Pardon the Interruption: 2018 Housing Edition
Wednesday, November 7: 3:30pm – 4:45pm
The fabulous PTI panelists are back and ready for a lively discussion! This unscripted, rapid-fire conversation will cover a variety of topics — including rental housing policies, community development, regulations, financing programs — along with a few mystery topics. It is an entertaining way to end a busy day. Attendees can submit additional questions for the panel in advance of the session.
Kelan Craig, Ohio Housing Finance Agency
Kelan Craig is the Director of the Office of Planning, Preservation and Development at the Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA), leading the day to day functions of the office and providing oversight over affordable housing developments during the construction process. Prior to joining OHFA, he served as a Compliance Specialist for housing and community development programs at the Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA). Kelan also served as Housing Preservation Coordinator at COHHIO, undertaking housing preservation program planning, implementation and evaluation as part of the Ohio Preservation Compact, a joint effort between the OHFA, the Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing (OCCH) and COHHIO to preserve thousands of affordable housing units across the state. Kelan earned a dual degree in Political Science and Economics from Kent State University and also holds Master Degrees from Ohio State University in City and Regional Planning and Public Policy and Management.
Bryan Brown, Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority
Bryan Brown is the Chief Development Officer at the Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA). He develops, prepares and communicates CMHA's short and long-range strategic plans to meet CMHA goals of affordable housing and services to low-income residents of the Columbus and Franklin county, Ohio community. Bryan and his team manage the $30 million HUD Choice Neighborhood Implementation grant for the revitalization of the near east side and the redevelopment of CMHA's assets in the creative community district of East Franklinton. Bryan represents CMHA with federal, state and local officials, with industry interest groups, and with for-profit and non-profit organizations that assist CMHA in fulfilling its mission. Bryan collaborates with CMHA partners to design and implement business models to leverage the use of CMHA resources to develop affordable and mixed-income housing. Bryan joined CMHA in 2010. He brings broad leadership experience to the organization from executive roles in the non-profit sector where he spent many years advocating funding program standards, and legislation to improve service delivery to needy children and families. Bryan is a graduate of John Carroll University and attended graduate school at the University of Cincinnati where he was an editorial assistant for the national journal, Urban Resources. Bryan has also studied at the University of London, the London School of Economics and Yale University.
Kim Cutcher, Local Initiatives Support Corp (LISC)
Kim Cutcher, Executive Director of Toledo LISC joined the office as Deputy Director in 2012. During this time, she has been able to secure over $37 million for community partners to advance economic development initiatives in Toledo. Previously, Kim served as the Chief Operating Officer of United North Corporation for five years overseeing their real estate portfolio and operations. In 2001, Cutcher began her career with North River Development Corporation and fostered the growth of a comprehensive neighborhood-based organization developing $45 million of real estate, and a number of federally funded programs that provided support for low and moderate income families. Cutcher is dedicated to working with community partners to develop strategic investments and initiatives that create environments that empower individuals, families and neighborhoods. Cutcher is a graduate from the University of Toledo and completed her Master's coursework in Education and holds a Bachelor's in Political Science. She is also certified as an Economic Development Professional from the National Development Council and completed the Executive Leadership Institute sponsored by LISC. Cutcher is active in several organizations that address issues of concern to neighborhood development and social justice. She is currently serving as chair for the Economic and Community Development Institute Advisory Board, the Lucas County Land Bank Community Leadership Committee, and the Ohio Housing Finance Agency's Advisory Committee. She is the past Secretary of the Toledo Neighborhood Stabilization Consortium, a public and private partnership to address foreclosure and create a meaningful impact in stabilizing selected neighborhoods. She is past President of the Cherry Street Bancroft Corridor Coalition and Treasurer of the Toledo Community Development Corporation Alliance.
Aaron Pechota, NRP Group LLC
Aaron Pechota, Senior Vice President of the NRP Group, has broad experience in development within the multifamily housing industry development including; Affordable Housing, Class "A" Luxury Apartments, Senior Housing, and Student Housing. He has a particular expertise working on urban infill developments that are part of strategic neighborhood revitalization initiatives including brownfields, transit orientated developments, and repurposing of underutilized property. Mr. Pechota is proficient working with both public and private sector partners including federal, state, and local governments as well as Joint Venture relationships with private for-profit, not for-profit organizations, and quasi-public entities. Since joining NRP in 2004, he has lead NRP development efforts more than 30 deals comprising over 3,000 units totaling over $500 million in development value. Prior to joining the NRP Group, Mr. Pechota worked as a Corporate Associate and in the Investment Banking Group at National City Corporation (now PNC). During that time, he advised clients on both strategic sell-side and buy-side merger and acquisition transactions. In his role, Mr. Pechota performed complex financial modeling and analysis, strategic planning and marketing expertise to clients in a wide range of business. Mr. Pechota graduated with distinction from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University in 2002, where he earned his MBA with a concentration on Finance. He also graduated cum laude with a BA degree in both Finance and Accounting from the University of Dayton and a proud alumni of Saint Ignatius High School in Cleveland. Aaron lives in Avon, OH with his wife and six (6) children. In his spare time, Aaron serves a Vice President of the Board for Kamm's Corners Development Corporation in Cleveland, the Ohio Housing Council, and is an active coach and member in the Avon Soccer League and Team Challenger Football Club.
Sharon Shaffer, Wallick Communities
Sharon Shaffer is Chief Strategy Officer at Wallick Communities. Responsible for the Company's growth and planning, Sharon collaborates with Wallick's division leaders to define strategy around partnerships, business development, advocacy and capital sourcing. In 2012, Sharon joined Wallick to start the Company's fourth business unit – Asset Management. Since then, she has also held the title of SVP of Senior Living Development. In that role, Sharon led the development of The Ashfords, Wallick's affordable assisted living communities. Prior to Wallick, Sharon held several leadership roles at Red Capital Group, including Senior Managing Director of LIHTC Equity Syndication. An active member in her community, Sharon serves on the board for the Marshall University Foundation. She has a B.S. degree from Marshall University and an MBA from Ohio State University.