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WHO WE ARE

Our value-add is realized through investing in our residents and enriching their lives through social programs and building community which, as a byproduct, has a positive impact on property performance.

 

Comunidad Realty Partners (CRP) is a dynamic real estate investment firm specializing in workforce housing communities in culturally diverse neighborhoods. Core to its investment strategyphoto_whoweare is creating culturally-relevant, inclusive communities that are tailored to the various ethnicities living at its communities. The company specializes in revitalizing apartments in infill locations and implementing its proprietary cultural management platform which includes specific cultural upgrades, community investment initiatives, and social impact programs that build community and enrich lives. CRP uses its multifamily lifestyle brand “Buena Vida Community” at its properties to represent its mission of delivering an unparalleled experience of enhanced multifamily living by providing more than just a home but a lifestyle

The firm’s investment philosophy is predicated on fostering innovative lifestyle improvements that align with its residents wants and needs and differentiate the living experience in order to create long-term value for residents and communities in a socially responsible way. The firm takes a holistic approach to its investments through symbiotic stakeholder integration of residents, staff, vendors, the greater community, the environment, and investors in order to truly maximize economic and social returns. Additionally, the firm is focused on “green” environmental improvements that reduce its properties’ energy footprint while reducing utility costs for residents.

CULTURE & CORE VALUES

Comunidad Realty Partners has a robust corporate culture that integrates the backgrounds, skill sets, and cultural idiosyncracies of its team members into the corporate fabric in a way that allows the “Buena Vida” lifestyle brand to permeate throughout all facets of its corporate and property-level operations. Having a collaborative, horizontal management style that breaks down hierarchical and bureaucratic bottlenecks allows our management team to adapt to property and residents needs in an effective way. Our team is intimately involved in day-to-day operations in order to keep a finger on the pulse of staying relevant to its residents and a signature of the firm’s service offering. We subscribe to a values-driven approach to management that has guided us by closely aligning our core values with our business activities.

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The firm’s core values are the following:

Unwavering Integrity
Doing the right thing is not always the easiest decision but it’s always the right decision and one that the firm follows ardently with unwavering integrity.

Passionate Work Ethic
Love what you do and work passionately doing it. Work is meaningless if it’s not done in a rewarding and meaningful way to the person doing it.

Disciplined Purpose
Genuine gratification is achieved striving for a higher purpose and one that’s disciplined enough to fulfill that purpose.

Servant Leadership
Have the humility to lead by doing and by serving the team members around you.

Fearless Innovation
Take calculated risks, question conventional wisdom, and innovate with fearless entrepreneurialism.

Relentless Pursuit of Excellence
Be gratified but never satisfied. Be rewarded by what you do but not satisfied as satisfaction can breed complacency. Continuous improvement and the desire to always excel and get even better are quintessential.

Stakeholder Integration
Take a holistic approach to your activities through symbiotic stakeholder integration of residents, staff, vendors, the greater community, the environment, and investors in order to truly maximize economic and social returns.

TEAM

The executive team at CRP has a unique combination of experience and specialized knowledge in the areas of real estate and the cultural marketplace; realizing success in both sectors over the past 30 years. After a number of investments in multifamily real estate, CRP recognized a void in the marketplace as workforce housing apartments were found to be overly commoditized and cookie-cutter, one-size-fits-all products treated as static, fixed operations that were run passively. The industry lacked differentiation and energetic, service-oriented management that uniquely tailored its product to their resident profile. This was particularly apparent in the B/C asset class with operators that were undercapitalized, complacent, unsophisticated, and homogeneous. In 2007, CRP ventured to provide a differentiated multifamily product and tap into a niche market that was grossly underserved yet dynamic, large, and growing: the Hispanic renter population. Since then, CRP has built a portfolio that is committed to community and committed to the residents that make its communities thrive.

J. Antonio Marquez | Principal and Managing Partner

J. Antonio Marquez serves as Principal and Managing Partner of Comunidad Realty Partners, a Quez Capital company. He is responsible for strategic planning, capital raising efforts, and Chairman of the firm’s Investment Committee. He is involved in business plan formation on new acquisitions, value-add strategy implementation, and cultural strategic efforts. Mr. Marquez has 20 years of experience with his family’s group of companies serving the Hispanic marketplace and has managed his family’s commercial portfolio totaling over 2 million square feet of office, retail, and industrial space. He has been involved in multifamily real estate transactions working or partnering with a number of firms, namely, LM Capital – a CalSTRS-backed investment firm, Carlyle, GE Capital, Prudential, Hines, and Wells Fargo. Mr. Marquez graduated cum laude from California Polytechnic – San Luis Obispo and attended the Stan Ross Program in Real Estate at the University of Southern California’s Lusk Center for Real Estate where he focused on urban real estate with an emphasis in affordable/workforce housing.

