Senior Executives

Robert N. Goodman

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
(310) 474-8400 ext 201

Robert N. Goodman is Chairman and CEO of The Resmark Companies. The founder of Resmark, Mr. Goodman has over 40 years of experience in real estate finance and asset management. Since establishing Resmark in 1995, he has guided over 220 investments with more than 34,000 single-family and multifamily residential units, and has committed approximately $3.4 billion of capital.

Mr. Goodman has served on the boards of directors of four publicly traded companies, including two REITs. He currently sits on the Advisory Council of the USC Lusk Center for Real Estate, the UCLA Ziman Center for Real Estate Advisory Board, and the Board of Regents of the City of Hope. For many years, he was on the boards of the Los Angeles Police Foundation, City of Hope National Medical Center (including two years as Chairman of the Beckman Research Institute), Bet Tzedek Legal Services, and Oakwood School (an independent K-12 school in North Hollywood, California).

R. Kent Grahl

Vice Chairman
(512) 953-4964 ext 505

Mr. Grahl has been with Resmark since 1999 and possesses over three decades of experience investing and managing institutional capital for residential and multifamily development nationwide. While at Resmark, he has originated, underwritten, managed and directed over $3.5 billion in equity investments that has resulted in the delivery of over 32,000 residential for-sale and for-rent homes and lots to date. Under his direction, the Company has consistently delivered good risk adjusted returns for its institutional investors over the 20-year period from 1999 to 2019. As of January 2020 in his role as Vice Chairman, Mr. Grahl will continue to advise Resmark’s CEO and the Board of Directors on corporate initiatives and investment strategy.

Over his 30-year career, Mr. Grahl has worked on all types of residential investments that include single family detached/attached housing, high and mid-rise condominiums, land- development (including Master Planned Communities) with the sale of developed lots to merchant/public homebuilders and multi-family. Before joining Resmark, he served as lead consultant to Bankers Trust for its CalPERS-related residential investment program where he assisted in improving Bankers Trust’s origination, underwriting and asset management policies and procedures. Prior to that engagement, he spent over five years with Prudential Home Building Investors on its CalPERS-related and Prudential’s National Residential Fund where he was responsible for all investment originations and operations nationwide. Mr. Grahl began his real estate career in 1986, originating, underwriting and managing residential investments at Home Capital Corporation, a real estate subsidiary of HomeFed Bank. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Finance/Economics from San Diego State University and holds a Masters of Business Administration from National University.

Ziv Cohen

Chief Investment Officer
(310) 474-8400 ext 210

Mr. Cohen joined Resmark in 2001. With more than 25 years of real estate experience, he has been involved in the financing and development of over 15,000 residential units in the United States and Israel. Mr. Cohen’s responsibilities include overseeing all of Resmark’s investment, underwriting and asset management activities. Under his leadership since 2011, Resmark’s multifamily division has acquired and developed over 5,500 units through joint venture and direct investments. Previously, Mr. Cohen established the firm’s Northern California division in 2003 and successfully expanded its Northern California operations. His responsibilities included evaluating and formulating strategy for the acquisition of large distressed bank portfolios. In late 2007, he also led Resmark’s emergence as a key player in the area of direct investments in land portfolios.

Prior to joining Resmark, Mr. Cohen was a member of Fieldstone Communities’ management team, where he was responsible for land acquisition and entitlements, product design, construction management, and sales and marketing operations for multiple projects. Before arriving in the United States, he served as an operations manager for Peled Residential Construction, overseeing the day to day development of several master planned communities in Southern Israel, and prior to that as an officer in the Israeli Defense Forces.

Mr. Cohen sits on the National Association of Home Builders Multifamily Leadership Board. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Tel Aviv University, and a Master of Business Administration from Pepperdine University.

Mitchell Goodman

Chief Operating Officer
(310) 474-8400 ext 211

Mitchell Goodman joined Resmark in 2003. As Chief Operating Officer, he oversees Resmark’s Capital Markets (both debt and equity) and administration activities. In addition, he is responsible for cash management and treasury functions.

