Greenlight Communities adds new hires

As an unfortunate number of companies across the country are being forced to furlough or lay off employees, one company in Arizona is thankful to be expanding their team. Scottsdale-based Greenlight Communities, is pleased to announce the hire of Project Coordinator Devon Rae, Assistant Project Manager Jackson Meyer and Real Estate Acquisition Project Manager Alisia Espiriti.

Devon Rae joins the Greenlight Construction team as Project Coordinator on Greenlight’s Cabana projects. Rae holds a Bachelor’s degree in Housing and Urban Development as well as an Arizona Real Estate License and has amassed extensive experience in residential building and real estate. Rae’s experience and expertise will provide Greenlight invaluable insight in designing sustainable and resourceful development as the company continues to grow.

Jackson Meyer, a soon-to-be graduate of the ASU’s Barrett Honors College and recipient of the New American University Scholar award , proudly joins the Greenlight Construction team. Jackson brings a strong education, industry experience and fresh perspective, as Assistant Project Manager. Meyer, who also holds an Arizona real estate license, will serve on the industry’s leading team as they successfully reinvent the traditional apartment developer model, focusing exclusively on attainable rental housing and specializing in urban infill residential development.

Alisia Espiriti holds an Arizona Real Estate License and has earned her Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree from Arizona State University and now serves as the Real Estate Acquisitions Project Manager for Greenlight Communities. For some, Alisia may not have been the obvious choice for this position, having formerly worked as a Mechanical Design Engineer developing products in the Aerospace Industry , but Greenlight has never relied on in-the-box thinking and their hiring choices are no exception. Alisia’s analytical mind, natural curiosity and deep passion for real estate makes her the perfect fit for this role on the Greenlight team.

“We are proud to be doing work that allows us to continue to employ and hire during these difficult times. We know that these three individuals will not only be tremendous assets to our team, but also an integral part in serving the Valley through Greenlight’s mission to build design-forward new and attainable rental housing. Our new team members bring innovate thoughts and new ideas, as well as a passion for real estate. This combination of qualities prove to be invaluable to our industry. With over 500 of our Cabana units ready for move-in May 1st, another 619 under construction, and over 1,300 in development, we are adding attainable rental housing to communities around the Valley at a furious pace. We understand the need is there, now more than ever, and we are determined and set to provide.” said Patricia Watts, Co-Founder of Greenlight Communities.

Sundt’s Sean Ray named vice-chairman of NCCER

Sean Ray, Director of Craft Workforce Development for Sundt Construction, has been named vice-chairman of the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) National Workforce Development Committee (WFD). He has been an active member of the WFD committee for eight years.

Ray is an industry veteran and passionate advocate for the skilled trades who has dedicated the latter part of his career to helping close America’s skills gap. He oversees the recruitment and training of approximately 1,000 skilled craft professionals across a dozen trades at Sundt. Ray and his team recently developed and implemented a successful workforce development partnership with Central Arizona College (CAC) and Tarrant County Community College that certify craft workers to NCCER standards and train students to become the next generation of construction professionals. The program includes four craft trade pathways: structural welding, heavy equipment operating, pipefitting and industrial carpentry. Sundt and CAC recently received the 2020 Bellwether Award for their partnership.

The mission of NCCER’s National Workforce Development Committee is to lead the construction industry in the development, promotion and provision of craft training. The committee works to ensure every craft professional using NCCER programs and processes has an equitable opportunity to learn, demonstrate competency in their chosen craft and receive credentials appropriate to their performance.

Ray entered the construction industry in 1994 as a pipefitter’s helper and quickly advanced to journeyman pipefitter, foreman, and quality control roles. He entered management in 2003 as a superintendent and has served as manager, quality manager and operations manager. Prior to the construction industry, Ray served in the United States Navy as a sonar technician on the USS Vincennes, a guided missile cruiser. When not on watch hunting submarines, he was in charge of maintenance on cooling skids for the sonar system, marking his introduction to piping systems.

APLA announces its 2020-2021 board of directors and officers

The Arizona Private Lender Association (APLA) recently announced its 2020-2021 Board of Directors and Officers.

Board officers are President, Jack W. Hilton, Hilton Financial Corporation; Vice President, Phil Sollomi, Scottsdale Private Lending; Treasurer, Aaron Zeese, PAJ Financial; Secretary, Becky Young, Evergreen Note Servicing; and Statutory Agent, Jeff Craven, The Craven Law Firm.

Other members are Rob Leonard, Colonial Capital; Mitchel Medigovich, Mitchel Medigovich Consulting; Geoff Ball, Applewood Funding; Adam Nach, Lane & Nach, P.C.; and Noah Brocious, Capital Fund I, LLC.

APLA serves the needs of Arizona private money lenders who provide loans secured by real estate with funds from private sources. Its mission is to represent, promote, and foster the business of bringing private capital to Arizona for real estate projects and hold private money lenders to a high standard.

APLA meets six times per year with various guest speakers providing informative news in the private money lending arena. APLA members include licensed lenders and affiliates. Affiliate members include investors, title company representatives, attorneys, real estate brokers and other segments related to the lending industry.

APLA also works to provide standards of conduct and education for Arizona private money lenders. It coordinates with state and federal agencies on behalf of its members.

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