HOWARD COHEN CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Howard D. Cohen leads as the Chief Executive Officer of Atlantic | Pacific Companies and has served in this position for nearly 20 years. Mr. Cohen’s role includes the oversight of all affiliated companies, managing the company’s investments and creating strategic partnerships that further enhance the firm’s systematic and intelligent approach to delivering better results and a richer experience.
Mr. Cohen practiced with the preeminent law firms of Ruden McClosky, P.A. and Becker & Poliakoff, P.A., as a senior real estate attorney specializing in commercial real estate, financing and lending transactions. Mr. Cohen has more than 25 years of real estate investment, real estate law and management experience.
Mr. Cohen, a Miami Beach native, graduated from Miami Beach Senior High in 1985, received his Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University in 1989, and his Doctorate of Jurisprudence from the University of Miami in 1993 with Magna Cum Laude distinction. Mr. Cohen currently serves on the board of directors of Cornell University’s Center for Real Estate Finance
RANDY WEISBURD CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
Randy K. Weisburd, Chief Operating Officer of Atlantic | Pacific Companies, is primarily responsible for the formulation and execution of the company’s overall strategic plan as well as day-to-day growth management. Under the Atlantic | Pacific corporate umbrella, Mr. Weisburd oversees Acquisitions, Asset & Property Management, Development, Fund Management and General Contracting. He has served as court appointed Receiver and Monitor as well as Advisory – Lead Partner on numerous assignments during the past several years.
Prior to joining Atlantic | Pacific, Mr. Weisburd served as Vice President of LNR Property Corporation. During Mr. Weisburd’s nine year tenure at LNR, he was directly responsible for the acquisition, development and management of numerous commercial properties throughout the United States.
Mr. Weisburd currently serves on the Board of Directors of Lehrman Community Day School, The University of Miami School of Business Administration Real Estate Advisory Board and is the past Chairman of the Miami Beach Planning Board. Mr. Weisburd, a Miami Beach native, graduated from Miami Beach Senior High School in 1985 and the University of Miami in 1989 with a degree in Business.
KENNETH COHEN CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Ken Cohen is a managing partner of Atlantic | Pacific Companies and serves as the Chief Financial Officer managing the financial operations and reporting for the corporate companies. Mr. Cohen also oversees all the daily accounting activities for family owned rental communities including the receivables, payables and payroll. Mr. Cohen is responsible for creating and maintaining site level budgets which are reported during monthly corporate variance meetings.
Mr. Cohen joined the staff of Kenneth Leventhal & Company, a national accounting firm specializing in the real estate industry. Shortly after, the firm merged into Ernst & Young, LLP. and Mr. Cohen completed his tenure as a member of the Senior Tax department. Mr. Cohen double tracked with the company and worked within both the audit and tax departments.
Mr. Cohen, a Miami Beach native, graduated from Ransom Everglades School in 1988, Cornell University in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science in Hotel & Restaurant Administration and received a Master in Professional Accounting degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1994. He is also licensed in the State of Florida as a Certified Public Accountant.
STANLEY COHEN EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT
Stanley D. Cohen is a managing partner of Atlantic | Pacific Companies and serves as the Executive Vice President of the West Coast division. Stanley supervises the day-to-day operation of the corporate offices based in San Diego. Mr. Cohen is also active in the management of the family owned rental communities based in California.
Mr. Cohen originally hails from Miami Beach, Florida but has lived in the San Diego area since the early 1990’s. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Duke University (Phi Beta Kappa) and his Masters of Business Administration from the University of California of Los Angeles. Mr. Cohen has been involved in real estate for over 15 years and has held a California Real Estate Broker’s License since 1998.
DAVID HALPRYN SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF OPERATIONS
David G. Halpryn is a partner of Atlantic | Pacific Companies. Mr. Halpryn is responsible for all aspects of facilities maintenance. As Senior Vice President of Operations, Mr. Halpryn oversees over 50 maintenance supervisors within the Management Company. Mr. Halpryn’s role within the General Contracting Company includes oversight of the estimating department and general review of all bids and scope of services. Mr. Halpryn is very involved in the Development Company as an active participant in all phases of operations.
Prior to Atlantic | Pacific Companies, Mr. Halpryn served as Director of Facilities Management for a large privately held Hospitality Company overseeing over 300 employees. During his 11 year tenure with this group, he was responsible for all operations and purchasing.
Mr. Halpryn, a Miami Beach native, graduated Miami Beach Senior High School in 1983 and The University of Miami in 1987 with a Business Management degree.
Fund, Acquisitions and Asset Management
GREG WARD CHIEF INVESTMENT OFFICER
Greg Ward joined Atlantic | Pacific Real Estate Group in 2009 bringing over 20 years of extensive real estate experience. Mr. Ward is responsible for all multi-family acquisitions including the structuring of equity and debt while facilitating investment strategy and execution. He is also a current Board Member for an Atlanta based non-profit named Rebuilding Together Atlanta which strives to preserve and revitalize houses and communities in Atlanta, GA.
Prior to his arrival at APREG, Mr. Ward served as Vice President of Fowler Property Acquisitions (FPA), a full service real estate company with assets of $1.3 billion. As Vice President, Mr. Ward was responsible for opening a regional office and developing a platform for the company to enter the Southeastern market.
Prior to joining FPA, Mr. Ward served as Vice President of Acquisitions and Dispositions at LNR Property Corporation. During Mr. Ward’s 14-year tenure at LNR, he was directly responsible for the acquisition and disposition of numerous commercial properties throughout the United States. As part of his disposition role, Mr. Ward was responsible for developing and implementing a strategic disposition strategy for the company’s REO portfolio.
Mr. Ward graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a B.S. in Finance and received an M.B.A. with a concentration in Real Estate from Georgia State University.
