Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Ell joins Steadfast as Chief Operating Officer to oversee business operations for the organization, with emphasis on property management. Prior to joining Steadfast, Mr. Ell worked with Corvias Military Housing as COO, and as SVP of Asset Management for Lennar Multifamily Communities, a start-up division of Lennar homes. Mr. Ell was also a principal and founding partner of Allegiant Residential and spent an additional 13 years working as EVP of Summit Properties and President of Summit Management Company – a publicly held REIT with 90 properties and 24,000 units.
Mr. Ell has a passion for building great teams and follows the principle of “Live Well, Laugh Often and Serve Others.” His commitment to people and dedication to customer service have been a benchmark for his success in the real-estate industry. Mr. Ell is a graduate of UCLA with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics.
Miles H. Orth
COO/Executive Vice President
Mr. Miles H. Orth serves as the Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of Campus Apartments, Inc. Founded in 1958, Campus Apartments is one of the nation’s largest providers of on- and off-campus student housing. As a vertically integrated firm, Campus Apartments is experienced in all facets of the student housing industry and has more than $1.5 billion in assets under management including garden-style, mid-rise, and high-rise assets, as well as mixed-use and urban scattered-site housing.
Mr. Orth joined Campus Apartments from College Park Communities, the national student housing company of GMH Communities Trust. As the Executive Vice President for College Park Communities, Mr. Orth oversaw the operation of properties and had a fiscal accountability for a staff of more than 1,000 employees. Prior to joining GMH, Mr. Orth had multiple years of experience in real estate management, including overseeing student housing, conventional apartments, office and retail properties.
Chief Administrative Officer
Julie Smith is responsible for the oversight and strategy of Bozzuto’s Marketing, Human Resources, Technology and Research departments. Julie’s expertise in brand building, talent and technology is integral in the company’s ongoing expansion efforts into targeted markets as well as in the alignment of the Bozzuto brand with the evolving expectations of today’s customer. Previously, Julie served as president of Bozzuto Management Company, overseeing a $9 billion portfolio that included more than 50,000 units in more than 200 apartment communities throughout the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest and Southern regions.
Under Julie’s leadership, Bozzuto Management grew from an organization with 15 employees to one of more than 2,000. It was also named Property Management Firm of the Year by Multi-Housing News in 2011, and now three times by the National Association of Home Builders in 2000, 2009 and 2017. In 2016, Julie was honored as a Distinguished Leader by the Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Network. In 2015, Julie was named one of Washington’s Women of Influence by the Washington Business Journal as well as one of The Top Ten Most Influential Women in Multifamily by Multifamily Executive Magazine. She was also named the magazine’s 2013 Multifamily Executive of the Year.
Executive Vice President
Ms. Brawn-Whitesides joined ConAm in 2015 and is responsible for overseeing the property management operations for the company's nationwide apartment portfolio. She interfaces continuously with Regional Vice Presidents with regard to management strategies, owner relationships, property performance, operating standards and associate performance. Her direct reports also include Vice Presidents of Marketing, Education, Compliance, Business Strategies, and Property Services.
Prior to joining ConAm, Ms. Brawn-Whitesides held the position of Executive Vice President of FPI Management. During her tenure at FPI, she built solid business relationships, mentored hundreds of associates, and was instrumental in growing the company from 50,000 units to over 80,000 units in 6 years. She brings over 24 total years of experience in the property management field.
Ms. Brawn-Whitesides is a well-known industry veteran, and shares her expertise frequently. She has participated in conference panels for the National Apartment Association (NAA), Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM), and the California Apartment Association (CAA). She is frequently asked to participate in leadership groups with national firms to discuss best practices and trends within multifamily operations.
Chief Operating Officer
As a principal and chief operating officer, Rob Kellum oversees property management activities as well as new business development, marketing, property acquisition and disposition, and consulting for SUHRCO’s multi-family portfolio. He has led the re-development and re-positioning of apartment communities throughout the Pacific Northwest and has extensive experience in apartment-to-condominium conversions.
