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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.
Senior Leadership Team
Chris Roach, MAI, CCIM
Chief Executive Officer
Chris Roach leads BBG as Chief Executive Officer. His drive, natural ability to develop relationships and competitive spirit have helped BBG become one of the nation’s largest due diligence firms with comprehensive valuation, assessment and advisory services.
Some of his notable accomplishments include leading the successful acquisition of 12 businesses in the last six years. Under Chris’ leadership BBG earned a #36 position in the 2019 and #50 in 2018 in Dallas Business Journal’s Middle Market Top 50 an award that ranks the fastest growing Dallas based businesses. In 2020, the firm ranked #30 in the Caruth Institute for Entrepreneurship at the SMU Cox School of Business Dallas 100TM, an award that recognizes the fastest growing companies based in the Dallas area.
Chris initially joined Butler Burgher Inc., a predecessor of BBG, in 2002. After an acquisition by LandAmerica Financial Group, he served as Vice President – National Client Manager for the expanded commercial services division. BBG later reformed in 2009 which Chris was a co-founder, and served as Senior Managing Director, Western Region and focused on firm growth in that region. At that time, he began expansion efforts to add new office locations and increase the firm’s national footprint. In December 2015, Chris was named BBG President and he was tapped as CEO in January 2016. Throughout his career, Chris has served as an expert witness in numerous states and has testified in multiple courts regarding real estate valuation matters.
Today at BBG Chris ensures the company delivers a consistent, high-quality work product across all offices nationwide. Growth initiatives also remain a top priority for Chris, and he focuses on new market entry through recruitment and acquisition in addition to multiple service line expansion. BBG is a premier firm that offers bundled services in valuation, assessment and advisory.
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 Operating Officer
Bill Britain has been involved in the commercial services industry for more than 25 years. During which time, he served in numerous operational and financial leadership roles. After gaining experience in Internal Audit, Mergers and Acquisitions and Logistics Management for several large organizations, Bill turned his attention to a venture-backed firm named Premier Appraisals, where he was hired as the lead financial executive.
Premier Appraisals embarked on a consolidation of appraisal firms throughout the United States and was subsequently renamed Primis, Inc. based in Atlanta Georgia. Primis Inc., was eventually acquired by LandAmerica Financial Group. At that time, Bill was tasked with starting LandAmerica’s commercial appraisal platform. The effort to grow the LandAmerica Valuation Corporation platform led to the acquisition of BBG and several other regional appraisal firms.
During the 2008 financial crisis, LandAmerica Financial Group declared bankruptcy, and Bill led the management acquisition of LandAmerica Valuation Corporation. This entity was subsequently reformed into BBG. Bill has served in a variety of positions including CFO, COO, Board Advisor and Consultant to BBG since that time.
Bill graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Science degree, and he earned an MBA from Louisiana State University. He also holds a Certified Public Accountant designation in the State of Georgia.
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.
Executive Managing Director Operations
Ms. Doerner has over 15 years of experience in the environmental and engineering due diligence industry. As the Executive Managing Director of Operations for BBG Assessment, Ms. Doerner is responsible for the development and implementation of operational processes to drive sustainable growth across BBG’s assessment service line. She oversees the workflow process and is responsible for creating and implementing staff performance and quality evaluations to ensure a consistent, high quality report is delivered every time. With over 10 years dedicated to supporting commercial real estate clients in NYC, Ms. Doerner has been able to use her prior experience to develop procedures that streamline the due diligence process. She has created processes that enhance the customer’s ability to obtain salient data and details quickly so that informed decisions can be made.
Peter F. Millar, PE, JD
Executive Managing Director
Peter is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of California with broad experience in commercial real estate. Peter has over 20 years of experience in all phases of engineering and construction principles, practices and management. He has expertise in the traditional environment of general construction, as well as real estate finance. He has demonstrated success integrating project management skills with risk recognition and liability management. He successfully developed and implemented project controls and due diligence policy guidelines in support of commercial real estate lending and acquisitions. He has technically assessed real estate assets valued in excess of $100 billion throughout the US, Caribbean, and Western Europe. He possesses strong technical and business qualifications. He has successfully integrated his hands-on experience in operations with strategic and financial planning. He has developed several cost-effective solutions for enhancing competitiveness, increasing revenues, and improving customer service.
