Doing the right thing for our investors drives who we are and what we do.
At Hamilton Zanze, we always strive for performance, accountability, and alignment of interests. Since 2001, we have grown the HZ community through our investor care, transparency, and investment success.
Hamilton Zanze founders Mark Hamilton and Tony Zanze independently started their careers in 1981, gaining extensive experience in the evaluation, financing, oversight, and brokerage of a wide range of property types. Mark and Tony founded HZ in 2001 with a focus on multifamily investments, and President & Chief Investment Officer Kurt Houtkooper joined the company in 2003.
HZ specializes in the pursuit, acquisition, and hands-on operations of apartment communities in our target markets.
How We Support You
The Investor Relations team is accountable for building trust with our investors by being responsive, reliable, and knowledgeable and by providing transparent and timely communications.
The Acquisitions team lays the foundation for a successful investment through meticulous groundwork and expertly executed transactions, while the Dispositions/Refinance team carefully evaluates exit strategies for our properties.
Our Asset Managers achieve operational results by caring for properties like owners with a focus on improving cash flow.
Construction & Risk Management
Our Construction and Risk Management teams ensure the timely delivery of capital improvement projects and the management of insurance policies and risk.
Finance and Tax
Finance team members handle investor distributions, acquisition funding, accounting needs, and delivery of tax documents.
Our in-house General Counsel provides expert legal guidance on contracts, transactions, land-use and operational matters.
Driving our success is a team of motivated people who love what they do.
CEO & Founder
Prior to co-founding Hamilton Zanze in 2001, Mark Hamilton sponsored the acquisition, ownership, and development of nearly 40 properties in the Bay Area. Mark’s main focus has always been locating value-add properties in changing urban neighborhoods and then re-working them into higher-quality buildings with higher incomes, improved tenant profiles, and higher resale values.
Mark has considerable experience in partnership formations and operations, project planning and implementation, asset management and management oversight, landlord-tenant and rent-control issues, risk management, and zoning and building department matters. Before forming his own commercial brokerage and investment business in 1994, Mark worked in the San Francisco office of Marcus & Millichap, subsequently co-founding Property Resource Group (real estate brokerage) and Quantum Land Company (development).
Mark earned a B.A. with High Honors in English Literature from San Francisco State University and an M.A. in English and American Literature from Brandeis University, which he attended as a University Scholar and Fellow.
COO & Founder
Prior to co-founding Hamilton Zanze in 2001, Tony Zanze’s experience in real estate included capital markets, asset management, leasing, development, and investment and brokerage of multifamily and commercial properties.
Before HZ, Tony was with RREEF Real Estate Investment Managers overseeing asset disposition. Before joining RREEF, he was manager of the San Francisco office of GE Capital Real Estate, where he handled the production of mortgage-backed securities, structured finance, and equity investments. From 1986 to 1997, Tony was with Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, where he originated long-term fixed-rate loans and joint ventures.
Tony began his career as a sales investment broker with Cushman & Wakefield and holds a B.A. in Psychology from Dartmouth College and an M.B.A. in Real Estate from the University of Wisconsin.
CIO & President
President and Chief Investment Officer Kurt Houtkooper joined Hamilton Zanze in 2003 and has over 18 years of real estate experience in asset management, property management, leasing, acquisition, and disposition of income-producing properties. As HZ’s CIO, Kurt oversees the acquisition, disposition, and capital markets activity at the company, including developing the acquisition and disposition strategies and building relationships with institutional partners.
Kurt was previously with Tishman Speyer Properties, where he was involved in marketing, leasing, negotiating contracts, forecasting, budgeting, managing personnel and third-party vendors, and establishing asset direction of over seven million square feet of Class A and Class B office space. Prior to Tishman Speyer, Kurt was vice president of investment sales at Grubb & Ellis Company, where he represented clients in the leasing, acquisition, and disposition of commercial properties.
Ashlee Cabeal is Hamilton Zanze’s Chief Financial Officer. Prior to her current role, Ashlee was a senior director on the HZ Transactions team and worked on acquisition, disposition, and refinance activity, providing expertise in deal sourcing, underwriting, loan originations, and closing.
