Leadership


National

Executive

Bruce Ward, Chairman/CEO

Mr. Ward is the managing partner of Alliance Residential Company, overseeing acquisition, development/rehabilitation and property management efforts. Mr. Ward and the key executive group have acquired or developed nearly 74,000 apartment homes. He is the former Group Managing Partner of Trammell Crow Residential – West, responsible for all operating businesses in the western U.S. While at Trammell Crow Residential, he served on the management board with responsibility for the strategic planning and guidance of the firm. Mr. Ward led the merger of Trammell Crow Residential – West with BRE Properties, a San Francisco-based REIT in 1997. Post-merger, Mr. Ward served as Executive Vice President for BRE Properties and President of BRE Builders, and was responsible for the firm’s development and acquisition activities. Mr. Ward graduated from the University of Texas, Austin. He is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization, serves as Vice-Chairman for Urban Land Institute’s multifamily council, and is a member of the Homeward Bound Board of Trustees (former Chair) and National Multi-Housing Council Board of Directors.

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V. Jay Hiemenz, President/COO

Mr. Hiemenz is the President and Chief Operating Officer, responsible for oversight of company operations nationwide. Prior to his role as President, Mr. Hiemenz served as Chief Financial Officer, responsible for raising debt and equity capital for the firm’s investments. Since company inception, Mr. Hiemenz has raised roughly $7B worth of multifamily capital.

Mr. Hiemenz joined Trammell Crow Residential in 1990, expanding his key executive duties in the 1997 merger with BRE. He served as BRE Builder’s Chief Financial Officer and Managing Director of Capital Markets as well as Chief Operating Officer for Alliance Residential Property Management. Preceding the BRE merger, he was Chief Operating Officer, TCRS – Southwest, where he oversaw operations and value-add implementation strategies of approximately 8,000 units within the southwest United States. Mr. Hiemenz also served on the management board. Prior to joining Trammell Crow Residential, Mr. Hiemenz was a consultant for Ernst & Young, based in Dallas, TX, in their real estate consulting practice.

Mr. Hiemenz has formerly held the designations of CPA, CIA and CPM, is an executive board member of the National Multi-Housing Council (NMHC) and is a member of the Urban Land Institute. He has spoken at numerous industry functions, including events sponsored by the Wall Street Journal, Multifamily Executive, National Multi-Housing Council and ULI. He graduated with honors from Texas Christian University with a BBA in Accounting.

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Bob Weston, Chief Financial Officer

Bob Weston is the Chief Financial Officer of Alliance Residential Company and leads capital markets strategy related to the firm’s investments.  Additionally, he has oversight over the company’s financial administration and risk management activities. Prior to assuming the CFO position, Mr. Weston was the Managing Director of the Southeast Division for Alliance, where he was responsible for sourcing and executing new development opportunities in Georgia, Tennessee and North and South Carolina.  He has also held various roles within the real estate group at SunTrust Bank, most recently serving as senior credit officer for the special assets division in Georgia and Tennessee.  Mr. Weston received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington & Lee University and a Masters of Business Administration from Emory University, where he graduated with honors. He is an active member of the National Multi-Housing Council and the Urban Land Institute, where he serves on the Multifamily Bronze Council.

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James M. Krohn, President/CEO (Management)

Jim Krohn oversees the management services division, which includes a portfolio of more than 62,000 units nationwide. Mr. Krohn’s property management experience began in 1986, when he was the President/Owner of market-analysis firm Research Consultants Inc. He also managed apartment, office and industrial properties as the VP/Owner of Partners Management and Consultants. Since then, he has held positions with Lincoln Property Company, Alliance Residential Management and ConAm Management Corp. Mr. Krohn graduated from the University of Arizona and is an Arizona real estate broker. He is also a member of the Arizona Multifamily Association, Urban Land Institute and National Multi-housing Council.

Bradley Cribbins, President/Chief Operating Officer (Management)

Brad Cribbins serves as COO/President of Alliance’s management division, with responsibility for overseeing our regional property management teams and all corporate support departments, including finance, performance, marketing, revenue strategies, technology, asset engineering and business development. Prior to joining Alliance, Mr. Cribbins was the Vice President of Operations for Guardian Management with responsibility for overseeing fee-based and JV relationships for institutional and private clients on conventional, tax-credit and program properties. He also held a key leadership role in two start-up ventures providing technology services to the industry. As a highly-respected leader in the multifamily industry, Mr. Cribbins was featured on the cover of Multifamily Executive’s (MFE) February 2013 issue, and has served as a keynote speaker at several industry conventions, including RealShare, Crittenden, and multiple National Apartment Association (NAA) and MFE conferences. Mr. Cribbins graduated from Azusa Pacific University.

