One by one, the Vecino Group has added the best in the business. Qualifications wise and heart wise. Together, we’re embodying the combination of development and idealism that started it all.
One by one, the Vecino Group has added the best in the business. Qualifications wise and heart wise. Together, we’re embodying the combination of development and idealism that started it all.
Meet Sheri: dog trainer, outdoor adventurer and Habitat for Humanity/Harbor House volunteer. She’s also our very own Application Manager, who brings an attention to detail, unwavering tenacity and limitless patience like no other. (Oh, and she’s a Micro-brewer, too—I know, right?!)
From organizing adventure races, to planning float trips, to details at the Vecino Group, if Bruce is involved in anything, you know it’s going to get done right. Avid outdoorsman. Music afficienado. VP of Project Coordination. (And a really solid choice if one had to pick someone to help survive a zombie apocalypse.)
With 10 (yup, 10) brothers and sisters and a passion for yoga, it’s no surprise that calm is Julia’s default setting. With quiet competency and a get-it-done capability, she obliterates tasks and handles any challenge with ease. What’s Julia listening to with those earphones? Podcasts. Always.
Cheyenne loves the scenery of her home state of Kansas more than any mountain or ocean. With a gift for appreciating what is around her, a skill at honing inspiration, and a commitment to empathy, Cheyenne is a perfect fit for the Vecino Interior Architect. (Her favorite night of the week? The one she spends volunteering, serving hungry kids in the community.)
She who controls the finances controls the world! When we say Kristen is the controller of the VG, we refer to her title—and there’s no small amount of admiration involved. After all, she wrangles the expense reports & financials of a 50 person, multifaceted company. (Kristen hones her sanity with family time, baking, and exercise classes at 0-dark-thirty in the morning.)
A pre-K teacher turned construction administrator? Ya man. A life-long fan of new challenges, Marty decided her organizational skills and love of learning could be effective in a new profession. She liked the thought of making a difference. She wanted to be part of a team. Lucky for Vecino, the rest is history.
New(ish) to Springfield but no stranger to faith, Monica believes she was led to the Vecino Group by the same forces she credits for guiding most elements of her life. Her love for accounting runs deep enough that she wondered how she’d go to school once the accounting classes were complete. So when she found a job that combined accounting with big picture purpose, Monica knew she’d found her place. She’s got a blog. A new(ish) husband. A love of all things nature. And a strong belief that believing matters.
It’s weird to talk about someone’s tombstone. But Heather wants hers to read, “Helped end homelessness.” She’s a Permanent Supportive Housing Developer, a self proclaimed policy junkie, an avid volunteer, and she clocks more road time than any other member of the Vecino Group. (How does she do it all? Diet Coke. Copious amounts.)
Leaving Grandma stereotypes in her wake, Kim has never met a deal she can’t close, a business relationship she can’t build, or a bottom line she can’t improve. When she’s not busy bringing deals from conception to successful completion, Kim likes to quilt, craft and spend time with her family (Grandma—the kick ass CAO version.)
When it comes to creating communities that help people thrive, Mat has a global perspective—literally. After 15 years working with universities and business leaders in 40+ countries, Mat is now President of P3 for Vecino. He helps our teams—both internally and externally—be that much greater. (He also makes his shoes work overtime. Rarely sitting still, this guy.)
Molly discovered the Vecino Group when she walked into Hudson Arthaus. The idea of using her Architecture skills for the greater good appealed to her. The reality of Molly appealed to us. The rest is history. Molly is an Architect, a competitive rower, a yoga enthusiast, and hearts a good rave. (Expect to see both yoga & black-lit dance spaces in a future development.)
Thinking about signage, logos, paint colors, or websites? Amy is. She’s had her heart set on a career combining graphic design and architecture since the 8th grade. We’re glad she’s found her niche with the Vecino Group. (Rare is the artistic type who’s also detail oriented. But that’s Amy—a unicorn in our midst.)
On a quest to be the World’s-Most-Interesting-Man, Danny has traveled to 25 countries, run a lodge in Ecuador, started a non-profit, earned two Masters, and scaled the world’s tallest summits as a guide. A standard 9-5 job didn’t appeal, but doing good did—so Danny found his way to the VG. (His card says Architect—only because World’s Most Interesting Man didn’t fit.)
