StoneRiver is a team-driven company that acquires, develops, and manages multifamily real estate opportunities. For nearly 25 years we have grown into an investment company that has invested over $1 Billion in assets across the Southeast. What sets us apart is not only the tenured team behind our investment strategies, but also the value we create through focused property and asset management. Our expertise in Southeast markets and our track record as owners and operators has consistently proven to generate superior risk-adjusted returns.
Our tenured team is committed to thoroughly underwriting, analyzing, and evaluating every detail of an investment opportunity before we decide to invest. Because the discipline it takes to fundamentally understand the details are often what distinguish a good investment from a great investment. It’s where our deep-rooted understanding of Southeast markets makes all the difference. It's why we relentlessly stress test investment opportunities to understand and mitigate potential risks. It’s why we work tirelessly to develop long-term relationships with lenders, brokers, and partners that share our interests. And it’s the reason we are extremely selective in the investments we make and the realistic returns we project. The first dollars we invest are always our own, so you can be certain we believe in the investment choices we make for our clients.
- Property Types
- Industrial/Warehouse (6)
- Land (8)
- Multifamily (43)
- Office (8)
- Retail (8)
- 3300 5th Avenue South – Birmingham, AL
- American Pipe & Supply Birmingham – Birmingham, AL
- American Pipe & Supply Nashville – Nashville, TN
- Oxmoor South – Birmingham, AL
- Perimeter Industrial Park – Bessemer, AL
- St Augustine – St Johns County, FL
- BMB – Birmingham, AL
- Chilton County – Hubbard, AL
- Harpersville – Harpersville, AL
- Lakeshore Crossings – Birmingham, AL
- Land Energy – Jasper, AL
- Limestone Springs – Birmingham, AL
- Monroe County – Hybart, AL
- Shelby ES – Birmingham, AL
- 33rd Street – Birmingham, AL
- Arlington Park Apartments – Mobile, AL
- Avocet – San Antonio, TX
- Baycourt – Birmingham, AL
- Bridgewater Apartments – Huntsville, AL
- Caldwell Parc – Birmingham, AL
- Carlisle Terrace – Birmingham, AL
- Clairmont – Birmingham, AL
- Crescent Commons – Fayetteville, NC
- Crestwood Manor – Little Rock, AR
- Crowne Garden Apartments – Greensboro, NC
- Crowne at Ormond Beach – Ormond Beach, FL
- Crowne at Razorback Road – Fayetteville, AR
- Crowne at Swift Creek – Midlothian, VA
- Crowne at the Summit – Louisville, KY
- Davis House – Birmingham, AL
- Greene House – Birmingham, AL
- Hampton House – Jackson, MS
- Hampton Place – Columbus, GA
- Hermosa – Birmingham, AL
- Highland Court – Birmingham, AL
- Highlands – Birmingham, AL
- Holcombe Heights – Little Rock, AR
- Inverness Cliffs – Birmingham, AL
- Lakeshore Ridge – Birmingham, AL
- Lakeview – Birmingham, AL
- Oaks of St. Clair – Moody, AL
- Park Manor – Birmingham, AL
- Ridgeland Ranch – Jackson, MS
- Rise at Signal Mountain – Chattanooga, TN
- South Hill – Birmingham, AL
- Stratford – Birmingham, AL
- Sycamore Manor – Birmingham, AL
- The Heights – Montgomery, AL
- The Palms of Mt Pleasant – Mt Pleasant, AL
- The Phares – Birmingham, AL
- The Village at Apison Pike – Ooltewah, TN
- The Village at Lakeshore Crossings – Birmingham, AL
- The Village at Westland Cove – Knoxville, TN
- Tracewood Apartment Homes – Jackson, MS
- Westmont Commons – Asheville, NC
- Wildforest Apartments – Homewood, AL
- Wildwood Crossings – Birmingham, AL
- Butler Pointe – Jacksonville, FL
- Concord Center – Birmingham, AL
- East London I – Birmingham, AL
- East London II – Birmingham, AL
- East London III – Birmingham, AL
- One Highland – Birmingham, AL
- ServistFirst – Birmingham, AL
- Shades Parkway – Birmingham, AL
- CVS Cahaba Heights – Cahaba Heights, AL
- Clanton Shopping Center – Clanton, AL
- Dolphin Square – Gulf Breeze, FL
- Foley Commons – Foley, AL
- Mitchell Farms – Newport Richey, FL
- Shops at Hamilton Mills – Dacula, GA
- Town Brookhaven – Atlanta, GA
- Weathersfield Commons – Dunedin, FL
We were founded in 1995 to manage real estate investments for high net worth individuals. Over time our track record of success, depth of relationships, and disciplined approach to real estate investing drew the interest of numerous outside investors. Today, StoneRiver invests in and manages multifamily real estate across the Southeast, with fully integrated, in-house property management, development, and construction management capabilities. To date we have acquired, renovated, or developed more than $1 billion in assets across 12 states.
