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Love. Serve. Care.
Adopted from Jon Gordon’s book, The Carpenter, this motto encapsulates what RISE is all about. We have come to think of it as the backbone of our culture.

Our Name

As an acronym, RISE highlights everything we stand for. As a name, it inspires us to aim higher in serving our partners and residents.


R

Reasonable and Reliable

I

Inspired and Impactful

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Serve and Simplify

E

Experienced and Empowering


our culture

As a faith-based company guided by Godly principles, we place a strong emphasis on how we treat our partners, residents, and each other. We continuously focus on aligning our day-to-day operations with our values and spend time and resources on team-building activities like daily devotions and quarterly retreats to develop purposeful ways to put our principles into practice.

GIVING BACK

Our staff is actively involved with a special needs class at a local elementary school. We cherish the relationship we’ve built with these remarkable students and their teachers and enjoy spending time with them at the Special Olympics, working in the class garden, or just eating pizza and having fun together. RISE also contributes 10% of our earnings to fund the betterment of the communities in which we live and work.

THE PERRY PROJECT

The Perry Project, one of our most meaningful programs, was established to celebrate our former Managing Partner, Charles Perry. Its goal is to place a Bible on every bed RISE develops. After Charles passed away suddenly in April, 2015, donations for The Perry Project have poured in from his friends and loved ones. The inaugural distribution of nearly 3,000 Bibles is scheduled for Fall, 2015.

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Our team is our greatest asset and we treat each other as family. This committed group of professionals has two decades of experience spanning more than 72 projects in 22 states.

Ryan Holmes
Chief Executive Officer

An entrepreneur and business owner for over 21 years, Ryan serves as CEO of RISE. In this role, he is responsible for spearheading the company’s growth and providing strategic, executive, and developmental oversight.

Ryan began his tenure with us in the student housing arena, where he was instrumental in identifying and implementing a new financing structure allowing for utilization of a not-for-profit financial structure. Under his leadership, our company has grown and diversified its product and service offering. Originally focused on for-rent product development, we are now an all-inclusive developer, manager, and builder of numerous product types in a variety of markets. Additionally, Ryan offers valuable oversight of project-specific financing and project management. He seeks and identifies new project opportunities while working to enhance client relationships. Ryan also works closely with divisional leaders, offering insight and guidance on strategic planning and business development initiatives.

Hometown

Reidsville, Georgia

Hobbies/Interests

Ryan enjoys spending time with his wife, Amanda, and their three girls. They ride horses, hunt, travel, scuba dive, and fish as a family.

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Greg Blais
President

As RISE president, Greg coordinates and monitors all aspects of the development team. He is involved in all phases of project development, including underwriting analysis and project financing, to ensure timely and on- budget success. Additionally, he routinely interacts with a variety of industry professionals, including local, state, and university officials. His efforts to promote positive working relationships between all parties through every phase of project design and construction create partnerships that enhance our final product. Greg serves as project executive on all university-related projects, overseeing interactions with municipalities and university administrators during all phases of development.

HOMETOWN

Fall River, Massachusetts

HOBBIES/INTERESTS

Greg is an avid golfer and enjoys playing or watching most every sport. He also enjoys spending time with his wife, two boys, and daughter, relaxing poolside.

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Greg Hunter
Chief Financial Officer

As Chief Financial Officer, Hunter is responsible for the accounting, finance, asset management and information technology for the Company. In this position, Hunter works closely with his colleagues to develop business strategies that support the overall mission, goals and objectives of the company, while providing overall financial leadership and direction. He is responsible for ensuring that proper financial controls are in place to maximize opportunities while minimizing risk to the company. Hunter oversees the Company’s investment portfolio and other investment opportunities.
Hunter works with the company’s other senior leaders to determine the best financing structure based on the projects analytics. He is responsible for coordinating the closing of the financing for each project. During each project’s construction, Hunter monitors the cost and oversees funding to ensure the projects are within budget.

HOMETOWN

Valdosta, Georgia

HOBBIES/INTERESTS

Greg enjoys spending time with his family – wife and two sons, golfing, and football. He is a member of the American Institute for Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants.

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Courtney Gordon
Senior Vice President

As Senior Vice President at RISE, Courtney Gordon oversees the management company with over $2 Billion in managed assets including a portfolio of over 21,000 student housing beds and 3,000 conventional units in 16 states.  As a company, RISE owns and operates purpose built student housing both on and off campus, conventional high rise and garden apartments and mixed use developments.

