John Kane founded Kane Realty Corporation in 1978. Today as its CEO, John has successfully led an organization that has developed sustainable mixed-use communities, regional malls, neighborhood and community centers, office buildings and health centers.
Kane Realty began work on its signature project, North Hills, in late 1999 with the purchase of numerous properties in Raleigh’s North Hills, embarking on a massive billion dollar redevelopment that encompasses 130 acres. North Hills, a mixed-use multi-block district known as Raleigh's Midtown, is the recipient of numerous awards and accolades for its pedestrian-friendly and sustainable design which has made it one of America's premier in-fill developments. Centrally located at the corner of one of Raleigh's main thoroughfares and the I-440 beltline, North Hills is a destination of urban living, luxury hotel rooms, class A office space, premier dining, salons and day spas, high-end boutiques, a 14-screen movie complex, a state-of-the-art athletic club, and numerous gathering places.
John is a graduate of Wake Forest University with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration. He is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization, Chief Executives Organization and World Presidents’ Organization. John received a gubernatorial appointment to the State of North Carolina Economic Development Board and is currently serving on the Economic Development Board of the NC Board. He is also a current board member of the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority, Duke Heart Center, NC New Schools, Vice Chairman of the Research Triangle Regional Partnership, NC Chamber and Chairman of the Duke Raleigh Hospital Advisory Board and a Board member of Duke University Health System. John was a founding vestry member of Holy Trinity Church and a former board member of the North Carolina Symphony and Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce. He is an active member of the Urban Land Institute and the International Council of Shopping Centers.
In 2004, John was recognized as Business Leader of the Year by Business Leader Magazine, received the Pillar Award by the Triangle Business Journal, and the Impact Award by Triangle CREW. John was recognized as the Developer of the Year in 2005 by TCAR. In 2009, the News and Observer selected John Kane as “Top 10 to Watch in 2009”. Also in 2009, John was presented with the Sir Walter Raleigh Award by Mayor Charles Meeker under unanimous approval by the Raleigh City Council honoring the significant improvements to the appearance of Raleigh through the re-development of North Hills over the past 10 years. In 2010, John received the prestigious Thad Eure, Jr. Memorial Award from the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau which recognizes an individual that has made a major impact on the Wake County hospitality industry. In 2015, John received the ULI Triangle J.W. Willie York Community Builder Award, the Triangle Business CEO of the year award and the Triangle Business Person of the year award.
Mike Smith is President and Chief Operating Officer of Kane Realty Corporation, a Raleigh-based company whose signature project includes the development and management of offices, retail, residential and hotels located at Raleigh’s North Hills.
Mike received his bachelor’s degree from Wake Forest University and holds a masters degree in business administration from the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. Mike’s prior professional experience includes working in the Political Affairs Office of The White House, participating in Citicorp Asia’s China Fund in Hong Kong, Vice President Banc of America Securities’ Capital Markets Group, and Managing Director at PNC Capital Markets.
Mike currently serves on the Triangle Transit Board of Trustees, the St. David’s School Board of Trustees and the Midtown Raleigh Alliance’s Board of Directors. Mike received a gubernatorial appointment to the State of North Carolina’s Board of Transportation and is currently serving on the Board. Mike is also a member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO), The Conference Table (Wake County Visitor’s Industry Advocacy Group), and the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
In 2012, Mike was Co-Chair of Governor-Elect McCrory’s Transition Team. He is also a former member of Wake Forest University Alumni Council’s Executive Committee, the Leadership Council at Church of the Apostles, the executive committee of the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce and former Chairman of the Wake County Economic Development Department Board.
Association memberships include The International Center of Shopping Centers, Urban Land Institute and National Association of Industrial and Office Parks and the Regional Transportation Alliance.
Mike was named one of the Triangle Business Journal’s “Forty Under Forty” for 2004 and named by the Triangle Business Journal as “50 to Watch in Business” in 2013.
Bonnie joined Kane Realty in early 2014 as Director of Kane Residential to lead the operations and business development of our multifamily management arm. She is involved in the strategic growth and overall operating success of the individual multifamily assets in our portfolio and leading the Regional team. She works closely with our Development department in the development of future multifamily communities both internally and externally with third party clients. Prior to joining Kane Realty, Bonnie has 26 years of property management experience in all asset types with a portfolio as large as 8,000 apartment homes. She has successfully managed conventional, senior and student housing in both stabilized and lease up communities with a focus on exceeding the expectations of the clients and operational growth in both investment value and return.