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John T. Rippel, Chief Investment Officer

John Rippel is responsible for identifying development opportunities and directing the acquisition process for existing communities throughout the Mountain, Southeast and Central regions. During his 31 years in the multifamily industry, Mr. Rippel has participated in the acquisition and development of more than 14,000 units at an approximate value of $900 million. He began his multifamily career as the partner in charge of south Texas development and acquisition for Trammell Crow Residential; under his leadership, Trammell Crow led the Houston market in residential development. In 1994, he led his division to the successful IPO of Gables Residential and helped grow the company into one of the nation’s largest multifamily owners/operators. Mr. Rippel obtained his BBA from the University of Texas at Austin, and is currently a member of the Urban Land Institute.

Robert M. Hutt, Senior Managing Director (Southwest)

Robert Hutt is responsible for identifying development opportunities and directing the acquisition process for existing apartment communities in the Southwest. Mr. Hutt’s multifamily experience, which includes the development of more than 6,000 apartment units, began at Trammell Crow Residential-West. Prior to that, he served as a consultant to Main Street and Main Inc., a firm that develops, owns and operates amusement centers and restaurants. He was also the Executive VP of Horseworld Joint Venture — developer of Horseworld of Scottsdale — and Director of Development for Parkland Development Corporation. Mr. Hutt graduated from the University of the Pacific and received an MBA from Santa Clara University.

Russ Kindorf, Managing Director, Investments

Russ Kindorf is responsible for all activities related to the opportunistic investment process for Alliance, with emphasis on note sales/purchases (performing and non-performing) and asset purchases/dispositions. With a national focus, his specific duties include sourcing, due diligence, underwriting, structuring and portfolio management. Mr. Kindorf has 23 years of real-estate finance and banking experience across single-family and multifamily product. Before joining Alliance, Mr. Kindorf was Managing Director of JP Morgan’s national housing group in charge of origination, underwriting, portfolio management and operations. Prior to joining JP Morgan, Mr. Kindorf also was a Senior Vice President at First Interstate Bank where he handled real estate loan production and workout, and financial management. Mr. Kindorf currently serves on, and is the immediate past chairman of, the Homeward Bound Board of Directors. He is also active with the Downtown Phoenix Development Corporation Board of Directors and is a Notre Dame Capital Campaign cabinet member. Mr. Kindorf graduated from Arizona State University with a BS in Finance.

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Nicholas J. Chapman, Senior Managing Director (North Texas/Mountain/Pacific Northwest/Southeast)

Nicholas Chapman oversees multifamily development and acquisitions activities throughout North Texas, and the Mountain, Pacific Northwest and Southeast regions. With more than 20 years of industry experience, Mr. Chapman has been involved in the development of multifamily, hotel, office and retail projects. He began his development career with Trammell Crow Residential (TCR), focusing on multifamily and hotel development in the western and southwestern U.S. Following the TCR merger with BRE Properties, Mr. Chapman oversaw multifamily development for BRE in Northern California. Mr. Chapman graduated from Texas Christian University and received an MBA from Southern Methodist University.

Brian Austin, Senior Managing Director (South Texas/Mid-Atlantic/Northeast/Florida)

Brian Austin is responsible for sourcing new investments and managing the development/acquisition process throughout the South Texas, Florida, Mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions. Mr. Austin brings 17 years of experience in development and project financing, and most recently served as Senior Managing Director for Mill Creek Residential Trust LLC (MCRT) in the Gulf Coast/Southwest Division. Mr. Austin is a past board member of the Houston Apartment Association and served as Chairman of the Houston Apartment Association Developer’s Committee. He is a founding member and treasurer of Houstonians for Responsible Growth, and a trustee for its related PAC. Mr. Austin received a BBA in Finance from Texas A&M University in 1995.

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Senior Operations

Tracy Brunetti, Executive Vice President (West Coast)

Tracy Brunetti is responsible for the operational oversight of apartment homes throughout California, Oregon and Washington. Ms. Brunetti’s multifamily experience began in 1984 in Houston. Prior to joining Alliance, Ms. Brunetti was Senior Vice President of the West Coast region for GreyStone Asset Management with operating responsibility for 6,000 multifamily units. Before that, she served as Portfolio Manager for Prometheus Real Estate Group. Ms. Brunetti has a CPM designation, and is a member of the Institute of Real Estate Management and the San Diego Apartment Association. She attended the University of Houston and Chamberlain School of Real Estate.

