & Networking

Christi Craddick Commissioner The Railroad Commission of Texas
Christi Craddick is in the forefront of the newest wave of pragmatic conservatives moving into leadership roles across Texas. Raised in a strong conservative household, retained as legal counsel by prominent Texas firms, and shaped by more than a decade as a trusted political adviser, Christi has set a clear standard of integrity, self-reliance and innovation in her role as Commissioner at the Railroad Commission of Texas. Since her tenure on the Commission began in November 2012, Craddick has pushed to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of an energy industry that is driving the state’s unparalleled economic success. In the process, she has repeatedly proven that sensible regulations, careful listening and plain talk can foster innovation that has solidified Texas leadership in the energy sector. Making it a top priority, Christi has worked to educate the public about the oil and gas industry and its impact in Texas. She has fought against Washington’s one-size-fits-all environmental policies that would kill jobs and stifle energy production growth. Christi has advocated for recycling in the oilfields, helping to drive the percentage of reclaimed water upwards, an essential achievement in a state enduring a multi-year drought. As part of her efforts to modernize the agency, Christi has championed an Information Technology (IT) overhaul for the Commission, seeking improvements that would upgrade the Geographic Information System, increase public access to the agency’s data, and speed up inspections and permitting times.
Jamil Alam Managing Principal Endeavor Real Estate Group
Jamil Alam is a Principal of Corporate Advisory Services. He brings over 17 years of experience in structuring creative and timely real estate solutions to his customers. During this period, he has completed over 400 transactions in 35 cities throughout the U.S., valued in excess of $650M. Among his many clients are Vinson & Elkins LLP, Texas Medical Liability Trust, Sun Microsystems, New York Life Insurance Co., Intel Corporation, McGinnis Lochridge & Kilgore, Jackson Walker LLP and IndyMac Bank. Mr. Alam joined Endeavor Real Estate Group (ERG) in August 2006. Prior to joining ERG, Jamil was a Principal at Trammell Crow Company (TCC) from January 1998 through August 2006. He was one of TCC’s Top Producers in the U.S. during 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2004. In 2000, Jamil was the #3 producing broker in the country for TCC. In 2002, Jamil was elected by his peers nationwide for The Most Valuable Player award within Corporate Advisory Services, an award which is bestowed annually upon the individual within TCC that best exemplifies respect, integrity, service and excellence in his profession.
Mark Cantrell President Cantrell McCulloch
In January 2001, Mark Cantrell, Tim Cantrell, and Bobby McCulloch founded Cantrell McCulloch, Inc. (CMI). Mark is involved in the day-to-day operations of CMI and is in charge of business development, including directing the sales staff, developing marketing materials, implementing marketing strategy, and some direct sales. Additionally, due to his 29 years in the real estate brokerage/ownership business, Mark is often consulted on values and discussions on how to best approach the appraisal district on protests. Under Mark and partner Bobby McCulloch’s direction, CMI has grown into one of the five largest DFW area property tax firms and third largest Texas’ multi family consultant. View Profile
Josh Delk Associate Vice President Transwestern
Josh joined Transwestern in 2006. Josh is an associate vice president and project manager for the Central Texas Development Services group, which has developed over 5 million square feet of office and industrial projects in Austin, San Antonio and Houston. In addition to his role as a principal developer for the Central Texas Region, Josh acts as an acquisitions officer for Transwestern Sponsorship Equity Partners (TSEP), a value-add investment fund focused on acquiring office, industrial and retail projects in Central Texas and the Western region of the U.S. He was a key contributor in the recapitalization of a 140,000 square foot office project in San Antonio as well as the acquisition and related disposition of a 270,000 square foot Class A office project in Round Rock, Texas, both of which were performed on behalf of the fund in 2011. Josh was awarded the National Development Achievement Award for Transwestern in 2007. He was also recognized by the San Antonio Business Journal for his role in the development of Overlook at the Rim which was awarded the Best New Office Development of 2009. View Profile
Antun Domit President Domit International Construction & Development
Domit International Construction & Development is a South Texas based firm with 20 years of experience. Domit International provides quality general contracting, developing, design-build services. Our experience and attention to detail, passion for our work and executive involvement are aspects we bring to every project we take on. We are an industry leader in the commercial and residential construction arena and have played a vital role in the highlight specialized niche of Retail, Commercial, Office Buildings, Business Centers, Multifamily, Mis Uses, Subdivisions, Land Development, Luxury Homes, Hotels, Ware Houses and Master Plans. We have built our outstanding reputation with hard work, by building lasting, long-term relationships with our clients and by understanding the agility needed to adapt to the ever changing construction industry. View Profile
Ryan Fetgatter VP – Development Aspen Heights
As Vice President of Development, Ryan Fetgatter oversees and manages all aspects of development, including market selection, site selection, entitlement, design, and permitting. Ryan has successfully managed Aspen Heights’ entry into new product types and markets, including garden style student housing projects as well as market rate multifamily projects. Ryan has developed 17 different projects, including over $750 million in student projects and over $150 million in multi-family projects including 11,327 beds and 542 individual multi-family units.