Before joining Hamilton Zanze as an intern in 2010, Ashlee worked as a senior audit associate at Pricewaterhouse Coopers. There, she focused on servicing banking clients and private equity clients before returning to school for her M.B.A.
Ashlee has a B.S. in Accounting and a B.B.A. in Marketing from Loyola Marymount University, and an M.B.A. from the University of California, Davis. She is also a Certified Public Accountant in the state of California. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, the great outdoors, and cooking.
David Nelson is Hamilton Zanze's Chief Transactions Officer. David leads the Transactions team, managing the acquisition and disposition pipeline, arranging financing, raising equity, and working closely with sellers, commercial brokers, and institutional partners to identify and execute on investment opportunities for HZ.
David joined HZ in 2004 and possesses an extensive pedigree and personal background in real estate. David has been actively involved in real estate from an early age as a property manager, construction manager, and leasing specialist for his family’s local real estate portfolio. He has been integral in the sourcing and closing of over 185 multifamily property acquisitions, totaling more than 40,000 units and $4.5 billion in transaction volume across the United States.
David is a Bay Area native and graduated with a B.A. in English from the University of San Francisco, where he earned a spot on the Dean’s List and was awarded the Joseph & Emily Malcewicz scholarship for outstanding academic achievement.
David resides in Tennessee and enjoys fly-fishing, golfing, and spending time with his wife and three children.
Todd Williams joined Hamilton Zanze as general counsel in 2014. He works with various HZ teams, HZ affiliates and subsidiaries, and outside counsel to guide and oversee the legal matters that affect the firm’s day-to-day business and its strategic goals—from acquisitions, dispositions, and exchanges to leasing and property management, corporate governance, and risk management.
Todd’s background spans both transactions and litigation, as well as experience as inside and outside counsel. He was previously an assistant general counsel at Paul Hastings, where for over a decade he focused on real estate and complex litigation and internal and external enterprise risk management. Todd has also worked at a Sacramento law firm specializing exclusively in real estate development and transactional work.
Todd completed his undergraduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley and obtained his law degree from the University of the Pacific. Originally from Sacramento, Todd currently lives in Lafayette with his wife and three kids and enjoys coaching his son’s and daughter’s soccer, rugby, and baseball teams as well as cheering for the SF Giants and California Golden Bears.
Construction & Risk Mgmt.
John is Managing Director of the Hamilton Zanze Construction & Risk Management team. Since joining the company in 2006, John has worked as a construction manager, risk manager, and asset manager. At HZ, he specializes in budgeting, project management, insurance, energy and water saving initiatives, waste and recycling programs, telecommunications, and risk management. John also supervises physical due diligence and helps with financial evaluations.
John has a diverse real estate background encompassing development, construction, and property management. Prior to joining HZ, John worked for an emerging Northern California real estate development company as a project manager on an 80-acre mixed-use project. Previously, John worked as a project engineer for Webcor Builders on the 42-story St. Regis Museum Tower in San Francisco.
John is a San Francisco Bay Area native and has a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo and an M.B.A. from Fordham University in New York. John is a LEED Green Associate. He now resides in Park City, UT with his wife and kids.
As Managing Director of the Hamilton Zanze Investor Relations team, Sean Luthy oversees day-to-day management of the Investor Relations team.
Sean brings 11 years of Hamilton Zanze experience to his role in Investor Relations. Prior to joining the IR team, Sean managed the HZ property portfolio for more than five years as managing director on the Asset Management team. In that role, he focused on measuring and strengthening operations at HZ properties, overseeing the team of asset managers, supervising the successful execution of business plans, and evaluating the opportune disposition of properties to benefit the portfolio. Before leading the Asset Management team, Sean began his career at HZ in 2007 as an acquisitions & dispositions analyst.
Sean previously worked for the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Office of Policy Development and Research and as a residential real estate agent in Pennsylvania. He graduated from Dickinson College with a double major in Economics and Spanish. He currently lives in Berkeley, CA with his wife and two sons.
As Managing Director of the Asset Management team, Tim Bruss works closely with the asset managers to strengthen operations of the portfolio, drive net operating income, and execute on property-specific business plans.
Since joining the company in 2010, Tim has been involved in transactions, construction management, and data management. Prior to joining HZ, Tim worked as a project manager for a New Jersey real estate developer, overseeing the construction of a variety of commercial, retail, and residential assets.
