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Greg Willett

CHIEF ECONOMIST, REALPAGE

Greg Willett serves as chief economist of RealPage, Inc., facilitating the alignment of the firm’s technology and analytics solutions with real estate sector needs and opportunities that evolve alongside shifting economic conditions, demographics and market performance levels.

Greg works with RealPage’s real estate industry research and analysis team as well as the firm’s data science group. He is well versed on market fundamentals and activity nationally, by metro and in individual neighborhoods. Greg is active in organizations such as the National Multifamily Housing Council, the Urban Land Institute and the National Apartment Association. He provides commentary for national and local business media as well as numerous news and information sources focused specifically on the real estate and rental housing markets.

Greg began his tenure in the multifamily industry as a data analyst and later served as a research consultant specializing in feasibility evaluations of new apartment community development and existing property acquisition. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Western Kentucky University and a Master of Liberal Arts degree from Southern Methodist University.

Jay Parsons

VICE PRESIDENT OF ASSET OPTIMIZATION & DEPUTY CHIEF ECONOMIST

Jay Parsons is a Vice President of Asset Optimization and Deputy Chief Economist for RealPage, Inc. Jay leads the industry principals and product marketing team for RealPage’s Asset Optimization division, focusing on Revenue Management, Business Intelligence, Performance Analytics Benchmarking and underwriting. Jay also serves as Deputy Chief Economist, leading the market research and analytics teams on multifamily housing research and forecasting.

Jay is a frequent speaker at multifamily and commercial real estate industry events, and he has provided commentary for numerous national and local business media. He is a member of the National Multifamily Housing Council, the Mortgage Bankers Association, the Urban Land Institute, the NAIOP, the American Real Estate Society and the Risk Management Association.

Jay joined RealPage in March 2009. He is a native of Charlotte, NC and a graduate of the University of Maryland.

Jay Board

CONTENT MANAGER

Jay Board manages analytics content for RealPage, Inc. He serves as chief editor for RealPage Analytics blogs, market reports and other publications, focused on delivering accurate and insightful commentary on apartment performance as well as economic and demographic trends driving the market. He works with the market research, analytics and data science teams to provide expert analysis of current conditions and underlying fundamentals in the national and local conventional and student apartment markets. Since joining RealPage in 2010, Jay has worked as an apartment market analyst, writer and editor. Prior to joining RealPage, Jay was a reporter for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Jay is a Dallas native and graduate of Texas A&M University.

Taylor Gunn

STUDENT HOUSING DIRECTOR

Taylor Gunn leads student housing analytics efforts for RealPage, Inc. Gunn has helped the company drive further industry focus and market penetration through a specialization in student data quality and analysis. Through these efforts, she assists the analytics research team in growing the survey and university data set, expanding the number of forecast universities and enhancing various product, data and report features. Her passion for student housing has driven her to become an advocate for the industry, an in-demand student housing source for business and real estate media and a regular presenter at industry and business conferences.

Gunn previously worked as an analyst for an investment sales firm, for which she focused on conventional real estate financial and market research and analysis. She received her degree in economics, with a specialization in financial applications, from Southern Methodist University.

Brandon Crowell

SENIOR MARKET ANALYST

Brandon Crowell is a Senior Market Analyst for RealPage, Inc., focused on providing actionable real estate and economic insight for today’s data-driven economy. Prior to joining Realpage in 2012, Brandon worked for L&B Realty Advisors, a privately owned real estate investment manager in Dallas. While at L&B, he worked in asset management, specializing in the repositioning of value-add opportunities in primary and secondary apartment markets.

Brandon is an active member of NCREIF, the Pension Real Estate Association and The Real Estate Council of Dallas/Fort Worth. He received his bachelor’s degree in real estate analysis and MBA in corporate finance from the University of North Texas.

Chelsea LeHew

SENIOR MARKET ANALYST

Chelsea LeHew is a Senior Market Analyst for RealPage, Inc., where she is heavily involved in apartment data integrity and methodology, as well as data-driven product development. Chelsea is also the principal analyst for Southwest region markets, but has broad knowledge of multifamily trends across the nation. Prior to joining RealPage, Chelsea specialized in market research and analysis for a business brokerage firm and for the Dallas Federal Reserve.

