One by one, the Vecino Group has added the best in the business. Qualifications wise and heart wise. Together, we’re embodying the combination of development and idealism that started it all.
One by one, the Vecino Group has added the best in the business. Qualifications wise and heart wise. Together, we’re embodying the combination of development and idealism that started it all.
Please don’t tell Robbie he can’t do something. Whatever it is, he will find a way (and then you’ll feel weird and it will be a thing). With a background in design and illustration, Robbie applies his aesthetic smarts to all the things—food, music, collectibles, housing—and approaches any creative challenge with the optimism of a rehabilitated vegetarian.
From organizing adventure races, to planning float trips, to details at the Vecino Group, if Bruce is involved in anything, you know it’s going to get done right. Avid outdoorsman. Music afficienado. VP of Project Coordination. (And a really solid choice if one had to pick someone to help survive a zombie apocalypse.)
You probably can’t mention a metropolitan area in the US that Tom hasn’t built in or rode a motorcycle through. With more than 40 years in commercial, industrial and retail construction, he’s worked just about everywhere. And where Tom goes, so goes his Harley-Davidson. But now with six grandkids to share his travels, we hope Harley starts making minivans.
Cheyenne loves the scenery of her home state of Kansas more than any mountain or ocean. With a gift for appreciating what is around her, a skill at honing inspiration, and a commitment to empathy, Cheyenne is a perfect fit for the Vecino Interior Architect. (Her favorite night of the week? The one she spends volunteering, serving hungry kids in the community.)
A pre-K teacher turned construction administrator? Ya man. A life-long fan of new challenges, Marty decided her organizational skills and love of learning could be effective in a new profession. She liked the thought of making a difference. She wanted to be part of a team. Lucky for Vecino, the rest is history.
It’s weird to talk about someone’s tombstone. But Heather wants hers to read, “Helped end homelessness.” She’s a Permanent Supportive Housing Developer, a self proclaimed policy junkie, an avid volunteer, and she clocks more road time than any other member of the Vecino Group. (How does she do it all? Diet Coke. Copious amounts.)
Of all the spaghettis, Renee’s Chicken Spaghetti is the best. You can be sure of this because Renee likes a challenge. Whether she’s cooking, camping, boating, swimming or building, she gravitates to the difficult tasks that make others wince. Even the forts she builds with her niece make the Burj Khalifa look quaint.
Leaving Grandma stereotypes in her wake, Kim has never met a deal she can’t close, a business relationship she can’t build, or a bottom line she can’t improve. When she’s not busy bringing deals from conception to successful completion, Kim likes to quilt, craft and spend time with her family (Grandma—the kick ass CAO version.)
When it comes to creating communities that help people thrive, Mat has a global perspective—literally. After 15 years working with universities and business leaders in 40+ countries, Mat is now President of P3 for Vecino. He helps our teams—both internally and externally—be that much greater. (He also makes his shoes work overtime. Rarely sitting still, this guy.)
If you’re looking for Stephanie, she’s probably over yonder. Born and raised in the Rockies, the skier/snowboarder has a tendency to roam. Her calling for travel has led from Colorado to New York to Utah, with no end to her wandering in sight. Next, you may see her hiking her way through the history of architecture, just to keep her mind always moving forward.
On a quest to be the World’s-Most-Interesting-Man, Danny has traveled to 25 countries, run a lodge in Ecuador, started a non-profit, earned two Masters, and scaled the world’s tallest summits as a guide. A standard 9-5 job didn’t appeal, but doing good did—so Danny found his way to the VG. (His card says Architect—only because World’s Most Interesting Man didn’t fit.)
Developing a project is only the start of the process. As Asset Manager, Lisa comes through on everything that comes next. With a seasoned understanding of compliance issues and a flair for the details, Lisa ensures residents are happy. (Camping and hanging out with family ensure Lisa is happy too.)
Some numbers that help explain Scott—3 (daughters), 25 (years in construction), 4 (businesses owned), and 1 (dog BFF.) As a project manager in Troy, New York, Scott was drawn by the idea of shaping historical renovations in his lifelong hometown (number of projects completed to come.)
