We’re a family that makes homes.

Our team is the biggest reason for our success. Led by an extremely-qualified executive leadership team, our 400+ employees ensure we stay a leading force in the real estate industry.

Advisory Board

Scot Sellers

Scot Sellers

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Mr. Sellers has been Chief Executive Officer of Archstone-Smith Trust, one of the world’s largest apartment companies since 1997. He has served several roles such as Chairman and Trustee, Independent Director, and Chief Investment Officer for many companies and trusts throughout his tenure, including The Howard Hughes Corporation and the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts. During his 29-year career in the apartment business, he has been responsible for the development, acquisition and operation of over $40 billion of apartment communities in over 50 different cities across the United States. Mr. Sellers is a member of the Executive Committee of the National Multi-Housing Council. He was named as 2005 Entrepreneur of the Year in real estate for the Rocky Mountain Region by Ernst & Young. Mr. Sellers received his M.B.A. from Stanford University Graduate School of Business and a B.S. from Lewis and Clark College.

Robert Gifford

Robert Gifford

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Mr. Gifford was the President and Chief Executive Officer of AIG Global Real Estate from 2009 through 2016 and has broad experience in real estate investments and major development projects across various market sectors. Mr. Gifford joined the company one year after the U.S. Government took an equity interest in AIG. In this role, Mr. Gifford executed on both the wind-down of $20 billion of legacy real estate assets and the subsequent strategic rebuilding of the company’s real estate investment platform, committing over $2.5 billion of equity to $7.5 billion of new real estate projects. Prior to joining AIG Global Real Estate, Mr. Gifford was a Principal with AEW Capital Management, L.P. (AEW) where he led a team in creating and implementing an opportunistic investment strategy targeting value-add real estate acquisitions and development. Currently, Mr. Gifford serves as a Director of Lehman Brothers Holding Inc. and a Director of Retail Properties of America (NYSE:RPAI). He is also an active member of the Urban Land Institute where he formerly served as Council Vice-Chair. Mr. Gifford received his Master’s Degree in Public and Private Management from Yale School of Management and his B.A. from Dartmouth College.

Murray McCabe

Murray McCabe

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Mr. McCabe has been a Managing Partner at Blum Capital Partners since September 14, 2012 where he is responsible for overseeing and managing global real estate related investment initiatives, focusing on distressed debt, opportunistic equity investments and structured investments in public securities. He is also Managing Partner at Montgomery Street Partners. Prior to Blum, he had a 20-year career with JPMorgan, where he held several positions in the Investment Banking division where he was responsible for originating and executing over $250 billion of transactional activity and managing a $500 million annual revenue business, including direct oversight of a $10 billion credit and lending principal investment business. Mr. McCabe is a Member of Advisory Board at the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics at the University of California, Berkeley and is an Executive Council Member of the Real Estate Finance and Investment Center and REIT Investment Funds Advisory Board for the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas, Austin. Mr. McCabe received a Bachelor of Arts in Finance from the University of Texas, Austin.

Leadership Team

Leaders in development, sales, marketing, consulting, and the office ping pong tournament.

Greg Henry

Greg Henry

Chief Executive Officer

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Greg Henry is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Aspen Heights Partners. He presided over the development, financing, and construction of over $1.7 billion worth of student housing and multifamily real estate in projects nationwide. Under his leadership, Aspen Heights has become one of the premier brands in the student housing industry by delivering innovative products and a unique resident experience. Prior to founding Aspen Heights in 2006, Mr. Henry owned and operated a residential development and construction company in Northwest Arkansas. In 2007, he sensed the housing industry had become frothy and made the timely move into the recession resistant industry of student housing, as a consequence by 2008, during the historic economic crisis, he was one of few developers still able to secure deals and grow the business. Since then he’s demonstrated a unique ability to anticipate subtle market shifts and respond creatively. Mr. Henry also teaches entrepreneurship at the highly ranked Socratic Acton MBA program (ranked #1 on Princeton Review’s 2014 list of “Most Competitive Students”). In 2016, he won the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Central Texas Award.