Santiago Rivera Torres | Managing Director

Santiago Rivera Torres serves as Managing Director at Comunidad Realty Partners, a Quez Capital company. He oversees portfolio management activities including capital improvement projects, ancillary income services and cultural services & programs implementation. He also is involved in establishing and developing the firm’s commercial partnerships and strategic alliances as well as supporting capital raising efforts and investor relations. Mr. Rivera Torres has worked in the Real Estate and Construction sector in Mexico and U.S. for the last 12 years; his experience ranges from working on family-owned projects on developments in Baja under a joint venture with Hines Real Estate and low income housing projects in Mexico. The Rivera Torres family has been involved in $3 billion USD in housing (400,000 units), hotels & resorts, industrial parks, retail/mall development, and infrastructure development throughout Mexico.

Rachel Deitemeyer | Principal and Finance Director

Rachel Deitemeyer serves as Principal and Finance Director at Comunidad Realty Partners, a Quez Capital company. She is responsible for the finance components of the company and involved in tax strategy, treasury management, financial management, and risk management. In addition, she facilitates investor reporting and instrumental in the strategic direction of the company. Previously, she worked with Biomed in San Diego, United States Department of Agriculture, and Lockton Companies, the world’s largest privately-held insurance company. She graduated from the University of Nebraska with honors.

Patrick Borja | Executive Vice President – Finance & Accounting

Patrick Borja serves as Executive Vice President – Finance and Accounting of Comunidad Realty Partners, a Quez Capital company. He is responsible for financial reporting, taxation, and treasury management activities for both the company and its portfolio of assets. He is involved in implementing financial and accounting strategy, maximizing financial performance, and risk management. Mr. Borja has over 20 years of real estate experience in the public and private sectors and has worked in both institutional and private middle market positions. Prior to Comunidad, he has led accounting, finance, and equity teams for real estate development companies, private equity funds, property management companies, and family offices. Mr. Borja has managed financial accounting and reporting for DRA Advisors, GTIS Partners, WCCG, and a New York family office. In addition, he has worked extensively in fund management, debt servicing, compliance, acquisitions, asset management, dispositions and re-financing. He graduated from the State University of New York at Binghamton and previously served as a Certified Public Accountant.

Jessica Jimenez | Vice President – Asset Management

Jessica Jimenez serves as Vice President, Asset Management at Comunidad Realty Partners, a Quez Capital company. She is responsible for asset management implementation across the portfolio specific to revenue strategies and expense management including but not limited to rent pricing optimization, marketing plan implementation, unit turn cost management, utility conservation measures, talent development and compensation, vendor negotiations/management, lender servicing, risk management, and other strategic asset management initiatives for the portfolio. Previously, she was Vice President of Operations and Chief Administrative Officer for the Renaissance Companies, a real estate consulting company providing financial institutions, private equity firms and hedge funds with predictive model valuations, targeted market sale processes and market intelligence plans for real estate owned assets. She graduated from Notre Dame University and the Ross Minority Program in Real Estate at the University of Southern California.

Pamela Lopez | Director of Social Impact

Pamela Lopez serves as Director of Social Impact at Comunidad Realty Partners, a Quez Capital company. She is responsible for community outreach, nonprofit partnerships, and the resident services / lifestyle management components of the operation. She serves as a liaison and social services conduit enabling services such as after-school programs for kids, health education, financial literacy, English as a Second Language (ESL) programming, resident workforce support for vocational training and job placement, among other programs integral to the resident services platform. In addition, she worked for Hewlett-Packard in research & development, has extensive experience in cultural business management serving key leadership positions with multiple organizations and was an educator for the California school system for 10 years.