Under Management$1 Billion
Benny LarussaChairman & CEO
Benny M. LaRussa, Jr. is the Chairman and CEO of StoneRiver. He has experience with all forms of real estate investing including multifamily, office, industrial warehouse, retail, timber, and mining operations. Since 1988, the acquisition, disposition, and management of real estate assets has been a major focus of Benny’s professional career. His career began in the banking and finance sector where he worked at the First National Bank of Birmingham (now Regions Bank). He later became a founding member of First Commercial Bank and Canterbury Trust, both of which were sold to Synovus Financial Corporation in the 90’s. Since the formation of StoneRiver, Benny has worked diligently to develop a team of real estate professionals possessing the technical expertise, accountability, and management and leadership skills needed to be a leading real estate company in the Southeast.
Benny currently serves on the Board of Directors of First Commercial Bank, Security Engineers, StoneRiver, Fenwick Brands, American Pipe and Supply, and the Auburn University Foundation. Additionally, he serves as Chairman of the Joseph S. Bruno Charitable Foundation. He was a director of Bruno’s Corporation until 1995, when the company was sold to KKR.
Benny is a graduate of Auburn University with a B.S. in Finance and a Master’s in Public and Private Business from Birmingham‐ Southern College.
Joseph WeldenPresident & CIO
Joseph Welden is a Birmingham native and President and CIO of StoneRiver. He joined the company in 2004. His responsibilities include strategic leadership, identifying and assessing new and existing investments, leasing and brokerage, and managing the operations of StoneRiver and StoneRiver Property Management, LLC. He is a former member of the Board of Directors for Innovation Depot, a member of the Monday Morning Quarterback Club, member of Kiwanis Club of Birmingham, and former President of the Junior Board of Directors for the Birmingham Zoo.
Joseph graduated cum laude from Hampden‐Sydney College with a B.A. in Mathematical Economics. He earned a Master’s in Financial Mathematics from Florida State University and an M.B.A. from the University of Alabama.
Colin MoorhouseVice President & General Counsel
Colin Moorhouse joined StoneRiver in 2016 as Vice President and General Counsel. Colin’s responsibilities include all legal aspects of StoneRiver’s real estate developments, acquisitions, and divestitures, as well as overseeing the company’s risk management disciplines.
Colin is a member of the Advisory Board for the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center, a member of the Monday Morning Quarterback Club, and on the New Element Board for the McWane Center. Before joining the StoneRiver team, Colin was a partner in the Banking and Corporate groups at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP.
Colin graduated from Randolph‐Macon College with degrees in Business/Economics & Political Science, and he received his law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law.
Jeff HarrisExecutive Vice President of Finance and Accounting & COO
Jeff Harris joined StoneRiver in 2019 and serves as its Executive Vice President of Finance and Accounting and COO. Jeff is responsible for the financial and accounting operations of StoneRiver and affiliates. This includes all corporate, property, and development finance and accounting.
Prior to joining StoneRiver, Jeff was the CFO for Asset Management and Consulting Services (AMCS), a multifamily real estate investment firm in South Carolina. Prior to AMCS, Jeff led the finance and treasury operations of Savannah College of Art and Design where he developed their fund management strategy and managed the leased/owned real estate holdings.
Jeff graduated from the University of South Alabama with a degree in Banking & Finance, and he received an M.B.A. from Emory University.
Diane ChastainVice President of Property Management
Diane Chastain joined StoneRiver in 2017 as Vice President of Property Management, overseeing StoneRiver’s portfolio of apartment communities. As the lead connector and strategist, she is responsible for driving cross‐functional effectiveness and collaboration across the company to create a superior living experience for our residents and bring the highest level of performance to our investors.
Diane is a 20+ year respected business leader with the rare experience combination of executive‐level strategic and operational roles with proven success in property operations, talent development, and corporate support for a nationally recognized REIT, and a private operator. Prior to joining StoneRiver, Diane served as an SVP for Mid‐America Apartment Communities, directing all Property Management Operations for 33+ communities across 6 states in the Southeast.
Diane attended the University of West Georgia. She is a 17‐year CPM member of the Institute of Real Estate Management and achieved her CAPS designation from The National Apartment Association in 2002.
Nina FrandsonManaging Director of Investor Relations
Nina Frandson is Managing Director of Investor Relations for StoneRiver. She was hired in 2020 to lead the capital raising and investor relations efforts of the firm. Prior to joining StoneRiver, Nina was a Senior Managing Director in Capital Markets for Gemini Rosemont. Her background consists of raising capital for Cantor Fitzgerald’s proprietary and third‐party real estate and debt funds. Before this time, Nina used her significant institutional investor relationships to finance funds represented by Guggenheim Partners and American International Group. Previously, Nina underwrote and sold large commercial real estate portfolios to institutional investors while working in the Cushman & Wakefield Capital Markets Group. Nina began her career at Merrill Lynch where she actively gathered capital from and managed portfolios for high‐net‐worth clients and institutional investors.