Gordon is responsible for all aspects of the management company to include Strategic Acquisitions, New Business Development, Operations, Asset Management and Client Relations. Gordon’s leadership helps to direct the company’s exceptional culture while delivering exceptional results. As a member of the Executive Team, Gordon help to develop business strategies and keeps the operational goals in line with the long-term vision of RISE.

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Jeremy Doss
Vice President

As VP, Jeremy is responsible for creating development opportunities by introducing RISE’s services to higher education clients. He also works closely with these collegiate partners throughout the development process for on-campus housing, dining, retail, structured parking, and other revenue-generating campus facilities. His key functions include creating and cultivating strong relationships with clients, spearheading RFP production, overseeing programmatic and conceptual design generation, pro forma and cost analysis, rental rate verification, managing consultants and other team members, and monitoring the overall schedule and progress of each development component.

HOMETOWN

Tifton, Georgia

HOBBIES/INTERESTS

Jeremy enjoys making memories with family, everything outdoors, in-shore and freshwater fishing, land management, and college football.

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Paul Morgan
Vice President

As VP of RISE, Paul is responsible for daily oversight of all aspects of university housing projects and auxiliary facilities, from preconstruction activities through construction completion. An architect by training with over 19 years of experience in real estate development, construction management, consulting, and architecture, he has proven experience representing university clients, financial institutions, and private investors. His experience includes student housing, multi-family, commercial, retail, and office projects throughout the United States.

HOMETOWN

Dallas, Texas

HOBBIES/INTERESTS

Paul enjoys spending quality time with his family, playing competitive tennis, and being a spectator of all sports. He is the #1 fan of his children’s pursuits.

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Matthew Marshall
Vice President

Matthew is responsible for the creation, implementation, and completion of new business development for RISE. He focuses on diverse, higher education housing markets for both market rate and student housing pursuits. He participates in all phases of the development process to ensure a positive and successful experience for all partners, campuses, and municipalities. Matthew also has experience in multiple residential uses, including market rate housing, mixed-uses, building conversions, and extensive rehab projects. Working for both public and private firms with an array of financing models and development structures enables him to be a creative and productive member of the team.

Hometown

Shelbyville, Indiana

Hobbies/Interests

Matt shares his love for the outdoors with his wife and three children. Whether it's sports, having fun on the water, hunting, or hiking, he enjoys what nature offers.

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Carla Ashley
Development Coordinator

Carla Ashley provides support to development project managers through the planning, directing and coordinating of all phases of project activities to ensure goals and objectives are accomplished within prescribed time frames and funding parameters. To achieve these goals, Ashley is responsible for the diligent coordination of project team members including development project managers, architects, contractors, program managers and university personnel. Ashley works closely with RISE’s marketing team in creating and updating collateral, marketing materials and project deal sheets. To further increase interaction with clients in attracting and enhancing business relations, Ashley also attends industry trade shows and other business related functions.

Ashley is RISE’s official Director of Fun, encouraging camaraderie and team building activities, as well as community service events.

HOMETOWN

New Smyrna Beach, Florida

HOBBIES/INTERESTS

Carla loves family time at the beach, salt water fishing, canning vegetables and making homemade salsa in the summer, and volunteering. She happens to love her RISE family too!

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Courtney Redmond
Regional Director

As Regional Director, Redmond helps to ensure that RISE properties run at the highest level of professionalism and are all set up to achieve annual budgeted NOI. She works in conjunction with the Vice President on day-to-day operations, monthly financials, and on site staff support. In addition, Redmond is poised to participate actively in RISE’s business development plan and pipeline growth.

Hometown

Birmingham, AL

Hobbies/Interests

Courtney interests include supporting her sons in school, sporting, and musical events, live music with her husband, traveling, local flavor, and baseball.

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Fania Braaf
Brand Manager

As creative coordinator, Fania Braaf is responsible for all graphic art, photography, video, print production and website maintenance for RISE. She works closely with all team members to provide graphic support, developing and updating collateral, and proposal preparation. Braaf is an active member of the RISE Marketing Committee and develops graphic concepts for all outreach and in-house materials.

Additionally, Braaf assists in preparation for conferences, trade shows, ad campaigns and other industry related functions. She also coordinates professional photography of completed projects.

HOMETOWN

Valdosta, Georgia

HOBBIES/INTERESTS

Fania enjoys roadtrips, visiting art galleries, and flipping furniture.