Tim earned a degree in Engineering from Lafayette College and received his M.B.A. from the James A. Graaskamp Center for Real Estate at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. His professional credentials include a Certificate in Sustainable Design from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and LEED accreditation.
Originally from New Jersey, Tim now resides in Oakland, CA with his wife and son and enjoys spending time outdoors.
Jennifer Do joined Hamilton Zanze in 2011 and is a director on the Finance team. Jennifer handles the company’s corporate accounting, managing the accounts payable and receivables, keeping the financial records organized, maintaining the company’s books, and helping staff accurately report expenses.
Prior to joining HZ, Jennifer worked for The Loan Page, Inc., an online financial marketplace. She has a B.S. in Accounting and Finance from San Francisco State University. Jennifer and her husband currently live in San Francisco, CA, raising their four children.
Marketing & Communications
Julie Eng is Director of Marketing & Communications at Hamilton Zanze, overseeing all marketing and communications for Hamilton Zanze and its affiliate companies Graham Street Realty and Paramount Property Company.
Julie joined HZ in 2014. She has previously worked in public relations, journalism, and advertising. She grew up in Loomis, CA and received her B.A. in Literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Justin Fossum joined HZ in February 2014. As director on the Asset Management team, Justin manages operations for a portfolio of HZ properties. He works with property managers and staff, regional managers, and regional maintenance supervisors to strengthen cash flow and execute property specific business plans. Prior to joining Hamilton Zanze, Justin worked as an analyst at Rosen Consulting Group.
Justin received his BA in History from Emory University and his JD from Tulane Law School. He was born and raised in the Bay Area and now resides in Florida with his wife and daughter (soon to be two daughters). In his spare time, Justin enjoys cooking, fishing, reading, and chess.
Dispositions & Capital Markets
Anthony Ly is a director on the Hamilton Zanze Transactions team. He evaluates potential sale and financing opportunities and works with commercial brokers, lenders, and buyers.
Anthony has experience in asset management, leasing, and acquisitions. He received his B.A. from the University of California, Riverside in Political Science and Law and Society. He also holds an M.S. degree in Real Estate and an M.B.A. from the University of San Diego. Anthony is a licensed real estate broker and active member in the Urban Land Institute.
Born and raised in the Bay Area, Anthony enjoys working out, playing golf, and is a dedicated San Francisco Giants fan.
Masa Miyashiro is a tax accountant and director on the Hamilton Zanze Finance team, handling tax reporting for HZ properties and working with national accounting firms and our investors’ CPAs to prepare tax documents. Prior to joining HZ in 2011, Masa worked as a controller for Bay West Investments and for a company that specialized in filing low-income housing and partnership tax returns.
Born and raised in Hawaii, Masa attended Menlo College on a football scholarship and graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration. He has also taken tax courses at San Francisco State University and volunteered for two years on a church mission to Osaka, Japan.
Masa currently resides in the East Bay with his wife and their three boys. He is a Boy Scout Leader, coaches football and basketball, and is active in church.
Kevin Tang is a director on the Hamilton Zanze Finance team. He handles investor distributions, assists with taxes, and supports all departments by negotiating fund transfers.
Prior to joining Hamilton Zanze, Kevin worked as a senior accountant for eight years at a private Beverly Hills real estate firm with a portfolio of over 150 properties, where he gained valuable experience in asset management, leasing, and real estate investment management software Yardi Systems. Kevin graduated from the University of California, Riverside with a B.S. degree in Business Administration.
Kevin is a Bay Area native who spent the last 12 years in Southern California.
Berit Tomten is a a director on the Hamilton Zanze Project Management team. She ensures all capital projects at the HZ properties are completed on time and within budget.
Berit joined the HZ team in 2013. She was previously a project manager for Ecological Steel Systems and an assistant project manager for Heery International. She gained experience as an architectural intern at Wattenbarger Architects and at MacDonald & Mack Architects and as a journeyman laborer in construction.
Berit is a LEED AP in Building Design + Construction and received her B.S. in Architecture and Art from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and an M.S. in Construction Management from the University of Washington. She was born and raised in Eau Claire, WI, and in her free time enjoys skiing and other winter sports.
