John Cross - Managing Member

John has been investing private equity and developing real estate in west Michigan since 1993 and prides himself in being very honest, transparent and driven to successfully develop real estate opportunities to their full potential.

 

Over the past 27 years he has assembled a very experienced team of professionals to help him develop raw land into completed developments. John will now concentrate his efforts in developing direct relationships with capital sources, site selection, and oversight of development efforts. Complete Bio Available

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Kim Hain - Broker, CPM - Venture Real Estate

John has a 20+ year relationship with Kim and they have owned and managed many real estate properties together. Kim Hain has over thirty years of diverse expertise in property management, ownership and rehabilitation, successful at reducing operating expenses and increasing net operating incomes. Complete Bio Available

His areas of strength and expertise are;

•Property Management

•Broker

•Capital Improvement Budgets

•Property Rehabilitation

•Real Estate Development

•Loan Procurement

•Marketing Strategies

•Supervision of Management and Staff

 

 

MARC HATTON - Independent Consultant

PROJECT MANAGER, ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES

Marc partners with public and private sector clients and assists with their Brownfield redevelopment needs, working with a variety of project teams and disciplines to execute real estate development projects from conception to completion. Marc’s experience and expertise involves: initial project visioning and strategic planning; grant writing and administration; negotiation, development and implementation of project incentive packages; assistance in guiding clients and projects through the approval processes; program and collaborative partnership development; project implementation and management; negotiation and execution of development agreements; budget and pro forma development and management; as well as supporting clients with real estate transactions, liability, due diligence and due care matters which may impact them or their projects.

Kim Walters - Licensed Agent - Equity Harbour Realty

Kim Walters is a licensed Realtor and brings with her 8

years experience in the mortgage business and has been a licensed real estate agent since 2013.

Don Cross - Hospitality Consultant

Terry Cross - Construction Consultant

Tom Soltys - CPATom has extensive experience overseeing the books of small business operations and has been a real estate investor himself for years. He has been Kim Hain's CPA for over 30 years and ours for over 10 years.

We first used Wightman & Associates back in the mid 90's on a site in Benton Harbor and was very satisfied with their service. I also have had a personal relationship with Greg Vaughn for the past 20 plus years who as an employee of Wightman helps them secure new business. There are many highly talented people at Wightman & Associates that are available to help us bring properties through the development process.

 

Wightman is a full-service consulting firm that exists to service people and the communities we live in. Our dynamic team of over 130 professionals works to analyze, advise, design, and deliver successful projects in partnership with government, business, and institutions in our communities. Our unique approach is to offer comprehensive, multi-disciplinary services, industry expertise, accurate scope of work, and a passion for listening.

Services offered include Architecture, Civil Engineering, Environmental, and Surveying. Additional specialty services include GIS, Landscape Architecture, Planning, Interior Design, and Reality Capture. Our firm is located in Allegan, Benton Harbor, and Kalamazoo, Michigan

We work closely with two individuals at Wightman to identify, and work through the possibilities of the property;

GREG VAUGHN, PS, RPLS - Wightman & Assoc.

SENIOR PROJECT MANAGER, SURVEY & REALITY CAPTURE

Greg began his surveying career with the U.S. Army in 1984 and has since performed surveys in seven states and two countries. He joined Wightman in 2017. In his role as a senior project manager, he blends his expertise in land surveying with his business development acumen to expand the company’s presence in the West Michigan market and beyond as it relates to reality capture and surveying. Greg specializes in project management for land development and condominium conversion projects. He also provides expert witness consulting and testimony in boundary litigation and riparian bottomland apportionment cases.

AREAS OF FOCUS

  • High Definition Laser Scanning (HDLS)

  • Drone mapping

  • Condominium conversion of existing buildings

  • Site condominiums 

  • Subdivision plats

  • Large tract metes & bounds land divisions

  • Consulting for boundary disputes

  • Riparian surveying

  • Business development

We use Sun Title agency. Stacey Gonzales our contact there, (my office manager from my old RE/MAX office)  went to work for them years ago. We will use a full Sworn Statement Program - with Partial and Full Releases on all project expenditures paid out to contractors, sub-contractors and suppliers. The owners of Sun Title are a couple attorneys that put their expertise to work in the title business, they are a great asset to have on our team.

Our General Contractor here in the US. We believe a project’s success is determined in the earliest planning stages. That’s what sets us apart. Unlike many construction firms, we don’t skip the tough stuff. As a contractor delivering projects across the US, we partner with our clients to understand every detail—big and small. We listen, learn, offer ideas, and form a strong foundation of understanding. Our dedication to planning is unparalleled—and with a collaborative execution plan, we take buildings to new and exciting places.

Our Bahamian Connection since the mid 1990's. We established relationships with Patrick Rahming and Lorenzo Taylor back in the mid 1990's and have maintained our relationships over the years working together to attract capital to be used to develop opportunities in the Bahamas.

Our hospitality consultants. We choose Hospitality Success because our resorts will be unique and working with a highly experienced consultant is a better fit for us than opting to sign on with a traditional flag. We initially approached Hospitality Success for Aquatic Adventures Resort and have been invited to use their services as soon as we secure our financing. 

 

Here are some of the benefits  we will benefit from having them on board with us;

  • Personalized one-on-one coaching and guidance from hotel expert Anthony Melchiorri and revenue management authority Jeremy Pinkerton and their world class team of executives?

  • Expert advise to include new construction, brand conversion, or renovation, and need solid strategies to ramp up quickly?

  • Have the ability to share ideas on day to day operational challenges, solutions and successes with a community of peers and mentors?

  • Guidance in hiring the best talent and maintaining low turnover by providing a solid hotel orientation, training, and continued education for your employees?

  • Staying ahead of the competition, dominate your market share and maximize your profits

  • Increase market share from the competition

  • Using the distribution channel and pricing audit by market segment to proactively find hotel revenue opportunities

  • Improve guest retention and loyalty

  • Focus on finding talent and hiring the right candidate for open positions

  • Create a positive work environment to maintain strong internal employee satisfaction

  • Increase positive reviews and improved overall guest experience

  • E-marketing to include SEO, improved online placement, content, reputation, and hotel awareness

  • Meet financial targets by controlling expenses and hitting your margins

  • Implement revenue and operations guidelines to ensure best practices are followed to create an efficient and effective organization