Previously, as Senior Vice President, Finance and Treasurer, he managed Resmark’s banking relationships, loan originations, lines of credit, business development, and strategic planning initiatives and execution. Earlier, he was an Asset Manager, overseeing a 3,000-unit portfolio of geographically and product diversified assets located in California, Arizona and Florida.

Mr. Goodman is a member of the Board of Directors of HomeAid America and the National Association of Home Builders Multifamily Leadership Board. In addition, he sits on the Executive Committee of the Board of the USC Lusk Center for Real Estate, and the Board of the Anti-Defamation League’s Pacific Southwest Region. He attended the University of Southern California where he majored in Business Administration.

Jeffrey C. Herrmann

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
(310) 474-8400 ext 212

Mr. Herrmann joined Resmark in 2012. He oversees the company’s finance, accounting and treasury departments and plays an active role in its many investment programs and long-range strategic planning.

Previously, he served as Vice President at EJL Homes, a successor company to national homebuilder John Laing Homes, where he was actively involved in all current projects and in identifying new housing development opportunities, along with managing the accounting and finance functions. He formerly held the position of Vice President, Corporate Development, at John Laing Homes, and also served in several other finance and accounting-related executive positions at the company.

Mr. Herrmann began his career at Ernst & Young in the real estate group. He graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Economics with a concentration in Accounting, and is a certified public accountant (inactive).

Connie Emmitt-Stern

Executive Vice President, Investments
(858) 676-0608 ext 105

Ms. Emmitt-Stern has been with Resmark since 2003 and possesses over 30 years of residential real estate investment experience with major financial institutions. At Resmark, she focuses on originating and underwriting residential investments in the Pacific and Pacific Northwest.

Formerly, she was the Managing Director of the Deutsche Bank Real Estate Group in Los Angeles, where she was responsible for overseeing the origination and management of the homebuilding investment program with CalPERS. Prior to that, Ms. Emmitt-Stern served as Vice President with Prudential Home Building Investors, supervising the origination and management of residential investments in the Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic United States. Previously, she managed residential investments throughout California and Nevada for Home Capital Corporation, a real estate subsidiary of HomeFed Bank.

She is a long-standing member of the Urban Land Institute (“ULI”) and served as Chair of the Community Development Council Green Flight. She has also participated on numerous industry panels for the National Association of Home Builders, Building Industry Association, ULI, Pacific Coast Builders Conference, and HomeAid.

Ms. Emmitt-Stern received a Bachelor of Science in Business Education and a Master of Education with an emphasis in Business from Bowling Green State University.

Susan Wilson

Executive Vice President, Investment Underwriting
(858) 676-0608 ext 101

Ms. Wilson has been with Resmark since 2005 and performs all investment underwriting functions for the company. With over 40 years of experience in the real estate industry, she has extensive experience in evaluating and executing large scale and complex projects. Her expertise spans the acquisition, entitlement, development, construction, financing, leasing, non-performing asset repositioning, management, and disposition of projects in the residential, multifamily, retail, office, industrial, land, and hospitality markets.

At Resmark, she oversees joint venture and direct residential transaction underwriting, due diligence and documentation/closing functions for all of Resmark’s investment products. At Resmark, she has documented and closed 165 transactions throughout the United States with total capital committed in excess of $2.4 billion to date for over 21,500 units.

Before joining Resmark, she was Senior Vice President of Development for Price Legacy Corporation, a publicly traded REIT. Among her responsibilities at Price Legacy, she performed due diligence and underwriting work to acquire and re-entitle land for residential uses. Prior to Price Legacy, she spent 15 years as a private developer and asset manager in the San Diego, California area.

Ms. Wilson holds a California real estate broker license; and received a Bachelor of Science with an emphasis in Finance from San Diego State University.

Patty Bartlett

Executive Vice President, Asset Management
(949) 398-2066 ext 301

Ms. Bartlett joined Resmark in 2007 and oversees Resmark’s asset management practice. She also serves on Resmark’s investment committee and is involved with the company’s strategic initiatives and training programs. Previously, Ms. Bartlett was extensively involved in business plan development, new investment origination, asset and property management, and investor reporting.

