Orchestra Partners
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About

About Orchestra Partners

History

Orchestra Partners' unique approach to real estate stems from the distinctly different yet complementary backgrounds of its founders, John Boone and Hunter Renfroe. They became lifelong friends after rooming together at Birmingham-Southern College, where John studied history and Hunter prepared to become an engineer, each of them later gaining a master's degree in their respective fields from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dreams of one day helping to revitalize their hometown became a reality when they serendipitously found themselves moving back home at the same time. These two Birmingham natives bring a combination of problem solving and a deep respect for history and architecture to each project.

 
 
 

Partners

 
 

Contact
hunter@orchestra-partners.com
O: (205) 590-5015

Principal

Hunter Renfroe

Hunter focuses on organizational strategy, finance, construction management and project management. He's had a passion for real estate and construction all of his life, earning his real estate agent's license at the age of 21. Hunter worked through college as a laborer and later an engineer for a large Birmingham construction company, Hunter spent several years managing the growth and leadership of his family's staffing business, where he also led the development and construction of its new headquarters. After studying in Boston for two years, Hunter returned to Birmingham where he and his wife, Whitney, became proud parents of their first daughter, Marley.

Hunter is a LEED Accredited Professional and a licensed real estate agent.

 

Education

Birmingham-Southern College
B.S. in Business Administration & Management, 2007
B.S. in Physics, 2008

University of Alabama at Birmingham
M.S. in Civil Engineering, 2010

Boston University
M.B.A. in Strategy & Finance, 2015 (High Honors)

 
 

 
 
 

Contact
john@orchestra-partners.com
O: (205) 590-5015

Principal

John Boone

John specializes in organizational strategy, market analysis, community development and project management. After flirting with a Ph.D. in History, he decided his skill set was better suited for the business world. He joined a capital markets firm in Washington D.C., where he also interned at the Woodrow Wilson International Center. Two years later, he left to pursue a real estate development career in South Florida, where he directed site selection and inception-stage planning of charter schools.

John is a member of the Five Points Alliance, the economic development council for Five Points South. He also volunteers with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Birmingham, and is actively engaged in community development throughout the city.

 

Education

Birmingham-Southern College
B.A. in History, 2006

University of Alabama at Birmingham
M.A. in History, 2010

 

 
 
  Contact  shaskell@orchestra-partners.com O: (205) 590-5015

Contact
shaskell@orchestra-partners.com
O: (205) 590-5015

 

CFO  

Sam Haskell

Sam handles financing relationships for Orchestra, and the development of long-term funding vehicles for the firm.  His skillset is focused around the banking sector, having followed community bank equities as a sales / analyst at Sterne Agee from 2002 - 2014 while helping build the firm's capital markets practice.  He subsequently began a registered investment advisor focused on bank investments, Colarion Partners.  He further served as CFO in the hospitality industry for TLT Group, owner of Local Taco concept, and is active in both multi-family real estate and interstate energy development projects.

Sam is a board member of CommerceOne Bank (in organization) in Birmingham, is a CFA charter holder.  He is a volunteer coach at Birmingham Youth Rowing.

Education

Princeton University, B.A., History, 2000.

 

 

 
 

Contact
smiller@orchestra-partners.com
O: (205) 590-5015
C: (205) 790-8999

Director of Development 

Sarah Miller

Sarah is responsible for assisting the principals in the daily operations of our development division. She has a passion for project planning and organization. Sarah joins us after several years in the development and property management industry. After receiving her real estate license, Sarah knew she wanted to pursue a career in real estate development where she could help impact the future of
Birmingham.

Sarah lives in Birmingham with her husband Brandon. She enjoys trying new recipes in the kitchen, planting seasonal gardens and traveling.

Education

University of Alabama
B.A. in Political Science, 2012

 
 

 
 

Contact
hmckay@orchestra-partners.com
O: (205) 590-5015
C: (205) 229-8556

ASSISTANT DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

Howard McKay

Howard is responsible for assisting the development team with ongoing development projects. He joins us after more than 15 years in commercial and residential property management, brokerage, development and project management. Howard found a passion for walkable, urban communities while working in real estate development in Europe. Seeing the momentum and potential for revitalization of Birmingham, he moved back to Alabama in 2006 with the desire to be part of shaping Birmingham's future.

Howard and his wife Julia, a native of Austria, enjoy exploring all that Birmingham has to offer, with their three children, Lukas, Anna Sophie and Henry.

 

 
 

 
 
  Contact  jpearson@orchestra-partners.com O: (205) 590-5015 C: (205) 960-7963

Contact
jpearson@orchestra-partners.com
O: (205) 590-5015
C: (205) 960-7963

ASSISTANT DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

Jeremy Pearson 

Jeremy is responsible for assisting the development team with ongoing development projects. As a Birmingham native, he sees great potential for the community to continue its momentous improvement and is happy to be a part of the revitalization through the work that Orchestra Partners is accomplishing. Jeremy brings over 13 years of construction experience in both commercial and residential environments where he enjoyed all aspects of the industry in his journey from a laborer to Project Manager.

Outside of work, Jeremy enjoys hiking with his wife Jordan and their dog Rocky.

Education

University of Alabama at Birmingham
B.S. in Marketing

 
 

 
 

Contact
cmclean@orchestra-partners.com
O: (205) 590-5015
C: (205) 276-5302

 Asset manageR

Carter McLean 

Carter is responsible for assisting the Principals with Orchestra's asset management function, while also helping provide oversight of property management and accounting operations.  Prior to joining the Orchestra team, Carter most recently served as an Asset Manager with a real estate investment firm for two years, overseeing a portfolio of multifamily investments.  Previously, Carter also worked at a Big 4 accounting firm as part of a financial services audit team before spending time with a life insurance company in an accounting policy role.  Carter is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive).

Carter lives in the Birmingham area and enjoys experiencing and spending time in the city with his wife, Jessica and two children, Collins and Woodrow.

Education

Birmingham-Southern College
B.S. in Accounting, 2011

 

 
 

 
 
  Contact  knixon@orchestra-partners.com O: (205) 590-5015 C: (205) 515-9600

Contact
knixon@orchestra-partners.com
O: (205) 590-5015
C: (205) 515-9600

PROPERTY MANAGER

Kim Nixon

Kim is responsible for assisting Asset Management in the daily property activities, ensuring we meet the needs of our tenants while maintaining the integrity of the properties.  Kim comes to us with more than 10 years in the residential development & commercial construction environments.  While in the residential development industry, Kim found a passion for the development of lifestyle communities.  Kim is a licensed Realtor® and enjoys all things related to real estate, home & interior design, as well as historic restoration.

Kim lives in Chelsea and enjoys spending time outdoors and with her family, especially her beautiful granddaughters. .

 

 
 

 
 
  Contact  dcard@orchestra-partners.com O: (205) 590-5015 C: (678) 643-6490

Contact
dcard@orchestra-partners.com
O: (205) 590-5015
C: (678) 643-6490

accounting MANAGER

Denise Card

Denise brings over 11 years of experience in commercial accounting, including seven spent as a public accountant, with responsibilities spanning audit, tax, financial reporting and business management. She prepares all the accounting work for the Orchestra Partners portfolio; oversees financial statement analysis; and plays a major role in the preparation of financial statements, tax returns related reports and schedules to support financial reports.

She is dedicated to achieving business success by helping the company establish practical and sound tax and financial processes.Denise is a member of American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Council on State Taxation (COST). In her spare time Denise enjoys participating in community service activities.

Education

BS (major in accounting) Francis Marion University, 2003 Keller, Graduate School of Business