Executive Team

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Jeff Elowe

President & CEO

Mr. Elowe founded The Laramar Group in 2001 after co-founding Elkor Realty Corp. and Elkor Properties in 1989. As President and CEO of The Laramar Group, Mr. Elowe oversees an institutional real estate portfolio valued in excess of $1 billion and is a principal in the Laramar Multi-Family Value Fund, which is a discretionary commingled real estate investment vehicle specializing in multi-family investments throughout the U.S.

Laramar is a nationally recognized investment and property manager currently ranked in the top 50 largest firms in the U.S. by the National Multi-Housing Council. Mr. Elowe is chairman of the investment committee and is responsible for the company's overall strategic planning, investments, asset management and investor relations. Mr. Elowe is also a founder and principal of Covington Realty Partners, which is a highly regarded sponsor of national Tenant-in-Common (TIC) and Delaware Statutory Trust (DST) transactions. Mr. Elowe has built a successful 24-year real estate investment track record having sponsored and participated in transactions totaling in excess of $4 billion.

Mr. Elowe is the recipient of the 2013 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award (Mountain Desert region). In addition, Mr. Elowe is on the board of directors of the National Multi-Housing Council (NMHC), is a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and is a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO). He is chairman of the board for the North Lawndale College Prep Charter Schools and a board member of Chicago Jewish High School. Mr. Elowe has a B.S. degree from the University of Illinois and an M.D. degree from Northwestern University.

Steve Boyack

Chief Operating Officer

Steve Boyack joined Laramar in 2002, and oversees Laramar's national portfolio, including all field operations and site staffs, marketing, project management and portfolio performance. In his role as Chief Operations Officer, he is responsible for ensuring that Laramar's systems and programs are implemented consistently across the portfolio. Mr. Boyack also oversees the implementation of Laramar's Urban Neighborhood platform nationwide.

Mr. Boyack first joined Laramar in the role of General Manager for the Fillmore Center in San Francisco, then oversaw the Bay Area as Laramar's regional manager. He quickly ascended to the role of Vice President of Asset Management in 2006 and then in 2010, was promoted to Senior Vice President of Asset Management/Business Development. In 2015 he became Chief Operating Officer.

Prior to Laramar, Mr. Boyack was a general manager with Draper and Kramer where he oversaw a Class A luxury high-rise development on the Chicago lakefront. Prior to Draper and Kramer, Mr. Boyack was a property manager with RMK Management Company. 

Mr. Boyack has served on the board of directors of the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) and is a Certified Property Manager (CPM). He is also on the board of NMHC's Sustainability Subcommittee. 

Mr. Boyack has a B.S. degree in economics, with a double emphasis in math and psychology from the University of Iowa. 

Scott McMillan

Chief Financial Officer

Scott McMillan is the chief financial officer, a member of the executive committee and has overall responsibility for the financial operations of Laramar, as well as several other corporate departments including IT, FP&A, Risk Management, and Asset Management. Scott was promoted to this leadership role in 2016.

Mr. McMillan joined The Laramar Group in 2004 prior to being promoted to senior vice president of accounting/controller in the fall of 2011. In this role, Scott was responsible for the oversight of all accounting functions, which includes all property and corporate level financial statement production, client reporting, cash management, accounts payable, contract management, and vendor compliance. Starting as the accounting manager for all fee management assignments nine years ago, he focused on building versatile policies and procedures that could easily be adapted to handle multiple clients with varying needs.

Prior to Laramar, Mr. McMillan worked at ABC Supply, one of the world’s largest building products distributors where he held several positions including internal audit and accounting manager.

Mr. McMillan has a B.S degree in finance with an emphasis in accounting from the University of Northern Iowa.

Bennett Neuman

Senior Vice President - Investments

Bennett Neuman is responsible for property acquisitions in Laramar's Midwest, Southeast and East Regions. Mr. Neuman joined Laramar’s predecessor company, Elkor Realty, in 1998. Since joining Laramar’s predecessor company, Mr. Neuman has been responsible for over $2 billion of acquisitions. Additionally, he has played a critical role in the affordable housing activities of Laramar and its predecessor, including completing over $90 million of tax-exempt bond financed transactions. Mr. Neuman has developed strong relationships with local owners and brokers in several markets, allowing him to identify acquisitions that are not widely marketed.

