CREA is a tightly-knit collection of visionary investment fund advisors, skilled developers, meticulous construction managers and dedicated operations staff, all keenly focused on the thoughtful transformation of urban infill and select suburban environments.
John Burnham Managing Principal
John Burnham is a Managing Principal at CREA, a member of the Investment Committee, and oversees all of CREA’s acquisitions, joint venture, and disposition activities as well as strategic growth initiatives. John has developed and invested in excess of $1.5B of real estate on behalf of Bozzuto Development Company, Simmons Vedder Partners, and CREA. Prior to CREA, John was a Vice President and Partner at Simmons Vedder Partners where he was responsible for the development and acquisition of multi-family projects. John was also previously associated with the Bozzuto Group in Washington, D.C. John received a Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University. He is an active member of the Urban Land Institute, National Multi Housing Council, and Pension Real Estate Association. He serves on the Explore Austin Board of Directors and previously served on JDRF Austin Board of Directors.
Dudley Simmons Managing Principal
Dudley Simmons is a Managing Principal at CREA, Chair of the Investment Committee, and oversees all of CREA’s acquisitions, joint venture, and disposition activities. During his career, Dudley has been directly responsible for total real estate development and investment in excess of $1.75B on behalf of CREA, Simmons Vedder Partners, and JPI Apartment Communities. Dudley attended Princeton University and received his Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Southern Methodist University. He is an active member of the Urban Land Institute, National Multi Housing Council, Pension Real Estate Association, and serves on the ULI Austin Chapter Advisory Council.
Stephen Clark Founding Principal
Steve Clark is a Founding Principal of CREA and a member of the Investment Committee. Prior to founding CREA in 1995, Steve was a Managing Director at Harvard Private Capital Group, a subsidiary of Harvard Management Company, where he directed the group responsible for all real estate investment activities. Before joining Harvard in 1991, Steve was a partner with an affiliate of Harvard Management Company in Clark-Pilgrim Limited Partnership. From 1982 through 1989, Steve was employed by the Trammell Crow Company, where he was the partner in charge of Philadelphia commercial activities at the time of his departure. Steve received his undergraduate degree in Management Science from Duke University in 1976 and a Master’s in Business Administration from Harvard Business School in 1981.
Tim Clark Founding Principal
Tim Clark is a Founding Principal of CREA and a member of the Investment Committee. Before joining CREA in 1995, he was President of Helios Property Company, a developer and owner of residential, golf course and industrial properties. Prior to that, Tim was a Manager at Andersen Consulting in its Financial Services division. He received his undergraduate degree in Accounting from the University of Florida and a Masters in Business Administration from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Tim is currently a member of the Advisory Board for the University of Florida’s Bergstrom Center for Real Estate Studies. He has previously served on the Board of Directors for the Real Estate Council of Austin and the Board of Directors for Scenic Austin, the local chapter of Scenic Texas, Inc.
Shaun Dickerson Principal
Shaun Dickerson is a Principal at CREA, a member of the Investment Committee, and is responsible for investor relations and capital markets activities. Shaun also oversees investor reporting and other portfolio management duties. Shaun previously worked at Crow Holdings in Dallas, managing investments on behalf of the Trammell Crow family and its investment partners. After completing the analyst program at Crow, she was promoted to the Portfolio Management group. Shaun is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and a Bachelor of Arts in French. She is currently a member of the Urban Land Institute, the Pension Real Estate Association, and the Advisory Council of the University of Texas Real Estate Finance & Investment Center.
Brent Heath Principal
Brent D. Heath is a Principal at CREA, a member of the Investment Committee, and is responsible for financing, performance measurement, structuring, and valuation. Since joining CREA in 1999, he has held various accounting, financial and asset management positions within the firm. Brent received his undergraduate degree in Accounting from Oklahoma Christian University, and came to CREA from Heerema Marine Contractors, an international oil services and infrastructure construction company. He is a Certified Public Accountant and member of The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Urban Land Institute.
Alyssa Balough Principal
Alyssa Balough is a Principal at CREA where she is responsible for fundraising and capital markets initiatives. Alyssa previously worked at Lionstone Investments where she led various fundraising initiatives for six years helping the firm to grow assets under management from $2 billion to more than $7 billion. Prior to Lionstone, she was based in New York with Grove International Partners, a global real estate investment manager. Alyssa is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master of Professional Accounting. She is currently a member of the Pension Real Estate Association and Institutional Real Estate, Inc. She serves on the Board of W&M, a business focused on retaining and empowering new parents. Alyssa is a member and supporter of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.
Colleen Grahn President, CREA Management
Colleen Grahn is the President of CREA Management, a member of the Investment Committee, and oversees all multi-family operations. Colleen brings over 25 years of experience including 19 years with Equity Residential, and 16,000 units and 45 properties during her time at Alliance Residential. She has an extensive background in property and portfolio management, multiple on-site software systems, marketing, multi-phase/new development, capital planning, budgeting, financial reporting, and collections. Colleen is past President of Austin Apartment Association and is a current member of the Texas Apartment Association committee.
