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National Housing & Rehabilitation Association Announces New Directors and Officers; Holly Wiedemann Elected Chair

WASHINGTON, DC (March 3, 2020) – Holly Wiedemann, president & owner of AU Associates, Inc. was elected chair of the Board of Directors of the National Housing & Rehabilitation Association (NH&RA) at the 2020 Annual Meeting in Palm Beach, FL. Holly succeeds Robert Fein, chief operating officer, Redstone Equity Partners LLC, who served as chair from February 2019 to February 2020.

Holly Wiedemann founded AU Associates, Inc., in 1990 and oversees the development of multiple award-wining, affordable housing properties serving seniors, families and special needs communities in Kentucky and West Virginia. Wiedemann has been involved in the renovation, creation, adaptive reuse and development of affordable housing since 1986. She earned a master’s degree in Business Administration from Duke University and bachelor’s degree in Environmental Design and Land Use Planning from the University of Georgia. In addition to serving on NH&RA’s board, she also serves on the boards of the Lexington Center/Rupp Arena Board, the Cleveland Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank, The Triangle Foundation and Fayette Alliance.

“Holly Weideman is an award-winning developer and a leading advocate for affordable housing and historic preservation resources” said NH&RA president Thom Amdur. “Since forming AU Associates in the 1990s she has developed some of the most innovative affordable housing, mixed-income and historic preservation properties in Kentucky and West Virginia. Holly is also a champion for NH&RA and a driver behind many initiatives – we are excited to welcome her as this year’s chair.”

Weideman first got involved in NH&RA through its Historic Preservation Development Council.  She has developed numerous landmark adaptive-reuse projects, including several winners of NH&RA’s prestigious J. Timothy Anderson Awards for Excellence in Historic Rehabilitation. She has been a featured speaker at numerous NH&RA conferences and is also an active member of NH&RA’s Developers Council, as well as its New Markets Tax Credit Council.

Outgoing Chair Robert Fein said, “I have truly enjoyed my role as chair of NH&RA for the past year. I know that I leave the organization in strong, capable hands as Holly has been a very important contributor to NH&RA the past couple of years.”

NH&RA also welcomes the following newly elected officers to the 2019-2020 Executive Committee: Board Vice-Chairs Geoff Brown, president, USA Properties Fund and Joan Hoover, president, Conifer Realty LLC; Board Treasurer Milton Pratt, senior vice president, Michaels Development Company; and Board Secretary Sharon Wilson Géno, executive vice president, national services and chief operating officer, Volunteers of America.

Additionally, several new directors were elected to NH&RA’s Board, including:

  • Maria Barry, community development banking national executive, Bank of America;
  • Robert Charest, senior vice president-equity production, Boston Financial Investment Management;
  • Suzie Cope, director, Hunt Real Estate Capital;
  • Derek DeHay, director, affordable housing and multifamily capital markets, ARA Newmark;
  • Dan Duda, associate director of originations & acquisitions, Churchill Stateside Group LLC;
  • Louis Harrison, managing director, Structuring and Acquisitions, Belveron Partners, LLC;
  • Merrill Hoopengardner, president, National Trust Community Investment Corporation;
  • Kent Neumann, founding member, Tiber Hudson LLC;
  • Cynthia Langelier Paine, partner, Blank Rome LLP;
  • Caleb Roope, president and CEO, Pacific West Communities, Inc.;
  • Vasilios “Bill” Salamandrakis, president, Affordable Housing Access, Inc.;
  • Bryan Shumway, president, Wishrock Housing Partners LLC;
  • James Spound, president, R4 Capital Funding;
  • Stephanie Wiggins, senior vice president & chief production officer, Walker & Dunlop, LLC; and
  • Evan Williams, CFA loan originations – multifamily, Capital One Bank.

A nominating committee comprised of NH&RA executive officers and past chairs nominated these members, and NH&RA’s Executive Committee approved the nominations on February 27 during a meeting of the Board of Directors.