BRETT DUKE CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
Brett Duke joined Atlantic | Pacific Real Estate Group in 2012 and has over 15 years of real estate experience in acquisitions, asset management, development, and investment sales. His primary role within the organization is to manage the investment portfolio and assist with new acquisitions.
Prior to joining A|P, Mr. Duke was an Asset Manager with Rialto Capital Management, where he managed a portfolio of non-performing debt valued at over $60 million and participated in the acquisition of more than $500 million of commercial real estate loans and REO.
Prior to Rialto, Mr. Duke was the Development Manager for Perennial Properties, a boutique multi-family investment and development firm primarily focused on developing mixed-use projects in the city of Atlanta. In this role, Mr. Duke participated in site-selection, underwriting, due diligence, zoning, financing, project execution, and economic stabilization.
Mr. Duke began his career working in financial analysis and modeling in both consulting and investment sales/investment banking roles. In this capacity he worked at several high profile firms to include LNR Property Corporation and Grubb & Ellis, among others.
Mr. Duke is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a B.B.A. in finance.
MATTHEW SMITH CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER - INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT
Matthew Smith, CPA and LCAM, joined Atlantic | Pacific Management (APM) in October 2006 as an Assistant Controller. In July 2011, Mr. Smith was promoted to Corporate Controller. As the Corporate Controller, he supervised the accounting staff for the 3rd party property management division. In July 2016, Mr. Smith was named Chief Accounting Officer of Atlantic | Pacific Real Estate Group. He is responsible for all Joint Venture and Fund reporting.
Mr. Smith graduated in 2003 with a Bachelor degree in Communications from Penn State University. He obtained his Master in Accounting from Florida Atlantic University in 2010. He is also licensed in the state of Florida as a Certified Public Accountant.
LISSETTE SABATINO CHIEF OF OPERATIONS - INVESTMENT MANAGMENT
CAM, LCAM, CAPS joined Atlantic | Pacific Real Estate in 2002 and has 20 years of experience in the multi-family industry. She is responsible for the overall strategy, management and profitability of a portfolio of over 15,000 units between Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and Texas. Coordinating a team of management specialists, she supervises more than 350 field personnel and serves as an operations liaison with asset owners and partners. Mrs. Sabatino participates in administering the support services of APM to a team of regional managers and on-site personnel, which includes fiscal accountability, revenue growth, physical asset management and the implementation of marketing and training programs. She has excelled in all phases of property management including new development and acquisition, revenue management, operations, marketing and training. Mrs. Sabatino attended Florida International University and is an active member of the South East Florida Apartment Association and National Apartment Association.
JEANNE HERMAN VICE PRESIDENT
Jeanne Herman joined Atlantic | Pacific Companies in 2007 as a Financial Analyst. Ms. Herman was promoted to the role of Manager of Business and Financial Analysis in 2011, overseeing all financial analysis for the Atlantic | Pacific business lines as well as providing daily support to the management, development, acquisition, and advisory services.
Prior to joining A | P, Ms. Herman worked with Franklin Templeton Investments in the portfolio accounting department. Ms. Herman earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Barry University in Miami, Florida, during which time she also interned at Morgan Stanley and was an active member of the Financial Management Association Honor Society chapter.
JOSEPH R. JACKSON SENIOR MANAGING DIRECTOR
Mr. Jackson joined Atlantic | Pacific Real Estate Group in 2011 and is primarily responsible for sourcing new acquisition opportunities to expand the company’s direct real estate holdings throughout the United States.
Prior to joining Atlantic | Pacific, Mr. Jackson spent 20 years working in the apartment brokerage arena where he was frequently retained by institutional owners to represent them in the sale of their real estate holdings. His client list includes: LaSalle Investment Management, Prudential Real Estate Investors, RREEF, Heitman Capital Management, INVESCO Realty Advisors, JP Morgan Asset Management, SSR Realty Advisors, Berkshire Property Advisors, JPI, Related Companies, Equity Residential Properties Trust, Waterton Associates and SK Holdings, among others.
During his tenure in the brokerage community, Mr. Jackson opened the Florida office for Moran & Company, a prominent national apartment brokerage firm and was its Southeast Regional Partner. He was also Director of Multifamily Sales at South Florida based RJS Realty Group. Mr. Jackson began his career in real estate in 1988 at CB Richard Ellis in Atlanta, Georgia.
Mr. Jackson is a graduate of Vanderbilt University.
JAIME O'KEEFFEVICE PRESIDENT - ASSET MANAGEMENT
Prior to joining Atlantic | Pacific, Mr. O’Keeffe spent seven years working in the real estate private equity arena, focusing on portfolio management. His tenure was spent with Silverpeak Real Estate Partners, and its predecessor companies. While at Silverpeak, he assisted in managing a global real estate portfolio spanning three opportunistic funds with assets in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. He has worked with a variety of asset classes including Multifamily, Office, Retail, and Hotels. Mr. O’Keeffe graduated from Tulane University with a B.S.M. in Finance & Economics and received an M.B.A. with a concentration in Real Estate & Finance from the University of Georgia.
LISA KASTE SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT - MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS
Lisa Kaste joined Atlantic | Pacific Real Estate in 2012 and has over 20 years of multi-family experience. Her primary role within APM is to manage the implementation and support of property systems and websites. Prior to joining APM, Mrs. Kaste was a Management Systems Consultant for the multi-family industry assisting clients with property management systems implementations, business process re-engineering, systems support and training. Prior to consulting, she spent the majority of her career at Post Properties starting out as a leasing consultant and quickly progressing to property manager and ultimately moving into the role of Sr. Director of Management Systems Training and Operations Specialist.
