About

HPN Select is dedicated to the needs of affordable housing developers and managers, helping you achieve your goals and fulfill your mission.

Who we are

HPN Select is a national procurement solution for HPN and NeighborWorks members — organizations that share a common goal of helping people live in cleaner, safer, healthier and more affordable homes.

Our goal is to ensure the future of procurement, including affordable housing, is simpler, more streamlined and built for sustainability and efficiency. We’re working to help developers and owner-managers connect with vendors in ways that make it easier to access quality and nationally available products at a fair price. And we’re enabling greater visibility and transparency in buying decisions and smarter dollar allocations.

How we started

After working together to create a procurement solution that meets their budgets and missions, 19 Housing Partnership Network (HPN) members, along with HPN, launched HPN Select in December 2015. In addition to being part of HPN’s portfolio of social enterprises, HPN Select also leverages the expertise and capacity of a strategic procurement partner, Inprova Group.

The results we deliver

By purchasing through HPN Select contracts, organizations can save 5%-30%, significantly impacting the efficiency of their operation. HPN Select provides practical and innovative solutions to its customers through product R&D and standardization, a group bidding process, centralized billing and spend analysis, vendor collaboration on logistical solutions, and peer exchange among customers to improve execution and replicate best practices.

The team you’ll work with

Our Raleigh, NC-based team is the primary contact point. Our procurement specialists identify and support operational requirements through negotiations with a range of vendors — resulting in competitive contractual agreements at the national, regional and local levels.

Serving you with specialization in a range of property and overhead-related expenditure areas, our team is a valuable partner in achieving your budget and sustainability goals.

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Mark Vernon
President
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Mark Vernon
President

Mark is a recognized leader in the multifamily industry. Most recently, he worked with one of the nation’s largest renovation, investment and management companies, Bell Partners Inc.(Bell). Other notable companies included AIMCO, Gables Residential and Pinnacle Realty.

With a heavy emphasis on leveraging Bell’s buying power, expense management and revenue enhancement, his focus was procurement, vendor relations, energy management, contract administration and ancillary income. His vision for HPN Select is to provide its members/shareholders with a mission driven platform through procurement, people and technology.

Mark holds the designation of Certified Property Manager (CPM) through the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) and is a member of the Institute for Supply Management (ISM). He earned a Bachelor of Science from Francis Marion University and studied for a Masters Degree at Emory University.

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Richard Kingston
VP, Sustainability
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Richard Kingston
VP, Sustainability

Richard’s primary focus will be scaling the healthy building products and energy management services available to the HPN network and like-minded owners/operators in the affordable housing sector.

Richard joins us from Simon Konover located in West Hartford, Connecticut where he was VP Property Management. While there, he was responsible for the management and oversight of a multi-family portfolio of affordable and market rate apartment homes. Prior to joining Simon Konover, Richard was VP Property Management for Project HOME located Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Richard holds a number of professional certifications including the Certified Occupancy Specialist, Tax Credit Specialist, Certified Assisted Housing Manager and LEED certification for new construction with additional studies in Construction Management from Columbus State.

He and his partner, Audrey, live in NW Connecticut. He is a runner and biker participating in both health and charity challenges.

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Chris Frederick
Procurement Director
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Chris Frederick
Procurement Director

Chris has 15 years experience in Procurement in high-tech engineering companies, most recently at Leidos Inc., a Fortune 500 company.

He has managed large operational teams and has been responsible for overseeing in excess of $200M of annual expenditure.

At Leidos, he worked on a variety of strategic steering committees to develop enhanced procurement policies and procedures. He has deep experience of leading initiatives to drive cost savings, and competition and audit compliance to new levels. Chris holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from East Carolina University.

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Laura Wheeler
Procurement Professional
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Laura Wheeler
Procurement Professional

Laura joined HPN Select in May of 2016 as a Procurement Specialist within the HPN Select team. Her primary job function is the management of various vendor relationships for both direct and indirect categories, and providing value to members through competitive sourcing activities.

Laura has both marketing and procurement experience having worked for several Fortune 500 companies such as Bayer, Biogen, and The Pantry, Inc. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with concentrations in both Supply Chain/Operations and Marketing, from North Carolina State University.

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Jeffrey Smith
Procurement Professional
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Jeffrey Smith
Procurement Professional

Jeff Smith joined in February 2016 as a procurement manager within the HPN Select team. His primary function is the management of vendor relationships with key suppliers and driving value for the members through strategic sourcing initiatives.