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John Barefoot
Development Project Manager

As development project manager for RISE, John Barefoot is responsible for daily oversight of student housing projects from pre-development activities through construction completion. Barefoot is responsible for the coordination and oversight of contractors, professional consultants, architects and engineers. Barefoot serves as the project’s primary contact for university officials and local government entities, as well as liaison between the RISE design consultant team, construction team, and all other project team members.

Hometown

Snellville, GA

Hobbies/Interests

John enjoys hunting, fishing, golf and most other sports. He also likes to travel to a great beach location or take a cruise. You can find John working in his yard whenever he has some free time.

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Ben McLendon
Director of Information Technology

As the Director of Information Technology, Ben McLendon is responsible for the strategic and tactical application of the technical solutions deployed to enhance the daily operations of the business. Ben is responsible for managing the I.T. team and supporting their on-going skills development. He works closely with the Executive Team to ensure technology and business alignment.

Ben is also responsible for the development of a custom web based business process management & workflow automation platform.

HOMETOWN

Columbus, Georgia

HOBBIES/INTERESTS

Ben enjoys spending time with his family. He also enjoys Playing Guitar, Bass, & Drums, and restoring old automobiles and motorcycles.

"If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right. --Henry Ford"
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John Landon Vickers
Staff Accountant

As Staff Accountant, John Landon is responsible for the financial compilation and reporting of all of RISE’s managed properties. This includes budget oversight, as well as the preparation of monthly reporting packages to the property owners and lenders. John Landon also assists with the development draw process on properties that will be managed by RISE.

Hometown

Hahira, Georgia

Hobbies/Interests

John Landon likes running, being in the country, spending time with his family on the farm, and watching college football.

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Renee Parham
Marketing Specialist

As the marketing intern, Parham is responsible for assisting RISE and RISE-Management in the development and implementation of marketing, graphic design and business development initiatives. Components of her role include but are not limited to: managing and expanding social media presence, assisting with online and general marketing efforts, updating corporate collateral and operational documents and support of overall business development processes including research and data management.

Hometown

Dacula, Georgia

Hobbies/Interests

Renee enjoys reading, dance, spending time at the beach, and time with her friends and family.

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Rob Tharpe
Development Project Manager

As development project manager for RISE, Rob Tharpe is responsible for daily oversight of student housing projects and auxiliary facilities including all aspects from pre-development activities through construction completion.
Tharpe is responsible for the coordination and oversight of contractors, professional consultants, architects and engineers. Tharpe serves as the project’s primary contact for university officials and local government entities, as well as liaison between the RISE design consultant team, construction team, and all other project team members.

HOMETOWN

Atlanta, Georgia

HOBBIES/INTERESTS

Rob enjoys spending quality time with his family in the mountains, boating, water skiing, fishing, golfing, ATVing, hiking and running.

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Ryan Bourque
Development Project Manager

Since joining RISE Ryan Bourque has taken on all of the responsibilities of project manager. Bourque works to ensure the financial health of projects are met for both RISE and their clients by managing architects, engineers and contractors while keeping campus staff and executives engaged as the project is delivered. Bourque has over 11 years of development and construction management experience.

Hometown

Milwaukee, WI

Hobbies/Interests

Ryan enjoys movies, fishing, and eating pizza.

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Tesa Spray
Controller

As controller, Tesa Spray is responsible for the daily accounting operations of the Company. With the Managing Partner, Spray also oversees the various human resource functions for the Company. In her capacity as Controller, she ensures that the controls set forth by the Company are in compliance. Spray is responsible for reporting all financial matters to the senior leadership of the Company, as well as preparing spreadsheets, forecasts and other financial information.
Spray works closely with project managers and outside consultants on project funding requests. She is responsible for analyzing the costs of each project. Spray also coordinates the timely funding of each request with the client.

HOMETOWN

Bainbridge, Georgia

HOBBIES/INTERESTS

Tesa enjoys spending time with her boys – her husband, son and her dog, being outdoors, walking/hiking, and reading a good mystery.

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“The Brix at Midtown” Opens Leasing Center Near Grand Rapids’ Medical Mile
March 9, 2017

A 287-unit RISE apartment community is now leasing in Grand Rapids’ Midtown neighborhood near the Medical Mile.

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RISE Continues to Grow Student Housing Portfolio with Athens, OH Purchase
January 4, 2017

RISE recently closed on the purchase of University Courtyard Athens, a 182-unit, 580-bed student housing community in Athens, Ohio and plans to complete extensive renovations.

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In Their Words

“[RISE] helped us to create a new benchmark in collegiate dining by their introduction of a completely upscale design concept.”

Mike Floyd
Associate Vice President for Auxiliary Services
University of Georgia

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