Executives

EDUARD DE GUARDIOLA - Chief Executive Officer »

Eduard de Guardiola formed the real estate investment company, Vista Realty Partners, in 2000 with a view toward creating a uniquely efficient and profitable organization for the ownership, management and development of multifamily assets throughout the Southeast. Prior to 2000, he served as President and a Director of the Focus Group companies, a company that had a similar initiative. In 1998 Mr. de Guardiola negotiated, directed and engineered a large disposition of assets having a value of $187 Million Dollars, to two major REIT’s.

Since 2000, Vista and de Guardiola entities have orchestrated the acquisition, development and financing of over 60 new and existing apartment communities and condominiums consisting of over 12,386 units valued in excess of $1.4 Billion Dollars. Many of these projects and transactions were successfully completed with joint venture institutional financial partners, which included:

Teachers Insurance & Annuity Co.
Lubert Adler
Merrill Lynch Capital
Wachovia Financial Services
J.P. Morgan Chase
BRT
RECAP
Westplan Investors
Transwestern Realty Co.

Mr. de Guardiola has over 30 years of experience in all facets of real estate management and development, including residential, and retail. His responsibilities have included acquisitions, dispositions, lease negotiations, joint venture documentation, financial analysis, and management. Mr. de Guardiola holds BA and JD degrees from Florida State University.

DONALD R. BYRD - Chief Operating Officer »

Donald R. Byrd is the Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Byrd joined the company in 2003 as its Vice President of Finance.

Mr. Byrd’s experience in the real estate sector spans almost thirty years and includes projects both domestically and internationally. Prior to joining Vista, Mr. Byrd was the Vice President and Treasurer for a globally recognized development firm. Mr. Byrd was involved in all aspects of development, management and financing for various real estate projects including hotels and office space. His responsibilities including establishing the reporting system for one of the largest real estate development projects in China.

In his ten years with Vista Realty Partners, Mr. Byrd has been involved in all aspects of the development, financing, management and disposition of the company’s active portfolio. He also has primary asset management responsibility for the properties. Mr. Byrd works closely with the management company to maximize the performance of each property.

In addition to his career in real estate, Mr. Byrd has held various management positions with companies in industry and public accounting. Mr. Byrd received his education from North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, North Carolina and holds a BS in Accounting.

Mr. Byrd is a Certified Public Accountant. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the Leadership Atlanta Class of 1996.

GABRIELLE HOWARD - Vice President of Operations »

Gabrielle Howard joined Vista in 2001 and is now Vice President of Operations.

Prior to joining Vista, Ms. Howard was a Senior Commission Analyst with IBM. In her twelve years with Vista Realty Partners, Ms. Howard has been involved in all aspects of the due diligence process for new developments, acquisitions and dispositions of properties in the portfolio.

Ms. Howard received her education at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree.


MICHAEL NEYHART - Vice President of Finance »

Michael B. Neyhart joined Vista Realty Partners in 2013 as the Vice President of Finance. He is responsible for researching and underwriting potential acquisitions, conducting market studies, and providing investors with deal analysis.

Michael joins Vista after being a Senior Auditor with a large regional public accounting firm where he was focused on the firms multi-family and office commercial real estate clients.

Michael attended the University of Georgia where he obtained a BBA degree in Real Estate and he holds an MBA from Georgia State University. Michael is also a Certified Public Accountant.

JEFF GARRETT - Senior Vice President: Construction »

Jeff Garrett joined the company in May 2014 to lead the construction team in all areas of new development and renovation of existing properties. Jeff has over 30 years of multifamily construction experience as a senior level executive with national developers such as the Calibre Companies, Gables Residential, Fairfield Development, Julian LeCraw, and JLB Partners. Jeff has extensive experience in all phases of construction operations including estimating, scheduling, project design, sitework, and building construction. He holds a commercial General Contracting license in several states and is a Leed Accredited Professional. He has been directly responsible for the construction of over 10,000 units throughout the southeast. Jeff holds a BBA Degree in real estate and urban planning from Georgia State University.
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