The New Avenue Team
Kevin Casey - Founder and CEO
Casey’s experience includes various roles in community development, technology and finance. He obtained an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, researched economic and community development as a Fulbright Scholar in Indonesia, and holds a B.A. in Economics and Anthropology from Fordham University. Early in his career he was a Vice President responsible for the design and project management of Oracle business intelligence systems for US Trust and Charles Schwab.
The anthropologist in him believes that our homes and our communities should address our emotional and social needs, and he founded New Avenue to offer an alternative to the broken financial and home building industries that have lost touch with this mission (and also happened to create the biggest financial crisis since the Great Depression). With a father who is an urban planner, a grandfather who was a modular builder, and having worked construction for an uncle during college, he learned enough to build his own home from scratch and that the greatest challenges in development are education, communication, and planning. He also grew up in a pre-fab Sears Catalog home built in 1908.
Justin Martinez - VP of Product
Justin Martinez has a Civil Engineering B.S. and a Structural Engineering M.S. from UC Berkeley. With an interest in systems engineering and programming, he has worked with professors and researchers in developing and deploying cloud infrastructures and servers through his undergraduate and graduate education. He is self-taught in frontend, middleware, and backend web development and has experience with WordPress, Drupal, Django and Rails. Justin leverages open source software and custom modules to create AJAX applications, interact with cloud services and APIs, and craft and improve user interfaces and experiences. Justin's ongoing work with New Avenue involves integrating and organizing the company's business logic and systems in the cloud, providing and exploring technical solutions, and designing interfaces for not just New Avenue but also homeowners, designers, and builders.
John Hayden - Chief Growth Officer
John Hayden co-founded and served as the CEO of Versation for 12 years, a software company providing international student management and English as a Second Language software to over 75 educational institutions. Their consumer product, englishbaby.com, is one of the largest sites in the world for English language learners with 2 million members. His passion for international education came from living in Tokyo, Japan immediately after college where he managed international partnerships for Hitachi, Ltd. While still serving as the Chairman for Versation, John also serves on the board of several other organizations including Portland State University's School of Business Administration Advisory Council, Portland-based digital music licensing company Rumblefish, Los Angeles-based Boston Educational Services, and Hand2Mouth Theater Company.
John is engaged in opening up the Pacific Northwest for New Avenue. He is based in Portland, OR, and serves the surrounding areas.
Board of Directors
Richard is the former President of the West Division of Archstone-Smith, one of the largest multifamily housing developers and the former President and COO of Mercy Housing, one of the largest non profit affordable housing developers. Richard also managed a 70,000 unit housing portfolio in Germany for Cerberus/Goldman Sachs.
Mr. Bermudez has experience ranging across the full spectrum of real estate product types. He currently works in the Asset Management group at Equity Office Properties, where he helps oversee a 55 million square foot office portfolio. Ryan previously worked at Carmel Partners, a multifamily investment firm based in San Francisco. At Carmel Partners, he spent a significant portion of his time performing due diligence for the potential acquisition of a low-income housing development firm. Bermudez graduated with Honors from the University of California, Berkeley's Haas School of Business. Prior to business school, Mr. Bermudez worked in Gap's Real Estate Finance division, where he was responsible for making lease action decisions for its retail locations in the Western U.S. and Canadian regions. Ryan is a LEED Accredited Professional and an Urban Land Institute Fellow.
Kaan has been involved in several technology startups. He is currently the VP of Sales and Marketing at Dealkat, a venture-backed startup in the social media marketing space. Previously, Kaan was Monetization and Business Development Manager at Lolapps, a Facebook game developer. Kaan helped Lolapps acquire millions of users, monetized games & developed partnerships to bring intellectual property to Lolapps's platform on Facebook. Prior to Lolapps, Kaan worked in marketing and business development at AdMob. He has also worked as a management consultant at BearingPoint. Kaan holds an MBA from UC Berkeley, a BS in Electrical Engineering (Phi Beta Kappa) from Stanford, and dual MS degrees in Electrical Engineering/Management Science from Stanford.
Scott Kucirek, Partner of OCHO Candy
Scott is a Partner in Five Star Organics, was formerly the Head of MLS Initiative at California Association of Realtors and served as General Manager of Prudential California Realty. He Co Founded ZipRealty Inc. the first full-service web-based real estate firm. Mr. Kucirek served 9 years in the U. S. Navy as a Naval Aviator. Mr. Kucirek has an MBA from the Haas School of Business, and a Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering from the University of California at Berkeley.
Strategic Partners and Advisors
Born in Cambridge Massachusetts and graduating with top awards from Rhode Island School of Design and the American Institute of Architects, spent the next 16 years working as a designer, associate principal, project director, project architect, senior project manager, and senior account manager at a number of national and local firms in Providence, Boston, Chicago, and San Francisco, before starting M2 Studio in 2000.
Ann Edminster was a former Chair of LEED for Homes and is a leading author on sustainability and green building.
“Ann Edminster is one of those professionals that has been ahead of the curve for years. She contributed the initial writings that resulted in the LEED for Homes rating system. Her thinking is out in front. If your intention is to be at the proven cutting edge of the green building wave instead of just trying to keep up, Ann will give you the knowledge you need.”
– Marjory Gentsch, Education Chair
USGBC, Balcones Chapter
Matt Hoffman, VP of Innovation at Enterprise Community Partners
Matt Hoffman directs Enterprise’s efforts to remain on the leading edge of delivering new products, programs and policies to address the challenges facing the affordable housing and community development industry. Enterprise has raised and invested nearly $14 billion in equity, grants and loans to help build or preserve 300,000 affordable homes to create vital communities and more than half a million jobs nationwide. Enterprise was founded by the visionary urban planners Jim and Patty Rouse.
Matt graduated with degrees in public policy from Brown University in 1991 and Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government in 1996.
David Charron is Senior Fellow and Lecturer in Entrepreneurship at the Haas School of Business, teaching courses in the MBA, EWMBA and executive programs. He has served as Executive Director of Lester Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and the Berkeley Innovative Leader Development effort. He is an entrepreneur, investor, mentor and consultant in the Silicon Valley and has 25 years of focus on technology commercialization and entrepreneurship with Stanford, MIT and Xerox PARC among others. He frequently travels internationally as a professional educator and business consultant. He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford and an MBA from Berkeley.