Robert Hicks, Executive Vice President (Southwest/Mountain)

Robert Hicks is responsible for overseeing property operations across Alliance’s 88 properties in Phoenix, Las Vegas, Albuquerque, Denver and Utah, totaling 25,000 units. Mr. Hicks has more than a decade of experience in the industry, primarily in multifamily housing operations, asset management, new business and financial analysis. Prior to joining Alliance, Robert was a Vice President for both Mark-Taylor Residential and Family Housing Resources. He also served with Equity Residential. He graduated from Arizona State University and is a licensed real estate agent in Arizona. Mr. Hicks also serves as the vice-chair for the Arizona Multifamily Association.

Carol Nelson, Senior Vice President (Mountain)

As Vice President of the Mountain region, Carol Nelson is responsible for supervising operations throughout Utah and Colorado. Ms. Nelson has more than 24 years of experience in the industry. She has received numerous awards, including “Regional Manager of the Year” in 2006, “Commitment to Excellence” in 2007 and 2008, and “Utah Apartment Association Property Supervisor of the Year” in 2007. Ms. Nelson graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management,  is a licensed real estate agent and broker in Utah, and has a CPM designation.

Stephanie Nascimento, Senior Vice President of Operations (Central/Southeast)

Stephanie Nascimento has more than 13 years of experience in the multifamily industry and, since joining Alliance in July 2006, she has demonstrated strong leadership in working with our owned and third-party assets in Texas. Most recently, Ms. Nascimento served as Vice President of Operations with responsibility for 35 communities (10,000+ units) in the Central region. Prior to that, she was the Senior Regional Manager for the Central region and was recognized as “Regional Manager of the Year” in 2008 and 2009. Her background also includes positions with Gables Residential and Equity Residential. Ms. Nascimento graduated from Texas A&M University and is a member of the Austin Apartment Association.

Brad Hamel, Senior Vice President of Operations (East)

As Senior Vice President of Operations – East, Brad Hamel is responsible for the oversight and expansion of the company’s upstart portfolio in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. Additionally, Mr. Hamel supervises operations for 5,000+ units in the Southeast region. He has more than 14 years of multifamily experience and began his career at Gables Residential in Atlanta. Prior to joining Alliance, Mr. Hamel directed business development activities for Riverstone Residential Group throughout the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest regions. In this capacity, he contributed to the addition of 10,000+ units to Riverstone’s management portfolio. He has held multiple positions in the multifamily industry, including providing operational oversight for Riverstone’s portfolio in Connecticut, New Jersey and New York. Mr. Hamel studied at The Pennsylvania State University and holds a real estate license in New York.

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Corporate Leadership

Connie Spalla, Senior Vice President of Finance

Connie Spalla is currently responsible for the financial oversight of the property management group, managing 59,000 units. With more than 23 years of experience, Ms. Spalla has been involved in the development and implementation of accounting departments, including: hiring, supervising and training of associates, developing policies and procedures, implementing accounting software and cash management. She has also assisted in refinancing and restructuring mortgage debt service, along with acquisitions and dispositions of properties. Ms. Spalla graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a BS in Accountancy/Business and earned a Master’s in Business from Lewis University.

Rachel Davidson, Senior Vice President of Performance

Rachel Davidson, Senior Vice President of Performance

As the Senior Vice President of Performance, Rachel Davidson is responsible for the strategic direction of the company’s learning, talent, revenue management and ancillary services departments. She began her career with Alliance in 2010 as the Regional Vice President of the Pacific Northwest region where she managed operations for multiple properties of varying types including both stabilized and lease-up assets. Most recently, Ms. Davidson served as the Vice President of Revenue Strategies with oversight of the revenue, sales and ancillary services departments. She has more than 20 years of multifamily experience on both the operations side and in a corporate support capacity.

Sherida Colvin, Vice President of Human Resources/In-House Counsel

As Vice President of Human Resources/In-House Counsel, Sherida Colvin oversees all personnel and payroll operations. She previously held the position of Senior Manager of Employment Practices and Compliance at Republic Services. Prior to that, she spent more than 10 years as a defense attorney specializing in employment law, then went in-house as a human resources subject-matter expert. Ms. Colvin has worked with a wide variety of large and small companies in many industries and across the nation throughout her career. She attended Arizona State University for both undergraduate and law school. A fourth-generation Arizona native, Ms. Colvin has lived in California, Washington D.C. and Seattle.

Scott Pechersky, Vice President of Technology

As the Vice President of Technology, Scott Pechersky’s responsibilities include managing Alliance’s corporate infrastructure, developing and implementing new technologies across its portfolio, and providing support and training to property Associates for the latest IT initiatives. Mr. Pechersky also oversees Alliance’s property management software solutions, business intelligence division, online leasing platforms, resident portals and additional third-party programs for communities. Mr. Pechersky graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems.  He is a licensed real estate broker in the state of Arizona, and has served as moderator and speaker at multiple National Multi-Housing Council (NMHC) technology and MFE conferences.