As you might expect from someone with a last name you’d like to cuddle, Wendy has a lot of love. She lover her four kids, the plants in her yard, the city of Tulsa, and photographing newborns. (Aw, cuddly babies.) With a long experience in glass manufacturing and a sincere enthusiasm for learning new things, Wendy brings her Southern California positive energy to every project. We just love that.
The daughter of an Atlanta building inspector, Melissa was born to build. From renovations and construction, to sewing and candle making, she is in a constant cycle of imagine, plan, make. With several years of experience in HUD housing projects, Melissa brings her knowledge of construction and heart for helping others to Vecino, where we’re excited to see her continue to create.
Naomi does that. She plays piano, flute and handbells. She crochets, sews, and gardens. She’s an electrical designer and a home remodeler. But of all her many abilities and interests, we’re most excited about the soap. Cold process bar soaps. Hot process liquid soaps. Naomi is the creator of handmade soaps of every scent, color and shape—and we are so excited to work alongside her eucalyptus-and-spearmint-infused talents.
If you’re ever thinking about getting a tattoo of Tommy, do it. You’ll have a lot of great imagery to choose from. Maybe his favorite sports team—the Chicago Cubs and Bears? Or a beloved Harley? Or even a paint brush, symbolizing Tommy’s first job with Vecino as a paint foreman. It would be a magnificent tattoo, representing a great person. Save some good skin for it.
If you’re picking teams, point at Jeff. A big football and basketball fan from Florida State University, he’s always up for collaborating. Jeff leads our Asset Management team to define new strategies for putting more deals into service, so more communities and families are in a position to win. Goooo, Jeff!
One thing about Kevin: he loves a challenge. Proof, you ask? He’s worn multiple construction hats, each guided by a degree in Civil Engineering. He tracks and hunts Western Big Game. He enjoys driving hopefully-not-upside down in Moab (it’s a Jeep thing). Currently, he’s training for an enduro race in the Idaho Mountains where 90% of the entrants drop out. See? Be it off-road or on-task, Kevin brings it.
With decades in the affordable housing industry, Sharon knows exactly what she’s doing and why she’s doing it. Her commitment to community drives her work. Her commitment to adrenaline drives her pursuit of outdoor adventures. And underneath it all, you’ll find constant University of Georgia loyalty—Sharon is not afraid to bark like a BullDawg.
Nate makes bio writing easy. In addition to being a highly capable architect, he’s also on a quest to run a marathon in every state and on every continent by the time he’s 40. No big deal. He’s currently on marathon #14, state #9 and continent #2. (When not running like Forrest Gump, Nate enjoys kayaking, cooking, and the outdoors with his wife.)
Aaron has a minor in biology. It’s weird, right? For a person who is so talented with money to also be good with frogs? But that’s what we like about Aaron—he’s complex. A fan of the Cardinals and the Cowboys. An active hiker and an idle movie watcher. He even played football, basketball and baseball. With his eccentric range of interests, we’re curious to see what he’ll put together next.
With 10 (yup, 10) brothers and sisters and a passion for yoga, it’s no surprise that calm is Julia’s default setting. With quiet competency and a get-it-done capability, she obliterates tasks and handles any challenge with ease. What’s Julia listening to with those earphones? Podcasts. Always.
The first time Rob heard about the VG he was working on a consulting project in Pittsburg, KS. The name came up again on a project in Cohoes, NY. A new months later, in a different city, he noticed a tract of trees coming down, only to discover it was another Vecino development. The universe was speaking. And lucky for us, Rob listened. (He also believes in Cleveland sports teams, physical activity, and teamwork.)
Layne loves to learn. Say that four times fast. More than a tongue twister, Layne’s zest for learning has been a defining life theme. From the architecture profession, to outdoor hobbies, to mid century modern home renovation, Layne can always be found researching, refining, and learning more.