Jeff has over 8 years of procurement and manufacturing experience and most recently performing procurement consulting with a global technology conglomerate for a number of Fortune 500 clients in sectors ranging from retail to high-tech manufacturing.

He has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with dual concentrations in Supply Chain and International Business from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

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Jordan Britton
Procurement Professional
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Jordan Britton
Procurement Professional

Jordan joined HPN Select in December 2016 as a Procurement Analyst. His primary function will be managing and administering an assigned category of spend across HPN, delivering purchasing services to customers.

Most recently he held the position of Business Analyst with SciQuest, Inc., now known as Jaggaer.  Jordan has over 5 years of experience in Procurement in a variety of roles, including expertise in purchasing and forecasting.

Jordan holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Supply Chain/Operations from North Carolina State University.

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Jordan Lehman
Procurement Professional
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Jordan Lehman
Procurement Professional

Jordan joined HPN Select in March 2019 as a Procurement Professional. His primary functions include managing several vendor relationships across a range of categories, as well as acting as the HPN Select liaison for the Mid-Atlantic region, delivering procurement solutions to shareholders and members in the area.

Jordan has over 6 years of procurement and supply chain experience, most recently as the North American Facilities Lead for IBM in Raleigh, North Carolina. Previously he has worked in the public sector for both federal and state government, as well as the private sector for Union Pacific Railroad, performing in a variety of procurement and analytical roles.

Jordan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Supply Chain Management with a focus on Procurement from Michigan State University.

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Jessica Vogt
Procurement Professional
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Jessica Vogt
Procurement Professional

Jessica Vogt joined in September 2018 as a Procurement Professional within the HPN Select team. Her primary function is the management of various vendor relationships with key suppliers and driving value for the members through strategic initiatives.

Prior to joining HPN Select, Jessica was a Procurement Specialist at UNC Healthcare System where she supported the procurement and contracting functions of several Hospital departments across the Healthcare system. Jessica also previously served as a Procurement Analyst at Revlon, Inc., supporting sourcing initiatives globally.

She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Supply Chain/Operations from North Carolina State University.

Our Shareholders and Board of Managers

Abode Communities
Rick Saperstein
EVP and CFO
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Rick Saperstein
EVP and CFO

Rick Saperstein is executive vice president and chief financial officer responsible for the oversight of Abode Communities’ long-term financial solvency, including budgeting, reporting, treasury management and risk management.

Saperstein has more than 30 years of experience in organizational finance and accounting management; internal and external financial reporting; budgeting and forecasting; cash flow reporting and department management. He is regularly called upon by organizations such as Enterprise Community Partners and the Southern California Association for Nonprofit Housing to discuss topics such as Low Income Housing Tax Credits and implementing efficient techniques for cross-divisional communications between asset management, housing development and finance departments, amongst more.

He is a Certified Public Accountant #44683 from the California Board of Accountancy and a licensed Real Estate Officer #01866181 from the California Board of Real Estate. He received his bachelor degree in accounting from California State University, Northridge.

Aeon
AHC, Inc.
Avesta Housing
BRIDGE Housing Corporation
D. Kemp Valentine
EVP and CFO
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D. Kemp Valentine
EVP and CFO

Mr. Valentine oversees the finance, accounting, human resources and information technology activities for all BRIDGE-related companies. He joined BRIDGE in 2005 and has over 20 years of finance and corporate administration experience. He is Chairman of the Board of the Housing Partnership Insurance Exchange and serves on their Audit and Investments Committees.  Prior to joining BRIDGE he worked for 3Com and Lehman Brothers as well as a number of smaller companies. He holds a B.A. in Economics from Dartmouth College and a Master of Business Administration from Indiana University.

Eden Housing
Kasey Archey
SVP, Property Operations
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Kasey Archey
SVP, Property Operations

As Senior Vice President of Property Operations, Kasey is responsible for directing, administering and coordinating the operational activities of Eden Housing, Inc.’s two operating affiliates – Eden Housing Management Inc. (EHMI) and Eden Housing Resident Services, Inc. (EHRSI). Ms. Archey will have overall responsibility for ensuring that projects developed by Eden Housing, Inc. remain fiscally sound, affordable and well-maintained, and that they feature a comprehensive resident services component.

