Meet the Avid Team
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Avid Realty Partners’ management team has an incredible depth and breadth of professional experience across Real Estate, Wall Street, Fortune 500 operations, Professional Services, Overseas work, and more. Our collective variety of viewpoints is critical to identifying and unlocking value from our investments, as well as delivering safe, secure, comfortable homes for thousands of our Residents. Our Team’s vast experience at managing operations, living through up and down economic cycles, and identifying value is absolutely critical to our collective and mutual shared success.
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Avid Realty Partners
Founder & CEO of Avid Realty Partners. Craig has been an active real estate investor for nearly 20 years, and founded Avid Realty Partners in 2015 to deploy capital across Multifamily Apartment and other real estate assets. Avid Realty Partners’ portfolio includes the acquisition of more than 2,000 apartment and hotel doors in targeted growth markets across the US totaling over $275M of acquisition value. The firm has zero realized losses with a 33.0% IRR (weighted average) across six exited deals.
Avid typically buys existing assets and is ramping its new development capabilities. The firm intends to continually acquire new assets over the long-term to be able to service an increasing number of Residents and Investor-Partners. With the continuing growth of Avid Realty Partners’ operations and acquisition activities, Craig has recruited a highly experienced leadership team of real estate executives with decades of industry experience. See Meet the Avid Team to more detail on the Team’s depth of experience.
Craig has always been fascinated by the overlap between Wall Street investment strategies and those used to invest in Multifamily properties, finding value that others missed. After leaving Wall Street in order to Build Something Meaningful, and in search of greater hands-on entrepreneurial activities, Craig was determined to start a business where his unwavering work ethic would produce a meaningful difference for our Residents, employee Team Members, and our Investor-Partners.
Before founding Avid Realty Partners, Craig spent more than a decade as a highly acclaimed semiconductor equity research analyst at Smith Barney Citigroup and FBR Capital Markets where he serviced leading hedge and mutual fund clients, won multiple awards, and was one of CNBC’s go-to semiconductor market experts with over 75 TV appearances. Here, Craig had the opportunity to live and breathe the stock market daily, ride global economic cycles, perform deep dive analyses and underwrite companies’ financial results, study firms that were successful and those that were less successful, develop an institutional mindset, and learn to actively manage risk. Craig began his career at Intel Corporation in the Corporate Finance group where he helped upper management make optimal decisions to run the business, participated in the CPU monthly close and forecasting processes, and worked to maximize cash return metrics. At Intel, Craig garnered industry perspective and learned how large firms are run.
In his free time, Craig enjoys spending time with his wife Jessie and other family and friends, exercising in the gym, practicing yoga, eating at NYC’s many fine restaurants, cooking, seeing live music, making music, traveling, scuba diving, and occasionally playing golf.
President, Avid Realty Partners
As President, James’ responsibilities include overseeing asset & property management, corporate structure, portfolio strategy, and helping to build a best-in-class organization. James enjoys being “hands on” at Avid Realty Partners, and is involved in all of our overall corporate projects and efforts.
James has over 30 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry, having held several senior management positions at investment companies, investment banks, and financial institutions. Here he has been responsible for asset & property management, development, financial analysis, investor relations, and portfolio strategy. It was through these experiences that James developed a deep understanding of how to effectively maximize property operations, anticipate and manage down cycles, formulate portfolio strategies, and meet investor reporting needs.
James believes that Avid Realty Partners’ recent growth trajectory is due to a strong emphasis on earning our Investor-Partners’ trust and delivering consistent results. His philosophy is that our firm’s success is driven by direct communication with each of our stakeholders (including our Investor-Partners), and an intense focus on maximizing cash flows for each property.
James holds a Bachelors of Arts in Economics from Duke University and earned his Masters of Business Administration in Finance and Real Estate from the Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University.
James and his wife have one son Blake, and live south of Salt Lake City, Utah. They enjoy Utah’s year-round mountain sports, biking, hiking and skiing.
Chief Operating Officer
Chief Operating Officer, Avid Realty Partners
As Chief Operating Officer, Jim’s responsibilities include overseeing Avid’s operations, capital raising, marketing efforts, IT implementation, and helping to build a best-in-class organization.
Jim brings 25 years of corporate experience working for diverse firms including a Fortune 500 company, a Private Equity firm and a Real Estate Investment group. Over the past 15 years, Jim has held senior management roles responsible for P&L, staffing and human resources, real estate, legal, capital raising, and investor relations, among others.
With a proven track record of overseeing high growth operations, Jim believes that expansion comes from surrounding yourself with passionate individuals that believe in a common goal. That goal is taking care of customers and investors by making connections that result in mutually beneficial relationships.
