Larry Swank

Founder, Chairman and CEO

Larry Swank has been a leader in the multifamily industry for over 38 years. A pioneer in providing rural housing solutions throughout t...

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Larry Swank

Founder, Chairman and CEO

Larry Swank has been a leader in the multifamily industry for over 38 years. A pioneer in providing rural housing solutions throughout the Midwest, Larry Swank helped lay the foundation for the contemporary affordable multifamily industry of today. The Sterling Group, based on his leadership and vision, has grown as a leading edge provider of multifamily housing based on professionalism, integrity, honesty, strong mid-western values and work ethics. In addition to the development, construction or acquisition of over 9,000 apartment and condominium projects having an excess of $500,000,000 in aggregate value, Sterling has constructed or acquired numerous single-family homes, villas, three mixed-use subdivisions as well as over 8,000 storage units throughout the Midwest.

Larry Swank attended IUSB’s Business Undergrad program from 1964 to 1968.

Larry Swank is affiliated with the following organizations (non-exclusive list):

Recipient of the United States of America Commanders for Civilian Service Award Past Member of Fannie Mae Housing Impact Advisory Council;
Member of Board and Past President of State of Indiana Home Builders Association; Past Chairman of National Rural Housing Council, National Association of Home Builders; Past Chairman of National Multifamily Housing Council, National Association of Home Builders;
Past Chairman of Housing Finance Committee, National Association of Home Builders; Past Member of the Board of Directors of National Multi-Housing Council;
Member of Governmental Affairs Committee, National Association of Home Builders; Member/Chairman of Convention Committee, National Association of Home Builders; Member of Resolution Committee, National Association of Home Builders; Member of Multifamily Board of Trustees, National Association of Home Builders; Director of the FHLB Indianapolis, 2008-2018. Licensed Real Estate Broker in Indiana, Michigan and Illinois Founder and Trustee of the Jaxson William Augustus Swank Foundation

Lance Swank

President

As President of Sterling Group, Inc., Lance Swank is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the parent company and its subsidiaries...

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Lance Swank

President

As President of Sterling Group, Inc., Lance Swank is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the parent company and its subsidiaries, including all development, management, construction and acquisition activities at the firm. Through his focused efforts and diligence, he has helped create one of the top privately held, vertically integrated, full service multifamily housing providers in the Midwest and Southeast. Since Lance joined the firm in 1983, Sterling has developed, constructed or acquired over 9,000 apartment units and over 8,000 self storage units. A recognized authority in the area of multifamily housing, Lance Swank is a sought after speaker and has participated in many regional and national conferences pertaining to the multifamily housing industry. Lance Swank is a 1983 graduate of DePauw University.

Lance Swank is affiliated with the following organizations (non-exclusive list):

Recipient of the United States of America Meritorious Civilian Service Award Recipient of the NAHB 2012 Daniel M. Grady Award for excellence and advocacy of multifamily housing Chairman of the Housing Finance Committee – National Association of Home Builders; 2011 Chairman of the Housing Credit Group - National Association of Home Builders; 2006 Life Director of Board of Directors of National Association of Home Builders; Current Trustee and Vice Chairman of Multifamily Council Board of Trustees - National Association of Home Builders; Current Member of the Board of Directors of the National Multi-Housing Council; 2000-2002 Advisory Board Member of the McDermond Center for Management and Entrepreneurship at DePauw University; 2005-2008 Member of DePauw University President’s Board of Visitors, 2009-2011 Member of Indiana Apartment Association Board of Directors; 2010-2011 State Secretary, Indiana Builders Association, 2014-15 Member Urban Land Institute CCIM Candidate

Bob Voss

Chief Financial Officer

Bob Voss serves as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the Sterling Group and is a key member of the Executive team. Bob is responsible for...

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Bob Voss

Chief Financial Officer

Bob Voss serves as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the Sterling Group and is a key member of the Executive team. Bob is responsible for overseeing Sterling’s capital management, accounting, IT and asset management functions. He has more than 30 years of experience in accounting/auditing, and possesses a wide-range of knowledge in the investment and cash management process, with an extensive background in operations and logistics. In addition to his strong accounting/auditing experience, Bob has successfully developed and rolled-out several comprehensive IT and accounting infrastructure programs which have resulted in increased efficiency and substantial cost savings adding value throughout each respective organization.

