John Foresi – CEO, Co-founder and Director
As Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Venterra, John is responsible for the overall management and growth of Venterra. In addition to his broader responsibilities, he invests considerable time developing Venterra’s conservative macro economic views; and ensuring that Venterra’s financial transactional activities are consistent with these views, to deliver the highest possible risk-adjusted returns for its investors.
John has held senior executive positions in several technology companies, focusing on supply chain and customer relationship management. He also held senior management positions in transportation, consumer product industries, and investment banking, where he was responsible for valuations, mergers, and acquisitions. John has been recognized as a national ‘Top 40 Under 40’ award winner and as a top 100-impact executive by B2B Magazine. He is a former board member of Salt + Light Television and former member of YPO Upper Canada. John is the past Chapter Chair of the YPO Ontario Gold Chapter and has held positions of Education Chair and Vice Chair. He is also a current member of the Chief Executive Organization.
John holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from Wilfrid Laurier University.
Andrew Stewart – Chairman, Co-founder and Director
Andrew’s oversight includes strategic direction for the company, corporate governance, investor relationships, and all executional components of acquisitions, divestitures, and refinancings. He also oversees the continued build-out of Venterra’s advanced management and operational information systems; developing and deploying sophisticated mathematical optimization models to drive superior operating results.
Andrew’s extensive experience includes executive management of several software and technology development companies, as well as automotive engineering and operations management. Andrew is Chairman of Spring Rains, an organization that provides entrepreneurs in developing nations access to capital and training.
Andrew holds a Master’s Degree in Artificial Intelligence from Queen’s University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Queen’s University and TH Karlsruhe (Germany).
Richard Roos – Chief Operating Officer
Richard joined Venterra in November 2002. Since that time, Richard has taken on successively greater responsibility and now provides Executive Leadership to Venterra’s operating divisions. These include Property and Asset Management, Construction Services, Accounting Operations, ground up Development and Technology. Richard is responsible for ensuring high levels of execution across the organization, that have resulted in exceptional portfolio performance, earning Venterra the reputation as an innovator and leader. As member of the Investment Committee, Richard plays a key role in the identification and evaluation of new strategic opportunities and he participates in all investment decisions.
Prior to joining Venterra, Richard held a senior financial position with a technology focused sales and marketing solution provider for the Real Estate Development Industry. Prior to that, Richard was a manager in the corporate finance group at BDO Dunwoody LP, focusing on business valuations and acquisition due diligence.
Richard holds a Bachelor of Accounting with First Class Honors from Brock University and is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA).
Calvin Lee-Young – Vice President, Finance
Calvin joined Venterra in June 2004 as Assistant Controller, progressively taking on increasingly senior roles. As Vice President of Finance, he directs all capital market activities including accounting, financial reporting, treasury, taxation and investor relations. He fills an instrumental role in executing our corporate and investor governance practices and is the primary interface for day-to-day communications with our Investor Partners.
Before joining Venterra, Calvin was a manager in the Audit and Assurance group of Deloitte & Touche LLP, where his client base was primarily focused on commercial, retail and public sector real estate.
Calvin holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University and is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA).
Dror Goldberg – Executive Vice President, Acquisitions/ Underwriting
Dror has been directly involved in Real Estate finance for the past 15 years, 12 of those focused specifically on Multi-Family. His responsibilities include oversight for the underwriting and acquisition of assets for Venterra’s growing portfolio of quality investments. Under his leadership, the team is also charged with identifying good prospects for follow on financing and strategic input around market assessment, and the potential disposition of assets. Dror brings broad real estate experience to Venterra. His prior roles include work with Banc of America Securities Real Estate Investment Banking group where he largely focused on private market investments/transactions. After his time as an investment banker Dror served as the CFO of a Multi-Family investment fund and Director of Capital Markets for a private equity fund, both of whom were focused on the Multi-Family industry.
Dror holds a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Texas and a dual degree in Economics and Government Studies from Claremont McKenna College.
Bryan George – Sr. Vice President of Property and Asset Management
Bryan has more than 15 years of Multi-Family experience in various Real Estate ownership and operation leadership positions. Bryan joined Venterra in March 2011 and has since taken on successively increasing responsibility leading to his currently role overseeing all ongoing Property and Asset Management Operations.
His focus on challenging the standard expectations of Multi-Family management by utilizing innovative management techniques and world class customer service ensures Venterra’s portfolio achieves its full financial potential. He has conceived and executed numerous industry-leading operating initiatives that have solidified Venterra as a top tier operator in the multi-family industry. Some of the more notable Venterra achievements during his time at the company include being recognized by Fortune Magazine as a Top 100 Best Medium Workplaces for 5 years running (#20 overall, #2 Texas in 2020) and outperforming all public Multi-family REIT on the key NOI growth performance metric for more than 8 years, while producing industry leading customer experience ratings.