Chelsea is a Virginia native and holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from University of Mary Washington.

Kyle Grace

SENIOR ECONOMIST

Kyle is a Senior Economist for RealPage, Inc., focused on delivery and enhancement of apartment market forecasts. His primary interest is in exploring the application of data science methods and other statistical analysis techniques to economic and market data. Prior to joining RealPage, Kyle worked in the economics department of a commercial bank, where he honed his understanding of regional economics and forecasting techniques.

Kyle has a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in economics from the University of Texas at Dallas.

K.C. Sanjay

SENIOR ECONOMIST

K.C. Sanjay is a Senior Economist for RealPage, Inc. KC is a quantitative economist focused on forecasting. Prior to joining RealPage, K.C. was a real estate economist for Axiometrics and a research analyst for Invesco Ltd., where he was involved with commercial real estate market research to assist in that company’s acquisition and disposition strategies. He also served as senior economic and real estate analyst with Guaranty Bank/BBVA Compass.

K.C. is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington, where he received his master’s degree in economics with concentration in econometrics.

Alma Pena

STUDENT HOUSING ANALYST

Alma Pena is a Student Housing Analyst for RealPage, Inc., focusing on student housing market analysis and data quality. She is responsible for analyzing historical, current and forecasted data to determine and identify common student housing trends. She regularly prepares reports for and works with clients to further their understanding of data methodology and research in the sector.

Alma received a bachelor’s degree in international business with a minor in economics from Texas Tech University.

Carl Whitaker

ANALYTICS MANAGER

Carl Whitaker manages the market analytics team for RealPage, Inc., where he blends in his passions for geography and teaching to foster a practical, applied understanding of apartment data and analysis. He specializes in creating in-depth reports and presentations to allow for easier consumption and application of data and analysis. Prior to joining RealPage, Carl was a Market Analyst for Axiometrics and an analyst for Catalyst Commercial, a Dallas-based economic development solutions firm.

Carl received a bachelor’s degree in secondary education and a master’s degree in applied geography from the University of North Texas.

Chuck Ehmann

ECONOMIST

Chuck Ehmann is an Economist for RealPage, Inc. and has over 33 years of experience in real estate market and economic research, analysis and reporting. Prior to joining RealPage, Chuck spent four years with Axiometrics as a Real Estate Economist and 11 years with MPF Research as a Data Resources Senior Consultant, where he was responsible for the firm’s commercial and apartment property surveys, databases and feasibility and market reports. He was with Guaranty Bank for 12 years as Director of Economic and Real Estate Research, where he and his staff monitored and forecast real estate and economic conditions around the country and conducted feasibility and market analysis on proposed real estate development and acquisition opportunities.

Chuck is active in the real estate research and economics community as a member and former board member of The Dallas/Fort Worth Association for Business Economics, the National Association for Business Economics, the D/FW Real Estate Research Forum and the Association of Real Estate Research Professionals.

Chuck graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration from East Texas State University and an MBA in real estate from The University of Texas at Arlington.

Kim O’Brien

REAL ESTATE WRITER

Kim O’Brien is a Real Estate Writer for RealPage, Inc. Since 2006, Kim has worked as a researcher, analyst and writer for RealPage, developing a deep knowledge of data methodology and application. Prior to that, she wrote research and development documentation as well as marketing content for apartment properties.

Kim holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Texas State University.

Charlotte Wheeler

REAL ESTATE WRITER

Charlotte Wheeler is a Real Estate Writer for RealPage, Inc., where she leverages her extensive experience in market research to produce apartment market insights. Charlotte also serves as a copy editor for RealPage’s market reports, focused on ensuring accuracy and clarity of data and analysis. Prior to joining RealPage in 2009, Charlotte specialized in research at a commercial real estate firm and at the Dallas Regional Chamber.

Charlotte holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and finance and a master’s degree in political economy from the University of Texas at Dallas.

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