The Promise of a New Home
The Promise Homes Company was launched in May 2017 as one of the largest minority-owned managers of institutional-quality, single-family residential rental property in the United States, with a focus on working class and middle class communities.
We believe that by supporting our residents with a series of financial and economic support services, we not only improve the lives of our residents, but we also build a stronger and more resilient company. We aim to improve the communities that we serve by enhancing the lives of our residents and by recognizing them as our shared strength.
We Promise our residents quality housing at affordable prices as well as financial empowerment and assistance that would position them financially to eventually own a home.
We Promise our communities that we will improve the lives of our residents, enhance the overall environment of the communities we invest in, and create local, sustainable jobs.
We ask our residents to Promise to take advantage of the range of financial empowerment tools and services that we offer with one purpose: to improve the quality of their lives and support the communities that we share.
John Hope Bryant
Named by American Banker as “Innovator of the Year” in 2016, and one of Time Magazine’s “50 Leaders for the Future” in 1994, John Hope Bryant is an American entrepreneur, author, philanthropist, and prominent thought leader on financial inclusion, economic empowerment and financial dignity.
Bryant founded The Promise Homes Company as a start up idea in the summer of 2017, and by the summer of 2021 he had grown it into becoming the largest minority controlled single family home rental company in the nation, and by December, 2021, was under contract to recapitalize the company into a new joint venture for 120M. Bryant simultaneously closed a 200M credit facility to grow the new joint venture by December, 2021, marking one of the largest capital raises by a black owned company in more than a decade (according to Black Enterprise).
Bryant is the Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of Operation HOPE, Inc.; Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Bryant Group Ventures, and Co-Founder of Global Dignity. His work has been recognized by the last five U.S. presidents, and he has served as an advisor to the last three sitting U.S. presidents. He is responsible for financial literacy becoming the policy of the U.S. federal government. In January 2016, Bryant became the only private American citizen to inspire the renaming of a building on the White House campus, when the U.S. Treasury Annex Building was renamed the Freedman’s Bank Building. The Freedman’s Bank legacy is the basis of the narrative for the important work of Operation HOPE—to help all people become fully integrated into our nation’s economy.
Bryant is a founding member of Clinton Global Initiative, a LinkedIn Influencer, contributor to Huffington Post and Black Enterprise, and a member of the World Economic Forum Expert Network. His Facebook Live “Silver Rights” series has received millions of views, and serves as an engaging platform to foster essential discussion in the digital space around financial inclusion and social uplift.
He has received hundreds of awards and citations for his work, including Oprah Winfrey’s Use Your Life Award and the John Sherman Award for Excellence in Financial Education by the U.S. Treasury. Mr. Bryant is also the author of bestsellers How the Poor Can Save Capitalism: Rebuilding the Path to the Middle Class (Barrett-Koehler), and LOVE LEADERSHIP: The New Way to Lead in a Fear-Based World (Jossey-Bass).
HEAD OF INVESTMENTS
Jake Keating is the Head of Investments at The Promise Homes Company. Prior to Promise Homes, Jake served as a senior member of the Acquisitions & Capital Markets team at Front Yard Residential from 2017 to 2021. His responsibilities focused on a variety of corporate development functions to expand and optimize Front Yard’s affordable single-family rental portfolio. He also worked at Bank of America in the CFO group, within the Consumer and Global Wealth & Investment Management divisions. Jake holds a BS in Business from North Carolina State University.
HEAD OF RESIDENT ENGAGEMENT & SOCIAL IMPACT
Nylah Oliver is the Head of Resident Engagement & Social Impact at The Promise Homes Company. In this capacity, she works to improve resident experiences via engagement strategies, and empowers communities where The Promise Homes Company invests, creating equitable access to affordable and sustainable living for all. Prior to joining Promise Homes, Nylah managed social sustainability and impact projects at Jones Lang LaSalle, a global commercial real estate services company. She also served as the DEI&B Subcommittee Co-Chair within the company’s Sustainability division. Nylah holds a master’s degree in Public Administration: Urban Planning and Economic Development from the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University. She obtained her B.A. in Digital and Broadcast Journalism, minor in Anthropology, from the University of Georgia.
VICE PRESIDENT, HEAD OF FINANCE
Erick Wilson is the Vice President, Head of Finance at The Promise Homes Company. Prior to his current role, Erick was an Assurance Senior Manager at Ernst & Young, where primarily served clients that were publicly traded REITs and private equity real estate funds, investing in assets/properties that include single-family homes, multifamily, office and retail, and hospitality. Prior to Ernst & Young, he was a Corporate Controller for a publicly traded media and technology company and Chief Compliance Officer and Controller for a private equity fund. Erick’s technical accounting and auditing experience includes mergers and acquisition, including IT integrations, first-time SOX 404 compliance, IPO and periodic SEC filings, revenue recognition, lease accounting, and investment company reporting. Erick is an alum of The Citadel, Military College of South Carolina, where he graduated with honors and earned a bachelor’s in Finance and Accounting. He serves on the Corporate Council for Back on My Feet, a national non-profit combating homelessness.
DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT, MINORITY VENDOR PROGRAM MANAGEMENT & CONSTRUCTION OVERSIGHT
Tim Birt is a Director at The Promise Homes Company. Prior to joining The Promise Homes Company Tim retired from the daily grind of 25yrs at Tim Birt Enterprises. He owns commercial and residential properties in the metro Atlanta area. Tim Birt Enterprises provided exceptional service in commercial and residential contracting including renovations, facility maintenance and management. Mentored by the late Herman J. Russell, founder of H.J. Russell and Company. His life’s work has now led to his new role within Promise Homes as Director of Community Engagement, Minority Vendor Program Management.