BRG is externally managed and advised by a subsidiary of private equity real estate asset manager, Bluerock Real Estate, LLC. Since its inception in 2002, Bluerock has transacted on more than nine million square feet of residential and commercial real estate acquisitions.
Bluerock’s management team offers a competitive advantage in sourcing, evaluating, underwriting and managing attractive investment opportunities on behalf of our shareholders. In aggregate, the team has been engaged in the acquisition over 35 million square feet of real estate valued at approximately $10 billion. Our Manager has developed a disciplined investment approach that combines experience with a structure that emphasizes thorough market research, local market knowledge, underwriting discipline, and risk management in evaluating potential investments.
R. Ramin Kamfar
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Kamfar serves as Chairman of the Board and as our Chief Executive Officer and President. Mr. Kamfar has served as our Chairman of the Board since August 2008, and also served as our Chief Executive Officer and the Chief Executive Officer of our former advisor from August 2008 to February 2013. He has also served as the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Bluerock since its inception in October 2002, where he has overseen the acquisition and development of approximately 7,500 apartment units, and over 2.5 million square feet of office space. In addition, Mr. Kamfar has served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees and as a Trustee of Total Income (plus) Real Estate Fund, a closed-end interval fund organized by Bluerock, since 2012. Mr. Kamfar has 25 years of experience in various aspects of real estate, mergers and acquisitions, private equity investing, investment banking, and public and private financings.
From 1988 to 1993, Mr. Kamfar worked as an investment banker at Lehman Brothers Inc., New York, New York, where he specialized in mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance. In 1993 Mr. Kamfar left Lehman to focus on private equity transactions. From 1993 to 2002, Mr. Kamfar executed a growth/consolidation strategy to build a startup into a leading public company in the ‘fast casual’ market now known as Einstein Noah Restaurant Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: BAGL) with approximately 800 locations and $400 million in gross revenues. From 1999 to 2002, Mr. Kamfar also served as an active investor, advisor and member of the Board of Directors of Vsource, Inc., a technology company subsequently sold to Symphony House (KL: SYMPHNY), a leading business process outsourcing company focused on the Fortune 500 and Global 500. Mr. Kamfar received an M.B.A. degree with distinction in Finance in 1988 from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and a B.S. degree with distinction in Finance in 1985 from the University of Maryland located in College Park, Maryland.
Gary T. Kachadurian
Mr. Kachadurian will serve as a member of our board of directors upon the initial closing of this offering. Mr. Kachadurian also serves as Vice Chairman of our Manager. Mr. Kachadurian has over 30 years of real estate experience primarily investing in and developing apartment properties on behalf of institutional investors.
Since 2007, Mr. Kachadurian has served as Chairman of Apartment Realty Advisors, the nation’s largest privately owned multihousing investment advisory company. From 1990 to 2005, Mr. Kachadurian served in various senior roles at Deutsche Bank Real Estate/RREEF, a leading pension fund advisor, including as a member of RREEF’s Investment Committee for 14 years, as a senior member of the Policy Committee of RREEF, as Senior Managing Director for Global Business Development responsible for raising institutional real estate funds in Japan, Germany, and other countries, and as head of RREEF’s National Acquisitions Group and Value-Added and Development lines of business where he had oversight in the acquisition and management of RREEF’s 24,000 unit apartment investment portfolio.
Prior to Deutsche Bank/RREEF, Mr. Kachadurian served as the Midwest Regional Operating Partner for Lincoln Property Company, developing and managing apartment communities in Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Kansas and Pennsylvania. Mr. Kachadurian also serves as President of The Kachadurian Group LLC, (f/k/a The Kach Group) which provides consulting on apartment acquisition and development transactions, including to Waypoint Residential. Mr. Kachadurian is a founding Board Member of the Chicago Apartment Association, and a former Chairman of the National Multi Housing Council. Mr. Kachadurian is Chairman of the Village Foundation of Children’s Memorial Hospital, is a Director of Pangea Real Estate, KBS Legacy Partners Apartment REIT, and Leaders Bank in Oak Brook, Illinois. Mr. Kachadurian received his B.S. in Accounting from the University of Illinois in 1974.
James G. Babb, III
Chief Investment Officer
Mr. Babb is currently a director of our company, and serves as Chief Investment Officer of our Manager. He previously served as our Chief Investment Officer from July 2008 until November 2013, as our President from July 2008 until August 2012, and as the President of our former advisor from July 2008 until February 2013. Mr. Babb is Chief Investment Officer of Bluerock, which he joined in July 2007. In addition, Mr. Babb has served as a Trustee of Total Income (plus) Real Estate Fund, a closed-end interval fund organized by Bluerock, since 2012.
He has been involved exclusively in real estate acquisition, management, financing and disposition for more than 20 years, primarily on behalf of investment funds since 1992. From 1992 to August 2003, Mr. Babb helped lead the residential and office acquisitions initiatives for Starwood Capital Group, or Starwood Capital. Starwood Capital was formed in 1992 and during his tenure raised and invested funds on behalf of institutional investors through seven private real estate funds, which in the aggregate ultimately invested approximately $8 billion in approximately 250 separate transactions. During such period, Mr. Babb led or shared investment responsibility for over 75 investment transactions totaling approximately $2.5 billion of asset value in more than 20 million square feet of residential, office and industrial properties located in 25 states and seven foreign countries, including a significant number of transactions that were contributed to the initial public offering of Equity Residential Properties Trust (NYSE: EQR), and to create i Star Financial Inc. (NYSE: SFI). Mr. Babb was also active in Starwood Capital’s efforts to expand its platform to invest in Europe. From August 2003 to July 2007, Mr. Babb founded his own principal investment company, Bluepoint Capital, LLC, a private real estate investment company focused on the acquisition, development and/or redevelopment of residential and commercial properties in the Northeast United States and Western Europe. Mr. Babb received a B.A. degree in Economics in 1987 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Jordan B. Ruddy
Jordan Ruddy currently serves as the President of our Manager. He began his tenure as President of our company in August 2012, and as President of our Manager in February 2013. Mr. Ruddy is also the Chief Operating Officer for Bluerock, which he joined in 2002, and served as its President until January 2013.
