Houston

Matthew P. Rotan - Vice Chairman
713-425-5406

Houston, TX

rotan@aranewmark.com

Matthew P. Rotan, vice chairman ARA, A Newmark Company, has been involved in the multifamily industry since 1989. His responsibilities include hands-on interaction with all assignments taken on by the Houston office of ARA Newmark, as well as being in contact with equity sources and maintaining capital markets relationships. In addition to day-to-day consulting and brokerage services, Mr. Rotan is responsible for developing new business opportunities for brokerage and advisory services in Texas and across the United States. He served as a member of ARA Newmark’s Executive Committee for six years and has also frequently been asked by various organizations to speak as an expert on the Houston and Texas apartment markets.

Just prior to co-founding ARA, now ARA, A Newmark Company, Mr. Rotan spent eight years with CB Commercial and before that he worked for the George Bush for President Campaign as organizational director for the state of Oklahoma upon graduation from college.

Mr. Rotan is the chairman of the board of directors and the executive committee of the Boys & Girls Country Home in Katy, Texas, an organization assisting children in crisis; an active member of St. Martins Church where he recently served on the Vestry and a member of the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Breeder's Greeter's Committee which supports college scholarships for Texas youth. He is a fourth generation Houstonian who has been married for over 25 years and has four children.

Mr. Rotan graduated from Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in marketing.




David K. Oelfke - Vice Chairman
713-425-5405

Houston, TX

oelfke@aranewmark.com

David K. Oelfke, vice chairman and co-founder of ARA, A Newmark Company, has been in the multifamily investment business since 1986 and has received nationwide recognition for his performance in the apartment market both in Houston and throughout the United States. For over 20 years, Mr. Oelfke has been integrally involved in the marketing process on all of the properties represented by his office from the preparation of opinion of values and final packaging to contracting and closing. Having been personally involved in the sale of over $10 billion in multifamily property sales, he has the experience and execution skills to successfully orchestrate any multifamily transaction.

Mr. Oelfke serves on the board of directors for Apartment Life (www.apartmentlife.org), a 501C3 corporation committed to enhancing the lives of residents in over 300 apartment communities across the nation by connecting residents to one another through the CARES program. He is also active in other non-profit organizations such as The College of Biblical Studies, The Brookwood Community, Yellowstone Academy, Stoney Creek Ranch and Second Baptist Church. Mr. Oelfke has been married to his wife Rosanne for 23 years and has three children David Hill, Kendall and Sam.  He holds a Bachelors of Business Administration in finance from The University of Texas at Austin.  

 

David C. Wylie - Vice Chairman
713-425-5410

Houston, TX

wylie@aranewmark.com

David C. Wylie, vice chairman, has spent his career at ARA, A Newmark Company and thus been involved in the multifamily investment sales business for more than 15 years. His primary focus has been on new business development, maintaining relationships and serving the needs of existing clients, while building the ARA Newmark team in Houston. Mr. Wylie recruited and now works to help oversee the ARA Newmark Land Services team in Houston, as well as the Texas-based private client services team that focuses on Class B and C properties. Mr. Wylie has a diversified list of core clients that ranges from private investors to institutional owners and developers. As an integral part of the team, he has been involved in the sale of over $7 billion in multifamily properties.

Mr. Wylie attended The University of Texas where he studied business and Spanish and spent two semesters in Argentina developing his Spanish language communication skills and furthering his education. He is actively involved at Second Baptist Church and eXult Ministries- a Bible based leadership development program.

Mr. Wylie has been married for 12 years to his wife Nona and has 3 boys, Charlie, Ben and John, and a girl, Margaret.

Clifford P. McDaniel - Executive Managing Director
713-425-5404

Houston, TX

mcdaniel@aranewmark.com

Cliff McDaniel serves as an executive managing director within the Affordable Housing Group of ARA, A Newmark Company’s Houston office. He has become an expert in the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) arena and regularly speaks on panels concerning the valuation of LIHTC properties. Mr. McDaniel’s in depth knowledge of the Qualified Contract Process (QCP) and Right of First Refusal (RoFR) process, as well as Year-15 sales options, has allowed him to create unique and creative opportunities for his clients. He maintains good relationships with General Partners and Limited Partner's which has allowed him to help negotiate and resolve contentious issues with parties that have diverging interest. Mr. McDaniel’s clients include Trammell Crow Residential, AIG, AIMCO, Wood Partners, Morrison Grove, Wentwood Capital and Boston Financial as well numerous local and regional general partners.

