EXECUTIVE + OPERATIONS

Brent Jackson

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Chief Executive Officer

As Founder & CEO, Brent has over 20 years of experience in Development, Leasing and Project Management. Prior to forming Oaxaca in 2007, Brent worked at P.O’B. Montgomery & Co. with roles in Acquisition and Development focusing on Western US markets. Additionally, he served as asset manager for 73 Albertson’s in Texas and New Mexico, where he helped determine whether to keep, break up and lease, renegotiate the underlying terms or simply dispose of the asset. Before joining P.O’B., Brent was Vice President at Swearingen Realty Group, LLC in Dallas. While at Swearingen, he negotiated land acquisitions and complex long-term leases, completed build-to-suits and developed relationships with a wide spectrum of tenants (national, regional and local). As a Dallas native, Brent graduated from the St. Mark’s School of Texas and earned both his Bachelor of Fine Arts and Masters of Business Administration degrees from the University of Texas at Austin. In 2018, Brent began serving on the Advisory Board for Origin Bank, a regional bank with over 40 locations throughout Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Brent works in Dallas’ Urban Core (Oak Cliff) where he has served on the Boards of both the Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce and the West Dallas Chamber of Commerce.

Chris Aaron

Chief Financial Officer

Chris Aaron brings ten (10) years of public real estate and private institutional real estate experience.  As

CFO of Oaxaca, he is responsible for the financial strategy of the company and its investments.  Prior to

Oaxaca, Mr. Aaron was a Vice President at Mill Creek Residential, one of the nation’s largest and most

respectable multi-family developers focusing on large Class-A multifamily developments in both high

barrier and high growth markets. In his capacity, he assisted in raising over $600 million of equity capital

and helped lead the platform’s asset/portfolio management for its primary institutional investors.

Prior to Mill Creek, he spent time at the Howard Hughes Corporation, a large ($6.0B) public real estate

developer where he focused on financial management for the Company’s investments in New Orleans,

LA and Summerlin, NV. Additionally, we was integral in the Company’s financial reporting and helped

refine the regulatory reporting process. Mr. Aaron began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP in the Transaction Services group where he helped clients access the public markets (debt and equity) and assisted in technical accounting matters. Mr. Aaron graduated with a BS in Human and Organization Development from Vanderbilt University and received a MAcc from the University of Southern California.

Kathie Presas

Operations Coordinator

Kathie has over 20 years of experience supporting executive teams in a vast array of industries including real estate, private equity, insurance and accounting. In her capacity at Oaxaca Interests, she supports the Chief Executive Officer/President and Chief Financial Officer while assisting with investment materials, research, special projects and client relations. Prior to joining Oaxaca, Kathie worked for Mill Creek Residential Trust, a national multifamily company focused on the development, acquisition and operation of apartment communities, where she supported the Executive Chairman, Chief Investment Officer and President of Investment Management. Prior to joining Mill Creek, Kathie worked for a TPG Capital investment company, where she supported the Chief Executive Officer and assisted the project management team with a major restructuring of a systems training program.  At Endeavour Capital, a West Coast boutique private equity firm, Kathie assisted the Managing Partners and oversaw the expansion of the Los Angeles office. During her time at Thomas Properties Group (NYSE: TPGI), a formerly publicly-traded corporation focused on owning, acquiring, developing, and managing office and retail properties throughout the United States, she worked with the acquisitions and dispositions team and spearheaded the preparation of RFP responses to institutional investors.

ACCOUNTING + FINANCE

Mike Ward

 

Controller

Mike Ward is a financial analyst and accountant with 40 years of work history in the real estate, banking, and investment industries. Most recently, Mike worked at C III Capital Partners, a real estate investment company, where he oversaw fund accounting. Prior to that, Mike spent 18 years working as a controller and financial officer at B/K Venture Capital, a private equity firm specializing in the acquisition, investment, management, and disposition of apartment properties and several other venture capital endeavors. 

 

At Oaxaca, Mike’s expertise plays a large role in the team’s success where he analyzes cash flows and equity accounts, as well as preparing financial statements. In his spare time, Mike enjoys listening to music and playing the keyboard, as well as watching movies, traveling, spending time with family, and being involved in his local church.

Danny Baker

 

Senior Accountant

Danny Baker is an accountant with 25 years of experience in job cost and property operation accounting within the residential real estate industry.  Prior to joining Oaxaca Interests, Danny worked at RREAF Residential where he oversaw the accounts payable and accounting teams with a combined portfolio of 42 multifamily communities located throughout Texas and the southeastern US.      

 

Danny holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington.  In his free time, Danny enjoys being outdoors and exploring nature.

Connor Fetter

 

Financial Analyst

Connor Fetter joined Oaxaca Interests as an analyst after graduating from Southern Methodist University where he earned a BBA in Finance with a concentration in real estate. Connor has experience with asset management at ACORE Capital, a commercial real estate firm focusing on first mortgages, B-notes, mezzanine debt, and preferred equity. Prior to ACORE Capital, Connor worked at Kodiak Capital Advisors, a real estate investment firm focusing on 1031 Exchanges, as a financial analyst focusing his efforts on underwriting potential senior living acquisitions.

 

Outside of work, Connor enjoys being outdoors, hiking and backpacking, spending time with family and friends, and reading.

PURCHASING

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Donna Leavell

Director of Purchasing

Donna has 30 years of experience in the construction industry working in various roles.  She started her

career during high school working for a local lumber company in Colorado.   She moved to Texas in the

80’s and worked for a couple of lumber companies prior to eventually moving into the homebuilding

industry in various accounting, estimating, and purchasing rolls.  She has worked in the Florida, New

Mexico and now has worked her way back to the DFW area where she has spent most of her career. 

Most recently, Donna has served as Director of Purchasing for small to medium and large national

homebuilders. Donna enjoys spending time with her family and friends, along with her two adorable

Pomeranians.

CONSTRUCTION

Juan Chavez

Superintendent

Juan has been a superintendent for the last 11 years out of his 17 years of experience in the construction industry. He has worked in infrastructure, commercial real estate, healthcare, and residential construction. He is particularly proud to have been a superintendent on the Amazon building in Boise, Idaho, as well as the New Balance warehouse in Connecticut. Juan is currently the superintendent of Oaxaca Construction’s multifamily townhomes project. Juan enjoys watching NFL football and playing golf in his spare time.

Joe Gandara

Superintendent

Joe has been active in the construction industry for 20 years. Ten of those years were spent as a superintendent. Joe’s industry experience includes tenant improvement finish outs as well as ground up construction. This experience has been helpful in forming his current position as superintendent of the Haciendas where he’s been instrumental in their success. Joe considers himself an outdoorsman, and in his free time enjoys grilling and spending time with his friends and family.