Leadership


National

Executive

Bruce Ward, Chairman/CEO

Mr. Ward is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Alliance Residential Company overseeing acquisition, development and property management efforts. Alliance Residential has been one of the top leading apartment builders in the United States for the each of the last ten years. Mr. Ward and the key executive group have acquired or developed 120,000 apartment homes across the country. 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 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, current Trustee for the All Saints’ Episcopal Day School, is former Chair of the Homeward Bound Board of Trustees, was Multi-Family Executive of the Year in 2014, and serves on the Banner Health Foundation Board of Directors.

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 $15B 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.

John T. Rippel, Chief Investment Officer

With more than 40 years of experience across 100,000+ units, John Rippel is responsible for identifying development opportunities and directing the acquisition process for existing communities throughout the U.S. As one of the Founding Partners of Alliance, Mr. Rippel led the expansion of the Company into Texas and the eastern half of the country. He began his multifamily career as the partner in charge of south Texas 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 where he served as President/COO and board member until 1999. Prior to Trammel Crow Residential, Mr. Rippel was a CPA with Ernst and Young for five years. Mr. Rippel obtained his BBA from the University of Texas at Austin.

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. Under his leadership, the company has raised over $10 billion in multifamily capital representing over 43,000 units. 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.  In addition to participating on the Audit Committee of the National Multi-Housing Council, he is also a member of the Urban Land Institute, where he participates in the Multifamily Bronze Council. In Phoenix, he serves on the Board of Directors of the Musical Instrument Museum and is an active member of the Scottsdale Charros. 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.

Nick Chapman, Senior Managing Director (West)

Nick Chapman oversees Alliance Residential Company’s development and investment activities throughout the western U.S. to include Alliance’s North Texas, Mountain, Southwest, Southern California and Northern California divisions. With more than 25 years of industry experience, Mr. Chapman has been involved in the development of multifamily, hotel, office, and retail projects. He began his multifamily and hotel development career with Trammell Crow Residential (TCR), focusing primarily in the western and southwestern U.S. Following the TCR merger with BRE Properties, Mr. Chapman oversaw multifamily development for BRE in Northern California during the late 90’s. Mr. Chapman graduated from Texas Christian University and received an MBA from Southern Methodist University. He is an active member of the National Multi-Housing Council and the Urban Land Institute.

Brian Austin, Senior Managing Director (East)

Brian Austin is responsible for sourcing new investments and managing the development/acquisition process throughout the Eastern U.S. 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.

Russ Kindorf, Senior Managing Director (Investments)

Russ Kindorf is responsible for all activities related to the national acquisitions and opportunistic investment platform for Alliance. Primary areas of emphasis include value added acquisition investment opportunities as well as note sales/purchases (performing and non-performing). His duties include sourcing, underwriting, structuring and asset/portfolio management.  Mr. Kindorf has over 27 years of real estate industry investment and finance experience. Prior to joining Alliance, Mr. Kindorf was Managing Director of JP Morgan’s national housing lending line of business where he was in charge of all origination, portfolio management and operational activities.  Mr. Kindorf currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Notre Dame Prep, is past chairman for the Homeward Bound Board of Directors and is a member of ULI. Mr. Kindorf graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Arizona State University.