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Emerging Leaders &
Markets Conference 2024

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Alternative Real Estate Investments

1:30pm-2:45pm

Breakout Room- Lindy

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Moderator- Craig Livingston

Managing Partner

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As the Managing Partner of Exact Capital, Mr. Livingston is responsible for the core aspects of the firm’s Commercial Real Estate development activity including structuring, negotiating, financing and managing the firm’s development pipeline and the respective ventures formed around the firm’s development projects. Mr. Livingston has advised, structured, and executed in excess of $1.5 billion of financing for numerous transactions ranging from market rate luxury condominiums, hotels, & market rate rentals, to middle- and low-income affordable housing. To date Mr. Livingston has developed or preserved over 4,000 residential units and has spearheaded the firm’s national expansion into southern and Midwest markets. He has overseen the firm’s marquee development projects including Harlem’s first world class hotel rising above the site of the historic Victoria Theater, and an adjacent mixed income residential tower. Mr. Livingston also serves as Board Chair of the New York Real Estate Chamber (NYREC), the leading advocacy group for diverse developers within New York state. He has been instrumental in advocating for legislation and policies that support the ideals of increased economic opportunity and access to capital for Minority Commercial Real Estate developers.

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Eric Freeman

Managing Partner

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Eric is a Managing Partner and a founding partner of Grandview. Prior to forming Grandview, Eric served as a Managing Director in the Acquisitions Group at Greenfield which he joined in 2004. Eric’s responsibilities included underwriting and analysis of potential real estate investments as well as management of new and existing operating partner relationships. Eric was a member of Greenfield’s investment committee. Prior to joining Greenfield, Eric was an Investment Banking Analyst at Citigroup, Inc. in both the Mergers and Acquisitions and Real Estate and Lodging groups. At Citigroup, Eric’s responsibilities included providing financial advisory and merger analysis for office, industrial, lodging, and multi-family real estate investment trusts (REITs). Eric earned a B.S. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

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Vanessa Cole

Co-Founder

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Vanessa has been passionately leading Cole Klein Builders since 2016, with a vision to transform the company into the "Chick-fil-A" of affordable housing. This vision is rooted in building a company founded on faith-based principles, delivering not only a quality product but also exceptional service through a dedicated team. Her commitment to these values has been instrumental in the company's growth and success. Under Vanessa's leadership, Cole Klein Builders has seen the completion of fifty homes and the development of several communities, with a sales volume pipeline of $135 million. This impressive portfolio includes several significant projects, such as a 1500-acre development, a 100-acre project, a 43-acre community, and an 18-acre development, which is set to be Houston's first 3D print micro home community. In her role, Vanessa excels in building strong relationships with a diverse range of stakeholders, including office and field personnel, architects, engineers, city officials, investors, subcontractors, suppliers, and homebuyers. Her ability to forge robust networks and strategic partnerships has been a key factor in raising private capital and ensuring compliance with city and county regulations. Additionally, Vanessa oversees sales and marketing, collaborates with her team on strategies for continuous improvement, and regularly reviews project schedules and budgets. Her hands-on approach ensures that all major milestones are met, maintaining the high standards that Cole Klein Builders is known for. Vanessa's leadership style is characterized by her commitment to excellence and her ability to inspire her team to deliver their best. As Cole Klein Builders continues to grow and take on new challenges, Vanessa's vision remains clear: to be a beacon of quality, service, and faith-based principles in the affordable housing sector.

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Evens Charles

Founder/Managing Partner

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Evens Charles is the founder and managing principal of Fronter Development & Hospitality Group LLC. A natve of Washington, D.C, Mr. Charles atended Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he was a Big East Conference Division-I football athlete. During his five-year athletc tenure at Temple University, he earned a B.A. in Psychology and a Master of Educaton. Shortly thereafer, at the age of 25, Mr. Charles was inspired by his landlord to execute his first small transacton that required an out-of-pocket investment of $1,000 resultng in a $25K profit six months later. Mr. Charles organically grew over a ten-year period by executng several successful residental and mult-family acquisiton and development projects, then by the age of 36, made his first hotel investment. He has since grown Fronter to over a $250 million capitalized portolio of Hilton and Marriot Internatonally branded hotel assets across seven states, with another $1.1 billion of urban infill, commercial real estate development in its pipeline. Some of his recent accomplishments includes being recognized as a co-lead developer of Philadelphia’s 2023 Ben Franklin Parkway project award, which is a 850,000 square foot mixed-use project that will include a hotel, multfamily, retail and the development of the new African American Museum of Philadelphia, DMPED’s 2021 award of the Hill East Bundle II Project, which is 1.2 million square feet of waterfront, mixed-use development in Washington DC that consist of 1100 apartment units (65% affordable), hotel, retail, community park and 126 for sale units; The 2021 Business of the Year by Prince Georges County Bi-County Business; 2019 Black Enterprise largest 100 Black Owned Businesses in the naton and the 2019 Outstanding Entrepreneur Award by the Caribbean American Heritage. 2023 awarded President Joseph R. Biden’s Presidental Lifetme Achievement Award. Presented annually, to individuals who have a lifelong commitment to building a stronger naton through volunteer service. He has been featured in various publicatons including Hotel Business, Lodging Magazine, Black Enterprise & Business Journals across multple cites. He has an endowed scholarship in his name at Temple University targetng underserved students, supports many philanthropic causes and serves as a mentor to many. He is also a member of Temple University’s School of Hospitality & Tourism Board of Visitors, Executve board member of Experience Prince George’s, and a member of the Real Estate Executve Council (REEC), as well as industry organizatons such as the Natonal Alliance of African American Hotel Owners and the Asian American Hotel Owners Associaton.

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Osei Rubie

Founder/CEO

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Osei Rubie is the founder and president of National Standard Abstract (NSA), a full-service title insurance agency with expertise in residential and commercial real estate transactions. Since launching in 2015, the family- and black-owned National Standard Abstract has closed over $2 billion in transactions in New York and New Jersey. His son, Nadir, established the National Standard Resource Center to provide residential & commercial real estate professionals with access to cutting-edge industry insight and opportunities for exchanges through continuing education courses. With affordable, market-rate, and faith-based developments in the pipeline totaling millions in transactions, National Standard Abstract is expanding its geographic reach beyond the northeast region. Rubie, a father of four, is an advocate for community and economic development who supports nonprofit organizations focused on career development for Black youth through greater professional exposure and opportunities. The Osei Rubie Charitable Fund was founded as the philanthropic arm of Rubie’s thriving business, National Standard Abstract, which invests a portion of its projects towards empowering the communities in which we do business. Within its first year, $100,000 was awarded to fifteen organizations that advance black culture, excellence, and generational wealth. From career development to education and sports, Rubie is committed to leveling the playing field. National Standard Abstract, The Osei Rubie Charitable Fund, and The Osei Rubie Endowment Scholarship at Lincoln University reflect a tapestry of social missions that share a common goal — closing the opportunity gap with a combined total of $175,000 in donations to date. Osei Rubie, a thirteen-year title insurance industry veteran, is elevating people of African descent by strengthening National Standard Abstract’s position of leadership in order to become the premier provider of title insurance nationally within the next five years.

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