Kasey brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in the operation and management of multi-family housing to Eden. Prior to joining Eden she was at Jerusalem House where, as Program Manager for Scattered Sites, she oversaw the largest supportive, permanent housing program in the metro Atlanta area for homeless, low-income people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS.  Prior to this role, she was the Grants & Compliance Manager, responsible for the oversight and management of governmental grants for all housing units.  She has also held leadership roles in Property Management at Abode Communities and Goldrich and Kest. In addition, she has served on the Board of the Affordable Housing Management Association-Pacific Southwest and is an active and contributing member of the National Affordable Housing Management Association.

HDC MidAtlantic
Hispanic Housing Development Corporation
Homes for America, Inc.
Frank Fudala
VP, Portfolio Management
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Frank Fudala
VP, Portfolio Management

Frank has over fifteen years of experience in the affordable housing industry.  Prior to joining HFA, Frank served in a variety of asset and property management capacities at Enterprise Community Investment, Bank of America and Habitat America.

The Housing Partnership Network
Chuck Wehrwein
Chief Operating Officer
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Chuck Wehrwein
Chief Operating Officer

Chuck Wehrwein has joined Housing Partnership Network as President of Member Engagement and Business Collaboration. In his new role, Chuck will lead and oversee membership, policy, governance, and the International Housing Partnership. He will serve as a member of HPN’s Executive Leadership Team and play a key role in managing collaboration among HPN programs and member-driven social enterprises.

This appointment marks Chuck’s return to HPN following four years at NeighborWorks America, where he served as Chief Operating Officer from 2012 until 2016. During his tenure, he led field operations, national initiatives, applied research, training, organizational assessment, and information management. He also served as acting chief executive officer in 2014 before resuming his role as COO.

Previously, Chuck was a member of HPN’s executive team from 2007 to 2012, where he was instrumental in managing growth and development of the award-winning business collaboratives.
A recognized leader in the housing and community development sector, Chuck has held a number of senior-level roles throughout his career, including seven years as Senior Vice President for Real Estate Investment and Strategic Investment at HPN member organization Mercy Housing, Inc. In addition, Chuck served as Chief Operating Officer of the National Equity Fund, Chief Financial Officer of Thrush Development Company, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Multifamily Housing at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and Deputy Administrator for Multifamily Housing at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Housing Service. Chuck is also a certified public accountant.

Jamboree Housing Corporation
Jose Sanchez
VP, Asset Management
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Jose Sanchez
VP, Asset Management

As Vice President of Asset Management, Jose oversees the operation and management of the company’s portfolio of properties throughout California. Currently, that portfolio – valued at more than $1 billion – consists of more than 64 properties and 6,400 apartment homes for more than 18,750+ residents.

Jose brings with him a strong understanding of both California’s real estate market and the necessity of creating and maintaining affordable/workforce housing for Californians. A harsh reality for residents of the Golden State is that many contribute so much to our communities, yet struggle to make ends meet in a State with some of the highest real estate prices in the country. “It’s not about what we do on a daily basis but the lives we affect and change forever.”

Since coming to Jamboree, Jose has implemented initiatives to manage Jamboree’s growing pipeline with enhancements to its robust reporting and is developing additional metrics to measure performance and adopt emerging cost-saving measures for the existing portfolio. This includes the design of a new asset management database that will provide utmost flexibility in collecting and analyzing data and will meet the growing needs for generating portfolio analytics and data warehousing that gives Jamboree an edge to deliver on its fiduciary responsibilities to investors.

MidPen Housing Corporation
Marvin Williams
SVP, Property Management
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Marvin Williams
SVP, Property Management

Marvin leads a staff of 250+ and has oversight of a housing portfolio of more than 7,200 affordable rental homes across 10 San Francisco Bay Area counties. He’s responsible for all aspects of property operations including lease-ups, facility maintenance, compliance, resident satisfaction, staff development and each property’s financial performance.

National Church Residences
Steve Bodkin
Chief Operating Officer
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Steve Bodkin
Chief Operating Officer

Steve Bodkin is the Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for National Church Residences’ Housing Division. He oversees the day-to-day operations and management of more than 340 senior and family affordable housing communities in 28 states and Puerto Rico.

He assumed the job in 2012 after serving asthe division’s Vice President; Engineering, Energy, and Procurement Services. Steve joined National Church Residences in 2007.

