Co-Chief Executive Officer
Co-Chief Executive Officer & Founder
Chief Investment Officer & Founder
Chief Financial Officer
Chief Operating Officer
Chief Technology Officer
Senior Vice President of Construction
Vice President of New Markets
Vice President of Portfolio Development
Vice President, Controller - Financial Reporting
Vice President of Acquisitions
Vice President of Business Development
Vice President of Finance & Asset Management
Vice President of Sales & Marketing
Division Vice President – West
Division Vice President – East
Regional Director – Dallas
Regional Director – Tampa
Regional Director - South Florida
Regional Director - Northern California
Regional Director – Southern California
Regional Manager – Valley Region
Gary Beasley, Co-Chief Executive Officer
As co-CEO and Chairman, Gary provides overall leadership to the firm with particular focus on Waypoint's capital and growth strategies. Gary first became involved at Waypoint as an investor and advisory board member in early 2009, eventually joining full-time as a managing director in December 2011 and becoming President and CEO in January 2013.
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Prior to joining Waypoint, Gary served as both an operating executive and principal investor across a wide range of industries including hospitality, real estate, consumer Internet, and clean tech. After helping orchestrate Geolo Capital’s controlling investment into Joie de Vivre Hospitality in mid-2010, Gary served as JDV’s interim CEO until the company’s merger with Thompson Hotels in October 2011. Prior to joining Geolo Capital in the fall of 2009, he served as President and CEO of GreenVolts, an award-winning solar technology start-up.
Between 2001 and 2007 Gary was an operating executive with ZipRealty, where as its CFO he led the innovative Internet-based residential brokerage through its successful IPO before eventually being named its President. Gary also spent seven years with KSL Resorts, where he was instrumental in acquiring and integrating over $800 MM of hotel and resort properties. Earlier in his career, Gary worked for leading real estate industry firms LaSalle Partners and Security Capital Group.
Gary holds a B.A. in Economics from Northwestern University and an M.B.A. from Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Doug Brien, Co-Chief Executive Officer & Founder
As co-CEO and Founder, Doug provides overall leadership to the firm with particular focus on Waypoint's operations and culture. Doug has been an active real estate investor since 1997. He has invested in, conducted due diligence upon and assisted in the management of over 1,300 multi-family units.
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Prior to founding Waypoint, he served as a Principal of Redwood Capital Management Group. From 1994 to 2005, Doug was a place-kicker in the National Football League. He played for the Super Bowl Champion San Francisco 49ers in 1994 and was elected team captain and NFLPA Player Representative by his teammates on the New Orleans Saints. Doug has founded and operated a number of non-profit enterprises including Kick for Kids' Sake and The Leo Brien Foundation. He was recently selected as one of the "Top 100 Most Innovative Entrepreneurs" by Goldman Sachs and is a member of the United States Olympic Ethics Committee.
Doug holds a B.A. in Political Economies of Industrial Societies from the University of California, Berkeley and earned an M.B.A. from Tulane University while playing for the New Orleans Saints. Mr. Brien also completed the Wharton Sports Business Initiative Program in Entrepreneurial Management at the University of Pennsylvania and was selected as a member of the inaugural class for the NFL Sports Business.
Colin Wiel, Chief Investment Officer & Founder
Colin oversees Waypoint's acquisitions and technology strategies.
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Prior to founding Waypoint, Colin founded and sold an e-commerce software engineering firm. He has been a successful investor in a variety of asset classes including real estate, public markets, venture capital and angel investments. In 2005, Colin founded the San Francisco chapter of Keiretsu Forum, the world's largest angel investor group, which he grew to over 100 members before stepping down as Chapter President in 2009. Notable technical achievements include designing an antilock braking system for commercial aircraft for Boeing (two US patents issued) and co-architecting the Java software infrastructure for Charles Schwab's online trading website. He was recently selected as one of the "Top 100 Most Innovative Entrepreneurs" by Goldman Sachs.
Colin holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.
Nina Tran, Chief Financial Officer
Nina Tran leads Waypoint’s finance and accounting functions. Prior to joining Waypoint, Nina spent 17 years at AMB Property Corporation (now Prologis, Inc.), one of the leading global public REITs. Nina served as senior vice president, chief accounting officer, and most recently as chief global process officer, where she helped lead the merger integration between AMB and Prologis. In her CAO role, Nina oversaw all aspects of global accounting and reporting, including SEC filings and joint venture/fund reporting. Before AMB, Nina was a senior associate with PricewaterhouseCoopers, one of the big 4 public accounting firms.