Richard Hoffmann President & Owner Anterra Management
Richard E. Hoffmann serves as Chief Executive Officer, Treasurer, President and Director of SM7 Apartment Investors Inc., a General Partner of Sm Real Estate Fund Vii Ltd. and also serves as President, Treasurer and Director of Anterra Property Investors VII, Inc., a general partner of Crozier Partners VII, Ltd., a general partner of Sm Real Estate Fund Vii Ltd. Mr. Hoffmann served as Vice President and Treasurer of Murray Properties Company and various other affiliated companies until July 15, 1990. He resigned his position with substantially all Murray Properties Company affiliates on July 15, 1990. Mr. Hoffmann was elected Senior Vice President, Treasurer and a Director of Anterra Realty Corporation in June of 1990, and was elected President of Anterra Realty Corporation in July of 1994. He is President, Treasurer and a Director of all other subsidiary corporations of Anterra Realty Corporation, including Anterra Property Investors VII, Inc. Mr. Hoffmann received a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1979 and a B.S. from Tulane University in 1977.
John Latham Chief Investment Officer PPA Group
As a key member of the senior management team, John A. Latham is responsible for sourcing and managing new investment opportunities for PPA Group. He focuses on both acquisitions and new development opportunities. He is responsible for managing the company’s investment portfolio and is also very involved in the company’s equity and debt capital raising activities. Prior to joining The PPA Group, John worked with several real estate acquisition and development companies, including as a Principal with Steelwood Property Company, a multifamily acquisition and development company, where he led acquisition and development activities. John also worked as an investment banker with Banc of America Securities where he executed over $3.4 billion in equity and debt financing for the firm’s clients. John holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.
Terry Mitchell President Momark Development
If you live in Austin, you know Terry Mitchell, the president and visionary of Momark Development. He is the guy with the plan and creative by nature, believing that the needs of an area are the essential ingredients to forming a healthy community. Terry is leading the charge to improve people’s lives, one community at a time. Terry is heavily involved in the planning and development of various residential and mixed-use real estate developments involving approximately 6,500 residential units and related mixed-uses. Projects include The Austonian (development consultant and marketing manager), the Denizen, Plum Creek, Chestnut Commons, Edgewick, Gabardine, Macmora Cottages and The Sanctuary Lofts. View Profile
JP Newman Principal Thrive FP
In 2005, JP expanded the presence of Thrive, FP LLC (formerly known as Principals Capital Funding) from Los Angeles, California to Austin, Texas, recognizing the long-term solid fundamentals in the Texas economy. His first joint venture project in Austin was to arrange the Mezzanine financing and Guarantee for the development of one of the largest climatized storage projects in the U.S., Secured Climate Storage ( Identifying the shrinking credit market early, JP launched First Capital Funding, LLC in 2007 as a private money lender, arranging hard/private money loans throughout Texas. It became one of the most preeminent companies in Central Texas, successfully funding over $70 million in first trust deeds. In 2009, JP together with Adrian Lufschanowski, had early identified the growing demand for multifamily housing in Texas and began acquiring a portfolio of 5,000+ units with several strategic operating partners. In 24 months, they had generated a 10%+ cash flow across the portfolio, plus strong profits based on the physical and economic improvements that had been created. After successive years of above industry average returns, JP and Adrian rebranded the company to Thrive, FP LLC to better reflect their efforts of creating great apartment communities for their tenant-customers, while maintaining solid profits for their investors.