It’s ok to wish you lived next to Shikha. She’s an amazing neighbor. With a heart for creating lasting change in communities and a head for the technical skills it takes to make it happen, she’s helping create neighborhoods where more people can thrive. In addition to loving dogs, plants and food, she is also obsessed with crime mysteries (which only adds more points to her awesome neighbor status).
Construction, check. Real estate, check. Facilities management, check. Marketing, refurbishing, regulation compliance—we’re going to need more boxes. Katherine’s extensive resume reflects her lifelong interest in building expertise across a variety of related subjects, including how to build a beautiful, raging campfire.
Matt uses his 20+ years of experience in residential construction, home inspection and manufacturing management to guide his teams through all things on a job site. One could say he’s good at both “keeping things running” and reacting quickly. That’s literally true as well: when not on site Matt builds and races BMW M3 sportscars.
The tangible has always been Shane’s business. After spending 15+ years in printing management, Shane transitioned to another means of bringing projects to reality. His ability to bring a construction project to completion on time and on budget provides a sense of accomplishment. Shane is also accomplished in Dad’ing, fishing, and golfing.
Roller Derby champ by night. Financial tracker by day. Regardless of the arena, Sam relies on her attention to detail and commitment to teamwork. The Vecino Group knows her as an accountant. The Derby world knows her as “Spice.”(That’s her alias in the rink.)
Huzzah! We finally have a colleague with experience in ice cream! Yes, before joining Vecino, Page worked at her local ice cream shop for 10 years. There’s nothing she doesn’t know about milk, sugar and candy inclusions. When not delighting us with her knowledge of the creamery arts, Paige keeps construction projects running smoother than hot caramel.
You know the guy in the room who doesn’t talk a lot but everyone wants to hear what he has to say? That’s Rick. President of the VG. Deal wizard. Finance expert. Margarita craftsman. Also, kind of what folks mean when they say “salt of the earth good guy.” (Rick did not write his own bio. Promise.)
Donnell turns knowledge into “win”. After absorbing all things in sales and real estate investment he went into large-scale development. Here his Goizueta MBA helped him to lead teams from masterplan to lease up on multi-family communities all over the Southeast. His quest for mastery extends into extra-curriculars, too: spirits, coffee, cigars, fitness—even salsa dancing. So from Orange Theory to Salsa Contratiempo, Donnell’s your guy.
Kathleen got a taste for the construction world early. Growing up around her Dad’s carpentry business, she saw the appeal of building something from the ground up. She took all the tech classes she could in school, started her career working for a HVAC manufacturer, and found project management to be the next progression. When she’s not on a job site, Kathleen can be found on a trail, in the gym, or hanging with her family.
Fifteen years of architectural experience added up fast for Matt. Analytical by nature, he’s fascinated by the ability of a space to impact the mind. Matt also digs weight training, clay shooting, meat smoking, and cycling. But hanging with his 3-year-old son qualifies as his most consuming hobby.
Growing up, Chelsea’s dad designed and built every home she lived in. Combine his creative influence with her innate love of art and math, and it’s easy to see why she always wanted to be a pet translator. (J/K, just a little bio hazing.) Actually, Chelsea always knew she’d be an architect and while she completes her degree at Drury University, we are so excited to have her creativity influencing us.
Ideas from pixels to print, that’s Patrick. Creative Director. Master designer. Occasional banjo-er. Patrick ensures that the gut check of each project—the essence of Vecino—comes through loud & clear. Also loud: the guitars & amps that sit behind the giant cow silhouette in his office. (He’s also mastered the art of smiling with his eyes. Twinkly as St. Nick, we swear.)
Fan of the yet to be. Dreamer of big dreams. Full-time family man & part-time political junkie. With a passion for unconventional business approaches, a knack for strategy, and a genuine enjoyment of providing opportunity, Matt sees no limit to the good the VG can achieve. (Which is why we feel good calling him our CEO.)
