Francis Jud Laird, IV
In 1998, Mr. Laird co-founded BC Property Investments LC, which was primarily focused on commercial real estate investments and redevelopment of historic properties in South Florida, Tennessee and New York. As he made his residence in Miami, and attended university in Tennessee, the strategy for BC was to make investments by leveraging his local knowledge and therefore capitalize on inefficiencies. As prices reached a peak in the South Florida market, BC disposed of the majority of its real estate holdings in 2006. These proceeds were used in part to fund an acquisition of mining operations in South Florida and residential mountain and lake front properties in Eastern Tennessee.
As a graduate of Vanderbilt University, Mr. Laird is very familiar with the Nashville market and expanded his search with other key Tennessee markets. His knowledge of the market combined with contacts developed over the course of the years facilitated the purchase of acreage in TN for the startup of a timber and farming operation, as well as, parceling and subdividing acreage in Morgan and Putnam Counties for sale to individual home buyers.
In 2012, the operations in Tennessee were expanded to the multifamily industry. Mr. Laird received a $250 million allocation to invest in multifamily assets in these markets that provided value-add opportunities in well located areas with strong demographic trends. For example, Mr. Laird engaged in negotiations and purchased Viera Cool Springs, a multifamily property consisting of 468 units in Nashville, TN. Closing on the Property took place on March 7, 2013. Since then the Multifamily Portfolio has increased to a total of 14 Properties with a total of 5,822 Units. More acquisitions are currently under negotiations.
Mr. Laird has an extensive history of community involvement and outreach having been a board member, member of, or ardent operational or financial supporter of Foster Care Review, Miami-Dade Empowerment Trust, South Florida Work Force, South Florida Dept. of Juvenile Justice, The Children’s Trust, Dade Human Rights Group, Gay and Lesbian Foundation of Florida, ACLU Foundation of Florida, the Audubon Society, the Everglades Foundation, etc. Mr. Laird is also an active participant in local government meetings, especially as it pertains to clean water for Low Income Communities, namely the Water Resources Advisory Committee (WRAC), South Florida Water Management District (District), and the Martin County Board of County Commissioners. Mr. Laird has a B.A. from Vanderbilt University.
George Lindemann, Jr.
George Lindemann is an investor and philanthropist committed to helping the communities wherever he does business. In 1998 he identified Biscayne Boulevard, a much-depressed area of Miami at the time, as a primary focus for his commercial real estate investments. His re-development of more than 500,000 square feet of commercial real estate helped to redefine the “Biscayne Corridor” into what it is today, a springboard for economic development and state of the art high rises.
In 2007, he co-founded Lake Point Holdings, LLC, a mining operation and Everglades restoration project in Central Florida. Lake Point Restoration provides raw materials for roads, infrastructure and construction sites as well as levee, seawall, canal and conservation projects. Its ultimate goal is to create a 2,400-acre water treatment facility.
In 2012 operations were expanded to the multifamily industry. In a short four-year-span the multifamily portfolio grew to a total of 14 Multifamily Properties encompassing 5,822 units. These Properties have been upgraded with upscale features and sophisticated amenities designed to raise the standard of apartment living. The Properties maintain a robust occupancy level and rent roll, as well as significant year-to-year increases in NOI.
Mr. Lindemann’s commitment to practical environmentalism led him to purchase ten thousand acres of land in Easter Tennessee. This land was used for the purpose of timbering, farming, parceling and subdividing acreage for sale to individual home buyers. Soak Creek, which runs along the edge of some of his Tennessee farms, was listed as a favorite backcountry paddling route. An avid paddler himself, he organized, funded and led a coalition to secure a unanimous approval designating this Creek as a Tennessee State Scenic River – the first new designation in 15 years. He then donated over 900 acres of land to the State of Tennessee to permanently protect Soak Creek. In 2017 Mr. Lindemann was named “Conservationist of the Year” by the Tennessee Wildlife Federation. Read more here.
A lifelong collector and lover of art he has been President of the Board of Trustees for the The Bass museum in Miami Beach since 2008. Read more here. He has also served as Vice President of the Miami Art Museum and Vice-Chair to the Miami Dade Performing Arts Center Foundation. Other Community activities include serving as Honorary Editorial Board Member of The Miami Herald Editorial Board and Member of the Board of The Cushman School. Mr. Lindemann has a BA from Brown University and an MBA from Nova Southeastern University.
Agueda M. Graupera
Agueda Graupera is the corporate controller for Lindemann Multifamily Management. She began her tenure with the company in 2008. For the past ten years, Ms. Graupera has established and directed the accounting function for all the entities the group holds. She has been a key player in the acquisition and financing process of the portfolio and various other investments. She hired and supervises an accounting team consisting of five professionals. This team monitors and reviews every aspect of the portflio’s operations: accounting, loan compliance, captial improvements and performance analytics. A hands of professional, Ms. Graupera is committed to the continued growth and success of the group she serves.
After earning her BA and MST from Florida International University and passing the Florida CPA examination in 1989, Ms. Graupera commenced her career with Ernst and Young (originally Arthur Young). She spent nearly three years as an auditor and was promoted to senior auditor in her second year with the firm. Her client base included several banks, international corporations, as well as hotels. In 1992, she transitioned to the private sector, where she became the controller for one of her former clients, a large international distributor of eyewear where she spent nearly ten years. In 2003, Ms. Graupera became Director of Mass Market Operations for an international flower grower and distributor.
Tim Hruska has served as a real estate asset manager at Lindemann Multifamily Management since 2014. In this capacity, he is primarily responsible for overseeing optimal operational performance and NOI maximization for a growing portfolio of almost 6,000 rental units, including large scale value add unit renovation programs and amenity improvements.
Prior to joining Lindemann Multifamily Management, Mr. Hruska was a project executive at Coastal Construction Group. From 2010 to 2014, he managed all aspects of the contruction process for various retail, commercial, educational and residential projects within the company’s portfolio ranging up to projects valued at $70 million. Mr. Hruska was also with Coastal Construction Group from 2004 and 2008. During his tenure with the organization, he worked on key initiatives including the Horace O’Bryant Middle School reconstruction in Key West and the Emerald at Brickell Condominium project, where he oversaw a $27 million effort that brought street improvements, exterior enhancements and amenities like a rooftop pool and gym to the property.
From 2008 to 2010, Mr. Hruska served as a general property manager for Jerry Bruckheimer and managed an extensive real estate portfolio consisting of estate homes, farms, ranches, historical structures, commercial property and businesses in California, Florida, New York and Kentucky. Earlier in his career, he worked for Victor Lund General Contracting in San Diego, California, and Beta Development in Overland Park, Kansas, where he was a partner in the business. Mr. Hruska studied business management and real estate development at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas.