HomeRiver Group’s mission is to be the premier national residential
property management company in the United States, offering
acquisition, renovation, leasing, management, maintenance
and brokerage. We are intently focused on serving both owners
and tenants, and are dedicated to a culture of integrity,
superlative performance and respect.
Meet the Team
HomeRiver Group’s principals manage hundreds of exceptional team members across multiple
states. Our senior team brings unparalleled experience in property
management, real estate acquisitions, finance, operations, investment
banking, and law. HomeRiver’s team is constantly increasing as grows
through acquisitions of premiere regional and local management firms.
In all cases, however, the team adheres strictly to its overarching
culture of integrity, superlative performance and respect.
John is a founder of HomeRiver and responsible for all aspects of HomeRiver Group’s activities.. Over the course of his career, John has played a key role in executing over $10 billion of real estate transactions. Prior to co-founding HomeRiver, John was Senior Managing Director of Strategic Development for AZ Bidder, the country’s only national single-family home foreclosure bidding service. Before that, John cofounded and served as CEO of Class Green Capital Partners providing landmark funding and sustainability solutions to municipalities and states. Prior to Class Green, he served as EVP and Head of Acquisitions for U.S. Realty Advisors, one of the leading buyers of single-tenant, net leased properties in the United States. John also served as Managing Director at Eastdil Secured, where he managed its national Corporate Real Estate Investment Banking business. Before Eastdil, John was Managing Director in charge of Citigroup‘s Global Real Estate Equity and Structured Finance group where he built the bank’s global sale-leaseback advisory practice and oversaw the disposition of $5 billion of Citigroup’s foreclosed real estate assets. Prior toCitigroup,John served as a First Vice President in the multifamily acquisitions and syndications group at Integrated Resources. John has also practiced real estate, corporate and securities law at the New York firm of Robinson, Silverman (now Bryan Cave). An honors graduate of Harvard College and Fordham Law School, John is based in New York City, where he lives with his wife, Meg. They have three grown children.
Andrew Propst - Chief Executive Officer
Andy is a founder and the CEO of HomeRiver, the President and Owner of Park Place Property Management, CRMC® in Boise, Idaho, and the immediate Past President of The National Association of Residential Property Managers NARPM®. Andy has 15 years of experience in both residential and commercial real estate management. He has demonstrated a commitment to delivering first-class results for clients, as well as consistently improving efficiencies and operations across his companies. Industry knowledge and a keen focus on technology has been a major priority for Andy. He has obtained three of the leading industry designations: Certified Property Manager® (CPM®) from the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM®), Master Property Manager (MPM®) and Residential Management Professional (RMP®), both from NARPM®. Andy believes in volunteer work, and has served on the National Board of Directors of NARPM® for six years as a Regional Vice President, National Treasurer, National President-Elect, and then was elected as President of The National Association of Residential Property Managers (NARPM®) in 2015. As immediate Past President for NARPM®, Andy continues to offer ongoing counsel and insight to the Board of Directors of NARPM®. He has also had the privilege of serving on other local and national real estate boards. Andy lives in Boise, Idaho with this wife, Shonda, and their two children.
Laszlo Syrop - Vice President of Acquisitions and Operations
Laszlo is Vice President of Acquisitions and Operations at HomeRiver. He is responsible for helping execute
the company’s business acquisition strategy and manages all aspects of its diverse operations. Previously, he was an Associate with Lee Equity Partners, a middle-market private equity firm focused on control buyouts and growth-capital financings. Before that, Laszlo was a Consultant with the Boston Consulting Group, a global management consulting firm. Laszlo graduated from Brown University with an A.B. in Economics and received his M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Originally from Los Angeles, Laszlo has long since become a proud resident of New York City.