Mac Pike President The Sutton Company
Herbert McDowell Pike, Jr. (Mac) is currently chairman and co-owner of The Sutton Company, an Austin based real estate development and investment company. Mr. Pike has primarily been involved in all aspects of the development process, from the acquisition of a property to the construction and sale of the project. The Sutton Company has been involved, as a general partner, in several downtown projects including the Plaza Lofts at Fifth and Guadalupe in downtown Austin, a 60 unit high rise condominium project, and the Brazos Lofts and Avenue Lofts, both on Fifth Street and conversions from business use.From 1989 to the present, Mr. Pike, through the Sutton Company as general partner, developed such Austin area projects as Stratford Hills Section I (purchased from the University of Texas), Hunterwood (purchased from Davenport Ranch), the Estates at Blackacre in West Lake Hills, the Island at Westlake, two sections in Great Hills in northwest Austin, the Enclave at Mesa in Northwest Hills, Northpark and the Club at Wells Point in Pflugerville, Round Rock Ranch in Round Rock, Quest Towne Center in Cedar Park as well as other commercial projects such as the Apple Computer Customer Service Center on HWY 183.Prior to moving to Austin in 1989, Mr. Pike was owner and president of McAllen Aviation Center, an aviation fixed based operation with air charter certificates in both the U. S. and Mexico, as well as being one of the largest Exxon aviation franchises in the country. In addition Mr. Pike was a co-founder and Chairman of the Board of InterNational Bank of McAllen, a privately owned bank in McAllen, Texas.
Jon Siegel Partner RailField Realty Partners
Jon Siegel is Co-Founder and Chief Investment Officer of RailField Partners. Prior to forming RailField, Jon was a founding partner of J.S. Watkins Partners, an advisory firm that has advised clients on over $22 billion of multifamily transactions. Clients included a number of large financial institutions and other prominent industry players. The firm was also retained by HUD as its exclusive Loan Sale Advisor for all of its multifamily loan sales. Prior to forming J.S. Watkins Partners, he was Director of Structured Transactions in Fannie Mae’s Multifamily group with responsibility for identifying, structuring, negotiating and closing large scale transactions with many of the nation’s largest lenders and property owners. Jon also served as Director of Acquisitions at NHP Incorporated, the largest owner and manager of multifamily real estate in the nation, where he was responsible for transactions involving the purchase of real estate, partnership interests and operating companies.
Paul Stell Principal Stellar Development
Paul Stell is a Co-Founder and Managing Director of Stellar Development Company. Paul graduated from Texas Tech University with a BBA in Finance and attended Harvard University for post-graduate studies in Real Estate Development. Paul, along with Steve Hurt, started the company in 1989. Initially Paul focused on acquisitions. He later created the Property Management and Asset Management divisions of the company. Currently, Paul focuses on Strategic Planning, Investment Policy, Acquisitions, Development and Redevelopment activities for the company. Mr. Stell has been a member of numerous civic organizations and involved in many charitable initiatives such as the Covenant Children’s Hospital, the Covenant Foundation, the Lubbock Children’s Home Foundation and the Texas Boy’s Ranch Foundation. He has also served on several boards such as PlainsCapital Bank, Whisperwood National Bank. the Lubbock Apartment Association, the Texas Apartment Association, the Lubbock Citizen’s Advisory Committee and the Trinity Christian School Board. View Profile
Taylor Wilson President Kasita
Taylor Wilson has 260,000 sf of multi-family development experience in the greater Austin area. His most recent venture includes plans to build an innovative micro-unit complex, named Spire. Spire is located at 5th and Waller, in the heart of trendy East Austin, just a two minute walk from downtown, and will offer 260 apartments at approximately 400 sf each. Wilson is an advocate for green building and affordable housing: 25% of Spire has been set aside as affordable at $369/month with the remaining units at market rates. Previously, Taylor has overseen construction on $25,000,000 in the greater Austin area.