Prone to toothy smiles and passionate causes, Stacy brought the greater good mission to the Vecino Group and maintains its focus today. As a Co-Founder & a Supportive Housing Developer, she’s grateful* to make a living through social activism. (*also grateful for: fine-waiving day at the library, morning workouts, and any weekend that doesn’t involve a kid b’day party.)
We’re truly a bit speechless when it comes to Yeji. As a Development Analyst, she has successfully completed 3,985 units of housing. That’s amazing. But wait—she’s also a student of architecture, has a degree in finance, is an enthusiastic yogi and a ballet dancer. Plus, she’s thrice a “cat mom” and is raising foster kittens. I mean, we’re not sure—but she may actually be a superhero.
There are people who just like knowing how things go together. Blake is one of them. That desire to understand how things are built led him towards a Masters degree in architecture. At work, he creates buildings. At home, though, his hands-on skills are focused on crafting family memories, home improvement projects, and his giant salt water aquarium.
With a decade of real estate experience and a knack for strategic thinking, financial analysis, and property acquisition, Karl makes a perfect Finance and Real Estate Developer. Plus, Karl provides the Vecino Group with a great view of the West Coast. (And if you’re wondering whether this means he surfs—yeah, dude).
With a degree in civil engineering and a masters in embracing life, Corey loves anything that involves building and moving. Whether he’s working on home improvement projects or running a race, he’s rarely sitting still.
With over 45 years in the construction industry, Bruce has built multiple housing projects, malls, big box stores, retail, apartments, hospitals and grocery stores—in roles that varied from laborer to owner. That’s a lot of construction experience. In fact, the only thing that might make us even prouder of Bruce is his service experience, as a Marine Corps Veteran.
Jacque strives to maximize purpose in everything she does. Whether it’s creating intentional lasting design or organizing for fun(really), she finds calmness in order. Calmness flies out the window when December rolls around, though. When it comes to Christmas, Jacque goes full elf.
Lead Underwriter. Mathlete all throughout elementary and high school. Proof that when you put an m in front of athlete, you’ve got a competitor for life. In his non-numerical world, Kody is a rescue dog owner and an avid Royals and Chiefs fan. (Actual athletic abilities? Pickup basketball once a week and Shooting Guard in the Rotary Basketball Tournament every year.)
Baxter’s first foray into affordable housing came on the back of a bike. Cycling from New Hampshire to Vancouver to raise funds and awareness of the affordable housing crisis in America, Baxter decided he wanted to spend his career working towards a solution. An avid outdoorsman, Baxter jumped at the chance to join the Vecino Group’s Salt Lake City office and now calls the Wasatch Mountains home.
Natalie’s busy right now. Either she’s expertly handling all the details of a Vecino project, or she’s attending to one of her many hobbies, which include, but are not limited to: gardening, cooking, backpacking, reading, foraging, kayaking, and adventuring with her giant dog, Zero. They say, “if you want something done, ask a busy person.” Clearly, Natalie gets things done.
The rare Vecino Group bird with a traditional real estate background, Tim has been a broker, a developer, and a landlord. Now he’s the President of Student Housing, a position that keeps him almost as young as his vegan lifestyle and marathon running.( Tim balances out all this righteousness by having the messiest desk in the office.)
A creative accountant? Ya man, that’s Heather. A firm rejector of the bean counter stereotype, Heather is energized by the problem solving and collaboration involved in her daily responsibilities. She’s enjoying having more time to cook and craft—two of her favorite hobbies—after recently retiring from the world of competitive roller derby.
Listen up, movie execs. If you’re looking for the main character in a movie about living your best life, Colin’s your guy. Not only is he an avid hiker and camper, he also loves dogs, trying local beers, live music and learning new construction techniques. We would watch that show all. day. long.
Tanya brings a lot of great perspective to development. Raised in a Coast Guard family, she’s lived everywhere and feels just as at home on the beach as on the prairie. This comfort extends to her LIHTC projects too, where her experience on both sides of the table—developer and investor—help her see projects more wholistically. What does a child of the world do in her spare time? Travel, of course.