Sidney So joined Hamilton Zanze as controller in December 2017. Prior to joining HZ, he worked as a fund controller at MacFarlane Partners and a senior fund manager at Hellman & Friedman, managing various multimillion- and multibillion-dollar funds. Sidney obtained his CPA during his career at Ernst & Young, where he was a manager in the assurance practice, servicing public and private real estate clients in the Bay Area.
Sidney is a San Francisco native and graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of San Francisco, where he earned a BSBA in Accounting.
Scarlet Tam is Senior Tax Manager on the Hamilton Zanze Finance team. She is responsible for the income tax matters for HZ properties and management companies, including Federal and States tax reporting, tax planning and structuring. She works with national accounting firms and various independent CPAs to provide tax documents and information to our investors.
Prior to joining HZ in 2016, Scarlet was a tax manager for Colony Starwood Homes, a publicly traded Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT). She also worked as a tax manager for Ernst & Young and specialized in Real Estate Taxation.
Scarlet received a B.A. in Economics from York University and a M.S. in Taxation from Golden Gate University.
Diane is the Human Resources Manager for Hamilton Zanze.
Diane Macken joined the HZ team in 2017. She previously worked with on Investor Relations team, providing assistance to those who invest with HZ via their IRA custodian.
Originally from the Northeast Coast of Ireland, Diane came to San Francisco in 1996. She has since worked at several Bay Area companies in a variety of industries, including construction and technology.
Diane lives with her daughters in San Francisco and spends her weekends with them watching movies, reading, and taking her dog for walks on the beach.
Julie Cao joined the Hamilton Zanze Finance team as an accountant in 2018. Julie helps oversee incoming and outgoing wires and fund transfer request and handles various accounts.
Prior to joining HZ, Julie grew her real estate background in accounts payable/receivable specialist roles at Starwood Waypoint Homes and Veritas Investments.
Born and raised in Oakland, Julie graduated from the University of California, Davis with a B.A. in Sociology.
Ricky Chen is a senior associate on the Hamilton Zanze Finance team. He joined HZ as an accountant in 2017. Ricky works closely with national accounting firms and various independent CPAs to provide tax documents and information to our investors.
Ricky brings to the team more than four years of real estate tax experience. Prior to joining the HZ Finance team, Ricky worked as a tax preparer and property accountant at several property management companies in the Bay Area, including Colony Starwood Homes, Veritas Investments, and Community Housing Partnership.
Ricky graduated from San Francisco State University with a B.A. in Accounting.
Armando Chenyek joined the HZ Investor Relations team in October 2019. He helps respond to general inquiries and works with investors to coordinate document signings.
Previously, Armando worked in the health insurance industry, managing contracts for the delivery of health care services on behalf of Kaiser Permanente and Anthem Blue Cross. He attended UC Berkeley as an undergraduate and obtained an MBA from California State University, East Bay.
Armando and his wife began investing with Hamilton Zanze in 2015. He enjoys the outdoors, taking long hikes and the occasional bike ride with his wife of 33 years, playing soccer, and going for lunchtime runs in the Presidio.
Diep Chu is a senior associate on the Hamilton Zanze Finance team. She joined HZ as an accountant in January 2018 following a year-long internship with HZ. Diep is responsible for preparing tax returns and investor K-1s.
While interning with HZ, Diep completed her undergraduate education at San Francisco State University, earning a degree in Finance. Diep was born in Hanoi, Vietnam and has lived in San Francisco since 2012.
Toby Costello joined the Investor Relations team in 2016 and works to foster relationships with current investors and grow the investor network. He is also a licensed Real Estate Broker in California.
Prior to Hamilton Zanze, Toby spent over 10 years in commercial real estate brokerage in both office leasing and multifamily investment sales. Most recently, he co-lead the San Francisco multifamily investment sales practice at CBRE where he represented individual investors and small private equity firms in the purchase and sale of investment properties. Toby has deep roots in San Francisco as a fifth-generation native, and he grew up learning the real estate business from his grandfather and father through their ownership of a successful residential brokerage firm.
