Our Team

 

Sean Wilson, President and CEO

Shawn Wilson

President and CEO

A 25+-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 key stakeholders. Additionally, he guides the design, permitting, 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

Industry Designations

  • President of the Coalition of Affordable Housing Providers
  • Member of the City of Tampa Affordable Housing Advisory Committee
Jim Chadwick, Partner

Jim Chadwick

Partner

As a founding partner of Blue Sky Communities, Jim Chadwick brings over 35 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.

Education

  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Duke University
  • Juris Doctor, Duke University
Scott Macdonald, Executive Vice President and CFO

Scott Macdonald

Executive Vice President and CFO

As EVP and CFO of Blue Sky, Mr. Macdonald is responsible for overseeing project underwriting, managing debt and equity relationships, and closing the company’s transactions. Additionally, he handles the corporate finance responsibilities for the company. He is also in charge of the firm’s expansion into the Texas market.

Since joining the firm in 2014, he has closed 12 transactions with total project costs of $250 Million. These transactions have lead to the creation and preservation of over 1,500 affordable housing units.

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

Industry Designations

  • Past Chairman of the City of St. Petersburg Housing Policy Group
  • Member of the City of St. Petersburg Affordable Housing Advisory Committee
  • HCCP from NAHB
Nikolai Anerud, AVP - Finance

Nikolai Anerud

AVP – Finance

Mr. Anerud serves as the AVP of Finance at Blue Sky Communities. Responsibilities include project underwriting, managing debt and equity relationships, and managing the insurance programs. He also handles various corporate finance responsibilities for the company.

Before joining Blue Sky Communities, Mr. Anerud worked at one of the nation’s largest tax credit syndicators where he performed real estate underwriting, feasibility analysis, and assisted with investor relations.

During this time he underwrote more than 2,000 multifamily units. Mr. Anerud has also worked as an auditor with a public accounting firm, and is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in the state of Florida.

Education

  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting, University of Tampa
David Grimes, VP – Construction

David Grimes

VP – Construction

As VP of Construction, Mr. Grimes is responsible for overseeing the construction phase of Blue Sky projects. He provides design input, conducts plan reviews, oversees budgets, makes regular site visits, and develops architect/contractor relations. He works diligently to ensure success of the construction process.

Mr. Grimes brings 25 years of experience in construction, architecture & project management. Throughout much of his career, he has worked in the multi-family and affordable housing sector. He has experience in both building construction & architectural design, giving him a unique understanding of building processes and best-practice detailing.

He has overseen construction of projects of up to $23 million and uses his expertise to maintain a very high standard of quality.

Education

  • Bachelor of Architecture, University of Kansas

Industry Designations

  • National NCARB Certification
  • Registered Architect in Missouri & Kansas
  • LEED Accredited Design Professional – U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
  • Construction Document Technologist (CDT) – The Construction Specification Institute
Angela Hatcher, SVP – Development Programs

Angela Hatcher

SVP – Development Programs

Ms. Hatcher serves as Blue Sky Communities Senior VP of Development Programs. In this role she oversees all programs related to the local, state and federal funding the Company utilizes for the creation of affordable housing units. She has over 25 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 2,500 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. Additionally, she is a life-long Floridian.

M.J. Kopakin, AVP – Development Programs

M.J. Kopakin

AVP – Development Programs

Ms. Kopakin joined the Blue Sky Community team in 2014. She now serves as the AVP of Development Programs 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. serves on the Gulf Coast Advisory Board for the Children’s Home Society and is a Tampa native.

Education

  • Bachelor of Science in Finance and Marketing, University of Tampa
  • Master of Business Administration, University of Tampa
Geoff Harlan, VP – Acquisitions

Geoff Harlan

VP – Acquisitions

Mr. Harlan currently serves as VP of Acquisitions at Blue Sky Communities. He has 19 years of commercial and residential real estate experience and joined Blue Sky Communities in 2016 focusing on Acquisitions and business development.

Some responsibilities include relationship development with affordable housing industry and development stakeholders and identifying and securing development sites and existing assets. Mr. Harlan also works to determine project feasibility, procure project stakeholder approvals, pre-development of sites, and assists in submitting applications for project funding.