Russ Murphy

Russ Murphy

Chief Operating Officer

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Russ Murphy is Co-Founder and Chief Operations Officer of Aspen Heights Partners. Since the company’s founding, Mr. Murphy has been committed to driving innovation and corporate culture that has resulted in the successful development, financing, and construction of over $1.7 billion worth of student housing and multifamily real estate in projects nationwide. Mr. Murphy has been in senior level positions for over fifteen years and has spent the past ten years focusing on real estate development, construction and acquisitions. His diverse background consists of Executive level positions as well as sitting on multiple boards. Russ has started as well as invested in multiple nonprofits, held consulting positions with small to mid-size companies. Russ has been involved in acquiring small businesses and invests in startups. He has spent time working with companies such as Tyson Foods, JB Hunt, Alternative Design Mfg. and Simmons Foods, Inc. His passion for our non-profit, Aspen Heights Awake, inspired him to take on the leadership of Chairman of the Board. Russ earned his B.S.B.A. in Management and Human Resource Management from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and is certified as a Professional in Human Resources.

Dan Fuchs

Dan Fuchs

Chief Financial Officer

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Dan Fuchs joined Aspen Heights Partners in 2008 as a Senior Associate in Finance and rapidly rose to the rank of Chief Financial Officer by 2014. His primary responsibilities include financial strategy, underwriting, and providing leadership to the Finance and Accounting teams. Mr. Fuchs is known for his sharp and strategic financial mind, calm leadership style, and rare command of both the big picture and the details. Prior to joining Aspen Heights Partners, Mr. Fuchs was a Senior Associate at RCLCO, a strategic real estate advisory firm based in Washington, DC. Before his position at RCLCO, Mr. Fuchs was the Research Manager responsible for covering the Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD metro areas for the real estate research firm Hanley Wood Market Intelligence.

Mike Riley

Mike Riley

Executive VP of Construction

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Mike Riley joined Aspen Heights Partners in 2013. He has 40 years of experience managing multi-family and commercial construction projects representing more than $10 billion in investment. He has experienced every facet of construction management, from field engineer to superintendent all the way to business leader. Mr. Riley is familiar with all aspects of development having delivered timely, high quality, and on-or-under budget completion of dozens of large-scale projects. Mr. Riley spent most of his career in Houston, Texas with Century Development, then led the Greystar Development and Construction business for 10 years. He is an exceptional leader; his department consistently achieves the highest scores in our annual employee engagement survey.

Ryan Fetgatter

Ryan Fetgatter

VP of Development

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As Vice President of Development for Aspen Heights, Ryan Fetgatter oversees and manages all aspects of development, including market research and selection, site acquisition, entitlement, design, and construction. Since joining Aspen Heights in 2010, Ryan has led the development of over 30 different projects which include 18,000+ student housing beds and 1200+ multi-family units totaling over $1.5 billion in cost. Notable projects include RISE, The Independent, and Aspen West Campus, all high-rise residential towers in Austin, Texas. Prior to joining Aspen Heights, Ryan was with The Opus Group in Washington, DC, working on over 750,000 square feet of urban and suburban office development. Ryan graduated from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2006.

Demi Sterling-Kinney

Demi Sterling-Kinney

VP of Operations

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Demi Sterling-Kinney joined Aspen Heights in 2014 bringing more than 15 years of experience in the student housing and multifamily industry on both the development and stabilized operations sides. She began her career with Fairfield Residential overseeing the new construction lease-up of their first purpose-built student housing projects. Through her career with Fairfield, Sterling University Housing, CWS Capital Partners and American Campus Communities, she held roles such as the Director of Education and Marketing Services, Regional Operations Director and the Director of Student Housing. She won the following national annual company awards multiple times during her tenure at CWS: Best YOY NOI Growth, Best YOY Reduced Operating Expenses, Best Effective Rent Increase, and Director of the Year.

Rosemary Whaling

Rosemary Whaling

VP of Marketing

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Rosemary Whaling has more than 20 years of experience in marketing and public relations in a broad range of industries. Ms. Whaling joined Procter & Gamble and spent 10 years in Brand Management. Prior to joining Aspen Heights Partners in 2016, she further honed her strategic skills at Dell, drove record College ring sales at Balfour, marketed the Austin-iconic Sweet Leaf Tea and gained valuable experience in the Student Housing industry as Vice President Communications and Marketing at Campus Advantage. Ms. Whaling leads the Marketing group at Aspen Heights and is responsible for designing and implementing marketing strategies and tactics that drive the company’s growth and expansion.