Mrs. Kaste graduated from SUNY Albany, State University of New York, with a B.A. in Communications.
JESSICA MALLES VICE PRESIDENT AND CONTROLLER - INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT
Jessica Malles, CPA, joined Atlantic Pacific Companies in July 2012 as an Assistant Controller. In November 2014, Mrs. Malles was promoted to Accounting Manager and in July 2020, she was promoted to Controller, responsible for the financial reporting of all properties under management in the rental division. She also oversees daily operations of the rental management accounting department and enforces accounting controls and procedures.
Prior to joining A|P, Mrs. Malles worked with Bellows Associates as an auditor with a focus on non-profit and HUD organizations. She also has 20 years of experience in the multi-family industry. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, FL in Accounting, Management and Real Estate. She is also licensed in Georgia as a Certified Public Accountant.
SHANON PEREIRA VICE PRESIDENT - MARKETING
Shanon Pereira joined Atlantic Pacific Management (A|P Management) in 2004. She has over 27 years of experience in the multifamily industry. Ms. Pereira’s experience includes successful management of various property types including Conventional, Affordable, New Acquisitions, Dispositions, Corporate, Student, and International Housing. She is a skilled and energetic professional who excels in property management, marketing, coaching, team building, communications, and training. Her professionalism and knowledge have earned her the respect of colleagues, property owners, and residents alike. Throughout her career with A|P Management, she has consistently and exceptionally performed at various levels earning her three internal promotions along the way. In each role, she continued to apply insight and wisdom to a portfolio of over 1,400 units in Broward, Miami, Palm Beach, Martin, and St. Lucie Counties. Throughout her tenure, Ms. Pereira’s passion has always been in the marketing vertical. Her passion continued through branding, event planning, reputation & crisis management, social media, and digital marketing. In 2019, Shanon was promoted to Director of Marketing, where her responsibilities include all facets of marketing, public relations, and internal communications on the corporate and site level.
Ms. Pereira attended Florida Atlantic University and Gold Coast School of Real Estate. Her education extends beyond business and management. Her dedication and performance have earned her a Certified Apartment Managers designation and Real Estate license.
MICHELLE WOOD VICE PRESIDENT - LEARNING AND ENGAGEMENT
As the Vice President of Learning and Engagement at Atlantic Pacific Companies, Michelle oversees the company's training programs and all employee engagement efforts. She brings more than 20 years of property management experience to her role. Before her current role, Michelle led a team responsible for creating and implementing marketing strategies for over 13,000 units that spanned 45 properties in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Colorado, and Texas.
Michelle is a volunteer with the Southeast Florida Apartment Association and is an active education committee member. In 2018 Michelle was named one of DMN's 40 under 40 Marketing honorees. Outside of work, Michelle enjoys being active with her family.
RUDY ROJAS VICE PRESIDENT - CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT
Rudy Rojas joined Atlantic | Pacific Development (APD) in 2005 bringing over 15 years of construction management experience.
Mr. Rojas is the Project Director for Atlantic | Pacific Development and is responsible for overseeing the design and construction activities for all APD projects.
Prior to Atlantic | Pacific Development, Mr. Rojas a State of Florida Licensed Building Contractor, served as Maintenance Director for IMS Management a multi-family residential management company. He was responsible for all maintenance operations and capital improvement projects within the State of Florida.
LEIGH HENRY SENIOR ASSET MANAGER
Leigh Henry joined Atlantic Pacific Real Estate Group in 2015. Ms. Henry is a member of the Asset Management Group where she is responsible for business plan execution of her portfolio, as well as analytical oversight of the company’s joint venture assets. Ms. Henry holds a B.B.A. in Real Estate from the University of Georgia.
Development and Construction
KENNETH NAYLOR CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
Kenneth Naylor, a LEED Accredited Professional, oversees the strategy and operations of Atlantic | Pacific Communities. Mr. Naylor has authored urban planning articles for a variety of regional and national publications, and serves one of the nation’s most challenged affordable housing markets – the Florida Keys – in his role as a member of the Monroe County Commission’s Affordable Housing Advisory Committee.
In 2011 he was named one of the four “Young Leaders” in the industry by Affordable Housing Finance magazine, and he was named Multifamily Executive magazine’s Rising Star of the Year.
Prior to joining the team in 2003, he worked throughout the Southeast with Hunter Properties, Inc. on office, residential, and corporate data center developments. He graduated with Honors from the University of Miami.
DAN WILSON EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT - DEVELOPMENT
Dan Wilson is responsible for formulating and executing the company’s national growth platform, including the origination of new multifamily developments and overseeing the firm’s day-to-day acquisition and predevelopment activities. Mr. Wilson’s extensive acquisition and development experience includes more than 50 multifamily developments.
In 2018, Mr. Wilson was named one of the six “Young Leaders” in the industry by Affordable Housing Finance Magazine, and he was recognized as one of the top 40 business executives under the age of 40 by the South Florida Business Journal.
Mr. Wilson is an active member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) – he is a former Chairman of the ULI Multifamily Development Council for the State of Florida and is currently the Chairman of the ULI Florida Product Council Executive Committee. He is also an active member of the Texas Affiliation of Affordable Housing Providers. Mr. Wilson holds dual B.A. degrees in Finance and Real Estate from Florida Atlantic University.
LINDSAY LECOUR EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT - DEVELOPMENT
Lindsay Lecour oversees the APC portfolio of developments from the predevelopment phase through to the operating phase; ensuring developments optimize their sources and uses of funds and meet deadlines. Having overseen the development of more than 50 multifamily communities worth over $1.4 billion, she helps Development Managers identify and resolve issues as early as possible, and create value-add opportunities for each development.
