PHILIP S. PAYNE
Principal – Vision
live.grow.thrive. is the foundation for our residents and our associates at Ginkgo Residential. Offering an exceptional living experience, with a home in which our residents can grow and a lifestyle that inspires them to thrive, is at the core of everything we do. With a variety of communities in urban and suburban neighborhoods across North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, we deliver a strong foundation across the Southeast. Ginkgo is a privately held company that offers a fully integrated real estate operating platform that focuses on providing acquisition, renovation, asset and property management services.
Our core culture is built around doing things right, one step at a time. We’re passionate about creating an exceptional living experience for our residents. We’re authentic in our desire to grow lasting relationships. We thrive by being committed to the success of all our associates through appreciation, education and a teamwork environment. And best of all, we encourage a fun-loving atmosphere in all we do!
Mr. Payne’s primary responsibility is the overall strategic direction, growth and development of Ginkgo. From February 2007 until the formation of Ginkgo, he served as the CEO of Babcock & Brown Residential. Prior to Babcock’s acquisition of BNP, Philip was the Chairman of BNP, spearheading its growth from a passive REIT in 1994 to an apartment REIT with approximately 9,000 apartment units by 2007. As BNP’s Chairman, Philip led the sale of the company to Babcock & Brown Ltd. in 2007, at a valuation that represented a doubling in BNP’s share price from the time he took over as Chairman. In addition to his duties at Ginkgo, Philip is a member of the Board of Directors for Ashford Hospitality Trust, a REIT focused on the hospitality industry. Philip received a BS degree and a JD degree, both from The College of William and Mary in Virginia, in 1973 and 1978, respectively. He holds a license (inactive) to practice law in the State of Virginia. Philip is a member of the National Multifamily Housing Council and the Urban Land Institute (“ULI”). He is the founding chairman of ULI’s Responsible Property Investing Council and is co-chairman of ULI’s Climate, Land Use and Energy Committee. Philip has written for various publications and spoken at numerous conferences on a variety of topics, including real estate investment trusts, securities regulations, finance and responsible property investing.
Mr. Rohm is responsible for the overall operations of Ginkgo, with general oversight of the property management, legal, risk management, human resources and systems administration functions. Prior to his time at Ginkgo and its predecessor companies, Eric was a partner in the real estate department of Kennedy Covington Lobdell & Hickman, LLP in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he practiced law from 1994 through 2002. Eric’s practice focused on all aspects of real estate acquisition/disposition, development and financing, as well as real estate private equity investment transactions. Eric earned his AB degree in government, magna cum laude, from Georgetown University in 1991, and his JD degree from The Ohio State University College of Law in 1994, where he graduated summa cum laude and Order of the Coif. Eric is licensed to practice law in the State of North Carolina and is a member of the North Carolina State Bar, the North Carolina Bar Association and the Association of Corporate Counsel. He serves on the Board of Trustees of the Penland School of Crafts in Penland, North Carolina.
Mr. Green joined Ginkgo Residential LLC in 2012. Bill brings over 30 years of experience in real estate and real estate finance, and is responsible for all financial aspects of the company including debt and equity. Prior to joining Ginkgo, Bill was a co-founder of Tannery Brook Partners, LLC and Cazenovia Creek Investment Management, LLC, registered investment advisory firms focused on alternative asset class investing. Prior to these ventures, he was employed with Starwood Capital Group, where he was responsible for the debt investments business of the firm via the Starwood Debt Fund II which ran from 2008 thru 2009. Before joining Starwood Capital Group, Bill spent the majority of his career in banking where he served eight years with Wachovia Bank, N.A. as Global Head of Real Estate Capital Markets, and nine years at Bank of America Securities where he held various positions, including Managing Director of Real Estate Private Distributions and Managing Director of the Commercial Mortgage Conduit Program. During that time he was twice recognized as the Real Estate Financier of the Year from Commercial Property News. Prior to those assignments, Bill had eight years of real estate development and real estate finance experience in the greater New York area with both private and public firms. Bill holds a Masters in Business Administration from the Stern School of Business at New York University and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Hobart College. Bill serves as a Trustee at Hobart and William Smith Colleges and sits on the board of directors of Arbor Realty Trust, Inc. where he is the lead independent director.