In addition to directing the brokerage services for ARA Newmark’s Affordable Housing group, he is also involved in various philanthropic efforts serving as Executive Director of On Track Ministries, Vice President of Club Outreach Ministries, and Secretary of West Houston 15 MUD.

David Mitchell - Executive Managing Director
713-425-5421

Houston, TX

mitchell@aranewmark.com

David Mitchell, executive managing director, oversees all aspects of the transaction process from valuation, marketing and client contact, due diligence, negotiations of the purchase and sale agreement through deal funding. David is also involved in client development and debt/equity sourcing. He has been directly involved in approximately $12 billion in multifamily transactions since joining ARA, A Newmark Company.

Prior to joining ARA Newmark, David was a manager in the Capital Markets Group of a large corporation where he was involved in the financial analysis, due diligence, financing negotiations and the restructuring of a $600 million private equity portfolio. Before attending graduate school, David spent two years at Merrill Lynch & Co.
 
David received his BA and MBA from The University of Texas at Austin and is currently on the Advisory Council of the Real Estate Finance and Investment Center and the Chancellor's Council Executive Committee at The University of Texas. David also serves on the business development board at Cadence Bank and serves on the steering committee for the Leaders of Tomorrow at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. David is a board member of Valet Waste, the largest valet trash and recycling collection services company in the U.S., servicing over 500,000 apartment units per day.
Russell D. Jones - Executive Managing Director
713-425-5422

Houston, TX

rjones@aranewmark.com

Russell D. Jones, executive managing director ARA, A Newmark Company, has been involved in the multifamily investment sales business since 2001. Mr. Jones joined ARA in 2006 to start the Private Client Services Group (PCSG), specializing in value-add non-institutional assets. His responsibilities include originating and managing investment sales transactions, he is involved in all aspects of the process, including new business development, pricing strategies, marketing, as well as negotiation and closing transactions. Russell has been involved in over 300 transactions, representing approximately $4 Billion in multifamily real estate in Houston since 2001.

Mr. Jones graduated from Baylor University in 2001 with a BBA in Entrepreneurship and MIS. Prior to joining ARA, he spent 5 years at another national brokerage firm where he was a senior associate. Russell has been married to his wife Taryn for 11 years and has two sons, Anderson and Harrison, and daughter, Emery.

Zach Springer - Executive Managing Director
713-425-5428

Houston, TX

zspringer@aranewmark.com

Zach Springer, executive managing director, works in multifamily investment sales focusing on the disposition of multifamily assets, client development, pricing strategies, marketing, as well as the negotiation and closing of transactions. Mr. Springer has been directly involved in over $3B in multifamily transactions since joining ARA Newmark covering all classes of multifamily properties. Mr. Springer received a BA in Economics from The University of Texas with a minor in Business. He is an active supporter in non-profit organizations including Yellowstone Academy, HOPE International, MIO Frontiers, and West Houston Young Life. 

Matt Saunders - Executive Managing Director
713-554-1303

Houston, TX

msaunders@aranewmark.com

Matt Saunders, executive managing director, assists clients in the disposition of non-institutional assets handling all aspects of the marketing process including pricing strategies, valuation/modeling, and negotiation and closing. Mr. Saunders has been involved in over $3 billion of multifamily transactions since joining ARA Newmark in 2012.

Prior to joining ARA Newmark, Matt worked for a Houston-based brokerage firm where he was involved in over $300 million in multifamily sales.

Matt received his MBA from the Jones School of Management at Rice University and a BS from Texas A&M University. He has been married to his wife, Melanie, for 13 years and has three sons, Carter, Eli, and Davis.

Brandon Miller - Associate
713-554-0132

Houston, TX

bmiller@aranewmark.com

Brandon Miller, associate, is responsible for all aspects of the marketing process for properties located in secondary and tertiary markets throughout Texas. Responsibilities include client development, pricing strategies, valuation/modeling, marketing, as well as negotiation and closing of transactions. Before joining the Secondary Markets team, Mr. Miller served as a Financial Analyst and Transaction Manager for ARA Newmark Houston where he managed client relationships and provided financial, analytical, and property level support on Houston assets. Prior to joining ARA, A Newmark Company, Mr. Miller spent over three years with a Houston based appraisal firm where he performed financial and real property valuations of institutional quality assets on a national basis related to individual acquisitions, mortgage loan securitization, feasibility, and quarterly reporting.
 
