Our Team

Ben Walker


Ben joined Capstone in 1998 after graduating from The University of Alabama.  Ben served in various roles with the company throughout his career including as a Development Manager and Senior Vice President of the Cottage Division.  In those roles, he was responsible for all aspects of development from land acquisition, entitlements, financial modeling through construction and lease up. In July 2010 Ben was promoted to President of Capstone Properties – the management and leasing division for Capstone. In this role, Ben was responsible for all aspects of leasing, operations and management of Capstone’s off-campus student housing portfolio. In January 2012, following the restructuring of The Capstone Companies, Ben Walker became one of the three principals of Capstone Collegiate Communities, LLC.

John Vawter


John is one of the founding members of Capstone, with over 28 years’ experience in student housing development. He began his career at Capstone in residential site acquisitions and transitioned to overall development. In 2000, John focused his efforts on opportunities west of the Rocky Mountains, managing the opening and operations of Capstone’s West Coast regional office in Encinitas, California. In 2004, he moved back to Capstone’s headquarters in Birmingham to lead Capstone’s Off-Campus Development Division. In 2009, he also took over leadership of Cottage Builder’s, Inc. In January 2012, following the restructuring of The Capstone Companies, John Vawter became one of the three principals of Capstone Collegiate Communities, LLC.
EMAIL: jvawter@capstonemail.com   |   OFFICE: 205.414.6424

Rob Howland


Rob began his career with Capstone in 1993. He supervised the accounting department for Capstone Properties before joining the development division of the company in 1995. He was later promoted to Senior VP for Off-Campus Development where he helped to expand Capstone’s student housing program. In 2000, Rob was promoted to President of Capstone Properties. In that position, Rob was responsible for all operations related to Capstone’s off-campus communities. In 2006, Rob was promoted to Chief Operating Officer where he was responsible for such matters as accounting, insurance, finance, treasury functions, asset disposition, and other significant functions. In January 2012, following the restructuring of The Capstone Companies, Rob Howland became one of the three principals of Capstone Collegiate Communities, LLC.
EMAIL: rhowland@capstonemail.com   |   OFFICE: 205.414.6416

Amanda Wallis

EVP Development

Amanda came to Capstone in January 2008 as a Senior Vice President for the Cottage Division of Capstone Development Corp. Amanda earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration-Finance from Auburn University at Montgomery and two masters degrees in 1998 and 1999 both from Auburn University in Auburn, AL -- a Masters in Building Science and a Masters in Community Planning. She now has over 16 years’ experience in land development for both public and private land developers and home builders. Since 2012 Amanda has been an Executive Vice President for C3 continuing her role in development for off-campus new construction projects including both Cottage-style developments and high-density, mixed-use developments. Amanda is responsible for all aspects of the development program from acquisition, pre-development due diligence, design, financial analysis and construction through project delivery and disposition. To date, Amanda’s experience at Capstone includes the delivery of over 2,600 beds totaling $160 million in development costs. She currently has another 3,500 beds and $245 million under development.
EMAIL: awallis@capstonemail.com   |   CELL: 205.612.1107

Amanda Singer

Area Manager

Amanda, a small-town Texas native, joined Capstone in 2012.  Beginning her career while still in college, she spent three months as a leasing agent before moving into the Assistant Manager role and never looked back! Amanda has amassed over 10-years of professional experience in both conventional and student housing working in the third-party and merchant-development sectors.  She has worked with cottage-style, high density, garden-style, and mixed use communities from development to stabilization, renovations, acquisitions and sales.  Amanda graduated from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas where she still lives with her husband, Jay, and their three dogs.
EMAIL: asinger@capstonemail.com   |   Cell: 979.446.7548

Angie Rawie

EVP Development

Angie joined Capstone in 2012 after more than 16 years in multifamily and student housing development. Prior to joining Capstone, she served in a number of executive level business development and development positions outside Capstone. In her current role as Development Manager, she is responsible for all aspects of development from land acquisition, entitlements and financial modeling through construction and lease up. Angie attended Dartmouth College and holds a B.A degree from Smith College. She also holds a M.S. degree in Real Estate Development from the University of Southern California (USC).
EMAIL: arawie@capstonemail.com   |   CELL: 214.300.5922