Prior to joining the APC team, Ms. Lecour was an associate for a Seattle-based regional investment bank specializing in public finance, and a management consultant in the financial services and nonprofit sectors. Ms. Lecour holds an MBA from Yale School of Management and earned a B.A. in International Relations from Stanford University, where she studied in Santiago, Chile.
LIZ WONG EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT
Liz Wong is responsible for the finance applications to federal, state, and local governments. Ms. Wong has over 15 years experience in affordable housing and to date has been instrumental in obtaining over $1 billion in housing credits from Florida, Texas, North Carolina, South Carolina and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Ms. Wong attended Saint John’s University and majored in Accounting.
FERNANDO ARIMON SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT - DEVELOPMENT
Fernando Arimon has extensive experience working on significant urban in-fill TODs. Arimon oversaw the predevelopment, development, and construction of several of A|P’s most recent TODs in Miami-Dade County, totaling +/- 350 units, including Northside Transit Village (at the Northside Metrorail Station), Audrey M. Edmonson Transit Village (includes an MDT bus transfer facility in Liberty City), and Island Living Apartments (at the Overtown Metrorail Station). While working at Lincoln Property Companies, he led the development of the residential component of the Brightline Stations with 1,106 multifamily units, in Miami-Dade and West Palm Beach, worth more than $400 million. Arimon helps his teams of project managers identify and resolve issues as early as possible while creating value-add opportunities for each development.
JOSEPH A. ROIG CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER - CONSTRUCTION
Mr. Roig joined A|P in 2011 and has over 30 years of construction management and development experience. Mr. Roig is a State of Florida licensed General Contractor and the qualifier of A|PCB. He is responsible for construction oversight for all A|PCB projects.
Prior to working with A|P Companies, Mr. Roig served as Vice President of Construction for Taubco, a South Florida commercial real estate development company. During his time at Taubco, he was responsible for the implementation of all development and construction within the Taubco portfolio of properties. During his last two years with Taubco, he completed 200,000 SF of mixed-use, retail and office development, including a 400-space garage.
Mr. Roig held a similar position at Lennar Developers, as Director of Construction, managing the construction of Lennar’s high-rise multifamily developments. During his time at Lennar, he was responsible for construction of the 360º Condominiums & Marina project, a $104M project in North Bay Village consisting of 414 condominium units and a marina; and The Colonnade and Park Towers condominium projects, a $102M, 296-unit condominium located in Miami. Prior to his tenure at Lennar, Mr. Roig spent 11 years with “best in class” general contractors, working in all phases of construction.
GREG GRIFFITH SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT - DEVELOPMENT
Greg Griffith is responsible for managing development staff and overseeing developments through site planning, design, entitlement, sourcing of equity and debt, financial closing, management of third-party professionals, construction/financial management through project completion, and stabilization. His experience includes partnerships with housing authorities and non-profits (Housing Authority of the City of Austin, Housing Authority of the City of Fort Lauderdale, Dania Beach Housing Authority and Catholic Health Services). Greg has experience with maximizing the use of various financing vehicles and with developments with HUD requirements, such as RAD, HAP Contracts and HOME loans. Greg Griffith received a degree in housing and consumer economics from the University of Georgia, his M.B.A. from the University of Miami, and attended the Urban Land Institute’s Leadership Institute.
SCOTT KRIEBEL VICE PRESIDENT
Scott Kriebel is responsible for managing multiple developments and staff through all phases of real estate development, including underwriting, project financing, entitlement, application to state housing agencies, design/construction management, and legal partnerships with investors and joint venture developments. Mr. Kriebel works to structure deals across several financing sources, including LIHTC equity, debt (including tax-exempt bonds, private placement, and conventional), HUD HAP Contracts and local assistance (including PILOT).
Prior to joining the A|P team, Mr. Kriebel was with a market-rate multifamily real estate developer and real estate sovereign wealth fund in London, England. He also worked for a multi-family LIHTC developer in Tennessee, where he successfully closed financing on 608 LIHTC apartment units and 220 conventional units while sourcing both 9% and 4% LIHTCs for those transactions.Scott Kriebel received his B.A. degree from the University of Richmond and an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics, he is a graduate of ULI’s Leadership Institute.
CARINE YHAP SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT
Ms. Yhap manages acquisition site research and due diligence, preparation and submittal of funding applications, and assists with credit underwriting and financial closing due diligence. She specializes in LIHTC applications in Texas and Florida. Ms. Yhap joined A|P with over five years of property management experience. She also worked as a compliance specialist, providing compliance support, monitoring, training, and reporting for a portfolio of 55 properties. Since joining A|P in 2015, she has completed over 30 successful LIHTC applications leading to development of over 4,600 affordable housing units in Texas, Florida, Maryland and Washington, DC. In addition to 9% and 4% LIHTC, she has experience securing scarce gap financing resources including CDBG, CDBG-DR, HOME, SHIP, SAIL, Surtax, CDA RHW, NHTF, and others.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from the University of Florida with a minor in International Development & Humanitarian Assistance.
LAURA VAN GORDEN SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT - CONSTRUCTION
Ms. Van Gorden joined A|P in 2018 with 15 years of diverse commercial construction and real estate experience. Ms. Van Gorden provides financial and administrative oversight for A|P construction projects in Florida.
Prior to joining A|P, Ms. Van Gorden spent 10 years with the Lennar companies - including Rialto Capital, Lennar Commercial and Lennar Developers, working on retail and condominium developments, CMBS, distressed debt and asset management. Most recently, Ms. Van Gorden was a Senior Vice President at Rialto Capital overseeing the CMBS Collateral Surveillance platform. In addition to Lennar, Ms. Van Gorden has held project management positions for both developers and general contractors completing mixed-use, retail, office and condominium projects in South Florida.
