Management Team

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:

Executive Team

  • Yat-Pang Au

    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.

    Education

    • Harvard Business School, MBA
    • Carnegie Mellon, MS in Information Networking
    • UC Berkeley, BS in Mechanical Engineering & Computer Science
  • Roger Snell

    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.

    Education

    • Harvard Business School, MBA
    • UC Berkeley, BS in Business Administration
  • Nina A. Tran

    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.

    Education

    • California State University, East Bay, BS in Accounting & Information Systems
    • Stanford University Executive Program for Women Leaders
  • Justin Sato

    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.

    Education

    • Regis University, MBA
    • Regis University, BS in Accounting
  • Bryan Crane

    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.

    Education

    • Anderson School at UCLA, MBA
    • University of Virginia, BA in Economics

Leadership Team

  • Andrew Silverman

    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.

    Education

    • Colgate University, BA in Mathematical Economics
  • Joan Cress

    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.

    Education

    • MBA, Haas School of Business - University of California, Berkeley
    • B.A., Political Science and French - University of Illinois, Urbana
  • Josh Zierten

    Josh Zierten, 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.

    Education

    • MBA, Haas School of Business - University of California, Berkeley
    • B.A., Political Science and French - University of Illinois, Urbana
  • Bill Kalff

    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.

    Education

    • Monmouth University, New Jersey – Business Administration
    • American Management Association, New York – Management Program
  • Tom Holt

    Tom Holt, Vice President, Development

    Mr. Holt is responsible for all development opportunities at Veritas including Accessory Dwelling Units. During his 15 year career, Mr. Holt has developed over 1,500 residential units throughout the United States. Prior to joining Veritas, he was an executive at Shorenstein Properties where he was responsible for ground-up residential development projects.

  • David Chesnosky

    David Chesnosky, Senior Director of Leasing

    Mr. Chesnosky manages residential leasing for the Veritas Investments portfolio. He has two decades of sales, leasing, and management experience in telecommunications and real estate. He is a licensed California Realtor and a Certified Corporate Housing Professional.

  • Kathy Claussen

    Kathy Claussen, Senior Director of Leasing Operations

    Ms. Claussen manages leasing operations along with coordinating with the Marketing Department on the advertising and presentation of our apartments.  In addition, she is involved with Construction and Project Management on the planning and development of new layouts and schemes. Prior to joining Veritas, she was Director, GM at CBRE Group, Inc., the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm.

    Education

    • Moraine College—Palos Hills, Illinois
    • UC Berkeley Extension-Marketing Program
  • Monica Molina

    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.

    Education

    • University of California, Berkeley

The Veritas Team: Our most valuable assets, with an in-depth knowledge of Bay Area submarkets and expertise in acquiring, renovating, operating, financing and leasing properties here.

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