Our Team

Investment Committee

Jeffrey “TJ” Heyman

Founder / Chief Investment Officer

Mr. Heyman founded Woodbourne in 2000. He is Chief Investment Officer for the firm. During his 30+ year career in real estate, Mr. Heyman has acquired, managed, repositioned, or developed over 20,000 multi-residential units in the United States and Canada. Prior to Woodbourne, Mr. Heyman co-founded HomesUSA, which went public on the NYSE in 1997 as the largest independent retailer of manufactured homes in the United States.

Mr. Heyman received an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a BA in Economics (with Distinction) from Stanford University.

Jake Herman, CFA


Mr. Herman joined Woodbourne in 2007 to lead the firm’s real estate private equity investments in Canada. He is a fourth generation real estate professional. Several years prior, Mr. Herman was head of the real estate investment banking, and co-head of mergers and acquisitions, at HSBC Securities (Canada). HSBC exited the market in 2002, and Mr. Herman and his team migrated to Desjardins Securities, where he was Managing Director of real estate investment banking. During his tenure, Mr. Herman served as lead investment banker for the two largest manufactured housing community IPOs in Canada, raised billions in equity capital for real estate issuers, and advised on numerous high profile M&A mandates in the real estate sector. Prior to HSBC, Mr. Herman worked at Scotia Capital and Gordon Capital in investment banking. He began his career working with Citcom Corporation and Viking Rideau Corporation.

Mr. Herman received a BComm in Finance (with Honours) from the University of British Columbia.

Senior Professionals

John Harding

Senior Vice President, Asset Management

Mr. Harding has worked with Mr. Heyman since 1994 and officially joined Woodbourne in 2004. He has extensive experience in development and redevelopment of multifamily and manufactured housing projects. Previously, Mr. Harding was Head of Asset Management and Construction Management for a real estate firm co-founded by Mr. Heyman. Mr. Harding was also a founding member of a retail outlet for manufactured housing which went on to be consolidated under the name HomesUSA in 1997, taken public on the NYSE, and subsequently sold to Fleetwood Enterprises (NYSE: FLE) in 1998.

Mr. Harding received an MS in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado and a BS in Civil Engineering (Magna Cum Laude) from Northeastern University. Mr. Harding is a registered professional engineer in the State of Colorado.

Ron Marek, CPA, CA

Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Marek joined Woodbourne in 2007 and oversees all finance and accounting functions for the firm. Mr. Marek is a Chartered Accountant who has over 15 years of experience in the Canadian real estate industry. Previously, he was Director of Business Planning & Treasury at First Capital Realty (TSX.FCR), a leading owner, developer, and operator of supermarket-anchored shopping centers in Canada. He went on to become Vice President of Finance at Whiterock Real Estate Investment Trust (TSX.WRK.UN), where he was responsible for corporate financing, public reporting, and treasury.

Mr. Marek received a BComm in Accounting (with Distinction) from the University of Toronto.

Jason Rootenberg, JD

Senior Vice President, Investments

Mr. Rootenberg joined Woodbourne in 2007 and leads the real estate investments team where he oversees sourcing, underwriting, structuring and financing of Woodbourne’s investment transactions. Prior to Woodbourne, Mr. Rootenberg was a lawyer in the Business Law group at McCarthy Tetrault LLP where he advised on a wide range of debt and equity financings, securitizations, and mergers and acquisitions transactions.

Mr. Rootenberg received a joint JD/MBA from the University of Toronto and a BS in Statistical Science from the University of Western Ontario.

Warren Cathcart

Senior Vice President, Business Development

Mr. Cathcart joined Woodbourne in 2016 after previously consulting for Woodbourne for the better half of six years. Mr. Cathcart’s responsibilities include advising on investment management, investor relations, business development, and client initiatives. Previously, he was the second hire in Blackstone’s Park Hill Real Estate Group where he served as the lead project manager on over 30 real estate investment mandates and brokerage assignments that collectively aggregated over US$60 billion in capital commitments. His clients included Woodbourne, Blackstone Real Estate Advisors, and several others.

Mr. Cathcart received a BA in Business Administration from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina along with a second major in English.

Terry Coghlan, CFA

Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Coghlan is responsible for the planning, execution and oversight of all operational functions of the firm. Previously, Mr. Coghlan was a Director and Senior Trader at a global real estate-dedicated private equity and securities firm, splitting his time between the firm’s Singapore and New York area offices.

Mr. Coghlan holds a B.S. in Finance and an M.S. in Accounting from the University of Colorado, and is a CFA charterholder.

David Roth, CFA

Vice President, Investments

Mr. Roth joined Woodbourne in 2007 and has ten years of experience in real estate portfolio management, securities trading, and research. He is a member of the investment team and focuses on acquisitions and asset management of multifamily and credit investments. Additionally, he has served as manager of Woodbourne’s REIT and CMBS portfolios.

Mr. Roth holds a B.S. in Applied Mathematics and certification in Quantitative Finance from the University of Colorado, and is a CFA charterholder.

Melissa Parker

Vice President, Asset Management

Ms. Parker joined Woodbourne in 2017 with over 30 years of asset and property management experience.  She oversees the property managers across Woodbourne’s apartment portfolio.  Previously, as a Portfolio Manager for a real estate firm co-founded by Mr. Heyman, Ms. Parker was twice nominated as Regional Supervisor of the Year by the Colorado Apartment Association of Metro Denver, and she was the accepting representation of the Owner/Operator of the Year Award by the Apartment Association of Colorado Springs.

Neil Hylton

Vice President, Construction & Development

Mr. Hylton is responsible for overseeing apartment development projects primarily in Toronto. Mr. Hylton has 30 years of real estate experience, having most recently worked as a Senior Project Manager at Concord Adex Developments where he oversaw eight residential high-rise developments over the last decade, comprising over $1.2 billion in aggregate actual and forecast cost.

Juliet Laksmana

Corporate Controller

Ms. Laksmana joined Woodbourne in 2011.  She serves as Corporate Controller and provides direct support for accounting activities and financial statement preparation.  Ms. Laksmana previously worked for a private developer and Bentall Capital.

Ms. Laksmana received a Bachelor in Business Management with Honours with a major in Finance and a minor in Accounting from Ryerson University, and she is also a CPA.

Jessica Saial

Corporate Affairs Officer

Mrs. Saial joined Woodbourne in 2013.  She serves as a Corporate Affairs Officer and is responsible for the firm’s human resources, business operations, existing investor relations and general corporate activities.  Previously, Mrs. Saial worked for five years in human resources and operations.

Mrs. Saial received a Bachelor in Sociology from York University.

Additional Professionals

Ian Husted, CFA

Senior Investment Associate

Nick Anderson

Investment Associate

Clark Messman

Investment Analyst

Stephanie Tan, CPA, CMA

Accounting Manager

Johnathon Kagzi

Corporate Accountant

Eshita Sikder

Corporate Accountant

Tali Abdun


Danielle Bullivant

Executive Assistant & Legal Administrator

Calyssa Palacio