Peter Murphy - Senior Vice President
Peter is a founder and senior member of the HomeRiver team, and the CEO and Co-Founder of Home Encounter, the largest scattered-site single-family property management firm in the eastern United States. Peter developed Home Encounter from its roots in Tampa, FL as a mom-and-pop property management firm, managing primarily low-income single-family and small multi-family properties. He transformed it to a regional management powerhouse, managing more than 4,000 units at its peak for clients such as Colony American Homes, Progress Residential, Carrington Homes, and more than 900 other small and mid-sized investors from around the globe. Specializing in market analytics, Peter’s analysis of trends affecting the housing market and the rental sector have appeared in the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, and he has been a contributor to Fox Business, CNBC, and numerous local news networks. He is the qualifying Broker for Home Encounter, where he heads up the Property Management and Brokerage divisions of the firm. He also leads Home Encounter’s growth and expansion initiatives. Prior to Home Encounter, Peter was a management consultant at Towers Watson and served for four years in marketing strategy on the agency and client-sides, primarily serving the automotive and restaurant sectors. Peter holds a BS in Economics and an MBA from the University of South Florida in Tampa. He currently resides in Lutz, FL with his wife, Lauren, and three sons.
Chase Clark - Senior Vice President
Chase is a founder and senior member of the HomeRiver team, and the COO and Co-Founder of Home Encounter. As COO of the largest provider of REO-to-Rental single family property management services in the Eastern US and a licensed Florida licensed real estate broker, Chase is primarily responsible for scaling operational systems to serve the multi-market property management needs for a diverse portfolio of more than 900 small and mid-sized investors, including such clients as Progress Residential, Colony American Homes, and Carrington Property Services. Specializing in Property Services – including Renovations and Maintenance (R&M), Chase has lead the expansion of Home Encounter Property Services into all aspects of physical property management. He has also overseen the successful scaling of the accounting and technical systems into one of the most respected property management platforms in the US, managing more than 4,000 units throughout the state of Florida. Chase leads Home Encounter’s operating strategies development, and performs tracking and measurement efforts. He also advises cornerstone clients in the acquisition, optimization and profitable management of real estate. Prior to joining Home Encounter, Chase worked as Controller for Florida College. He and college-friend Peter Murphy got together to found Falcon Investment Corporation – a real estate opportunity fund specializing in low-income rental homes in Tampa. Chase holds a BS in Finance and an MBA from the University of South Florida in Tampa. He currently resides in Tampa with his wife, Tara, and three daughters.
Douglas Dale - Senior Vice President- Indianapolis
Doug is a founder and senior member of the HomeRiver team, and the President of HRG Indianapolis, formerly Brick Lane Property Management. Doug balances strategic insight with operational expertise amassed while providing market-level guidance to public and private single family institutional investors. Prior to joining HomeRiver Group, Doug co-founded Fortune Acquisitions to deliver the full range of acquisition, renovation, leasing, and management services required to transform distressed properties into institutional-grade assets, serving companies such as American Homes 4 Rent and American Residential Properties. He oversaw the purchase and operation of over 6,000 single family properties and led a team involved in managing 16,000 bank-owned assets. During the subprime crisis, Doug provided consultation to multiple national asset management firms such as Asset Management Servicing (“AMS”), focused on the valuation, renovation, packaging and disposition of properties nationwide for lenders such as Countrywide, GMAC, and Bank of America. Doug cofounded a staffing firm which grew to over 1,000 employees and serviced Fortune 500 companies before its sale in 2004. A frequent panelist at national Real Estate investment conferences, Doug graduated with honors from Butler University and lives in Indianapolis with his wife, Alicia, and their two sons.
Brad Van Rooyen - Vice President- Tampa
Brad is a founder and senior member of the HomeRiver team, the President HRG Tampa, formerly Home Encounter, and HRG’s national specialist for community (homeowners’) association management. Brad was born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. He moved to the US in 1994, and started Real Property Worx, a property management firm for local and foreign investors, which in 2009 merged with Home Encounter as it expanded its Tampa property management base. As the driving force behind Home Encounter’s expansion into community association management, Brad has consistently strengthened the company’s position in Florida’s ever-changing community management marketplace. Brad serves as President of his own homeowners association, is an elected Community Development District Supervisor, and is active with respect to legislation affecting homeowners’ associations. He currently serves on the Board of the Chief Executives Officers of Management Companies (CEOMC) for the State of Florida. Brad is a licensed community association manager, real estate, and is a Certified Property Management Specialist (CPMS). He currently resides in Tampa, FL with his wife, Kimberly and two daughters.