Specialties include commercial real estate due diligence services, including Property Condition Assessments; other advisory services including valuation; lease abstract and construction draw inspection and project review/ cost constructability reviews and cost to complete estimates.
Real Estate: Due Diligence, Operations, Financial Reporting, Budgeting, Acquisition/Disposition
Mary Ann Barnett, MAI
Senior Managing Director - Affordable Multifamily Practice Leader
Mary Ann is the Senior Managing Director of the Dallas office and an expert in affordable and commercial product lines. She is a Partner at BBG and has extensive experience in commercial real estate valuation. She has significant expertise with multi-family valuation, feasibility, and market studies of conventional and affordable properties. She also has extensive experience in the valuation of condominiums, single-family subdivisions, and hotels. Mary Ann manages BBG’s multi-family, HUD oriented, and affordable housing work. She has particular expertise in LIHTC and HUD MAP financed multi-family housing.
Owen Bartels, MAI
Senior Managing Director-West Coast Region
Owen Bartels is a Senior Managing Director with BBG in the Portland, Oregon office and he oversees the West Coast Regions strategic initiatives. He was the 2017 President of the Greater Oregon chapter of the Appraisal Institute. Owen began his commercial real estate career with the Tacoma, Washington, Kidder Mathews office in 2001 working as a researcher and financial analyst for industrial properties. He began his appraisal career in 2003 with the Vancouver, Washington, office of PGP Valuation (now Colliers), and became a Certified General Appraiser in both Oregon and Washington in 2006. He is a Member of the Appraisal Institute.
Owen has appraised properties in cities and towns throughout the Northwest, including southern Oregon, central Washington, the Puget Sound region, both the Oregon and Washington coasts and, of course, throughout the Portland metro area. Appraisal work includes industrial, retail, office, mixed use, both commercial and residential condominium conversions, subdivisions, partial acquisitions, corridors, and specialized consulting projects. Owen has recently expanded his work in Eminent Domain, including work for both public agencies and property owners. Clients include lenders, development companies, government agencies, and private parties.
Owen is involved in local professional organization leadership, serving as President of the Greater Oregon chapter of the Appraisal Institute after four years chairing the Government Affairs committee. He has also been one of the Greater Oregon Chapter’s representatives in Washington DC for the Leadership Development Advisory Committee (LDAC). In 2014 he was awarded the Outstanding Service and Leadership Award by his local Appraisal Institute chapter. In 2015 he received the President’s Service Award for contributions to the chapter.
In addition, Owen is a member of the Government Affairs committee of the Oregon Mortgage Bankers Association (OMBA) and of the International Right of Way Association’s Beaver State Chapter (Chapter 3).
Grant Griffin, MAI
Senior Managing Director
Grant Griffin, MAI is the Senior Managing Director for the southeast region at BBG operating out of the Atlanta office. He has over 10 years of experience in the commercial real estate valuation and advisory industry. Mr. Griffin has extensive experience with all property types including multi-family, industrial, retail, office, hospitality, special-purpose, subdivisions and land.
Prior to joining BBG, he was a Vice President at CBRE Valuation and Advisory Services covering the Southeast.
Phil Hanshew, MAI, AI-GRS
Senior Managing Director
Phillip Hanshew implements strategic initiatives and expansion efforts in Northern California and the Pacific Northwest. He is responsible for all aspects of marketing and bids, production and review, and training and recruitment. His personal practice emphasizes legal support in property tax and eminent domain matters.
