Redwood is led by talented people with a passion for providing the best experience possible for residents and employees.
Steve Kimmelman is the Founder, CEO, and Executive Chairman of Redwood Living, Inc. He is the innovator and developer of the single-story, open floor plan apartment home, with private attached garages. By prioritizing remarkable living over maximum density, demand and financial benefit have been natural by-products.
Steve founded Redwood Living in 1991 with the idea of reinventing the apartment rental industry. He implemented his vision to develop apartment home neighborhoods, designed to offer the benefits of single-family living without the complexities of home ownership. In the decades that followed, Steve has built a formidable company, amassing hundreds of employees and a portfolio of more than 120 neighborhoods across eight states with strategic plans for future growth. Redwood Living is continuing to identify markets where there is high demand for the company's remarkable product.
Steve graduated with a B.A. in Accounting from Cleveland State University, and now serves on the Board of Directors for the CSU Foundation. In 2017, he was named a winner of Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Northeast Ohio. He is uniquely passionate about entrepreneurship and is a lifelong student of business, continually creating, developing and executing ideas. When away from Redwood Living, he spends his time focused on his most important job, raising his two daughters.
David Conwill is Executive Vice Chairman of Redwood Living, Inc., and a Managing Member of over 200 Redwood Apartment Neighborhood LLCs that own over 15,000 completed apartment homes and approximately 4500 apartment homes under construction in 9 states. David is the architect and implementor of Redwood’s robust growth strategy, living out Redwood's Core Value #4: Deliver More than Expected. He is an enthusiastic ambassador for Redwood’s remarkable apartment neighborhoods and Redwood’s award-winning culture. David currently focuses his energy and creativity in supporting Redwood’s debt and equity strategies.
David earned a BA in Business Management from the University of Akron in 2001, while working full-time on construction sites for a Cleveland-area developer and builder. David was named a 2017 winner of Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Northeast Ohio and is passionate about church, community involvement, and giving back to society. He contributes to a multitude of non-profit organizations and is currently serving on the board of the Northern Ohio Chapter of ABC, Cleveland Clinic Children’s Leadership Council, and Free Enterprise Alliance. David is an active entrepreneur and investor in various business ventures. David stays active running, hiking, and playing basketball. Most importantly, David enjoys spending time with his identical twin sons, family, and friends.
Toney Morton is Redwood's Chief Financial Officer and oversees all financial and accounting activities for Redwood and its neighborhoods under management. He joined Redwood in 2018, and most recently led the Finance and Investor Relations Teams' responsible for the development capital stack, as we all the corporate FP&A function.
Prior to Redwood, Toney spent 10+ years in M&A due diligence consulting providing buy and sell-side diligence services to senior and subordinated lenders, and a consortium of middle-market private equity funds. Most recently, Toney was a Director at Asenti Partners based in Arlington, VA, where he advised on over 45+ transactions in his last three years. In addition, Toney provided specialty CFO consulting services on an ad-hoc basis. Toney has advised on 120+ transactions and performed over 50 portfolio monitoring reviews. Toney received his B.S. from the University of Dayton with a double major in Finance & Accounting. In his free time he enjoys spending as much time as possible outside with his wife and three kids, traveling, cooking, and following his beloved sports teams.
Kevin Kwiatkowski leads the Redwood Acquisitions and Construction teams as the EVP of Acquisitions & Construction, driving Redwood's relentless growth within existing and future markets across the United States. Prior to joining Redwood, he spent 23 years in the real estate industry, with the last 17 years leading the acquisitions for two of the Top 5 national home builders.
Kevin has acquired over $50MM of real estate annually, and he has worked on all types of transactions through the up and down cycles of the housing market including greenfield developments, short sales, bank-owned, note purchases, and other asset sales. When not scouting real estate deals, Kevin loves exercise, sunrises, boating, and cooking for his family.
Redwood's EVP of Information Services, Robert Idoine, joined the team in 2017. Robert brings more than 25 years of experience combining business and industry knowledge with the deployment of state-of-the-art technologies and integrated enterprise solutions that enable rapid and scalable business growth. Robert provides vision, leadership and guidance as the company's technology leader to ensure that Information Services efforts contributed to the success of Redwood Livings's strategic business direction and performance excellence.
EVP of Property Operations, Mike VanGelder, joined Redwood in 2017 with over 20 years of property management experience. He oversees property operations for all of Redwood's neighborhoods, making sure that each location offers the remarkable service and attention to detail Redwood is known for. Mike truly believes in Redwood's Core Values, doing his best to deliver more than expected when it comes to enhancing the Redwood experience for both residents and employees. He is a champion of the idea that happy employees go above and beyond to make their residents happy, which is what Redwood is all about.
The expertise Mike gained in the roles of Vice President of Operations and Regional Vice President at Miller Valentine Group, in regional management roles at Empirian Property Management and Gross Builders, and as one of Redwood's Vice Presidents of Property Operations has helped him consistently deliver successful financial results. He does this by identifying rent growth opportunities, streamlining contract administration and employing value-added strategies. In addition to his operational knowledge, Mike holds his HCCP certification. While away from work, Mike spends as much time as possible with his wife and six children.
Redwood's General Counsel, Steve Bittence, joined the team in 2021, bringing 20 years of legal expertise in the real estate industry. He serves as in-house counsel, using his considerable experience in civil engineering and urban planning to advise Redwood's executive leadership team and business units. Steve lives out Core Value #7, Demonstrate Integrity & Authenticity, in all that he does at Redwood.
Steve earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering from The Ohio State University, a Masters of Urban Planning, Design, and Development from Cleveland State University, and his J.D. from Cleveland State University. Outside of work, Steve enjoys spending time with his kids and pets, running with his dog and cheering for Cleveland's sports teams and the Buckeyes.