Bonnie holds a Certified Property Manager® designation from the Institute of Real Estate Management® and a North Carolina Real Estate Broker’s license. She is actively involved with the local chapter of IREM® and has held several leadership positions including President, Vice President, and Secretary. In addition, she has served on the IREM® National Legislative committee and the Student Outreach committee. She is active in the Triangle Apartment Association and affiliated with NAA®. Bonnie attended Appalachian State University and the University of North Carolina at Asheville.
For the past 8 years, Bonnie and her husband, Tim have opened their home to nation’s most talented young baseball players as Host Families for the USA Baseball® Tournament of Stars, the national tryout series for the USA Baseball® 18U National team. When she is not at work or the baseball field you can most likely find Bonnie on the family farm in the mountains of North Carolina where she grows Christmas trees and pumpkins.
Jennings Glenn is Kane Realty Corporation’s senior financial officer with responsibility for overseeing financial strategy and planning and coordination among all financial disciplines of the company. Prior to his position with Kane Realty Corporation, Jennings was the controller for Southern Industrial Constructors, Inc. in Raleigh where he was responsible for all aspects of accounting and financial reporting. He also worked as a senior associate at Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP in Raleigh and as a staff accountant at Blackman & Sloop CPA’s P.A. in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Jennings holds a degree in accounting from North Carolina State University and a degree in political science from Queens College in Charlotte. He has served as chair of the StepUP Raleigh Board of Directors, chair of the Aldert Root School Foundation Board of Directors, member of the Salvation Army Board of Directors, and chair of the Loaves and Fishes Board of Directors. He serves as a Deacon/Church Officer at White Memorial Presbyterian Church. He was named one of the Triangle Business Journal’s “Forty Under Forty” for 2010.
As Kane Realty Corporation’s Development Director, T.J. Barringer leads and oversees all development efforts - ushering projects through acquisition, entitlements, design, construction, stabilization, and disposition. He has direct experience with about $900M of various development types including retail, residential, office, mixed-use, and infrastructure.
Before joining Kane, T.J. consulted in the Atlanta office of Bain & Company, a global business strategy consulting firm where he drove results for clients in numerous industries. He also has analyst experience with Lehman Brothers Investment Bank in New York.
T.J. graduated with highest distinction from the Kenan-Flagler Business School of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a BS in Business Administration, and he also studied at the center for European studies at Maastricht University in the Netherlands. T.J. is active with the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce through the Leadership Raleigh program, Urban Land Institute through the Young Leaders program, Emmaus House, and at Hayes Barton Methodist Church through various service and outreach programs.
Bonner Gaylord oversees day-to-day operations at North Hills and directs members of Kane’s property management team on marketing, events, sponsorships, public safety, custodial, maintenance, and tenant relationships. He is also involved in the planning of North Hills’ expansion, which when complete will make the project one of the country’s largest mixed-use developments.
Prior to joining Kane, Bonner held positions as both project manager and builder with Richard Gaylord homes in Raleigh where he worked on developments in Raleigh, Chapel Hill, Apex and Wake Forest. He has also worked for DiVosta/Pulte Homes in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Bonner holds an undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Kenan-Flagler Business School where he was a Hobgood Fellow. He is a NC licensed general contractor, a NC licensed real estate broker, a LEED accredited professional through the US Green Building Council, and a Friday Fellow through the William C. Friday Fellowship for Human Relations.
Bonner was elected as a Raleigh City Councilor in 2009, was reelected without opposition in 2011 and 2013, and is currently serving as the inaugural chair of the Technology and Communications Committee, Comprehensive Planning Committee member, and as council liaison to six local boards and commissions. Bonner received the Forty Under Forty award in 2009 from the Triangle Business Journal, 10 to watch in 2010 by the News and Observer, and the 2011 Outstanding Public Servant award from the N.C. Center for Voter Education.
Bonner serves ex officio on the board of directors of the Greater Raleigh Merchant Association, Shop Local Raleigh, Triangle Commuter Bike Initiative, Local Organizing Committee for the International Bluegrass Music Association, and has served on other boards including Raleigh Planning Commission, Habitat for Humanity of Wake County, Habitat for Humanity of North Carolina, inaugural Chair of the Young Leaders Group for Urban Land Institute (ULI) and Executive Committee of the ULI Triangle District Council.
As Regional Manager, Elizabeth is responsible for the supervision of the site teams and overall operations of each community in her portfolio with a particular focus on understanding and fulfilling owner’s objectives. Elizabeth began her career with Kane Realty Corporation in a commercial property management accounting role then was promoted to Property Manager for Park and Market Apartments, a 409 unit class A+ mid rise community. Due to her success in this position, she was promoted to Regional Manager in 2013. She played a large role in the marketing and branding as well as all start up operations for the following communities: Allister North Hills, a 434 unit class A garden community and many other boutique communities in the downtown Raleigh area in addition to her involvement at previously owned and managed communities.