With over two decades of engineering experience, Steve has worked on everything from surgical facilities to schools. Even when he’s not on the clock, he’s working; tackling home improvement projects with his son or cooking for his family. Quiet by nature, Steve prides himself on listening for what isn’t being said—the answers to questions personal and professional often exist in the absence of words.
Developing a project is only the start of the process. As Asset Manager, Lisa comes through on everything that comes next. With a seasoned understanding of compliance issues and a flair for the details, Lisa ensures residents are happy. (Camping and hanging out with family ensure Lisa is happy too.)
Some numbers that help explain Scott—3 (daughters), 25 (years in construction), 4 (businesses owned), and 1 (dog BFF.) As a project manager in Troy, New York, Scott was drawn by the idea of shaping historical renovations in his lifelong hometown (number of projects completed to come.)
With over two decades of experience designing in the MEP field, Randy is a draftsman extraordinaire. Other titles he holds: Fisherman. Camper. Dad. Backyard griller. And Meatloaf Craftsman. (We saw it with our own eyes–a Halloween creation, made entirely of meatloaf. It was unexpected. But undeniably tasty.)
You know the saying, “don’t sweat the small stuff?” Luckily, Casey doesn’t. As an architect, he conceptualizes the big picture while minding every tiny detail along the way. It all results in intuitive spaces where people gather and Live. (That capital L is an intentional—Casey exhibits an uppercase zest for Living by camping, fishing, and oh yeah—riding his unicycle.)
With decades in the affordable housing industry, Sharon knows exactly what she’s doing and why she’s doing it. Her commitment to community drives her work. Her commitment to adrenaline drives her pursuit of outdoor adventures. And underneath it all, you’ll find constant University of Georgia loyalty—Sharon is not afraid to bark like a BullDawg.
Before the sun ever comes up, Colleen has often taught a hot yoga class. A devotee of yoga, expertly prepared food, gardening, travel, and spreadsheets (for real), Colleen seeks balance in all things. From managing projects to balancing budgets, jumping out of airplanes or meditating at dawn, she loves it all.
Nate makes bio writing easy. In addition to being a highly capable architect, he’s also on a quest to run a marathon in every state and on every continent by the time he’s 40. No big deal. He’s currently on marathon #14, state #9 and continent #2. (When not running like Forrest Gump, Nate enjoys kayaking, cooking, and the outdoors with his wife.)
The first time Rob heard about the VG he was working on a consulting project in Pittsburg, KS. The name came up again on a project in Cohoes, NY. A new months later, in a different city, he noticed a tract of trees coming down, only to discover it was another Vecino development. The universe was speaking. And lucky for us, Rob listened. (He also believes in Cleveland sports teams, physical activity, and teamwork.)
Layne loves to learn. Say that four times fast. More than a tongue twister, Layne’s zest for learning has been a defining life theme. From the architecture profession, to outdoor hobbies, to mid century modern home renovation, Layne can always be found researching, refining, and learning more.
With a background in finance, accounting, and real estate, Roger has everything it takes to thrive in the indoor professional world. After hours, though, he gets outside as much as possible. In fact, he first heard about the Vecino Group while paddling down a river.
The tangible has always been Shane’s business. After spending 15+ years in printing management, Shane transitioned to another means of bringing projects to reality. His ability to bring a construction project to completion on time and on budget provides a sense of accomplishment. Shane is also accomplished in Dad’ing, fishing, and golfing.
Roller Derby champ by night. Financial tracker by day. Regardless of the arena, Sam relies on her attention to detail and commitment to teamwork. The Vecino Group knows her as an accountant. The Derby world knows her as “Spice.”(That’s her alias in the rink.)
You know the guy in the room who doesn’t talk a lot but everyone wants to hear what he has to say? That’s Rick. President of the VG. Deal wizard. Finance expert. Margarita craftsman. Also, kind of what folks mean when they say “salt of the earth good guy.” (Rick did not write his own bio. Promise.)