Susan Kominski, CRE, FRICS
Senior Managing Director
Susan Kominski has extensive experience in valuation, investment analysis and financing. She is currently a Senior Managing Director at BBG. Her diversified background includes a wide range of applications including commercial real estate valuations, portfolio valuations, due diligence analysis, capital markets finance, mortgage loan underwriting, corporate real estate advisory and management consulting. These activities have been conducted on behalf of major financial institutions, major corporations, individual investors, and legal firms. In addition, Susan’s expertise also includes a significant appraisal management practice, including assisting clients with developing scope of work requirements. Susan has a deep understanding of capital markets underwriting parameters, enabling her to provide an improved process between appraisal firms and lenders.
Kenneth Konrath, MAI
Senior Managing Director
Kenneth Konrath, MAI is a Senior Managing Director at BBG in the Chicago office. His expertise is in real estate valuation and advisory services. Ken’s responsibilities include: advisory, quality control, business development, client management and appraisal review.
Prior to joining BBG, Ken served as the Chief Appraiser and Senior Vice President at Ohio’s FirstMerit Bank. Ken was responsible for management of the appraisal and environmental review divisions. Responsibilities included credit risk advisory, implementation of appraisal and environment policies, oversight of all commercial and residential valuations and product development.
During his time at FirstMerit, Ken managed a commercial and residential appraisal and environmental staff located throughout the Midwest. The commercial department was responsible for the appraisal and environmental management of 4,000+ orders annually while the residential department was responsible for 20,000+ appraisals annually.
Marc G. Nassif, MAI, LEED AP, MRICS
Senior Managing Director
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.
Paul E. Ping, MAI
Senior Managing Director
Paul E. Ping, MAI is a Senior Managing Director at BBG in the Denver office. His expertise is in real estate valuation and advisory services. With almost 40 years of valuation and consulting experience, Paul leads our program for Evaluations and other unique valuation solutions for clients.
With his wide range of experience and knowledge of federal banking and regulatory guidance, Mr. Ping coordinates the Evaluation of commercial real estate for a large and diverse clientele throughout the Americas.
Prior to joining BBG, Paul served as Executive Vice President of National Alternative Valuation for CBRE. Before CBRE, Paul spent six years as the National Director of Alternative Valuation at Cushman & Wakefield, eleven years as Senior Vice President and Chief Appraiser for Huntington Bank and six years as Chief Appraiser for PNC Bank. Before joining the banking industry Paul was a Senior Manager and leader of the Dallas office of PriceWaterhouse’s Valuation and Consulting Group.
Rodman Schley, MAI, SRA
Senior Managing Director
Rodman Schley serves as Senior Managing Director at BBG as part of the Executive Team. Prior to joining BBG, he was President of Commercial Valuation Consultants, which was acquired by BBG in 2016, and was based in Denver, Colorado.
Rodman has been a commercial appraiser since 1998, and has been a highly active member within the Appraisal Institute at a local, state and national level. He has served as an Appraisal Institute board member on both a state and national level, and is currently serving as Vice President of the national organization. He is the National President in 2021, and the Outgoing President in 2022. With his duties on the Executive Team of the Appraisal Institute, Rodman travels extensively throughout the US (and internationally) speaking to appraisers about personally evolving within a fast-paced industry.
As an entrepreneur, and now with BBG, he has always focused on bringing the highest quality products to clients, with exceptional customer service. He found these fundamentals to be foundational for achieving exponential growth in the marketplace. He also focuses on building strong relationships nationally and internationally and is always working hard to have a true understanding of the client’s needs, and then delivering.
Director of Information Technology
Patrick Walsh is BBG’s Director of Information Technology. An appraiser by training, Patrick was the co-founder and operating partner at Commercial Valuation Consultants in Denver for 14 years, growing the company from two employees to 25. CVC was a firm highly focused on improving appraising through technology, and when CVC was acquired by BBG in 2016, Patrick was given the opportunity to lead BBG’s technology directives.
BBG is a growing firm and Patrick has overseen the expansion of BBG’s appraisal technology to support its expanding needs. He has led development of BBG’s proprietary property and valuation data model and has implemented in-house and third-party applications that have increased appraiser efficiency and billings. He has overseen the acquisition and integration of several major appraisal groups into BBG and has managed the significant scaling of technology resources associated with such acquisitions. BBG is an industry leader in facilitating streamlined data transfer between vendors, staff members and clients. Patrick remains actively involved with development of new tools to further increase the speed and security with which valuation data can be passed between individuals and companies.
