Team

Christopher C. Finlay
Christopher C. Finlay - Chairman/CEO

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 in 1983, Chris resigned from Eastern 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 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. At the same time, he expanded his property management company to accommodate the growing multifamily portfolio.  In 1998, he moved his entire operation to Florida.

Chris's education includes Upper Canada College and post-graduate studies at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He has also completed extensive industry 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.

Jim Eddings, CPA
Jim Eddings, CPA - Executive VP, CFO

Throughout a 17+ year career, Jim Eddings has been the CFO or Divisional CFO for both privately held and publicly traded companies. His experience includes both domestic and international companies with revenues ranging from $5MM to $240MM and in industries that include multifamily 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.

Kathy Hensley, CPM
Kathy Hensley, CPM - Senior Vice President, COO

 

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.

 

Alice Viego, PHR
Alice Viego, PHR - Director of Talent Management

 

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.

Alice graduated from University of Arizona with a BA in Communications and has been awarded the prestigious PHR (Professional in Human Resources) certification.

Stacey Hess, CPA
Stacey Hess, CPA - Corporate Controller

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 Reyes
Charlie Reyes - Property Controller

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.

Melanie Traster
Melanie Traster - Regional Manager, Texas

Melanie has over 25 years of experience in the multifamily industry.  She has managed large portfolios throughout Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas. Throughout her career she has acquired a vast knowledge with a wide variety of properties. Melanie has her CPM, CAPS and HCCP designations.   

Jerry Haley, HCCP, CAMT, PMC
Jerry Haley, HCCP, CAMT, PMC - Facilities Director

 

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.

 

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