Kathleen got a taste for the construction world early. Growing up around her Dad’s carpentry business, she saw the appeal of building something from the ground up. She took all the tech classes she could in school, started her career working for a HVAC manufacturer, and found project management to be the next progression. When she’s not on a job site, Kathleen can be found on a trail, in the gym, or hanging with her family.
Fifteen years of architectural experience added up fast for Matt. Analytical by nature, he’s fascinated by the ability of a space to impact the mind. Matt also digs weight training, clay shooting, meat smoking, and cycling. But hanging with his 3-year-old son qualifies as his most consuming hobby.
Ideas from pixels to print, that’s Patrick. Creative Director. Master designer. Occasional banjo-er. Patrick ensures that the gut check of each project—the essence of Vecino—comes through loud & clear. Also loud: the guitars & amps that sit behind the giant cow silhouette in his office. (He’s also mastered the art of smiling with his eyes. Twinkly as St. Nick, we swear.)
Fan of the yet to be. Dreamer of big dreams. Full-time family man & part-time political junkie. With a passion for unconventional business approaches, a knack for strategy, and a genuine enjoyment of providing opportunity, Matt sees no limit to the good the VG can achieve. (Which is why we feel good calling him our CEO.)
Prone to toothy smiles and passionate causes, Stacy brought the greater good mission to the Vecino Group and maintains its focus today. As a Co-Founder & a Supportive Housing Developer, she’s grateful* to make a living through social activism. (*also grateful for: fine-waiving day at the library, morning workouts, and any weekend that doesn’t involve a kid b’day party.)
There are people who just like knowing how things go together. Blake is one of them. That desire to understand how things are built led him towards a Masters degree in architecture. At work, he creates buildings. At home, though, his hands-on skills are focused on crafting family memories, home improvement projects, and his giant salt water aquarium.
With a decade of real estate experience and a knack for strategic thinking, financial analysis, and property acquisition, Karl makes a perfect Finance and Real Estate Developer. Plus, Karl provides the Vecino Group with a great view of the West Coast. (And if you’re wondering whether this means he surfs—yeah, dude).
With a degree in civil engineering and a masters in embracing life, Corey loves anything that involves building and moving. Whether he’s working on home improvement projects or running a race, he’s rarely sitting still.
Few can say they’ve worked to end homelessness. But that’s what Joselyn has done with her degree in social work & heart for helping the most vulnerable. As a Permanent Supportive Housing Developer at Vecino, Joselyn’s right where she believes she can have the most impact. (And thanks to 3 nieces, she also knows more Taylor Swift lyrics than necessary.)
Jacque strives to maximize purpose in everything she does. Whether it’s creating intentional lasting design or organizing for fun(really), she finds calmness in order. Calmness flies out the window when December rolls around, though. When it comes to Christmas, Jacque goes full elf.
Lead Underwriter. Mathlete all throughout elementary and high school. Proof that when you put an m in front of athlete, you’ve got a competitor for life. In his non-numerical world, Kody is a rescue dog owner and an avid Royals and Chiefs fan. (Actual athletic abilities? Pickup basketball once a week and Shooting Guard in the Rotary Basketball Tournament every year.)
Baxter’s first foray into affordable housing came on the back of a bike. Cycling from New Hampshire to Vancouver to raise funds and awareness of the affordable housing crisis in America, Baxter decided he wanted to spend his career working towards a solution. An avid outdoorsman, Baxter jumped at the chance to join the Vecino Group’s Salt Lake City office and now calls the Wasatch Mountains home.
On dry land, Josh is a Senior Project Manager with a degree in construction management. In the water, though, his old skills still translate. A lake kid all his life, Josh started the Waterski team at Missouri State University, met his wife in the process, and is now working on raising the next generation of water sport competitors ( Don’t tell Lake of the Ozarks. But he’s grown pretty fond of Table Rock Lake.)
A student of the sciences of health and wellness (mindfulness practices, yoga & QiGong), Paul channels his experience and inner zen into outward community benefits. From creating affordable housing throughout the South to working with housing authorities across the nation on the transition to the HUD-Rental Assistance Demonstration platform, Paul is testimony to the power of positive energy.
