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EYA Expands Executive Leadership Team, Hires Chief Operating Officer to Support Strategic Growth

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EYA Expands Executive Leadership Team, Hires Chief Operating Officer to Support Strategic Growth Blog Feature

By: EYA Homes on March 8th, 2022

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Since 1992, EYA LLC (EYA) has built its name and reputation by introducing innovative, walkable neighborhoods in a variety of urban locations across Washington D.C., Maryland, and Northern Virginia. 

As we look to the future and prepare for new opportunities in the years to come, we are expanding the leadership team to ensure long-term success.

This year, EYA introduced a leadership transition plan naming Bob Youngentob as Executive Chairman, McLean Quinn as President and CEO, Aakash Thakkar as Chief Acquisitions Officer, and Frank Connors as Chief Risk Officer. Milli Arakawa continues to lead in her role as Chief Financial Officer and Rafael Muñiz has joined the company as Chief Operating Officer. Frank and Bob will maintain active roles in EYA’s day-to-day operations and investment decisions.

blog-header-leadership-v2From left to right: Bob Youngentob, McLean Quinn, Aakash Thakkar, Frank Connors, Milli Arakawa, Rafael Muñiz.

"We have created what we believe to be the best leadership team to fulfill our sustainability plan for EYA’s future,” said Bob Youngentob, Co-founder and Executive Chairman.

2021 was a record new-home sales year for EYA and we have ambitious growth plans to ensure that we are strategically expanding our townhouse and multi-family development pipeline with geographically diverse projects. The executive leadership team is ready and committed to addressing increased demand from homebuyers and renters across the economic spectrum, and leading EYA's success for the next 30 years.

“We have been very intentional in our recent growth, and we are committed to building upon and reinforcing our company’s strong foundation as we continue to evolve,” said McLean Quinn, President, and CEO. “A skilled real estate executive, Rafael is ideally aligned with our strategic vision which involves the ongoing expansion of our core townhouse business and the dedication of resources to build and execute a market-leading multifamily development arm. He is also a natural leader and an exceptional fit with the values of our organization.”

In his new role, Rafael will manage and execute all aspects of EYA’s townhome and multifamily construction operations including design, engineering, permitting, procurement, construction, and sales and marketing.

“EYA is one of the premier residential developers in the region,” said Joshua Bernstein, Chief Executive Officer of Bernstein Management Corporation. “We are proud to partner with EYA on its current and future development pipeline. These leadership changes create sustainable alignment with our investment goals and position EYA for continued leadership in the development of much-needed for-sale and rental housing throughout our region.”