Bryan is an integral contributor in assessing new investment opportunities and for the oversight of Venterra’s Asset Management group.
Prior to joining Venterra, Bryan spent 7 years at Apartment Management and Investment Company (AIMCO). He has an undergraduate degree in Business Management and Communications, as well as an MBA from the University of Wyoming.
Neil Simon – Vice President, Development
With 20 years of experience across 6,000+ units, totaling in excess of $1.4 billion, Neil oversees all facets of ground-up development for Venterra’s growing portfolio of quality investments. He is responsible for all development activities including strategic planning, market and site identification, project feasibility, underwriting, entitlement, design, financing, construction, and leasing.
Neil has extensive experience within the multifamily industry including development, acquisitions, asset management, and capital markets. Prior to joining Venterra, Neil worked with some of leading multifamily developers in the country including Camden, The Hanover Company, The Dinerstein Companies, and Allen Harrison. He has developed across the product type spectrum from traditional garden to high-rise.
Neil holds a Bachelor of Business Administration, with Finance Concentration, from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
Andrew Basso – Vice President, Technology
Andrew started with Venterra in 2006 as a Software Developer and has been instrumental in the development of Venterra’s world-class software solutions and integrations. Andrew has led the advancement of technology in all facets of the business and is responsible for security, infrastructure, intelligent solutions, automation, and continuous improvement. As Vice President of Technology, Andrew focuses on strengthening Venterra’s operating platform with technology and innovation by leading efforts across multiple teams located in the US, Canada, and Europe.
Andrew holds a BSc at the University of Toronto and has over two decades of experience in the technology industry.
Stephanie Gonzalez – Vice President, Property & Customer Innovation
Stephanie Gonzalez serves as Vice President of Innovation at Venterra Realty. She is a respected, results-driven leader with over 15 years of experience leading digital transformation in the multifamily industry. With a keen interest in consumer behavior, she takes great pride in turning the impossible into reality through creative problem solving, data, resourcefulness, and great intuition.
Stephanie is responsible for bringing innovative ideas and processes into Venterra and has led many successful transformations. In 2017, she designed a proprietary solution and the industry’s first free, online rental application which returns an approval within minutes while satisfying investor concerns. More recently, she led the creative thought process for and co-implemented a solution that offers renters a significant discount for enrolling in autopay while meeting the business requirements. She also has oversight responsibilities for the performance of the Marketing, Customer Experience, Sales and Communications departments, where innovation is needed most for meeting the needs of the future renter.
Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Business Degree from the University of North Texas and as a lifelong learner, feels her more relevant learnings come from reading, listening to podcasts, and watching consumer trends. She serves with her esteemed colleagues on The Innovation and Emerging Technology Committee for the National Multi-Family Housing Council (NMHC) and has obtained several certifications through MIT, the American Marketing Association (AMA), and Google. She is currently being interviewed for CHIEF, a private network for successful woman in leadership. Stephanie is highly regarded in the industry, has spoken at major events and on various podcasts further serving the multifamily industry.
She firmly believes when the desire is present, there is always a way.
Byron Plant – Vice President, Asset Management
For over 30 years, Byron has been engaged in multifamily and commercial real estate management, strategic planning, asset management, investor relations, financial analysis, acquisitions, dispositions, development, refinancing, valuation, budgeting/finance, marketing and sales.
Byron joined Venterra in 2020 and oversees asset management through financial analysis, strategic planning, reporting, supporting acquisitions, property management, construction and ensuring alignment with corporate initiatives. His prior experience includes the management and development of an independent senior housing portfolio. In 1992, he was awarded the MAI (Member of the Appraisal Institute) designation and received CCIM designation in 1998.
Additionally, Byron has served on the CCIM chapter Board of Directors leading the scholarship program and chaired the annual CCIM Forecast Competition. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Houston Apartment Association, has been President of the Houston Multifamily Fire Safety Alliance and is a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI). Byron is also a licensed real estate broker in the state of Texas.
Byron holds Bachelor’s Degrees in Real Estate and Finance from Florida State University.
Quin Willis – Vice President of Property Management
Quin Willis is an accomplished Property Management professional with extensive experience in the multifamily industry, excelling in improving portfolio performance and building teams. Quin joined Venterra in 2018 as an Asset Manager before progressing to Senior Director of Property Management in 2020, and now holds the position of Vice President of Property Management.
With a focus on revenue optimization through strategic initiatives, Quin is responsible for driving property performance for Venterra’s portfolio of communities including Midrise, Class A Garden, Converted Industry Lofts, Mixed-Use, HOA, and Affordable Housing. She specializes in promoting a service-centric community environment for residents, creating value for all investors and engaging onsite teams.
Quin holds a Bachelor of Sociology & a Bachelors of Philosophy Degree from West Virginia Wesleyan College. Additionally, Quin serves as Vice President at Large for Houston Apartment Association and sits on the board at both the Houston Apartment Association and Texas Apartment Association.