The rare Vecino Group bird with a traditional real estate background, Tim has been a broker, a developer, and a landlord. Now he’s the President of Student Housing, a position that keeps him almost as young as his vegan lifestyle and marathon running.( Tim balances out all this righteousness by having the messiest desk in the office.)
A creative accountant? Ya man, that’s Heather. A firm rejector of the bean counter stereotype, Heather is energized by the problem solving and collaboration involved in her daily responsibilities. She’s enjoying having more time to cook and craft—two of her favorite hobbies—after recently retiring from the world of competitive roller derby.
Korey holds a couple of “only” distinctions at the Vecino Group. He’s the only person whose hobby is tomahawk throwing and the only person with a minor in medieval renaissance. At twenty four, Korey has visited eleven different countries, experience that has provided him with both an expanded world view and the ability to drink heavy German beer without ever getting a hangover.
Jenn has two main obsessions—one is construction(a lucky fact for the VG)and the other is Disney. When she’s not running things as a project engineer, she’s headed to Disneyland as much as humanly possible and collecting all things Disney the rest of the time. You’re never too old for Mickey. Or your Dad. Jenn goes to the movies with hers every single Sunday.
A Branson boy through and through, Preston has always called the city home. He married his high school sweetheart. Added two new Branson residents (daughters) to the mix. And became a top-notch project manager along the way. When he’s not keeping the jobsite running smoothly, Preston can be found strumming a guitar or clocking some campfire time.
Kansas’s loss is Vecino’s gain. Scott is a brand new resident of Southwest Missouri, lured from the great plains for a new role as owners rep. His background in operations and construction management makes him a perfect fit. His love for all things outdoors—hunting, boating, and camping—means the Ozarks will suit him just fine.
A 4H kid for most of his childhood, Josh took more than cattle raising skills from the experience. The pledge to clearer thinking, greater loyalty, and larger service stuck. Josh has applied these ideals to all avenues of his life. From adventure racing to family travels, engineering education to construction management, the same truths apply. Josh is at his best when he’s focused on the community and the world.
Ever met someone who collects poorly done taxidermy? Now you have. Meet Sally. As fond of music as she is wonky-eyed stuffed squirrels, Sally is creative to her core. Dual majors in illustration & design. Advertising Experience. Plus an ability to translate any message visually into ‘whoa’. (We’re glad she’s here & equally glad she didn’t bring the squirrel.)
Mark has lived and worked in every U.S. time zone, collaborating with brilliant designers from every corner of the globe. His favorite projects have always involved a higher purpose; monuments, senior citizen centers, and even a Boy Scout bridge. He relaxes by building furniture and considers family time the ultimate therapy.
Kevin has spent his professional career building life changing environments—life saving, if you look at his time in the healthcare field. As COO, he knows he’s continuing to use his builder background to make a positive impact. Also a plus to Kevin: family, friends, and bodies of water. (Doesn’t matter where, doesn’t matter what. If it’s H20, he’s in.)
Build something correctly and it will work dependably. Walter, an Engineer by trade and nature, lives this adage daily. In his off hours, he builds found object, home décor creations. At work, he’s responsible for the engineering of VG projects; civil, structural, and MEP(no big deal.)
A detail oriented draftsman by day. A master of everything else by night. From driving a forklift, to wiring a car, fixing up houses to repairing what needs repairing, Michael gets things done. His most recent accomplishment? Landing the fiancé of his dreams.
Not every company has a former professional hockey player on staff. Thanks to Mike, we do. True to his Canadian roots, Mike played hockey in college and then went pro in Texas and Oklahoma after that. He does not have a single original tooth. In the world off the ice, Mike enjoys tending to project details, riding motorcycles, hanging with his wife, and tending to his backyard lavender farm.
Dustin’s construction expertise is one part nature and one part nurture. With a Dad and Grandfather who were homebuilders, he was born with an inherent inclination to build. The grown up version of Dustin started his own construction company and spent more than two decades building custom homes. When he’s not on a job site, Dustin likes to be on a lake.