Chase Hill Principal
Chase Hill is a Principal at CREA in the Denver office and is in charge of all aspects of development and investment, including financial underwriting, site selection, entitlement and design work, consultant and construction coordination, project financing, asset management, and dispositions. Prior to working for CREA, Chase was a Senior Analyst for the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), where he worked in the Real Assets Division that manages a 15% real estate allocation for the $120 billion pension fund. Chase spent a substantial amount of his time at TRS managing a $278 million co-investment with Wood Partners, the nation’s largest apartment developer. Through this co-investment vehicle, TRS & Wood Partners developed 25 apartment communities across the county, amounting to nearly 6,000 units and over $1.3 billion in total project costs. Chase received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Real Estate Finance from The University of Georgia and a Master of Business Administration in Real Estate Finance from The University of Texas.
Victor Young Principal
Victor Young is a Principal at CREA where he is responsible for the office development and acquisition platform. Prior to joining CREA, Victor owned and operated Greenbelt Commercial from 2013 to 2019, where he focused on acquiring and developing office projects in the city’s urban core. Prior to founding Greenbelt Commercial, Victor led the investment advisory group at Aquila Commercial and was responsible for both principal and third-party investment services. Victor received his undergraduate degree from Rice University in 1999 and a JD from the University of Texas School of Law in 2005. He also serves as a board member of JuiceLand, an Austin based retailer with over 35 locations in the state of Texas.
Judy Brannan Office Manager
Judy Brannan is the Office Manager for CREA where she provides administrative services to the firm’s principals, accounting support, and maintains office procedures and operations. Judy has served as an executive administrator for many years, most recently for Petroleum Geo-Services.
Bob Brown Development Manager
Bob Brown is a Development Manager at CREA, where he assists with all aspects of development, including financial underwriting, site selection, entitlement and design work, and consultant and construction coordination. Prior to joining CREA, Bob co-founded Austin based BIG RED DOG Engineering, where he served in various capacities including board member, vice president of the firm’s Austin operation, and president of the Houston operation. During his tenure at BIG RED DOG, Bob was a part of the senior leadership team that fueled the growth of a start-up consulting firm; taking it from a single-discipline, three-person office in Austin, to over a 100-person, multi-discipline firm with offices in Austin, San Antonio, Houston, and Dallas. Bob is a graduate of Texas State University with a Bachelor of Science in Urban and Regional Planning. He is a current member of the Urban Land Institute and the American Planning Association.
Stephen Buchanan Acquisitions & Development Associate
Stephen Buchanan is an Associate at CREA where his responsibilities include all aspects of commercial acquisitions and development, including financial underwriting, project management, project financing, site selection, deal diligence, and capital markets outreach. Prior to joining CREA, Stephen worked at Greenbelt Commercial as a Development Associate where he assisted in the completion and delivery of the SXSW Center and worked in commercial acquisitions before that. Stephen received a Bachelor of Science in Government from the University of Texas at Austin. Stephen is a member of Urban Land Institute, ULI Young Leaders, the 2019-2020 ULI Young Leaders Mentorship Forum, RECA and other local real estate groups in addition to serving on the ULI Butler Gameday Committee.
Ricky De Camps, P.E. Development Manager
Ricky De Camps, is a Development Manager at Cypress Real Estate Advisors, where he assists with all aspects of multifamily development including financial underwriting, site selection, entitlement, design as well as consultant and construction coordination. Prior to joining CREA, Mr. De Camps served as a Principal and the Director of Multifamily Development for BIG RED DOG Engineering. Where he led the firm’s Multifamily practice throughout the State of Texas. His significant experience as a Professional Engineer covered a wide range of assignments including the entitlement, planning, design and construction of multi-family, office, retail and mixed-use development projects. Mr. De Camps earned a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University in Civil Engineering and is a licensed Professional Engineer in Texas and Florida. He is an active member of Urban Land Institute (ULI) as well as the Real Estate Council of Austin (RECA) where he previously served on its Board of Directors. He also served as a member of the City of Austin Board of Adjustment (BOA).
Tori Cerda Accounts Payable Coordinator
Tori Cerda is the Accounts Payable Coordinator for CREA where she acts as the main bank liaison. Prior to joining CREA, Tori worked as a licensed Realtor in the state of Texas. Tori graduated from Texas A&M with a Bachelor’s of Science in Agricultural Leadership Development along with a Minor in International Development.
Karen Dallman Tax Manager
Karen Dallman is a Tax Manager at CREA, where she coordinates tax preparation and reporting for the funds and underlying investments. Before joining CREA, Karen was a Tax Manager with Ernst & Young, LLP. Karen graduated from the University of Texas with a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master in Professional Accounting. She is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in the State of Texas.
Cindy Gerhart Tax Manager
Cindy Gerhart is the Tax Manager at CREA. Prior to joining the company in 1995, Cindy served in the tax department of Arthur Andersen & Company and also previously as bank examiner of the Comptroller of Currency for National Banks. She received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin.