Ashley Boudreaux

Senior Accountant

Ashley began her career at Capstone as part-time help in Accounting while going to school at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. After obtaining her BS in Accounting in May 2008, she became a Staff Accountant while earning her Master’s in Business Administration.  After earning her CPA certificate in 2015, she transitioned into her current role as a Senior Accountant. Her responsibilities at Capstone include cash management, preparation of monthly financial statements for sites under management, and facilitating construction draw requests.  Ashley is married and has a yorkie puppy named Gabby, whom is incredibly spoiled, and a cat named Jumper, who we think is jealous of Gabby.
EMAIL: aboudreaux@capstonemail.com   |   OFFICE: 205.414.6476

Blair Lolan

Vice President Marketing & Leasing

Blair started her career with Capstone in 2007 at a startup community in Lafayette, Louisiana. For her first two years with Capstone, Blair worked directly with the startup marketing and leasing efforts of four communities under development. In 2009, Blair was promoted to Assistant Vice President of Marketing & Leasing for Capstone Properties. In this role, Blair was responsible for the overseeing all aspects of marketing and leasing for thirteen of the operational properties in the off campus student housing portfolio. In her current role, Blair serves as Vice President of Marketing & Leasing where she is responsible for the oversight of all marketing and leasing efforts for a number of operational as well as startup communities within the Capstone Properties portfolio.

Clay Wilson

Senior Project Manager

Clay joined Capstone in 2014 serving as a Senior Project Manager with the in-house construction division, Cottage Builders, Inc. Clay provides project management and estimating expertise throughout the design, construction and delivery process for Capstone’s cottage projects. Clay earned his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Auburn University and his MBA from the Brock School of Business at Samford University. Clay is a licensed Professional Engineer and LEED Accredited Professional with over 12 years of civil design, construction estimating and construction management experience. In addition to spending time with his wife and three daughters, Clay enjoys cooking, traveling, reading and playing soccer.

Davis Maxwell


Davis has devoted his entire career to student housing beginning on the management side of Capstone in 2007. Having worked on both the operational and development sides of the real estate business, Davis brings practical on-the-ground experience to his role as Vice President of Development.  His responsibilities include identifying suitable investment opportunities for Capstone and assisting with the development process beginning with pre-development due diligence, investment analysis, pro forma modeling and continuing management through the design and construction phases until the project is turned over to the operations team. Davis received his B.S. Degree in Marketing from the University of Alabama and holds his Certified Commercial Invest Member Designation (CCIM). Davis also serves as the qualifying broker for Capstone Collegiate Communities and is currently involved in several student housing development projects. In his free time, Davis enjoys playing golf, hunting, fishing, cooking, scuba diving and spending time with family and friends. Davis and his wife Eliza have two beautiful daughters Beatty and Frances.
EMAIL: dmaxwell@capstonemail.com   |   OFFICE: 205.414.6438   |   CELL: 205.586.5187

Eldric Fluker

Concrete Division Manager

With over 20 years’ experience in civil development, concrete construction and general contracting, Eldric helped create and currently manages the concrete and civil division of Cottage Builders. His duties include consulting with engineers, estimating, budgeting, scheduling, and quality control. He is responsible for ensuring that the Cottage Builders product “starts with a solid foundation.” Eldric is certified by both the American Concrete Institute in field testing of concrete and aggregates and by the Post-Tension Institute as an installer and inspector for posttension horizontal applications. Eldric is married and the father of six. He enjoys music, sports, motorcycle riding and is an avid Alabama Football fan. Roll Tide!!
EMAIL: efluker@capstonemail.com   |   OFFICE: 205.414.6484   |   CELL: 205.229.2235