Toby is an avid consumer of podcasts, enjoys reading, and keeps himself sane by biking, fly fishing, and spending time outdoors. Toby resides in Los Angeles with his wife and splits his time between Hamilton Zanze's Los Angeles and San Francisco offices.
Blaise Ducharme joined the Hamilton Zanze Asset Management team in 2018.
Originally from Marin County, Blaise began his real estate career in construction. Prior to joining HZ, he analyzed deals and worked with lenders for a local developer. He also has experience in commercial property management.
He returned to the Bay Area after graduating from the University of Alabama with a degree in Finance and specializations in Real Estate and Investment Management.
Blake Dibala joined the Hamilton Zanze Asset Management team in September 2019 as a Portfolio Analyst. He helps manage, automate and analyze data across Hamilton Zanze’s platforms, producing internal reports and developing custom solutions to data problems. Blake partners closely with our sister organizations developing and contributing to cross collaborative projects.
Blake grew up in the South Bay and comes from a non-traditional educational and professional background. Blake earned his B.A. in interdisciplinary studies in the Anthropology department at Columbia University in New York . His body of coursework included an emphasis in economics.
Previously, Blake worked in the Alumni Relations Department at Columbia, in operations at the Bank of Montreal, Capital Markets, and as a Program Manager for Stanford University.
During his free time Blake enjoys weightlifting, cycling, podcasts, reading, and has particular passion for outdoor activity. As a backpacking aficionado Blake spends as many days of the summer months outdoors hitting the trails.
Marketing & Communications
Maddie Futch joined the Hamilton Zanze Marketing & Communications team in 2018. She earned her B.S. in Business Administration with a focus in Marketing from Saint Mary's College of California. Prior to joining HZ, Maddie interned at The Bay Club Company in San Francisco.
Originally from San Francisco, Maddie lived in North Carolina before returning to the Bay Area to attend college.
In her free time, she enjoys exploring the city and traveling.
Ed Houtkooper helps HZ's Investor Relations and Transactions teams work with investors to track and manage the documents required for an acquisition or disposition.
Ed graduated from the University of South Dakota. He retired after 30 years of work in the medical field, then joined the HZ team in 2007.
Ed was raised in South Dakota and moved to San Francisco in 1963. He still calls the city home and enjoys spending time with his six grandchildren.
Annie Huang joined the HZ Finance team in July 2019 as an accountant. Prior to HZ, she worked mainly with non-profits and most recently, with the Internet Archive, focusing on accounting operations and analytics.
Annie earned her BA in Mathematics from UC Santa Cruz and her MBA in Finance and HR from University of St. Mary. In her free time, she enjoys staying active, going on hikes in the Bay Area, and going salsa dancing on weekends.
Lisa Huynh joined the HZ Finance team in February 2018 and assists with managing the corporate books, financial reporting, and enhancing processes and procedures.
Lisa has previous experience in residential property management and accounting, legal compliance, and construction and development accounting. More recently, she worked at Carmel Partners and then at MacFarlane Partners as an accounting manager.
Lisa graduated from San Francisco State University with a B.A. in Business Management and is a licensed real estate sale agent in California.
Elizabeth Jensen is a senior asset manager. She joined HZ in May 2017.
In addition to managing her own portfolio of assets, she oversees a few regions on the portfolio management level and works closely with investors.
Elizabeth comes to HZ with more than 10 years of real estate experience, previously working at Marcus & Millichap and Pacific Urban Residential. She has a B.A. in Political Science from Bucknell University and an M.B.A. with a specialization in Real Estate from UCLA Anderson.
A Bay Area native, Elizabeth grew up in San Mateo and currently lives in San Francisco with her husband and dog, Bart. She enjoys going to Tahoe and attending Giants games.
As an HZ asset manager, Tim Joyce manages operations for a portfolio of HZ properties. Tim works with property managers and staff, regional managers, and regional maintenance supervisors to strengthen cash flow and execute property-specific business plans.
Prior to joining Hamilton Zanze, Tim worked as a management consultant for Deloitte Consulting.
Tim graduated from Villanova University with degrees in Finance and Management Information Systems. Originally from Los Angeles, he now resides in San Francisco and enjoys travel, cooking, and growing his own real estate portfolio.
