Executive Team

Elevate the players. Change the game.


What’s our superpower? It’s simple, our people. With decades of multifamily experience spanning multiple markets, economic cycles and familiarity with every asset type. Our leadership team has an average of 22 years of industry experience with an impressive average of 12 years together as a team.

Jeffrey Elowe

CEO

Overview

Mr. Elowe founded The Laramar Group in 2001 after co-founding Elkor Realty Corp. and Elkor Properties in 1989. As CEO of The Laramar Group, Mr. Elowe oversees an institutional real estate portfolio valued in excess of $2.5 Billion; Mr. Elowe is a principal in the Laramar Multi-Family Value Fund (a discretionary commingled real estate investment vehicle specializing in multi-family investments throughout the U.S.); a principal in the L-A/Laramar Urban Neighborhood Fund (a specialty Fund which invests in urban neighborhood MF and mixed-use properties in eight major U.S. markets); a managing partner in the Lakeside Workforce Housing Series of Funds (an affordable housing fund series which invests in former LIHTC MF housing throughout the U.S.); a managing partner in the Laramar/LMI joint venture (a JV with a major insurance company which invests in larger MF and mixed-use assets throughout the U.S.); a founding partner in Nine Four Ventures (a Real-Estate Technology Venture Capital Fund); and is a founder and partner in Covington Realty Partners (a developer of MF and mixed-use properties in the Mountain region, Midwest and East Coast of the U.S.).

Laramar is a nationally recognized investment and property management firm that has been ranked in the top 50 largest firms in the U.S. by the National Multi-Housing Council and was recently named as one of the ‘Best Places to Work' by MultiFamily Executive. 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 has built a successful 30-year real estate investment track record having sponsored and participated in transactions totaling in excess of $6 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 on the board of directors of Stay Alfred (the 2nd largest short-term stay company in the U.S.), is a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and is a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO). He is the former chairman of the board for the North Lawndale College Prep Charter Schools and a former 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.

Favorite Value

Make it matter.
Speak and act from a place of impact.

Chicago

University of Illinois

Scott McMillan

President

Overview

Scott McMillan is the President of Laramar and oversees the property management division of the company, a nationally recognized management firm that has been ranked in the top 50 largest firms in the U.S. by the National Multi-Housing Council and was recently named as one of the ‘Best Places to Work' by MultiFamily Executive. In his role, Mr. McMillan is responsible for both the performance of the management company as well as all properties in the portfolio. This includes all financial, budgeting, forecasting, cash management, and operational aspects of the business as well as the guidance and execution of overall company strategy.

Mr. McMillan joined The Laramar Group in 2004 as an Accounting Manager prior to being promoted to Assistant Controller, Controller, Senior Vice President, and ultimately CFO in the fall of 2016. In these roles, Mr. McMillan was instrumental in the creation of a highly reputable accounting department known for accuracy, timeliness, and nimbleness. Additionally, he was responsible for the oversight of all property and corporate level financial statement production, client reporting, cash management, financial planning and analysis, contract management, and all financing activities. In the spring of 2019, Mr. McMillan was promoted to his current role as President of Laramar.

Prior to Laramar, Mr. McMillan worked at ABC Supply, one of the world's largest building products distributors where he advanced his accounting career while holding several positions including Internal Audit Manager and Regional Accounting Manager.

Mr. McMillan has a B.S. degree in finance with an emphasis in accounting from the University of Northern Iowa where he was also a founder of the Sigma Phi Epsilon chapter as well as a member of the varsity tennis team.

Favorite Value

Stay nimble.
Test and learn. Pivot and grow.
Anticipate and evolve. Repeat.

Denver

University of Northern Iowa

Bennett Neuman

Chief Investment Officer

Overview

Bennett Neuman is responsible for Laramar's investment activities nationally and oversees a team of eight investment professionals with expertise in acquisitions, dispositions, capital markets and finance. 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. He works collaboratively with other members of Laramar's executive team to set investment strategy and develop Laramar's market focus.

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 focused on the design, programming and space planning for a new headquarters for a national financial services company.

Mr. Neuman has an B.S. and an M. Arch from the University of Michigan, as well as an M.B.A from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Favorite Value

Go for wow.
Never settle. Push the possibilities.
Drive a bigger impact.