Edward Young

Warranty Technician and QC Assistant

EMAIL: eyoung@capstonemail.com   |   OFFICE: 205.414.6457

Emily Jones

VP Finance

Emily came to Capstone with experience on the public side of development having served as Financial Incentives Specialist for a public/private organization doing downtown development and revitalization in Birmingham, AL. Emily joined Capstone in February 2008 working closely with Mike Mouron, President of Capstone, assisting in all areas of Capstone’s business. In 2009 Emily served on the committee for Operation Lakeshore, Capstone’s community service project that raised $2.3 Million to build an accessible housing community at The Lakeshore Foundation in Birmingham, AL. In 2010 Emily moved into the Finance department to do financial modeling and analysis for each of Capstone's development divisions including Campus Edge/Mixed-Use, On-Campus, off-campus Cottages and Acquisition & Renovation divison. Since Capstone’s restructuring in January of 2012, Emily has served as VP of Finance for Capstone Collegiate Communities. Emily is responsible for performing financial analysis, including the creation of various financial models, to evaluate the economic impact of strategic business opportunities. Emily is also responsible for the preparation of debt and equity packages as well as facilitating the closings for all of C3's construction loans, refinancing loans and the final disposition of our assets. Emily is also responsible for all of C3’s Corporate Marketing including website design, RFP responses, and producing corporate marketing materials. She also takes care of all of C3's insurance needs. Emily earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from Rhodes College in 2005. In her free time, Emily enjoys working on house projects and spending time with her family, especially her 3 year old niece.
EMAIL: ejones@capstonemail.com   |   OFFICE: 205.414.6440

Erin Evans

VP Management

Erin works extensively with corporate and site management staff training and supporting the residential accounting software. She is very familiar with Capstone’s corporate policies and procedures, having been with the company since she was hired as Assistant Manager at our Baton Rouge, Louisiana student community. In the corporate office, Erin’s primary responsibility is to make sure accounting applications and policies are cohesive among all locations. Erin’s hobbies include traveling, reading and photography. Education - University of Southwestern Louisiana.
EMAIL: eevans@capstonemail.com   |   OFFICE: 205.414.6468

Howard Graves

Director of Strategic Sourcing & Procurement

    Howard joined Cottage Builders October 2013. He began his career in construction as a carpenter in the field. In the 40 years since, Howard’s expanding knowledge and experience ranges from field superintendent, strategic sourcing and procurement, and project management. This diverse experience has given him the opportunities to successfully manage projects all across the United States from multifamily, single family, commercial, and low rise construction. His primary focus has been in multifamily construction where he has supervised the construction of over 15,000 units. Howard likes spending his free time cooking and spending time with his wife Pam enjoying out-door activities, traveling and shopping for unusual antiques.
    DIRECT: 205.414.6477   |   CELL: 205.517.0163

Holly Burrow

Project Manager

Prior to joining Capstone in 2016, Holly was a project manager for a general contractor in her home state of Wyoming for 4.5 years. She obtained her B.S in Construction Management from Colorado State University, and her real estate license with the Wyoming Real Estate Commission. Holly enjoys spending time with her Australian Shepherds, Beans & Nancy, in the show ring!
EMAIL: hburrow@capstonemail.com   |   OFFICE: 205.500.0916

Jeff Fulmer

Executive VP IT

Jeff came to Capstone in August 2000 as Information Technology Director for Capstone Companies. Jeff earned a bachelor’s degree from Illinois Institute of Technology in Electronic Engineering as well as several respected industry certifications. Jeff has over 20 years of information technology experience and has supported and built networks for many Fortune 500 companies including United Airlines, The Chicago Mercantile Exchange and Shell Oil where he had a 24 hour stay on an oil rig. Jeff is responsible for implementation, installation and support for all technology C3 uses and works with vendors to aide in successful deployment of technology at our developments.
EMAIL: jfulmer@capstonemail.com   |   OFFICE: 205.414.6465

James I. Kennedy

General Counsel

Jim joined Capstone Collegiate Communities in June 2016 as General Counsel, having previously served as in house counsel for other national student housing companies and as a partner in the real estate department of an international law firm. He has extensive experience in complex real estate transactions including the acquisition, development, construction and management of both off-campus and on-campus student housing projects. As General Counsel, his primary focus is working with the development and management teams in connection with the acquisition, development and management of Capstone’s student housing portfolio in addition to general oversight of Capstone’s legal matters. Jim received his undergraduate degree in Political Science from West Chester University of Pennsylvania and earned his Juris Doctorate from the Villanova University School of Law. Jim enjoys spending time with his wife, daughter and three sons and coaching lacrosse and football.