Ms. Van Gorden received a Master of Science in Construction Management from Florida International University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wisconsin. She holds a 30-hour OSHA certification and serves on the board of the Junior League of Miami.
RAUL LOPEZ CONTROLLER - DEVELOPMENT AND CONSTRUCTION
Raul Lopez has over 25 years of real estate accounting experience, working with market rate and LIHC developers as well as national real estate managements companies. He has overseen the development and management accounting functions of over 8,000 units including multi-layered, mixed-finance developments in Florida, Texas, Washington DC, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and the Virgin Islands.
Raul Lopez is responsible for all the accounting and financial reporting, supervises the accounting staff and the day to day accounting functions of development and management, including cash projects, pre-development expenses, construction draws and treasury functions across A|P Communities’ financial reporting, including 10% Tests and Final Costs Certification for LIHTC developments. Raul is a former reservist with the United States Army.
CHRISTOPHER SMITH DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS - CONSTRUCTION
Mr. Christopher Smith joined A|P in 2022 with more than 24 years of construction experience, mainly focused in South Florida’s Miami-Dade and Broward counties. Mr. Smith’s role at Atlantic Pacific Community Builders (A|P Community Builders) includes the oversight of all field operations and staff, scheduling, and logistics planning.
Prior to joining A|P, Mr. Smith spent more than 14 years with Suffolk Construction and more than five years with Soares de Costa. Mr. Smith oversaw projects in hospitality, government, and condominiums with an emphasis on high-rise buildings. Some of the notable projects he has worked on include the Met II JW Marriott Marquis in Miami, Miami-Dade Children’s Courthouse in Downtown Miami, Royal Caribbean’s Terminal A at the Port of Miami, Continuum II in South Beach, and Jade Signature in Sunny Isles Beach. His South Florida development completions also include The Blue Condo in Miami and 2000 Ocean in Hallandale Beach.
Mr. Smith graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Resources and earned an Associate of Science degree from Georgia Military College. His passion for seeing property developments through to completion will serve him exceptionally well in his role as Director of Operations at A|P Community Builders.
MIKE FINCHER GENERAL COUNSEL
Mike Fincher has represented principals of A|P Communities for over 20 years, and in 2017 joined A|P full time as its General Counsel. Mr. Fincher coordinates the delivery of legal services to A|P and its subsidiaries in the various jurisdictions where it operates. Since joining he has closed on 16 LIHTC transactions for A|P Communities including mixed-financed, mixed-use developments, as well as negotiated ground lease agreements with Miami-Dade County.
He has worked at several international law firms headquartered in Atlanta, San Francisco and Miami. In addition, Fincher served for a time on the legal staff of the Resolution Trust Corporation, where he coordinated real estate law activities for the Congressional Inquiry Team. Fincher obtained his juris doctorate from the University of Georgia.
CLAUDIA LOPEZVICE PRESIDENT - OPERATIONS
As the Vice President of Operations for Atlantic | Pacific Community Management, Ms. Lopez is responsible for the overall strategy, management, and profitability of the affordable housing portfolio. She manages client relationships and oversees all aspects of operations including overall performance, budgets, and debt-service testing for lease-ups. She supervises regional managers and on-site personnel and oversees the training and employee development.
Claudia Lopez has over 19 years of property management experience in the multifamily industry, including direct oversight of lease-ups, acquisitions, renovations, repositions, and financially and physically stressed assets. She is a CPM candidate through the Institute of Real Estate Management (‘IREM”) and earned the Accredited Residential Manager certification. She is a member of the South East Florida Apartment Association and National Apartment Association.
CINDY KEMP VICE PRESIDENT - OPERATIONS, TEXAS
Cindy Kemp, CAPS, CAM, joined Atlantic | Pacific (APM) in March of 2012. Prior to her current role of Director of Regional Operations, Cindy was Regional Manager for our Texas portfolio which included the oversight of nearly 3500 units in 4 major markets throughout Texas. Ms. Kemp brought with her over 17 years of experience in the multifamily and real estate industries. During her career, she has worked in many different facets including overseeing multiple rehab projects, repositioning and rebranding of older assets, new construction lease up and receiverships. Prior to joining APM, Ms. Kemp worked for Alliance Communities where she supervised up to 1,200 units. In addition to her multifamily background, Ms. Kemp worked in the real estate industry assisting a land developer with the start-up and advertising of a new custom home community, while completing sales for a custom home builder. Ms. Kemp attended the University of North Texas for Advertising Art and the George Leonard School of Real Estate.
GINGER ASHTON VICE PRESIDENT - OPERATIONS, GEORGIA & NORTH CAROLINA
Ginger Ashton, CAM, joined Atlantic | Pacific Management in August 2016 as a Regional Manager in Atlanta, GA. In 2017 she was promoted to Director of Regional Operations in Georgia where she oversees a Regional team and the operations for nearly 5000 units located throughout the state. Ms. Ashton began her career in property management with Flournoy Properties as a leasing agent. In less than a month, she was promoted to Assistant Manager and a year later to Property Manager. Ginger joined Fairfield Residential in 2002 as a Property Manager and was promoted to Regional Manager in 2006, after stabilizing a successful lease-up property in Atlanta. As a Regional Manager, she oversaw communities in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York, before relocating back to Atlanta to oversee portfolios in Atlanta, Charlotte, Memphis, Orlando, and Jacksonville. During her tenure with Fairfield, Ms. Ashton oversaw 12 acquisitions, five new constructions, nine sales, and numerous rehab and core deals. She completed her Certified Apartment Manager certification in 1999 and is currently a candidate for her Certified Property Manager designation. Ms. Ashton was recognized by GAIEF (Georgia Apartment Industry Education Foundation) in 2014 and 2015 for her contribution in property management education to Georgia Institute of Technology and The University of Georgia. She was also awarded Fairfield 2014 Regional of the Year.
