Steve Firestone – Managing Partner, Crown Bay Group LLC
Steve is veteran of the real estate industry. He grew up in New Jersey. Following two years of business college he moved to the United Kingdom. His first venture there was a successful computer software wholesale company, Micro To Go Ltd. It was from that business that he developed a long term relationship with Barclays Bank Corporate Division which would last throughout his UK real estate career. He moved into real estate in 1995 and has since been directly involved in many aspects of the industry.
He started out buying, rehabbing, and managing his own residential portfolio in London. Soon after, he moved into property development running multiple LLCs, redeveloping outdated and commercial properties, and some new-build housing. He was responsible for managing his company’s property acquisitions, funding, building, and dispositions.
It was at that time Steve had a chance meeting with Graham McDonald, director of a large London real estate development company. He would take Steve’s education to the next level. Steve was directly involved in repositioning larger multifamily complexes, locating and acquiring land, redundant buildings and larger commercial properties. Then was involved with the rezoning, working with planning officers, architects, planning committees, learning the process from acquisition to design to planning through to funding/syndicating & building out and/or selling some larger developments. Steve has an eye for a deal, as well as strong negotiating skills. He is always looking towards identifying and implementing asset optimization strategies on any potential project. Steve also started and was director of a commercial/residential building company with another partner where they worked on residential properties as well as having commercial maintenance contracts with some retail stores and a major bank, maintaining some of their regional properties. In 2011 Steve and his wife/partner, Anna, and their two young children decided to relocate back to the US. They are now settled in the Atlanta area.
He started developing a new network of contacts. Using his experience in value-add, property re-positioning and construction knowledge, he started consulting on value-add and re-positioning properties. While doing this he set about planning and starting a new real estate company (Crown Bay Group) with the vision of creating a large asset management/ investment group specializing solely in larger size multifamily properties. Crown Bay Group has put together a very experienced team of industry professionals to help achieve its goals. “We hope to exponentially grow Crown Bay’s portfolio over the course of 2017–2018 while the window is still open to find and acquire multifamily properties at a realistic cost basis” – Steve Firestone
Anna Firestone – Senior Partner, Crown Bay Group LLC
Anna is a native of Sweden. She attended Stockholm University where she studied Business Administration, Economics and Finance. In 2000 she started her banking career at ABN AMRO Bank in Stockholm, working in Banking Operations. At the end of 2001 Anna moved to London, England, where she was hired by Bank of New York, London, to work in their reconciliation team. In 2003 she moved on to Credit Agricole, London, where she joined the FX Settlements & International Client Liaison team.
In 2006 Anna was made Team Leader. She was responsible for a high volume of Foreign Exchange trades and payments in multiple currencies and liaising with the bank’s corporate clients worldwide. In 2011 Anna and her husband/partner, Steve set about planning and starting up their new Real Estate venture (Crown Bay Group) with the vision of creating an asset management/ investment company specializing solely in larger size multifamily properties. Anna is involved in Crown Bay Group’s research, underwriting, financial due diligence and administration and IR. Anna’s skill set of research, analysis, computer skills, plus her work ethic of always trying to improve efficiency, all play an integral role in the running of Crown Bay Group.
Michelle Fischer – Asset Manager, Director of Crown Bay Management LLC
Michelle is a property management executive with extensive experience in property management, with a focus on property operations, asset management, sales, marketing, staff training, acquisitions and dispositions. She is known in the industry for her strong leadership skills. troubleshooting expertise, and the repositioning of struggling assets. Michelle has an extensive working knowledge of the Atlanta multifamily market, as well as managing properties in many other markets throughout the country.
– Previously responsible for the overall operation of over 50 Properties throughout the Southeastern U.S.
– Reviews and approved all Contracts and Bids for Life Safety and Capital Projects per owners approved budgets.
– Responsible for touring and evaluating prospective properties for new acquisitions and performing full due diligence process.
– Sets and articulates the direction of the portfolio, ensures that management practices and approaches are up to date and in line with industry standards, anticipates the need for change and moving the management team forward.
– Successfully monitors the overall operation of each asset in relation to company policy, ensuring compliance with all State and Federal guidelines and ensured the Company’s Mission, Vision and Core Values were followed consistently.
– Creates and maintains the annual Operating budgets and Capital budgets.
Lori Weems – Regional Property Manager, Crown Bay Management LLC
A real estate professional working as a regional manager of multifamily properties, responsible for hiring and overseeing onsite property staff, to enhance and maximize operational performance. Lead the team to help the residents maintain their lifestyles as per their expectations by making each property a home and not just a place to live, while keeping investment expectations of owners to the forefront of decision making.
Dion Varner – Regional Maintenance Supervisor, Crown Bay Management LLC
Dion is responsible for overseeing capital projects, maintenance issues, staffing, training and physical due diligence across the portfolio. He has served as project manager on multiple renovation projects from remodeling to major multifamily rehab projects. Previous to joining Crown Bay, Dion was maintenance supervisor and capital project manager for a 10,000+ unit national portfolio. Prior to entering the multifamily maintenance field, Dion owned and operated a successful construction company specializing in multifamily construction and renovation.
Other Team members
Crown Bay Group has spent considerable time building a network of relationships with top industry professionals, and established a third party team which includes Real Estate Lawyers, Syndication Attorneys, CPAs, Multifamily Consultants, Due Diligence Companies, Mortgage Brokers and Equity partners.