Our close-knit, creative team of people defines RADCO’s success. With an elite roster of talent, with careers spanning multiple market cycles, we continue to evolve from a results-driven foundation and steadfast commitment to building better living for clients, partners and employees.
Norman’s vision in establishing RADCO in 1994 was borne out of a life-long passion to combine his love of real estate and people. “I wanted to build a special company that would not only promote its own growth and create a unique, supportive work environment, but also make neighborhoods and people’s lives better,” says Radow. “We care about our people, our residents, our lenders and especially our investors.”
Norman’s first project was a redevelopment of a 53-story Atlanta hotel, office and condominium tower in distress, which later became the Four Seasons Hotel. It was this project that solidified his and RADCO’s sterling reputation. Twenty years and dozens of successful projects later, RADCO remains a resilient, high-performing and adaptable real estate developer.
Previously, Norman was a real estate litigation, workout and transactional lawyer involved in some of the most complex workouts and successor developer issues in the country. He also served as the long-term Chairman of the Kennesaw State University Foundation Board of Trustees at the now 32,000-student university in metropolitan Atlanta. During his tenure, the campus doubled in size with the addition of $500 million in new buildings that he helped plan, finance and develop.
Norman served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Emory Law School, and has guest-lectured at several law schools and law firms. He also serves on the board and real estate committee of New York Law School. Norman is a dynamic member and coveted speaker at industry conferences. He’s been featured on CNBC, Bloomberg TV, and as an expert in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Bloomberg and other prominent news outlets.
Awarded a Juris Doctor by New York Law School in 1981 and a Bachelor of Arts from SUNY Plattsburgh, Norman is licensed to practice law in both New York and Georgia.
Memberships and Awards
• Member, Vice Chairman, Chairman, Kennesaw State University 1999-2012
• Member of the board of trustees of New York Law School
• Honored by the Friends of the Israeli Defense Forces 2013
• President of Congregation Etz Chaim 2000-2003
• Member of the Golden Key International Honor Society
• Bagwell Medal for Promoting Education
• Zaban Price for Entrepreneurial Leadership
As the President and Chief Investment Officer for The RADCO Companies, Robert leverages his entrepreneurial mindset and refined financial expertise to oversee the Investment Transactions, Capital Markets, and Investment Management Departments. Prior to joining RADCO, Robert received degrees in both real estate and risk management from Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia. After working two years at Hanover Insurance and completing its Future Leaders Program, Robert put his risk assessment skills to the test and spent a lucrative year playing professional poker in Las Vegas. Robert then joined RADCO in 2012 as an acquisitions analyst and quickly grew to be an important member of the RADCO Executive Team. His modeling skills, financial acumen, and deep knowledge of the multifamily space allowed him to successfully build a strong team of acquisitions analysts, capital markets professionals, and asset managers, all of which he now manages as RADCO’s President and Chief Investment Officer. Throughout his roles within the Company, Robert has directly overseen the acquisition of 59 properties totaling 18,000 units with a value of approximately $1.8 billion. During this time, he also managed 12 property dispositions and 31 property refinances, which brings the total transaction volume under his leadership to over $2.5 billion.
As Executive Vice President and COO for RADCO, Bryan marries his interest in real estate with his passion for collaboration. Bryan attended the York College of Pennsylvania, earning his undergraduate degree in Behavioral Science in 1995 before heading to New York Law School for his Juris Doctor. Bryan also earned an LLM in Real Property Development from the University of Miami School of Law. Since then, he has worked for companies all over the country, including serving as the Vice President and General Counsel of EastCoast Communities in Florida, Associate for Kilpatrick Stockton in Atlanta, Director of Business Development and General Counsel for Richardson Riley & Associates in Delaware and as partner at McCalla Raymer in Atlanta, before joining RADCO in 2012.
Mike DeSarno has always had a passion for building and using his hands to assemble things. He parlayed that passion into his current position as the Vice President of Renovations. He began his career as a general manager working in the hospitality industry for Darden Restaurants. After five years, Mike moved to the construction industry, where he focused on new home production. For 15 years, Mike worked his way up with NVR, starting as a superintendent and later becoming a project manager. He was identified as a “future leader of the company” where he fell in love with the real estate industry, which eventually led him to RADCO. Mike uses his wide background and variety of professional experiences to envision a property’s potential, and how RADCO can immediately add value through improvements. Mike graduated magna cum laude from Virginia Tech, was a two-time member of the Darden Diamond Club, was Project Manager of the Year with NVR, and was inducted into the Master Builder’s Society.
