Our Leaders

Just as we focus on the people thriving in our communities, we also focus on our people, our employees. After all, it is their diligence and attention to detail that drives our business drive day in and day out. At Crescent, we pride ourselves on hiring people whom we would qualify as masters – they drive their profession to be better every day, they “get” people, and they never give up.

Brian J. Natwick

President, Multifamily

Brian Natwick was promoted to President of Crescent Communities’ multifamily business in 2011. In this role, Mr. Natwick leads Crescent’s multifamily business across the Southeast and Southwest with an active investment and development portfolio of 34 communities (11,000 units) completed or under construction representing $2.2 billion in capital deployed. In addition, his team is planning another round of investments of 26 communities (8,500 units) totaling $2 billion in capitalization. With 20 years of real estate experience, he oversees all aspects of strategy, business development, capital deployment, and execution of all new luxury apartment communities. Mr. Natwick previously served as Regional Vice President and joined Crescent in 2006.
 
Prior to Crescent, Mr. Natwick held senior management and executive positions at Centex (now Balfour Beatty), Skanska USA, and Moss & Associates and was responsible for $500 million (7,500 units/keys) of multifamily and hotel development. He has provided development services for clients such as Walt Disney Imagineering, LXR Luxury Resorts & Hotels and the Blackstone Group.
 
Active in the community and industry, Mr. Natwick serves on the board of Habitat for Humanity Charlotte (past chair) and the McColl School of Business at Queens University and is an active member of Urban Land Institute (MF Gold Product Council), National Multi Housing Council and Young Presidents' Organization. He graduated with highest honors from the University of Florida with a degree in building construction and earned a master’s in business administration from the McColl School of Business at Queens University in Charlotte.

Meet the multifamily team

Ben Collins

Senior Managing Director, Mid-Atlantic

Ben Collins

Ben Collins, Senior Managing Director (Carolinas, TN, DC) joined Crescent Communities in 2010 and currently serves as Senior Managing Director for the Mid-Atlantic region. He has over 15 years of real estate development experience and has been responsible for the development of over 7,000 multifamily units throughout the Southeast totaling over $1.3 billion.

Prior to Crescent, Collins was responsible for leading a regional multifamily office for Colonial Properties Trust (NYSE: CLP) and has served in development and acquisition roles for Grubb Properties and The Community Builders.

Collins serves in multiple leadership roles including serving as Board member for: Apartment Association of North Carolina, National Multi Housing Council, Greater Charlotte Apartment Association (Vice-President) and Mosaic Development Group (Executive Committee). Ben earned a graduate degree from the University of Wisconsin - Madison Real Estate program and also has an MBA from the University of North Carolina, Charlotte.

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980-321-6232

Jay Curran

Senior Managing Director, Southeast

Jay Curran

Jay Curran joined Crescent Communities’ Multifamily team in 2013 and currently oversees all multifamily investments for Florida and Georgia, where Crescent has had over 3,000 units delivered, under construction or in development currently. Prior to Crescent, Jay served as Vice President of Development for Archstone, and led development of luxury multifamily communities throughout Texas and Florida. 

Jay’s experience in developing multifamily projects began while he was at Novare Group, where he managed the development of high-rise residential and hospitality projects in excess of $400 million. Prior to Novare, he served as a strategy consultant with The Boston Consulting Group. Jay earned an MBA from Duke University and bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Kansas University.

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404-239-7251

Jason Labonte

Senior Vice President, Finance & Investments

Jason Labonte

Jason LaBonte joined Crescent Communities as Senior Vice President of Finance and Investments. He’s responsible for the strategic and financial leadership of a $2B multifamily investment portfolio. He is an active member of the Multifamily Leadership Team that determines the development and disposition of key assets.

Jason has over twenty years of real estate experience and more than fifteen years of capital markets and private equity experience working for one of the world's largest financial services firms, both in New York City and Charlotte, where he executed over $50 billion in transactions. Jason was most recently with Centennial Holding Company, LLC, as Managing Director of Corporate Development, leading the firm's efforts for capital raising while also focusing on strategic planning, platform development and investor relations. Jason received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and has a Master’s in Business Administration with a focus in finance from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University. Jason also holds the designation of Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst. Jason also serves for the Board of Carolinas Student Hunger Drive.  A non-profit dedicated to reducing hunger in the Carolinas.