Elizabeth has a proven track record for recruiting top talent to all portfolios she oversees. She has also been highly involved in the implementation of Kane Residential property management accounting software, Entrata.
Elizabeth received her bachelor’s degree from The Poole College of Management at North Carolina State University, with a minor in Spanish. She is an active member of the Triangle Apartment Association. She served on the special events committee for two years, and is currently a co-founder and co-chair of the association’s young professional group, called XCEL. In addition, Elizabeth pursues professional development through The Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce. She is a graduate of Leadership Raleigh and Emerging Leaders, as well as an active member of the Chambers Young Professionals Group.
Outside of work Elizabeth volunteers with Dress for Success of Raleigh as an Image Consultant helping prepare women for workplace interviews and professionalism.
Herb has more than 20 years in the retail, residential, and property management industries. As the Director of Operations for Kane Realty, Herb is responsible for Maintenance, Public Safety, and Custodial department operations. Over his 14 year tenure at Kane, he has been a part of multi-family operations, retail, commercial, lifestyle, and HOA properties. His focus has been on operational budgets, OSHA compliance, Fire and Life Safety programs, and preventative maintenance and sustainability programs.
Prior to joining Kane, Herb was the Director of Security for Steven D. Bell and Co., North Hills, Inc., and PF Properties, LLC. Herb has also served as a Safety and Security Instructor for more than 18 years and is a FEMA Community Emergency Response Team Member. He is a graduate of State University of New York at Albany with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science.
Sara Newcomer graduated from Croft Business College and began working in the commercial real estate business in Greensboro, handling all accounting tasks and setting up the company’s first computerized accounting system. Over the years, she has performed bookkeeping and accounting services for several companies, including her husband’s computer prepress and graphic design company and for Steven D. Bell & Co.
Her family moved to Raleigh in 1983 and she became employed with JM Kane & Company in 1984. She has been involved in the financial operations of Kane Realty Corporation as well as Pulse Corporation. She currently handles all accounting and human resources tasks for Kane Realty with a strong focus on support of property management.
Paul Newcomer is manager of the IT department at Kane. In this position, he is responsible for Kane’s entire IT infrastructure. He has designed, built, installed and maintains the company’s IT systems and provides technical support for these systems.
In addition to his IT skills, Paul also has over ten years of experience in the commercial printing industry. This allows him to assist Kane’s marketing department with the technical aspects of their projects.
Paul was born in Greensboro, North Carolina and lives in the Raleigh area with his wife Gwen and their family.
In her capacity as Project Design Manager, Josie Reeves leads Multi-Family development conceptualization with an emphasis on project design, programming, functionality, interior and exterior aesthetics and market positioning. Josie consults on miscellaneous Development matters throughout the A&E process while maintaining oversight of material selection, product budgeting, procurement and installation of all Kane Residential projects. Alongside architects, interior designers, contractors, specialty sub-contractors and residential property management, Josie works to execute quality projects that create a memorable client experience.
Josie is active in the Raleigh community having served organizations such as Band Together NC, Boys and Girls Clubs of Wake County and The Junior League of Raleigh in Leadership and Advisory roles. Prior to working with Kane she was a broker with York Simpson Underwood in Raleigh. Josie is a North Carolina State University graduate and resides in Raleigh with her husband, Charlie and son, Henry.
Blake Jennings is Kane Realty Corporation’s development project manager with responsibility for overseeing the Stanhope Center development at NC State University along with various other projects.
Prior to his position with Kane Realty Corporation, Blake worked at First Potomac Realty Trust in Washington, D.C. where he held various positions ranging from a Lease Administrator to an Analyst on the Finance, Asset Management, and Acquisitions-Dispositions teams.
Blake holds a B.S. degree in Finance from Wake Forest University where he currently serves on the Young Alumni Development Board.
One fun fact: Blake received his solo pilots license during his Sophomore year in High School.
As a Development Associate, Greg is responsible for the underwriting and financing of Kane's development, acquisition and disposition efforts, as well as ushering projects through the design and construction phases. Greg has experience with various development types with an emphasis on multi-family and office mixed use products.
Before Kane, Greg spent 4 years with the Raleigh based multi-family development company Boylan Development Company where he was responsible for underwriting the companies development, acquisition & disposition and refinancing deals.
Greg holds a degree in Business Management with an Accounting minor from North Carolina State University. Greg is active with the Urban Land Institute where he is on the Board for the Young Leaders council and was a participant in the 2013 Young Leaders Partnership Forum. Greg is active in the community through various outreach programs at Hayes Barton United Methodist Church.