Chicago

The University of Chicago

Jeanne Schwab

Chief Operating Officer

Overview

Jeanne Schwab assumed the role of Chief Operating Officer in 2021, after rejoining Laramar in 2018 as Senior Vice President of Operations, overseeing Fee Management, Affordable, New Development and Joint Venture platforms. She has been instrumental in strengthening the operational leadership of Laramar and currently directs all Laramar’s urban Local by Laramar, Fee Management, Affordable, New Development and Joint Venture platforms, as well as all national marketing efforts for the platforms, while maintaining Laramar’s unique culture and commitment to its clients.

Previously, Ms. Schwab lead the growth and development of Laramar as Vice President of Operations – Western US from 2010 – 2014 where she successfully managed more than 20,000 units in CO, MN, AZ, NV, WA, IL and CA and returned to Laramar following Senior Vice President of Operations positions at Forum Real Estate, The Irvine Group and most recently, Cortland Partners.

Ms. Schwab holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from University of Wyoming. During her 25 years of service in the real estate industry, Ms. Schwab has been a driving force of leadership and management. The current footprint of Laramar’s fee-managed clients now includes more than 150 multi-family communities in over 20 markets from coast to coast and corporate offices in Chicago, Los Angeles, and Denver, with over 600 employees between the corporate offices and the field.

Favorite Value

Make it better together.
Ask for ideas and share yours freely.

Denver

University of Wyoming

Scott Kessel

Chief Financial Officer

Overview

As Chief Financial Officer Scott Kessel controls Laramar's accounting decisions. From individual properties to corporate level finances, Scott steers budgeting, forecasting, analysis, cash management, and accounts payable. His breadth of knowledge for Laramar's finance functions comes from his own growth with the company.

Prior to stepping into his role as CFO, Scott directly oversaw Asset Management for the portfolio and lead the Financial Performance & Analysis department. He was responsible for the development and execution of business plans, the analysis of portfolio performance, reporting, and providing support and direction to the operations teams.

Since joining the company in April 2016 as a Director of Asset Management and eventually an Assistant VP of Asset Management in January 2019, Scott has made an incredible impact on the business with his analytical mindset, positive and professional demeanor, and strong work ethic.

Prior to joining the Laramar Asset Management team in 2016, Scott managed the acquisition/FP&A team with W.J. Bradley Mortgage Capital, a large non-bank residential mortgage firm focused on the acquisition of independent mortgage firms. He oversaw the management of short- and long-term financial planning, cash forecasting, cost analysis, and financial reporting. Furthermore, Mr. Kessel developed complex debt/equity financial models, pitch books, and management presentations for the acquisition of independent mortgage firms. Before W.J. Bradley, Scott was with Aon Hewitt in the institutional investment consulting group.

Mr. Kessel has a B.S. degree in Finance from the Fisher School of Business at The Ohio State University.

Favorite Value

Go for wow.
Never settle. Push the possibilities.
Drive a bigger impact.

Denver

The Ohio State University

John Homer

Senior Vice President of Technology

Overview

As Senior Vice President of Technology, John Homer advances Laramar’s network infrastructure and oversees the technology and software support teams. Since joining the team in 2005, Mr. Homer has played a major role in both finance and technology teams, using his experience to develop Laramar’s current strategy for property management systems, business applications, collaborative resources and network security.

Before joining Laramar, John balanced operations and finance roles with TekSystems EF&I and ABC Building Supply.

Mr. Homer has a BA in History and Economics from Juniata College. Board of Directors for the Arvada Hockey Association since 2016.

Favorite Value

Be humble.
No egos or politics.
Just real people producing results.

Denver

Juniata College

Benjamin Slad

Senior Vice President of Investments

Overview

Ben Slad has nearly two decades of acquisition, investment and management experience and is responsible for investment activities nationally focusing on the multifamily and medical office sectors. Since joining Laramar, Mr. Slad has been involved in transactions totaling more than 19,000 units, 500,000 s.f. of commercial, and $2.5 billion of value, investing on behalf of institutional and private capital partners. In addition to more traditional multifamily investments, Ben was instrumental in the creation of the Local by Laramar investment strategy and brand and also oversees the Laramar Medical Properties platform. Mr. Slad is a member of the firm’s executive committee and investment committee.

