Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Emery is the founder of Steadfast Companies and is responsible for the corporate vision, strategy and overall guidance of the operations of Steadfast Companies. He serves as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Steadfast Apartment REIT III. He also serves as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Steadfast Apartment REIT and Steadfast Income REIT, positions he has held since their inceptions in December 2013 and May 2009, respectively. Mr. Emery chairs the Steadfast Executive Committee, which establishes policy and strategy and acts as the general oversight committee of Steadfast Companies. Mr. Emery also serves on the Steadfast Companies Investment Committee and is a member of the Board of Managers of Stira Capital Markets Group. Prior to founding Steadfast Companies in 1994, Mr. Emery served for 17 years as the President of Cove Properties, a diversified commercial real estate firm specializing in property management, construction and development with a specialty in industrial properties. Mr. Emery received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Southern California and serves on the board of directors of several non-profit organizations.
Ms. Neyland serves as President and an affiliated director for Steadfast Apartment REIT III. Ms. Neyland also serves as President and an affiliated director of Steadfast Income REIT, positions she has held since October 2012, and serves as President and an affiliated director of Steadfast Apartment REIT, positions she has held since September 2013 and August 2013, respectively. Ms. Neyland served as an independent director of Steadfast Income REIT from October 2011 to September 2012. Ms. Neyland was a founder of Thin Centers MD, or TCMD, and served as its Chief Financial Officer from February 2011 to October 2011. Prior to founding TCMD, Ms. Neyland was a founder of Santa Barbara Medical Innovations, LLC, and served as its Chief Financial Officer from December 2008 to February 2011. From October 2004 to December 2008, Ms. Neyland was a financial advisor and an owner of Montecito Medical Investment Company, a private real estate acquisition and development company headquartered in Santa Barbara, California. From April 2001 to September 2004, Ms. Neyland served as the Executive Vice President, Treasurer and Investor Relations Officer of United Dominion Realty Trust, Inc. (“UDR”). In addition to her extensive real estate background, Ms. Neyland has held executive positons in the banking industry including, Sunrise Housing, Ltd., CIBC, BancOne and Frost Bank. Ms. Neyland received a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.
Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
Kevin J. Keating has served as our Chief Financial Officer since November 2017, and has also served as our Treasurer since August 2015. In addition, Mr. Keating has served as Treasurer of our advisor since July 2015. Mr. Keating has also served as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of SIR since November 2017 and April 2011, respectively, and as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of STAR since November 2017 and September 2013, respectively. In addition, Mr. Keating has served as Chief Accounting Officer of Steadfast Income Advisor, LLC and as Treasurer of Steadfast Apartment Advisor, LLC since April 2011 and September 2013, respectively. Mr. Keating served as the controller of SIR from January 2011 to March 2011. Prior to joining Steadfast Companies, Mr. Keating served as Senior Audit Manager with BDO USA, LLP (formerly BDO Seidman, LLP), an accounting and audit firm, from June 2006 to January 2011. From June 2004 to June 2006, Mr. Keating served as Vice President and Corporate Controller of Endocare, Inc., a medical device manufacturer. Mr. Keating has extensive experience working with public companies and served as Assistant Controller and Audit Manager for Ernst & Young, LLP from 1988 to 1999. Mr. Keating holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from St. John’s University in New York, New York and is a certified public accountant.
Ms. del Rio serves as Secretary for Steadfast Apartment REIT III. Ms. del Rio also serves as Secretary of Steadfast Apartment REIT, a position she has held since September 2013, and Secretary and Compliance Officer of Steadfast Income REIT, positions she has held since its inception in May 2009. Ms. del Rio also serves as the Chief Operating Officer for Steadfast Companies. Ms. del Rio manages the Human Resources, Information Technology and Legal Services Departments for Steadfast Companies and is responsible for risk management and company-wide communications. She also works closely with Steadfast Management Company, Inc. in the management and operation of Steadfast Companies’ residential apartment homes. Prior to joining Steadfast Companies in April 2003, Ms. del Rio was a partner in the public finance group at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP, where she practiced from September 1993 to April 2003, representing both issuers and underwriters in financing single-family and multifamily housing and other types of public-private and redevelopment projects. From 1979 to 1993, Ms. del Rio co-owned and operated a campaign consulting and research company specializing in local campaigns and ballot measures. Ms. del Rio received a Juris Doctor from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, and received a Master of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Southern California.
