Ginkgo Residential LLC

At Ginkgo Residential, our goal is to provide high-quality workforce rental housing that is energy-efficient and environmentally sensitive. We’re about doing things right, one step at a time, for residents who care about their home environment. Like the deep-rooted and sturdy tree, Ginkgo Residential is about integrity, growing with steady strength and responsibility for greener, affordable living.

Real Estate Specialization
Affordable Housing
Investment Type
Acquisition/Fee Simple
Principal and Chief Executive Officer

Philip Payne

As CEO, Mr. Payne has primary responsibility for the overall strategic direction, growth and development of Ginkgo. From February 2007 until the formation of Ginkgo, he served as the CEO of Babcock & Brown Residential. Prior to Babcock’s acquisition of BNP, Phil was the Chairman of BNP, spearheading its growth from a passive REIT in 1994 to an apartment REIT with approximately 9,000 apartment units by 2007. As BNP’s Chairman, Phil led the sale of the company to Babcock & Brown Ltd. in 2007, at a valuation that represented a doubling in BNP’s share price from the time he took over as Chairman. In addition to his duties at Ginkgo, Phil is a member of the Board of Directors for Ashford Hospitality Trust, a REIT focused on the hospitality industry. Phil received a BS degree and a JD degree, both from The College of William and Mary in Virginia, in 1973 and 1978, respectively. He holds a license (inactive) to practice law in the State of Virginia. Phil is a member of the National Multi Housing Council and the Urban Land Institute (“ULI”). He is the founding Chairman of ULI’s Responsible Property Investing Council and is co-chairman of ULI’s Climate, Land Use and Energy Committee. He is a member of Fannie Mae’s Green Financing Taskforce and the Leadership Council for Garrison Institute’s Climate, Mind and Behavior (CMB) Program. Phil has written for various publications and spoken at numerous conferences on a variety of topics, including real estate investment trusts, securities regulations, finance and responsible property investing..

Principal and Chief Financial Officer

William Green

Mr. Green joined Ginkgo Residential LLC in 2012 as CFO. Bill brings over 30 years of experience in real estate and real estate finance, and is responsible for all financial aspects of the company including debt and equity. Prior to joining Ginkgo, Bill was a co-founder of Tannery Brook Partners, LLC and Cazenovia Creek Investment Management, LLC, an active registered investment advisory. Prior to these ventures, he was employed with Starwood Capital Group, where he was responsible for the debt investments business of the firm, and was responsible for the Starwood Debt Fund II in 2008. Before joining Starwood Capital Group, Bill spent the majority of his career in banking. He served eight years with Wachovia Bank, N.A. as Global Head of Real Estate Capital Markets, and nine years at Banc of America Securities where he held various positions, including Managing Director of Real Estate Private Distributions and Managing Director of the Commercial Mortgage Conduit Program. Prior to those assignments, Bill had eight years of real estate development and real estate finance experience in the greater New York area with both private and public firms. Bill holds a Masters in Business Administration from the Stern School of Business at New York University and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Hobart College. Bill serves as a Trustee at Hobart and William Smith Colleges and sits on the board of directors of Arbor Realty Trust, Inc. where he is the lead independent director.

Principal and Chief Operating Officer

Eric Rohm

Mr. Rohm is responsible for the overall operations of Ginkgo, with general oversight of the property management, legal, risk management, human resources and systems administration functions. Prior to his time at Ginkgo and its predecessor companies, Eric was a Partner in the Real Estate Department of Kennedy Covington Lobdell & Hickman, LLP in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he practiced law from 1994 through 2002. Eric’s practice focused on all aspects of real estate acquisition/disposition, development and financing, as well as real estate private equity investment transactions. Eric earned his AB degree in Government, magna cum laude, from Georgetown University in 1991, and his JD degree from The Ohio State University College of Law in 1994, where he graduated summa cum laude and Order of the Coif. Eric is licensed to practice law in the State of North Carolina and is a member of the North Carolina State Bar, the North Carolina Bar Association and the Association of Corporate Counsel. He serves on the Board of Trustees of the Penland School of Crafts in Penland, North Carolina..

Chief Investment Officer

Scott Wilkerson

Scott leads all acquisition and investment activities for Ginkgo. His direct experience in the multifamily industry spans more than 23 years. During his tenure at BNP, Scott served in various officer-level positions, including Vice President of Administration and Finance and Vice President for Acquisitions and Development before becoming President in 1994 and a Director in 1997. While at BNP, he had primary responsibility for the acquisition, rehabilitation and repositioning of 36 apartment properties with over 8,000 units. From 1980 to 1986, Scott was with Arthur Andersen LLP, serving as tax manager from 1985 to 1986 and representing real estate investors, developers and management companies. He received a BS degree in accounting from the University of North Carolina. Scott is licensed in North Carolina as a Certified Public Accountant and is also a licensed real estate broker and the Principal Broker for Ginkgo. He serves on the Board of Directors of the National Multi Housing Council and the Board of Directors of the National Apartment Association, for which he serves as a Regional Vice President. He is a member of the National Apartment Association Budget and Finance Committee and formerly chaired the group’s Membership Equity Task Force. He is also a past President of both the Apartment Association of North Carolina, of which he is still a Board member, and the Greater Charlotte Apartment Association.

Key Focus Areas
Acquisitions Dispositions Property Management Real Estate Investing
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