KRISTA ROJAS VICE PRESIDENT - OPERATIONS
Krista Rojas, CAM and LCAM, joined Atlantic | Pacific Management (APM) in January 1999 as a part-time floating leasing agent. Her 15 year tenure with APM includes successful management of a diverse portfolio – garden style, high-rise and condo conversion. Most recently, Ms. Rojas was responsible for the lease up of APM’s first East coast development, The Atlantic Doral, a project developed and constructed solely by APM. Prior to this large project, she was responsible for managing APM’s only high-rise rental community, The Crown Miami Beach, where she was recognized as Property Manager of the Year.
Ms. Rojas was promoted to Regional Manager in 2014, utilizing her property management skills to successfully oversee South Florida properties. In this role she is responsible for the growth of asset development relationships. Ms. Rojas graduated from Florida Atlantic University in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science degree in education. She is a licensed community association manager in the state of Florida, and a certified apartment manager through the National Apartment Association.
REBECCA BROWN SENIOR REGIONAL MANAGER, GEORGIA
Rebecca Brown joined Atlantic | Pacific Management in March 2017 as a Regional Manager in Atlanta, Georgia. She brings with her 15 years of experience at all levels of property management. She began her career in Pensacola, Florida as a Leasing Agent in 2003 and was promoted to Property Manager in 2008. Rebecca was awarded Rookie of the Year in 2008 and became a Regional Manager in 2011. She has overseen assets in Florida, Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee and has been in the Atlanta area since 2013. Rebecca values a management style that focuses on the development of team members in a result-oriented environment. Her previous employers include Stonemark Management, Pinnacle, and 3rd Group Properties. Her experience includes: Conventional, Affordable, New Acquisitions, Section-8, Senior Housing Fee-Managed and Owned Assets. Rebecca is a current member of the Atlanta Apartment Association and IREM.
AMANDA GRISSOMREGIONAL MANAGER, GEORGIA
Amanda Grissom joined Atlantic | Pacific Management in 2014 as a Property Manager in the Atlanta Metro area. Shortly thereafter, she was promoted to Portfolio Manager the following year where she successfully managed her property while assisting with two others. In 2018, Amanda was promoted to District Manager with supervisory roles over 3 communities with a total of roughly 800 apartment homes. She brings along 15 years of property management experience and excels in customer service, team building, and superior leadership. Prior to joining Atlantic | Pacific Management, Amanda began her career in property management with Post Properties back in 2004 as a Leasing Consultant. During her 10 year tenure with the company, she climbed the ladder as an Assistant Manager, even winning an award for being Assistant Manager of the Year in 2008, and then filled her role as Property Manager. Mrs. Grissom started her studies at Florida State University and ultimately moved to Georgia, where she graduated from Georgia State University with her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology.
VALERIE JOHNSONREGIONAL MANAGER, GEORGIA
Valerie Johnson joined Atlantic Pacific in August 2016 as a Property Manager in Atlanta, GA. After a year and half she was promoted to Regional Manager. During her time as Property Manager for Atlantic | Pacific, she consistently increased rental income, NOI and net cash flow year over year.
Valerie studied Sociology Pre Law at Spelman College and started her career at Fairfield Residential in July 2005. She began as a leasing consultant and was promoted to Property Manager in 2009. Valerie brings 15 years of multifamily experience with her and is accomplished in all on site positions. She has overseen conventional sites, renovations, new acquisitions, property sales, a property re-branding and lease up. Valerie was a top performer with Fairfield Residential, winning multiple awards, as well as traveling to various states within the company, training, auditing and overseeing management transitions. Valerie values customer service, communication and ongoing growth of herself and her teams.
BETTY MACGEROGEREGIONAL MANAGER, NORTH CAROLINA
Betty MacGeorge joined Atlantic Pacific Companies in September 2022 as a Regional Manager covering Charlotte and Raleigh, North Carolina.
Ms. MacGeorge holds both CAM & CAPS designations. She obtained her C3P Tax Credit Compliance Professional designation in 2022. She also holds her Notary and NC Real Estate Brokers License. Previously, she served on the board of directors for both the Charlotte Apartment Association and the Triad Apartment Association. She was granted emeritus status with the National Apartment Association in 2019 after completing 25 years of service in the multi-family industry. Additionally, her experience includes direct oversight of lease-ups, acquisitions, renovations, repositions, and physically stressed assets. Prior to joining the team in 2022, she worked throughout the Southeast with Eighteen Capital Group.
JOHN SCHLING REGIONAL MAINTENANCE SUPERVISOR, GEORGIA & NORTH CAROLINA
John Schling joined Atlantic | Pacific Management in September 2015 as Regional Maintenance Supervisor for the A | P properties in Georgia, and currently oversees the maintenance operations for approximately 4,000 units.
Prior to joining Atlantic | Pacific, Mr. Schling served in the Marine Corps as a Journeyman Heavy Equipment Engineer. Several years later he founded and spearheaded his own painting and remodeling business, prior to beginning a 15-year tenure with Bell Partners, becoming a Regional Service Director and earning a Certificate for Apartment Maintenance Technicians (CAMT) designation. Mr. Schling also served as Regional Service Director for Wilkinson Real Estate Advisors during his 10-year tenure there.
Mr. Schling has also worked with the Georgia Apartment Industry Education Foundation (GAIEF), a non-profit organization that promotes career opportunities within the apartment industry. He assisted in developing training and shadowing opportunities for veterans and earned a Certified Apartment Portfolio Supervisor designation in the process. Mr. Schling has served on the Atlanta Apartment Association and Maintenance Mania Committee for three years running.