Mr. Ruddy has 20 years of experience in real estate acquisitions, financings, management and dispositions. From 2000 to 2001, Mr. Ruddy served as a real estate investment banker at Banc of America Securities LLC. From 1997 to 2000, Mr. Ruddy served as Vice President of Amerimar Enterprises, a real estate company specializing in value-added investments nationwide, where he managed acquisitions, financings, leasing, asset management and dispositions involving over 1.5 million square feet of commercial and multifamily real estate. From 1995 to 1997, Mr. Ruddy served as a real estate investment banker at Smith Barney Inc. From 1988 to 1993, Mr. Ruddy served in the real estate department of The Chase Manhattan Bank, most recently as a Second Vice President. Mr. Ruddy received an M.B.A. degree in Finance and Real Estate in 1995 from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and a B.S. degree with high honors in Economics in 1986 from the London School of Economics, located in London, England.
Michael L. Konig
Chief Operating Officer, Secretary and General Counsel
Mr. Konig serves as Chief Operating Officer, Secretary and General Counsel of our company and our Manager. Mr. Konig has also served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Bluerock and its affiliates since December 2004. In addition, Mr. Konig has served as Secretary of Total Income (plus) Real Estate Fund, a closed-end interval fund organized by Bluerock, since 2012.
Mr. Konig has over 25 years of experience in law and business. Mr. Konig was an attorney at the firms of Ravin Sarasohn Cook Baumgarten Fisch & Baime from September 1987 to September 1989, and Greenbaum Rowe Smith & Davis from September 1989 to March 1997, representing borrowers and lenders in numerous financing transactions, primarily involving real estate, distressed real estate and Chapter 11 reorganizations, as well as a broad variety of litigation and corporate law matters. From 1998 to 2002, Mr. Konig served as legal counsel, including as General Counsel, at New World Restaurant Group, Inc. (now known as Einstein Noah Restaurant Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: BAGL)). From 2002 to December 2004, Mr. Konig served as Senior Vice President of Roma Food Enterprises, Inc. where he led operations and the restructuring and sale of the privately held company with approximately $300 million in annual revenues. Mr. Konig received a J.D. degree cum laude in 1987 from California Western School of Law, located in San Diego, California, an M.B.A. degree in Finance in 1988 from San Diego State University and a Bachelor of Commerce degree in 1982 from the University of Calgary.
Christopher J. Vohs
Chief Accounting Officer
Mr. Vohs serves as Chief Accounting Officer and Treasurer of our company, and has served as Chief Accounting Officer for Bluerock Real Estate, L.L.C., for our former advisor, Bluerock Multifamily Advisor, LLC, and for our Manager, BRG Manager, LLC, all of which are affiliates of our company. In his role as Chief Accounting Officer for Bluerock Real Estate, L.L.C. and Bluerock Multifamily Advisor, LLC, and BRG Manager, LLC, Mr. Vohs has been responsible for the oversight of all financial recordkeeping and reporting aspects of those companies.
Previously, Mr. Vohs served as Corporate Controller for Roberts Realty Investors, Inc., a public multifamily REIT based in Atlanta, Georgia, from March 2009 to July 2010, where he was responsible for the accounting and financial reporting for the REIT. From October 2004 to March 2009, Mr. Vohs worked at Pulte Homes, a nationwide builder of single family homes, in various financial roles, including as Internal Audit Manager & Asset Manager and later as Vice President of Finance for Pulte’s Orlando and Southeast Florida operations. As Vice President of Finance, Mr. Vohs was responsible for all finance, accounting, and administrative operations of the division. From January 1999 to October 2004, Mr. Vohs worked as an Audit Manager for Deloitte & Touche, an international professional services firm, where he earned his CPA certification and focused on mid-size to large private and public companies in the manufacturing, finance, and communications industries. Mr. Vohs received his B.A. degree in Accounting from Michigan State University in 1998.
Ryan S. MacDonald
Managing Director – Investments
Mr. MacDonald serves as Managing Director — Investments of our Manager. Mr. MacDonald also serves as Managing Director of Investments for Bluerock and its affiliates, which he joined in 2008. Mr. MacDonald is responsible for the sourcing, underwriting, structuring, financing and closing of all Bluerock real estate acquisitions, as well as ongoing asset management responsibilities including value-added renovation oversight, refinancing execution, and buy/sell recommendations. To date, with Bluerock, Mr. MacDonald has been involved with over 25 real estate transactions with an aggregate value of approximately $900 million.
Prior to joining Bluerock, from October 2006 to May 2008, Mr. MacDonald was an Analyst for PNC Realty Investors (formerly Mercantile Real Estate Advisors), where he served as part of an investment team that made more than $1.2 billion in investments within all tranches of the capital structure. From August 2005 to October 2006, Mr. MacDonald served in a corporate development role at Mercantile Bankshares, where he worked with Executive Management focusing on high level strategic initiatives for the $6 billion bank. Mr. MacDonald received a B.A. in Economics from the University of Maryland, College Park.