Brandon received his Master of Real Estate and BBA in Finance from Mays Business School at Texas A&M University.
Brad Shaffer - Associate
713-337-5806

Houston, TX

bshaffer@aranewmark.com

Brad Shaffer, associate, is responsible for all aspects of the marketing process for properties located in secondary and tertiary markets throughout Texas. Responsibilities include client development, pricing strategies, valuation/modeling, marketing, as well as negotiation and closing of transactions. Before joining the Secondary Markets team, Mr. Shaffer served as a Transaction Manager for ARA Newmark Houston where he managed client relationships and provided financial, analytical, and property level support on Houston assets.

Prior to joining ARA, A Newmark Company, Mr. Shaffer worked at Weingarten Realty as a Senior Financial Analyst where his responsibilities included proforma analysis, acquisitions underwriting, redevelopment analysis and investor relations.

Mr. Shaffer received his Master of Real Estate and BBA in Finance from Mays Business School at Texas A&M University.

Yvonne Sarmiento - Marketing Director
713-425-5407

Houston, TX

sarmiento@aranewmark.com

Yvonne Sarmiento, marketing director, leads the Marketing Team and possesses a well-rounded real estate background coupled with graphic design expertise. Ms. Sarmiento's experience consists of multifamily and office investment sales, office tenant representation, multifamily leasing, commercial property management, and retail development. Her responsibilities include: the structuring and implementation of marketing strategies, in-house design and production of multimedia presentations, offering documents, newsletters and brochures, as well as acting as a liaison between the principals and their clients. Ms. Sarmiento graduated from San Diego State University.

Elizabeth Ahow - Sr. Marketing Coordinator
470-253-8093

Houston, TX

ahow@aranewmark.com

Elizabeth Ahow, senior marketing coordinator brings over 10 years of marketing experience to the ARA, A Newmark Company team. She has worked in the construction and oil and gas industries where she gained knowledge of the proposal process and furthered her graphic design expertise. Ms. Ahow is responsible for compiling and producing in-house offering documents, designing brochures and implementing marketing initiatives for the firm. Ms. Ahow has a BFA in Graphic Design and MBA with emphasis in Marketing from the University of Tulsa.

Carter Mizell - Investment Sales Analyst
713-554-0133

Houston, TX

cmizell@aranewmark.com

Carter Mizell, investment sales analyst, joined ARA, A Newmark Company in 2016 and is responsible for the financial analysis of multihousing properties in Houston. He manages due diligence and conducts all aspects of market research for the investment sales team. Prior to joining ARA Newmark full-time, Mr. Mizell worked numerous internships in the commercial real estate industry, including ARA Newmark, Lincoln Property Company, and HFF.

Mr. Mizell, a native Houstonian, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from the University of Texas and a Business Foundations Certificate from the McCombs School of Business. He is an active member of the Texas Cowboys Alumni organization at the University of Texas and the Texas Exes association.

Marti Zenor - Sr. Marketing Coordinator
954-205-5207

Houston, TX

mzenor@aranewmark.com

Martha Zenor, senior marketing coordinator, joined ARA, A Newmark Company in 2007 and in this role she coordinates design, graphics, production, photography, printing and web content. Possessing over 20 years of advertising and graphic design experience, Ms. Zenor previously held marketing, communications and new media positions with AutoNation USA, and marketing management positions with Blockbuster Entertainment and the UPS Store. She is a graduate of Iowa State University, with a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism and mass communications.

Claudia Villa - Marketing Coordinator
713-337-5816

Houston, TX

cvilla@aranewmark.com

Claudia Villa is a marketing coordinator for ARA, A Newmark Company where she is responsible for the implementation of marketing strategies. She designs and produces printed and online materials for the Houston, Secondary and Affordable Housing markets.

Ms. Villa joined the Houston office in 2011 as an intern and transitioned into a full-time position after she graduated from the University of Houston-Downtown with a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology.

Brett Benton - Investment Analyst
713-337-5800

Houston, TX

bbenton@aranewmark.com

Brett Benton, investment analyst , joined ARA, A Newmark Company in 2014 and is primarily responsible for the origination and underwriting of multifamily debt and equity transactions with the Capital Markets Group. Previously, Brett worked for a commercial real estate consulting and appraisal firm where he was involved in real property valuation of institutional quality assets, acquisition due diligence and proforma analysis of all asset types across the nation. Mr. Benton is originally from San Antonio and obtained a BBA in Finance from the Rawls College of Business at Texas Tech University.