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Nina attended U.C. Davis and California State University, Hayward, where she earned her B.A. in Business Administration, with concentration in Accounting and Information Systems. She is also a graduate of the Stanford Executive Program for Women Leaders. Nina is a Certified Public Accountant.
Scott Gable, Chief Operating Officer
Scott leads the firm's construction, leasing, property management and human resources functional areas.
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Scott brings over 24 years of hands-on operations, business management, and planning experience to his role at Waypoint. He has worked with small, mid-sized and large companies at all stages of development, including 11 years with Wells Fargo where he served as EVP of the Home and Consumer Finance Group running a 5,000 person real estate underwriting, processing, servicing and collections organization. He has served as Chief Operating Officer for Hercules Technology Growth Capital, head of bank operations for United Commercial Bank, a principal with Booz*Allen and Hamilton, and as a consultant to the UK government on their mortgage rescue programs. Scott has built and led sales teams, developed new products and marketing programs, and has extensive experience in applying technology solutions and process improvement to enable organizations to scale their growth.
Scott holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and an AB in International Relations from Stanford University.
Ali Nazar, Chief Technology Officer
Ali Nazar is responsible for the development of Waypoint’s information technology systems. Ali develops business processes throughout the company and enables them through cloud technologies provided by Salesforce.com and Google.
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Prior to joining our team, Ali was co-founder of SalesTeamLive, a marketing and technology services company he helped start in 2004. SalesTeamLive’s core mission was to automate the business of real estate investing, and Ali was directly responsible for building the technology and services infrastructure to deliver on that vision. The company doubled in size every year, eventually supporting over 1,000 real estate investors across the United States. The cloud-based platform Ali built still generates tens of thousands of targeted marketing leads every month, across a wide variety of real estate investment strategies.
Before co-founding SalesTeamLive, Ali spent 6 years at Digital Island / Cable and Wireless, a network and hosting infrastructure company that helped to shape the backbone of the internet. Ali was one of the original employees, starting as a web programmer and eventually becoming Director of Product Management as the company grew to 2,000 employees and a successful IPO. Ali was instrumental in defining the process and systems excellence that helped the company handle its explosive growth.
Ali holds a B.S. in Mathematics from U.C. Davis.
Tamra Browne, Chief Legal Officer
Tamra is Waypoint’s chief legal officer. Prior to joining Waypoint, Tamra was senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary of AMB Property Corporation (now Prologis, Inc.), a multinational industrial REIT. Before that she was an attorney with Morrison and Foerster LLP, providing counsel to clients on public and private securities issuances, initial public offerings, and mergers and acquisitions, and with Reid & Priest, where she worked on a variety corporate finance issues.
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Tamra holds a B.A. in Geology from Middlebury College and a J.D. from Stanford Law School. She serves on the board of Pets Unlimited, a non-profit organization.
Richard Rodriguez, Senior Vice President of Construction
Rich leads Waypoint Homes’ construction department.
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Rich brings years of leadership experience in residential and commercial construction operations.
Prior to joining the Waypoint team, Rich led operations for several regional & national public homebuilders with a variety of product range from entry-level to ultra-luxury. Earlier in his career, as Senior Vice President Operations for John Laing Homes, he led the integration portion of the sale of the company to Emaar PJSC (United Arab Emirates). As part of this integration, Rich was named CEO of Emaar Dubai and oversaw the construction of the world’s largest commercial mall and the world’s tallest building, both in Dubai. Prior, Rich held operational positions with Arvida, a major Florida developer of master planned communities.
Rich holds a BS from the U.S. Naval Academy, where he is a member of the USNA Athletic Hall of Fame, and an MBA from Xavier University. He is a Navy Captain Special Warfare Officer (SEAL) in the U.S. Naval Reserve, and continues to serve today.
Bryan Bailey, Vice President of New Markets
Bryan directs the establishment of Waypoint’s market development operations in expansion markets across the United States. Prior to his role as Vice President of New Markets, Bryan was Waypoint’s Director of Due Diligence, overseeing the underwriting team, and leading in the improvement, implementation, and adherence to company risk management systems and controls.
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Bryan has over 15 years of experience in real estate finance, operations, relationship management, and general investment management. Prior to Waypoint, Bryan was a Principal at Alliance Capital, a financial services firm, where he built the company infrastructure and monitored all facets of daily operations. Bryan also worked with Meritage Group LP, a 40-person investment advisory firm with $8 billion in assets under management, and CapitalSource Finance, where he was responsible for underwriting and assisting in the closing of highly-structured bridge, construction, and land loans over a wide range of real estate asset classes. Before starting his career in real estate, Bryan served as a Petty Officer in the US Navy.
