The Urban Catalyst Leadership Team
by Erik Hayden, on Nov 9, 2021 12:44:19 PM
One question I often get while talking with our investors and prospective investors is about our leadership team. Understandably, they want to know who all is guiding this ship.
I love getting this question because I love answering it. So let me tell you a bit about my four partners.
When I started Urban Catalyst, my plan was to create an All-Star Team of downtown San Jose developers, and that's exactly what I did by bringing on Josh Burroughs and Paul Ring. I've known both Josh and Paul for over a decade and they've had fantastic careers building projects in the downtown area.
Josh is our Chief Operating Officer. For 10 years before he joined Urban Catalyst, he was a lead developer at SWENSON, where Josh managed the firm’s downtown San Jose portfolio, which is quite extensive. He got experience building a variety of different asset classes and project types, from student housing to market-rate multi-family apartments to senior living, office and retail. In all, Josh has acquired and entitled over 5 million square feet of product in Northern California, including over 1,500 residential units in Opportunity Zones. It’s amazing he’s had time to do all that given his community involvement; he’s currently on the Bellarmine Alumni Council, PATH San Jose Advisory Board, Downtown Association Board of Directors, Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Advisory Board--the list goes on and on.
Before joining Urban Catalyst, Paul was the head developer at The Core Companies, where he worked for 15 years focusing on multi-family below-market-rate housing in downtown San Jose. I had the pleasure of working with Paul as a joint venture partner on two multi-family projects here in the downtown area. I really liked his style and loved watching him manage his team, and so we brought him on to be our Executive Vice President of Development and Construction. Now he manages our 15-person team of development and construction professionals that build all of our projects. Paul is great at finding creative solutions that add value for investors and the community, one example being the Agrihood project that recently broke ground.
Of course, we’re not just developers; we’re also fund managers, which brings me to Morgan Mackles. Morgan and I have known each other for over 25 years. We've been really close friends ever since we went to high school together, including 10 years playing in a cheesy rock band together. Morgan has spent his career building scalable and repeatable sales processes. You can see an example of his methodology in a guest blog post he did for WorkBench Ventures here. He's done it for big companies and small companies, startups, all the way up to Fortune 500 companies, and he's the primary reason why we were so successful in our Fund I fundraise, raising $131 million.
Last, but certainly not least, Sean is our Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel, and he's just a really impressive person in general. Sean started his career as a public defender and was the 2009 recipient of the Don Sims Trial Attorney of the Year Award, if that's any indication of what kind of work ethic he has. Sean manages our financial consultants, our fund administrator, our legal team and our accountants that do our tax and audit. Sean is also on the national working group that advises the U.S. Treasury and the IRS of any ongoing Opportunity Zone Fund clarifications, and Sean does all of our compliance with the SEC and with the Opportunity Zone rules and regulations. An easy way to say it is this: Sean dots the I’s and crosses the T’s here at Urban Catalyst. Sean’s expertise was on display when he delivered this very well-received webinar for the CPA Academy.
You can see why I’m really proud of this team. Combined, the five partners have built over $5 billion worth of projects in Silicon Valley, with a heavy concentration in downtown San Jose.
And the talent at Urban Catalyst extends all the way down the org chart. We’ve built a great organization and, working with our investors, we’re committed to helping revitalize a great city.
Contact us today to learn more about our Fund II.
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