Atlanta Leadership Team
CHRIS MAIER - CCC President & FOUNDER
Chris is the Founder of the CCC and began the 1st Chapter in 2019 in Atlanta, GA. He formerly served the commercial real estate development industry as Director of Acquisitions at The Montalto Group, formerly served the commercial construction industry at the Director level of Cooper & Company General Contractors, and also gained facility management experience as a Department Manager of Lone Rover Construction. Chris presently sits on the Executive Board of Directors for EV Hotel and serves as a consultant for an industrial development firm, Yukon Real Estate Partners.
Chris sits on the Board of Directors for LAI (Lambda Alpha International) Land Economics Society in Atlanta.
Chris has been involved in the successful brokerage & development transactions under the role of “consultant” for multifamily, industrial and retail asset classes.
Chris formerly served 501c3 non-profit charities in the capacity of Board of Directors Member for Mentor Me North Forsyth to mentor young men and women in the community where he was raised, and as Vice President of Hands Across Atlanta 501c3 to assist the less-fortunate homeless population in Atlanta.
He received his undergraduate degree from Georgia Southern University and an MBA from University of The Rockies.
Chris believes that you’re not truly doing what you love, and cannot be the best at what you do, until you find the thing in life that makes you excited to wake up in the morning and you fall asleep thinking about at night; for Chris this is the ability to help others through the CCC by connecting them and improving their quality of life, thereby uplifting them in their careers.
KRISTINE HERNANDEZ – THREE31 Investment Group / BRIDGE INVESTMENT GROUP
Kristine Hernandez has experience in all facets of development, including site selection, market and financial analyses, due diligence, product design, entitlements, permits, financing, construction, property and asset management, and disposition of projects. During her career, she has developed numerous multifamily and mixed-use projects throughout the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic regions including over 6,500 apartments.
Kristine has started her own development and consulting company with a focus on multifamily, build-to-rent, and townhome communities throughout the sunbelt region. She grew up in the industry as her dad’s (former Florida developer) side kick on job sites and city council meetings. Her dad would take her flying on the weekends to look at sites from the sky. She learned from a young age how to spot good land opportunities. Kristine is a graduate of Rollins College Hamilton Holt program.
KEN PATEL – EV Hotel
Ken Patel is the Founder of EV Hotel. His goal is to revolutionize the hospitality Industry with technology innovations that will create centric experiences for EV Hotel guests and employees. 2021 marks his 25th year in hospitality. He graduated from the #1 hospitality school in the world (Dubai) where he obtained an MBA in International Hospitality Management.
EV Hotel is the world’s first tech/automation and crypto-infused hotel brand which will accept crypto payments and incorporate the world’s first crypto trade floor. The focus is to lessen employee tasks and drive guest service while increasing the Gross Profit Margins. EV Hotel boasts over 20 smart devices in each guest room and more automation throughout the hotel. Employees and guests will feel the real meaning of hospitality with this brand. The first hotel is expected to open in downtown Phoenix late 2022/early 2023.
Originally from New York City, Ken currently resides in Atlanta. He has been in hospitality since the age of 15. Ever since then, he has been in the world of hospitality and have worked from the ground up to where he is today.
Ken is an expert in operations, new builds, PIP, C-level operations and development. Ken has managed over 100 hotels and 15,000 rooms in different roles. He has worked with all the major hotel brands.
TOD PETTY – Lloyd Jones Senior Living
As the vice chairman of Lloyd Jones Senior Living, Tod Petty draws upon his development and operations skills honed over a 30-year career within the senior housing industry. His experience encompasses all levels of senior housing from independent living through assisted living, memory care, and skilled nursing. In this role, Tod focuses on the business development of our Lloyd Jones’ management services and forging relationships with investors.
Tod first joined Lloyd Jones Senior Living as EVP/COO, where he was responsible for the operations of the Lloyd Jones portfolio of senior living communities—both existing and to-be-developed.
Early in his career he founded Augusta Respiratory Care, which he subsequently sold to Lincare Holdings. From there, he joined various health-related organizations serving in executive-level positions in business development and operations. Ultimately, he became president and COO of Thrive Senior Living, a high-growth operator of assisted living and memory care communities. Over a nine-year period, he led the company through an era of extensive development with the addition of 29 new senior communities.
TOD PETTY – Lloyd Jones Senior Living
Prior to joining Lloyd Jones, he served as president and CEO of Mainstay Senior Living, which offers innovative housing solutions from independent living through skilled nursing. Altogether, he has managed over 50 senior housing communities of varying levels of care.