Joshua Bangert - Vice President- Indianapolis
Joshua is a founder and member of the HomeRiver team, and Co-Founder of HRD Indianapolis, formerly Brick Lane Property Management, in Indianapolis, Indiana. Joshua has been actively managing real estate investment portfolios for the past 15 years and now serves as the Director of Business Development for Brick Lane Property Management. In the past 15 years, Joshua has managed over 15,000 bank-owned assets, 1500 investment properties, and has acted as the primary broker on the purchase and sale of over 1000 investment properties. Joshua lives in Indianapolis with his wife and two children. He is a licensed Real Estate Broker and a graduate of Indiana University’s Kelly School of Business.
Dewey Pettit - Vice President
Dewey is the Vice President of Finance of HomeRiver Group. Prior to his current role, Dewey was the Director, Sales Operations at Polaris Industries, establishing sales goals and creating sales systems for 1,800 independent dealers and 100 sales reps throughout North America. During Dewey’s tenure in Sales Operations, the company’s sales grew from $2B to over $5B. Dewey was also the Chief Audit Executive at Polaris Industries where he streamlined external and internal audit and implemented a process improvement practice. Dewey also held various Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) leadership roles at Boston Scientific where he partnered with product development, manufacturing and marketing to launch multiple new product platforms. Dewey started his career at KPMG in their assurance practice and was a Certified Public Accountant for 6 years. Dewey earned his BBA in Accounting from Saint John’s University and holds an MBA from Indiana University, with a major in Finance. Dewey resides in Minneapolis, MN with his wife, Julie, and their two children.
Lee Porter - Vice President- Greensboro
Lee is a senior member of the HomeRiver team, and the President of HRG Greensboro, formerly Birch Management, LLC, a leading provider of professional property management services in the Triad area of North Carolina since 1988. He holds a NC Real Estate Broker’s License, has been an active real estate investor since 1994, and holds an unlimited NC General Contractors License. Additionally, Lee holds both the designations of CCIM, (Certified Commercial Investment Member) and CPM (Certified Property Manager). Lee has served on the Board of Directors for both TREBIC (Triad Real Estate and Building Industry Coalition) and The Realtor’s Commercial Alliance, most recently as Chairman in 2012. Lee also serves as Chairman of the North Carolina Association of Realtors Property Management Division Board of Governors, is a member of IREM Chapter 56 Executive Council, and serves on the Greensboro Regional Realtors Association Government Affairs Committee. Prior to his full time participation in real estate, Lee traveled to all 50 states and 42 countries while competing as a professional golfer for 16 years, including 6 years as an exempt member of the PGA TOUR. Lee holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management and a Minor in Accounting from Guilford College. Lee has been, for most of his life, a resident of Greensboro, NC, where he currently lives with his wife, Michelle, and their two children.
Preston Letts - Vice President- Chicago
Preston is a senior member of the HomeRiver team, and the President of HRG Chicago, formerly Letts Investment Realty and Property Management in Chicago, which he started in 2006. In 2003 Preston received his real estate broker’s license and started buying long term cash flow producing properties for his clients and himself. At that time he and his father ran a successful boutique financial planning firm that catered to Chicago area families. His success at real estate investment inspired him to sell his stake in the firm and concentrate on buying and managing investment real estate for his growing list of clients. The company has grown to managing more than 1500 units for 350 individual and institutional owners in Chicago and the surrounding counties. Preston’s success is in part built on his passion for sharing his knowledge on the acquisition and successful management of income producing real estate. His unique approach to business strategies has made him an in-demand speaker, and real estate consultant. Preston graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree after attending Northwestern University and the University of Rhode Island. He and his family live in greater Chicago.