Mr. Brines serves as an independent director of Steadfast Apartment REIT III, a position he has held since January 2016. Mr. Brines also serves as an independent director of Steadfast Income REIT, a position he has held since October 2012. Mr. Brines currently serves as the Chief Investment Officer for the CitizenTrust Wealth Management and Trust division of Citizens Business Bank, a position he has held since July 2012, where Mr. Brines is responsible for the investment management discipline, process, products and related sources. In addition, in September 2008 Mr. Brines founded Montelena Asset Management, a California-based registered investment advisor firm, and currently serves as its Chief Investment Officer. From June 2010 to July 2012, Mr. Brines served as a portfolio manager for Andell Holdings, a private family office with significant and diversified holdings. From May 2001 to September 2008, Mr. Brines served as a Senior Vice President and senior portfolio manager with Provident Investment Counsel in Pasadena, managing its Small Cap Growth Fund with $1.6 billion in assets under management. Mr. Brines was with Roger Engemann & Associate in Pasadena from September 1994 to March 2001 where he served as both an analyst and portfolio manager for their mid-cap mutual fund and large-cap Private Client business as the firm grew from $3 billion to over $19 billion in assets under management. Mr. Brines earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Science degree from San Diego State University. Mr. Brines also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and is involved in various community activities including serving on the investment committee of City of Hope, as well as the Orange County Regional Counsel for San Diego State University.
Ms. Munemitsu serves as an independent director of Steadfast Apartment REIT III, a position she has held since January 2016. Since 2002, Ms. Munemitsu has operated an independent corporate consultancy in the areas of strategic planning, branding and project management. From 1995 to 1999, Ms. Munemitsu was Vice President of Marketing/Brands for ConAgra Foods, where she was responsible for a foodbrand business portfolio of $250 million. Brands under her purview included Hunt’s Tomato Products, Manwich, La Choy, Wolf Brand Chili and Healthy Choice. During the prior eight years, Ms. Munemitsu was a Brand Manager at ConAgra, with responsibilities that spanned advertising, consumer promotions, marketing research, product development and sales planning for food businesses, which included: Hunt’s, Manwich and Fisher Nuts. From 1982 to 1985, Ms. Munemitsu held positions in brand marketing and management with Mars, Inc. and The Clorox Company. Ms. Munemitsu holds both Bachelor of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees from the University of Southern California.
Mr. Bowie serves as an independent director of Steadfast Apartment REIT III, a position he has held since January 2016. Mr. Bowie currently is a partner with Pacific Development Group, a position he has held since 1987, specializing in the development and management of neighborhood and community shopping centers throughout California, with a primary responsibility in the development of new projects. From 1979 to 1987, Mr. Bowie served as president of Bowie Development Company, Inc., a California corporation. In addition, since 2009 Mr. Bowie has served as an investor in, and an advisor to, Alta Equities, Inc., a company that invests in and rehabs single family residential properties in Southern California. Mr. Bowie earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from the University of Southern California. Mr. Bowie is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and a licensed real estate broker in California, and serves on multiple boards, including the Northrise University Initiative 501(c)(3) and the Northrise University Board of Trustees.
All members of the audit committee are “independent” as defined by our charter and the New York Stock Exchange and have significant financial and/or accounting experience. The audit committee assists our board of directors in overseeing and monitoring (1) the systems of our internal accounting and financial controls; (2) our financial reporting processes; (3) the independence, objectivity and qualification of our independent auditors; (4) the annual audit of our financial statements; and (5) our accounting policies and disclosures.
The board of directors delegates to the investment committee certain responsibilities with respect to investment in specific investments proposed by the advisor, and the authority to review investment policies and procedures on an ongoing basis. The investment committee must at all times be comprised of at least three members, a majority of whom must be independent directors.