Prior to joining SUHRCO, Rob was president and managing partner of a local real estate investment, management, development, and brokerage company where he managed more than $300-million in real estate assets and developed and/or purchased and renovated $50-million in real estate. He was responsible for property acquisition, disposition, and supervision of property renovation and management.
Tenacious. Driven. Strategic. Passionate. Accessible. These are just a few words that people use to describe US Residential President Stephanie Brock. In her role, Stephanie is responsible for the company’s operational, client satisfaction, growth and revenue objectives.
Creative and collaborative, Stephanie leverages her 30 years of multifamily expertise to build dynamic teams – and genuine relationships – to optimize performance and maximize the value of US Residential-managed assets. She leads by example, consistently challenging the status quo to connect strategy with solutions that advance performance and reputation.
Stephanie joined US Residential from Greystar Real Estate Partners – the largest third-party property management company in the country – where she served as Senior Managing Director for the company’s Central Mountain Division, comprising nearly 50,000 units in 18 states. Prior to Greystar’s acquisition of Riverstone Residential Group in 2014, she served as Riverstone’s Division President for the Central Region, which consisted of nearly 55,000 units. At Riverstone, Brock was responsible for opening and establishing seven new markets.
Executive Vice President – Western Region
Mike Clow is the executive director of real estate operations of the western United States for Greystar. His portfolio includes Washington, Oregon, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Idaho, and North Dakota. Mike has been active in the multifamily industry since 1989. Prior to joining Greystar in 2008, Mike was a principal with Gray Clow Residential, where he developed, managed, and sold over 7,500 units. Before that, he was division vice president of BRE Properties, a regional manager with Evans Withycombe and broker with CBRE. Mike holds a bachelor of science in management and an MBA from Arizona State University. He serves as Chair-Elect of the National Apartment Association and board member for the Arizona Multihousing Association. Mike holds a CPM® designation from the Institute of Real Estate Management and an active real estate broker’s license in Arizona.
President and CEO
Founded in 2007 by President and CEO Rick Cavenaugh, Stoneleigh Companies is a private real estate investment company focused on the acquisition and development of income-producing multifamily properties. Stoneleigh’s team is experienced in all facets of commercial real estate development, finance and operations. It has an extensive multifamily portfolio, having targeted the acquisition of existing apartment properties as well as the development of new luxury apartment communities in select markets to build a portfolio of institutional quality properties.
Drucker + Falk
Cheering "War Eagle" amid all things orange and blue is where you'll find Jim during football season. An Auburn alum and supporter of anything "but Bama, "Jim is a workout enthusiast, bike rider, avid fisherman and skier, whose business discussions are often fronted by a throwback sports analogy.
A respected industry veteran, Jim joined Drucker + Falk in 2009, bringing with him 23 years of commercial real estate leadership experience. As a senior-level investment and asset management executive with some of the industry’s most prominent firms, Jim has extensive experience in commercial real estate acquisitions, dispositions, finance, development, brokerage, and property management. He has been instrumental in the transformation of Drucker + Falk from a family business to now being among the Top 50 most prestigious property management firms in the country.
A graduate of Auburn University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Management, Jim obtained a Masters of Business Administration with a concentration in finance from Georgia State University. He is a member of the National Multifamily Housing Council, National Apartment Association, Urban Land Institute, National Association of Industrial and Office Properties, the International Council of Shopping Centers, and the Institute of Real Estate Management.
Leigh Curry has been actively running conferences for apartment executives for more than 20 years. Starting with the initial Multifamily Executive Conferences, Leigh also started the initial Multifamily Executive Leadership Summit in Vail in conjunction with the National Multi Housing Council (NMHC); the initial Executive Brainstorming Sessions; the Institute for Rental Housing Studies (IRHS) in Park City now in its 12th year in conjunction with the National Apartment Association (NAA); as well as helped produce sixteen Multifamily Exchanges, the only national reverse trade show for executives involved with new development, renovation/rehab, procurement and asset management.