Chad Collins - Vice President- Idaho Falls
Chad is a senior member of the HomeRiver team, and co-founder/Principal Broker of HRG Idaho Falls, formerly BMG Rentals, a HomeRiver company. Chad has 15 years of experience in residential and investment real estate sales and management. As Principal Broker, Chad has overseen all aspects of one of the leading property management companies in Utah and Idaho. Chad has served in industry associations both locally and nationally and has been involved in speaking and educating throughout his career. He was one of the co-founders of the Utah NARPM chapter and served as the 2012 Utah Chapter President. Chad has served on the NARPM National Finance Committee and the Regional Convention Committee. Chad is currently serving on the Utah Apartment Association Political Action Committee. Chad earned his BS in Finance with an emphasis in real estate from the University of Utah. He currently resides in Utah with his wife and children.
Joe Berger - Vice President- Salt Lake City
Joe is a senior member of the HomeRiver team, and Vice President/Associate Branch Broker of HRG Salt Lake City, formerly BMG Rentals, a HomeRiver company. Joe began his real estate career 17 years ago at NAI Utah Commercial Real Estate. Joe co-founded BMG Rentals in 2005, one of the leading property management companies along the Wasatch front and southern Utah. He has aided in creating many online training programs that help set the industry standard for single family and small multifamily management. Improving the property management industry has been a long-term focus for Joe and he has enjoyed many successes while working alongside the Utah Apartment Association in helping Utah set and create legislation. Joe currently participates on the board for the UAA as Political Action committee chair. He was one of the co-founders of the Utah NARPM chapter in 2011 and has participated on the board in many capacities. He has obtained the industry designation of Residential Management Professional (RMP) from NARPM. Joe earned two BA degrees from the University of Utah, one in Communications with an emphasis in argumentation and negotiation and one in Spanish. Joe is a Utah native and lives there with his wife Amanda and four children.
Robert A. Machado - Vice President- Sacramento
Bob is a senior member of the HomeRiver team and is President/founder and designated officer of HRG Sacramento, formerly HomePointe Property Management, a Certified Residential Management Company (CRMC®) located in Sacramento, CA. The company serves the greater Sacramento Region from three offices, managing over 2,000 rental units and has been recognized as the largest single family property manager in the region by the Sacramento Business Journal. Bob is a founding member of the local chapter of the National Association of Residential Property Managers (NARPM), and was its first President (1992). In addition to local leadership, Bob is past national president of NARPM (1996-97) and served on the national board from 1992-1998. Bob is a nationally recognized speaker for the association, has taught various property management topics, and has authored several property management courses. Bob has recently served on NARPM’s National Investment Committee (2014-2015), National Professional Standards (1998-2017), and National Broker Owner Meeting Committee (2015-2016). Bob created NARPM’s first charity in 2010, the Past President’s Charity Event. He served as chairman and has served on the committee from 2010-2017. The events have raised a half million dollars over that time. Locally, Bob has also chaired Sacramento NARPM’s Charity Event (2016-17) raising over fifty thousand dollars for local charities. Bob is both a Certified Property Manager (CPM®) and Master Property Manager (MPM®). Bob graduated from UC Berkeley “With Distinction” (1977) and has a degree in Economics. Bob has three grown children and four grandchildren.
Alexandra Goldthwaite - Vice President- Sacramento
Alex is a senior member of the HomeRiver team and the Broker Associate for HRG Sacramento, formerly HomePointe Property Management, a Certified Residential Management Company (CRMC®) located in Sacramento, CA. The company serves the greater Sacramento Region from three offices, managing over 2,000 rental units and has been recognized as the largest single family property manager in the region by the Sacramento Business Journal. Alex is a member of the National Association of Residential Property Managers (NARPM®) and has served on a number of its national committees. She is also a member of the Sacramento Association of Realtors, and serves on the Executive Committee for IREM® (Institute of Real Estate Management) as President and is past Vice President of Finance. Alex holds a California Brokers License and is both a Certified Property Manager (CPM®) and Master Property Manager (MPM®). She has a degree in Business from University of Arizona, where she graduated “With Distinction”, and is currently working on a Master's in Real Estate from Georgetown University. Alex resides in Sacramento with her husband and two children.
