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.
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, Huffman was named to his current position in 2007. As the senior vice president and managing director of Cohen-Esrey Communities, Huffman adds strategic planning and implementation, business development, intensive training for on-site personnel and financial performance reviews to his previous responsibilities.
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.
Lenny Jurden graduated from Southern Methodist University with a concentration in accounting. He started his career with the accounting firm of Arthur Young (now Ernst & Young), during which time he earned his certified public accountant designation. Jurden also earned his Juris Doctorate, and spent time in private practice counseling a wide range of corporate clients, including a number of public companies, on transactional, securities and general corporate matters.
Before coming to Cohen-Esrey in early 2006, Jurden spent a number of years involved with start up companies, serving both as chief financial officer and president. He now serves as managing director of the tax credit business unit.
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.
John Roberts joined Cohen-Esrey Apartment Investors in 2012 as the Managing Director. Roberts came from a client of Cohen-Esrey, Zurich Structured Finance, a subsidiary of Zurich North America. Roberts leads the acquisition division, providing direction, management and strategic planning.
Roberts joins Cohen-Esrey with a broad background in real estate including accounting and tax, acquisitions, dispositions, finance, and asset management. At Zurich Structured Finance, Roberts directed the team that invested in tax credit affordable housing properties, accumulating 7,900 units in 30 states in 15 different funds. Cohen-Esrey Communities, LLC provided property management services for Roberts during this time.
Prior to his tenure at Zurich Structured Finance, Roberts worked at Morgan Stanley and Trammell Crow Ventures, completing commercial real estate structured finance transactions. Roberts also was a Tax Manager at Coopers and Lybrand specializing in the real estate and oil and gas industries. Roberts is a 1978 graduate of Texas A & M University where he earned a bachelor’s degree of Business Administration in accounting and passed the Certified Public Accounting exam in 1980.