John H. Wright, Jr., MAI
Senior Managing Director
John serves as Senior Managing Director at BBG. He previously served as President of the full service real estate appraisal and consulting firm of Aaron & Wright Incorporated. John has been involved in real estate appraising and consulting since 1983. His experience includes the preparation of narrative appraisal reports on virtually all types of commercial real estate, reviewing commercial appraisal reports, and consulting.
Louis Yorey, MAI, MRICS
Senior Managing Director, Advisory Services Leader
Louis is the Senior Managing Director and Practice Leader of Advisory Services for BBG in New Jersey. He has over 25 years of experience in real estate valuation specializing in assignments for financial reporting and REIT acquisitions and conversions. Portfolios valued range from several assets to several thousand assets nationally and internationally.
Prior to joining BBG, Louis served as Managing Director in the Financial Instruments, Structured Finance and Real Estate Group of Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC). Valuation assignments include ASC 805 valuations, REIT conversions, corporate planning and FIRPTA issues. Valuation and consulting assignments have included investment grade properties in the local, national and international markets. Property types valued include industrial, office, hotels and retail centers as well as land and residential subdivisions. Responsible for business development internally and externally, business strategy for the practice and technical guidance.
Jon A. DiPietra, MAI
Jon is currently a Managing Director in New York City, offering 17 years of experience analyzing all major property types throughout the Tri-State Area. Developing a specialty in Market Analysis, Jon has built a broad client base and has completed assignments conducted on behalf of foreign and domestic investment firms including major RETIS, leading financial institutions, individual investors, leading law firms, and government agencies. He has been admitted as an expert witness in the New York State Supreme Court (NY County) and has prepared numerous assignments in support of litigation.
Jon began his career as an appraiser in 2001. Gaining training and education, Jon joined Neglia Appraisals in Brooklyn as a commercial appraiser. Later, he was an Assistant Vice President at Sovereign Bank, where he served on the management team of the Appraisal Department. Jon joined Leitner Group (now BBG) in 2007.
In the last few years, Jon has consistently been the top producer while running the in-house training Program and specializing in multi-family appraisals and portfolios. Continuing his commitment to the professional development of the next generation, Jon serves as Chairman of the Internship Committee of American Immobiliare, a not-for-profit organization based in New York City which provides a forum for professionals in commercial real estate, and serves on the Board of the Metro NY Chapter of the Appraisal Institute.
Assignments of note include: 7 World Trade Center, a 52-story Class-A office building; 650 Fifth Avenue, Nike’s new global flagship store; Hallett’s Point, a seven building, 2.4 million square foot multi-use development.
Senior Advisor - Assessment Services
Richard is a Senior Advisor for Assessment at BBG. He has over 25 years of experience in environmental site assessment and property condition assessment for the commercial for the real estate industry. During this period, He has inspected or reviewed assessments of thousands of properties throughout the country. The inspections have covered industrial, commercial, multifamily residential and undeveloped properties. His clientele has included investment banking firms, national and regional banks, agency lenders, insurance companies, developers and law firms.
Richard has a strong understanding of the applicable ASTM standards, Freddie Mac Seller/Servicer Guide, Fannie Mae Delegated Underwriting Service guidelines, and other client specific scopes of work. Richardspent four years getting hands-on experience with environmentally tainted properties, first as a contractor to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), investigating hazardous waste sites for possible inclusion on the Superfund National Priorities List (NPL), and later as an EPA employee overseeing the investigation and remediation of NPL sites. Additionally, he is well versed in the risks posed by asbestos-containing materials, lead-based paint, radon, and vapor encroachment. Richard has significant experience in evaluating the condition of commercial properties, including identifying areas of physical deficiencies or deferred maintenance and estimating on-going capital expenditure requirements. Additionally, he is knowledgeable in accessibility issues relating to the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Fair Housing Act.