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Our Team

Our Executive Team

Focused on our vision and mission, the leadership team continues to build on the legacy of our founder while providing a corporate cultures for all.

Chris Akbari

CEO, President

Chris is a successful entrepreneur, investor and developer of housing since 2004 when he joined ITEX Group where he currently serves as the CEO & President. During this time he has led transactions of nearly $1 billion and had developed or acquired over 9,000 units. Prior to ITEX, he managed a successful software & technology development platform for C&I Technologies that developed day-to-day software applications for SMEs. Chris is a graduate of the Harvard Business School OPM program. He is a graduate of Lamar University with a B.A. in Finance. Chris previously held the position of President of the Texas Affiliation of Affordable Housing Providers (TAAHP).

Chris is active in the Young Presidents Organization as a founding member of the YPO Bayou City chapter and serves on the board of the YPO Wild West Chapter. He also is a member of the Texas Apartment Association, the Texas Association of Builders, and serves on the Urban Land Institute’s National Affordable & Workforce Housing Council. He and his wife, Amanda, are active members of the Houston community and support a number of charitable organizations

Tim Nolan

Chief Financial Officer

Timothy is the Chief Financial Officer of ITEX . As CFO, he is focused on managing the financials for all of the Investment, Development, Construction, and Management divisions.

Timothy has fifteen years of finance and accounting experience including capital asset management, corporate tax and accounting, and working with large net worth individuals. He has held positions with the Texas Attorney General’s office, a boutique CPA firm, and multiple Fortune 500 companies.

He received his undergraduate degree in Accounting from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas and his MBA from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Timothy enjoys spreadsheets, cars, and spending time with his family.

John Pecore

General Counsel and Chief Compliance Office

John is General Counsel of The ITEX Group and manages all legal affairs of the company and its affiliates.  John began his legal career as a civil litigator in Texas and New York and currently focuses on corporate and transactional work at ITEX, with an emphasis on real estate financing, acquisitions, insurance, risk management and other varied commercial matters.  

Prior to joining ITEX, John served as General Counsel of a large Texas-based hospitality conglomerate, the Dhanani Group.  John is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin and South Texas College of Law.  He is currently licensed to practice law in Texas and New York.

Kevin Hardy

Executive Vice President of Construction

Kevin is the Executive Vice President of Construction, he has many years of successful experience leading the long-term planning, and daily operations of major U.S. construction organizations. He directed the development of domestic and international properties of all types and sizes ranging in value from $1.2M to $220M.

He most recently served as Executive Vice President of Killian Construction of Springfield, MO. His more than 20-year career in construction management included other successful roles as Vice President of Operations providing oversight for design/build and general construction operations for projects with a total value of approximately $3 Billion.

Miranda Sprague

Senior Vice President of Real Estate Investment & Development

Miranda is the Vice President of Development, she has served as Project Manager for multiple mixed-finance projects. She has worked with housing authorities to obtain HUD approvals including, but not limited to, Authority to Use Grant Funds, Mixed-Finance, Subsidy Layering Review, Site and Neighborhood Standards, and SAC Demolish/Disposition approvals. She has also been involved in completing RAD applications for HUD.

She has experience with 4% noncompetitive Housing Tax Credits with bond financing, 9% competitive Housing Tax Credits, and Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Funds. Miranda earned a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from the University at Albany in Albany, New York.

John Gonzalez

SVP of Customer Experience & Compliance

John Gonzalez oversees the marketing and compliance departments at ITEX, bringing over a decade of experience in multifamily real estate marketing to the role. Since joining the company in 2016 as the Director of Marketing, he has played a crucial role in enhancing the customer experience throughout the prospect and renter journey, blending his digital marketing savvy with a deep understanding of affordable housing compliance.

John’s background is marked by a blend of creativity, technology, and strategic business insight. His expertise extends across social media, branding, public relations, and project management, allowing him to tackle marketing challenges with a comprehensive and analytical approach. At ITEX, John has adeptly navigated the marketing needs of both affordable housing and luxury communities, emphasizing the importance of clear, engaging communication strategies that resonate with diverse audiences.

Bobken Simonians

Senior Advisor

Bobken is the Senior Advisor to ITEX and the former Chief Operating Officer of real estate and development for ITEX. With over thirteen years of banking and underwriting experience, he currently plays an instrumental role in shaping the overall development strategy. Bobken holds an MA in Economics from California State University, Los Angeles and a BS degree in Economics with minors in Management and Mathematics from the University of Massachusetts.

Gilbert Contreras

Vice President of Human Resources

Gilbert is the Vice President of Human resources, he is responsible for ITEX’s human resources strategy and practices. Gilbert has been with ITEX since 2015 and has over seventeen years of experience of aligning business strategies with Human Resource solutions mostly in the petrochemical industry in Southeast Texas.