Kansas’s loss is Vecino’s gain. Scott is a brand new resident of Southwest Missouri, lured from the great plains for a new role as owners rep. His background in operations and construction management makes him a perfect fit. His love for all things outdoors—hunting, boating, and camping—means the Ozarks will suit him just fine.
Southern California transplant. First generation American. Marilyn adapts to new environments and makes order of any situation. Equal parts take charge and take-it-in, her personality suits her role overseeing projects. Big fan of dancing, fall leaves, and the people who greet her when she comes home.
A 4H kid for most of his childhood, Josh took more than cattle raising skills from the experience. The pledge to clearer thinking, greater loyalty, and larger service stuck. Josh has applied these ideals to all avenues of his life. From adventure racing to family travels, engineering education to construction management, the same truths apply. Josh is at his best when he’s focused on the community and the world.
Ever met someone who collects poorly done taxidermy? Now you have. Meet Sally. As fond of music as she is wonky-eyed stuffed squirrels, Sally is creative to her core. Dual majors in illustration & design. Advertising Experience. Plus an ability to translate any message visually into ‘whoa’. (We’re glad she’s here & equally glad she didn’t bring the squirrel.)
Mark has lived and worked in every U.S. time zone, collaborating with brilliant designers from every corner of the globe. His favorite projects have always involved a higher purpose; monuments, senior citizen centers, and even a Boy Scout bridge. He relaxes by building furniture and considers family time the ultimate therapy.
Construction Management is a lot like owning an English Bulldog. Both require skills in supervision, patience and negotiation. Erica’s dog, Beatrice, helps Erica keep projects running smoothly, by modeling best practices in teaming and time management. When not working at Vecino or getting outside with Beatrice, Erica keeps busy sampling craft beers and finishing her Master’s Degree in Project Administration.
Kevin has spent his professional career building life changing environments—life saving, if you look at his time in the healthcare field. As COO, he knows he’s continuing to use his builder background to make a positive impact. Also a plus to Kevin: family, friends, and bodies of water. (Doesn’t matter where, doesn’t matter what. If it’s H20, he’s in.)
Pierce has a natural ability to meet people where they are. A student of language and culture, a dedicated community volunteer, an advocate for adults with disabilities, and a champion of affordable housing, Pierce’s resume reads like a textbook on how to be an aware and intentional human. At The Vecino Group, his will to create a better world inspires project partners across all facets of the development process.
Build something correctly and it will work dependably. Walter, an Engineer by trade and nature, lives this adage daily. In his off hours, he builds found object, home décor creations. At work, he’s responsible for the engineering of VG projects; civil, structural, and MEP(no big deal.)
As an accountant, Jacob is always striving for process improvement. Actually, it’s kind of a theme for him. At home, he’s a gardener, improving the process of growing fruit trees. He’s also a biker, improving the process of exploring gravel roads and mountain bike parks. And a chef, improving the process for making “real” pizza. Everything Jacob works on, he makes better. Next? Improving his harmonica chops.
Growing up on a cattle farm, Johnny learned early how to take care of a herd. While his construction projects don’t tend to wander off and eat things they shouldn’t, the patience and foresight that comes from managing land and lives makes us all feel like we’re in really good hands.
A detail oriented draftsman by day. A master of everything else by night. From driving a forklift, to wiring a car, fixing up houses to repairing what needs repairing, Michael gets things done. We’re lucky for his talents as a dedicated member of the engineering team.
Not every company has a former professional hockey player on staff. Thanks to Mike, we do. True to his Canadian roots, Mike played hockey in college and then went pro in Texas and Oklahoma after that. He does not have a single original tooth. In the world off the ice, Mike enjoys tending to project details, riding motorcycles, hanging with his wife, and tending to his backyard lavender farm.
Dustin’s construction expertise is one part nature and one part nurture. With a Dad and Grandfather who were homebuilders, he was born with an inherent inclination to build. The grown up version of Dustin started his own construction company and spent more than two decades building custom homes. When he’s not on a job site, Dustin likes to be on a lake.