Scott leads all acquisition and investment activities for Ginkgo. His direct experience in the multifamily industry spans more than 23 years. During his tenure at BNP, Scott served in various officer-level positions, including Vice President of Administration and Finance and Vice President for Acquisitions and Development before becoming President in 1994 and a Director in 1997. While at BNP, he had primary responsibility for the acquisition, rehabilitation and repositioning of 36 apartment properties with over 8,000 units. From 1980 to 1986, Scott was with Arthur Andersen LLP, serving as tax manager from 1985 to 1986 and representing real estate investors, developers and management companies. He received a BS degree in accounting from the University of North Carolina. Scott is licensed in North Carolina as a Certified Public Accountant and is also a licensed real estate broker and the Principal Broker for Ginkgo. He serves on the Board of Directors of the National Multi Housing Council and the Board of Directors of the National Apartment Association, for which he serves as a Regional Vice President. He is a member of the National Apartment Association Budget and Finance Committee and formerly chaired the group’s Membership Equity Task Force. He is also a past President of both the Apartment Association of North Carolina, of which he is still a Board member, and the Greater Charlotte Apartment Association.
Phillip, a 25-year multifamily sector veteran, is responsible for the construction, maintenance and project management department at Ginkgo. He controls all aspects of training, coordinating, standardization, quality control and preventative maintenance. He also ensures a consistent quality of services across all properties owned or managed by Ginkgo. Phillip prepares the construction and design work specifications and oversees the coordination of renovation projects for Ginkgo. Phillip holds the national designation of Certified Apartment Maintenance Technician (“CAM-T”) and is a certified instructor for the Charlotte Apartment Association, where he teaches CAM-T and Certified Apartment Manager courses.
As the director of Property Management, Josie has responsibility for the management and operation of Ginkgo Residential’s multi-family portfolio. She also directly oversees the support services for the property management group including operations, marketing and training. Josie rejoined Ginkgo Residential in October 2015 after serving as a Regional Manager at Fairfield Residential for over 3 years, where she directly managed over 3,000 units. Prior to Fairfield, Josie worked in several capacities at Ginkgo Residential (and its predecessors) for over 11 years most recently as a Regional Manager. Josie holds various designations within the National Apartment Association including NALP, CAM, CPO and CAPS. She is a member of Real Estate Management and a current CPM candidate.
Jenny joined Ginkgo Residential in 2012 as Controller, responsible for all accounting functions and financial reporting. She has over 10 years experience with financial business planning, budgeting, preparation and analyzing forecasts, monthly profit and loss and cash flow statements. Prior to her time at Ginkgo, Jenny was with Grant Thornton LLP, serving as an audit senior in the real estate and construction group, and Lend Lease serving as their Finance Manager over management reporting. Jenny holds a Masters in Science of Accounting and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, both from Appalachian University. She is licensed in North Carolina as a Certified Public Accountant and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Rich heads Human Resources and Training for Ginkgo Residential. Since starting with Ginkgo Residential in February 2007, he has been a valuable contributor for Human Resources in various functional levels. Currently, Rich oversees the day-to-day HR needs for all of Ginkgo’s properties. He partners with management to provide daily resolution for various operational and HR issues. He provides advice and counsel to leadership and is an employee advocate ensuring consistent and fair practices to all employees. He also provides support and guidance for company-wide Talent Acquisition and Retention, Training, Salary Management, Benefits Management, Workers’ Compensation, Payroll and Leave Management. Rich is also responsible for promoting Best Practices through his strategic efforts updating company policies and procedures. Rich graduated from Wingate University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management. He is also certified as a Human Resources Professional (PHR).
Sam Solie joined Ginkgo Residential, LLC in 2019 as Director of Investor Relations. Prior to joining Ginkgo, Sam was an Executive Vice President and COO for a large group of businesses in Wells Fargo’s Wholesale Bank that included Real Estate Capital Markets, Asset Backed Finance, Equipment Finance, Capital Finance, and Corporate Trust. Prior of joining Wells Fargo, he was a Director at Tannery Brook Partners and was the Chief Operating Officer for Wachovia Bank’s Commercial Real Estate division. Sam’s work history also includes Lehman Brothers, Royal Bank of Canada, and CapitalThinking. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He serves on the Board of Directors for McCracken Financial Solutions, and is a former Board Member of Wachovia Holdings International (Wachovia Bank Ireland), and Wachovia Finance Ireland, Ltd.