As Executive Vice President of Accounting, Alan ensures accuracy of all financial information, not only to aid in the transparency RADCO provides investors, but to also make sure RADCO is making informed financial decisions. Alan began as an accountant in inventory control at a paper company, which led to many other positions within the manufacturing industry. After spending his entire life in Maine, Alan moved to Florida and began working in the real estate industry. He was quickly hired by RADCO as an Assistant Project Manager, and has been promoted through the years, from Draw Accountant to Senior Property Accountant to Assistant Controller to Controller and now, Executive Vice President of Accounting. “I’ve always had a knack for numbers,” shares Alan. “The amazing thing about RADCO is that, while many firms make claims to excellence and leadership in the industry, we actually practice it.”
As the EVP of RADCO Residential, Justin is responsible for leading a best-in-class management team. Justin attributes his success to hard work paired with enthusiasm for developing “superstar” team members. Justin has more than 23 years of real estate experience in operations, development, transactions and financing across national multifamily, hospitality, retail and office portfolios. Before starting on his professional career with JPI, Riverstone and CBRE, Justin spent summers and weekends alongside his father within his family’s real estate development company.
In pursuit of ways to inspire and develop those around him, Justin became a certified instructor for Dale Carnegie, achieved a MEd, obtained his CPM, and is currently working on his Doctorate of Leadership Studies at Eastern University. Justin is a frequent keynote speaker and relishes the opportunity to inspire others to thrive.
In her role as VP of Capital Markets – Equity, Jessica leverages the broad capital market knowledge she cultivated over the past decade while working with institutional and individual investors. Her innate ability to forge relationships and coalesce teams benefits the rapidly expanding RADCO group of investors. Prior to joining RADCO, she gained experience in institutional equity sales while in New York and San Francisco. Jessica’s disciplined and intuitive approach make her the ideal fit for the unique RADCO investment platform. Under her leadership, RADCO is developing sustainable solutions for multi-disciplinary investor communications. Jessica graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism. She is actively involved in the UGA Alumni Association and serves on the board of the YMCA Camp High Harbour in her free time.
Lisa R. Hurd is the Vice President of Capital Markets/Debt at the Atlanta based RADCO Companies, where she is responsible for securing and managing the firm’s diverse $1.5 billion debt portfolio. Lisa began her career at RADCO in 2012 as an Asset Manager, where she oversaw the operations, renovations, and repositioning of more than 5,000 apartment units nationwide. Since taking on the role as Vice President of Capital Markets/Debt in 2015, Lisa has financed or refinanced more than $1.3 billion in multifamily loans. Lisa works closely with the Capital Markets – Equity group at RADCO to provide the most favorable debt financing structure for the firm’s more than 800 private equity investors. Lisa’s ability to leverage her operational experience with financial acumen has allowed her to build relationships across multiple disciplines, earning the trust of internal and external RADCO customers. Lisa is currently seeking a CCIM designation.
Sean Kavanagh leverages his previous experience working for the company to lead an acquisitions team in finding opportunistic investments. After graduating from the University of Georgia with degrees in both Finance and Real Estate, he worked for a firm that specialized in lease-ups across the country. During his time there, he traveled to a different asset every two months to lead its leasing efforts. After gaining industry experience and getting accustomed to various markets across the country, Sean joined RADCO as a Real Estate Analyst in early 2012. He has grown with the company to his current position overseeing acquisitions throughout the Central United States and Florida. “RADCO’s entrepreneurial spirit allows the team to act quickly when chasing the next opportunity,” says Sean. “This gives the company the ability to successfully make a direction change at a moment’s notice.”
After graduating from the University of Georgia with a degree in Real Estate, Matt followed his dream of working in the real estate industry by becoming an office tenant broker. Wanting to apply his degree to a profession that was more investment focused, he discovered RADCO. Matt began his career with the company in 2012 as an analyst. He is now a Vice President of Investments where he manages a team in finding and underwriting advantageous new deals across the Southeast. Matt is crucial in the acquisitions process from start to finish, including business plan development all the way through execution. “RADCO has the ability to execute complex real estate investments with a speed and skill that is unmatched in the industry,” says Matt.
Janet has always had a passion for helping people succeed. At Georgia State University, Janet earned her undergraduate degree in Managerial Sciences, Human Resource Management and Psychology. Prior to joining RADCO, she spent nine years as the Operations Manager for RIA Solutions, one of the largest locally owned inspection companies in the Southeast region. Though she enjoyed playing a vital role in the company’s development, she decided to refocus her career on her field of interest and joined RADCO in 2013 as Director of Human Resources. “This opportunity allowed me to take more of an inward perspective and focus on our company’s growth, development, and its greatest assets, its people,” says Janet. “RADCO is an innovator and game-changer in the industry, and I feel honored to be part of such a strong and talented team.”