Danny Harlow - Vice President-Boise
Danny is a senior member of HomeRiver Group and the CEO of HRG Boise, formerly Park Place Property Management, a HomeRiver Group company based in Boise, ID. Park Place manages nearly 5,000 residential units in 3 markets. He is actively involved in the National Association of Residential Property Managers (NARPM), having served as President of the SW Idaho Chapter, the Educational Chair, and as the Vice Chair of the NARPM National Communications Committee, as well as the Marketing Awareness Committee. Danny is a graduate of Brigham Young University-Idaho, where he earned a Bachelor's degree in Business Management. Danny enjoys the many outdoor activities Idaho has to offer including mountain biking, whitewater rafting, hiking and skiing. He and his wife Mollie live in the Boise area with their four children (three daughters and a son).
Matt Wares - Vice President of Construction
Matt is the Vice President of Construction for HomeRiver Group. Matt has more than 15 years of commercial and residential construction management experience. Prior to his current role, Matt was the Vice President of Operations and Business Development for Rincon Construction services. During Matt’s tenure at Rincon he significantly increased revenue, built out the team and established key operating procedures and systems to ensure successful growth. He also served as Blackstone Group's (Invitation Homes) Director of Operations, COO for Center Point Investment Solutions (which managed investments for Colony Capital and other major investors) and Director of Construction for several industry-leading management firms. Matt has had the opportunity to manage nearly $3 billion in assets, with a focus on establishing structure, processes, and procedures in project management, construction management, sales and software development. He attended Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, CA and took Business Management courses at Brigham Young in Provo, UT. Matt lives in San Clemente, CA with his wife Brette and 3 children.
Ross Patterson - Director of Finance & Accounting - Boise
Ross Patterson is the CFO of HRG Boise, formerly Park Place Property Management in Boise, Idaho and is responsible for the accounting operations in Idaho, Illinois, California, Missouri, Tennessee and several other states. He assists in the Mergers and Acquisitions function for Home River Group in connection with due diligence, underwriting and integration. A licensed CPA in the state of Idaho for 18 years, Ross also has nearly twenty years of leadership experience in the property management, residential construction and consulting industries. He is a former Corporate VP for Northwest Real Estate Capital Corp, an entity specializing in affordable housing and rehabilitation utilizing LIHTC tax credits, where he also assisted in Mergers and Acquisitions. He also served as the Senior Financial Executive of Hubble Homes, a NAHB Top 100 Home-builder that built approximately 1,000 homes per year. Ross is a graduate of Boise State University where he received his BBA in Accountancy. He currently resides in Idaho with his wife, Margo, and their children.
Joshua Smith - Vice President of Operations
Josh is Vice President of Operations at HomeRiver and Senior Vice President at HRG Tampa, formerly Home Encounter. In his national capacity, Josh plays a key role in the national unification and enhancement of processes and procedures, including goal-setting and metrics management. Previous to his current position, Josh was the Director of Property Management and Property Services (including maintenance) at Home Encounter, one of HomeRiver's founding property management companies, with five offices in Florida. While with Home Encounter, Josh also managed the operations team that handled the lease-up and stabilization of several large-scale real estate portfolios in the Florida market, including those of Colony American Homes and Progress Residential. Prior to that, Josh served as the Affiliate Development Manager at Carrington Property Services, a national property management and renovation company, where among other things he established third-party policies and implemented training plans and metrics for over 40 management firms and internal associates across 21 national MSAs. A native Floridian, Josh graduated from Harvard College with a BA in Economics and currently resides in the Greater Tampa Bay area.