Ms. Bartlett draws on over 20 years of real estate investment and finance experience across all residential and commercial real estate product types. Before joining Resmark, she managed debt and equity obligations totaling over $4 billion and asset managed a portfolio of over 30,000 residential lots for one of the nation’s largest privately-owned master-planned and mixed-use developers. Her background also includes positions with several national real estate investment organizations. Ms. Bartlett earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, magna cum laude, with a Management minor, from the University of California, Irvine.

Ms. Bartlett is a member of Urban Land Institute, and a member of the Center for Real Estate Advisory Board at the University of California, Irvine Paul Merage School of Business, where she is also part of the Executive Mentoring program. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for MOMS Orange County, a non-profit organization dedicated to pregnancy and newborn health, and formerly served as a member of the Planning Commission for the City of Irvine, California.

Michael Zarola

Senior Vice President, Investments
(512) 953-4964 ext 504

Mr. Zarola joined Resmark in 2012. He is responsible for investment origination in Texas, Colorado, and Utah. Over his real estate career, he has held leadership positions in asset management, origination, disposition and finance for residential land and housing advisory firms.

Previously, Mr. Zarola served as Vice President/Investment Manager at TriPacific Capital Advisors, originating and managing investments in Florida, Texas and Nevada. Prior thereto, he originated and managed assets for Lowe Enterprises Residential Advisors in California, Florida, Nevada and Colorado. Mr. Zarola earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from San Diego State University.

Caroline Gibson

Director, U.S. and International Investor Relations
(310) 474-8400 ext 219

Ms. Gibson joined Resmark in 2016 to establish its investor relations practice. She is responsible for identifying and developing global business relationships with targeted potential investors in U.S. real estate (including domestic and foreign public and corporate pension funds, family offices, endowments and sovereign wealth funds) to augment Resmark’s current investor base.

Ms. Gibson draws upon her broad experience of the real estate industry, comprehensive contact base of institutional investors, and understanding of the nuances of international investment implications. Previously, she headed the real estate practice at Alderbrooke, an advisory and cultural diagnostics firm in Europe and the Middle East.

She studied Law at Liverpool John Moores University.

Stephen O’Neil

Vice President, Investments
(202) 747-0544 ext 203

Mr. O’Neil joined Resmark in 2011 and leads business development and investment origination of the firm’s for-sale and multifamily development investments in its Eastern U.S. markets. In addition, he actively oversees origination of Qualified Opportunity Zone investments, and manages financial analysis associated with Resmark’s capital raising efforts.

Previously, he was involved in all aspects of origination, due diligence, underwriting, and structuring of over $400 million of equity investments in development projects in Resmark’s Western U.S. markets. 

Prior to his tenure at Resmark, Mr. O’Neil was a financial analyst and asset manager at IHP Capital Partners’ Washington, D.C. office. 

Mr. O’Neil earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Middlebury College. He serves on the Board of Trustees at Jemicy School, an independent school in Owings Mills, Maryland.

Lee Rush

Vice President, Investments
(858) 676-0608 ext 102

Mr. Rush has been with Resmark since 2001 and is primarily responsible for originating residential investments throughout California, the Pacific Northwest, Arizona, and Nevada. His duties include sourcing and screening new investment opportunities, negotiating joint venture structures, and overseeing the closing of new investments through Resmark’s originations and underwriting departments.

Prior to joining Resmark, Mr. Rush served as market analyst at The Meyers Group where he was responsible for analyzing the viability of new home projects within various markets and contributed to producing market studies for Meyers’ clients. He currently is a member of the Building Industry Association and Urban Land Institute and is a council member with ULI Community Development Council Gold Flight. Mr. Rush earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of California, San Diego.

Janet D. Thomas

Vice President, Corporate Administration
(310) 474-8400 ext 215

Ms. Thomas’ tenure with Resmark began in 1995. She is responsible for the company’s human resources, senior management training programs, internal systems and technical support, across Resmark’s four corporate office locations, as well as the internal audit functions. Additionally, Ms. Thomas supports Mr. Goodman with all corporate governance and corporate strategy across The Resmark Companies.

From 2000 until 2005, she served as corporate controller of Ascendent Telecommunications, before rejoining Resmark in 2006.

In addition to her extensive experience in human resources and accounting, Ms. Thomas is a published author and a transformational speaker. She received her post-secondary education at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Ms. Thomas participates with various non-profit organizations including Alliance for Children’s Rights and Groceryships in Los Angeles.

