People...Our Most Important Asset
Steadfast Companies executive management team consists of senior executives with average experience of 25+ years within their respective fields. These individuals bring extensive experience across a spectrum of disciplines and provide the strategic direction of the company. As a team, they play an essential role in Steadfast’s operational excellence.
Rodney F. Emery
Mr. Emery is the founder of Steadfast Companies and is responsible for the corporate vision and overall guidance of Steadfast. He has been engaged in all of the $3.5 billion-plus of real estate the company has acquired, developed or managed over the past 20 years. Mr. Emery has been instrumental in fostering key relationships and opportunities that have resulted in Steadfast’s development into a vertically integrated company providing a comprehensive spectrum of commercial real estate services across the United States and Mexico.
Prior to founding Steadfast Companies in 1994, Mr. Emery served for 17 years as the president of Cove Properties, a diversified commercial real estate firm specializing in property management, construction and development, where he was responsible for developing and/or purchasing and renovating over 7 million square feet of office, industrial and retail buildings.
Mr. Emery currently serves on the board of directors for The Rising Tide, a transitional housing and training program for youth that are emancipated from social services and foster homes. In addition, Mr. Emery serves as Chairman for HomeWord, a Christian organization designed to provide assistance to adults worldwide as they help young people make wise decisions and lead positive, vibrant lifestyles. Mr. Emery is a graduate of the University of Southern California.
Christopher M. Hilbert
Mr. Hilbert is responsible for the strategic planning, oversight and performance of Steadfast Companies. As president, Mr. Hilbert leads all corporate and real estate related functions including acquisitions, dispositions, project management and property management. Since joining Steadfast in 2005, Mr. Hilbert has successfully led his team in the acquisition and development of over 45,000 multifamily units. Mr. Hilbert began his career in property management 24 years ago. Prior to leading the organization, Mr. Hilbert served in several investment, underwriting and finance roles as senior vice president with Nations Bank and Bank of America and as chief financial officer of National Housing Development Corporation. Mr. Hilbert received his Bachelor’s Degree from San Diego State University and Master of Business Administration from Queens University of Charlotte. As the chief supporter of Steadfast’s Core Values, Mr. Hilbert serves on the development committee and as the Annual Fund chair at Pacifica Christian High School.
Dinesh K. Davar
Mr. Davar is responsible for overall accounting and finance operations, including all reporting, budgeting and treasury functions for Steadfast Companies. Mr. Davar also coordinates financing and accounting functions for Steadfast Companies’ properties located throughout the United States and Latin America. Prior to joining Steadfast Companies in 1996, Mr. Davar was an independent loan consultant handling both residential and commercial mortgage loans. Mr. Davar served in various roles including Chief Financial Officer of Cove Properties, a diversified real estate development firm specializing in property management, construction and development. While at Cove Properties from 1980 to 1992, Mr. Davar oversaw all aspects of the company’s various real estate transactions, including financing, acquisition, development, property management, and disposition. Mr. Davar was educated as a Chartered Accountant in New Delhi, India, and is a graduate of Meerut University, in Meerut, India.
Ana Marie del Rio
Ms. del Rio manages the company’s corporate services group, including legal, compliance, risk management, human resources, information technology and internal communications. Prior to joining Steadfast Companies in 2003, Ms. del Rio was a partner in the public finance group at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP for over 10 years, representing both issuers and underwriters in financing single-family and multifamily housing and other types of public-private and redevelopment projects. Prior to practicing law, Ms. del Rio co-owned and operated a campaign consulting and research company specializing in local campaigns and ballot measures for more than 14 years. Ms. del Rio received a J.D. from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law and received a M.P.A. and B.A. from the University of Southern California.
Mr. Middleton is responsible for the company’s real estate financing activities, including debt and equity, and oversees the final underwriting of all new acquisitions. Since joining Steadfast in 2004, Mr. Middleton has closed over $3.5B in transactions. He is also a member of Steadfast’s Steering Committee, which provides strategic planning and support to the company. Prior to joining Steadfast, Mr. Middleton was with Trammell Crow Company, where he provided real estate advisory services to major corporate clients located in the Los Angeles area, including L.A. Unified School District and The L.A. Times. Mr. Middleton is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire, and received his MBA from Vanderbilt University.
Mr. Meserve is the president and CEO of Steadfast Capital Markets Group and has overall responsibility for the sales and marketing of Steadfast Companies’ alternative investment products as well as has supervisory responsibility for SCMG. With more than 25 years of experience in the investment industry, Mr. Meserve has comprehensive experience in the sales and distribution of life and annuity products, mutual funds and private placements through institutional and financial intermediaries. Mr. Meserve was part of the team that successfully launched and developed the distribution organizations for both MetLife Investors and Fidelity Investments, and subsequently oversaw the ascension of these companies to a top five position within their respective markets. Most recently Mr. Meserve was a senior vice president with AXA Equitable where he had overall responsibility for the sales of variable annuities to more than 650 broker dealers. During his tenure with AXA, Mr. Meserve oversaw $25 billion in annual variable annuity sales — making AXA a top five ranked annuity company in the country. Mr. Meserve received a Bachelor of Science in Business from Kansas State College and attended the Financial Services College at the Wharton School of Business. He holds his FINRA 6, 7, 24, 26 and 63 licenses.