Taylor Gaspard - Markets Analyst
713-337-5805

Houston, TX

tgaspard@aranewmark.com

Taylor Gaspard, markets analyst, joined ARA, A Newmark Company in 2013. Taylor obtained a BBA in Finance from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin. He is responsible for conducting all aspects of market research, due diligence and financial analysis for multifamily properties.

Aaron Herwald - Markets Analyst
713-554-1304

Houston, TX

aherwald@aranewmark.com

Aaron Herwald, markets analyst, joined ARA, A Newmark Company in 2015 and is responsible for conducting all aspects of market research, due diligence and financial analysis for multifamily properties. Mr. Herwald graduated from Texas A&M University where he received his BS in Agricultural Economics with a primary focus in finance and real estate.

Chirag Batavia - Markets Analyst
713-554-0134

Houston, TX

cbatavia@aranewmark.com

Chirag Batavia, markets analyst, joined ARA Newmark in 2015 and brings over eight years of commercial real estate experience to ARA Newmark. His primary responsibilities include conducting all aspects of market research, due diligence and financial analysis for multifamily properties. Prior to joining ARA Newmark, Mr. Batavia worked at Weingarten Realty as a senior financial analyst where his primary responsibilities included producing the annual corporate budget and quarterly reforecast, financial and operational reporting and financial analysis.

Mr. Batavia is a native Houstonian, graduated from the University of Houston, Downtown with a BBA in finance and he obtained his MBA from Cameron School of Business at the University of St. Thomas.

Carter Mizell - Investment Sales Analyst
713-554-0133

Houston, TX

cmizell@aranewmark.com

Carter Mizell, investment sales analyst, joined ARA, A Newmark Company in 2016 and is responsible for the financial analysis of multihousing properties in Houston. He manages due diligence and conducts all aspects of market research for the investment sales team. Prior to joining ARA Newmark full-time, Mr. Mizell worked numerous internships in the commercial real estate industry, including ARA Newmark, Lincoln Property Company, and HFF.

Mr. Mizell, a native Houstonian, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from the University of Texas and a Business Foundations Certificate from the McCombs School of Business. He is an active member of the Texas Cowboys Alumni organization at the University of Texas and the Texas Exes association.

Ryan Gregory - Capital Markets Analyst
713-300-7961

Houston, TX

rgregory@aranewmark.com

Ryan Gregory, capital markets analyst, joined ARA Newmark in 2016 and is primarily responsible for the origination and underwriting of debt and equity. He manages due diligence and conducts all aspects of market research for the capital markets team. Mr. Gregory is a native Houstonian and graduated from The University of Texas at Austin where he received his bachelor’s degree in finance with a focus in accounting and investment banking.

Spencer G. Hough - Transaction Manager
713-337-5815

Houston, TX

shough@aranewmark.com

Spencer Hough is a transaction manager for the NGKF Capital Markets debt and structured finance group in ARA Newmark’s Houston office. His primary responsibilities include managing all aspects of the transaction process including underwriting, marketing, client and lender contact and closing. Additionally, Mr. Hough assists the team with the origination of construction, interim and permanent debt, mezzanine financing and equity for commercial real estate assets in various stages of the investment cycle including acquisitions, refinances, partnership buyouts and new development.

Prior to joining ARA Newmark, Mr. Hough was an associate director on the Central Originations team at GE Capital Real Estate (GECRE) in Dallas. While there, he assisted originators with all internal and external transaction matters including sourcing through broker and borrower channels, structuring, negotiating and closing of CMBS and structured financing commercial real estate loans. Additionally, he was responsible for all transaction analysis including cash flows, asset evaluation, market research, return projections, property valuation and creditworthiness of borrowers, providing the originations team initial screening and final credit committee investment presentation for a variety of commercial real estate debt investments. During Mr. Hough’s time at GECRE, he assisted the central region in the closing of $1.1 billion in total loan commitments, delivering an estimated $49.5 million in net income to GECRE.

Before joining GECRE, Mr. Hough was an analyst at Invesco Real Estate in Dallas where he assisted with the valuation and underwriting of Invesco’s $20.4 billion of U.S. direct commercial real estate investments for separate account, opportunistic, value-add and core fund clients. Additionally, he provided financial analysis to support real estate investment, asset management, financing and disposition decisions.

A native Houstonian, Mr. Hough received a Master’s degree in real estate and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in finance from Mays Business School at Texas A&M University. He holds a real estate sales license in the state of Texas.