At Avid Realty Partners, Jim truly believes he has found a like-minded team that is ready to build on the tremendous successes the Firm has already achieved. This is a unique blend of keen analytics in underwriting, rigorous performance at the property level, and an unwavering integrity towards our Residents, Employee Team Members, and Investor-Partners.
Jim holds bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and Business Administration from The State University of New York. He is a FINRA Registered Representative, and has his Series 63 and 22 Licenses.
Jim and his wife live in Boston with their two sons – Finn is significantly better than him at golf, while Liam skis circles around him every winter. Really though, he and Karen enjoy all outdoor activities and traveling as a family.
Chief Financial Officer
Chief Financial Officer, Avid Realty Partners
As Chief Financial Officer, Mary’s primary role is to oversee property and partnership accounting, corporate accounting & finance, human resources and risk management. She supports the Avid team by providing transformational leadership and team coaching.
Mary brings over 16 years of conventional and affordable multifamily experience including tax credit development projects. She has specialized in accounting and financial operations of construction, development, nonprofit and property management companies. Mary is an expert in creating and implementing SOPs and KPIs. In addition to her experience in the real estate field, Mary has provided consulting services to non-profit organizations including board development training, non-profit real estate development joint ventures, organizational structure and financial reporting.
Mary holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a Masters of Business Administration in Healthcare Administration from Ohio University. She is pursuing a doctoral degree from Liberty University in Strategic Leadership with an expected completion in 2023.
Mary and her husband have two sons, Mike and Jordan, and reside in Columbus, Ohio. She enjoys golfing with her husband, and is active in her local LPGA amateur league.
Chief Acquisition Officer
Chief Acquisitions Officer, Avid Realty Partners
As Chief Acquisitions Officer, Luis’ responsibilities include sourcing and underwriting multifamily and other commercial real estate deals. He regularly reviews thousands of acquisition opportunities per year, and is a true expert in modeling, analytics, and using various demographic data to assess long-term value. In addition to underwriting, Luis regularly supports the company’s executive team by assisting with financial analysis, asset management duties, developing investor presentation materials, and a variety of other ad hoc tasks.
Luis has a diverse background and capabilities. Previously, he worked in the nuclear industry with a leading engineering role in the construction of next generation nuclear power plants in the US. As an engineer, he was tasked with solving day-to-day design construction related issues during manufacturing. He later worked as a construction and project manager in several ground-up residential and commercial real estate projects. Having found a passion for the business side of the real estate industry he decided to further his education with an MBA. At Avid Realty Partners, Luis is able to combine his engineering curiosity and problem-solving skills with business analytics.
Luis obtained his Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering from Louisiana State University and a Masters of Business Administration in finance from Nicholls State University.
Luis currently resides with his fiancé in Toronto Ontario. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, exercising, reading, playing guitar, and exploring Canada.
Multifamily Operations & Asset Management, Avid Realty Partners
Jeff is part of the operations and asset management team and wears many hats including overseeing renovations, maintenance operations, regulatory compliance, tenant relations and staff training.
Jeff along with Craig Berger, purchased three multifamily properties and a small portfolio of single-family homes totaling over 300 units in St. Louis, MO. The team has improved and renovated these properties, repositioned the assets, and increased the cash flow while improving the living experience of our 500+ residents. Jeff brings over 9 years’ experience in residential brokerage and property management.
Jeff obtained his bachelor’s degree in business administration with focus on finance from the University of Colorado Leeds School of Business.
Jeff enjoys spending time with his family, teaching skiing part-time in the winter, swimming, and playing golf.
Senior Acquisition Analyst
Senior Acquisition Analyst, Avid Realty Partners
As a key member of the Acquisitions Team, Omar is responsible for sourcing and underwriting multifamily and commercial real estate deals. His analytical skills, adaptability, discipline, and attention to detail enable topflight execution in sourcing new opportunity. With the recent growth Avid has experienced, Omar has sourced and underwritten hundreds of real estate deals.
Omar has over 17 years of corporate experience working at financial service firms Including Banco Multiva, IXE-Banco (Banorte Banco), Banco Stander Mexico, and Financiamiento Integral. In addition, he was a Senior Account Manager for Grupo Modelo (AB-InBev) where he managed a $94 million lease portfolio.
Omar graduated from the Universidad de las Americas, AC where he obtained his Bachelor of Business Administration degree. He also has an online business management specialization from Harvard Business School.
Omar lives in Queretario, Mexico. He enjoys reading, Mediation, travel and sports. He also works with local NGOs to fight poverty and scarcity in Mexico.
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