Tara Landefeld joined the HZ Investor Relations team in October 2019. Tara manages the resale process, executing transfers for investors, renewal and cancellation of LLCs, and coordination between the Investor Relations and Finance teams.
Previously, Tara worked for Ernst & Young, where she was promoted to the role of FSO Assurance Senior ahead of the company's regular promotion schedule. She is a CPA licensed in California.
Tara is originally from Valencia, CA and earned her bachelor's degree from UCSB. In her spare time, she enjoys playing soccer, listening to podcasts, and traveling.
Emily Lau is a senior associate on the Hamilton Zanze Finance team. She joined HZ in 2017 as an accountant. Prior to joining HZ, Emily worked as an accounting assistant, tax preparer, and staff accountant. Most recently, she was a property accountant for San Francisco-based nonprofit Community Housing Partnership.
Emily earned her bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of San Francisco.
Marketing & Communications
Charles Mak is a senior design associate on the Hamilton Zanze Marketing & Communications team in April 2018. He helps organize the company’s visual brand and outreach.
Born and raised in the Bay Area, Charles interned in marketing, communications, and public relations while accumulating a hefty portfolio of freelance design work.
He earned his B.A. in Design from the University of California, Davis with a minor in Economics.
Shelly Rose has worked with the Hamilton Zanze Construction Management team in Salt Lake City as a project administrator since June 2015. She has previously worked in the real estate and interior design industries and studied interior design at The Art Institutes.
Marketing & Communications
Ally Rosenberg joined the Hamilton Zanze Marketing & Communications team in August 2019. She helps manage public relations and create marketing materials and investor communications for the Hamilton Zanze family of companies.
Previously, Ally worked for HZ affiliate Paramount Property Company as a Marketing Coordinator and at Yelp as an Account Executive. She earned her B.S. in Business and Economics from the University of Oregon.
Ally was born and raised in the Bay Area, and in her spare time, she enjoys traveling, exploring the city, and following Bay Area and University of Oregon sports.
Liming Shen joined the Hamilton Zanze Finance team in 2019 as a senior accountant. She performs month-end close for corporate investment or management entities and works with the controller to analyze, enhance, and document internal controls and processes.
Prior to joining HZ, Liming worked as a senior accountant for 13 years at Rawson, Blum & Leon, a private real estate investment firm, where she managed day-to-day accounting for 30 corporate, LP, and LLC entities.
Liming graduated from San Francisco State University with a B.S. in Accounting.
Corey Sherk joined the Hamilton Zanze Investor Relations team in 2018. Prior to joining HZ, Corey spent five years in medical device sales for Johnson & Johnson and Globus Medical. He also served in the U.S. Army as a Field Artillery Officer, where he had two Combat Deployments to Iraq with the 1st Cavalry Division.
He earned his B.S. in Systems Engineering at West Point, where he also played NCAA football. He received his MBA in Finance from the University of San Diego.
Originally from Fork Union, Virginia, Corey currently resides in Novato with his wife, daughter, and son. In his free time, he enjoys surfing, golfing, paddle boarding, mountain biking, and hiking with his family.
Transactions / Finance
Erin Smith joined Hamilton Zanze at the beginning of 2019 and is the first graduate of the Wheel Program, through which she gained experience with each team. She now works closely with the Finance and Transactions teams as Closing Associate.
Erin graduated from the University of Southern California with a B.S. in Business Administration. Originally from San Francisco, she enjoys running and trying out new restaurants around the city in her spare time.
Riley Tight works with CEO Mark Hamilton on special projects. Riley joined the Hamilton Zanze team in 2018 as an associate on the Investor Relations team.
Riley earned his B.A. in Economics from Denison University while competing four years in NCAA football. He worked previously as a commissions analyst for Adaptive Insights.
Originally from Menlo Park, Riley can often be found spending time in the outdoors and skiing.
Tony Tokatly joined the HZ Acquisitions team in October 2019. As an acquisitions analyst, Tony’s work involves underwriting potential acquisitions, performing rent roll analyses, and creating business plans. Prior to HZ, he worked as a Senior Associate at PwC, servicing venture capital and private equity clients.
Tony earned his B.S. in Accounting from the University of Oregon and is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of California. He is originally from Eugene, OR and in his spare time, enjoys cooking, skiing, and travel.