Bob began his career in the logistics industry creating and managing financial controls and internal audits at Overland Transportation Systems in Indianapolis, Indiana. Prior to joining Sterling in 2000, he held several Controller positions in related fields throughout northern Indiana.

Bob Voss is a 1983 graduate of the Indiana University, holding a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and has passed the CPA exam. He has also been nominated by his Sterling peers for the Corporate Colleague of the Year Award in 2006 and 2007, exemplifying his stewardship and customer-focused work style. Besides enjoying spending time with his family, Bob is an avid golfer and consummate sports fan.

Clay Scheetz

Chief Investment Officer

Clay Scheetz serves as CIO of the Sterling Group and is a key member of the Executive team and investment committee. Clay is responsible...

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Clay Scheetz

Chief Investment Officer

Clay Scheetz serves as CIO of the Sterling Group and is a key member of the Executive team and investment committee. Clay is responsible for overseeing capital raising and acquisitions.

Clay began his commercial real estate investment career in 1995. As a debt and private equity principal and advisor investing across all property types and capital structures, he has underwritten in excess of $25 billion of commercial real estate assets located throughout the United States.

Prior to joining Sterling in 2015, Clay spent nearly ten years overseeing Grandbridge Real Estate Capital’s Indianapolis regional office. Prior to joining Grandbridge, while based in New York City, Clay held a variety of executive positions with Nomura Asset Capital, Olympus Real Estate Partners, and Starwood Capital Group. He has earned his CPA (inactive) and real estate broker licenses.

Clay graduated with honors with a BBA degree in accounting from the University of Notre Dame, and he received an MBA degree with a concentration in finance from Columbia University.

Clay is actively involved in numerous civic and trade organizations and is a strong supporter of Riley Hospital for Children and the Colon Cancer Alliance. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and three children as well as water skiing and running.

John VanMeeter

Vice President of Development

As the Vice President of Development for Sterling, Mr. VanMeeter is responsible for the day to day operations of the Development Departme...

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John VanMeeter

Vice President of Development

As the Vice President of Development for Sterling, Mr. VanMeeter is responsible for the day to day operations of the Development Department including every development opportunity from inception to completion. Mr. VanMeeter joined the firm in 1997, and has been involved in the creation of over 10,000 Affordable and Market Rate rental units as well as 250,000 square foot of self-storage space across the Midwest.

From 2009 to current, Mr. VanMeeter has been responsible for the production of Market Rate housing with the Company’s main focus in financing developments utilizing the HUD 221 d(4) financing arm. Currently, Mr. VanMeeter has been working on the development pipeline for Sterling in the Southeast Region of the US and pursuing in excess of 1,000 new Market Rate units over the course of the next couple of years.

From 1997 to 2012, Mr. VanMeeter was involved in the production of Affordable Housing with his main area of focus in financing developments utilizing the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC). Mr. VanMeeter is very experienced in working with a vast number of the State Housing Authorities, their staff as well as reviewing and understanding their Qualified Allocation Plans (QAP’s) to be successful in obtaining an allocation of Housing Tax Credits.

Mr. VanMeeter has been involved in all aspects of the development process including site selection, procurement of all entitlements, underwriting, market feasibility, managing third party professionals as well as establishing community relationships.

Mr. VanMeeter is a 1990 graduate of Purdue University in the field of Business Management and currently holds his Indiana Real Estate license.

Larry Swank II

Vice President of Construction

As Vice President of Sterling Construction, Larry Swank II is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the construction company, incl...

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Larry Swank II

Vice President of Construction

As Vice President of Sterling Construction, Larry Swank II is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the construction company, including all construction related activities involving new developments.

Since Larry joined the firm in 2002, he has overseen the new construction and rehabilitation of over 4100 multifamily and storage units with asset values totaling $201MM. He has been integral in revamping and redeploying the construction company’s Policy and Procedure Handbook and the development of the Sterling University’s Construction Training module which provides the company’s employees with a fully integrated platform for ongoing training.

