Amin Irving – Founder, President and CEO
Mr. Irving is the President and CEO of Ginosko Development Company and is responsible for the overall performance and operation of all divisions of the GDC family of companies. Amin oversees the selection of various locations, the preliminary feasibility analyses, the purchase negotiation of projects, landscaping and architectural design, municipality processing and debt and equity financing.
Amin is driven to help catalyze vibrant, socio-economically diverse neighborhoods through housing development. He attributes his passion, in part, to his experiences while growing up as an only child in the Midwest. He became homeless at 9 years old while his mother transitioned between jobs and lived in a run-down motel for a while. As Amin recalls, “The amount of struggle we dealt with just to pay the rent brought serious pressure to not only my mother, but myself. Knowing that I am helping to alleviate that kind of pain, not only in the parent, but also in the child is what motivates me.” He was attracted to real estate development at 18 after his mother’s passing when he found himself in difficult negotiations over the sale of his mother’s home. “The broker thought that I should sell the house for $20,000 less than what I thought it could be sold for; and the house ended up being sold at my suggested price within two weeks. That sparked my real estate drive.”
Amin graduated from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business in Ann Arbor majoring in Finance and Real Estate. He was the recipient of the University of Michigan Achievement Award.
His previous work experience includes Investment Banking in New York City, where he has gained wisdom in effectively and efficiently operating development projects. In Citigroup’s Real Estate Equity Division, Amin conducted various financial analyses for Sale-Leaseback and Synthetic-Lease deals valued over $450 million. Some notable deals include Huntington Bank and Samsung properties.
However, in New York Amin realized that money didn’t buy him happiness and moved back to Michigan where he became an Analyst responsible for turning data into information while working for a Medicaid HMO. He single-handedly found $4 Million in annual savings for a company on the brink of insolvency.
Mr. Irving has served on numerous Boards and Advisory Councils including the Chairman of the Board for both the Michigan Housing Council and the Area Agency on Aging 1-B. Mr. Irving was awarded the prestigious Crain’s Detroit Business Top 40 Business Person’s under 40 years old.
Amin is the proud husband of Tiffaney Irving and a proud father of four children.
Mary H. Tischler, CPA, CGMA – Chief Financial Officer
Mary joined Ginosko Development Company in 2012 as Chief Financial Officer. She is responsible for all financial accounting and reporting functions for the GDC family of companies, including proforma development and operating budgets, debt and equity financing, and internal controls.
She comes to GDC with over twenty years of tax, public accounting and financial consulting experience with a specialty in the affordable housing industry. She has provided years of technical assistance and consulting to developers, contractors and property managers regarding pro-forma development and operating budget analysis, partnership and loan agreements, low income housing tax credit and placed in service applications, LIHTC, HUD and MSHDA cost certifications, audits and tax returns. Her experience with public charities, private foundations, and other tax-exempt organizations including health and human services organizations, arts and cultural organizations, environmental and historical organizations, and membership organizations, among others, also brings an added level of skill and passion to GDC as we pursue our mission to build a brighter future today for all of our community residents, partners and other stakeholders.
Mary has also taught English in China with Oakland University and creative writing as a writer in residence in the Detroit Public Schools with the InsideOut Literary Arts Organization.
She is on the board of the Michigan Housing Council and the Oakland Township Historical Society as well as a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants. She is a Phi Beta Kappa Graduate from James Madison College – Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Socioeconomics and Public Policy. She also holds a Master of Fine Arts – Writing and Poetics from the Naropa Institute, and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA).
Her interests in gardening, natural and cultural history, creative writing and the environment have motivated her to become active in her community. For many years she has served on various boards and committees of area non-profits. She has given many years of service on the Board of Directors of the Oakland Township Historical Society, the Finance Committee of the Clinton River Watershed Council, the Audit Committee of Common Ground and as Treasurer of the Oakland Land Conservancy (now Six Rivers Regional Land Conservancy). She also loves to play guitar and sing with her multi-talented family members and friends.
Nathan Keup – VP Development
Mr. Keup is Vice President of Development at Ginosko Development Company and is responsible for managing the development process for real estate ventures undertaken by GDC. Mr. Keup manages site selection, feasibility and underwriting, purchase negotiation, financing, closings, and construction of projects within GDC’s pipeline and portfolio.
Mr. Keup joined Ginosko Development Company after serving as Director of Real Estate Development for a large Michigan non-profit housing organization where he was responsible for implementing over $100M in senior housing and care developments at more than 10 new locations across Michigan. While at his previous position, Mr. Keup worked closely with federal, state and local financing agencies including HUD, MSHDA, and the City of Detroit. Mr. Keup lead the interdisciplinary team of Owner, manager, architect, contractor and consultants through the development process, in addition to serving as staff liaison to governance. In 2015 Mr. Keup graduated from the LeadingAge Leadership Academy. He is also a graduate of Leadership Oakland XVII. Mr. Keup also serves as a Board Member of the Michigan Housing Council, the Rivertown Detroit Association and is a member of the Leadership Oakland Finance Committee.
Mr. Keup is an active member of his church where he and his wife and children attend.
Michael Stefanko – VP Development and General Counsel
Mr. Stefanko is Vice President of Development and General Counsel at Ginosko Development Company. Mike is a licensed attorney and former certified public accountant. He is responsible for the legal review of acquisition and financing due diligence and closing documents, representing Ginosko as in-house counsel. He also manages the real estate development process for projects within GDC’s pipeline and portfolio including site selection, feasibility and underwriting, purchase negotiation, financing, closings, and construction.
Before joining Ginosko in July 2019, Mike was in private practice for 10 years and was a shareholder with Loomis, Ewert, Parsley, Davis & Gotting, P.C., concentrating his practice in real estate law, including affordable housing and condominiums, tax law, and business and corporate law. Mike represented developers, investors and lenders in numerous transactions financed with low income housing tax credits, historic tax credits, state tax credits and grants, tax-exempt bonds, and/or federally insured loans (including rural development, HUD and Fannie Mae).
Prior to law school, Mike worked for Yeo & Yeo, P.C., CPAs and Business Consultants, as a staff accountant, in the firm’s Lansing office. While at Yeo & Yeo, Mike specialized in the audit of low-income housing tax credit properties and developments, while also gaining both tax and audit experience with non-profit, for profit, and governmental agencies.
Mike graduated from Central Michigan University (B.A.) and Michigan State University College of Law (J.D., magna cum laude).
Alicia Powell – VP Asset Management
Alicia Powell is Ginosko Development Company’s Vice President of Asset Management. Mrs. Powell (formerly Brown) is the outgoing Chief of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Multifamily Account Executive Branch. Mrs. Powell served at HUD for nearly a decade, where she was also the field RAD Transaction Manager and worked in various capacities in asset management throughout her tenure there. With over 15 years experience in affordable housing asset management, she has cultivated a depth and breadth of knowledge in the areas of compliance, corrective action plans, leasing, occupancy, tenant selection plans, operating budgets and proforma underwriting, subsidy programs, agency regulations, financial analysis, performance analytics, risk management, physical needs management, and many other areas. She holds a BA from the University of Michigan and holds certifications as a Housing Credit Certified Professional (HCCP), Management and Occupancy Review Specialist (MORS), Tax Credit Specialist (TCS), Certified Occupancy Specialist (COS) and Nonprofit Housing Management Specialist (NHMS).