Mr. Harlan started 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
Bob Colvard, VP – Acquisitions

Bob Colvard

VP – Acquisitions

Mr. Colvard is an acquisition developer, specializing in identifying suitable affordable housing rental and for-sale properties. Forming his own consulting business in 1997, Mr. Colvard has worked with numerous developers in the affordable housing industry in various states.

This work included securing property, analyzing state funding applications, working with local and state officials, negotiating purchase contracts, and gathering due diligence for the preparation of Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC), State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP), State Apartment Incentive Loan (SAIL), Home Investment Partnership Program (HOME), Federal HOME Loan Bank (FHLB), and other conventional and subsidy applications.

Mr. Colvard works closely with local governments, communities, and nonprofits, securing local support and funding for future affordable housing developments. He also works closely with local real estate brokers in identifying existing and growing markets where affordable housing is needed, following market trends to monitor employment and demographic information appropriate to the goal of meeting the needs of the target affordable housing citizenship.

Mr. Colvard is a licensed real estate sales-associate.

Lisa Rucker, Regional Vice President - Texas

Lisa Rucker

Regional Vice President – Texas

Lisa Rucker serves as Blue Sky Communities Regional Vice President for Texas. As Regional Vice President, Ms. Rucker is responsible for site selection, preparation of financial applications, conducting due diligence, garnering support from political subdivisions/neighborhood groups/political stakeholders, assisting in financial closings, assisting with project completion and turning projects over to the management agent.

Ms. Rucker has over 15 years of experience working with affordable housing developers in Texas as well as other states in the capacities of Vice President of Development, Development Manager and Risk Manager. Prior to working in the affordable housing industry, Ms. Rucker worked for a large mortgage company as a Default Litigation/REO paralegal tasked with legal default, bankruptcy and real estate property cases throughout the United States.

Ms. Rucker previously was an office manager/paralegal for a Dallas law firm where she assisted with bankruptcy law, family law, and real estate cases. Ms. Rucker also has extensive experience working in the Texas Land Title industry as a commercial/residential real estate Escrow Officer.

Education

  • Bachelor of Business Administration-Human Resource Management Emphasis; Minor in Music Performance, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa.
  • Paralegal Program Studies in Law Office Administration and Real Property Law, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas.
  • Notary Public for the State of Texas
Gregory Giakoumis, VP – Project Development

Gregory Giakoumis

VP – Project Development

Mr. Giakoumis serves as VP of Project Development for Blue Sky Communities. He is responsible for 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:

Education

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

Industry Designations

  • 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
Frank Cornier, VP – Project Development

Frank Cornier

VP – Project Development

Mr. Cornier serves as Vice President of Project Development for Blue Sky Communities. He is responsible for active Blue Sky projects from initial credit underwriting and pre-construction through project stabilization. Frank brings with him nearly 20 years of real estate development, affordable housing, community development, and management experience.

Frank has been on Mayoral transition teams, Sister Cities committees, bank advisory boards and has also served as a board member of several housing and community development organizations.

Frank’s educational background includes a graduate internship in Community and Economic Development at the Pratt Institute and attending Southern New Hampshire University’s Graduate Community Economic Development Program. He also has a Certificate from University of South Florida in Community Real Estate Development. Frank is a licensed real estate broker in Florida and New York State.

Krystian Rozanski, AVP – Project Development

Krystian Rozanski

AVP – Project Development

Mr. Rozanski serves as AVP of Project Development for Blue Sky Communities. He is responsible for helping to advance and addressing the needs of all active projects with a main focus on pre-construction through project stabilization. Mr. Rozanski brings with him over 10 years of commercial real estate experience.

Before joining Blue Sky Communities, Krystian sourced, underwrote, and facilitated closing on quick service restaurant investment opportunities for a private equity group in Clearwater, FL. He started his career working for Raymond James Tax Credit Funds as an underwriter, underwriting potential LIHTC opportunities, before transitioning to an asset manager and looking over an existing portfolio of LIHTC properties throughout the United States.