A current roster of the Board of Directors and Executive Leadership can be found on the NH&RA website at: https://www.housingonline.com/about/leadership-staff/

About NH&RA

NH&RA is a professional association of companies and individuals who are involved in affordable housing, historic rehabilitation and New Markets Tax Credit development. Members meet quarterly for serious discussions of significant issues affecting the tax credit and affordable housing industry. Designed to foster relationships, NH&RA’s meetings are renowned for the combination of cutting-edge information and opportunities to network and collaborate.

Press Contact: Thom Amdur, President
National Housing & Rehabilitation Association
202-939-1753, tamdur@housingonline.com

 

National Housing & Rehabilitation Association Announces New Directors and Officers; David Abromowitz Elected Chairman

 

WASHINGTON (February 26, 2018) – David Abromowitz, Of Counsel at Goulston & Storrs P.C., in Boston Mass., was elected Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Housing & Rehabilitation Association at NH&RA’s 2018 Annual Meeting last week in Palm Beach, Calif.  NH&RA is the leading professional association of companies and individuals who are involved in affordable housing, historic rehabilitation and New Markets Tax Credit development.

“David has been an invaluable member of NH&RA for many years and we are looking forward to working with him in this new capacity,” said Thom Amdur, Executive Director of NH&RA.  “David is a trusted advisor to many across the affordable housing community and brings a unique blend of transactional experience and public policy acumen that will serve NH&RA and the industry-at-large well in this time of political and economic volatility.”

Abromowitz has served in various officer positions on the board, co-founded NH&RA’s Council for Energy Efficient Affordable Housing and served on the Advisory Board of the NH&RA Preservation Through Energy Efficiency Initiative, which was funded through a grant from the MacArthur Foundation. He is also a frequent speaker at industry conferences and was honored with NH&RA’s Affordable Housing Vision Award in 2014. Abromowitz succeeds John Weld Peck, Of Counsel at Coats Rose in Cincinnati, Ohio, who served as Chair from Feb. 2017 to March 2018.

“NH&RA remains the premier national affordable housing organization bringing together every sector that builds, finances, manages and maintains America’s housing for low- and moderate-income families and seniors,” said Abromowitz. “I am proud to head up a talented slate of industry leaders at a time when we need long term vision to address the housing needs of millions who are working hard but still struggling to pay the rent.”

NH&RA also welcomes the following newly elected officers to the 2018-2019 Executive Committee: Vice-Chairs Robert Fein, Chief Operating Officer, Redstone Equity Partners, and Holly Wiedeman, President, AU Associates; Board Treasurer Geoff Brown, President, USA Properties Fund; and Board Secretary Joan Hoover, Executive Vice President for Development & Finance, Conifer Realty LLC.

A nominating committee comprised of NH&RA Executive Officers and Past Chairs nominated these members, and NH&RA’s Executive Committee approved the nominations on Feb. 22 during a meeting of the Board of Directors.

A current roster of the Board of Directors and Executive Leadership can be found on the NH&RA website at: http://www.housingonline.com/LeadershipStaff.aspx.

About NH&RA

NH&RA is a professional association of companies and individuals who are involved in affordable housing, historic rehabilitation and New Markets Tax Credit development. Members meet quarterly for serious discussions of significant issues affecting the tax credit and affordable housing industry. Designed to foster relationships, NH&RA’s meetings are renowned for the combination of cutting-edge information and opportunities to network and collaborate.

Press Contact: Thom Amdur, Executive Director
National Housing & Rehabilitation Association
202-939-1753, tamdur@housingonline.com

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NH&RA Announces Winners and Finalists for 2014 Historic Rehabilitation Awards

A group of former cotton press buildings redeveloped into housing and retail, a distressed Art Deco hotel preserved as permanent supportive housing, and a vinegar warehouse converted to an art gallery are among the innovative projects chosen to receive a 2014 J. Timothy Anderson Award for Excellence in Historic Rehabilitation (“Timmy” Award).

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