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Bainbridge Executive Team


RICHARD SCHECHTER

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, The Bainbridge Companies, LLC, Managing Principal

A third generation multifamily and commercial property owner, manager and developer, Mr. Schechter’s family has been in the business since 1927. Mr. Schechter developed his first mixed-use office and retail project in 1976 and his first mid-rise apartment project in 1978. Since starting Bainbridge in 1993, Mr. Schechter has been involved in the supervision, acquisition, development and management of $4.4 billion in multifamily rental housing, including over 29,000 multifamily units. He formerly served as chief operating officer of R.M.S Partners, a developer, owner and manager of office buildings and apartment rental communities in Florida and Washington D.C., and as president of Bainbridge Financial Corporation, an investment, asset and property management advisory group based in Washington D.C. In addition to his expertise in commercial and multifamily ownership, acquisition, management and development, Mr. Schechter has extensive experience structuring large scale real estate financing, including REIT programs and other publicly JVed vehicles. Mr. Schechter holds a Bachelor of Science in chemistry from Clarkson University and a Juris Doctorate from the Syracuse University College of Law.


Thomas J. Keady

President & Chief Operating Officer, The Bainbridge Companies, LLC, Principal

Since joining Bainbridge in 1998, Mr. Keady has been responsible for the development of 8,200 multifamily units in 29 communities and the redevelopment of 18,000 multifamily units in 57 communities. He is currently responsible for corporate operations as well as ongoing development and construction at Bainbridge, including the expansion of the development business into new markets nationwide. Prior to joining Bainbridge, Mr. Keady served as development manager for affordable housing projects with Ocwen Financial Corporation and as development manager with the IDI Group Companies in Washington D.C. He also has previous experience in large scale commercial general contracting as a project engineer for Gilbane Building Company, an ENR Top 100 General Contractor. He maintains licenses as a certified general contractor and professional civil engineer. Mr. Keady has broad experience in development and construction operations including high-rise, mid-rise and garden multifamily condo and rental projects as well as commercial building, renovation, and tenant improvements.


Paul DeCain

Chief Investment Officer, The Bainbridge Companies, LLC, Principal

Mr. DeCain is responsible for transaction underwriting, capitalization and execution. Mr. DeCain has been responsible for the capitalization and execution of over $1.5 billion of conventional apartment and student housing development and acquisition transactions involving over 7,000 apartment units since joining Bainbridge. Prior to joining The Bainbridge Companies, Mr. DeCain was a managing director for Wells Fargo/Eastdil Secured (and a predecessor firm, Wachovia Capital Markets) focused on real estate equity investment and advisory transactions. He was responsible for the execution of over $1.25 billion of bridge equity investment transactions, over $1 billion of commingled JV raises, and over $1 billion of joint ventures and recapitalizations. Prior to Wells Fargo/Wachovia/Eastdil Secured, Mr. DeCain was President of DeCain & Company, a boutique real estate investment firm, where he sponsored five real estate securities investment partnerships, and advised developers/operators on joint ventures, commingled JV raises, recapitalizations, financings and entity-level transactions. Before DeCain & Company, Mr. DeCain was a Senior Partner at Arthur Andersen Corporate Finance where he co-lead the firm’s Real Estate Advisory business. At Andersen, Mr. DeCain advised on over $4.2 billion of real estate private equity transactions including joint ventures, entity-level transactions, commingled JVs and recapitalizations. Mr. DeCain began his career with LaSalle Partners working as an analyst in the firm’s Development Group. While at LaSalle, he worked on the re-development of Union Station in Washington DC and on the development of several large east coast office projects. Mr. DeCain received his MBA from the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College and his BS from Lehigh University. Mr. DeCain passed the CPA at the outset of his career.


Robert W. Gaherty

President, Bainbridge Construction, LLC, Principal

Mr. Gaherty is the president of Bainbridge Construction LLC, Bainbridge Mid-Atlantic Construction LLC, and Bainbridge Renovations Management LLC. Prior to joining Bainbridge, Mr. Gaherty was a partner and president of construction for Douglas Partners, LLC, a start-up organization with two former Trammell Crow Residential (TCR) partners. During Mr. Gaherty’s tenure with Douglas Partners, his responsibilities included the management and supervision of all Douglas Partners construction entities, which included the planning, development and construction of over 600 multifamily units in Central and West Florida. Prior to starting Douglas Partners, Mr. Gaherty was a Partner and President of Construction for Trammell Crow Residential in the state of Florida. During his tenure with TCR, which spanned over 19 years, Mr. Gaherty’s range of responsibilities included construction estimating through construction and project management for over 10,600 multi-family units with a total construction value in excess of $592 million. Additionally, Mr. Gaherty was responsible for the construction of 370,000 square feet of light commercial structures and 500+ extended-stay hotel rooms. Mr. Gaherty was a member of the Board of Directors which had operational responsibility for the overall TCR organization. Since joining Bainbridge, Mr. Gaherty has been responsible for the construction of over 5,000 multifamily units and the renovation of over 15,000 multifamily units. Mr. Gaherty graduated with honors from the University of Phoenix and received a degree in business administration. Mr. Gaherty is a certified general contractor in the states of Florida, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia, and is an active member in the International Building Code, Florida Building Code, National Fire Protection Agency and the NMHC. Mr. Gaherty is also a certified green professional as designated by the NAHB.


