Bob is a graduate of Denison University and began his career in commercial real estate in 1964. He has managed more than 60,000 multi-family units and 27 million square feet of commercial space in nearly 200 markets across the United States. As a Certified Property Manager (CPM) and Counselor of Real Estate (CRE), Esrey has taken an active role in leasing, brokerage, syndication, consulting and, most notably, property management.
Bob has given countless hours serving professional associations locally, regionally and nationwide. These positions include: past president of the Kansas City IREM Chapter, former president of the National Apartment Association, former president of the Missouri Association of Realtors and president of the Metropolitan Kansas City Board of Realtors. Respected for his integrity and dedication, Esrey has received the Property Manager of the Year Award for the IREM chapter, and Realtor of the Year from the Missouri Association of Realtors. In addition, he is a member of several area boards.
Lee is a 1975 graduate of Kansas State University, where he earned a bachelor’s of science degree in economics. Upon graduation he joined Cohen-Esrey Real Estate Services, LLC, where he now serves as president. He is a Certified Property Manager through the Institute of Real Estate Management and CRE designated by the Counselors of Real Estate. Harris has been personally involved in the management of more than 50,000 multi-family units and 25 million square feet of office building, industrial and shopping center space throughout the country. He has worked with real estate investment trusts, insurance companies, pension funds, banks, savings and loans, developers, government agencies, and corporate and individual investors.
In 1979 Harris became a member of the Institute of Real Estate Management’s Academy of Authors by publishing numerous articles regarding the commercial real estate industry. He has written a wide range of articles for The Journal of Property Management, Affordable Housing Finance Magazine, Apartment Finance Today, Scotsmen Guide, Real Estate Issues, and a number of other publications. He was the 1986 president of the Kansas City IREM Chapter and was the Chapter’s 1988 recipient of the Certified Property Manager of the Year award.
Jeanette Jayne is the managing director of Cohen-Esrey Real Estate Services, LLC (CERES). She joined CERES in 1996.
Promoted to chief information officer of CERES in 1999 and then to chief administrative officer in 2001, Jayne assumed her current role as managing director in 2007. As managing director of CERES, Jayne oversees the administrative integration of all business units and profit centers. Jayne also manages budgeting, corporate insurance and legal matters, providing the leadership for the overall corporate infrastructure.
Prior to her years at Cohen-Esrey, Jayne worked for Midland Bank’s REO department, where she was instrumental in preparing $20 million in foreclosed properties for disposition, as well as providing financial management and reporting for numerous properties. Before Midland, Jayne spent six years with Copaken, White & Blitt as property manager for five suburban office buildings totaling 580,000 square feet. She currently holds real estate licenses in both Kansas and Missouri.
Susan is the Chief Operating Officer of Cohen-Esrey, LLC. In this position, she also acts as Strategic Planning and Implementation Director; Chief Organizational and Personnel Development Officer; and Director of Human Resources.
Susan served 24 years as an Air Force officer, achieving early promotion to the rank of Colonel, and retired from active military service at the Pentagon. She stayed on in Washington, DC as a consultant for the Department of Defense (DOD) and defense contractors immediately after the events of 9/11. She later became the Director of Organizational Development for HearthStone Homes, Inc., a large residential home building company and then founded and led the HearthStone Global Foundation. There, she initiated international projects, including efforts to promote communication and cooperation between the Israelis and Palestinians. Before joining Cohen-Esrey, she founded and led Global Future Unlimited, an innovative consultancy focused on organizational and personal transformation for corporate and non-profit clients across the US.
She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Respiratory Therapy from Florida Technological University (now University of Central Florida) and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the US Air Force through the Reserve Officer Training Corps there. While on active duty, she received a Master of Science degree in Logistics Management (Acquisition and Contract Management), at the Air Force Institute of Technology and completed the Defense Systems Management College Program Management Course. Later, she earned a Master of Science degree in National Resource Strategy and Distinguished Graduate recognition from National Defense University.
She enjoys international travel, as well as offering motivational workshops and retreats. She is married to Randy Catron, an artist, writer, poet, chef and all around good guy. They live with their cats, Chaco and Forrest Gump, on a 9.5-acre nature sanctuary they created near Weston, Missouri. Their nature sanctuary is certified by the National Wildlife Federation.