Carlos Vaz President & Founder Conti Organization
Carlos’ passion, discipline and creativity coupled with his extensive real estate experience have yielded a portfolio of over 1,400 units his first year in the multifamily business. He has been involved in over $110M in real estate transactions. Carlos’ Real Estate background includes working for the Real Estate law firm of Donahue & Grolman, managing single family home construction for a luxury residential developer and providing credit as a loan officer. Carlos has successfully completed over 30 single family home bank acquisition, rehab and sale “flips”. Carlos is responsible for acquisitions / dispositions, providing management oversight over rehab/reposition projects and business development. Carlos is a member of NMHC, Dallas Chamber of Commerce, IREM and has completed his CCIM coursework. A native of Brazil, Carlos spent 9 years in Boston before relocating to Dallas, Texas in 2007. He is fluent in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. View Profile
Brandt Bowden Managing Partner – Capital Markets Hanover Company
As Chief Investment Officer, Mr. Bowden oversees all debt and equity financing efforts for The Hanover Company, Mr. Bowden is involved in all aspects of acquisition, development, construction, management and finance. Prior to joining The Hanover Company, Mr. Bowden worked for Bank of America Securities Real Estate Investing Banking division where he performed corporate strategic and financial advisory services. Mr. Bowden also has experience with L.J. Melody where he provided advisory services on structured debt financing. Mr. Bowden earned his BA from Dartmouth College.
Jason Buxbaum President & Founder Jevan Capital
Haley Ghalib Managing Director & Portfolio Manager – Multifamily USAA
Michael Lynd Jr. Chief Executive Officer Lynd Development
Michael Lynd, Jr. joined LYND in 1995. As President and CEO, Mr. Lynd presides over strategic direction for the entire organization. In addition to his role as chief executive at LYND, Mr. Lynd is a founder and principal of both Lynd Residential Properties and Lynd Development Partners which are LYND’s affiliated investment and development entities. Mr. Lynd is the leader of the team that has raised over $340 million in equity and purchased/developed over $1.8 billion worth of real estate over the past 11 years. In addition to having a substantial network of real estate professionals, Mr. Lynd has a valuable network of relationships with institutional joint venture partners, lenders and property owners developed over his 18-year real estate career. Mr. Lynd graduated from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, with a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. View Profile
Tony Whitaker President FSI Construction
Tony Whitaker is co-founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Houston-based FSI Construction. Tony has served in this capacity since May 1999 and has held strategic roles within the multifamily industry while overseeing the company’s day-to-day operations. He is currently serves on the Houston Apartment Association (HAA) board as an advisory member, Texas Apartment Association Education Foundation board and the HAA PAC Steering Committee. Tony is the proud recipient of the HAA President’s Award and HAA Supplier of The Year Award. Tony’s professional background includes extensive experience in all facets of multi-family CapEx, due diligence, reposition and disaster recovery. His firm has completed well over 300 projects for several national, regional and boutique clients in Texas, Nevada, Oklahoma, Missouri and Arizona. FSI has regional operations in Austin, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Las Vegas NV & Scottsdale AZ. Mr. Whitaker is a 1989 honors graduate of Texas Southern University’s Jones School of Business. View Profile
Kent Myers Director – National Multi Housing Group Marcus & Millichap
Ari Rastegar Founder Rastegar Capital
Ari is an attorney and a real estate entrepreneur dedicated to building wealth for his clients. He founded Rastegar Capital as a best-in-class firm so as to provide access, transparency and service to his growing investor base across a broad range of commercial real estate investments. Even during his law school years, Ari was busy building and running a real estate development company. His keen understanding of the market and talent in structuring deals quickly built up this “side business” into a small enterprise which he had the foresight to exit near the peak of the market. Upon graduating with a J.D. from St. Mary’s University, Ari moved to New York City to pursue a unique position with King and Grove Hotels (now Chelsea Hotels), working directly for the wildly successful CEO, Ed Scheetz. In this capacity Ari shadowed Scheetz through several complex acquisitions, including that of the world famous Chelsea Hotel. Ari’s quick and sizeable success with the King and Grove Hotel Group caught the attention of lifelong friend and savant real estate investor Nate Paul of World Class Capital Group. At Nate’s behest, Ari joined World Class to help start the New York City office and develop the firm’s private equity division. Here, Ari was an instrumental part of equity funding across their growing billion dollar commercial real estate portfolio spanning the U.S.. A true Aggie at heart, Ari returned to his native Texas in 2015 to found Rastegar Capital and focus on serving his investors. He, his wife and daughter now live in downtown and are active in the revitalization of downtown Dallas. Ari’s focus on community has made him a longtime supporter of Save the Children Charity and the Big Brother, Big Sister program. During the increasingly rare intervals in which Ari is not working, he can be found boxing, wandering the galleries at the Dallas Museum of Art or enjoying a great book.