Jen Wilson

Vice President Marketing & Leasing

Jen joined Capstone in 2007 after graduating from the University of Missouri with a communications degree. Jen has been on the development side of the company and has been in charge of leasing up several of our new development communities each leasing cycle. Her new construction experience has been with our cottage style communities and high-density, mixed use developments. She has over seen eight of our new start up communities totaling over 5000 bedrooms to date and is now VP of Marketing and Leasing for the company. On a personal note she enjoys traveling, shopping (especially for handbags) and spending time with her five nieces and nephews!

John Acken

EVP Development

John joined Capstone in 2008 serving as a Senior Vice President in the Cottage Division. Since Capstone Collegiate Communities began in 2012, John has continued his responsibilities for all aspects of development from market identification, site acquisition, and financial modeling, through construction and lease up as Executive Vice President. John earned his bachelor’s degree from Hampton Sydney, his JD from The University of South Carolina School of Law and his MBA from the Owen Graduate School of Business at Vanderbilt University. John has over nine years of legal and financial experience both in the public and private sector. He has served as the General Counsel to the U.S. federal agency providing oversight for the reconstruction of Iraq. In private practice, he represented clients in the areas of non-profit law, utilities law, land use and zoning law. John also spent four years on active duty as a U.S. Marine Corps judge advocate and prosecutor.
EMAIL: jacken@capstonemail.com   |   CELL: 205.789.7452

Jim Beatty

Vice President

Jim joined Capstone after 15 years in the banking industry. Prior to Capstone, he was Vice President of National Bank of Commerce’s Private Banking group where he worked closely with Capstone’s Principals. Capstone’s enthusiasm and passion appealed to Jim, and in 2016 he joined the Capstone team. Jim is a graduate of the Turner College of Business at Columbus State University and Samford University’s Community Banking School. He serves on the Junior Board of Visitors for the UAB School of Nursing and the Board for Alabama Forever. Jim enjoys spending time with his wife, their three children, and friends.
EMAIL: jbeatty@capstonemail.com   |   CELL: 205.999.7140

John Sims

Senior Vice President - Construction Project Manager

John has over 20 years of experience in residential and commercial construction and currently serves as Senior Vice President, Construction Management. His responsibilities include overseeing all aspects of preconstruction and construction related activities involving third party general contractors. John works closely with development managers to coordinate a variety of preconstruction activities including acquisition, pre-development due diligence, design, and financial analysis. He is also responsible for managing all construction related activities through project delivery. Since joining Capstone in 2007, John has delivered over 13,250 beds totaling $912 million in development costs. He currently has another 2,000 beds and $225 million under development and construction. Prior to serving in his current position, John was a Project Manager responsible for onsite management, material logistics, quality control, and preconstruction buyout for cottage developments. John attended the University of Alabama and studied Business Administration. EMAIL: jsims@capstonemail.com   |   OFFICE: 205.414.6463   |   CELL: 205.329.5973

Kelli Cork


Kelli joined Cottage Builders in November 2005 as Office Manager and currently serves as Construction Administrator and Accounts Payable Manager for the Construction Division.  Kelli assists the Construction Division by setting up vendor/sub accounts, verifying correct insurance coverage and is responsible for processing pay apps and invoices in a timely manner. In 2013, Kelli’s role expanded to include management of C3 site payables. In this role, Kelli oversees the process of correct and timely payment entry, which in turn helps onsite management focus on the quality of living for the residents. In 2000, Kelli earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Montevallo. She is originally from Tuscaloosa but has been in Birmingham since 2001.  In her spare time Kelli enjoys hanging out with family and friends and spending time with her dog Bentley.
EMAIL: kcork@capstonemail.com   |   OFFICE: 205.414.6426

Kelly Parrish Jones

VP Management

Kelly Jones began working for Capstone in 1999 as a student worker at our property in Norman, Oklahoma while finishing up her final years at the University of Oklahoma. In 2004 she moved to the home office in Birmingham. She has worn many hats with Capstone from leasing as a student worker to assisting management at a property to accounts payable and receivable to software support. Currently Kelly is focusing on back end software functionality and support for the sites as well as the accounting department. Kelly is married and enjoys photography, the outdoors, playing with her dog Earl and watching tv/movies with her husband.
EMAIL: kparrish@capstonemail.com   |   OFFICE: 205.414.6443