Prior to joining Laramar’s predecessor company, Mr. Neuman was an asset manager with M. Myers Properties, a private owner with approximately 6,000 apartment units located throughout the Midwest. He oversaw the operations of this portfolio and managed the physical renovation and repositioning of distressed assets acquired through foreclosure.

Trained as an architect, Mr. Neuman also worked for Holabird & Root Architects, one of Chicago’s preeminent architecture firms, where he primarily focused on the design, programming and space planning for a new headquarters for a national financial services company.

Mr. Neuman has a B.A. degree and a masters of architecture degree from the University of Michigan and an M.B.A. with a concentration in finance from the University of Chicago.

Yolanda Meberg

Senior Vice President - HR Operations

Senior Vice President - HR Operations Yolanda Meberg joined Laramar in November of 2013 as a human resource professional. Ms. Meberg’s career spans two decades and she has managed human resources in a variety of industries and roles.

Throughout her career, Ms. Meberg has successfully established sustaining business relationships through her approach for accountability, driving results for the business and respect for the individual. Through her ability to address root cause analysis, she has led process improvement teams and helped create professional development plans for all levels of employees.

As a former Affirmative Action Officer in higher education, Employee Relations Manager for a multi-national telephony company and as a Vice President of Human Resources managing top secret security clearance for international business, Ms. Meberg brings a depth and breadth of strategic and practical experience. Ms. Meberg has been successful as a recruiter, principal negotiator for medical and extended benefits, project manager for HRIS initiatives, as well as compliance and employee relations programs designed to impact the employees in companies with a national presence.

Ms. Meberg earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Adult Education & Training from the University of Wyoming College of Education. She holds a Masters in Human Resources Management and Development from Colorado State University.

David Egeland

Vice President of Marketing

David Egeland joined The Laramar Group in 2014, and is responsible for all marketing and training activity. His responsibilities include property-based marketing and experiential programming, digital initiatives, and investor communications. Mr. Egeland also works closely with the Business Development team on new product development encompassing branding, awareness campaigns, strategic creative development and social media.

Prior to joining Laramar, he spent 14 years at General Growth Properties, the second largest retail REIT in the U.S. Mr. Egeland had several senior marketing roles at GGP, such as SVP Field Marketing, VP Marketing Programming & Operations, and VP Marketing - Western Region.

Before GGP, Mr. Egeland worked as a Brand Director at Sears, Senior Brand Manager at Kraft Foods and as a Media Supervisor for Leo Burnett advertising.

Mr. Egeland holds a B.S. in Communications from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Benjamin Slad

Vice President of Investments

Benjamin Slad joined The Laramar Group in 2004 and is responsible for acquisitions, portfolio management, dispositions, asset management and investor relations. Since joining Laramar, Mr. Slad has been involved in transactions totaling more than 18,000 units and $1.8 billion of value.  Mr. Slad works closely with all team members including accounting, investments, construction, risk management, operations and property management.

Prior to joining Laramar, Mr. Slad was a project coordinator at Imperial Realty Co. in Chicago where he oversaw asset management and financial analysis.

Mr. Slad is on the associate board of the Over the Rainbow Association, is a member of the National Multi-Housing Council’s Emerging Leaders (NMHC) and is a member of Urban Land Institute (ULI).

He has a B.A. degree and a Masters of Architecture degree from the University of Illinois. He also has an M.B.A. with a concentration in finance from the University of Illinois.

Josh Mullins

Vice President - Investments

Mr. Mullins is responsible for acquisitions and investments in Colorado. Since joining The Laramar Group in 2007, Mr. Mullins has been involved in the company’s acquisitions in Florida and California. Prior to becoming Vice President of Investments, Mr. Mullins was the Director of Financial Planning and Analysis, where he was responsible for annual operating budgets for over 100 properties consisting of more than 40,000 units. In this role, Mr. Mullins also oversaw the real estate taxes for the portfolio and the monthly debt payments, financial reporting, financial covenants, and lender’s required repairs for approximately 120 loans.