Nina received her bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, graduating cum laude. Securing a scholarship, Nina attended the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, where she obtained a law degree. Sponsored by American International Group, she then attended Columbia Business School and was awarded an M.B.A.
Craig WhiteVice President of Investments
Craig White joined StoneRiver in 2019 as Vice President of Investments. Craig oversees the sourcing, acquisition, and asset management of the company’s real estate investments.
Prior to joining StoneRiver, he co‐founded NewGrove Partners, a multifamily‐focused investment company. Prior to NewGrove Partners, Craig was a Director of Investments with Harbert Management Corporation’s U.S. Real Estate team where he directed real estate transactions for the Mid‐Atlantic regions and Florida.
To date, Craig has directed underwriting analysis, due diligence, and transaction management on 1.0 million SF of office space and 5,000 multifamily units. Craig graduated cum laude from Auburn University with a B.S. in Forestry and received an M.B.A. from Vanderbilt University.
Stuart MackintoshDirector of Construction
Stuart Mackintosh joined StoneRiver in 2019 as Director of Construction. Stuart is responsible for the successful execution of StoneRiver’s new development and value-add construction. Prior to joining StoneRiver, Stuart spent several years in various capacities with Gray Construction where he managed the estimating, design and construction processes for new and existing facilities throughout the Southeast.
Stuart graduated from Sewanee, The University of the South with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. He also earned a Master of Building Construction from Auburn University where he received the department’s “Outstanding Graduate Student of the Year” award.
Brett MendellAsset Manager
Brett Mendell joined StoneRiver as Asset Manager in 2018. Brett leads StoneRiver’s effort to drive asset performance, ensuring that each asset achieves its business plan. His role includes management of renovation projects, generation of operational and transactional analyses, and coordination of investor and lender communications.
Prior to joining StoneRiver, Brett spent six years serving in Asset Management roles at Landmark Properties in Athens, Georgia, a national student housing developer and operator and TriBridge Residential in Atlanta, Georgia, a regional multifamily developer and operator. Brett spent the early part of his career practicing commercial and real estate litigation in several firms in San Francisco and Atlanta. Brett graduated from Emory University with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Cornell University with a Master of Real Estate. Brett also earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.
David Brown is President of Jemison Investment Co., Inc., a diversified investment holding and management company located in Birmingham, Alabama with interests in a variety of industries. He has been an officer of Jemison for over 30 years. David began his career in New Jersey with United States Lines before moving to New York City to work for Cyrus J. Lawrence Inc., an institutional investment banking firm. David serves as a director or trustee to many organizations including Grace House Ministries, Inc., the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, The Children’s Hospital of Alabama, McKinney Capital, Graham & Company, and IBERIABANK. David received an MBA and JD from the University of Alabama and a BS in Business Administration from Louisiana State University.
Paige Hood retired in 2019 after 31 years with PGIM Real Estate Finance (Prudential), a global commercial, multifamily and agricultural mortgage lender. Paige was the Chief Investment Officer and Senior Portfolio Manager.
In these roles, he served as the portfolio manager for Prudential’s General Account portfolio, which grew from $16.3 billion to over $60 billion during his tenure. Paige was also responsible for setting investment policy and strategy, as well as overseeing the credit approval process for the portfolio, which consisted of primarily fixed-rate term loans secured by apartment, office, retail, industrial and hotel properties.
Paige currently serves on the Board of Directors of Empire State Realty Trust. Paige received a BS in Finance and an MBA, both from Louisiana State University. He is a past chairman of the Commercial/Multifamily Finance Board of Governors of the Mortgage Bankers Association. Paige resides in Atlanta, Georgia.
Scott Olson is the CEO of Pathway Healthcare, a private company that provides a network of addiction treatment and recovery centers with headquarters in Birmingham, Alabama. He is also a Partner of Turtle Creek Holdings, a private equity and venture capital firm based in Dallas, Texas.
Scott was previously the CoFounder and Managing Director of PBL, an asset-based hedge fund, and practiced law with several firms. Most notably, he was the Managing Shareholder of the Dallas office and Global Co-head of the Structured Finance and Derivatives Group for the law firm of Greenberg Traurig, LLP.
Scott received a BS in Accounting from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a JD from Vanderbilt Law School. Prior to college, Scott served in the United States Air Force. Scott currently serves on numerous business, philanthropic and ministry boards both nationally and internationally. He also enjoys spending his down time with his wife and three children.
- 2151 Highland Avenue South Suite 200Birmingham, AL 35205
- (205) 879-0870