Prior to joining National Church Residences, Steve served 23 years at American Electric Power as a Director for engineering, energy management, and strategic planning.

Steve holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Ohio Northern University (Ada, OH) and an MBA with a Finance focus from Franklin University (Columbus, OH). He is also a Certified Energy Manager, Certified Energy Auditor, and Certified Energy Procurement Professional by the Association of Energy Engineers.

NeighborWorks America
Harold Nassau
Director
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Harold Nassau
Director

Harold Nassau is NeighborWorks®America’s Senior Director of Asset Management Programs. For the past nineteen years Mr. Nassau has overseen asset management training and technical assistance for one hundred thirty five local NeighborWorks organizations that develop multifamily housing. He supervises and reviews the performance data collection for the 135,000 multifamily units owned by NeighborWorks®America members. In 2005 Mr. Nassau designed and launched Neighborhood Risk Management Corp. As NeighborWorks®America representative, Mr. Nassau is President of the Consortium of Housing and Asset Management (CHAM®) and heads the Curriculum Development Committee and, of course, holds the CHAM® designation as a professional asset manager of affordable housing.

During the five years prior to joining NeighborWorks®America, Mr. Nassau was the Asset Manager for a Boston based regional non profit that developed 2000 units of affordable in partnership with 12 different CDCs. In this capacity he also developed a loan program for 5-20 unit buildings and an insurance program for affordable housing.

Before entering the world of non-profits and intermediaries, Mr. Nassau had fifteen years experience in the for-profit world as a property manager, Director of Property Management and as the owner of a management company. Portfolios included rental housing, condominiums, co-ops and commercial real estate. Additionally, he has developed rental housing.

Mr. Nassau currently serves on Board committees for asset management of two Boston CDCs.“Asset Management and the Survival of Non Profit Owners” was published in Affordable Housing Finance in May, 2015.

North Carolina Community Development Initiative
Nevada HAND, Inc.
Preservation of Affordable Housing
Patricia Belden
President and CEO, POAH Communities
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Patricia Belden
President and CEO, POAH Communities

Patricia Belden is President of POAH Communities and has been part of the POAH organization since its founding in 2001, rising from project manager to managing director and chief operating officer. Over the years she has played a lead role in the acquisition, preservation and creation of nearly 8,500 affordable housing units nationally. She oversaw strategic development and implementation of the Choice Neighborhood Initiative grant, a revitalization centered on the redevelopment of five city blocks in Chicago’s Woodlawn neighborhood near the University of Chicago. Patricia possesses a broad knowledge of complex deal structuring and layered finance and has employed most of the available federal, state, local, private and tax credit equity funding programs to preserve at-risk affordable housing. Prior to joining POAH, she worked at Boston Financial Group and MassHousing.​

REACH Community Development, Inc.
Rocky Mountain Communities
Tracy J. Gargaro
CFO and COO
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Tracy J. Gargaro
CFO and COO

Tracy Gargaro joined Rocky Mountain Communities as its Chief Financial Officer in November 2012 and added the title of Chief Operating Officer in June 2013. Tracy brings more than 30 years of experience in real estate, finance and banking. His experience ranges from ownership and management of entrepreneurial start-up companies to senior financial positions at large national enterprises. He also brings valuable experience from financial and operational positions with a national non-profit owner/developer of affordable housing.

Previously, he was the Treasurer of two national real estate development firms, where he successfully negotiated more than $200 million of corporate debt facilities and managed cash investments in excess of $100 million. He has worked extensively with bankers to implement automated cash receipt and disbursement systems while improving cash flow and decreasing borrowing costs.

In addition to accounting and finance, Tracy has also been a banker. His experience includes underwriting and managing investments. But, more significantly, he was the leader of a team that resolved problem loans totaling more than $500 million. Through his diligence and perseverance, the bank was able to recover a substantially greater amount than anticipated in an accelerated rapid time frame.

Tracy has broad experience developing strategic plans, cash flow forecasts and budgets. His experience includes risk management – the identification of financial and operational risks and the development of plans to eliminate or mitigate those risks.

Tracy has served on numerous metropolitan district boards, homeowner association boards and committees. He is currently Treasurer of the RW Spirit of Joy Foundation, a non-profit organization promoting literacy to children who are hospitalized or in other stressful situations.

Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corp.
The Community Builders
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