Jake Wright

Vice President, Investments & Finance

Mr. Wright is currently responsible for producing and overseeing all analyses and underwriting for the development, acquisition and asset management divisions within the Bainbridge Companies. He reports directly to the CEO and CIO of the company. During his time with Bainbridge he has been heavily involved in the underwriting, fund raising and closing of over $2.2 billion worth of acquisitions and developments. Mr. Wright started at Bainbridge as a junior analyst and was promoted to senior analyst in 2011. Mr. Wright was a presidential scholar and a member of Omicron Delta Epsilon (Economics Honor Society) at Gettysburg College where he graduated cum laude with a BA in economics. Prior to joining Bainbridge, Mr. Wright was a loan underwriter for Provident Funding.


Julie Shannon

Vice President of Human Resources

Julie Shannon provides leadership for the Bainbridge Companies human resources disciplines, including compensation and HR systems, labor and employee relations, benefits, human resources strategy, and compliance with all employee related state and federal regulations. A 17-year veteran of the company, Julie was appointed to the role of Officer as well as to her current leadership role in 2013.  Previously, she was Bainbridge’s Human Resources Manager where she led labor and employee relations, state and federal regulations compliance, and payroll and benefits administration.  Her tenure also included providing HR support for acquisitions, dispositions and budget preparation.  Prior to becoming the Human Resources Manager in 2004, Julie performed a number of different roles such as pre-leasing for new construction, marketing outreach, various accounting functions and assisting the CEO and President of Development. From 1992-1998 she worked in property management as a Leasing Consultant, Assistant Manager and Property Manager. Julie earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the State University of New York at Potsdam and the University of Seville in Seville, Spain.


Eleni Sigala

Treasurer

Mrs. Sigala joined The Bainbridge Companies in 2011. She is responsible for all banking matters including overseeing the management of receivables and payables, cash flows and distributions to equity partners for all Bainbridge assets. Mrs. Sigala is also responsible for the management of the company’s budgets and all financial related policies and procedures. Mrs. Sigala has 22 years of experience in financial management, accounting and auditing.  She is a Certified Internal Auditor, as well as a licensed real estate broker.  Mrs. Sigala was formerly the CFO and Managing Director for S. SIGALAS S.A., a Greek public construction firm specializing in large-scale private and public projects including airports, schools, bridges, highways, hotels, malls, hospitals and housing communities. Mrs. Sigala holds an MBA from Henley Management College of Brunel University, London, UK and a BS in accounting and finance from Deree College, Athens, Greece.


Sanford Fox

Controller & Chief Accounting Officer

Sanford J. Fox, CPA, joined the Bainbridge Companies in February of 2012 as the Controller and Chief Accounting Officer and is responsible for overseeing the accounting and risk management functions. Mr. Fox earned his Bachelor of Science in business from the University of Kansas and spent four years with Mayer Hoffman McCann, CPA’s where he specialized in real estate accounting and taxation. For the next eight years, he was the corporate controller and asset manager for Selco and Kansas City Café Company, closely-held sister companies that owned and operated hotels and restaurants. Subsequently, he built a successful tax and accounting practice, provided acquisition, operation and disposition consulting services to hotel and restaurant companies followed by becoming a partner of a hotel management company that specialized in turn-around projects. After moving to Florida in 1998, Mr. Fox worked as the corporate controller of real estate for KB Holdings and then at Atlantic and Pacific Management where he was the controller and director of financial services.


Seth Kalinsky

President of Property Management, Bainbridge Management, LLC, Principal

Mr. Kalinsky joined The Bainbridge Companies in 2007 and is currently responsible for overseeing all property management operations in Bainbridge’s 20,000+ unit portfolio. He has a degree in residential property management from Virginia Tech and has extensive experience in portfolio management, ground up development, acquisitions, dispositions, property repositioning and renovations throughout the East Coast. He has achieved his CAM designation along with being an active member of PMA and NAA. Before joining Bainbridge, Mr. Kalinsky was an AVP with Grady Management and prior to that was with Equity Residential for several years based out of the DC Metro area.


