Eric “Rick” Wiener
Rick has been working for MAXX since 1992, when he co-founded Wiener West Group, Inc. in Denver, Colorado, a division of what eventually became MAXX Properties in 2005. During his tenure in the multifamily industry, Rick has worked his way up from the front lines as a leasing agent and maintenance technician of a twenty-three unit building to become Vice Chairman of 91 properties, over 10,000 owned units, and 13,500 managed units.
In addition, Rick is a member of the MAXX Board of Advisors. In this capacity, he is responsible for applying his expertise as an Asset Manager and Multifamily Property Manager to the oversight of the corporate vision, strategic growth, and company assets.
Rick attended Brandeis University and the University of Colorado at Boulder from which he graduated in 1991, with a BA in Business and Political Science. He holds a Colorado Real Estate Employing Broker License and is on the Board of National Eco Wholesale (NEW), Inc., is a member of the Young President Organization (YPO), and recently joined the Cyclists for Community charitable board in Boulder, Colorado.
David Wiener joined MAXX Properties 15 years ago and began his tenure by developing business plans and strategies for the long term future of the company. After spending time in the family business, he helped to establish the acquisition team to seek opportunistic real estate investments, enhance the value of the portfolio through repositioning and realizing potential appreciation in the market place. Today, as Managing
Director, he continues to work with ownership and the executive team to set strategic goals and objectives for continued growth and success of the company.
Prior to MAXX, David worked for the Stamford Capital Group, Inc, as a Financial Analyst for four years and was involved with public and private acquisitions during his tenure there. He also served as product manager for the Haseltine Systems Corporation in New Haven, CT, an innovative disability technology company. David is a graduate of Metropolitan State University of Denver where he received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with an emphasis in Finance, Economics and Real Estate.
As Managing Director, Andrew works closely with ownership and the executive team to set long term strategic goals and objectives, along with helping to identify investment opportunities for future growth. Andrew has been with MAXX for 14 years and served in a variety of leadership roles that include Information Technology, Cooperative Management, Property Operations, and in the development of new business initiatives.
Andrew obtained his BA in History & Public Policy from the University of Denver where he also served as class president and graduation speaker. He received an MBA from Fordham University, and completed the Accelerated Development Program at the London Business School. In addition, Andrew is on the Board of Directors of The National Multi-Family Housing Council and is a member of CHIP; the Community Housing Improvement Program, Inc. Andrew also serves on the Board of Trustees of The Children’s Storefront School in Harlem, New York.
Edward F. Lange, Jr.
For most of his career, Ed has been connected with the residential industry, serving in executive leadership roles with companies that have owned, operated/managed, acquired, and developed multifamily communities and senior housing. He began his professional life (30+ years ago) in investment banking.
During the past several years, Ed served as CEO, COO and CFO in connection with real estate intensive enterprises owned by leading private equity firms; engagements that supported a wide range of strategic objectives including initial public offerings, recapitalizations, and growth initiatives.
For the period 2000 through 2010, Ed was a member of the executive management team at BRE Properties, Inc. (NYSE:BRE), a multifamily REIT that owned approximately 22,000 units. He joined BRE as CFO, and was later promoted to COO and elected to the Board of Directors. Prior to joining BRE, he was the CFO at Health Care REIT, Inc. (NYSE:HCN), and a member of the leadership team that repositioned the company as a leader in the senior housing industry. Prior to his association with HCN, Ed served on the executive management team at The Mediplex Group, Inc., a publicly-held owner/operator of senior housing communities and other health care assets.
Ed previously served as an independent director with two NYSE companies: American Assets Trusts, Inc. and STAG Industrial, Inc.
Ed is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts where he received a Bachelor of Science in Urban Planning; and earned his MBA from the University of Connecticut.
Gerald Haak has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of MAXX since 2006. As COO, Gerry is responsible for guiding the company's operational strategy to drive performance and oversee operating platforms including Property Management, Revenue Management, and Utilities Management. He also oversees support departments including Human Resources, Training, Capital Improvements, Marketing, and Purchasing.
Prior to joining our MAXX family, Gerry served as the Senior Vice President and Director of Operations at Town and Country Trust, a publicly traded REIT for over 20 years. He is an experienced executive, with over four decades in the multi-family housing industry. He began his career in the service department as an on-site manager, where he learned day-to-day operations and cultivated a keen connection to all the team members. His expansive knowledge and leadership skills gradually transitioned him up the organizational hierarchy to become Senior Vice President of Property Operations heading national operations of Town and Country Trust.
Gerry is a Licensed Real Estate Associate Broker, Certified Property Manager, and member of the National Multi-Family Housing Council’s Board of Directors. He received his Executive MBA from Loyola College, Maryland.
John Colardi, CPA
John Colardi’s specialty is real estate finance. He recently joined our MAXX family, assuming the role of Chief Financial Officer in 2014. John’s entire career experience has been dedicated to the real estate industry. Prior to joining MAXX, he served as Manager of the Real Estate Industry Services Group for Deloitte and Touche. He then went on to become the Vice President and Controller at Reckson Associates Realty Corp. (NYSE), and is credited with Reckson’s emergence as a public company in 1995. Later, John served as Chief Financial Officer for both ASE Inc. and The DiMarco Group, L.L.C.
