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.