Alex Barroso

Senior Vice President, Mid – Atlantic/Southeast

Alex Barroso, joined Bainbridge in 2016 and serves as Senior Vice President of the Mid-Atlantic/Southeastern region where he is responsible for overseeing Bainbridge’s ongoing development and construction activities in addition to sourcing development opportunities into new markets across the mid-Atlantic region. Prior to joining Bainbridge, Mr. Barroso was the Managing Director in South Florida for Mill Creek Residential Trust where he was responsible for the development, construction and disposition of over 1,700 units. He has over 18 years of experience in the industry developing affordable and market rate apartment communities and maintains a license as a Florida certified general contractor. Mr. Barroso received his MBA from Indiana University and his BS in Civil Engineering from Florida State University.


Caroline Forehand

Vice President of Marketing and Training, The Bainbridge Companies, LLC

Caroline joined The Bainbridge Companies in 2015 as the vice president of marketing and training. She is responsible for all marketing efforts for Bainbridge’s entire multi-family portfolio. Caroline has over 30 years of experience in multi-family marketing and management and possesses a unique expertise in pinpointing the cause of vacancy issues in any region or economic climate. Prior to joining the Bainbridge Companies she served as the director of multi-family marketing with The Franklin Johnston Group. TFJG was formerly associated with S. L. Nusbaum Realty Company where she oversaw the marketing for a portfolio of over 125 communities in the Southeast as vice president of marketing. Ms. Forehand previously worked with AIMCO as a regional sales director for 75 communities in the Southeast. Throughout her career she has been involved in the marketing and leasing of over 75 new lease-up and value-add communities throughout the East Coast, Texas, Ohio & Michigan. She was awarded Executive of the Year by the Tidewater Builders association in 2010 and was awarded company employee of the year in 2012.


Brian Doppelt

Vice President, Legal Affairs

Brian Doppelt assists in managing the efforts of Bainbridge’s outside legal counsel. Brian reports directly to the CEO. Brian also assists the CEO and the company in a variety of other matters. Before joining Bainbridge in 2016, Brian was an associate for a prestigious New York, NY white collar and securities litigation law firm where he litigated numerous cases involving among other things complex financial transactions among major financial institutions and also represented developers and operators of real estate in the New York City area. Brian also previously served as both a prosecutor as an assistant attorney general in in the Public Integrity Bureau of the New York State Attorney General’s office and a law clerk to the Hon. Richard M. Berman of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Brian received his BA from Colgate University and his JD from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law where he was a member of the Moot Court Honor Society.


Ricardo Alicea

Senior Vice President, The Bainbridge Companies

Mr. Alicea is a Senior Vice President for The Bainbridge Companies and is responsible for the property operations of the company’s owned and 3rd party managed communities along the East Coast, from Florida to New York. With decades of experience in property management, Mr. Alicea has worked in new development, due diligence, acquisition, disposition and asset repositioning in many markets throughout Florida.

Mr. Alicea is currently the President for the Apartment Association of Greater Orlando and serves on the boards for the Florida Apartment Association and the National Apartment Association.  In 2010 and 2013 Ricardo was recognized as Regional Supervisor of the Year by the Apartment Association of Greater Orlando and in 2014 by the Tri-City Apartment Association.

Prior to joining Bainbridge, he was a district manager for McKinley and UDR, Inc. Mr. Alicea has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from The University of Central Florida with a concentration in management information systems and holds the CAM, CAPS, and advance instructor designations from the National Apartment Association. Mr. Alicea currently serves on the board of the Greater Orlando Apartment Association. Mr. Alicea is currently pursuing the certified property manager designation from the Institute of Real Estate Management.


Lauran Guastalli

Vice President of Operations & Administration

Ms. Guastalli oversees all operating systems, ancillary income programs and integration of new technology for the company. Her property operations background extends back to 1990 where she managed apartments for Lincoln and Archstone-Smith among others. While at Archstone-Smith, Ms. Guastalli was promoted to the position of software and operations manager. She has worked in a variety of positions within Bainbridge, including property manager and training director. In 2012, she managed the roll-out of RealPage’s OneSite and other products across the Bainbridge portfolio. Ms. Guastalli’s role is to ensure that each property is seamlessly integrated with our management and accounting systems, and that all technology systems are helping the on-site teams achieve their financial and customer service goals.


