Mike began his career in real estate in the early 1990’s in property management. In the late 1990’s, Mike began acquiring and developing his own properties. In 2004, along with Joe McKinney Jr., a company was formed to manage the rental properties developed and constructed by the team. Mike and his team formed Evolve Companies around 2010 for the purpose of branding the portfolio. Throughout Mike’s career, he has partnered in the development and construction of thousands of multifamily units, both conventional and student housing properties. Also, he has experience in commercial development of retail and office centers. Not only does Mike have development and construction experience, but over 15 years of management experience in multifamily and commercial properties. Mike attended UNC Chapel Hill and graduated in 1992 with a BA degree. He is a licensed NC Real Estate Broker. He also holds a contractors license in NC, SC, Tennessee, WV, Georgia, and Florida. Mike served as a County Commissioner for Guilford County from 2004 through 2012.
Mr. Austin has been working in the commercial real estate and development business for over 20 years. During the past 10 years, Mr. Austin has personally developed projects totaling over 115 million dollars. Mr. Austin began his career in the commercial real estate brokerage business specializing in the underwriting, acquisition and sale of investment grade assets. These include Net lease retail, Multi-family, Hospitality and Mixed Use Retail. In 1997, Mr. Austin became a principal and operating partner in the largest commercial brokerage house in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina. In 2003, Mr. Austin left the brokerage business and subsequently co-founded Austin Development Properties LLC (ADP). Mr. Austin holds a BA in economics from UNC Chapel Hill and an MBA with specific focus in finance and business valuation.
Mr. McKinney is a co-owner and co-founder of Evolve Construction, LLC. Mr. McKinney began acquiring investment real estate in the early 1980’s. Since that time Mr. McKinney has acquired and/or developed a vast collection of income producing properties, including rental houses, retail shopping centers, office, industrial and warehouse spaces along with his holdings associated with Evolve.
Ms. Buckland joined Evolve in early 2010. Ms. Buckland began her career in construction financial management in 1997 with a regional construction company specializing in steel buildings. In 2001 she became the Chief Financial Officer for a real estate company in Greensboro.
Mr. Forde joined Evolve Construction in early 2007. He began his career in real estate in New York City as a commercial real estate paralegal specializing in land use and development. Mr. Forde was a commercial real estate paralegal in Greensboro, North Carolina for over 15 years prior to joining Evolve.
Mr. Rogers began working in real estate development in 2009. Since then, he has led a number of commercial development projects from initial concept to operating businesses, with responsibilities including market/site analysis, design, entitlements, financing, construction and marketing. Matt has acquired, developed and continues to manage his personal real estate investments. At Evolve, Matt is responsible for the daily operation and strategic management of land analysis, negotiations, relationship management, purchase agreements and land packages. Matt attended the college of engineering at North Carolina State University and graduated in 2005 with a BS degree. Matt enjoys surfing, traveling and spending time with his wife and two daughters.
Mr. Umstead has been with Evolve Construction since early 2001. Mr. Umstead has personally overseen the construction of over 2,000 residential units. Beginning as a site superintendent and then moving onto project manager, Mr. Umstead now oversees all construction operations.
Kim joined Evolve Construction in 2017 as our Staff Accountant. She assists our construction team with various admin and financial operations, and always does so with a smile on her face! When not at work, Kim enjoys spending time with her family.
Leslie joined Evolve in February 2016 as the Administrative Assistant for the office in Wilmington, NC. Now she is the Acquisitions/Development Coordinator assisting the Development and Construction Team. Leslie was born in New York City and went to the UK for school where she attended the University of Greenwich, London and graduated with BA in Economics. She resided in the UK for 17 years before moving to Wilmington, NC. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, films and travel as well as spending time with her daughter in NYC.
Michael recently joined Evolve as the Development Manager and helps ensure that our current projects stay on track. He works with our project managers and superintendents to maintain accurate project schedules. Prior to joining Evolve in the Summer of 2020, Michael earned his BBA from Lipscomb University in Corporate Management and Corporate Marketing while playing basketball.
As the Director of Operations, Jackie is responsible for the operating strategy and portfolio of Evolve Management Group, LLC. Jackie began her career in property management in 1998 and has experience in acquisitions and takeovers, property stabilization and maximizing performance. She has extensive experience in both student and conventional properties, new construction lease ups, capital improvement and renovation oversight, distressed asset turnaround and third party fee management. She consistently does what it takes to deliver a superior living experience for residents and excels in shaping high performance teams to build great residential communities. During the course of her career, Jackie has managed approximately 12,000 apartments. As an alumna of Leadership Greensboro and a licensed real estate broker, Jackie has earned many designations and awards including: Certified Apartment Portfolio Supervisor, Certified Apartment Manager, National Apartment Leasing Professional, Regional Manager of the Year award from the Piedmont Apartment Association; and has been recognized by the National Apartment Association for which she has served on the board of directors as the co-chair of the membership and education committees, as well as secretary. She is currently active on the organization’s education committee. Jackie enjoys spending time with her active family and volunteering within our great community.
Heather Korpela is the Regional Manager for Evolve Management Group and is responsible for supporting communities in Tennessee, North Carolina and West Virginia. She began her career in property management in North Carolina during the revitalization of Durham’s downtown area. It was at that time that Heather found her niche in the industry. In 2014, she joined the Evolve team as a Community Manager in Knoxville, TN. Heather graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill and has over 10 years experience in the industry. She is the proud recipient of Evolve Management’s 2016 Corporate Team Member Award.
Krystyna joined Evolve Management in 2016 as the Director of Marketing and Branding. She is responsible for all efforts in branding, communications, reputation management, social presences and advertising. It is her personal goal to make sure everyone knows they are at an evolve community right upon arrival. Krystyna graduated from East Carolina University with a BSBA in Marketing. After her first year with Evolve, she was proudly awarded Evolve Management’s 2016 Corporate Team Member Award. Krystyna enjoys spending time with her fur baby GiGi.
Tonya has more than 6 years of accounting experience with more than two of those years in property management. She joined the Evolve Team in 2015. She is responsible for the Evolve Management Group LLC portfolio which consists of student and conventional properties. In addition to her accounting responsibilities Tonya also shares the Human Resource position with the Director of Operations. She has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina. Tonya enjoys spending time with her family and volunteering with her Girl Scout and Church families while not at Evolve.
Sherri has just recently returned to the area and is our newest Evolve team member. She was introduced to the construction industry in 1989 when she began her career with a building materials company working as the office manager in the millwork division, and later as the credit manager of one of the companies building supply stores. She has been in accounting for over 15 years and has an Associate Degree in Business Administration from Johnston Community College. She loves spending time with her family, husband Jeff, daughter Kelly, her grandson Logan, and other family and friends, and is happy to be back “home”.