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.

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

Josh Harris

Senior Vice President of Accounting & Finance

Overview

Josh Harris controls Laramar's accounting decisions. From individual properties to corporate level finances, Mr. Harris 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, having joined the team in 2010.

Mr. Harris joined Laramar after 2 years as Controller for San Juan Mountain and Golf Resort, a startup luxury vacation ownership company in SW Colorado. Josh spent 5 years at Whispering Pines, LLC, a single-family real estate development company, and held various positions including Business Manager and Controller.

Mr. Harris holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Florida and a B.S. degree in Business Administration/International Finance and Spanish from the University of Alabama.

Favorite Value

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

Denver

University of Florida

Jeanne Schwab

Senior Vice President of Operations

Overview

Jeanne Schwab previously lead the growth and development of Laramar as a 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 returns to Laramar following Senior Vice President of Operations positions at Forum Real Estate, The Irvine Group and most recently, Cortland Partners.

As Senior Vice President of Operations, Ms. Schwab assumes responsibility for directing all of Laramar's 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.

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

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

Amy Pagett

Vice President of Human Resources

Overview

As Vice President of Human Resources at The Laramar Group, Amy Pagett assumes responsibility for directing all of Laramar's HR systems, while developing her vision of a culture that, “communicates the company's values and is scalable in its communication and impact to be something that affects the day-to-day, from the corporate office to the properties across the United States.”

Amy previously lead the growth and development of LONG Building Technologies – Littleton, CO, as HR Director from 2011 to 2018, where she successfully managed and implemented multiple HR systems, benefit administration systems, compensation platforms, and wellness platforms to support company programs for an employee base of 400+ over 8 states.

Ms. Pagett holds a Master of Business Administration, Business to Business Marketing, from University of Colorado Denver. During her 13 years of service in the human resources industry, Amy has been a driving force of ingenuity, leadership and management throughout her career. With that and her innovative and entrepreneurial spirit, Amy's objective is to lead The Laramar Group and its people to build an outstanding company culture and to recruit and retain some of the best talents in the industry; resulting in strong employee loyalty and low turnover.

Favorite Value

Build trust.
Do what’s right, not what’s easy. Share mistakes.
Communicate honestly and respectfully.

Denver

University of Colorado

Peggy Panzer

Vice President of National Accounts

Overview

As Vice President of National Accounts, Ms. Panzer uses her operations and management expertise to identify and capitalize on economies of scale, efficiencies and missed opportunities. Her work ultimately advances financial and ‘smart business’ opportunities which result in increased property values and improved the bottom lines for individual properties as well as investment portfolios.

Peggy previously directed oversight for Allied Orion Group with 28 properties in numerous markets. She created and executed business and marketing plans tailored to the specific needs for each client and their respective properties and ensured that all fiduciary and performance goals were met to add value to the assets and create a positive net effect of income stability and growth.

Peggy Panzer holds an Associate of Science in Business, from Emporia University in Kansas. During her 30 years of service in the real estate industry, Ms. Panzer has accumulated many professional affiliations including board of directors' positions on the Colorado Apartment Association and the Apartment Association of Metro Denver. She also holds numerous certifications and designations, many from the National Center for Housing Management, the National Association of Home Builders and the National Apartment Association.

Favorite Value

Build trust.
Do what’s right, not what’s easy. Share mistakes.
Communicate honestly and respectfully.

Denver

Emporia University

Benjamin Slad

Vice President of Investments

Overview

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.

Favorite Value

Enjoy the ride.
Celebrate victories.
Spread joy.

Chicago

University of Illinois

Josh Mullins

Vice President of Investments

Overview

Mr. Mullins is the Vice President of Investments for the Laramar Group with a primary focus on investments in the major markets of Colorado, Texas and Utah. Since joining The Laramar Group in 2007, Mr. Mullins has been involved in transactions totaling almost 2,000 units with a value of over $350 million. Prior to becoming Vice President of Investments, Mr. Mullins was the Director of Financial Planning and Analysis, where he was responsible for the annual operating budgets of over 40,000 units. In this role, Mr. Mullins also oversaw the real estate taxes, financial reporting, and lender financial covenants for the portfolio.

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 holds a B.S.B.A. degree in Finance from Florida State University.

Favorite Value

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

Denver

Florida State University

Matthew P. Levy

Vice President of Investments

Overview

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.

Favorite Value

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

Los Angeles

University of Southern California

Brandon Krantz

Vice President of Asset Management

Overview

Brandon Krantz is the Vice President of Asset Management for the California and Colorado markets. He is responsible for the development and executing of business plans, the analysis of portfolio performance and reporting, and providing support and direction to the operations teams. In total, he provides asset management oversight for 2,600 units (62 buildings) dispersed throughout Los Angeles, Denver, and Oakland.

