Co-Chief Executive Officer
Co-Chief Executive Officer & Founder
Chief Investment Officer & Founder
Chief Financial Officer
Chief Experience Officer
Chief Accounting Officer
Senior Vice President of Acquisitions
Senior Vice President of Construction
Senior Divisional Vice President – West
Vice President of Business Development
Vice President of Portfolio Management - Private Capital
Vice President of Capital Markets
Vice President of Operations
Vice President of Property Management
Vice President of Sales & Marketing
Division Vice President – East
Regional Director – Dallas
Regional Director – Tampa
Regional Director - South Florida
Regional Manager – Chicago
Regional Manager – Denver
Regional Manager – Southern California
Regional Manager – Phoenix
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, the 2014 "EY Entrepreneur Of The Year" for Northern California 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 and the 2014 "EY Entrepreneur Of The Year" for Northern California.
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.
Ali Nazar, Chief Experience 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.
John Farias, Chief Accounting Officer
John leads Waypoint Homes’ Accounting team.
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Prior to joining Waypoint, 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 a 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 California Certified Public Accountant (inactive).
Joe Maehler, Senior 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.
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.
Charles Young, Senior Divisional 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.
Bryan Bailey, Vice President of Business Development
Bryan builds Waypoint’s market position by locating and developing business relationships that create long-term value for the company. Prior to his role as Vice President of Business Development, Bryan directed the establishment of Waypoint’s development operations in markets across the United States as Vice President of New Markets. Prior to this role, 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 Management - Private Capital
Noël is responsible for the management of a national portfolio of homes held across Waypoint's private funds and optimizing returns for those investors. Noël joined Waypoint in 2010 to build and lead its acquisition efforts prior to transitioning into his current role.
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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.
Andrew Silverman, Vice President of Build 2 Rent
Andrew Silverman is Waypoint's Vice President of Build 2 Rent.
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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 Capital Markets
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.
Mike Travalini, Vice President of Operations
Mike Travalini is the Vice President of Operations for Waypoint Homes. He previously served as the Regional Director for the Chicago region and the Director of Business Development where he 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, Vice President of Property Management
Marco Vartanian leads Waypoint's Property Management team.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Mark Beckwith, Regional Manager – Chicago
As Regional Manager for Chicago, Mark manages every phase of the business, from acquisitions, construction, leasing and property management.
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Mark joined Waypoint in 2012 as an Acquisitions Associate and has over ten years of experience in residential real estate. Prior to joining Waypoint, Mark served as a Managing Director for a Chicago boutique commercial brokerage firm and as Principal of Beckwith Ventures, LLC, a multifamily developer, investor and General Contractor. Before that Mark served as Vice President for RSL Building Corporation where he oversaw the acquisition and management of more than 900 apartment units. He is also the co-founder of InStadium, Inc., a national sports marketing firm.
Mark holds a BA in Marketing from Fairfield University where he played lacrosse and was selected to the North/South All-American team. He has been an Illinois licensed General Contractor and is an Illinois licensed Managing Broker. Mark is also an accomplished endurance athlete qualifying and competing in three Ironman World Championships.
Rex Gambrell, Regional Manager – Denver
As Regional Manager for the Denver metro area, Rex manages every phase of the business from acquisitions to construction through leasing and property management.
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Prior to joining the Waypoint team, Rex was President of Griffis Group Residential, a local property management company that managed 3,500 apartments in Denver and Colorado Springs. Before that he was Senior Vice President of multi-family property management for Corum Real Estate Group. Corum managed 6,500 apartment homes in Denver and several resort towns in the mountains. Rex also served as President of the Apartment Association of Metro Denver and the Colorado Apartment Association. He also served on the National Apartment Association (NAA) Board of Directors for over six years representing Region VIII that was comprised of Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, South and North Dakota.
Rex holds a BS in Business Management from the University of Oklahoma. He also is a Certified Property Manager (CPM) and is licensed Colorado Broker.
Chris Gnekow, Regional Manager – Southern California
Chris manages every phase of Waypoint’s business, from acquisitions through leasing and property management, in the Southern California region.
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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.
Shelly Griggs, Regional Manager – Phoenix
As Regional Manager for the Phoenix Metropolitan area, Shelly manages every phase of the business in this stabilized market.
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Shelly has spent the past 16 years handling all facets of the multi-housing industry, including new construction and multi-million dollar rehabs. Prior to joining the Waypoint team, Shelly was Regional Manager at Milestone Management, a Property Management Company headquartered in Dallas, TX. She managed approximately 3,500 units covering Phoenix, Salt Lake City and Las Vegas. Prior to Milestone, Shelly was the Director of Operations at Community Services of Arizona, a 503(c) non-profit low income housing organization. There, she ran the entire property management division comprised of approximately 3,000 units across the state of Arizona.
Shelly is a licensed Real Estate Broker in Arizona. She holds an Associates of Applied Science degree in Legal Administration and is currently 2 classes away from obtaining her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix. She also has several certifications in Low Income Housing as well as her Certified Apartment Manager designation.