Laurel Burns


Laurel Burns joined the Capstone Accounting team in 2000 with 15 years of construction/cost accounting experience. Since becoming part of the team, Laurel has worked with development accounting, Cottage Builders accounting, and management accounting. Currently, Laurel works with the accounting team in various capacities. In her spare time, Laurel enjoys relaxing at home with her husband and 2 English Bulldogs – Lil Ben and Georgia Rose.
EMAIL: lburns@capstonemail.com   |   OFFICE: 205.414.6436

Matt Woods

Regional Manager

Matt joined Capstone in 2011 as an Assistant Manager for an operational property in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. A native of Terry, Mississippi, Matt attended Tulane University of New Orleans for his undergraduate degree where he developed a passion for housing and began his career with Heritage Properties Inc. After leaving Heritage in 2011 to join Capstone, Matt quickly transitioned through several roles in Hattiesburg including Leasing Manger & Property Manager. Following his success with stabilization, operations and leasing of our Hattiesburg property, Matt traveled with Capstone to Raleigh, North Carolina to oversee the operations of our large urban high-rise development. After a successful re-stabilization of our asset in Raleigh, Matt was promoted to Regional Manager in January 2017. He oversees the operations, leasing and marketing efforts for several of capstones operational properties.
EMAIL: mwoods@capstonemail.com   |   Cell: 205.504.1568

Melanie Robinson

Compensation & Benefits Administrator

Melanie joined Capstone in June 2005 as Payroll Manager after working for several years as human resources generalist. In 2008, Melanie transitioned to Legal Services Administrator where she remained until 2012 when she became the Compensation & Benefits Administrator for Capstone Collegiate Communities. Melanie is responsible for the administration of all compensation and benefit programs for C3, CBI and Capstone Properties and performs certain corporate and legal administrative duties in support of the principals of C3. Melanie earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Montevallo and a Certificate of Paralegal Studies from Samford University. Melanie’s hobbies include traveling, spending time with family, reading and spending time with her la-poo Sophie. She also enjoys watching college football and cooking.
EMAIL: mrobinson@capstonemail.com   |   OFFICE: 205.414.6444

Mike Baker

Executive VP - Development

Mike joined Capstone in 2015 as Executive Vice President for Development.  He is focused on identifying and executing on development opportunities across the US and Canada. Prior to joining Capstone, Mike was with Lennar Multifamily Communities, a subsidiary of Lennar Corporation. In a development role Mike oversaw all facets of the development process for the Carolinas region. He also assisted in raising over $700 million in capital for new projects across the east region. Before Lennar, Mike worked in the capital markets group of Walker & Dunlop in Bethesda, MD.  He was involved in the production of over $500 million of capital for office, retail, industrial, self-storage, multifamily, and hotel acquisitions and development. Prior to Walker & Dunlop, Mike worked with Johnson Capital in their Vienna, VA office assisting in the production of over $200 million of Freddie Mac multifamily financing. Mike received his MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a concentration in Real Estate Development and Finance, as well as Corporate Finance.  He also received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Washington and Lee University.  Mike is a LEED Green Associate.
EMAIL: mbaker@capstonemail.com   |   PHONE: 205.414.6446

Randy Davis

Randy Davis joined Cottage Builders in 2006. He coordinates with consulting engineers from civil through completion on each of C3's cottage developments. Randy has over 40 years of experience in the construction field. In his free time, Randy enjoys cooking, much to the delight of his fellow colleagues, and especially enjoys BBQ cook-offs.
EMAIL: rdavis@capstonemail.com   |   OFFICE: 205.414.6459