MATT LIETZAN – Yukon REAL ESTATE PARTNERS
Matt is a Principal at Yukon Ventures, responsible for Build-to-Suits for the industrial food and beverage manufacturing markets. Lietzan comes from Primus Builders, a national leader in cold storage design-build, where he led their Business Development team. During his twelve years at Primus, the ICC Group, and Sidel, Lietzan has worked with prominent F&B companies including MillerCoors, KraftHeinz, and Mars, expanding their manufacturing capabilities throughout the US.
Matt joins Yukon Ventures co-founders, Martin Khait and Oliver Davis Urman, in their pursuit of growing America’s cold storage, food and beverage manufacturing, and industrial real estate. Founded in 2018 in Austin, TX, Yukon Ventures pursues development and acquisition opportunities in the uniquely critical food and beverage real estate supply chain. Lietzan will continue this effort by partnering with food and beverage manufacturers and distributors to alleviate their real estate and infrastructure challenges by providing fit-for-purpose build to suit and sale-lease-back transactions.
ZACKREY CEASAR – Revolutionary Entertainment Group / CEASAR CAPITAL PARTNERS
Zackrey Ceasar, age 34 born in Monroe, Louisiana started working in the entertainment business at the tender age of 8years old acting in community theater productions in churches, schools etc. At the age of 18 he earned an opportunity to fly out to Orlando Florida to show off his talents before acting scouts in a talent search called “Talent Rock.” He fared well. After he showed up and showed out, it resulted in several callbacks, including, but not limited to “John Daily, producer,” of the movie “The Terminator”. Although Mr. Daily did not have any parts for Zackrey at that time, he was very impressed with his acting abilities. He felt compelled to give him an extensive coaching session on the entertainment business regarding networking and ways of getting more exposure. He also gave him contacts to short film Directors, such as Elswarro Productions where he guest starred in a film called “Gut Shot Str8.”
Zackrey also was featured in TSW’s hit star-studded film called “The Stick-Up Kids” directed by the legendary Mr. Hawthorne James, which appeared on the TV 1 station. Zackrey has also hosted red carpet events for TSW, been in their reality shows alongside Mr. John Paul Dijoria, Commercials casted by Hollywood casting director Michael Fenton, and has also performed in exotic places like The Hamptons, NY for philanthropist Joan Hornig. His strength of mind became direct fuel to his engine in this aggressive game in such a competitive world.
Finally, his hard work is paying off. Zackrey started his own company called Revolutionary Entertainment Group LLC a multi-divisional entertainment company with a focus on music, media, film and TV production as well as technology and real estate development. Zackrey has at least 3 major developments underway throughout the City of Atlanta.
RICHARD TAYLOR – ARRC Capital Partners
Richard is the founder and managing partner of ARRC Capital Partners (ARRC Capital), a real estate development firm focused exclusively on the Atlanta metro area. His specialty is multifamily housing with a strong emphasis on affordable housing and homelessness prevention. Prior to founding ARRC Capital, he worked in the private equity industry at NextGen Growth Partners. Before that, he was an investment banker, first at Raymond James, then at Robert W. Baird. During that time, he worked with both publicly- and privately-held companies on mergers and acquisitions advisory and strategic corporate advisory mandates.
Richard earned a Master’s in Finance from Vanderbilt University and a Bachelor’s in Finance and Accounting from Clemson University, cum laude. Richard is dedicated to giving back to the community: he sits on the Board of Directors of the Georgia Ovarian Cancer Alliance (GOCA), is in the Center for Leadership at the Urban Land Institute, is a member and part of the Emerging Leadership Initiative at the Council for Quality Growth and is a member of NAIOP. Never one to turn down a challenge, Richard backpacked around the world, during which time he was in the running of the bulls, jumped off the highest bungee jump in the world and stayed months in the jungles across South America and Asia. He spends his free time following his Clemson Tigers and is never shy about cooking a new recipe.
Richard was recently awarded the CoStar Group Community Impact Award for Best New Multifamily Development Project in the Atlanta Market.
MATTHEW COFFING - THE DAVIS GROUP
Matt Coffing is the Vice President of Acquisitions and Development for The Davis Group, an Alpharetta-based Owner/Developer/General Contractor specializing in mixed-use horizontal development and a leader in self-storage development across the southern United States. Before joining The Davis Group, he developed a broad CRE skillset in roles with the Atlanta BeltLine, CSX Transportation, and a design-build commercial general contractor, among other roles. Through these roles, he developed and honed the skills he uses today in construction management, CRE sales, leasing, and acquisitions. Matt earned a Bachelor of Science in Real Estate and Business Management as well as a Master of Business Administration from Florida State University and moved to the Atlanta area in 2020 from Florida.