Kaitlin Gilbert - Web Design and Marketing Coordinator
Kaiti is responsible for coordinating the website design and related marketing efforts for HomeRiver Group. She has acted as the Web and Marketing Developer for Park Place Property Management, now a HomeRiver Group company, since 2013. Kaiti has worked in several areas of the marketing industry since 2009, including brand management, promotional campaigns, media, website design, graphic design and more. She currently resides in Oregon with her husband, Jordan.
Mike Wasik - Chief Technology Officer
Mike Wasik is the CTO for HomeRiver Group, Prior to his current role, Mike was VP of Business Applications and BI/Data Warehouse for ABILITY Network (a SAAS based healthcare technology company) and responsible for oversight of the ERP systems, CRM (Salesforce), and BI/Data Warehouse strategy. Prior to that role, Mike held a variety of IT executive leadership positions with a heavy emphasis on overall IT strategy, building high performing teams, consolidation of multiple systems onto single platforms; and rapid merger and acquisition integration. He believes that effective and efficient use of technology truly is a business enabler and has used his strong project management and partnering skills to transform business processes across multiple companies and industries.
Mike’s various leadership roles have had a special focus on the small to medium sized, fast moving, private equity sector with over 12 years across four companies - ABILITY Network; Hearthside Foods/Ryt-way industries; Berry/Tyco Plastics; and Nortrax (a John Deere spin-off). He also spent the first eitght years of his career with Cargill, the largest privately-held company in the world.
Mike has a Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering, from North Dakota State University and an MBA from University of St. Thomas. He resides in Maple Grove with his wife Amy and two daughters, who are recent college graduates.
Ben Trombly - Regional Manager – Memphis
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Stephen Foster - Vice President of Brokerage Services – San Antonio
Steve is Vice President of Brokerage Services for HRG’s San Antonio operation, and was national president of the National Association of Residential Property Managers (NARPM) in 2014. His company, Boardwalk Real Property Management, was acquired by HRG in May 2018. Steve will remain as a senior representative of HRG for the purpose of acquiring additional property management platforms, portfolios and institutional clients throughout Texas and elsewhere. Steve is an emeritus member of the American Institute of Architects. He became a real estate broker in 1978 and formed Boardwalk in 1986 as its designated broker. He received the CCIM designation in 1991. Steve has been active in the San Antonio Board of Realtors and served as the Property Management committee chair in 2001 and 2014 and the Governmental Affairs Committee chair in 2018. Steve joined NARPM in 1992 and helped form and is a past president of the San Antonio Metropolitan Area Chapter of NARPM. He received the Residential Management Professional (RMP) designation in 1998, the Master Property Manager (MPM) in 2001 and Boardwalk was designated a Certified Residential Management Company (CRMC) in 2008. In addition to serving as national president of NARPM in 2014, Steve served on the NARPM national board of directors from 2008 to 2015. Steve was born and raised in Iowa, graduated from Iowa State University with a B.A. in Architecture in 1972 and graduated from Texas A&M University with a Master of Building Design in Architecture in 1974.Steve is married to Linda G. Foster and they have 2 grown children and 4 grandchildren.
Shannon McLaughlin Ives - Regional Manager – San Antonio
Shannon is a senior member of the HomeRiver team, Regional Manager of HRG’s San Antonio operation and the Broker Associate for Boardwalk Real Property Management, a Certified Residential Management Company (CRMC®). Shannon is a member of the National Association of Residential Property Managers (NARPM®) holding the Master Property Manager (MPM®) designation. She has served as a National Chair for the Professional Development Committee and was recipient of the 2017 Volunteer of the Year Award. Shannon is a 2012 graduate of the Texas Realtor Leadership Program and holds the Texas Residential Property Manager certification. She is also a member of the local Board of Realtors Property Management & Leasing Committee serving as Chair in 2017. Shannon is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a degree in Business Administration and currently resides in San Antonio with her husband.
Justina England - Regional Manager – Oklahoma City
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