Altogether, he has more than 25 years of experience in the real estate industry. He is a
Certified Public Accountant and holds a Master’s Degree in Taxation from Long Island University.
Benjamin Hatz joined MAXX Properties in the summer of 2017 as the Senior Vice President of Acquisitions in the firm’s Harrison, NY office. Ben brings to this executive position over 15 years of experience in acquisition, financing, and development of commercial real estate at several public and private companies.
Prior to joining MAXX, Ben led the effort at AR-Global to build and manage the AR-Global’s Healthcare Trust medical facilities investment platform. From the inception of the company’s first fund and two subsequent funds, Ben worked to source, value, negotiate and close over 85 properties across 23 states, with a total enterprise value of approximately $1 billion. Prior to AR-Global, Ben served in key investment roles at both Citi Property Investors, the private-equity real estate investment arm of Citi, and ProMed Properties, a subsidiary of an Israel-based public real estate company, Gazit-Globe, Ltd. In each role, Ben was responsible for sourcing and closing both equity and debt investments, with a focus on value-add and opportunistic transactions across all major U.S. metropolitan areas.
Ben received his BS from Cornell University and his MBA from Columbia University. He resides in Syosset, NY, and enjoys traveling and spending time with his wife and two children.
Steve Reighard joined MAXX Properties as Controller in 2017 and has 35 years of accounting experience in Real Estate Development, Construction, and Property Management. Steve has had positions as Controller, Chief Financial Officer, and Owner in various industries. He joined MAXX from a national consulting firm, Navigant Consulting, where-in he served as Director in the Construction Disputes practice.
Alex Kotlyarevsky joined MAXX Properties in the spring of 2017 as Vice President of Finance. As a finance and operations executive with expertise overseeing financial infrastructure, forecasting, and reporting, he has played key roles in business operations in real estate and retail industries.
Prior to joining MAXX Properties, Alex held several senior finance and operations positions in real estate and retail industries and spent a number of years at AR Global, Cushman & Wakefield, and Saks Fifth Avenue.
Most recently, Alex was the Vice President of Finance at AR Global overseeing financial and strategic planning, infrastructure, treasury, risk and asset management, M&A activities, profit improvement, and other special projects.
He has an MBA in Financial Management and Public Accounting from Pace University and in his free time serves as the Vice President of Programming of the New York City Chapter of Financial Executives International, the organization he has been a member of since 2009.
Twenty-five years ago, Suzi Randolph joined MAXX Properties as an Administrative Assistant. With her hard work and dedication, Suzi took on more responsibility including management of the human resources and marketing functions and senior consultation to the Chairman as part of the Executive team. Presently, Suzi is the Senior Vice President, Philanthropy. As head of philanthropy, she is responsible for organizing all of MAXX’s philanthropic efforts. In addition, she is responsible for the management of the Sherry and Robert Wiener Philanthropy as well as the Wiener Family Future Foundation (WF3). Her efforts have helped MAXX achieve our goal as a company to continuously give back to the communities in which we live.
Suzi is a business graduate of the University of Miami. Her post-graduate studies were at Pace University’s Lubin Graduate School of Business where she studied Finance.
Maria Valente has over 20 years of experience with MAXX Properties. She started with MAXX in an administrative role and with time took positions with increasing responsibility. In 2005, Maria became Vice President of Operations, responsible for all operations in Maryland and New York. In addition, she manages the cooperative/condominium management division of MAXX. In this function, Maria oversees the management of all capital improvement programs and operation budgets in her respective divisions while ensuring resident and employee satisfaction.
Maria holds a seat on the Board of Directors for several of our Cooperative Owner’s Corporations in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, and Westchester, NY. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business from Iona College.
Sharon Kraft is a new member of the MAXX family, assuming the role of Vice President of Operations in 2015. She is responsible for all operations in Arizona, Colorado, Nebraska, and Nevada. In total, Sharon manages 26 properties and over 6,100 units in 4 states. Additionally she works closely with our revenue management and capital improvement functions and oversees the Colorado corporate office.
Prior to joining MAXX, she accumulated 27 years of experience in the multi-family housing industry. She has significant experience in property acquisitions, renovations, asset management, budgeting and personnel management working for institutional REITS. Just prior to joining MAXX, Sharon served as the Senior Vice President of Baron Property Services for 16 years.
She holds her ARM and CPM designations as well as a Bachelor of Science Degree from Kansas State University.
Amy Warycha has been a part of our MAXX family for over 5 years. Her background is strong, consisting of over 20 years of experience in human resource management. Amy is tasked with directing all human resource activities for MAXX such as organizational development, recruitment, training, employee relations, payroll, 401(k), workers compensation, benefits, and disability plans.
Prior to joining MAXX, she served 13 years as Sr. Human Resources Director for Heineken USA, Inc. and earlier in her career she served as the Human Resource Officer for ING (US) Capital Holdings. With that said, Amy possesses knowledge of both the banking industry and consumer packaging industry, which adds to her arsenal of skills.
She graduated from the State University of New York at Geneseo with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management and holds a MBA in HR Management from Pace University. During her post-graduate studies, Amy earned the accolade of Business Student of the Year in 2001.