Will Balthrope Executive Director Institutional Property Advisors
Will Balthrope is executive director of Institutional Property Advisors (IPA), a division of Marcus & Millichap serving the needs of institutional and major private investors. He possesses more than 28 years of commercial real estate experience, specializing in institutional multifamily property investments, with a focus on the state of Texas. Since 2000, Mr. Balthrope has closed more than $5 billion in multifamily transactions nationally, for both institutional and private sellers. His client list includes REITs, pension funds, private investment companies, and local and national investors. Mr. Balthrope formerly served as chairman of the Silver Multi Family Council of ULI, and is now a member of the ULI Program committee, as well as a board member on the National Multi Housing Council. Mr. Balthrope appears frequently as a guest speaker at industry events and is often quoted in the media. He also gives lectures to real estate classes at Southern Methodist University. Mr. Balthrope holds an M.B.A. degree with an emphasis in real estate from Southern Methodist University, and received his bachelor’s degree in English from Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colo. View Profile
Ryan Reyes Deal Lead & Project Director Avesta Homes
Ryan Reyes currently runs the company’s Texas operations, and is involved in company acquisitions primarily in the major Texas markets. At, Avesta, he has led 15 Acquisitions, been involved in the takeover and repositioning of over 6,000 apartments, and led the start-up of Avesta’s 50-employee operating team in Austin and San Antonio, TX. Prior to Avesta Mr. Reyes was a Federal Agent with the Department of Homeland Security’s Special Operations Group. He holds a B.S. from The University of Tampa and numerous Counter Terrorism Specialist Certifications.
Mark Williams Managing Director Canyon Capital Realty Advisors
Patton Jones Executive Managing Director ARA
Patton K. Jones is the Executive Managing Director of ARA, A Newmark Company Central Texas office. Mr. Jones is responsible for the Austin and San Antonio conventional multifamily business, the ARA Newmark National Student Housing Group, and the ARA Newmark National Manufactured Housing Group. Mr. Jones oversees business development, market research, and all aspects of property disposition. The collective business lines produce roughly $800MM in sales annually. Prior to joining ARA Newmark, Mr. Jones was co-founder of an aviation parts company. He lived and worked in London and Hong Kong and was responsible for sales in 33 countries. The company grew 9,200% in 3 years and was winner of numerous business awards – ranked # 1 in “Houston’s 100 Fastest-Growing Businesses” in 1999 by the Houston Chronicle, ranked # 7 in Dun & Bradstreet and Entrepreneur Magazine’s “Hot 100, America’s Fastest-Growing New Businesses 1999,” and scored one of the Aviation Industries’ best web sites rated by Forbes Magazine in 2000. Additionally, Mr. Jones’s past work experience includes single-family patio home development, energy trading, and serving as an international sales manager for a Fortune 500 tech firm. Pat received his Political Science degree at the University of Texas at Austin.
Peter Pillman Director IBI Group
Peter holds degrees in both Environmental Studies and Architecture. He has more than 20 years of widespread experience in master planning and urban design projects. Peter has been responsible for numerous mixed-use development, institutional, residential, hotel, and resort design projects. As a director, Peter provides leadership and administration as part of the USA West region, focusing on Utah, Texas, and Colorado. In addition to this role, he continues to work on a variety of projects and provides quality assurance and quality control for many of the firm’s architecture projects. He is very comfortable working in the multi-disciplined environment of land-use planning and transit planning, producing master plans based on the key principles of Transit-Oriented Development. Peter also understands the importance of branding and he routinely participates in the development of branding, marketing, and communications strategies for our clients and their projects.