HILARY ANDELSENIOR REGIONAL MANAGER, TEXAS
Hilary Andel joined Atlantic | Pacific Management in August 2018, as a Regional Manager in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas area, bringing with her over 18 years of experience in the multifamily housing industry. Her current portfolio consists of 6 properties, totaling over 2100 units. Mrs. Andel’s broad range of expertise includes management of mid-rise, garden style, new construction and renovation projects.
Her career began with Equity Residential, in Scottsdale, Arizona, where she dedicated 12 years to the company. From there, an exciting new challenge took her to the Washington DC area, to successfully manage new construction projects. Before moving to Texas, with her family, she continued her career with well-respected companies such as Bozzuto Management and ZRS.
Mrs. Andel earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a major in Marketing, from Mansfield University.
LAKE BARNES REGIONAL MANAGER, TEXAS
Lake Barnes, CAM joined Atlantic|Pacific (APM) in December 2017. Prior to her current role of District Manager, Lake was Property Manager over our luxury Vintage Park community located in Houston, TX. Lake brought with her over 10 years of management experience in the multi-family industry with a high emphasis in.
Lake started her career in 2008 working for Ruffner Mountain Management as a leasing agent in Birmingham, AL. After just 10 short months she was promoted to Property Manager over a 240 unit conventional property. After 5 years with Ruffner Mountain her property sold and she decided to continue her career with Drucker and Falk Real Estate, LLC. During her career Lake has been an integral asset by mentoring, managing multiple sites, as well as participating in acquisitions. Lake was a member of the Greater Birmingham Apartment Association (GBAA) for over 4 years before relocating to Houston, TX in 2017. She obtained her Certified Apartment Manager (CAM) designation in 2015 and is a current candidate for the Accredited Residential Manager (ARM) designation through the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM).
GEORGE BROWN REGIONAL MAINTENANCE SUPERVISOR, TEXAS
George Brown joined Atlantic | Pacific Management in May 2019, as Regional Maintenance Supervisor for the A | P properties in Texas, and currently oversees the maintenance operations for approximately 4,700 units.
Prior to joining Atlantic | Pacific, Mr. Brown was a Sergeant, in the United States Army. During his eight year service, he held the position of Shop Foreman, and received five medals, before his Honorable Discharge in 1991. After the military, Mr. Brown began a rewarding 17 year career, in Senior Living management. During this time, he earned his Certificate for Apartment Maintenance Technicians (CAMT) designation and completed extensive training with the Zurich Services Corporation. This lead to his expertise in inspections, testing, and maintenance training, on fire protection and detection equipment. Mr. Brown has a long running, and commendable, positive record in Life Safety Code Compliance and State Inspections. He brings with him over 20 years, of high level, maintenance experience in managing community assets and facility systems.
MATT ARMSTRONG REGIONAL MANAGER, FLORIDA
A native of North Carolina, Matthew Armstrong brings 20+ years of experience in the multifamily industry, including direct management of multiple lease-ups, renovations and financially and physically stressed assets. He has extensive management experience in both conventional and affordable housing and is a proven team builder. After serving 8 distinguished and highly decorated years in the United States Air Force, Matthew received an Honorable Discharge and moved to Florida. While studying at Daytona State College, he joined International Speedway Corporation as a licensing specialist where his responsibilities included licensing of trademarks and intellectual properties. Looking for a career change in 1998, he joined AIMCO as a maintenance technician and worked his way up to property manager with Gatehouse Group and Concord Management. Matthew joined JRK Residential in 2008 and in 2009, he was promoted to regional manager where he was responsible for over 1100 apartment homes. Matthew joined Atlantic|Pacific in 2015 and successfully oversaw the lease-up of the Atlantic Tradition in Port St Lucie, FL and is an inaugural member of the Atlantic|Pacific Training PEERfect Coach team.
AUGUSTO TAYLHARDAT REGIONAL MANAGER, FLORIDA
Augusto started his career in the multifamily industry in 2007 as the Assistant Manager of a diverse portfolio which included multiple Art Deco buildings, individually-owned investment units and duplexes throughout Miami-Dade county located within Miami Beach, Brickell, Coral Gables and the Downtown area. He obtained his Florida Real Estate license and used the newly acquired experience in Property Management to rent and sell units being managed. As Portfolio Manager, he oversaw maintenance and construction crews handling interior renovations and exterior upgrades, modernization and 40 year recertifications, building licenses and the permitting process for different projects. He used his area real estate knowledge and experience to list investment properties which led to an increased portfolio of managed units. In 2013, he acquired his Community Association Manager License and joined the A|P Family where he managed three associations in a garden-style property including units under Developer control that were leased as a part of the rental operation. He transferred to The Atlantic Doral in 2014 and as a result of his leadership, he was recognized as Property Manager of the Year and the community was awarded Property of the Year. Most recently, Augusto oversaw two Condo Associations mixed within a multifamily operation for a community that underwent a multi-million dollar renovation.
LYNDA LUSBY SENIOR REGIONAL MANAGER, FLORIDA
Lynda Lusby joined the A | P team in March 2014 as District Manager of Affordable Housing for Atlantic | Pacific Communities Management. Ms. Lusby assists in determining each property’s criteria and works closely with state agencies to ensure that each Atlantic | Pacific affordable community is in compliance, as well as overseeing staff and operations of the properties in her portfolio.
Prior to joining APCM, Ms. Lusby accrued 15 years of onsite affordable housing experience that included Senior Management of multiple LIHTC assets. She gained her knowledge of HUD regulations and procedures as a Hope VI Case Management Specialist where she was responsible for tenant relations, services and relocation. Ms. Lusby is accredited as a Public Housing Specialist, Section 8 Regulatory Management and LIHTC Compliance.
