Get to Know Us
Our action-oriented culture extends from corporate executives and regional leadership to our local assessment and valuation professionals.
Throughout the organization you will find industry-leading experts with an entrepreneurial mind-set, strategic vision and diligent focus to meet your needs.
Corporate Leadership Team
Chris Roach, MAI, CCIM
Chief Executive Officer
Chris Belknap, CPA
Chief Financial Officer
Chris currently serves as the CFO of BBG. Chris has over 15 years of experience in finance and operations within the professional services industry. Prior to his current position, Chris served as Vice President, Finance and Corporate Controller at Ryan, LLC where he lead a team of managers responsible for global financial reporting and analysis, tax and compliance, treasury, travel, and the traditional core accounting functions with teams in the US and India. Ryan is a $400M global tax services firm.
Before joining Ryan, LLC, Chris worked at Haynes and Boone, LLP for 10 years as Controller and Financial Consultant where he lead a multi-national team responsible for consolidating the worldwide financial statements, tax and regulatory compliance, payroll, firm travel, and the traditional core accounting functions with teams in the US and Mexico. Haynes and Boone, LLP is a $300M full-service international law firm.
Chief Technology Officer
In the course of his 30+ year career in financial services, Frank Deutschmann has served as Head of Product and CTO for multiple companies. As Head of Product at dv01, a FinTech information and analytics firm focused on consumer credit, Frank launched a new securitization-focused product suite and led the development of an innovative loan performance analytical platform. As CTO for Simpl – the largest pay-later consumer payment service provider in India – Frank was responsible for overseeing all technology and product development as the company greatly expanded their merchant and consumer user bases and lending volume.
In the run up to and through the 2008 Financial Crisis, Frank was Head of Front Office Technology and Head of Analytics for two structured finance hedge funds focused on CDOs, with extensive involvement in regulatory analytics in the aftermath of the Crisis. Frank’s consulting firm Novolytix has provided technology and product consulting services to hedge funds and fintech startups in the areas of large-scale, high-performance analytical computing, structured finance risk management, credit & valuation analytics, and energy production investment analytics.
Earlier in his career, Frank headed the Software Engineering Group at Blackrock, managing the transition to 64-bit computing, the introduction of large scale computer grids, and web technology. Frank transitioned to the role of Chief Technology Officer of Trepp LLC upon their acquisition by Blackrock. At Trepp, Frank was responsible for modernizing a 20-year-old analytics and data platform focused on CMBS and integrating the system into the Bloomberg platform, and ultimately introducing a web version of the CMBS analytical suite as one of the first financial industry SaaS offerings.
Frank Deutschmann joined BBG from T-REX where he was Product Manager for their Warehouse Lending analytical product. In this role, Frank led the buildout of T-REX’s suite of Analytics and Reporting for loan warehouse credit line lenders and borrowers (loan originators).
Chief Information Officer
Blake Holman is currently Chief Information Officer at BBG, Inc. in Dallas, Texas. Prior to BBG, Blake was Chief Information and Infrastructure Officer at St. David’s Foundation in Austin, Texas.
Blake has over 30 years of experience leading Information Technology Strategy, Development and Operations for several public and private companies in the Consulting, Telecommunications and Financial Services industries.
Blake holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Southern Methodist University, a Strategic IT Management Certificate from the Scandinavian International Management Institute and a Master of Science degree in Information Security and Assurance from Western Governor’s University. Blake holds a number of industry security certifications including CEH, CHFI, C-CISO, CISM, CDPSE and CISSP.
In 2011 and 2012, Blake’s efforts as CIO of Ryan, LLC were recognized in the InformationWeek 500 listing of the most innovative business technology companies in the United States. In 2011, Ryan was ranked 130th, and in 2012, Ryan’s ranking rose to 98th. In both cases, Ryan was the highest ranked corporate tax services firm on the list.
In December 2012, Blake was named by Computerworld magazine as one of its 2013 “Premier 100 IT Leaders.” The Computerworld Premier 100 IT recognition is an international lifetime award that shines a spotlight on technology and business leaders from a broad range of organizations.
In October 2017, Blake co-authored the second edition of a book entitled “What Every Engineer Should Know About Excel”, a work that was originally published by his late father, Dr. Jack Holman, who was a world-renowned professor of Mechanical Engineering at SMU.
In November 2017, Blake was recognized by the Austin Chapter of the Society for Information Management as the Public Sector IT Executive of the Year in Austin, Texas at the 20th Annual Innotech Conference.
Outside the world of technology, Blake is a retired Rugby player and is working on Master Beekeeper certification.
Evans Howell, MS, REPA
Executive Managing Director
Evans Howell, MS, REPA, serves as BBG Executive Managing Director. In this role, he oversees the ongoing strategic growth of BBG’s multiple business lines and ensure continued high-quality and consistent delivery of bundled services to clients, with a focus on portfolio-related processes and systems.
Bringing a wealth of experience in the real estate due diligence field, Evans has managed numerous due diligence projects and portfolios for clients including investors, equity funds, insurers, commercial mortgage-backed securities, HUD, FHA, and Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac lenders.
Before joining BBG, Evans served as an Executive Vice President at AEI Consultants, a commercial environmental real estate and consulting firm, where he was responsible for managing the largest revenue producing team consisting of Agency and CMBS clients as well as Energy Green Services within the company.