Patrick Kayser is the Development Analyst at Kane Realty Corporation where he assists the development team in researching and analyzing market data, tracking historical project costs, and maintaining project budgets and contracts. Patrick grew up in North Carolina, and received his B.A. in Economics at Wake Forest University. He is a member of the Young Alumni Development Board at Wake Forest, and is an active member at Apex United Methodist Church.
Fun Fact: In addition to his role on the development team, Patrick is a part-time employee at the Allister North Hills Apartments leasing office.
As Project Manager, Warner Kuppin manages the development of Kane's residential projects – from project conception to construction. Before joining Kane, Warner was a development associate with Wood Partners and an associate in the capital finance and real estate group of Hunton and Williams LLP. Warner holds a BSBA and JD/MBA from the University of North Carolina. Warner is an active member of Urban Land Institute.
He enjoys spending time with his family, friends and fiancé - a local Raleigh artist.
Mike oversees new construction and renovation projects through the proactive management of the progress of the General Contractor, Architect, and other consultants in the areas of construction schedule, budget, and quality. Mike is a NC licensed general contractor with extensive experience in residential, commercial and multi-family construction and development. His management experience includes large scale commercial/multi-family projects and residential projects in North Carolina and South Carolina. Additionally, Mike is a NC licensed home inspector and NC licensed real estate broker.
Mike graduated from North Carolina State University in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism management with a concentration in Natural Resources Management. He volunteers with Wake County Habitat for Humanity and actively participates in the Freedom Alliance by providing outdoor recreation opportunities to United States military veterans.
Jon Masterson is the Senior Graphic Designer at Kane and has over 15 years of experience building strong brands through innovative and creative graphic design. Prior to working at Kane, Jon was the Senior Graphic Designer for Taro Pharmaceuticals in Hawthorne, NY. In this position, he helped to elevate the company's profile in a highly competitive market through a full spectrum of design services, web development, copywriting, and more. Jon lives in the Raleigh area with his family, and enjoys writing, running, and playing with his son in his spare time.
Shelly Kangas began her work with Kane Realty Corporation in 1986 as a Lease Administrator. After taking some time off to start a family, Shelly returned in 2002 assuming a range of vital duties including the oversight of Kane’s move to its new offices in North Hills in 2005. In her current position, Shelly’s responsibilities include scheduling and pre-interview of job candidates as well as supervising the day-to-day activities of Kane’s office operations and support staff.
Shelly is a native of Morehead City, North Carolina and has two children. She has been a member of the Raleigh Junior League since 1992 and is an active member of Bayleaf Baptist Church in Raleigh.
As the residential property accountant, Lori handles all accounting for the Residential Portfolio. In her role, she prepares and distributes monthly financial reports in accordance with owner requirements, monitors cash receipts and maintains A/P and A/R. She also assists with property takeovers, setting up the new properties in the property management software, contract and bank account transitions, and UCC filings.
Lori graduated from St. Josephs College and began her career at Margolin Winer and Evens LLP, one of the largest regional accounting and business advisory firms in the Tri-State area. While there she obtained her CPA License. Previously, she worked for Kimco Realty Corporation, North America's largest publicly traded owner and operator of neighborhood and community shopping centers. Lori and her husband moved from New York to Raleigh in 2007 and she joined the Kane Residential team in 2015. Outside of work, Lori is an avid volunteer for the SPCA and sits on a committee for the charity organization Wags4Tags.
Frances joined Kane in 2016 as a Regional Manager to oversee a portfolio of multifamily assets, with a focus on purpose-built student housing and new development. She brings with her a passion for people and uses this passion to serve as an aid to on-site personnel while overseeing day-to-day operations across her portfolio. Frances works closely with all departments within Kane including development, marketing, and operations to ensure that the best procedures are mirrored at the site level.
Prior to joining Kane, Frances worked for 11 years in the multifamily and student housing industry in various roles across the nation. She specialized in student lease-ups and new development projects. After graduating from North Carolina State University (GO PACK!), Frances "cut her teeth" in the business on a local Raleigh community near State's campus. Her love of the business was immediate and she never looked back. Growing through the ranks, Frances has worked on lease ups and stabilized assets in over 30 different markets, overseeing as many as 5,000 units at once. Most recently, she served as a Vice President for a national developer and operator, helping to build and grow the management side of their business.
Frances holds a North Carolina Real Estate Broker's License and continues to expand her industry education. Raleigh is home to her growing family of four. When not leasing apartments, Frances enjoys hiking with her husband, Chad, and their two little girls, Ella and Lottie. She also looks forward to summer get-a-ways at Harkers Island, NC, their favorite vacation spot.