In addition to his professional roles and responsibilities, Matt is an avid outdoorsman and can usually be found with a fly-rod in his hand looking for trout across north Georgia when not spending time with his wife, Laurel.
BRANDON WOODS - EDGELINE
As a founding partner and vice president of acquisitions and development at EdgeLine, Brandon enjoys making connections that leads to successful deals. With 17 years of career experience, Brandon’s diverse background includes project management, real estate financing and underwriting, investor relations, business development, and sales and marketing.
Beginning his career in financial services, Brandon transitioned to the commercial office sector, where he consulted end-users, commercial real estate professionals, furniture dealers, and interior designers, working with such clients as the Atlanta Braves, Georgia Institute of Technology, ThyssenKrupp, and GE Energy. In his development career, Brandon has acquired and sold over 100,000 s.f. of residential projects and managed over $75 million in capital and construction, totaling 1,000,000 s.f. in successful commercial and residential real estate projects overall. An entrepreneur at heart, Brandon is happiest when solving a problem or finding the “upside” of a challenge.
His varied skills came from his extensive experience and significant education: Brandon has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a minor in Finance from Auburn University. A Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) candidate, he also holds certifications in initiating, planning, scheduling, and budgeting projects as part of Project Management Professional (PMP) training.
When not crunching numbers or making introductions, one can find him coaching youth sports, competing in the local wiffle ball league or hitting the tennis courts with his father-and-law and business partner, Eric McConaghy. His wife Haley and kids (Gunnar and Blythe) are his biggest fans.
Nicholas Zuchegno - ASPEN CAPITAL SOLUTIONS
Nicholas Zuchegno is the founder and managing partner of Aspen Capital Solutions, a commercial finance company focused on providing alternative lending solutions to small businesses, developers, investors, and other projects that require more than basic banking needs.
Prior to founding Aspen Capital, Nicholas spent 14 years in the automotive space as part of a team that acquired underperforming dealerships, turning them around and making them profitable. A big part of this success was combining dealership talent with proper financial management, which ultimately led his team to managing the number one Infiniti dealership in the country.
After becoming a father in 2016 to a beautiful little girl, he decided to leave the automotive industry and take on a new challenge in the residential mortgage space, quickly establishing a dominant presence in the Atlanta market. Building his residential brokerage from the ground up, he realized many self-employed clients were also in need of alternative commercial lending options for their businesses. As a successful investor himself, navigating the narrow lending banking patterns through his entire career, he decided to invest in the commercial outlet including partnering with major commercial lenders out of New York, and expanding his financial education.
Nicholas is an avid sports fan. In his free time you can find him cheering on the Atlanta Braves, frequenting an Atlanta United game, or coaching his daughter’s soccer team.
Nauman PANJWANI - SNS INVESTMENTS
Nauman is a passionate and dynamic owner/operator/developer in the commercial real estate space. He is currently the Executive VP and a partner at SNS Investments, a family office specializing in the hospitality and retail asset classes, as well as the private equity space. He most recently developed and now manages an award-winning hotel in Greenville SC, led the acquisition of a beautiful downtown hotel in Jacksonville FL, and is spearheading an adaptive reuse project in the heart of Atlanta GA. Nauman has worked with all major hotel brands and many national retail anchor tenants while managing the full lifecycle of over $100M of assets.
Raised in NC, Nauman received his Bachelors from UNC with a joint degree from Duke University. He started his career consulting for some of the largest financial institutions in the world and then led a Global Sales Operations team at Uber (pre-IPO).
Outside of work Nauman is dedicated to shaping the future of the communities he’s involved in. He sits on a number of industry boards, including the SC Restaurant and Lodging Association, VisitGreenvilleSC Tourism Board, Choice Hotels Owners Council, and the largest hotel association in the world- Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA) Franchise & Industry Relations Board. Recently, Nauman also received the AAHOA Outstanding Young Professional award and served as the youngest of a 10 member committee that designed the new prototype for Choice Hotels’ flagship brand. He was subsequently nominated as an industry “Rising Star”.
Nauman is passionate about financial literacy, storytelling, and connecting with people of all kinds. In his spare time, he loves to dance and is an avid traveler.