Bryan graduated from UC Berkeley and earned an MBA from the University of Oxford.
Noël Bejarano, Vice President of Portfolio Development
Noël is responsible for the composition of Waypoint's national portfolio and ensuring that it meets investor requirements, along with the company's underwritten expectations. Prior to transitioning into his current role, Noël built and led Waypoint's acquisitions efforts.
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Before joining Waypoint, Noël was Vice President of Ridgeback Partners, an investment management firm formed in 2007 to pursue distressed residential opportunities. He was previously Acquisitions Originator for Hearthstone, the largest institutional investment manager dedicated to the residential building industry. At Ridgeback and Hearthstone, he was responsible for deal origination and relationship management for single family, multifamily, and mixed use residential investments. Noël has acquired in excess of 50,000 completed or planned residential units in major markets across the United States.
Before joining Hearthstone, Noël worked at Cherokee Investment Partners, a socially responsible real estate firm devoted to acquiring, remediating, and returning environmentally impaired assets (“brownfields”) to productive use. Prior to Cherokee, Noël worked in the investment management division of Goldman Sachs. He also served eight years as an officer in the US Army and National Guard.
Noël attended Harvard College on a military scholarship and earned an MBA (with concentration in real estate) from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.
Danielle E. Cooney, Vice President of Resident Services
Danielle leads Waypoint’s Resident Services team.
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Danielle has over two decades of operational property management experience. Prior to joining Waypoint, Danielle was Chief Operating Officer at First Service Residential Realty, which offered property management services for apartment communities, single family residential rentals and REO/asset management. First Service’s portfolio included approximately 10,000 single family homes. Before joining the First Service Residential Realty team, Ms. Cooney was the Vice President of Multifamily Rental and Commercial Property Management for a sister company, The Continental Group.
Danielle holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Real Estate from Peirce College. She is a Licensed Broker in multiple states and has earned numerous industry accreditations, including Certified Property Manager (CPM®), Licensed Community Association Manager (LCAM) and Housing Credit Certified Professional (HCCP).
John Farias, Vice President, Controller - Financial Reporting
John leads Waypoint Homes’ financial reporting efforts.
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Prior to joining the Waypoint team, John served two stints at Prologis, Inc. (formerly AMB Property Corporation). John originally joined AMB Property Corporation in 1996, working in the finance and accounting group in various roles through 2005 including vice president, controller, responsible for all public and private external reporting. After a time with the real estate investment banking group at Credit Suisse, John rejoined AMB in 2006; his last role, following the merger with Prologis, was as vice president, fund operations. John’s early career includes several years as an auditor with PricewaterhouseCoopers.
John holds Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Toronto, Canada and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley. He is a former California Certified Public Accountant.
Joe Maehler, Vice President of Acquisitions
Joe directs the acquisition and disposition efforts of Waypoint and is responsible for the identification, evaluation, and execution of new investments by the firm and its strategic partners. Prior to transitioning into this role Joe spearheaded Waypoint's initial expansion into Southern California, acquiring more than 650 homes.
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Joe brings over 10 years of real estate investment and management experience to his role at Waypoint. Formerly a Vice President at Buchanan Street Partners, a West Coast based commercial real estate investment manager, Joe worked in both advisory and principal investment platforms of the company having participated directly in the capitalization of over $5 billion in commercial real estate assets. Specifically Joe focused on structured finance working on complex debt and equity transactions.
During his tenure at Buchanan Street Joe worked on all commercial real estate product types with an emphasis on multi-family and self storage. While at Buchanan Street Joe earned the Rookie of the Year Award and the Rain Maker award. Joe has active involvement in the NAIOP Young Leaders forum which is a privately selected forum for promising real estate professionals.
Joe holds a B.S. degree in Managerial Economics from UC Davis.
Andrew Silverman, Vice President of Business Development
Andrew Silverman is Waypoint's Vice President of Business Development.
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Andrew contributes more than 20 years of experience in real estate development and asset management, including project management, financing and strategic planning for a national portfolio of residential, commercial, and industrial properties. He focuses on entrepreneurial companies developing new platforms within the real estate and construction markets. Previously with ZETA Communities, Community Builders, Webvan, and Constructa, he has completed $250 million in residential and mixed-use development, with a focus on sustainable communities.
Andrew holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematical Economics from Colgate University and is a licensed general contractor and real estate salesperson.
