Davis Property Group, LLC and Affiliates

Davis Property Group, LLC is a Greenville, SC based real estate development, investment and consulting company wholly owned by J. Russ Davis, Jr. In existence since November 1998, DPG has primarily been involved in the development of multifamily properties and consulting activities to national multifamily developers and operators. In addition to properties it has developed and owned, DPG has provided strategic direction and implementation to other firms on initiatives ranging from entering the military housing business to building real estate management companies for its clients. Davis Property Group plans to acquire and develop infill student and conventional multifamily housing in markets throughout the Southeast as part of its future business plan.

 

J. Russ Davis, Jr.

Russ Davis is a Greenville, SC native and graduate of the University of South Carolina, where, after earning a Bachelor's Degree in Marketing, he earned his Masters of Business Administration degree in Finance in 1984. While in graduate school, he was awarded a graduate scholarship from the Small Business Administration and the South Carolina Small Business Development Center, where he worked with current and prospective small businesses across the State. Since he graduated, Russ has been in the real estate business as developer, operator, financier and senior executive for over 25 years. During that time he has been directly involved in the development and financing of over 45 apartment and condominium properties totaling nearly 10,000 units.

In addition to the work done through DPG, Russ is also a co-founder and Chief Executive Officer for Collegiate Hall Properties, LLC, and Terwilliger, Davis and Leadbetter, LLC, developers of urban, infill apartment properties in secondary markets and over 4,000 beds of off-campus student apartments also primarily in urban, infill locations. Since 1999, Collegiate Hall and Terwilliger, Davis and Leadbetter, LLC have developed over $300 million of conventional apartments and privately owned student apartments in the southeast and mid-Atlantic, US. Among the individuals with whom Russ has partnered are some of the most influential real estate professionals in the country including, Henry Faison (Chairman of Faison Enterprises), Mack Pogue (founder and CEO of Lincoln Property Company), Trammell Crow and Ron Terwilliger (former Chairman of the Urban Land Institute and CEO of Trammell Crow Residential), who is currently a sponsor partner of Davis Property Group.

Prior to forming Collegiate Hall, Russ had been a long-time employee of Trammell Crow Residential (TCR), the country's largest multifamily developer. At TCR he held positions in the areas of finance, development and operations. When he left the organization in 1996, he was the President and Chief Operating Officer of Trammell Crow Residential Services - Midwest where he oversaw the company's operations in the Midwestern and Northeastern US. He was also a member of the TCR National Management Board and the Residential Services Executive Committee.

After leaving TCR, Russ joined Merry Land and Investment Company in Augusta, Georgia, a $2 billion publicly traded real estate investment trust. At Merry Land, he was responsible for crafting the operating strategies for the company's 35,000 apartment units and administering the company's relationships with third-party apartment developers.

After Merry Land was sold to Equity Residential Property Trust in 1997, Russ, his wife, Nancy, and their two daughters, Elizabeth and Mary Grace, returned to Greenville, South Carolina, where they currently live.

 

E.J. Mondor

E.J. Mondor is a Greenville, SC native and recently joined Davis Property Group as a Principal where he brings extensive experience in managing third party contractors and executing complex projects. A long time investor in Davis Property Group, he completed a military service tour in 1984 after serving in the US Navy Submarine Service. Specializing in advance electronics, he was responsible for department level supervision of the electronics division aboard the fast attack nuclear submarine USS Sturgeon (SSN-637) stationed in Charleston S.C. During his service career, E.J. was routinely recognized and decorated for tactical execution of specialized mission objectives during several of his deployments.

After completing his tour and leaving the Navy, E.J. went to work for Woven Electronics located in Simpsonville, SC, a custom design, solution provider, and manufacturer of specialized cable harnesses and cable assemblies ultimately utilized by the US Military and our allies around the world. He remained employed there for 28 years until his retirement in December 2012. During his time at Woven, which provides mission critical cable assemblies to support most major military prime contractors (i.e., Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Raytheon), E.J. held, at one time or another, senior management responsibilities of all major departments (individually) within the company to include engineering, manufacturing, operations and sales. In 1998, E.J. became a senior member of the executive management team and held the position of VP/General Manager of manufacturing operations (US and Europe facilities) and was ultimately promoted to the company President in 2006.

During his Woven Electronics career, E.J. played a significant role in executing three sales of the company—twice to private equity companies (Harren Equity Partners – completed in 2004) and (Arlington Capital Partners – completed in 2006) and the third and most recent acquisition by B/E Aerospace Company {BEAV}, a public company – completed in 2010. E.J. was asked and successfully served with the new acquisition company after all three transactions.

E.J. currently resides in Simpsonville, South Carolina, and has two daughters and three grandchildren. His daughter, Jessica Eskew with her husband John and their three children - Hunter, Chloe, and Ian are living in Taylors, South Carolina, and his daughter, Lindsey Chiles is living in Columbia, South Carolina.

 

Austin F. Knapp

Austin F. Knapp is an associate at Davis Property Group, LLC where he serves as Development and Acquisition Manager. Austin has over eight years of experience in the commercial real estate industry. Prior to joining DPG in June 2010, he served as the Director of PD Holdings, LLC; a multimillion dollar commercial real estate investment portfolio. Prior to that, Austin held various retail brokerage associate positions in Greenville, SC and Columbia, SC. Austin is an active member of The Urban Land Institute’s young leader group. He is a CCIM candidate and holds a South Carolina Real Estate Broker’s License.

Austin is a graduate of The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, where he earned a B.S. in Business Administration with Honors. In addition, he earned a Masters of Real Estate Development degree from Clemson University.