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McCormack Baron Salazar Announces Appointment of Two Senior Level Executives in St. Louis

September 11, 2019 | McCormack Baron Salazar

McCormack Baron Salazar is pleased to announce the appointment of two senior level executives in St. Louis, expanding the company’s expertise in innovative and transformative urban development.

Joseph Weatherly has been appointed Senior Vice President, Development.  With 18 years’ experience in housing development and finance, Weatherly will lead business development, strategically building McCormack Baron Salazar’s national project pipeline. Weatherly’s role includes feasibility, strategy, negotiations, preliminary acquisition and financing and initial development planning efforts.

“Joe is a seasoned expert in all areas of multifamily real estate development. He is committed to the transformation of urban communities and will help McCormack Baron Salazar continue to expand our business opportunities in St. Louis and beyond,” said Vince Bennett, President of McCormack Baron Salazar.

Weatherly holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and has spent the past 17 years in the Washington, DC area developing affordable and mixed-income properties locally and nationally for both for-profit and non-profit development companies. In addition, Weatherly was recognized by the Virginia Housing Coalition & Virginia Housing Development Authority as a Top 40 Under 40 Housing Professional and is a former board member of Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia.  Weatherly and his family are relocating to St. Louis from the Washington, D.C. area.

Jennifer Gontram has been named Vice President, Finance. Gontram will work in the development finance division, where she will structure and underwrite mixed-finance and low-income housing tax credit investments.

“We are excited to welcome Jennifer to the McCormack Baron Salazar finance team. Jennifer’s deep knowledge and expertise in tax-credit-supported project finance structuring, risk management and innovative financing tools will directly benefit McCormack Baron Salazar communities – and will help us make an even greater positive impact in cities across the country,” said Gary Buechler, Chief Operating Officer of McCormack Baron Salazar.

Previously with U.S. Bank CDC, Gontram is a St. Louis native, with over 13 years’ experience in development tax credit finance. Gontram is a founding member of the Missouri Workforce Housing Association. She holds a Master of Arts in Urban Affairs and a Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from St. Louis University.