Aaron Stevens, Vice President of Finance & Asset Management
Aaron leads Waypoint’s real estate fund management team. Before joining Waypoint, Aaron co-founded The Acadian Group, a New York-based financial technology firm. Prior to Acadian, Aaron spent 11 years with Related Capital Company, a New York-based real estate investment firm, where he held positions in real estate development, acquisitions and capital management. During his tenure with Related Capital, Aaron led an acquisition group and managed the acquisition and structuring of more than 125 real estate transactions with a total value of $1.6 billion. Aaron also managed the firm’s $10 billion portfolio of private real estate funds.
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Aaron received a BS with honors and distinction from Iowa State University and an MBA with honors from Columbia Business School.
Bob Yakominich, Vice President of Sales & Marketing
Bob leads Waypoint’s sales and marketing efforts.
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Bob brings years of leadership experience in internet marketing, account management, and revenue growth.
Prior to joining the Waypoint team, Bob was senior vice president of sales with Zip Realty, a pioneer in online real estate sales and marketing. Before joining Zip Realty Bob led sales at The Reiser Group, which provides sales and marketing solutions to the home building industry. As executive vice president of sales for Citysearch, Bob led the company’s successful efforts to expand its online advertising model into the real estate space. Prior to Citysearch Bob spent 13 years with the American Express Company, where he held a variety of direct sales and sales leadership roles.
Bob holds a BA in Business Administration from Bernard Baruch College and an MBA from the University of San Francisco.
Charles Young, Division Vice President – West
Charles Young is Division Vice President for Waypoint's western portfolio and brings 17 years of real estate development, investment and management experience to this role.
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Prior to joining Waypoint, Charles was an Executive Vice President at Mesa Development, a national real estate developer, investor and service provider with a focus on complex mixed-use residential opportunities. Prior to Mesa, Charles worked for Goldman, Sachs and Company in their Real Estate Principal Investment Area (Whitehall) and Goldman’s Investment Banking Division, in Mergers and Acquisitions. Charles also created and managed two entrepreneurial ventures: he co-founded and was a Managing Director of The Kaleidoscope Group, L.L.C., a strategic diversity and management consulting firm and he managed K.G. Holdings, LLC a real estate holding and management firm.
Charles holds an MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business and an A.B. in Economics from Stanford University, where he played football. After college, Charles spent several years as a professional football player in the National Football League (NFL) and the World Football League (WFL). He is a member of Stanford’s Athletic Board and a Board member of SPARK.
David Zanaty, Division Vice President – East
David Zanaty is Division Vice President for Waypoint's eastern portfolio and brings 15 years of real estate investment and development experience to this role.
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Prior to joining Waypoint, David was a Vice President of Development at AIG Global Real Estate, an international investment and development company, where he was responsible for the development and asset management of a variety of assets, including 900,000 square feet of LEED Gold Certified Class A office space. Before joining AIG Global Real Estate, David focused on principal and third-party development, debt and equity placement, and investment property sales and acquisitions. David began his career with CB Richard Ellis, where he performed a variety of financial analyses for all product types in every stage of the asset lifecycle.
David holds a B.A. in Economics and Philosophy from Emory University, a Master of City and Regional Planning from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. David is active in a number of organizations, including the Urban Land Institute and NAIOP, the commercial real estate development association.
Aaron Altom, Regional Director – Dallas
As Regional Director for Dallas, Aaron manages every phase of the business, from acquisitions through leasing and property management.
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Prior to joining the Waypoint team, Aaron was assistant vice president for acquisitions for American Homes 4 Rent, where he was responsible for underwriting distressed sale opportunities in Texas. Before that, he was senior land consultant at Southern Lakes and Leisure. His experience also includes financial services, with Washington Mutual Bank, the Texas Mortgage Authority, and Conseco Financial.
Aaron holds a BA in business administration from Angelo State University. He is a licensed mortgage broker and real estate broker as well as a certified black belt (Six Sigma).
David Diaz, Regional Director – Tampa
As Regional Director for Tampa, David manages every phase of the business, from acquisitions through leasing and property management.
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Prior to joining the Waypoint team, David was COO and owner of Carney Property Management, a property management and construction company that purchased, renovated, leased and managed more than 300 single family homes in Florida. Before that he was regional sales director for Catylist, Inc., responsible for sales and implementation of real estate technology and marketing solutions. He has also served as COO for Sperry Van Ness Institutional and has worked in commercial real estate lending for Cohen Financial and BB&T.
David holds a BS in finance with an emphasis on real estate from the University of Central Florida and an MBA from Florida State University. He is a licensed real estate broker in Florida.
