FOUNDER & PRESIDENT
Sydne is the Founder and President of MRK Partners, Inc. Founded in 2015, MRK now has approximately 3,000 units and 15 properties in its portfolio. With over 10 years experience in this field, Sydne is proud to be one of the very few women in the affordable housing industry.
Prior to founding MRK, Sydne acted as the Director of Operations for Standard Property Company, Inc., a full-service, multi-family real estate investment and management firm. She was responsible for the day-to-day operations including multi-family real estate acquisitions, financing, agency relationships, and asset management. Additionally Sydne spent time working at SJM Partners, Inc., a development firm involved in multiple classes of real estate ranging from apartments, to mobile home parks, to retail, and student housing. With approximately 1M square feet of commercial real estate oversight, she aided all facets of revenue growth and expense control.
Sydne has a fresh point of view regarding the affordable housing space and strives to make a difference in the lives of MRK’s residents and the surrounding communities. This includes MRK’s most recent project, redefining senior apartment living via the transformation of the Hyatt House Hotel (Gaithersburg, Maryland) into affordable senior housing, now named Hillside Senior Apartments.
Sydne’s hope is to inspire those in the affordable housing industry through creative solutions at MRK as well as an ongoing commitment to non-profits and services rooted in economic growth and female empowerment.
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
Cathy is Director of Operations for MRK Partners. Her responsibilities include but are not limited to: overseeing all property due diligence for acquisitions and refinances, state tax credit applications, asset management, and construction progress.
Prior to MRK Partners, Cathy spent 11 years in banking, managing loan and deposit portfolios with a large percentage related to Commercial Real Estate. Cathy received her Bachelors of Arts in Economics from University of California Los Angeles.
Hai Nguyen is responsible for spearheading the identification and acquisition of affordable multifamily assets, sourcing debt and tax credit equity.
Hai has over a decade in the affordable industry and over his career he has been responsible for more than $250 million in multifamily acquisitions. Prior to joining MRK Partners, Hai spent eight years with the Tax Credit Group now known as CBRE Affordable Housing as Team Lead - Senior Financial Analyst and valued over $12 billion of affordable multifamily real estate during his tenure.
Hai earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a focus in Finance and Accounting from Oregon State University.
Bryan Russell is the Asset Manager for MRK Partners. His responsibilities include: overseeing all financial performance and operations of the MRK portfolio, analyzing current financials and business plans for each property, working directly with the property management team to maximize quality of service, monitoring activity reports, operational trends, and compliance-related matters.
Prior to MRK Partners, Bryan spent four years in corporate sales and account management for Hertz Global Holdings where he was responsible for managing a multi-million dollar territory.
Bryan received his Bachelors of Science in Financial Management from Salve Regina University.
Ben is a Project Associate at MRK Partners. He provides assistance with projects from start to finish – from initial acquisitions analysis and determination of financing structures to construction and asset management.
Ben previously spent three years as a Financial Analyst at CBRE Affordable Housing.
He obtained his Masters in Real Estate Development & Urbanism from the University of Miami, where he completed a capstone project detailing the history, current policy approaches, and emerging trends in affordable housing in the United States.
Michael Garchik is the Project Manager overseeing all renovations and property improvements for MRK Partners. Michael has extensive experience in construction and project management, transportation engineering, and development coordination. To date, he has managed and overseen millions of dollars in construction projects.
Prior to joining MRK Partners, Michael was a Project Manager with SJM Partners where he oversaw a number of construction projects on the east coast. Michael graduated from Syracuse University where he received his Bachelors of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering, with a focus in Structural Engineering.
Kyle Hudson is a Project Coordinator at MRK Partners where he assists in overseeing all renovations and property improvements.
Kyle has experience in property development, account and project management, contract negotiation, and construction management.
Prior to joining MRK Partners, Kyle was a student at Loyola Marymount University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a minor in Sociology.
DUE DILIGENCE SPECIALIST
Michelle Coler is a Due Diligence Specialist and works closely with the Director of Operations. Her responsibilities include but are not limited to: assisting in overseeing property due diligence for acquisitions and refinances as well as preparing applications for state tax credits and other funding sources. Michelle has a background in Art so she is able to assist in logo design, finish selections and interior design opportunities as they arise.
Prior to MRK Partners, Michelle lived in San Diego where she received her Bachelors of Arts in Graphic Design at San Diego State University.
DUE DILIGENCE SPECIALIST
Tiffany Gresham serves as a Due Diligence Specialist and works closely with the Director of Operations to provide due diligence for property acquisitions, re-syndications, and state tax credit applications. Tiffany also works with the construction team at MRK to help streamline processes.
Prior to MRK Partners, Tiffany spent 7 years working in wealth management where she started off as an Administrative Assistant and worked her way up to Client Advisor. Tiffany holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the University of San Francisco and is currently an MBA Candidate at Pepperdine Graziadio Business School.
Tiffany enjoys volunteering in her neighborhood and has been a committee member for Relay for Life of Baldwin Hills since 2013.
Diamond Polk joined MRK in 2018 as their Administrative Assistant. Her role allows her to assist and coordinate special projects, as well as support the daily functions of the business. Diamond holds 10 years management experience, specializing in team building, brand management, product knowledge, and sales.
Her vast depth of knowledge, and successful management of two flagship, brick and mortar retail locations, provides a unique, and creative point of view to the real estate development industry. Diamond is proud to work within an organization that has such a strong mission statement: socially responsible development. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication and minor in Entrepreneurship from the University of Southern California.
Diamond’s passions include theatre, fashion, and design.