Pardon the Interruption: 2017 Housing Edition
Wednesday, November 8: 4:00pm – 5:30pm
The PTI panelists return to discuss a wide range of topics and news from this year. This entertaining, rapid-fire conversation will primarily cover affordable housing policies and development programs. Attendees will be asked to submit additional questions in advance of the conference for the panel to consider.
Sean Thomas, Ohio Housing Finance Agency
Sean W. Thomas began his career with OHFA in 1993 and primarily worked in the Office of Planning, Preservation and Development where he helped administer more than $4 billion in federal housing tax credits and $700 million in loans and grants. He also led the implementation of $240 million in funds provided through the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act and Neighborhood Stabilization Program. In 2013, Mr. Thomas was named Chief of Staff and is responsible for assisting the Executive Director in overseeing all the Agency's programs and operations. He received a Bachelor of Arts in economics and political science from the University of Rochester and certification from the National Development Council in Multifamily Housing Development Finance. In 2010 the Ohio Housing Council awarded Mr. Thomas the Affordable Housing Industry Champion award. He also is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for the Affordable Housing Finance Magazine. In February, 2017, the OHFA Board unanimously approved the nomination of Mr. Thomas to become the Agency's Executive Director.
Michelle Norris, National Church Residences
Michelle Norris was named Executive Vice President of External Affairs and Strategic Initiatives in early March 2016 after serving for four years as Senior Vice President of Development and Public Policy. In her current role, Norris is guiding National Church Residences' mission toward greater focus, impact and investment. Her primary responsibilities include directing the implementation of the National Church Residences' five-year strategic plan initiatives. Those responsibilities include overseeing the expansion and impact of the National Church Residences' mission, public policy, community affairs, communications and public relations. Norris joined National Church Residences in 1993 as Director of Corporate Financial Services. She later became Chief Operating Officer of Housing Management, overseeing the management operations of the organization's affordable housing portfolio. She was later promoted to Chief Development Officer, overseeing the team that specializes in development of all new National Church Residences products, including HUD 202 and Low-Income Housing Tax Credit new construction, acquisitions and substantial rehabs. She was named President of National Church Residences Investment Corp. in 2014. Norris currently serves on the boards of the Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future (SAHF) and Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH). Michelle has served on the board of the National Affordable Housing Trust (NAHT) and has served as past president of the Ohio Housing Council and the National Affordable Housing Management Association (NAHMA). Norris holds a Bachelor's Degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. In addition to her work in affordable housing, Ms. Norris enjoys long distance running, backpacking, and other outdoor activities. She is also an active member of the Vineyard Columbus Church.
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, The NRP Group
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.