StoneRiver Company, LLC invests in, develops and manages a wide variety of real estate holdings within the Southeast including multifamily, office, industrial warehouse, retail and timberland. The degree of management services provided depends on the particular real estate investment. These services include development, asset management, construction management and property management.
- Multifamily (39)
- Land (9)
- Retail (9)
- Office (9)
Benny M. LaRussa, Jr is the Chairman and CEO of StoneRiver Company, LLC. He has been exposed to all forms of real estate investing including multi family, office, industrial warehouse, retail, and 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 the First Commercial Bank and Canterbury Trust both of which were sold to Synovus Financial Corporation in the 90’s. Since the formation of StoneRiver Company, LLC, Benny has worked diligently to develop a team of real estate professionals possessing the technical expertise and management and leadership skills needed to be a leading real estate company in the Southeast....Read More
Benny M. LaRussa, Jr is the Chairman and CEO of StoneRiver Company, LLC. He has been exposed to all forms of real estate investing including multi family, office, industrial warehouse, retail, and 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 the First Commercial Bank and Canterbury Trust both of which were sold to Synovus Financial Corporation in the 90’s. Since the formation of StoneRiver Company, LLC, Benny has worked diligently to develop a team of real estate professionals possessing the technical expertise 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, Jack’s Family Restaurants, Security Engineers, StoneRiver Company, LLC, Fenwick Brands, LLC, America Pipe and Supply, and the Auburn University Foundation as well 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 BS in Finance and a Master’s in Public and Private Business from Birmingham Southern College.
Chairman / CEO
Joseph Welden is a Birmingham native and President of StoneRiver Company, LLC. 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 Company, LLC and StoneRiver Property Management, LLC. He is a member of the Board of Directors for Innovation Depot, a member of the Monday Morning Quarterback Club, and former President of the Junior Board of Directors for the Birmingham Zoo.
Joseph graduated from Hampden-Sydney College with a B.A. in Mathematical Economics. He earned a Masters in Financial Mathematics from Florida State University and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Alabama.
Colin Moorhouse joined StoneRiver Company, LLC in 2016 as the 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.
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 (Ashland, Virginia) with degrees in Business / Economics & Political Science, and he received his law degree from the University Of Maryland School Of Law (Baltimore, Maryland).
Vice President / General Counsel
Jeff Ganz joined StoneRiver Company in 2018 as Vice President of Business Development. Jeff oversees the management and engagement of existing and perspective investors and is responsible for external networking, fundraising and other company business development opportunities.
Prior to joining StoneRiver, Jeff spent more than ten years developing growth initiatives, cultivating strategic partnerships and creating opportunities for dynamic ventures. He worked in business development/fund raising roles with ShopBistro USA, Monness, Crespi, Hardt & Company and Credit Suisse.....Read More
Jeff grew up in New York, graduated with honors from Brown University with a BA in Organizational Behavior & Management and received his MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business.
He is an avid college and professional sports fan, likes to play golf, tennis and basketball and is active in his community.
Vice President of Business Development
Lou Davis joined StoneRiver Company in 2017 as Director of Investments. Lou oversees the sourcing, acquisition and development of the Company's real estate investments. Prior to joining StoneRiver Company, he was Director of Investments with Cortland Partners. He opened and staffed their office in Charlotte, North Carolina in addition to identifying real estate acquisitions that met their investment criteria. Prior to Cortland, Lou spent six years with Wells Real Estate Funds, a real estate REIT in Atlanta, GA. He held various positions while at Wells with duties that included a vigorous acquisition/disposition platform for multi-family and Class A office space. Lou graduated Cum Laude at the University of Kentucky with a BBA in Finance and Management.
Director of Investments
Kenny Budd joined StoneRiver Company in December of 2015 as a Real Estate Analyst. His responsibilities include sourcing, investment analysis, underwriting, and diligence for all acquisitions and development opportunities. He is also involved in recapitalizations, dispositions and overall asset management within StoneRiver's real estate portfolio. Previously, Kenny was with Grandbridge Real Estate Capital where he was involved in the production of over $165 million in multifamily and commercial loan originations.
He also has prior experience in multifamily investment sales and office tenant representation. Kenny graduated from The University of Alabama with a BBA in Finance with a Real Estate concentration and is currently pursuing an Executive MBA from Emory University - Goizueta Business School. Kenny serves on various committees of the Rotaract Club of Birmingham and enjoys coaching youth football in the fall.
Brett Mendell joined StoneRiver Company, LLC 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. .....Read More
Prior to joining StoneRiver, LLC 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.
Meredith Lagan joined StoneRiver Property Management, LLC in 2018 as Controller. Meredith oversees the day to day operations of the accounting department and regularly interfaces with financial institutions and other outside consultants concerning existing and future assets. Prior to joining SRPM, Meredith was the Vice President of Accounting for a medical real estate development/ property management firm. Her focus is continual process development and improvement that bring added value for our residents and our investors. She has over 19 years of accounting experience and received a B.S. in Accounting from the School of Business at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Meredith is a CPA in the state of Alabama.
Johnathan Markwood is the Accounting Manager for StoneRiver Company, LLC. He joined the company in 2013 and is responsible for the finance and accounting functions for StoneRiver Company, LLC and StoneRiver Property Management, LLC. Johnathan is a native of Birmingham, AL and a graduate of Samford University, where he earned his B.A. in Accounting and obtained his CPA certification. He is a member of the Alabama Society of Certified Public Accountants (ASCPA).