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Leadership

William Bisanz, MBA

Chief Executive Officer

Bill has worked at Real Estate Equities since 2001, when he joined as a property manager of Heritage Hills Apartments. The decision to start as a manager was one that his father, Bob co-founder of REE, felt strongly about. Bill has often said both ‘I’ve never had a harder job’ and ‘I’m so glad my dad forced me to do that because I learned so much about the business!’. Bill is passionate about Real Estate Equities’ Mission of Providing Housing, Building Communities and Enhancing Lives and he feels tremendous gratitude for the opportunity to combine his professional energy in an area that helps people in such a meaningful way.

Prior to joining Real Estate Equities, his professional experience included several years in New York City as a business strategy consultant for various global financial services companies. Prior to that he worked in Madrid, Spain for the United States Foreign Service.

Bill received his Master of Business Administration degree from Columbia University in New York, where he graduated with the highest honors; and he speaks both Spanish and French.

Pete Busse, CPA, MBA

Chief Financial & Operational Officer

As Chief Financial & Operating Officer of Real Estate Equities, Pete Busse is responsible for the leadership and oversight of Management Company operations, property accounting, corporate accounting, compliance, facilities, IT and asset management. Pete brings years of experience in real estate including operations, accounting, finance, taxes, complex structures, asset management, cash flow and insurance. He also brings experience in the development process, construction, asset acquisition & disposition.

Pete has a bachelor’s degree in accounting, a Master of Business Administration and is an active Certified Public Accountant.

 

Stefanie L.B. Sokup, CPPM

VP of Marketing & Lease-Up Project Manager

Stefanie joined Real Estate Equities in 2014. Working directly with investors and owners for more than fifteen years, her professional expertise is in the areas of leasing, renovations, floor plan design, marketing and lease-up, revenue management and project management.

Throughout her career, she has been an integral part of development/acquisitions and has worked on the ground-up design, development, and stabilization of over 20 new construction or historic rehab projects (Market Rate and LIHTC) throughout the Midwest, East Coast and Arizona. Stefanie has a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and Business Administration, a Master of Science degree in Hospitality and Tourism, and holds a CPPM-Project Management Certification from the University of St Thomas.

Patrick Ostrom

Managing Development Partner

As the Managing Development Partner, Patrick oversees the development department and all aspects of the development process for Real Estate equities. Throughout his career he has been responsible for the development of thousands of affordable housing units across the county, representing total development costs exceeding $1 billion dollars. At Real Estate Equities, he and his team are responsible for new site acquisition, city entitlements and approvals, securing debt and equity financing, and construction bidding oversight. Patrick works closely with each stakeholder involved in their projects to ensure they successful outcome of each new development.

Patrick received his B.A. in Economics from the University of St. Thomas in St Paul, MN.

Jesse Hays

VP of Human Resources With over 15 years of experience in all areas of HR including employee relations, employment law, HRIS system implementation, administration, and benefit administration, Jesse Hays is an invaluable asset to the Real Estate Equities’ team. Jesse has high ethical standards and brings a human touch to the administration of policies and procedures when coaching and developing employees. Jesse has her B.S. in Business Management with an emphasis in Human resources, as well as an A.A. in Accounting and a B.S. in Criminal Justice.