In addition to career with the construction company, Larry served as Development Originator for Sterling Development. As Development Originator he was responsible for all aspects of land origination and development. During his time in in this position, Larry played a role in the development of over 1500 units across the United States totaling $160MM in total asset value.

Larry received his Masters in Business and Administration in 2010 from the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business graduating with Magna Cum Laude honors and is a 2002 graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering.

Larry Swank II is affiliated with the following organizations (non-exclusive list): • Member, National Association of Home Builders, • Board Member, Jaxson William August Swank Foundation, whose mission is to assist underprivileged children with receiving quality education. • Board Member, Boys and Girls Club of St Joseph County

In addition, Larry Swank II holds the following licenses: • Holds a Class A General Contractor’s license with the International Code Council, which is the most nationally recognized standard licensure designation. • CCIM Candidate

Andrea Vinstra

Vice President of Management

As Vice President of Management and a key member of the Executive team, Andrea is a visionary leader and consummate mentor to her team (o...

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Andrea Vinstra

Vice President of Management

As Vice President of Management and a key member of the Executive team, Andrea is a visionary leader and consummate mentor to her team (over 300 colleagues) in the Sterling Group’s management division. Charged with developing Management’s strategic plan and growing the business, both internally and externally, Andrea is a skilled manager, creative thinker, and has a history of success throughout her 21 years in the multifamily industry.

A passionate, “hands on”, results-oriented, property management professional, Andrea possesses a wide-range of knowledge of the multifamily industry, with extensive operational and management experience in traditional garden, historic rehab, mid-rise and duplex communities. Additionally, with extensive knowledge of luxury and tax credit product, Andrea has developed and executed numerous programs to improve efficiency on-site, increase accountability and improve profitability overall. She has a consistent track record of increasing the value of assets under her leadership.

With a geographically diverse, professional background, Andrea began her career in 1990 as an Assistant Manager in the Washington, DC area with Smithy-Braedon. Managing high-density, multifamily communities, Andrea quickly set herself apart and rapidly advanced to multi-site management. Throughout her career, she has been involved with such organizations as Avalon Bay, Grady Management and Marquette Management, where as a Regional Manager she oversaw a portfolio in excess of 4,000 units.

Andrea is a 1990 graduate of the University of Michigan, holding a Bachelor of Science in Public Administration.

Professional Certifications, Affiliations & Presentations

Active Member in National Multifamily Housing Counsel

Carrie Kooi

Vice President of Human Resources

Having joined Sterling in 2015, Carrie Kooi, Esq., SHRM-SCP, SPHR serves as Senior Director of Human Resources, responsible for overseein...

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Carrie Kooi

Vice President of Human Resources

Having joined Sterling in 2015, Carrie Kooi, Esq., SHRM-SCP, SPHR serves as Senior Director of Human Resources, responsible for overseeing all facets of HR. Carrie also oversees all legal matters, partnering with key members of the executive team and others to effectively resolve them in the most efficient manner possible.

Although fairly new to Sterling, Carrie has been dedicated to the HR profession for more than 18 years. She has held leadership positions in HR for companies including The Walt Disney World Company and American Red Cross Blood Services. Immediately prior to joining Sterling, Carrie worked for 5 years as an employment lawyer. She has also recently published articles on HR and employment law topics in several well-respected legal journals.

Carrie earned her B.A. degree from Indiana University, her M.A. degree in HR Management from Rollins College, and her J.D. degree (cum laude) from Valparaiso University. She holds her Society for Human Resources Management-Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) and Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) designations, has been a member of the national Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) for more than 15 years, and is currently a member of the local Michiana SHRM Chapter.

In her free time, Carrie enjoys spending time with family, traveling, and cooking. Some of the wonderful places she has been fortunate to explore include Africa, China, England, France, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Spain, and Washington, D.C. Carrie may be reached at (574) 247-3260 or via email at carrie.kooi@thesterlinggrp.com.