Horacio Villarreal | Director – Investment Management

Horacio Villarreal serves as Senior Associate of Investment Management at Comunidad Realty Partners, a Quez Capital company. He is responsible for activities related to acquisitions, fundraising, recapitalizations / refinances, and dispositions. Horacio has been instrumental in navigating multiple transactions across the Sunbelt. Prior to joining Comunidad, Horacio spent a year and a half at HPI where he served in multiple capacities on the industrial team. Before HPI, Horacio served as an Acquisitions Analyst at WCCG where he underwrote and closed transactions in various product types in multiple Top 50 MSAs. Horacio graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 2014 and is a member of Chancellor’s Centurions, a group that supports The University of Texas System. He is also a member of Bachelors of Austin and a member of the Texas Real Estate Center Council.

Steven Johnson | VP – Technology & Data Science

Steven serves as VP of Technology & Data Science at Comunidad Realty Partners, a Quez Capital company. He is responsible for process design and systems implementations related to the company’s technological assets. His expertise is in integrating data science and predictive analytics into a firm’s operational workflows. Steven holds a Chartered Financial Analyst designation and has a decade of experience advising firms on best practices of machine learning, geomatics, and data science capabilities. This includes building construction estimation software, machine learning capabilities for investment banks, leading transformative data integration projects for major oil companies, and providing expertise to major global advisory firms. Past clients he has worked with include ExxonMobil, Deloitte, McKinsey, HSBC, the US Federal Government, and many private middle market businesses looking to advance their data science and analytical capabilities.

Zaid Mansuri | Asset Management – Revenue Analyst

Zaid Mansuri serves as a Revenue Analyst at Comunidad Realty Partners, a Quez Capital company. He is responsible for strategic asset management activities related to revenue enhancement such as rent price optimization, execution of marketing strategies, maximizing other income, and the development of novel systems leveraging machine learning to provide more predictive modeling techniques to accelerate revenue growth. Zaid has experience and a passion for data visualization, forecasting, and regression analysis. Prior to joining Comunidad, Zaid worked in both Risk Management and Asset Management capacities as a Financial Analyst at ConAm Management Corporation. Zaid graduated from UC San Diego with a B.S. in Economics where he acted as an Academic Senator overseeing tuition and fee policy.

Jose Rodriguez | Asset Management – Expense Analyst

Jose Rodriguez serves as an Expense Analyst at Comunidad Realty Partners, a Quez Capital company. He is responsible for strategic asset management specific to expense management including contract negotiation, vendor management, utility conservation, cost containment, and unit turn expense efficiencies. In addition to expense controls, he is responsible for talent development and training. He also has experience with real estate valuation and cash flow analysis. Prior to joining Comunidad, José participated in the Manager Development Program with GEICO Insurance and held an officer position in the Hispanic Business Student Association at San Diego State University where he also obtained his BS in Finance.

Yiming Cai | Senior Analyst – Acquisitions / Development

Yiming Cai serves as an Analyst at Comunidad Realty Partners, a Quez Capital company. He is responsible for construction management programs, green / utility conservation programs, and design for the portfolio’s capital improvement programs. In addition, he supports acquisition underwriting and business intelligence development efforts. He is also involved in business plan development and execution. He was previously a Structural Engineer for China State Construction Engineering Corp (CSCEC) and Cost Manager at China Construction America, Inc. He graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with a Masters of Science in Real Estate Development and from Tongji University with a Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering Construction.

Demetre Booker | Director

Demetre Booker serves as a Director at Comunidad Realty Partners, a Quez Capital company. He is responsible for transactional activities of the firm particularly in the Southwestern United States. He is also responsible for sourcing, underwriting, contract management, and closing efforts for the firm’s transaction pipeline in the Southwestern markets. He graduated from California Polytechnic – San Luis Obispo.

Rob Hanna | Executive Director – Social Impact

Rob Hanna serves as Executive Director of Veritas Impact Partners, which was founded by principals of Comunidad. Veritas was founded to formalize social impact programs at multifamily communities. Rob is responsible for community outreach, nonprofit partnerships, and the resident services / lifestyle management components of the operation. He serves as a liaison and social services conduit enabling services such as after-school programs for kids, health education, financial literacy, and workforce job skills training and job placement, among other programs, that are integral to the resident services platform. Rob previously worked as a Vice President of Dominic & Dominic – a New York merchant bank, Dell’s Social Innovation platform, and was the former Community Development Commissioner for the City of Austin. Rob graduated from New York University and the University of Florida.

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