Since than he has been exposed to resolving distressed commercial loans, investing in value-add assets and commercial real estate financial analysis.

Education

  • Bachelors of Science in Business Administration, University of Florida
Ryan Raghoo, Development Analyst

Ryan Raghoo

Development Analyst

Mr. Raghoo serves as a Development Analyst for Blue Sky Communities. He is responsible for helping to advance and addressing the needs of all active projects, with a main focus on pre-construction through project stabilization. Mr. Raghoo brings with him over 8 years of commercial real estate experience.

Before joining Blue Sky Communities Ryan was a Senior Analyst with a private REIT, where he focused on driving portfolio performance. Over the course of his career Mr. Raghoo has underwritten over $500M in retail, industrial, multifamily, student housing, and senior housing assets. Ryan began his career in property management, and is a licensed Florida Real Estate Sales Associate.

Education

  • Bachelors of Science in Finance, University of South Florida
Ash Mintern, AVP – Construction

Ash Mintern

AVP – Construction

Mr. Mintern serves as AVP of Construction with Blue Sky Communities. He is responsible for managing all project documents, pay applications, pre-construction due diligence, insurance, bonding and architect/designer/engineer relations. Furthermore he visits sites to maintain quality control, project close outs and warranty monitoring.

Mr. Mintern began his construction career as a Project Manager for a Private Firm. At the firm he was in charge of renovating single family houses, in the greater Tampa area, working on 120+ projects per year. After a successful run in single family housing he moved into multifamily renovations.

Between 2017-2019 he oversaw 250+ Unit Multifamily Projects in Tampa, Tallahassee, Knoxville and Starkville, ranging in $2M-7.5M renovations. During this stretch he was in charge of project scheduling, quality control, project accounting, due diligence, vendor sourcing and contract management.

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts, Florida Southern College
Della Fuller, Senior Project Accountant

Della Fuller

Senior Project Accountant

Ms. Fuller serves Blue Sky Communities as the Senior Project Accountant. In this capacity, she is responsible for overseeing the construction draws process and all accounting functions regarding the corporate accounting for Blue Sky and their projects.

Education

  • Master of Accountancy, Liberty University
Jessica Rivera, Administrative Assistant

Jessica Rivera

Administrative Assistant

Ms. Rivera serves as an Administrative Assistant with Blue Sky Communities. She works with the Project Development VP and the VP of Acquisitions.

Before joining Blue Sky, Ms. Rivera worked for a media company where she was the Business Development Manager. With over 20 years’ experience in the fields of Publishing, Marketing and Media companies in New York City, she is able to tailor her skills to meet various needs.

Ms. Rivera has dedicated her career to keeping executives and business owners organized, prioritized and less stressed. She practices a streamlined and intuitive approach to assistance. It rests on empathy, efficiency, and astute problem solving.

Claribel Crudup, Executive Assistant

Claribel Crudup

Executive Assistant

Ms. Crudup serves as the Executive Assistant with Blue Sky Communities. In this capacity, she is responsible for administratively supporting the President and Vice President of the company.

She has over 20 years of administrative / clerical experience and is bilingual in English and Spanish. Before joining Blue Sky Communities, she was an Administrative Coordinator for a call center supporting Executive Staff members.

She began her career as an Executive Assistant at a book publishing company in New Jersey. Claribel is a New Jersey native.

Deanndra Taylor, AVP - Development Program

Deanndra Taylor

AVP – Development Program

In partnership with the SVP of Development Programs Mrs. Taylor is responsible for the application process for Housing Credits, Mortgage Revenue Bonds, as well as other financing programs that assist in the creation of affordable multifamily developments throughout Florida. In addition to financial applications, Mrs. Taylor is also responsible for the coordination of due diligence items as it pertains to credit underwriting and closing.

Mrs. Taylor brings seven years of State and Local Government experience in issues of housing, substance abuse, mental health, homelessness, and economic self-sufficiency. Before joining Blue Sky Communities, she served as a contract manager in affordable housing where she was responsible for compliance and regulatory issues for multifamily communities.

Education

  • Bachelor of Science in Public Health, cum laude
  • University of South Florida
  • Master of Public Health, University of South Florida