Build To Stay develops communities of purpose-built, luxury vacation rentals in top U.S. leisure markets

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OUR APPROACH

Build To Stay (“BTS”) focuses on developing communities of premier single-family, detached homes that are designed for hospitality, with features such as large common areas, evenly proportioned bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, and private resort-style amenities. These purpose-built properties provide a unique luxury setting for group travel, couples retreats, special occasions, weekend getaways, family reunions, and corporate offsites.

This community development approach creates win-win solutions for vacation destination travelers, municipalities, and local residents. These purpose-built communities provide additional luxury accommodations for premium travelers, drive additional economic development and lodging tax revenue for municipalities, and locate vacation homes in separate, professionally managed communities that do not infringe on the neighborhood experience of existing residents.

Our Story

BTS was founded in 2021 by Jerry Coleman, Jay McKee, Sean Breuner, and Andy Warren to capitalize on changing shifts in consumer preferences related to vacation accommodations in a similar way that the single-family rental (“SFR”) sector emerged from small changes in consumer preferences related to home ownership.

The BTS founders have assembled a best-in-class team and group of advisors with specific expertise in hospitality, real estate, private equity, and venture capital to pursue the development of premier SFL homes.

Meet The Founders

Jerry Coleman

Jerry Coleman

Co-Founder & CEO

Jerry currently serves as CEO of Build To Stay. Jerry previously Co-Founded and currently serves as Chairman of Elevation, a national leader in residential energy solutions. Jerry also previously Co-Founded Offerpad and Invitation Homes, the premier single-family home leasing company.

Andy Warren

Andy Warren

Co-Founder & President

Andy currently serves as President of Build To Stay. Previously, Andy served as President of Arizona Homebuilder Maracay, a member of the TRI Pointe Group. Andy also previously served as Partner and Chief Operating Officer of EYA, a private, urban-infill homebuilder and developer in Washington, DC.

Sean Breuner

Sean Breuner

Co-Founder

Sean is the Founder & CEO of AvantStay, the premier next generation hospitality platform redefining the way in which people travel, transact, and invest. AvantStay operates in over 100 cities with 1,000+ premier properties across its diversified portfolio.

Jay McKee

Jay McKee

Co-Founder

Jay is the Founder & CEO of Lessen, the premier tech-enabled, end-to-end solution for outsourced real estate property services. Prior to Lessen, Jay helped pioneer the institutional single-family home rental industry as co-founder of Colony American Homes.

Meet The Leadership team

Brandon Wagstaff

Brandon Wagstaff

VP, Investments and Capital Markets

Brandon oversees new investments and capital raising. Brandon previously worked in hotel development at Mogul Capital. Prior to his time at Mogul Capital, Brandon worked in investment banking at Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse. Brandon also spent time in single family rentals at Invitation Homes. Brandon holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Brigham Young University.

Jeff Nielsen

Jeff Nielsen

VP, Land Acquisitions and Entitlements

Jeff is responsible for building out the deal pipeline and oversees entitlements. Jeff previously was in a land acquisition & entitlement role for Toll Brothers, the nation’s leading builder of luxury homes. Jeff also has insight into the design and engineering pieces that will be needed for the development process. Jeff holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Brigham Young University.

Ryan Nelson

Ryan Nelson

VP, Development

Ryan oversees all aspects of project development. Ryan previously founded Sweetwater Companies, a developer of multifamily properties. Ryan also previously worked in asset management at JP Morgan, investment banking at Credit Suisse, and as an instructor pilot in the US Air Force. Ryan holds a bachelor’s degree in Russian from Brigham Young University and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Kevin Chaka

Kevin Chaka

VP, Finance and Data Analytics

Kevin oversees finance and leads the data analytics strategy to identify unique market opportunities. Kevin previously served as CFO of Sweetwater Companies, a multifamily real estate developer. Previously, Kevin worked in investment banking at Credit Suisse. Kevin holds a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Texas A&M University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Kayle Leibold

Kayle Leibold

Financial Controller

Kayle oversees all accounting and reporting functions for the overall real estate platform. Kayle previously worked with Ernst & Young’s financial accounting advisory team, and served as Chief Financial Officer of FRI Investors, a commercial real estate firm in West Palm Beach. Prior to this, Kayle worked in assurance for RSM’s National Real Estate Practice. Kayle holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Loyola University Chicago.

Elizabeth Little

Elizabeth Little

Director, Branding and Asset Management

Elizabeth is responsible for the performance of operating assets and oversees the development of brand strategy. Previously, Elizabeth worked in acquisitions and sales at Wedgewood, a national single-family investor. Elizabeth also worked in asset management for Sabal Financial Group. Elizabeth holds a bachelor’s degree in real estate finance from USC’s Marshall School of Business.

Group of Advisors

Leaders from real estate, technology, and venture capital came together to seed the initial investment of Build To Stay and serve as our advisory council

Brit Morin | Brit & Co, Apple, Google, VC
Bruce Strohm | Equity Residential
Charles Young | Invitation Homes, Goldman
Colleen Keating | FirstKey Homes, IHG Hotels
Dallas Tanner | Invitation Homes, Treehouse
Dan Mahoney | Snell & Wilmer
David Neeleman |  Breeze Airways, JetBlue
David Schwartz |  Waterton, Equity Residential
Fred Tuomi | Invitation Homes, Colony Starwood, EQR
Gary Linhart | WestHawk Capital, ViaWest Group
Greg Vogel | Land Advisors
Gregg Tryhus | Grayhawk Development
Gregor Watson | 1Sharpe Capital
Jack Selby | Thiel Capital, Invision AZ, PayPal

Jason Shepherd | Atlas Group
Joel Kramer | AAM, CBIZ
John Graham | Sunbelt Holdings
Karrin Taylor Robson | Arizona Strategies
Kirk Adams | Consilium, AZ Speaker & Chief of Staff
Lucas Haldeman | SmartRent
Marcos Egipciaco |  Sovereign Group
Mike Krumwiede |  Zillow, Invitation Homes, Colony
Pat Whelan, Jami Schulman | Sparrow
Paul Fuhrman |  Miramar, Colony Capital
Rich Ford | Vesta Ventures, Roofstock, Jefferies, BofA
Robert Wasmund | Genesis Capital
Ryan Boykin | Atlas Group
Scott Shatford | AirDNA

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