Andrew Ginsburg, Regional Director - South Florida
Andrew Ginsburg is a regional director for Waypoint Homes.
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Andrew brings more than 10 years of experience in residential and commercial real estate development, private equity and venture capital investment, and property management. Prior to joining Waypoint, Andrew was CEO of Down East Management Associates, a portfolio property acquisition, management, disposition, and financing firm, and before that he served as regional vice president for The Lynd Company, managing industrial, retail, commercial, and residential properties.
Andrew holds a BIS in Business Management and Urban Planning/Design from Arizona State University and an MPS in Real Estate Finance from Cornell University.
Kevin Mein, Regional Director - Northern California
As Regional Director for Northern California, Waypoint’s foundational region, Kevin manages every phase of the business, from acquisitions through leasing and property management.
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Kevin joined Waypoint in 2012 as regional acquisitions manager for Northern California, bringing more than ten years of experience in residential and commercial real estate. Prior to joining Waypoint, Kevin served as senior real estate officer for the University of California Office of the President, responsible for all transactions and other activities related to real estate assets for the ten University of California campuses and five medical centers.
Kevin holds a BA in Political Economy from the University of California, Berkeley, a JD from the University of Notre Dame law school, and is a licensed real estate broker in California.
Brandon Roberts, Regional Director - Houston
As Regional Director for Houston, Brandon manages every phase of the business, from acquisitions through leasing and property management.
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Prior to joining the Waypoint team, Brandon was assistant vice president for acquisitions for American Homes 4 Rent, where he managed all aspects of acquiring single family real estate assets in Houston, Austin, and San Antonio. Before that, he was a broker and owner at Badger Real Estate Investments, LLC. His experience also includes financial services, with Washington Mutual Bank and Velocity Credit Union.
Brandon holds a BA in economics from the University of Texas at Austin.
Mike Travalini, Regional Director - Chicago
Mike Travalini is the Regional Director of the Chicago office of Waypoint Homes. He previously served as Director of Business Development and focused on expansion of the Waypoint platform into several new markets nationally.
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Prior to joining Waypoint, Mike was a Director of Acquisitions at The Laramar Group, a Chicago based owner/operator of 40,000 apartment units nationally, where he was involved in transactions exceeding $250 million. Prior to Laramar, Mike was an analyst at Intercontinental Real Estate Corporation, a Boston-based investment advisor, and a senior auditor in the real estate practice group of Ernst & Young.
Mike has an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, graduated with honors from Boston College, and is a Certified Public Accountant. He is an active member of ULI and the President of KREAC, the Kellogg Real Estate Alumni Club.
Marco Vartanian, Regional Director – Southern California
Marco Vartanian is the Regional Director of Waypoint’s Southern California portfolio, responsible for the performance, operation and management of Waypoint’s second largest market.
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Marco brings over 12 years of Southern California real estate expertise to Waypoint. Prior to joining Waypoint, Marco was vice president of Asset Management at Buchanan Street Partners, where he managed a portfolio of real estate assets that included industrial, office, retail, and apartment buildings across the Western U.S. He brings additional experience from Maguire Properties, Cushman Wakefield.
Marco holds a BS in Business Administration from the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business. He is an active member of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP) and in 2007 received the organization’s Developing Leader Award.
Chris Gnekow, Regional Manager – Valley Region
Chris manages every phase of Waypoint’s business, from acquisitions through leasing and property management, in California’s Valley region, which encompasses Bakersfield and the Antelope Valley.
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Since 1993, Mr. Gnekow has built a successful track record managing the development and construction of over 2 million square feet of residential, multi-family, and commercial property. Prior to joining the Waypoint team, Chris was a principal at GBD Company, a real estate development, management, and construction firm. Before that he was director of real estate development and then chief financial officer at M.S. Walker & Associates, Inc., a commercial architectural, engineering, construction and real estate development company.
Chris holds a BS in business administration, finance from San Diego State University as well as a California Contractors and California Real Estate Brokers License.
Akuansa Graham, Regional Manager – Atlanta
As Regional Manager for Atlanta, Akuansa manages every phase of the business, from acquisitions, construction, leasing and property management.
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Prior to joining Waypoint, Akuansa was a Manager of Investments at AIG Global Real Estate, an international investment and development company where he was responsible for the management and development of residential assets within the Atlanta area. Akuansa began his real estate career developing affordable housing units utilizing low income housing tax credits and other development subsidies in the not-for-profit housing arena and has since managed a variety of asset types over the last 10 years.
Akuansa earned a B.A in Management and Finance from Morehouse College, and MBA from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University.