Our Team

Shawn Wilson

President and CEO

An over 20-year affordable housing veteran with experience in several for-profit and non-profit organizations, Mr. Wilson leads as President and Chief Executive Officer of Blue Sky Communities. He is responsible for identifying new opportunities, determining financial feasibility, and interacting with land sellers and other key stakeholders. He creates the financial plan for each development and obtains all necessary funding. He guides the design, permitting, loan closing, and construction administration of all developments.In the early 1990’s he worked for two prominent non-profit housing organizations in Miami, including living through Hurricane Andrew and being involved in both short-term and long-term housing recovery efforts. During this time he was responsible for the development of more than 200 housing units. Starting in 1996 he was responsible for the development of more than 3,000 affordable rental units (tax-credit) with several top for-profit developers in South Florida. In 2012, he went out on his own, together with the other partners, to form Blue Sky.

Education
Bachelor of Arts, Ohio University
Master of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh


James Chadwick

Partner

As a founding partner of Blue Sky Communities, Jim Chadwick brings over 30 years of affordable housing development, management and consulting experience. In his current capacity with Blue Sky, he provides advisory support including evaluation and approval of all new project investments.

From 1983 to 2006, Jim was President of RGR, Inc., a housing consultant firm. He was responsible for the development of more than 100 apartment communities. The majority of these communities involved affordable housing for low-income elderly and/or disabled individuals utilizing a variety of HUD funding programs. Simultaneously, as a partner in Renfrow & Chadwick, Attorneys at Law, for over 20 years, Mr. Chadwick concentrated his practice in the area of real property law. He represented both for-profit and not-for-profit clients in the development area. Areas of expertise included representation at land use hearings, negotiation and closing of varied loan transactions, and title insurance matters. In the 1990’s, Mr. Chadwick successfully developed several luxury apartment properties and condominiums comprising more than 1,200 units in Florida.

Since 1984, Mr. Chadwick has also served as President of Carteret Management Corporation, a service-oriented, privately held and family-operated corporation with 41 years of experience in managing apartment communities throughout Florida. Carteret specializes in the management of affordable housing funded by HUD (236, 202 and Section 8). In 2012 it expanded its portfolio to include Low Income Tax Credit Management, and in connection with that role, has been recognized as approved management organization by Florida Housing Finance Corporation. The success of Carteret’s property and asset management work is demonstrated in the solid financial footing and excellent physical condition of these developments.

Education
Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Duke University
Juris Doctor, Duke University


Scott Macdonald

Vice President and CFO

As VP and CFO of Blue Sky, Mr. Macdonald is responsible for overseeing project underwriting, project management and managing debt and equity relationships. Additionally, he handles the corporate finance responsibilities for the company.

Before joining Blue Sky Communities as Vice President, Mr. Macdonald was a Vice President with Seminole Financial Services in Belleair Bluffs, FL. While there he underwrote, closed and managed a $120M portfolio of debt and equity investments in commercial real estate and renewable energy assets. His portfolio included 725 market-rate and LIHTC multifamily units nationwide.

Mr. Macdonald began his career with Bank of America in the commercial real estate training program where he completed a year-long program focused on advanced real estate finance, credit, accounting and underwriting. During this time he began underwriting, closing and managing a portfolio of over 1,000 multifamily units across the country. Additionally, he managed approximately $200M in mortgage banking lines of credit for DUS and LIHTC syndicators to finance the development of market-rate and affordable housing communities.

In 2009, Mr. Macdonald joined the commercial real estate workout group at Bank of America to resolve a portfolio of distressed construction and acquisition loans. While there he helped manage a $400M portfolio of 2,000 market-rate, LIHTC, and student housing units nationwide.

Education
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Finance, Boston University
Master of Business Administration, University of Florida


Angela F. Hatcher

Development Manager

Ms. Hatcher serves as Blue Sky Communities Development Manager. She has over 20 years of affordable housing experience which began while serving as the HOME Program Administrator and later the Tax Credit Program Administrator at Florida Housing Finance Agency.

In 1998, when FHFA became a corporation, she started her own affordable housing consulting business and has been involved with several well-known Developers throughout the years. She has proven expertise with financial application processing with FHFC, local governments, lenders, and investors. Her ability to coordinate the due diligence process from site selection to real estate closings make her a valuable asset to Blue Sky Communities.

Ms. Hatcher has been a part of the production of over 2,000 affordable housing units in Alabama, Georgia and Florida. She attended Troy State University and Florida State University and holds a degree in Business Administration from Chipola College.


Geoff Harlan

Acquisitions Director

Mr. Harlan serves as the Acquisitions Director of Blue Sky Communities. Responsibilities include identifying and securing development sites and existing assets. Mr. Harlan also works to determine project feasibility, procure project stakeholder approvals and assists in submitting applications for project funding.

Mr. Harlan started off his career in the United States Navy where he served for almost 10 years. After serving in the Navy, Mr. Harlan performed real estate related market studies, financial feasibility and various other analytical services with Triad Research & Consulting, Inc. Before joining Blue Sky Communities, Mr. Harlan was in commercial multifamily real estate brokerage and involved in industry related web-based service development with Smith Equities Real Estate Investment Advisors.

Education
Bachelor of Arts in Business and Information Systems, St. Leo University


Gregory Giakoumis

Project Manager

Mr. Giakoumis serves as Project Manager for Blue Sky Communities. He is responsible for all active Blue Sky projects from initial credit underwriting and pre-construction through project stabilization. He brings with him over 10 years of experience in the affordable housing industry.

Before joining Blue Sky, Greg was focused on project financing and underwriting. Work included determining feasibility, application submission, and closing due diligence. His experience also includes preparing Capital Needs Assessments, plan & cost review reports, construction monitoring, and equity draws.

Mr. Giakoumis holds the following certifications: PMP (Project Management Professional), designated by the Project Management Institute; HCCP (Housing Credit Certified Professional), designated by the National Association of Home Builders; CBO (Certified Building Official), designated by the International Code Council; CDT (Construction Document Technologist), designated by the Construction Specification Institute.

Education

Bachelor of Applied Science in Project Management, St. Petersburg College.


M.J. Kopakin

Project Administrator

Ms. Kopakin serves as a Project Administrator with Blue Sky Communities. In this capacity, she is responsible for managing the tax credit application process and assisting with closings.

Before joining Blue Sky Communities she was a Real Estate Analyst where she prepared valuations and market studies for apartment communities, both market rate & income restricted. She began her career as an Analyst/Account coordinator at an advertising firm.
M.J. is a Tampa native.

Education
Bachelor of Science in Finance and Marketing, University of Tampa
Master of Business Administration, University of Tampa