Kate Mansfield

Regional Lease Up Manager

Ms. Mansfield first joined Bainbridge in 2006 as a property manager and has performed in various capacities over the years. Kate had been instrumental in several successful dispositions, promoted to regional manager of the SW Florida portfolio in 2012 and now will begin her latest and most exciting adventure as Bainbridge’s director of learning & team development. Kate is originally from Michigan where she attended Ferris State University majoring in business administration with a focus on marketing & advertising. Ms. Mansfield entered the apartment industry over 18 years ago when she fled the cold weather to come to sunny Sarasota. She’s had experience at many levels of property operations (from luxury lease-ups to tax-credit and senior housing sites) starting as a leasing agent and progressing through the ranks with Summit, Showe Management and WRH Realty Services prior to joining Bainbridge. Ms. Mansfield has her CAM designation, has received a number of accolades from TCAA (including manager and property of the year awards) and is currently working on completing her CAPS designation. Kate is driven to build exceptional teams who provide superior customer service, has a “can do” attitude, and always strives to make work fun!


Bob Thollander

Vice President of Development – Florida Region

Mr. Thollander joined The Bainbridge Companies, LLC in 2014 and serves as vice president of development and is responsible for sourcing and execution of real estate development projects throughout the State of Florida. In this capacity, Mr. Thollander’s responsibilities include identifying and sourcing vacant land parcels suitable for development of luxury rental apartments and mixed-use projects. His responsibilities include land acquisition, obtaining entitlements, project design, financial modeling and underwriting, permitting, project funding, construction management, marketing and lease up. Since joining Bainbridge, Mr. Thollander has been responsible for initiating the acquisition and development of over 2,000 multi-family units while overseeing construction of 700+ units.

Prior to joining Bainbridge, Mr. Thollander was a senior vice president of Realty Capital Advisors, LLC in Orlando where he specialized in acquisition and disposition of multi-family apartments and vacant land parcels. Prior to that, Mr. Thollander served as the Florida regional development partner for several large equity investors with owner representation responsibility for all aspects of multi-family land acquisition, entitlements and development for close to fifteen years. He has been in the apartment industry for over 25 years, serving in key leadership roles throughout his career. Mr. Thollander has broad experience in real estate development and has been responsible for ground-up development, construction and disposition of over 5,000 multi-family units in his career, prior to joining Bainbridge. Mr. Thollander also previously held the position of development manager with Oxford Development Corporation, a national multi-family development company for five years. Prior to that, He was with Laventhol & Horwath CPA firm as areal estate consultant for three years. Mr. Thollander received a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a major in finance as well as a master’s degree in business administration with concentrations in finance and economics. Both degrees were received from the University of South Florida in Tampa.


Burk Hedrick

Development Manager – Florida Region

Mr. Hedrick joined The Bainbridge Companies, LLC in 2015 and serves as development manager. He is responsible for the planning and execution of real estate development projects throughout the State of Florida. He oversees selection, analysis, due diligence, land acquisition, project planning, budgeting, financial analysis, product design, entitlements, financing support, permits, selection, and design team coordination.
Prior to joining Bainbridge, Mr. Hedrick was a development associate at Epoch Properties in Winter Park, Florida, where he assisted the president in the planning and execution of new class-a multi-family apartments across the sun belt states. Mr. Hedrick received a bachelor’s degree in building construction, with a minor in business administration and a master’s degree in real estate from the University of Florida. He maintains licenses as a certified general contractor and real estate sales associate.


Alex Eyssen

Vice President – Student Housing

Prior to joining Bainbridge, Alex served as Vice President of Development, Acquisitions, & Dispositions of Campus Crest Development, the real estate development company for Campus Crest Communities (NYSE: CCG), where he was directly involved in the ground-up development of purpose-built student housing assets. He managed all stages of project development, from market selection, site selection, due diligence, entitlement, and real estate closing.


Shannon Lee

Development Director – South Florida

In her role as Development Director serving Bainbridge’s South Florida region Shannon brings more than 16 years of real estate investment and development experience. She will leverage her vast real-world expertise gained through the direct supervision of the ground-up development of more than 10,000 garden and mid-rise residential units to the Bainbridge portfolio. As Development Director, Shannon is responsible for researching and finalizing site selection in the top performing South Florida markets while managing the construction of superior developments for the firm and its investment partners.


Dana Caudell

Vice President of New Development, Property and Asset Management

Dana’s focus is development communities across the country.  Prior to joining Bainbridge, Dana served as Vice President and founding member of Park Partners Residential where she built the operational platform and directed the daily functions of the company.  With more than 20 years’ experience in multifamily operational oversight involving acquisitions, development, marketing, training as well as institutional commercial and residential asset management; she brings a wealth of knowledge along with a successful track record of leading her teams and companies to success.  Dana has obtained the coveted Certified Property Manager (CPM) designation through the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM).  Additionally, she holds a LCAM License in the State of Florida and the CAPS designation through National Apartment Association. Her dedication to the industry has been demonstrated by both her involvement and leadership roles with multiple Apartment Associations.