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 has served as President of Crescent Communities’ multifamily business since 2011.  In this role, Mr. Natwick leads a 70 member team across the Southeast and Southwest with an active investment and development portfolio of 40 communities (12,700 units) completed or under construction representing $2.6 billion in capital deployed.  In addition, his team is planning another round of investments of 15 communities (5,000 units) totaling $1.2 billion in capitalization.  With over 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 Communities in 2006.

Prior to Crescent, Mr. Natwick held senior management and executive positions at Centex Construction Company (now Balfour Beatty), Skanska USA Building, and Moss & Associates and was responsible for over $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, West

Ben Collins

Ben Collins, Senior Managing Director (Tennessee, Texas, Colorado and Arizona) joined Crescent Communities in 2010 and currently serves as Senior Managing Director for the West 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.


Jay Curran

Senior Managing Director, East

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.


Jason Labonte

Senior Vice President and Chief Investment Officer

Jason Labonte

Jason LaBonte, Senior Vice President and Chief Investment Officer joined Crescent Communities in 2016.  He oversees Crescent’s investment strategy, capital markets and finance activities for both the multifamily and commercial platforms totaling over 6,500 units and two million square feet.  As a part of this role he is responsible for joint venture equity and debt relationships, finance and asset management functions.  He is also a member of Crescent Communities’ Investment Committee and plays a key role in the development and disposition of assets.

Jason has over twenty years of real estate experience and more than fifteen years of capital markets and private equity experience working as a Managing Director for Bank of America Merrill Lynch both in New York City and Charlotte, where he executed over $50 billion in transactions within the firms Leverage Finance, Real Estate Investment Banking and Global Strategic Capital groups.  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 has served on numerous for-profit boards including Archstone Inc., IPREO, Themarkets.com and the National Stock Exchange.

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 currently serves for the Board of Carolinas Student Hunger Drive, a non-profit dedicated to reducing hunger in the Carolinas and is active with ULI as a member of the Capital Markets Committee.


Daniel Cooper

Senior Vice President, Construction

Daniel Cooper, Senior Vice President Construction, joined Crescent Communities in 2016.  In his role, Daniel, with his team of quality construction professionals, is responsible for the successful planning, execution and completion of all of Crescent’s development projects as well as our in-house construction services. With over 16 years of construction management experience in a wide range of urban and suburban high-density projects, Daniel has successfully delivered over 8,000 multi-family units.  Daniel previously served at the executive level at Fortune-Johnson, Inc., one of the nation’s premiere urban multifamily and mixed-use general contractors, where he was employed from 2005-2016.

Daniel holds a Board seat with the East Carolina University Construction Department and has actively participated in a wide range of local community and industry based charitable projects.  He earned his bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Georgia Terry College of Business in 2003.


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.


Michael Tubridy

Managing Director, Carolinas

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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.


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. 


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.