About Us


Staff Highlights

Blane F. Stoddart
President and CEO

  • Over 24 years of real estate development and construction experience
  • Developed and worked on project teams responsible for over $300 million in construction
  • Led local Community Development Corporation that invested close to $100 million and created 114 permanent jobs in West Philadelphia
  • Board member, Entrepreneur Works; Chairman, The Better Living Center; Commissioner, PA Governor’s Commission on African-American Affairs
  • Bachelor’s in Marketing and Economics, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania


Julia J. Blackett, LEED GA
Senior Vice President, Development Consulting

  • Expert in Low Income Housing Tax Credit financing (LIHTC), New Market Tax Credits (NMTC), Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME, Public-Private Financing (P3), State Capital Assistance Grants, and Disaster Relief
  • Developed over $200 million in mixed-use and affordable housing projects
  • Expert in financial and construction compliance
  • Bachelors in Biology, Barnard College, Columbia University
  • Master’s in Historic Preservation, University of Pennsylvania


Michael Connelly
Vice President/Senior Project Manager

  • 20 years of construction industry experience
  • Construction Specialist and Administrator at large regional architecture firm
  • Vice President of Construction for MEND; Director of Construction at the Partnership Community Development Corporation
  • Experienced in construction inspections, quality control, cost estimating, historic rehab, creating scope of work, project management, code compliance and reporting
  • Bachelor’s in Government Studies, Franklin and Marshall College
  • Master’s in Public Administration, University of Pennsylvania  


John E. Poole III, LEED AP, PE
Senior Program/Project Manager

  • LEED Administrator for the Joint Air Force Center and other government installations
  • Project Manager for the steel frame construction of tallest building in Atlantic City, NJ
  • Engineering Technician for a major regional NFL Stadium
  • Experienced in commercial, residential, education institutions, hotel, entertainment, and sports facilities construction
  • Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering, University of New Hampshire
  • Master’s in Civil Engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder 


Jon Kemp
Director of Site Safety

  • Oversee contractor compliance for OHSA safety requirement on sites
  • Senior Site Safety Officer for Philadelphia Public Safety Services Campus and new Police Headquarters for the City of Philadelphia
  • Certified Construction Quality Control Officer
  • Bachelor’s in Occupational Safety and Health, Columbia Southern University


Darshit “Danny” Shah
Assistant Project Manager

  • Coordinates project schedules with Senior Project Manager
  • Perform cost estimating and take-offs, review submittals and RFIs, draft daily reports, review construction budgets, review construction documents, and track percentage completed
  • Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering, Government Engineering College, Gujarat, India
  • Master’s in Construction Management, Philadelphia University


Brian Jackson
Project Manager

  • Over 20 years of hands-on construction and project management experience
  • Review construction drawings for code compliance
  • Obtain necessary permits and licenses
  • Produce onsite field reports, and correct any safety violations or other reported deficiencies
  • Experienced in budget management, construction administration, project scheduling, operations, and sub-contractor coordination. 


Geneva Bessellieu
Construction Coordinator

  • Responsible for managing the construction trailer on large projects
  • Expert in supervising building maintenance and operations staff
  • Significant experience in creating processes for Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable
  • Expert in file management, compliance and document storage
  • Bachelor’s in Organizational Behavior/Applied Psychology, Albright College


Damon Gamble, CPA, MST 
Accounting and Finance Consultant

  • 15 years of experience in the Financial Services industry
  • Balance the general ledger, generate financial reports and cash flow statements
  • Oversee tax and government compliance and audits
  • Bachelor’s in Accounting, Temple University
  • Master’s in Taxation, Philadelphia University