Kevin Amend - Transaction Manager
713-337-5813

Houston, TX

kamend@aranewmark.com

Kevin Amend is a transaction manager for the NGKF Capital Markets group in ARA Newmark’s Houston office. He is primarily responsible for managing all aspects of the transaction process including underwriting, marketing, client and lender contact and closing. Having worked with a large array of capital sources that include banks, pension fund advisors, life insurance companies, Wall Street sources and agency lenders, Mr. Amend has helped facilitate capitalizations on all major property types involving debt and equity for developments, acquisitions and refinances.

Prior to joining ARA Newmark, Mr. Amend was a real estate analyst at Grandbridge Real Estate Capital and before that he was a credit analyst for a local bank.

Mr. Amend graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in business and finance from Houston Baptist University, where he was a member of the university’s basketball team. In 2012, he graduated from Tulane University with a Master’s in finance.

Thomas Alleman - Transaction Manager
713-425-5434

Houston, TX

talleman@aranewmark.com

Thomas Alleman, transaction manager, graduated with a BBA in Finance from Mays Business School at Texas A&M University. Mr. Alleman is primarily responsible for managing all aspects of the transaction process from valuation, marketing and client contact. Previously, Mr. Alleman worked as an analyst, and has underwritten over $12 billion in multifamily investments since joining ARA, A Newmark Company in 2010. Prior to joining ARA Newmark, Mr. Alleman worked for Moody National Securities, where he assisted in raising capital for Moody National REIT I. Mr. Alleman and his wife, Lindsay, have a daughter (Hannah), and are active members of Houston's First Baptist Church where they serve as Sunday school youth directors.

Jonathan Powell - Transaction Manager
713-425-5432

Houston, TX

jpowell@aranewmark.com

Jonathan Powell, transaction manager for ARA, A Newmark Company, is responsible for managing all aspects of the transaction process including market research, due diligence, financial analysis, valuation, marketing and client contact. Prior to joining ARA Newmark, he was a senior financial analyst at Cushman & Wakefield where his responsibilities included proforma analysis, acquisitions underwriting, lease comparison analysis, market research and investor relations.

Mr. Powell graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural economics before receiving his Master of Real Estate degree from Mays Business School at Texas A&M University. He is a member of Houston’s First Baptist Church and is actively involved in Men: Serve, which mobilizes teams of men to serve widows in the church, and Church Under the Bridge, which serves the homeless and underprivileged in Houston.

Brandon Buell - Transaction Manager
713-300-7956

Austin, TX

bbuell@aranewmark.com

Brandon Buell is a transaction manager with ARA, A Newmark Company’s Student Housing group where he is responsible for all aspects of property dispositions and the marketing process as well as market research, developing new business and fostering existing business relationships.

Prior to joining ARA Newmark, Mr. Buell was an associate partner at ApexOne Investment Partners, a private equity group in Houston, TX where his primary responsibilities included acquisitions, dispositions and asset management for both student housing and conventional multifamily assets within a 33-state region. During his tenure there, Mr. Buell sourced 100 percent of the student housing properties for the fund and asset managed 75 percent of the student housing portfolio. Other responsibilities included overseeing due diligence and renovations, and reporting to joint venture partners. Mr. Buell worked closely with an array of large student housing joint venture partners including Crow Holdings, Balfour Beatty, Behringer Harvard and Rockstreet Partners. His experience in acquiring approximately $400 million of student housing and conventional apartment properties throughout the country provides vital knowledge to clients in valuing assets and developing disposition strategies.

Mr. Buell graduated from the Rawls Business School at Texas Tech University. He has been involved with his church in many capacities including Elder, Chairman of the School Committee and high school youth advisor. He has also served as a director on a Houston area Municipal Utility District board for more than 12 years. Mr. Buell, a native Houstonian, still resides there along with his wife and two children.

David W. Stockton - Controller
713-425-5403

Houston, TX

stockton@aranewmark.com

David W. Stockton, controller, focuses his time maintaining the financial, personnel, and general corporate responsibilities for ARA, A Newmark Company. His duties provide detailed support for the overlying business in which ARA Newmark is involved. Mr. Stockton joined ARA Newmark in March 2004 after two years as an auditor with KPMG. While at KPMG, Mr. Stockton spent his time examining in depth accounting practices of various companies as well as studying other general business practices of clients. Mr. Stockton also has experience as an investment analyst at an equity trading hedge fund as well as analyst experience at GE Capital Real Estate. His work experience is complimented with an accounting degree from the University of Baylor.