Ella Shaw Neyland
Ms. Neyland manages our two advisor entities that oversee and manage the two non-traded, public real estate investment trusts (REITs) sponsored by Steadfast Companies. Prior to joining Steadfast, Ms. Neyland was a founder and officer of Thin Centers MD, which provides medically supervised weight loss programs, and Santa Barbara Medical Innovations, LLC, a privately owned company that owns and leases low-level lasers to medical groups. While with Montecito Medical Investment Company, Ms. Neyland advised the company in the acquisition of 43 medical properties with over two million square feet of space in 13 states and advised the affiliate company, Montecito Property Company, in the acquisition of 8,300 apartments in 29 communities. Prior to 2004, Ms. Neyland served as an officer of United Dominion Realty Trust, Inc., Sunrise Housing, LTD, CIBC World Market, and Lincoln Property Company, among others, where she participated in the acquisition, financing and repositioning of commercial real estate assets. Ms. Neyland received a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.
Mr. Leowardy oversees Steadfast Asset Management Group, Inc. He is responsible ensuring that Steadfast’s core values, the objectives of the company and operating performance of the organization, meet all financial goals. Under the Integrated Asset Strategy model, Felix supervises quality control and management procedures and manages the logistics of the company’s cross functional teams. Mr. Leowardy has over 25 year experience in the real estate and property management industry. He joined Steadfast in 2001 to help found Steadfast Management Company, Inc. Prior to joining Steadfast, Mr. Leowardy was a co-founder and principal of Stratus Real Estate, Inc. and held various senior management, accounting and finance positions with Picerne Associates, Legacy Partners and Lincoln Property Company. Mr. Leowardy is a graduate of California State University, Fullerton.
Christine L. Schoellhorn
As Executive Vice President for Steadfast Management Company, Christine is responsible for driving profitable growth and enabling operational excellence for 35k apartments nationwide. Christine brings 25 years of broad management experience comprised of property and business operations, marketing, training, recruiting and business development. Known for her strong track record of operational excellence, innovative problem solving, and talent development, Christine held previous senior leadership roles with The Irvine Company, BRE Properties, and Greystar. An inspiring leader whose core competencies encompass development, garden, mixed use, high and mid-rise, HOA/fractured condo, lender-owned, senior housing and bond financed real estate, her strong commitment to operational excellence, innovative approach to solving business problems, and aptitude for partnering cross-functionally have reshaped Steadfast Management Company. Christine earned her MBA at Pepperdine’s Graziadio School of Business and Management and holds the Certified Property Manager designation through IREM.
Mr. Fischer has overall responsibility for developing and leading the Senior Living platform for Steadfast Companies. He brings more than 20 years of experience in the senior living industry from a variety of capacities, including Human Resources, Training and Operations. Prior to joining Steadfast, Mr. Fischer held senior operations roles at LifeTrust America, Integral Senior Living and most recently, Sunrise Senior Living, where he served as the SVP of North American Operations. Mr. Fischer has served on several committees and special interest groups, including grassroots efforts on behalf of the industry. Additionally, he has served on the local AFLA board of directors for Florida, South Carolina and Georgia. Mr. Fischer received a Bachelor of Science in Business from the University of South Florida.
Mr. Stoll is responsible for the originations of all multifamily assets for Steadfast Companies. Mr. Stoll supervises the national originations group and oversees the national broker and owner relationships. Mr. Stoll’s team is responsible for asset identification, negotiation, and relationship development to acquire multifamily assets in support of the REIT’s investment objectives. Since joining Steadfast in 2009, Mr. Stoll’s team has successfully identified over $1.6 billion dollars in asset transactions involving 69 properties (over 16,000 units). Prior to joining Steadfast, Mr. Stoll was in the real estate industry as the owner/operator of a management firm and real estate development company on the central coast of California. Mr. Stoll received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from San Diego State University.
Mr. Day is responsible for managing Steadfast’s national investment acquisitions platform. Since joining Steadfast in 2012, Mr. Day has acquired over $1.9 billion dollars in assets across the country. Prior to joining Steadfast, Matthew held leadership roles at Wentwood Capital, Fortress and Greystar. While at Wentwood, he was responsible for dispositions, debt restructures, tax return and audit review and GP/LP resolutions of LIHTC and conventional properties primarily located on the West Coast. At Fortress, Matthew was responsible for credit surveillance of $7.1B in mortgage related debt including; RMBS, CMBS, bank loans and mezzanine as well as a portfolio of commercial properties in the Midwest and Canada. Matthew earned his MBA at New York Institute of Technology and his bachelor at Texas State University.
Robert M. Murray
Mr. Murray oversees Steadfast Companies’ commercial real estate activities. Mr. Murray has overseen the development of more than 200 acres of land and over 4 million square feet of commercial real estate in the Western United States, including office, industrial and retail, with an emphasis in retail development. Mr. Murray has been involved in real estate development, acquisition, and disposition for more than 30 years. Prior to joining Steadfast Companies in 1996, Mr. Murray was associated with Grubb & Ellis Company, where he participated in the construction, leasing and sale of commercial real estate in Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside Counties in California. Mr. Murray is a graduate of California State University at Los Angeles.
Luis H. Garcia
Mr. Garcia oversees Steadfast Companies’ Mexico real estate activities, including the acquisition and development of resort and commercial properties. Prior to joining Steadfast in 2005, Mr. Garcia was a Partner with KPMG LLP, a U.S. audit, tax and advisory services firm for 20 years and in his most recent role with them served as an international tax partner and national director of tax & legal services in their Mexico City office. Mr. Garcia is a graduate of the University of San Diego and is a member of the American Institute of CPA’s, California Society of CPA’s and ULI.