Prior to joining ITEX Gilbert served in various Human Resources positions in the Food Processing, Telecommunications, and petrochemical industries. Gilbert received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Arkansas and earned his Masters of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.

Carlos Kenner

Senior Vice President of Construction 

Carlos joined ITEX in early 2017 and brings many years of successful experience leading operations and managing and training Project managers and Superintendents. Prior to joining ITEX Carlos worked for several construction companies, including 18 years with Flintco Constructive Solutions. He has nearly 30 years of experience in the construction and development industry, and holds a degree from Central Oklahoma University.

Carlos is actively involved in providing oversight for general construction operations across ITEX’s development portfolio.

Steve Barnett

Vice President of Construction 

Steve Barnett is the Vice President of Operations at ITEX, bringing extensive experience in commercial construction to his role since December 2021. With expertise spanning ground-up construction and renovations in sectors like retail, mixed-use, hospitality, healthcare, and more, Steve’s leadership ensures the delivery of high-quality projects. His career includes significant positions at Drymalla Construction Company, Paradigm Construction, and Satterfield & Pontikes Construction, demonstrating a strong track record in operational excellence. Steve earned his Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from Texas A&M University, grounding him in the fundamentals of the industry. Based in Houston, Texas, his strategic approach and dedication to excellence drive ITEX’s operations forward, embodying the company’s commitment to setting benchmarks in the construction sector.

Brian Allen

Vice President of Green Energy

Brian Allen, as the Vice President of Green Energy at ITEX, brings 17 years of experience from the affordable housing sector to spearhead clean energy initiatives. His expertise, particularly in light of the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, positions him to lead ITEX’s transition towards sustainable energy solutions, focusing on affordability and resilience against climate change. Brian’s role encompasses project management and coordination, including notable contributions to the development of an energy-efficient, $27 million high-rise project.

Collaborating closely with stakeholders across multiple projects, Brian excels in contract negotiations, risk mitigation, and effective communication, ensuring projects are delivered on time and within budget. His successful grant writing efforts have secured significant funding, underscoring his commitment to promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy in affordable housing. With a Bachelor’s degree from Lamar University, Brian’s deep understanding of the construction process and green energy solutions drives ITEX’s mission forward, making sustainable living accessible to low-income households.

Will Moyers

Vice President of Real Estate Investment and Development

Will is the Vice President of Real Estate Investment and Development, he is actively involved in all aspects of the development process and leads ITEX’s investment committee. Whether Market-Rate or Affordable, rehab or new construction, he analyzes a project’s financial feasibility among various funding structures and recommends the best course of action to insure the success and diversity of ITEX’s future real estate investments. He was heavily involved in developing ITEX’s first student housing development and has worked on multiple mixed-finance developments with Low-Income Housing Tax Credits, Historic Tax Credits, Block Grants, and HUD financing.

Will is focused on expanding ITEX’s national footprint and is an active member in Affordable Housing Organizations in Texas, Louisiana, Colorado and Florida. He works with several Public Housing Authorities to redevelop their existing public housing portfolios, including HUD’s RAD program. He has nearly 10 years of experience in the banking and finance industry, and holds a Degree from Texas State University.

Dakota Courville

Vice President of Real Estate Investment and Development

Dakota joined ITEX in 2011, serving in diverse roles spanning Property Management and Construction. As the current VP of Real Estate Investment and Development, Dakota pioneers initiatives to identify strategic opportunities in the Southern markets, specializing in ground-up builds for rent and mid-rise developments. Equipped with a BA in Finance and Economics from Lamar University, Dakota’s acumen is central to ITEX’s growth trajectory.

Kenny Baugh

Vice President of Real Estate Investment and Development

Kenny Baugh is the Vice President of Real Estate Investment and Development at ITEX, having joined the team in March 2015 as a Development Associate. Since then, he has become an instrumental figure in guiding the company’s development strategies. His broad expertise in financial structuring for real estate projects encompasses a proficiency with both 4% and 9% Housing Tax Credits, CDBG-DR Grant funds, and the execution of complex mixed-finance projects. Kenny’s comprehensive background in land development and single-family housing projects significantly contributes to the diversity and success of ITEX’s portfolio.

Holding a BA from Rice University and an MBA with a specialization in real estate from the University of Houston, Kenny combines theoretical knowledge with practical experience to excel in real estate development. His education and hands-on approach in the field have equipped him to lead ITEX’s investment and development efforts, ensuring the company’s continued growth and innovation in the industry.

Clark Colvin

Executive Vice President Emeritus

Clark is a Executive Vice President of Real Estate Investments and Development. He serves on the Investments team and is a member of the Investments Committee.

Prior to joining ITEX, Clark accumulated over thirty years of executive level experience in capital intensive industries including electric utilities and petrochemicals. His work experience includes twenty-eight years in industrial real estate development, financing, and marketing. He earned graduate degrees in business and law and has held an active license to practice law for thirty-one years.