Elizabeth Hermanson Accounting Analyst
Elizabeth Hermanson, Accounting Analyst, is responsible for project and fund accounting for various real estate funds managed by CREA. Prior to joining CREA, Elizabeth was an Assurance staff member with Ernst & Young. Elizabeth graduated from the University of Texas with a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Masters in Professional Accounting. She is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in the State of Texas.
Luke Kline Director of Acquisitions
Luke Kline is a Director at CREA where he is responsible for mixed-use development and acquisitions. Luke previously served as Director of Acquisitions at Avesta, where he was responsible for implementing the company’s investment and acquisition strategies for the Texas and Mountain States region. Prior to Avesta, Luke served as Vice President of Acquisitions for Mill Creek Residential Trust L.L.C., where he was directly involved in the acquisition of more than 3,200 apartment homes totaling over $700 million in enterprise value. Luke attended the University of Texas at Austin where he earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from the McCombs School of Business and is currently working toward his MBA through the McCombs Evening MBA program with an expected graduation date of May 2020. He is a member of The Real Estate Council of Austin, serves on the Leadership Committee for The Darrell K. Royal Research Fund for Alzheimer’s Disease, and is an Alumni Board Member of the St. Mark’s School of Texas Alumni Association.
Preston Martin Acquisitions & Development Associate
Preston Martin is an Associate at CREA where he assists in all facets of acquisitions, development, and capital markets activities, including financial underwriting, site selection, project coordination, project financing, and investor outreach. Prior to joining CREA, Preston worked as an Analyst at HFF where he provided analytical support for the placement of over $1.2 billion in financing across more than 60 capital markets transactions nationally. Preston received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance with a real estate concentration from The University of Texas at Austin. He is a current member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and ULI Young Leaders Group.
Katelyn McKinney Sr. Fund Accountant
Katelyn McKinney is the Senior Fund Accountant, where she oversees all of the funds’ financial reporting and is responsible for all aspects of development and acquisitions accounting. Prior to joining CREA, Katelyn worked at KPMG, LLC where she audited clients with a focus in real estate and private equity. Katelyn received her Bachelor and Masters of Accountancy from Texas Tech University. She is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in the State of Texas.
Amber Meinzer Risk Manager
Amber Meinzer focuses on investor reporting and valuations of current investments. Amber is also responsible for risk management for CREA’s properties and projects. Prior to joining CREA, Amber was co-owner and President of Hill Country Concrete Products, Inc. She graduated from the University of Virginia as an Echols Scholar with an interdisciplinary major focusing on History, Spanish and Business. Amber currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Beyond Batten Disease Foundation’s Development Board.
Michelle Musil Director of Development Accounting
Michelle Musil is the Director of Accounting at CREA. Her primary responsibilities include financial reporting and accounting for multi-family development and investment including related acquisitions, operations, and dispositions, as well as assisting with project financing and lender compliance. Prior to joining CREA in 2007, Michelle served in the audit practice of KPMG, LLP. Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology and her Master in Professional Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a Certified Public Accountant and member of The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Urban Land Institute.
Memory Pohl Fund Accountant
Memory Pohl is a Fund Accountant at CREA where she is responsible for fund financial reporting as well as all aspects of development and acquisition accounting. Prior to joining CREA, Memory worked in the Audit group of the KPMG Atlanta office. Memory received her Bachelor and Masters of Accountancy from the University of Mississippi. She is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in the State of Texas.
Denise Rangel Portfolio Optimization Associate
Denise Rangel is responsible for the analysis of property operations and financials, and assists with all asset management activities. Her expertise in project management is utilized to increase efficiency in property operations and maximizing profitability. Denise has over 10 years of related experience in operations, acquisitions, disposition and third party management. She holds a BA from The University of Texas at Austin and is an active member of CASA of Travis County.
Wendy Stephenson Valuation Manager
Wendy Stephenson is responsible for valuation activities related to investor reporting, acquisition underwriting and property taxes. Prior to joining CREA, Wendy worked as a Senior Investment Analyst at NorthMarq Capital in Houston. Wendy is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and a Master of Land Economics and Real Estate. She is a licensed Real Estate Broker in the State of Texas.
Ross Thompson Director
Ross Thompson is an Associate Director at CREA, responsible for mixed-use development and acquisitions. Ross worked previously as an Associate at Makena Capital Management, a $19 billion investment management firm, where he invested $2.2 billion across various real estate property types, capital structures and geographies. Ross began his career as an analyst at CREA, and received a BA from Vanderbilt University and an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Adam Wallace Development Associate
Adam Wallace is a Development Associate at the CREA Denver office where he assists in all facets of new development and capital markets activities, including financial underwriting, site selection, project coordination, project financing, and investor outreach. Adam joined CREA in 2016 as a Financial Analyst, where he worked on the diligence, valuation, and financing of new investments. Adam graduated from Amherst College in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. He is a current member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and ULI Young Leaders Group.