Through the family of companies, Veritas Investments employs more than 100 real estate and administrative experts – seasoned real estate investment, management, construction, leasing and finance professionals with extensive experience acquiring, operating, financing, and selling properties in the San Francisco Bay Area.
This in-house team offers investors a powerful skill set that includes in-depth knowledge of local property markets, a far-reaching network of industry contacts and lending relationships, and expertise in navigating the Bay Area's complex property-related ordinances and regulatory processes.
Veritas approaches work with the mindset of a real estate entrepreneur, the courtesy of a responsible neighbor and the investment discipline of an institutional money manager. The team is led by:
Yat-Pang Au, CEO & Founder
A Bay Area native with 20 years of real estate investment and management experience, Mr. Au has led Veritas Investments since founding the Company in 2007. He is responsible for the operations of the firm and its subsidiaries. Prior to founding Veritas, Mr. Au was CEO of AEC Alarms and held executive positions at several technology firms.
Active member of Coalition for Better Housing, San Francisco Apartment Association, Bay Area Council, National Multi Housing Council, and the Young Presidents’ Organization; and Multifamily Executive Magazine (MFE)’s 2017 Executive of the Year.
- Harvard Business School, MBA
- Carnegie Mellon, MS in Information Networking
- UC Berkeley, BS in Mechanical Engineering & Computer Science
Roger Snell, Chief Investment Officer
Mr. Snell oversees the firm's investments and capital formation activities. He has more than two decades of real estate experience, during which he has acquired, developed and financed $13bn in properties.
He serves as audit chair and member of the board of directors for a public REIT sponsored by CIM Group and was formerly chairman and CEO of two other public REITs: Peregrine Real Estate Trust and Perini Investment Properties.
- Harvard Business School, MBA
- UC Berkeley, BS in Business Administration
Nina A. Tran, Chief Financial Officer
Mrs. Tran oversees Veritas’ finance and accounting, human resources, and business process improvement activities. She has more than 25 years of real estate and financial management experience, both in private and public REITs. Formerly, she served as the Chief Financial Officer of Starwood Waypoint Residential Trust and spent 18 years at AMB Property Corporation (now Prologis, Inc.), where she served as Chief Global Process Officer and Chief Accounting Officer.
Mrs. Tran serves on the board of directors for AIMCO.
- California State University, East Bay, BS in Accounting & Information Systems
- Stanford University Executive Program for Women Leaders
Justin Sato, Chief Strategy & Portfolio Officer
Mr. Sato leads the Capital Markets and Asset Management functions of Veritas. Mr. Sato has nearly two decades of experience for both privately held real estate companies and publicly traded real estate investment trusts, encompassing over $6 billion of apartments totaling 80,000 units nationwide.
Previously he served in executive roles at The Laramar Group and United Dominion Realty Trust.
- Regis University, MBA
- Regis University, BS in Accounting
Bryan Crane, Regional President – Southern California
Mr. Crane oversees all investment and asset management for Southern California. He has more than 16 years of real estate experience during which he has been directly involved in over $28bn of acquisitions, dispositions, work-outs, and financings. Formerly, he was Managing Director and Co-Head of Acquisitions for the Western Region for Clarion Partners. He has also held leadership positions at Artemis, Rockwood Capital, JPMorgan, and Lehman Brothers.
- Anderson School at UCLA, MBA
- University of Virginia, BA in Economics
Andrew Silverman, Senior Vice President, Operations
Mr. Silverman leads Product quality and experience, including oversight of unit turnover, leasing, marketing, and analytics. He oversees and directs day-to-day management of Veritas’ property management and leasing departments. He further focuses on operational technology integration and driving innovative and efficient upgrades to business systems.
He has focused his 25-year real estate career on both start-up and development opportunities most recently managing portfolio operations and new development with Starwood Waypoint Residential Trust. Prior to that he was central to the founding and growth of Zeta Communities and Community Builders.
- Colgate University, BA in Mathematical Economics
Joan Cress, Vice President, Asset Management
Ms. Cress oversees asset management responsibilities for Veritas Investments. The asset management group acts as the owner’s representative and is responsible for ensuring the successful creation and implementation of asset-specific strategies that enhance value and maximize the financial performance and returns at the individual asset level and the overall portfolio level.
She has over 18 years of institutional asset management experience and was most recently responsible for Carmel Partners’ national multifamily asset management platform.
- MBA, Haas School of Business - University of California, Berkeley
- B.A., Political Science and French - University of Illinois, Urbana
Josh Zierten, Vice President, Investments
Mr. Zierten has been with Veritas since 2014 and is an investment officer focusing on both property acquisitions and dispositions. He has completed over $400 million in transactions with the firm. Prior to joining Veritas, Mr. Zierten worked at W. P. Carey in the Strategic Planning Group analyzing strategic transactions, mergers & acquisitions, and launching new real estate fund vehicles.
- Anderson School at UCLA, MBA
- Arizona State University, BS in Finance
Bill Kalff, Vice President, Urban Development
Mr. Kalff is a Senior Executive in residential, retail, hospitality and commercial construction with an emphasis on client advocacy, business and finance management. He has over 25 years of extensive international and domestic experience provides a proven track record in operation efficiencies, quality delivery of services, and cost controls, while achieving profitable results. From strategic planning and design, through execution he has been the lead executive at the helm. Known as a creative and strategic thinker, successful negotiator, and excellent project and people manager.
- Monmouth University, New Jersey – Business Administration
- American Management Association, New York – Management Program
Monica Molina, Director of People & Culture
Ms. Molina leads the People and Culture team where she focuses on imbedding the Veritas core values throughout the organization. In addition she’s responsible for the management of our physical office locations. Prior to joining Veritas, she spent over a decade at First Republic Bank and has a deep background in human resources technology, organizational strategy, corporate communications, workforce development, change management, and mergers and acquisitions.
- University of California, Berkeley
Matt Leedham, Senior Director, Technology
Mr. Leedham leads the Technology team, overseeing network operations, business applications and cloud-based software development. He is responsible for driving strategic, innovative technology solutions throughout Veritas and its affiliates.
Matt has over 20 years of real estate technology experience with both public and privately held companies including 13 years at AMB Property Corporation (now Prologis, Inc.) and 4 years at Divco West Real Estate Investments.
- B.S., Geology, University of Calgary
Dan Yoshida, Controller
Mr. Yoshida oversees all of Veritas’ accounting and risk management functions. He has more than 18 years of real estate and investment experience, both in privately held companies and publicly traded real estate investment trusts (REITs). Prior to joining Veritas, he served as the Assistant Controller of Starwood Waypoint Residential Trust and spent 6 years at Babcock & Brown where he served as Assistant Controller.
- B.S., Finance and International Business, San Francisco State University