Ryan Huffman joined Cohen-Esrey in 2002 as an assistant property manager in the firm’s commercial management division. He was promoted to commercial property manager, responsible for the oversight of 1.1 million square feet of office, retail and industrial flex space in the Kansas City and Topeka areas.
Promoted to regional manager in 2005 and Managing Director of Cohen-Esrey Communities in 2007. As the senior vice president and managing director of Cohen-Esrey Communities, Huffman added strategic planning and implementation, business development, intensive training for on-site personnel and financial performance reviews to his previous responsibilities.
In 2015, Ryan took on the additional roles of Chief Financial Officer of Cohen-Esrey and Managing Director of Cohen-Esrey Apartment Investors.
A cum laude graduate of University of Missouri in Columbia, Huffman also holds real estate licenses in both Kansas and Missouri. He is a Certified Property Manager (CPM) through the Institute of Real Estate Management.
John Hinman, Managing Director of Construction Technologies (CT) and Service Technologies (ST), has been in the construction industry since 1993. John’s experience includes business operations, business strategy, marketing, project management, estimating, and safety. As managing director for CT and ST, John is responsible for business development, overseeing project managers and superintendents, preparing job cost estimates, and overall enterprise management.
Prior to joining the Construction Technologies team in 2011, John spent nearly 10 years working for Pearce Construction Company. While at Pearce Construction, he managed over $52,000,000 worth of commercial construction projects. John managed a variety of projects for churches, banks, medical facilities, office buildings, and non-profit organizations. John’s responsibilities at Pearce Construction consisted of marketing, project management, estimating, safety director, and director of manpower. Before Pearce Construction, John was the Vice-President of F&W Construction, an estimator for Black & Veatch and also worked for Central Mechanical Construction.
In 2009, John was nominated for Project Manager of the Year, by the Kansas City Subcontractors Association, and has received several safety awards over the years for his role in creating and managing a very successful safety program at Pearce Construction.
John graduated from Kansas State University in 1993, with a Bachelor of Science Degree, in Construction Science and Management. John and his wife, Stefanie, have four children and are very active in their church and community.
Tom Anderson serves as Managing Director of Cohen-Esrey Affordable Partners, LLC (CEAP), the affordable housing development unit for Cohen-Esrey. Previously he served as Director of State Tax Credits with Cohen-Esrey Capital Partners, LLC (CECP). Formed in 1994, CEAP has developed a wide range of projects throughout the Midwest including new construction, acquisition/rehab and historic renovation for workforce and seniors housing. The firm has also been appointed by affordable housing investor groups as a replacement general partner in a number of instances.
Tom is a graduate of Florida State University with degrees in Finance and Real Estate. He brings over 25-years of experience in the commercial real estate industry to his position with CEAP. His background includes development, construction management, leasing, sales, property management, tax credit syndication and finance. Most recently, Tom was Senior Vice President for Triad Capital Advisors, a Midwest regional commercial mortgage banking company, where he ran all loan production activities for the Kansas City office.
Tom will be responsible for overseeing the overall affordable housing development efforts of CEAP, principally utilizing the Section 42 federal tax credit. Section 47 federal historic tax credits will also be used for many projects. A variety of state tax credits are also included in CEAP projects.
Mark Fletcher joined Cohen-Esrey in 2008. Mark has over 20 years of IT experience managing IT operations and software projects. He attained a Project Management Professional (PMP) designation, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Information Systems and Technology from Weber State University.
Fletcher’s previous experience includes several years managing IT initiatives with a heavy emphasis on web and data domains. Fletcher has also directed IT Project Management Offices (PMO) for clients and employers with oversight for major IT projects.
Previously, Fletcher functioned as an IT domain manager, project manager, program manager, service delivery manager, .NET web developer, and data modeler. Fletcher successfully completed a vendor management implementation with a budget of $9 million; he managed the Kansas City Keane branch office with responsibilities for dozens of clients and over 100 IT employees and contractors; he oversaw several web implementations; and acted as the engagement manager on several .NET, SQL Server, Oracle Operational Data Store projects.