John Sebree VP/National Director – NMHG Marcus & Millichap
John Sebree is the national director of Marcus & Millichap’s National Multi Housing Group (NMHG). He is based in the Midwest, working from the firm’s Chicago and Indianapolis offices. Mr. Sebree’s extensive background as a major multifamily specialist spans more than 20 years, 17 of which were as a Marcus & Millichap agent. Most recently, Mr. Sebree was a managing director for Holliday Fenoglio Fowler, where he brokered major multifamily properties throughout the Midwest. Prior to this position, Mr. Sebree was an agent with Marcus & Millichap. During his tenure as an agent, he developed a strong brokerage practice in Chicago, opened the Indianapolis office and earned numerous plaque awards, eight National Achievement Award qualifications, and Top 20 and Chairman's Club designations. Mr. Sebree assumed his current position in 2011.
Josh Kahn VP – Investments F&B Capital
Brant Smith Senior Managing Director Berkadia
Brant Smith joined the Austin mortgage banking office of Berkadia Commercial Mortgage as branch manager in February 2010. Prior to moving toAustin Mr. Smith spent a number of years in the Houston office of CapmarkFinance Inc the predecessor company of Berkadia. Sincejoining Capmark in November of 2005, Mr. Smith has originated in excess of $4billion in debt financing and equity placement for commercial properties acrossthe United States. Mr. Smith has beennamed a “Top Producer” by the company in 2007 and 2008. Mr. Smith was previously a Director in theHouston office of Holliday Fenoglio Fowler (“HFF”) where he began hiscarrier in commercial mortgage banking in March of 1998, and originated over $500million in commercial real estate financings. Prior to his tenure with HFF, Mr. Smith was an investment advisor withFidelity Investments where he obtained his Series 7 and Series 63 licenses. Mr.Smith is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science inEconomics. He is active in the MortgageBankers Association, the National Multi-Housing Council and the Urban LandInstitute and was a member of the Freddie Mac Advisory council. Mr. Smith and his wife, Lesli, reside in Austinand have two children: Shepherd (age 16) and Braden (age 14).
Abe Bhimani Founding Partner & CIO Mosaic Residential
Abe Bhimani is currently the Senior Vice President/Chief Investment Officer and Founding Partner of Mosaic Residential, Inc. Abe has been involved in more than $1.5 Billion worth of real estate transactions throughout his twenty year career. Currently, Mosaic manages roughly 9,000 units all within Texas. Almost every property Mosaic has owned or managed, if not all, has been through some form of value-add renovation. In addition, 90% of its properties are within the C to B+ class spectrum prior to renovation. Abe holds a BBA in Finance from The University of Texas at Austin, a MS in Land & Real Estate Development and a MS in Construction Management, both from Texas A&M University.
Paul Stell Principal Stellar Development
Paul Stell is a Co-Founder and Managing Director of Stellar Development Company. Paul graduated from Texas Tech University with a BBA in Finance and attended Harvard University for post-graduate studies in Real Estate Development. Paul, along with Steve Hurt, started the company in 1989. Initially Paul focused on acquisitions. He later created the Property Management and Asset Management divisions of the company. Currently, Paul focuses on Strategic Planning, Investment Policy, Acquisitions, Development and Redevelopment activities for the company. Mr. Stell has been a member of numerous civic organizations and involved in many charitable initiatives such as the Covenant Children’s Hospital, the Covenant Foundation, the Lubbock Children’s Home Foundation and the Texas Boy’s Ranch Foundation. He has also served on several boards such as PlainsCapital Bank, Whisperwood National Bank. the Lubbock Apartment Association, the Texas Apartment Association, the Lubbock Citizen’s Advisory Committee and the Trinity Christian School Board. Mr. Stell is married to Susie and they have three children. View Profile

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