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Executive Team

Frank T. Suryan, Jr.

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Frank T. Suryan, Jr. is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Lyon Communities, recognized as one of the largest and most respected privately held multi-family real estate companies in Southern California.

Established in 1988, Lyon Communities has acquired more than 21,000 units in California, Colorado, Florida and Georgia with assets approaching $2 billion. Initially a successful asset management company, Lyon Communities has also developed and renovated approximately 12,500 units ranging from Type 1 construction to high density podium and wrap buildings and on-grade walk up units. The company offers residents a wide variety of amenities, unparalleled customer service and some of the finest and most innovative rental living experiences in the country. More >

Michael A. Barmettler

Executive Vice President and General Counsel

Michael A. Barmettler is Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Lyon Communities. Mr. Barmettler is responsible for all of the legal, regulatory and risk management affairs of Lyon Communities and its respective real estate assets. Mr. Barmettler’s responsibilities include structuring Lyon Communities’ real estate transactions, managing all litigation, and serving as a primary liaison to Lyon Communities’ institutional partners, stockholders, and lenders.

Before he joined Lyon Communities, Mr. Barmettler served as the Senior Vice President and General Counsel of NWP Services Corporation, a leader in multifamily utility and rent billing, electronic payment services and sub-metering systems. Prior to that, he served as Vice President and General Counsel of Aqueduct, Inc., the leading provider of outsourced sell-side e-commerce services to brand name product manufacturers. More >

Peter D. Zak

Senior Vice President, Community Development and Capital Ventures

Peter D. Zak is Senior Vice President of Community Development and Capital Ventures for Lyon Communities, where he utilizes his extensive expertise in project management and entitlement amassed during his fifteen-year career in California real estate acquisition, development and capital market investment strategies.

Mr. Zak joined Lyon Communities from the Irvine Company, where he served as Director of Development with the company's community development division, Irvine Community Development Company. During his tenure, he was involved in all aspects of the development of some of The Irvine Ranch's most prestigious communities, including Orange County's premier golf community, Shady Canyon, Quail Hill, Pacific Ridge and the multiple-award-winning community of Woodbury. More >

John E. Townsend

Senior Vice President, Construction

John E. Townsend is Senior Vice President of Construction for Lyon Communities. In this role, he oversees all construction activity in the Lyon Communities multi-family portfolio in California, Colorado, Atlanta and Florida.

Before joining Lyon Communities, Mr. Townsend served as the Vice President of Construction at Western National Contractors. During that time, his group helped develop, pre-plan and construct more than 4,800 four-story over concrete parking apartment units, and more than 800 three-story walk-up units. Additionally, he managed the renovation of more than 2,000 apartments as well. More >

Scott A. Lanni

Senior Vice President, Investment Management

Scott Lanni is Senior Vice President Investment Management of Lyon Communities. Mr. Lanni has over 15 years of commercial and multi-family real estate experience. Scott is responsible for Lyon’s strategic efforts including capital markets, acquisitions and dispositions and joined the company in January, 2013.

Prior to joining Lyon Communities, Mr. Lanni formed and was principal of Lanni Investment Services. LIS was formed in 2010 and offered financial advisory, acquisition and due diligence services focused on office, industrial, retail and multi-family product types. More >

James D. Harrison

Senior Vice President, Resident Services and Renovation Operations

James D. Harrison is Senior Vice President of Resident Services and Renovation Operations for Lyon Communities. Mr. Harrison oversees interior and exterior renovation projects and monitors scope, budget and schedules for the portfolio.

He has overseen the renovation of more than 15,000 apartment homes across the portfolio, totaling more than $80 million. Mr. Harrison also monitors service provider performance including service and quality control, and oversees all resident services operations for the company. More >

Michael Rios

Senior Vice President, Debt, Asset Management & Investor Relations

Michael Rios is Head of Debt, Asset Management and Investor Relations for Lyon Communities and has over 13 years of commercial real estate finance and investment experience. Mr. Rios’ primary responsibilities include the financial structuring of Lyon’s real estate investments and management of Lyon’s retail portfolio.

Prior to joining Lyon Communities in August 2014, Mr Rios served as a Director for Alvarez & Marsal / Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc., where he managed over $2.0B of commercial real estate investments, including Lehman’s multifamily assets totaling 50 properties worth $1.5B. More >

Adam Lentz

Vice President, Community Development

Adam Lentz is Vice President of Community Development for Lyon Communities. He is responsible for managing all aspects of development for Lyon Communities' multi-family portfolio in Southern California and Atlanta.

Mr. Lentz joined Lyon Communities from Archstone, where he served as Assistant Vice President with the responsibility for implementing their Arizona development pipeline and pursuing new opportunities in Southern California. While at Archstone, he managed all aspects of development for over 1,200 apartment units in the Phoenix metropolitan area with project budgets in excess of $190 Million. More >

Cynthia Eppeldauer

Vice President, Community Development

Cynthia H. Eppeldauer is Vice President of Community Development for Lyon Communities. She is responsible for managing all aspects of development for Lyon Communities' multi-family portfolio in Southern California.

Ms. Eppeldauer joined Lyon Communities from Archstone, where she served as a Vice President of Development and managed multi-family projects through the development process in Orange, San Diego and Los Angeles Counties. The project portfolio included 4,700 apartment units, 35,000 square feet of retail for a total investment of $1.3 billion. Her responsibilities included managing a project from land acquisition, due diligence, entitlement, design development, construction and lease-up to project completion. More >

Heather Heartt

Vice President, Risk Management

Heather K. Heartt is Vice President, Risk Management for Lyon Communities. She is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara, with a Bachelor’s degree in Business/Economics and Spanish, and has a Master’s degree in Business Administration from California State University, Fullerton.

Mrs. Heartt gained her initial experience in Risk Management as a Claims Adjuster with Farmers Insurance. In that role she evaluated litigated liability claims, where she regularly interacted with claimant attorneys and negotiated settlements. More >

Candace D. Rice

Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer

Candace D. Rice is Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer for Lyon Communities, overseeing the accounting and IT departments. Her primary responsibilities include financial accounting and reporting for corporate and property entities, audit, treasury, budgeting and internal controls.

Ms. Rice joined Lyon Communities from ServiceLink (formerly known as LPS, Inc.), where she served as the Business Unit Controller and was responsible for all financial operations for three divisions of the company. More >

Arash Kashani

Vice President, Acquisitions

Arash Kashani is Vice President of Acquisitions at Lyon Communities. Mr. Kashani has been in real estate investments for 12 years and has over 9 years of multi-family acquisition experience. He is responsible for Lyon's investment acquisitions nationwide and joined the company in May, 2014.

Prior to joining Lyon Communities, Mr. Kashani was with Equity Residential and RK Properties where he acquired over 4,000 units with a total acquisition value exceeding $800 million. Acquisition markets included CA, NV, AZ, CO, UT and FL. Mr. Kashani earned a Bachelor's degree in Business Administrations from the University of Southern California with a concentration in Real Estate Finance.

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