Brad Walters

Brad Walters

VP of Development

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As Vice President of Development, Brad Walters oversees and manages all aspects of development, including market research and selection, site acquisition, entitlement, design, and construction. Brad’s experience includes over 15 years of real estate development. This includes experience managing sourcing, development, and construction of over 3,600 multifamily units with a total capitalization of $490 million. Brad started his career as a financial analyst with Credit Suisse in New York and also served in development and finance roles with Carmel Partners, a San Francisco-based private equity firm managing over $2 billion in discretionary equity capital focused on multifamily value-added investments and new development. He also served as a Managing Director at Trammel Crow Residential then transitioned to serve as Vice President of Multifamily Development at Forestar Group, Inc. for 6 years. He also helped to build the new multifamily platform and team, and managed the sourcing and development of five projects (1,589 units) with a total capitalization of $230 million in Texas and Colorado.

John Faulk

John Faulk

VP of Land Acquisition

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Joel Heikenfeld

Joel Heikenfeld

VP of Investments

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Joel Heikenfeld is responsible for Aspen Heights Partners’ financing activities across the company’s various real estate investment platforms. This includes the structuring and placement of equity and commercial debt for new acquisitions and developments, refinancing of existing debt, and the origination and negotiation of fund-level credit facilities. During his 10 year tenure at Behringer Harvard, Mr. Heikenfeld capitalized in excess of 25M square feet of office, multifamily, hospitality, retail, and industrial projects consisting of over $6 billion of total deal capitalization consisting of construction, permanent, mezzanine, and bridge financing along with joint venture and preferred equity.

Gregory Dandrea

Gregory Dandrea

VP of Asset Management

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Reporting to Dan Fuchs, Gregory Dandrea leads the Asset Management group at Aspen Heights Partners, and is responsible for business plan execution across the company’s portfolio of development projects and assets under management. Mr. Dandrea provides strategic direction and oversight throughout the life cycle of each property. He and his team also manage Aspen Heights Partners’ investor relationships – preparing and reviewing reporting, and serving as a single point of contact for all deals after closing. Prior to joining Aspen Heights, Mr. Dandrea was a Vice President of Multifamily Development at Forestar, an Austin-based real estate firm, where he lead efforts to source, design, capitalize and construct urban infill and suburban multifamily projects in Charlotte, Atlanta and Houston. Before this, he was a Senior Asset Manager with Virtus Real Estate Capital, where he led the student housing and multifamily asset management team.

Todd S Gaines

Todd S Gaines

VP of Development

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As Vice President of Development for Aspen Heights, Todd Gaines oversees and manages all aspects of development, including market research and selection, site acquisition, entitlement, design, and construction. Prior to joining Aspen Heights, Gaines was the Houston and Central Texas City Director for Wood Partners, where he was actively involved in the development, design, and financing of more than 2,500 units valued in excess of $400 million.
Prior to joining Wood Partners, Gaines was an attorney with Houston-based Dabney & Pappas, where he focused on real estate litigation in addition to a broad range of civil matters.
Gaines holds an MBA from The University of Texas at Austin’s McCombs School of Business; a J.D. from South Texas College of Law, where he was a member of Law Review; and a bachelor’s degree from Washington and Lee University. He serves as a member of the Advisory Council of the Real Estate Finance and Investment Center at the University of Texas at Austin’s McCombs School of Business, and is also an active member of the Real Estate Council of Austin and ULI -Austin.

Scot Johnson

Scot Johnson

VP of Human Resources

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Scot Johnson joined the Aspen team in 2016 as the Vice President of Human Resources. He comes to us with over 20 years’ experience in HR in a wide variety of organizations, including Oil and Gas Engineering, Franchising, Information Technology, and Non-profit. Scot’s most recent experience was leading the Organizational Development/Human Resource function at Sport Clips a franchised network with over 2,000 stores across the United States and Canada. Prior to Sport Clips, he work as the Director of Organizational Development for Wood Group Mustang a global oil and gas engineering firm with over 40,000 employees worldwide. Throughout his career Scot has created HR systems and solution that help ensure an organization’s most important asset, their human capital, is well positioned to not only succeed today, but also to meet the business challenges of the future. In addition, he has been a featured speaker and trainer at many conferences throughout the United States on such subjects as creating engaging work cultures, leadership skills, retaining top talent, and recruitment.

T.C. Selman

VP of Pre-Construction

Justin Jaksha

VP of Business Development

Maya Walker

VP, Accounting

Charlie Vatterott

Executive VP of Development

Rich Stasica

General Counsel