Brandon joined Laramar in 2009 and has been involved in all aspects of the business, which contributes to his ability to effectively provide asset management support to the portfolio. Prior to becoming the Director of Asset Management, 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

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 and is a CPA.

Favorite Value

Build Trust.
Do what's right, not what's easy.
Communicate honestly and respectfully.

Denver

The College of New Jersey

Scott Kessel

Assistant Vice President of Asset Management

Overview

Scott Kessel is the Assistant Vice President of Asset Management for the Chicago, Minneapolis, Washington DC, and Tampa markets. He is responsible for the development and execution of business plans, the analysis of portfolio performance, reporting, and providing support and direction to the operations teams. In total, he provides asset management oversight for 3,976 units (68 buildings) dispersed throughout the aforementioned markets.

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 Ohio State University.

Favorite Value

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

Denver

The Ohio State University

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

Jeni Bierling

Director of Learning & Development

Overview

Jeni Bierling joined Laramar in January of 2019 as is the Director of Learning and Development. She is the lead strategist to Laramar’s efforts pertaining to onboarding, continued education, and employee development within both the corporate and individual property sites throughout Laramar’s 15+ core markets.

Ms. Bierling has a passion for developing team members in an effort to support them with their overall career growth and potential. She brings 16 years of experience in the property management field and her initiatives encompass programs that are in direct support of the business needs to ensure Laramar is providing the best experience to both internal and external clients while achieving performance goals.

Before joining Laramar, Jeni left the industry to lead the training department at a managed service provider, Greystone Technology. She has also been the Director of Strategic Sales and Training with Advenir Living and a Team Member Development Consultant for Greystar. Prior to those opportunities, Jeni was with Carmel Partners for 11 years where she started onsite and worked through operations, sales and systems training, marketing, and project and performance management roles. Ms. Bierling has earned her Certified Immersion Experience certificate through Microsoft which has allowed for delivery of more unique and purposeful systems training experiences for end users. Jeni is active with the Apartment Association of Metro Denver chapter and has served as both a moderator and panelist for the AAMD and the Colorado Real Estate Journal.

Ms. Bierling received her B.A in Sociology from the University of Colorado, Denver.

Favorite Value

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

Denver

University of Colorado

Chris Baran

National Director of Construction

Overview

Chris Baran is accountable for the national leadership of our Construction Project Management Department directing all Regional Project Managers by creating efficiencies and standardization for all phases of the construction renovation process from the Acquisition Due Diligence, Budget Development, Pre-Construction, Contract Execution, Project Supervision and Contractor Procurement / Retainment for all of our Cap Ex, Renovation, and Insurance projects.

Chris returned to Laramar in 2017 as a Senior Project Manager where he covered a multitude of markets and specialized in delivering several of our larger projects with continual success. Since rejoining Laramar, Chris has been an integral part of the construction team utilizing his 28 years of experience from various facets of the Construction industry. Chris is a thoroughbred in the construction industry recently leading a multitude of leadership roles with General Contractor Firms specializing in-ground-up & renovation public / private projects within the Healthcare, Municipal, and Education sectors. He also has extensive experience in both Union / Non-Union project settings in Multi-Family, Residential, Industrial, Commercial, and specialty construction. Chris has a passion for teaching, leading and developing team members thru his interpersonal skills with emphasis on being cohesive, transparent, and accountable while encouraging thinking outside the box to embrace new technology and systematic ideas.

Favorite Value

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

Chicago

Arizona State University

Jesse Slaven

Director of National Facilities

Overview

As Director of National Facilities, Jesse Slaven is responsible for the maintenance operations for all Laramar communities nationwide. An industry vet for over 20 years, Mr. Slaven is an expert in standard operating procedures, vendor negotiating, safety and risk implementation, preventative maintenance and training.

Prior to Laramar, Jesse Slaven spent 11 years with Griffis Residential as a Regional Service Manager, overseeing all aspects of maintenance and construction, from capital improvements to day to day ops for 4,500 units.

Mr. Slaven's certifications include EPA Universal, R410A, Smart Sheet, Blue Beam Revu, Appliance Repair through Penn Foster, CPO and OSHA 30.

Favorite Value

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

Denver

7+ Industry Certifications

Kyle Beard

Controller

Overview

As Controller, Kyle Beard oversees Laramar’s accounting and finance teams, covering property, construction and corporate accounting. Under his leadership the team of managers and accountants establish and maintain Laramar’s policies, onboard new properties, assist in dispositions and constantly gain efficiency in the organization.

Prior to Laramar, Mr. Beard held prominent roles in accounting at Lennar and EKS&H.

Kyle has his CPA, with an undergraduate degree in Finance and Real Estate from the University of Denver and a masters in Accounting from the University of Colorado Denver.

Favorite Value

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

Denver

University of Colorado

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