Mr. Mullins joined Laramar after two years with The Bainbridge Companies, a multi-family owner, developer and condo conversion company where he was an Associate. In this role, he was involved in $750 million of multi-family development, condo conversions, and acquisitions of value-add multifamily opportunities.

Mr. Mullins is a licensed Colorado Associate Real Estate Broker and a member of ULI. He holds a B.S.B.A. degree in Finance from Florida State University.

Matthew P. Levy

Vice President of Investments

Mr. Levy is the Vice President of Investments for The Laramar Group.  Mr. Levy is responsible for identifying investment opportunities in the western United States with a primary focus on California markets.  Mr. Levy joined Laramar after 6 years as Vice President of Acquisitions & Development at Frost/Chaddock Developers, LLC, a Los Angeles based multi-family investment, development and management company where he was responsible for all aspects of acquisitions, feasibility, design development, entitlements, and structured financing.

Prior to joining Frost/Chaddock, Mr. Levy was the Acquisitions & Project Manager for Beverly Hills based Casden Properties, LLC.  At Casden, Mr. Levy was involved in the acquisition and development of a pipeline consisting of more than 3,000 residential units and 500,000 square feet of commercial space throughout Southern California.

Additionally, Mr. Levy was a Deputy to Los Angeles City Councilmember Tom LaBonge where he managed city-wide capital improvement projects, infrastructure development, and land-use planning. Mr. Levy received his B.S. from the University of Southern California and a Master of Planning from the University of Southern California.

Christopher Peter

Regional Vice President of Operations West

Christopher Peter is the Regional Vice President of Operations and is responsible for the operations and financial performance of Laramar’s Western portfolio. Chris has over 15 years of industry experience and is returning to Laramar after 4 years as Managing Director for Equity Residential in the San Francisco Bay Area. After successfully integrating a Silicon Valley portfolio of over 1,800 units into the EQR portfolio, he went on to manage over 3,300 units, generating an annual revenue stream of over $75mm and setting record NOI growth. Chris is specialized in both conventional and rent control assets, distressed portfolio optimization and post-acquisition integration.

Prior to working for Equity Residential, Chris was a portfolio General Manager for the Laramar Group in the San Francisco Bay Area, managing a complex variety of REO/Bank owned assets. Chris has also held the role of Senior Asset Manager at Prana Investments, a real estate investment firm, with operations in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles. His ability to optimize property operations, navigate complex regulatory environments and bridge challenging relationships with stakeholders has been instrumental in the success of his portfolios.

Chris has served as Vice Chairman of the City of East Palo Alto Rent Stabilization Board, is an active member of the California Apartment Association and currently serves on the Housing Industry Foundation Board of Directors, as Executive Committee Vice President.

He received his Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Lehigh University.

Melanie Trapnell

Regional Vice President of Operations East

Melanie Trapnell is the Regional Vice President of Operations over the Eastern region and is responsible for the operations and financial performance for over 10,000 apartments along the Eastern Seaboard and Midwest. Melanie joined Laramar after 3 years as the Regional Vice President of Vantage Management Incorporated, where she was responsible for new business development and regional oversight of just under 4,000 units in the DC metro area. Her portfolio included lease-up and stabilized assets, as well as assets phasing out of various types of subsidy.

Prior to working for Vantage, Melanie spent 10 years with Equity Residential in several different markets including Seattle Washington, New York City, and Washington DC where she was a Regional Manager overseeing a complex portfolio of high-rise, mixed use and lease up assets. She was actively involved with the growth of the Seattle portfolio and instrumental in developing a bench strength of engaged leaders to manage properties in a highly competitive market. Her accomplishments also include managing numerous changes to the operations including the rollout of an entirely new accounting and operating platform, price optimization and sales training. She is a member of IREM and has received her ARM designation.

Melanie attended Idaho State University and was also trained in leadership at Rio Salado College.