Our leadership team is comprised of the industry’s leading housing developers, financial analysts, project managers, market researchers, and support staff. Education and experience are the key to our team’s past and current housing successes.
KEITH S. JANS
Keith has been involved in the real estate industry for over 35 years. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a degree in housing. Keith’s past experience includes working in the public sector, the senior housing industry as a municipal finance advisor, and as a development consultant. At Real Estate Equities Development, Keith is responsible for acquiring and developing projects; conducting feasibility due diligence, structuring project financings, arranging partnership and institutional investments; structuring fee arrangements and ownership participations; managing the development process; and asset management.
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Craig has been involved in the real estate industry for over 20 years. He is a 1991 graduate of the University of St Thomas. Prior to joining Real Estate Equities, Craig practiced public accounting in the Twin Cities where several of his clients were real estate companies, including Real Estate Equities. At Real Estate Equities Development, Craig is responsible for all accounting, treasury and MIS functions; corporate and investor communications; financing and tax compliance issues; and property and asset management.
Andrew has been involved in the real estate and construction industry for more than 20 years. He is a 1998 Graduate of the University of North Dakota with a BS in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance. Prior to his employment with Real Estate Equities Development, he worked six years with Community Contractors, a general contracting firm, and several years for US Home Corporation (now Lennar). At Real Estate Equities Development, Andrew is responsible for project administration, management of the construction process, overall project marketing, market feasibility and financial analysis.
Shane has worked in the real estate development industry for 15 years. He is a 1999 Graduate of Texas Tech University with a BA in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing and Finance. Prior to his employment with Real Estate Equities Development, he worked for Jeffrey E. Smith Development in Columbia, MO developing affordable multi-family projects throughout Missouri that included both new construction and historic rehabilitation. At Real Estate Equities Development, Shane is responsible for site selection, land acquisition and entitlements, project administration, financial analysis, new market identification and expansion as well as overall project marketing.
Director of Human Resources
Kathy has over sixteen years of experience in the field of Human Resource Management and has worked in a variety of industries. She holds undergraduate degrees in Business Administration and Psychology and received her MBA in Human Resource Management from the University of St. Thomas in 2004. In her prior role, Kathy was the Director of Human Resources for a large telecommunications company for seven years. At Real Estate Equities Development, Kathy is responsible for managing all of the organization’s human resource functions.
DIRECTOR OF SALES
Steve has over 25 years of experience in sales, marketing, national accounts, vendor management and customer service. Prior to joining Real Estate Equities Development in 2011, Steve was involved in the residential real estate market since 1996 where he specialized in sales of single family homes, new construction and land. He is responsible for the sales activities with the Village Cooperative senior housing division of REE Development. Additional oversight includes leadership and training of the Village Cooperative sales managers.
DIRECTOR OF SALES
Denny has 32 years of experience in sales management, operations and customer service. He is a graduate of Michigan State University with a BS degree in Business. Prior to joining REE Development, Denny held senior management positions with Southview Design, a design and construction contractor and Weisman Enterprises responsible for sales management, operations and client relationship management. Denny is responsible for leading sales growth as well as overseeing sales managers and local offices for the Village Cooperative.
STEVE VON SCHMIDT
DIRECTOR OF MARKETING AND CREATIVE
Steve brings over 20 years of experience in strategic marketing and creative tactical implementation. Prior to joining Real Estate Equities Development, he led some of the most successful direct marketing companies in the country serving the senior lifestyle and hobby markets. His work has been showcased in a variety of marketing channels including magazines and websites such as Smithsonian, National Geographic, VFW and American Legion. Steve directs and manages all marketing and advertising campaigns including online initiatives and provides marketing and creative services support to REE Development sales management.
Michelle has worked in the real estate industry for over 8 years. She is a 2008 graduate from the University of Minnesota with a B.S. in Urban Studies and a double-minor in Architecture and Geography. At Real Estate Equities Development, she is responsible for coordinating projects through the various phases of the development process as well as providing support to the development team.
REGIONAL PROPERTY MANAGER
Tim has 12 years of experience in the real estate industry, and over 10 years working with volunteer boards. He is a 1995 graduate of Augsburg College with a degree in Business Finance and a minor in Economics. Prior to joining Real Estate Equities Development, he worked with Northern Star Council, BSA gaining experience working with volunteers and has been a member of several volunteer boards. Tim’s responsibilities at REE Development are working with staff and the Board of Directors at the Village Cooperatives located across the Midwest.
Regional Property Manager
Mark joined Real Estate Equities Development with over 15 years of experience in the real estate business. He previously owned and operated his own real estate firm, specializing in residential housing. Mark’s responsibilities at REE Development are working with and providing oversight for the Village Cooperatives’ Board of Directors and staff located throughout the Midwest, primarily in Iowa.