HomeRiver Group’s principals have unparalleled experience in property management, real estate private equity, acquisitions, finance, operations, investment banking, and law. HomeRiver’s team is constantly increasing as HomeRiver grows both organically and through acquisitions of regional and local management firms. In all cases, however, the team adheres strictly to its overarching culture of integrity, transparency, superlative performance and vision.
John D. Hirschfeld
Chairman and President
John is a founder of HomeRiver and is responsible for all aspects of HomeRiver Group’s and its subsidiaries’ activities. Over the course of his career, he 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. Before that, John served as Managing Director at Eastdil Secured in charge of its national Corporate Real Estate Investment Banking business. Prior to that, he was Managing Director in charge of Citigroup‘s Global Real Estate Equity and Structured Finance group where, among other things, he built the bank’s global sale-leaseback advisory practice and oversaw the disposition of $5 billion of Citigroup’s foreclosed real estate assets. Before Citigroup, John served as a First Vice President in the multifamily acquisitions and syndications group at Integrated Resources. Prior to that, John 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, with whom he has three grown children.
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Financial Officer
Senior Vice President
Barbara is the Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President, Acquisitions and Integration of HomeRiver Group. Prior to her current roles, Barbara was the Senior Vice President, Acquisitions Integration at ABRA Auto Body & Glass, completing acquisitions and new greenfield store developments at a pace of 22 per year and increasing revenue $220 million annually. Barbara has also provided leadership for acquisitions, divestitures, and joint ventures across a diversity of industries, closing an additional 17 transactions with over $1.6 billion in revenues. Barbara has held Chief Financial Officer roles at ABRA Auto Body & Glass, where she transitioned the Real Estate function in-house; Tyco Plastics/Covalence Plastics; and Protient, a subsidiary of Associated British Foods. Her other leadership roles include Worldwide Controller of Cargill Ferrous International, Controller of Cargill Energy, and Worldwide Audit Manager for Cargill Inc’s financial and commodity trading businesses spanning more than 30 countries. Barbara earned her BBA in Accounting from Iowa State University and holds an MBA from the University of Chicago, with majors in Finance, Strategy and Entrepreneurial Studies. She is also a CPA (inactive). Barbara resides in Minneapolis, MN with her husband, Michael, and two teenage children.
Vice President of Acquisitions and Operations
Laszlo is Vice President of Acquisitions and Operations at HomeRiver
. As such, he is responsible for helping execute
the company’s business acquisition strategy and manage 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 hailing from Los Angeles, Laszlo has long since become a proud resident of New York City.
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, 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 effecting 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 the 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.
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 oversee the successful scaling of the accounting and technical systems into one of the most successful and respected property management platforms in the US, managing more than 4,000 units throughout the state of Florida. Chase leads Home Encounter’s development of operating strategies, as well as tracking and measurement efforts. He also advises cornerstone clients in the acquisition, optimization and profitable management of real estate. Prior to Home Encounter, Chase worked as Controller for Florida Collage, before joining with college-friend Peter Murphy 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.
Senior Vice President
Doug is a founder and senior member of the HomeRiver team, and the President of 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. Prior to that, 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
Partner, Home Encounter
Brad is a founder and member of the HomeRiver team, and a partner at Home Encounter in charge of 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 base of property management. 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 holds the following licenses: 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.
Director of Business Development, Brick Lane
Joshua is a founder and member of the HomeRiver team, and Co-Founder of 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.
Lee is a senior member of the HomeRiver team, and the President of 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 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 is a senior member of the HomeRiver team, and the President of 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.