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980-321-6243

Jared Ford

Senior Vice President, Construction

Jared Ford

Jared oversees the design & construction of all multifamily assets across all development regions, and over the last 20 years has managed the execution of past investments totaling $3B including 16,000 apartment units, 600,000 sf of retail, and 225,000 sf of office space. He has his master’s degree from Georgia Tech and a bachelor’s degree from Western Kentucky University, both in Civil Engineering.  Jared is on the Board for East Carolina University Construction Department, and Chairs the NHMC Design & Construction Committee.

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980-321-6226

Scott Makee

Managing Director, CO & AZ

Scott Makee

Joining Crescent in 2007, Scott is Managing Director responsible for pipeline growth and execution of multifamily and mixed-use community development in Phoenix and Denver. Scott has over 12 years of real estate experience, including over 3,000 units developed and $475MM of capital deployed.  He graduated cum laude from Wake Forest University and has his MBA from Kenan-Flagler Business School at UNC Chapel Hill, with Concentrations in Real Estate Development and Finance.  Scott is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, ULI and NMHC.

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720-360-3682

Michael Blackwell

Managing Director, TX

Michael Blackwell

As Managing Director in Texas, Michael Blackwell oversees all sourcing, design, entitlements and execution of multifamily and related mixed-use investments in the major Texas markets.  Prior to joining Crescent in 2011, Blackwell managed urban mixed-use projects in metro Washington DC for national apartment developer JPI and briefly worked in the Real Estate practice at Willis North America, where he advised national apartment firms on risk and insurance strategies. Blackwell is a graduate of Hampden-Sydney College, where he served on the Board of Trustees from 2010-2014.  Engaged in his profession and community, Blackwell is active in The Real Estate Council, Urban Land Institute, and National Multifamily Housing Council and currently serves on the boards of the Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce and the White Rock Lake Foundation.

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469-513-5603

Kris Kashata

Managing Director, TX

Kris Kashata

As Managing Director, Kris Kashata is responsible for all of Crescent’s Texas multifamily development and construction efforts.  Kris joined Crescent in 2014.  Since joining Crescent, he has been responsible for the oversight and execution of 600 units in the Dallas and Houston markets.  Kris has been in the multifamily development business for 20 years and developed 7,500 units with $700mm of deployed capital.  Prior to Crescent, Kris was a senior leader and developer at Duke Residential Development Partners, Alliance Residential Company and Verde Realty.  Kris holds a B.A. from The University of Texas at Dallas.

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469-513-5615

Michael Tubridy

Managing Director, Carolinas

Kris Kashata

As Managing Director, Michael Tubridy oversees all predevelopment and entitlement efforts for Crescent Communities in the Carolinas. Since joining Crescent, Tubridy has led the development of over 2,200 units in the Charlotte and Nashville markets and is currently responsible for managing the Company’s $250 million pipeline of multifamily and mixed-use projects in Charlotte.

Prior to joining Crescent in 2013, Tubridy served as the Vice President of Development for Aimco, a national apartment REIT, where he led the Southeast Region’s multifamily redevelopment and repositioning efforts. He began his career as a Multifamily Development Consultant for Dale Henson Associates in Atlanta, GA. Tubridy is a graduate of the University of Richmond and holds a Masters of Business Administration from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at UNC Chapel Hill.

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980-321-6247

Kyle Brock

Managing Director, GA



Kyle Brock joined Crescent Communities in 2017 and overseas all Multifamily investments in our Georgia region. Kyle has over 18 years of professional investment experience including 13 years of multifamily real estate experience.  Over his career, Kyle has developed over 2,500 multifamily units totaling over $1.5 billion.  Prior to Crescent, Kyle served as Senior Vice President of Development for Carter and led development of luxury multifamily and student housing communities throughout the Southeast.  Prior to Carter, Kyle led financing of high-rise residential and hospitality projects at Novare Group.  Kyle holds a BBA from The University of Georgia and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.  He is a member of ULI and an active youth sports coach. 

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404-239-7245