Ms. Lusby graduated from Polk College with a degree in Business Management in 1998. An active member of SEFAA from 2006-2013, two of the three properties nominated for Property of the Year in 2013 in the affordable housing category were directly under Lynda’s report.
STANLEY COHEN EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT
Stanley D. Cohen is a managing partner of Atlantic | Pacific Companies (APC) and serves as the Executive Vice President of the West Coast division. Stanley supervises the day-to-day operation of the corporate offices based in San Diego. Mr. Cohen is also active in the management of the family owned rental communities based in California.
Mr. Cohen originally hails from Miami Beach, Florida but has lived in the San Diego area since the early 1990’s. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Duke University (Phi Beta Kappa) and his Masters of Business Administration from the University of California of Los Angeles. Mr. Cohen has been involved in real estate for over 15 years and has held a California Real Estate Broker’s License since 1998.
THOMAS J. SELLERS VICE PRESIDENT OF OPERATIONS
Thomas J. Sellers is Vice President of Operations and has served in this position for the past 19 years. Mr. Sellers is responsible for all operations and purchasing. Mr. Sellers has over 35 years of commercial, residential and affordable community management experience. Mr. Sellers served for six years as the San Diego Director of the Assisted Housing Management Association (AHMA) and for the past ten years has been on the Liaison Committee with the Assisted Housing Management Association (AHMA) and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
Prior to joining Atlantic | Pacific Management (APM), Mr. Sellers served as Vice President of Security Realty Corporation. During Mr. Sellers’ 17 year tenure at Security Realty Corporation, he was directly responsible for the development, and management of numerous residential and commercial properties throughout Southern California.
CHUCK S. BANKER CONTROLLER
Chuck S. Banker is the Controller of Atlantic | Pacific Management (APM) West Coast division and has served in this position for more than eight years. Mr. Banker manages the financial operations and the reporting for the corporate companies along with the property management division.
Prior to joining APM, Mr. Banker served as financial Analyst for John M. Sachs, Inc., the owner of over 6,000 residential and commercial units. Also, prior to joining John M. Sachs, Inc., Mr. Banker served as President and CFO of Mahler Investment Properties Corp. for 13 years. The focus of this company was the sales and property management of residential and commercial properties. Prior to Mahler Investment Properties Corp., Mr. Banker was the Manager of Finance for Imperial Savings & Loan for 16 years. Mr. Banker managed the accounting operations for the California based institution consisting of 88 offices, 1,500 employees and $7.4 billion in assets.
Mr. Banker received his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from San Diego State University and received his Master of Business Administration in Real Estate with an emphasis in Finance from National University. Mr. Banker is an accomplished California Real Estate Broker.
KIM ARNOLD REGIONAL PROPERTY MANAGER, SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Kim Arnold has over 16 years of experience in the property management field. She successfully serves as the Regional Property Manager for several of Atlantic | Pacific Management’s (APM) Southern California multi-family communities and as a Community Association Manager. Kim has been employed with APM since 1996. She has held positions as a Leasing Consultant, Assistant Manager, Resident Manager and her current position. Her extensive background makes her well versed in all aspects of on-site management and supervision. Kim also assists in ongoing employee education programs and asset acquisitions. She is a graduate of Cal State University San Marcos, and also holds a California Brokers License.
DOMINIC CIRILLO ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF ASSOCIATION MANAGEMENT
Dominic Cirillo has lead the Pacific HOA Division of Atlantic | Pacific Companies since 2011. His role includes managing a portfolio of 12 associations as well as prospecting new acquisitions. Mr. Cirillo strives to create and maintain a higher company profile in San Diego, while streamlining the operations of the Pacific Division’s HOAs. He is responsible for contract negotiations with existing associations as well as constructing bid formulations and presentations to prospective clients.
Over the course of his 30 years of experience in the industry, Mr. Cirillo has utilized his talents not only in California, but also in Arizona, Florida, and New York.
Human Resources and Recruitment
JERMAINE MONCUR VICE PRESIDENT OF HUMAN RESOURCES
Jermaine Moncur, PHR, leads the HR team, which consists of recruitment, employee relations, payroll & benefits, for Atlantic|Pacific Companies, bringing more than 15 years Human Resources experience, with over 5 years recruiting expertise in the hospitality field. He drives policy that positively impacts the ways in which to attract the finest qualified candidates and professionals to the A|P family and works closely with A|P leadership to retain, engage and develop A|P’s current employees.
Prior to joining Atlantic|Pacific Management, Mr. Moncur had several roles in the Human Resources field, focused on improving talent base and performance results, while complying with regulatory requirements. He has been honored for achieving 90% retention rate, been awarded twice as an “Exceptional Training Leader”, and acknowledged for management development excellence, with the lowest team and management personnel turnover.
Mr. Moncur holds a Bachelor of Science, Business Administration and HR degree from Valencia College in Orlando, Florida, and is a certified Professional in Human Resources.
ESMERALDA BALTAZAR HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGER-MULTIFAMILY DIVISION
Esmeralda Baltazar, MBA, SHRM-SCP, joined Atlantic | Pacific Management in 2018 as Human Resources Generalist. In 2021, she was promoted to Human Resources Manager of the Multifamily and Communities Division.
Esmeralda is a dynamic HR professional with more than eight years of human resource management experience. She has notable experience in federal and state law compliance, employee benefits, compensation and payroll, training and development, performance management, and management coaching.
Esmeralda holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Business Administration. Esmeralda is a member of the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) with a Professional Human Resources (PHR) designation/certification from the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI) since 2018, and in 2020 certified for the SHRM-SCP designation. Esmeralda stands out for her interest in team welfare and development, achievement-oriented style, flexible approach, and leadership skills.