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 has served on the associate board of the Over the Rainbow Association, National Multi-Housing Council's Emerging Leaders (NMHC) and 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.

Favorite Value

Enjoy the ride.
Celebrate victories.
Spread joy.

Chicago

University of Illinois

Chris Winchester

Senior Vice President of Development

Overview

Chris Winchester joined Laramar in 2021 as Senior Vice President of Development. In this role he will lead the development activities for the company including sourcing, underwriting, capitalization, entitlement, design, and execution of multifamily developments in multiple markets across the country. Prior to joining Laramar, Chris worked with Greystar Real Estate Partners, Mill Creek Residential Trust, and Century Communities where he developed over 15 market-rate communities, representing approximately 4,300 units with a total capitalization of more than $1.1 billion.

Active in the industry since 2008, Chris previously held several roles at Roche Constructors, where he was involved in all aspects of construction activities, including project manager, superintendent, and estimator for their commercial construction projects. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from the University of Northern Arizona and an MBA in Real Estate and Finance from the University of Colorado’s Leeds School of Business.

Favorite Value

Make it happen.
Whatever it takes, there’s always a way.

Denver, CO

University of Northern Arizona & University of Colorado

Karen Lang

Vice President/Senior Controller

Overview

Karen Lang joined The Laramar Group in 2005 and is responsible for the Investment Accounting functions, which includes investor reporting and relations, acquisitions and dispositions, audit, and tax preparation. Prior to becoming Vice President/Senior Controller, Ms. Lang was Assistant Controller and oversaw the property accounting group and the production of all property level financial statements.

Prior to joining Laramar, Ms. Lang worked at Archstone-Smith as a Senior Accountant and oversaw property level financial reporting for the West Region portfolio. She has also worked in the mutual fund industry as an Accounting Supervisor at Janus Capital Group and Merrill Lynch, where she was responsible for the daily valuation and reporting of fund assets.

Ms. Lang holds a B.S. degree in Accountancy from the College of New Jersey.

Favorite Value

Make it matter.
Speak and act from a place of impact.

Denver

The College of New Jersey

Brandon Krantz

Senior Director of Development

Overview

Brandon Krantz is the Senior Director of Development. In this role he will direct development activities for the company including sourcing, underwriting, capitalization, entitlement, design, and execution of multifamily developments in multiple markets across the country.

Brandon joined Laramar in 2009 and has been involved in all aspects of the business, which contributes to his ability to effectively provide support across the portfolio. Prior to his role as Sr. Director of Development, Mr. Krantz was Vice President of Asset Management responsible for the development and execution of business plans, the analysis of portfolio performance and reporting, and providing support and direction to the operations teams. He provided asset management oversight for 2,600 units (62 buildings) dispersed throughout Los Angeles, Oakland, and Denver. Previously Brandon held management positions in the Accounting and Due Diligence Departments. While in these roles, Brandon assisted with the acquisition of over 82,000 units, 384 buildings, and the disposition of 68,000 units, 276 buildings in a variety of transitions including receiverships, and bank owned properties. Brandon also has experience with lease-ups, rent stabilized assets, and value add business plans.

Mr. Krantz has a B.S. in Finance from Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Favorite Value

Own it.
Take initiative, walk the talk and live up to every promise.

Denver

University of Colorado

Anna Shea

Senior Director of Marketing

Overview

As leader of Laramar’s national marketing group, Anna Shea creates and implements marketing strategies that ensure Laramar is positioned as an industry-leading marketing and branding organization. She directly influences the effectiveness of the marketing group through strategic planning and performance optimization, driving national marketing efforts by marrying strategies with analytics to provide quantifiable and measurable results.

Prior to joining The Laramar Group, Anna spent 3 years at Pinnacle as a Regional Marketing Manager, where she was responsible for development and implementation of property marketing strategies in Nevada and Colorado. Prior to Pinnacle, Anna spent 13 years with Simpson Property Group where she championed the national marketing platform including; companywide digital marketing strategy, technology platforms implementation, marketing strategy performance analysis, adoption of industry best practices and aligning regional marketing strategies to national programs.

Anna is a graduate of the University of Idaho where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Relations with a Minor in Business.

Favorite Value

Be what’s next: Welcome new ideas. Stay curious about everything.

Denver

University of Idaho

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