Rich Naccarato

Senior Vice President

Richard, a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania joined Capstone in 2011. He began his career in student housing as a Resident Assistant while attending college and has over 15-years of professional experience in on-campus, third-party, and off-campus communities. His operational and management experience includes various styles of communities to include cottage, traditional three-story walk up, high density communities and mixed use. Richard has served various roles in the student housing industry which include managing the transition from development and start-up of new projects, restructuring and renovating acquired assets, and daily oversight of stabilized assets. Richard earned both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from California University of PA. Richard is married to Elaine and they have one daughter, Tori.
EMAIL: rnaccarato@capstonemail.com   |   OFFICE: 205.414.6469

Roger McCoy

Executive VP Construction

In May 1997, Roger joined Cottage Builders as Sr. Project Manager to lead the construction teams, maintain production systems and provide oversight to the construction process. He has over 28 years of experience in the construction industry including the delivery of commercial, multifamily and student housing projects. After nine years with Cottage Builders and currently serving as Executive Vice President of Construction, Roger has delivered over $900 million in dollar volume. Roger received his undergraduate degree in Geology from the University of Alabama and continued post graduate studies at Auburn University’s School of Architecture and Building Science.  In his free time, Roger enjoys time building his cabin in the middle of nowhere, north Alabama. Favorite Quote: Psalm 91.
EMAIL: rmccoy@capstonemail.com   |   OFFICE: 205.414.6420   |   CELL: 205.381.9023

Steve Sasso


EMAIL: ssasso@capstonemail.com   |   OFFICE: 205.414.6455   |   CELL: 205.603.2603

Steve Dunn

Director of Warranty and Quality Assurance

Steve joined Cottage Builders in 2016 and is from Chandler Arizona. Steve has 20 plus years in residential and commercial construction and has overseen all aspects and phases of construction. Steve has held many positions over the years from Superintendent, purchasing, warranty manager, as well as a licensed residential and commercial plumbing contractor. Steve enjoys spending time with his family, the outdoors and coaching youth and H.S football.
EMAIL: sdunn@capstonemail.com   |   OFFICE: 205.414.6435

Shep Nolen

Construction Project Manager

Shep began his career with Cottage Builders in 2006 and currently oversees various aspects of construction administration for cottage projects, including the procurement and overseeing of budgets, analysis and selection of project suppliers and subcontractors, execution of subcontracts, payment approvals and project schedules. Shep graduated from the University of Alabama in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts in Finance and Samford University in 2011 with a Master of Business Administration. Shep enjoys spending time with his wife, daughter and friends, University of Alabama athletics, golf and playing the guitar.  EMAIL: snolen@capstonemail.com   |   OFFICE: 205.414.6480

Steven Weiss

Regional Manager

While a student at California University of Pennsylvania, Steven began his career as a community assistant at a JPI off-campus student housing community named Jefferson at California in 2005. When EdR assumed the management contract for the community, Steven held a number of positions at the community including Residence Life Coordinator and Assistant Manager. While with EdR, Steven also held a Community Manager position in Bloomsburg, PA and was promoted to a Senior Community Manager position in Charlottesville, VA. Steven joined Capstone in 2013 as Property Manager for The Cottages of Boone and moved to the Home Office in 2015. Steven is responsible for the supervision of onsite management staff, operations, and establishing performance goals. Steven earned both his B.A. and M.S. degrees from California University of Pennsylvania. Steven enjoys spending time with his wife Rachel and their two dogs, Gunner and Chloe. Steven is also a devoted fan of all Pittsburgh sports teams.
EMAIL: sweiss@capstonemail.com   |   PHONE: 205.414.6489

Susanne Pennington

Accounts Payable

Susanne joined Capstone in September of 2000 as Accounts Receivable Processor. She was promoted shortly thereafter to her current position as Accounts Receivable Supervisor. Susanne brings twenty years of experience in Office Operations. She works with the accounting staff and local management teams, to ensure all Resident Financial data is processed in a timely fashion and accurate. Susanne is also one of the main contacts to provide requested information for internal and external financial auditing controls, for Off Campus locations. Susanne is married, has two daughters and one grandson. She enjoys the piano, bowling and spending time with her family.
EMAIL: spennington@capstonemail.com   |   OFFICE: 205.414.6429

Tom Fitts

Senior VP Accounting

EMAIL: tfitts@capstonemail.com   |   OFFICE: 205.414.6409