Tracy Robinson

Senior Vice President, Asset Management
(858) 676-0608 ext 104

Ms. Robinson joined Resmark in 2000 and possesses more than 30 years of experience managing residential investments. She is responsible for the oversight and investment management of a portfolio of projects throughout California and has managed approximately 15,000 residential lots/units to date.

Prior to joining Resmark, she served as Vice President of Institutional Housing Partners and Prudential Home Building Investors. In these positions she worked on originating, underwriting and managing residential real estate investments in the Western United States.

Prior to that, Ms. Robinson was Project Manager for the Lomas Santa Fe Group, where she was responsible for all facets of planning, developing and construction of mixed-used developments. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from San Diego State University.

Tim Sipowicz

Senior Vice President, Asset Management
(949) 398-2066 ext 302

Mr. Sipowicz joined Resmark in 2013. His responsibilities include lease-up of wholly-owned development investments, strategy and business plan development, and investor reporting. He also plays a key role in assessing revenue and operational assumptions in the origination of new investments and directs all asset management and property operations management for Resmark’s joint venture and wholly-owned multifamily investments.

Previously, he served as Vice President at WintenAmerica, the United States commercial real estate operation of Australia’s Winten Development. At Winten, he was directly responsible for all business operations and compliance, including the management of over 70 multifamily investments and disposition of commercial real estate assets. His role also included management of loans, annual operating budgets, financial models, asset repositioning and value-add improvements, and marketing and sales strategies.

Before his tenure with Winten, Mr. Sipowicz was an underwriter, asset manager and special assets manager for Macquarie Investment Bank, where he established and maximized high-value business relationships and strategic alliances for successful operation and recurring business. His professional experience also includes positions at Union Bank and Fremont Investment & Loan.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in International Business from California State University, Long Beach.

Dora Chahine

Vice President, Controller
(310) 474-8400 ext 216

Ms. Chahine joined Resmark in 2016, and possesses 20 years of accounting and finance experience. At Resmark, she oversees all financial reporting, investor accounting and reporting, is the lead liaison for the annual audit and tax work for all Resmark funds, and establishes processes for internal controls and operations.

Previously, Ms. Chahine was Corporate Controller at Arixa Capital Advisors, a private equity firm with various private lending real estate funds. Prior thereto, she was the Controller for Landmark Dividend, a private equity start-up, where she was an integral member of the executive team that managed the firm’s explosive growth from a single fund to a multi-fund platform.

Ms. Chahine holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from the University of Michigan and is a certified public accountant, as well as a licensed California real estate broker.

Rick Vanderhyde

Vice President, Asset Management
(202) 747-0544 ext 402

Mr. Vanderhyde joined Resmark in 2014 and possesses over 15 years of experience in underwriting, lending and portfolio management of commercial and residential real estate. At Resmark, he manages for-sale residential investments in the Mid-Atlantic region. Formerly, he was Wells Fargo’s Vice President of the Commercial Real Estate Group in Washington D.C.

Prior to that, Mr. Vanderhyde served as a Partner and VP of Marketing at Washington Custom Builders, where he was responsible for its redevelopment projects, and spearheaded a new division that focused solely on residential renovations. In prior years, Mr. Vanderhyde managed operations for Exxon/Mobil Oil Corporation.

Mr. Vanderhyde received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from University of Mary Washington, and a Master of Business Administration from George Washington University in Washington D.C.

Michael Wagner

Senior Vice President, Financial Reporting
(310) 474-8400 ext 202

Mr. Wagner joined Resmark in 2000 and possesses more than 30 years of real estate experience. He leads the financial reporting team at Resmark in duties including quarterly reports, investors reports and returns, and SEC compliance.

Before joining Resmark, he held positions at KB Home for 11 years, rising to Corporate Regional Controller. In that position, he was responsible for implementing best practice standards throughout 15 divisions encompassing California and five other Western states.

Prior to that, he served clients in real estate, healthcare, and small business development at Arthur Andersen & Company. A licensed certified public accountant by the State of California, he received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a minor in Economics from Loyola Marymount University.