Earlier in his career, Evans held senior-level positions at various companies including Land America Financial Group, Partner Engineering and Science, Inc., and National Assessment Corp. His technical background also includes work as an environmental scientist and hydrogeologist.
James Sims SPHR, SHRM-SCP is the Managing Director over Human Resources. As the head of HR James oversees the strategic approach to people and culture at BBG. I am passionate about seeing employees succeed in their careers while making a positive impact in their role with the business.
James’ career spans 20 years in different industries from technology, digital marketing, construction, chemical manufacturing, consumer products and healthcare. He is servant leader minded, influences creative decision making, and is a transformational change agent when needed. His goal is to align HR with the business strategy to maximize the HR teams’ value to the business. James holds an MBA in International HR Management and an MS in Organizations & Strategy from the University of Texas at Dallas as well as a BS in Sociology from Sam Houston State University.
James and his wife Lindsay have two wonderful children, Cora and Anderson, that keep them busy with their various interests.
Senior Managing Director
Mergers and Acquisitions
Jonathan serves as Senior Managing Director of M&A where he leads the firm’s acquisition strategy and execution. Jonathan brings over seven years of M&A experience across a variety of industries, including business services, manufacturing, and distribution. Prior to BBG, Jonathan was a Senior Associate at P4G Capital Partners, a lower middle market private equity firm with $200mm of AUM, where he was a member of the investment committee responsible for evaluating and executing new investments and supporting ongoing portfolio company initiatives. Prior to P4G, Jonathan was as a Senior Associate at Align Capital Partners, a growth-oriented lower middle market private equity firm with $750mm of AUM, where he was a member of the investment committee responsible for sourcing, investment diligence, and working with portfolio companies to execute on strategic growth initiatives.
Marc G. Nassif,
MAI, LEED AP, MRICS
Senior Managing Director
Mergers and Acquisitions Integration
Marc Nassif, MAI, LEED AP, MRICS is a Senior Managing Director at BBG. His expertise is in real estate valuation and advisory services. Mr. Nassif is responsible for management, client liaison, business development, appraisal production, and training.
Mr. Nassif’s experience encompasses a wide range of commercial real estate engagements for local and national clients for a variety of purposes, including asset valuation for pension funds, financing, estate taxation, proposed developments, ad valorem taxation, purchase price allocation, fresh start accounting, property insurance placement, and litigation. He has appraised numerous property types, including office, industrial, retail, vacant land, residential, automobile dealerships, and special purpose facilities such as parking garages. Mr. Nassif has completed assignments throughout the United States and Europe, and has experience managing large portfolio assignments. Mr. Nassif has also completed feasibility analyses, market analyses, market rental rate determinations, and impact studies. His experience ranges from high-density CBD developments to low-density agricultural land uses.
Mr. Nassif has experience appraising assets across Europe. Most specifically, assets in Germany, The United Kingdom, Belgium, France and Romania. The largest of these assets was a 3,000,000 square foot automobile plant in Craiova, Romania.
He is licensed as a certified general real estate appraiser in Alabama, California, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, New Jersey, and Ohio. Additionally, Mr. Nassif is a member of the Appraisal Institute and the Urban Land Institute. Mr. Nassif is a LEED Accredited Professional through the U. S. Green Building Council. The LEED AP designation is focused on environmentally conscious design and development of “green” buildings. The designation requires an understanding of the principles, techniques, and intentions of a certified building.
Katrina Gross, CPA
Senior Managing Director Finance
Katrina currently serves as the Senior Managing Director – Finance. She has over 15 years of experience in accounting and finance, 6 of which are in the professional services industry.
Prior to joining the BBG team, Katrina was Director of Corporate Accounting at United Surgical Partners International (USPI) for 12 years where she led a team of professionals responsible for managing corporate SG&A and budgeting and forecasting for the consolidated group. USPI is a $600M ($1.8B unconsolidated affiliates) healthcare company that owns and operates short-stay surgical centers and hospitals.
Paul Fomenky, PhD
Paul Fomenky, Ph.D., is Managing Director – Head of Data Science. He has deep expertise in leading data-driven strategies for some of the world’s largest real estate companies.
Before joining the BBG team, Mr. Fomenky was Head of Data Science at JLL Valuation in Boston, where he led a global team that developed an artificial intelligence data platform.
Earlier, Mr. Fomenky was the Head of Data Products Developer at CBRE in Boston, where he oversaw the development of new data products. He also held other technical roles at CBRE and served as a Programmer/Analyst at La Delta Community College in Monroe, LA. He is the author of articles in academic and technology publications.
Mr. Fomenky holds academic degrees in computer science from the University of Massachusetts and Grambling State University.
As Marketing Manager, Patricia leads marketing efforts to support the firm’s growth. She is responsible for developing, implementing and executing strategic marketing initiatives for BBG in order to attract potential customers and retain existing ones. Activities include managing the firm’s marketing budget and overseeing all marketing activities including social media, digital, advertising, events, collateral and public relations.
Before joining BBG, Patricia gained diverse experience across a number of industries, including positions in real estate, financial services and IT consulting. Patricia’s strengths include developing relationships, integrity and a strong work ethic.