Senior VP of Real Estate Devel
Packer works intimately with the school and oversees the site selection, due diligence, acquisition, and entitlement stages of the development process. With over a decade of experience as a licensed professional in the real estate industry, Packer has been involved in providing over 1.5 million square feet and over $220 million of educational space to students across this county. Working with Packer you will find a personable and knowledgeable professional that approaches each deal with a wealth of experience and insight. Packer’s degree in nursing has taught him to pay great attention to detail and he is not afraid to roll up his sleeves and go to work. Packer is an Eagle Scout.
Taft graduated as valedictorian from Utah Valley University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management. He has worked for the past 13 years in the real estate and construction industry, the last four serving as COO of American Charter Development. At ACD he employs his expertise in all areas of charter school development from finance to construction. During his tenure, he has managed and underwritten in some capacity the development or financing of over $275 million dollars, consisting of almost 1.9 million square feet in charter school facility projects.
Taft has built strong relationships with banks and other financial firms, giving him access to various sources of capital to facilitate the financing of charter schools. He has also underwritten hundreds of charters across the country. This experience allows him the unique expertise of properly evaluating a charter. In short, Taft knows what it takes to create a successful charter school and he has the relationships to make it happen. Taft speaks Spanish and is an Eagle Scout.
Senior VP of Marketing
Russell, a graduate of Utah Valley University, comes to us with a marketing and finance background, working in southern California as Financial Advisor. He and his team managed over half a billion in investments for individuals, families, and businesses. Russell helped grow their assets under management significantly through various marketing campaigns. He has also served for four years on the budget and allocations committee for The United Way of the Desert in Palm Springs, CA. Russell is responsible for marketing programs, brand management, and connecting schools with ACD. He is in charge of the initial project assessment and he assists in securing project financing. Russell speaks Spanish and is an Eagle Scout.
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