Chris Finlay began investing in real estate early in his career as a commercial airline pilot with Eastern Airlines. Casual investing soon evolved into a major commercial real estate business, and after sixteen years with Eastern, Chris resigned to concentrate exclusively on the Finlay Company. During the ensuing years, Chris grew the company into one of the largest real estate firms in New England with a staff of 100+ and offices throughout the region.
In 1990, he began to focus on real estate development, and over the next fifteen years developed and constructed approximately 40 communities and 5000 units, plus 20 post office facilities. In 1998, he moved his entire operation to Florida.
Chris's education includes Upper Canada College and the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He has also completed extensive training through the CCIM, SIOR, RESSI, IREM and LIHTC programs. He has served as senior instructor at the University of Maine Real Estate Division and senior instructor for the Graduate Realtors' Institute of the Massachusetts Association of Realtors. He chaired the Commercial Investment Division of the NH Association of Realtors and served on the board of the NH Association of Industry and Commerce where he was elected Chairman.
Throughout a 17+ year career, Jim Eddings has been the CFO or Divisional CFO for both privately held and publically traded companies. His experience includes both domestic and international companies with revenues ranging from $5MM to $240MM and in industries that include multi-family real estate development, construction, entertainment, cable television, broadcast radio and mobile telecommunications.
Jim earned an MBA from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Finance and Accounting and a BA from Washington and Lee University in Russian Studies. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), active license in North Carolina. He is also a Certified Management Accountant (CMA), a credential that focuses specifically on corporate financial planning, analysis, control and decision support.
Stacey Hess serves as Corporate Controller. Her background includes fifteen years of public accounting where she specialized in corporate taxation and small business accounting . In addition, she has broad experience in financial statement auditing.
Stacey graduated Magna Cum Laude, from Dowling College in New York with a BA in Accounting and has been a Certified Public Accountant since 1989. She is strongly committed to her volunteer work within the school system, her church, and various charitable organizations.
Charlie brings knowledge, experience and a keen business sense to Finlay Management's Leadership Team.
Growing up in Jacksonville, Fla., he graduated from the University of North Florida with a degree in Business Administration and Accounting. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in Construction and Project Management.
Deep rooted experience at all levels of accounting and finance management includes a CFO post and 12 years as a controller in the automotive industry where he successfully helped transition one company from private to public. He also was a franchise owner in the staffing industry.
Charlie has completed his CPA requirements and is currently studying for the exam.
Armed with a both a law degree and a bachelor’s degree in business management and finance, Kyle brings strong skills to the Asset Manager position. In his previous position as Manager of Special Projects, he focused on monitoring/analyzing key metrics of the multifamily industry to assist clients with strategic planning. In his capacity as Asset Manager, he adds taxes and insurance to his tasks. He specializes in property tax abatements and property insurance negotiations.
A graduate of the University of Miami and St. Thomas University School of Law, Kyle received further experience during stints at the United Nations, the Florida Circuit Court and a public accounting firm. He was previously employed as a financial writer and social media analyst.
Lisa has been involved in multifamily real estate most of her adult life. She began her career as leasing agent while attending college and was quickly promoted to management level positions within the industry. As a district manager she has been responsible for as many as 4100 units throughout the country. In her capacity as Director of Marketing and Training, she has created and implemented training and policy/procedure manuals. She has twice been named "District Manager of the Year."
Lisa attended the University of Texas at Arlington, majoring in Marketing and Business.
At Finlay Management, Lisa is responsible for the company's Texas portfolio.
Kathy has over 16 years of experience in the multifamily industry. During her career in property management she has acquired a unique breadth of experience having served in a wide variety of capacities. Beginning with on-site positions, she advanced to systems coordinator, trainer, human resources consultant and regional director. As regional director, she has managed portfolios up to 3600 units. She has a proven track record of multi-million dollar renovations, fractured condo conversions and acquisitions. Kathy has a strong passion for employee development and customer service.
Kathy graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland in Canada where she earned her Bachelor of Arts Honors. She is active in the Apartment Association of Greater Orlando where sat on the Board of Directors for two years.
At Finlay Management, Kathy is responsibile for Florida operations statewide.
Rachel has been a dynamic property management professional for over 23 years. Serving in key executive roles for major management companies such as AIMCO, Trammell Crow, and Walden Residential, Rachel has a proven track record in marketing, leasing and operations.
As Director of Marketing for AIMCO, she was responsible for the marketing efforts of fifty-six communities – including marketing plans, collateral materials and model merchandising. At CNC Investments, she served as National Director of Marketing. At Walden Residential Properties, as Vice-President of Marketing, she supervised nine regional marketing directors and was responsible for marketing, leasing and training of the entire Walden portfolio comprising over 44,000 apartment homes nationwide.
Her operational experience is equally impressive. Over her career she has served in various senior level positions including Vice-President of Operations and Sr. Vice-President of Operations.
Rachel studied Business Management at Houston Community College, is a Certified Apartment Manager, and is active in the Houston Apartment Association.
Alice Viego serves as the Director of Talent Management and is responsible for all the HR Services companywide.
Alice’s skill set in talent management comes from her diverse experience which includes her tenure in the Real Estate Department at the Presidio Trust in San Francisco, her position in Human Resources at BlackRock (formerly Barclay Global Investors), and as an Executive Recruiter at Cypress Hospitality Group in Jacksonville.
She graduated from University of Arizona with a BA in Communications.
Jerry Haley’s career in property management spans fifteen years and includes a broad expertise in all facets of the industry. He is well versed in site management and operations. His knowledge of the trades, coupled with his technical skills, positions him well to lead the facilities maintenance department. In this capacity, Jerry is responsible for implementing maintenance policies and standards, development and training of maintenance teams, asset preservation, construction oversight and all capital projects.
Jerry graduated from Southwestern University with a BA in Business Administration and a minor in Finance. In addition to various industry certifications, he holds the Certified Apartment Maintenance Technician (CAMT) and Property Maintenance Craftsman (PMC) designations from the National Apartment Association and the City of Jacksonville respectively.
Brad spent the first seventeen years of his career with a major national property management firm where he rose to the position of Regional Maintenance Director, responsible for a 3900-unit portfolio in four states. Later, as Construction Manager for Lennar Corp. and Senior Construction Manager for Meritage Homes he constructed over 1000 single family homes for these two leading home builders. During his career he received numerous awards including Builder of the Year.
In 2009 Brad joined Finlay Management as Maintenance Director for a large, luxury apartment complex. His extensive knowledge and superior work quality soon positioned him to become the Facilities Supervisor for the entire state of Texas.
Brad holds numerous trade certifications and licenses including Certified Maintenance Technician (CAMT) and Certified Maintenance Electrician. Brad attended Kilgore College majoring in business and accounting.
The Client Services Division was developed to demonstrate Finlay's unbreakable fiduciary commitment to its clients. Comprised of senior level professionals from the multifamily industry, this team is charged with monitoring the physical and financial performance of each property to be sure the company meets - and exceeds - the client's investment goals.
Melissa brings a unique breadth of multifamily real estate experience to the Client Services team. Her many years as a property manager give her hands-on experience in day to day property operations. In addition, she spent six years with the nation's second largest condo conversion company where she identified investment opportunities, performed due diligence, and served as liaison with the finance department in support of underwriting. Melissa also brings experience from the construction industry where she managed remodel projects.
Melissa's knowledge of the southeastern real estate market is a result of her years of research for which she was recognized as a leading producer of investment opportunities. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Florida.