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Kelly Siegal, Vice President of Marketing

Kelly Siegal is the Vice President of Marketing for Alliance, where she drives strategic marketing efforts for the company’s national portfolio across 29 major metropolitan markets. She is responsible for brand awareness, campaign development, corporate communications, public relations and advertising initiatives. After graduating from Arizona State University with a degree in Business and Communications, Ms. Siegal embarked on a successful 12-year marketing career which has included director and senior leadership roles at some of Phoenix’s largest advertising agencies. She is recognized as a marketing authority with extensive experience in branding, traditional and non-traditional marketing, media buying and public relations. In 2014, the Phoenix Business Journal recognized Ms. Siegal as one of its top “40 Under 40.”

Greta Schneider, Vice President of Talent Management

As Vice President of Talent Management, Greta Schneider oversees Alliance’s national employment brand and talent acquisition, engagement and management efforts. Her responsibilities include initiating programs to build the company’s talent pipeline, identifying sophisticated tools and mediums for selecting top talent, organizing the annual associate engagement survey, as well as managing all systems and vendors related to the recruiting, on-boarding and succession planning processes. Ms. Schneider also guides the development and implementation of Alliance’s internship, coaching and referral programs. She has more than 17 years of talent acquisition and marketing experience, with a background in creative strategies that leverage social media for recruiting, networking and employment branding. Prior to joining Alliance, Ms. Schneider worked for Jobing and Jobing.com in roles as Assistant Vice President, Assistant General Manager and Senior Director of Community Relations. She graduated from the University of Mary with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, and earned an MBA from Grand Canyon University. Ms. Schneider is a former board member of the Maricopa Workforce Investment Board and Diversity Leadership Alliance. She participates on the Education Committee for the Arizona Multi-Family Association, the National Apartment Association’s Education and Careers Committee, and volunteers as a mentor with New Pathways For Youth.

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Jeffrey L. Krohn, Vice President of Business Development

As Vice President of Business Development, Jeff Krohn is responsible for the overall expansion efforts of Alliance Residential Company across the United States. Mr. Krohn focuses on expanding existing client relationships and sourcing new management opportunities, as well as identifying pipeline, acquisition and disposition targets throughout the national platform. He also oversees the company’s transitions and analytics teams, and coordinates national and regional events that promote, introduce and showcase Alliance capabilities to clients and prospects.

A graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Mr. Krohn has more than 11 years of experience in the multifamily industry, including an extensive background in market research, analysis and reporting. He also has a diverse background across multiple disciplines — during his tenure with Alliance, he has served as an Assistant Superintendent for our construction and development team, an Information Specialist with IT and, most recently, the Executive Director of Business Development, West.

 

Kelly Vickers, Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility

As Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility, Kelly Vickers oversees Alliance’s sustainability program, known as Focus Green.  She developed the program from its beginning stages and implemented the company’s sustainability policy. In addition, Ms. Vickers has created a unique quarterly reporting process, and established green metrics, business practices, initiatives and tools to help associates support the Focus Green program and further Alliance’s sustainability efforts. Her duties also involve client relations, new business development, interfacing with Alliance development and rehab teams, and embedding sustainability into Alliance culture through education efforts and company-wide campaigns.  With more than 15 years of experience in the industry, Ms. Vickers has experience across multiple aspects of property management, including employee training, curriculum development, business development and property operations.  She also has experience in sustainability consulting, research and data analysis. Ms. Vickers graduated with honors from Dominican University of California with a BA in Humanities with a cultural studies focus and a GreenMBA in Sustainable Enterprise.  She is a LEED Green Associate, a certified Green Globes Professional, a member of the USGBC’s Northern California Chapter, a member of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP), and sits on both the NAA Operations Committee and IREM’s Sustainability Advisory Board.

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Topher Olsen, National Director of Training

As National Director of Training, Topher Olsen is responsible for developing and managing training within Alliance University, a state-of-the-art learning management system that delivers curriculum to more than 3,000 associates. Mr. Olsen’s credentials include a Masters in Creative Drama and Theatre from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master’s in Education from the University of Houston, Clear Lake. His prior experience as Educational and Artistic Director for the Permian Playhouse community theater, combined with extensive experience in secondary education, contribute to his ability to engage Alliance’s teams and develop relevant curriculum.

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Ethan Davidson, Director of Asset Engineering

As the Director of Capital and Building Services, Ethan Davidson brings more than 20 years of property management experience to the Alliance team. His responsibilities include oversight of the Director of Facilities program and capital management for the Asset Engineering department. With a diverse background in both facilities and construction management, he supports the company’s asset preservation and redevelopment efforts, including risk mitigation, team building and associate safety. Mr. Davidsons’s credentials include several trade-related certifications and licenses as a general contractor, electrician and certified building inspector.