Chief Executive Officer & Founder
The StreetLights Residential vision starts with Doug Chesnut. Doug’s approach to longevity and community-driven design has spawned the StreetLights philosophy—one that empowers both neighborhoods and investors through smart urban development.
As the heart and soul of the StreetLights team, Doug serves day-to-day as the Chief Executive Officer. His expertise lies in high-density developments and investments, specifically multifamily and mixed-use assets located in high job-growth markets.
Previously at Gables Residential, Doug served as Senior Vice President of Investments overseeing development, construction and acquisition efforts for the Western U.S. and served on the Executive Committee. Prior to joining Gables in 2002, Doug was President and Chief Operating Officer for the Central U.S. Region of Trammell Crow Residential Services. He oversaw the management of more than 25,000 apartment units and served on the Trammell Crow Residential Management Board.
Doug’s roots can be traced back to The University of Texas, from where he holds a Bachelor of Finance.
Chief Investment Officer & Co-Founder
Tom Bakewell is StreetLights Residential’s Chief Investment Officer, responsible for the company’s investment strategy and execution. As one of StreetLights’ founders, Tom has an integral role in guiding the organization’s strategic direction. In his prior role as President of Development, Tom was responsible for overseeing all development activities at StreetLights, including feasibility analysis and site selection.
Throughout his 25 years in real estate, Tom has overseen more than 5 billion dollars in development and acquisitions of multifamily assets. Prior to his role at StreetLights, he served as the Regional Vice President of Investment for Gables Residential (Dallas market), where he oversaw multifamily acquisitions, site acquisitions and the development of new assets.
Tom holds a Bachelor of Economics and Real Estate Finance from Southern Methodist University, along with a Master of Business Administration from SMU’s Cox School of Business.
As the President of StreetLights Residential, Rob De Bruin is responsible for the organizational health of the company. In his previous role as President of Design-Build, Rob implemented a LEAN design-build development process, successfully eliminating waste across the organization. Prior to that, Rob worked as StreetLights’ President of Construction, overseeing the construction of over 3.1 billion dollars of capitalized assets.
Previously, Rob was the Vice President of Construction for the western U.S. region of Gables Residential and oversaw all cost estimation, budgeting and construction for the company’s portfolio. Rob began his construction career in 1994 with the Florida region of Trammell Crow Residential (TCR), which was acquired by Gables Residential in 1998.
Rob earned his Bachelor of Civil Engineering at Northeastern University and graduated Cum Laude.
President of Design
As the President of Design, Vincent Hunter is an integral part of StreetLights Residential’s design-driven approach to development, leading all aspects of architectural design and planning. He is an architect who actively sketches and enjoys solving design problems in real time.
Prior to joining StreetLights, Vincent spent 27 years with WDG Architecture, 14 years of which he acted as partner, co-founding the Dallas office. While at WDG, Vincent designed and led a variety of large scale multifamily, mixed-use and hospitality projects. He has been nationally recognized for his work, including the Juror’s Choice Award for the Hugh Ferris prize in 2017.
Vincent holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Syracuse University. He is licensed in 7 states and is NCARB certified
Chief Operating Officer
Roger Beless serves as Chief Operating Officer, where he oversees capital markets, asset management, acquisitions, portfolio management, and company operations. He has extensive global experience in multi-family, office, retail, hotel assets, and both single asset and portfolio investments.
In his previous role, Roger oversaw global real estate asset management for Mount Kellett Capital Management LP. In this position, Roger oversaw the management of a portfolio of $6.5 billion and worked closely with operating partners in acquiring, formulating and executing asset strategy in order to maximize value and investment returns.
Prior to joining Mount Kellett, Roger spent nearly 20 years with Goldman Sachs/Archon Group where he held a number of positions, including co-head of US Real Estate and Chief Operating Officer for Archon Residential, where he oversaw acquisitions, asset management, property management and dispositions. He also spent four years in Tokyo, Japan where he led the startup of Goldman Sachs Realty Japan.
Roger holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Economics and Finance from Baylor University and a Master of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University.
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