Speakers

Atticus LeBlanc

Co-founder of Stryant Investments, LLC, Stryant Construction & Management, and founder of PadSplit, Inc.

Atticus has been an affordable housing advocate and investor since 2008, when he began acquiring distressed single family homes in Southwest Atlanta.  Stryant Investments, LLC has owned and managed 9 apartment complexes, over 100 single family homes, and several adaptive re-use commercial projects locally. Their latest project is a historic renovation of the George W. Adair School in Adair Park, renamed the Academy Lofts, which includes 35 affordable micro units, and 10,000 sf of creative commercial space which is tailored toward the arts community. 

PadSplit, LLC was founded in 2017 after earning a grant from the Enterprise Community Foundation’s ATLChallenge affordable housing competition.  PadSplit was based on the concept that shared housing in a single family setting could provide attractive, accountable, & affordable housing without the need for public subsidy. 

Atticus serves on the board of trustees for Campfire GA and the advisory board for The Creatives Project. He is an active member of the Buckhead Rotary Club of Atlanta and volunteers regularly with ULI’s Urban Plan Education Initiative and TAPs Committee. He also enjoys coaching youth soccer, baseball, and swimming throughout the year.

He graduated from Yale University in 2002 with a BA in Architecture and Urban Studies and was a 2017 graduate from ULI’s Center for Leadership.  He currently lives in Decatur with his wife, Alison, their 4 boys, 2 dogs, and lots of chickens.

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Lew Oliver

Atlanta-based urbanist, master planner, and designer with more than a decade of experience in advancing New Urbanism and residential design.

Oliver, Principal of Lew Oliver Inc., is a preferred design consultant of renowned Duany Plater-Zyberk, having undertaken over 40 charrettes internationally. He was instrumental in the design and development of Downtown Woodstock, Southlands BC, Vickery, Rosemary Beach FL, Celebration FL, Serenbe, Lost Rabbit MS, Village at Hendrix AK, and more.

Oliver has also curated a versatile, but exclusive, design collection comprised of highly marketable plans with stylish, timeless exteriors. Most recent displays of his work can be found at Pinewood Forest in Fayetteville and Hartness in Greenville.

Oliver designs with each community’s values, local vernacular and climate in mind.

Awards for his work include Atlanta Magazine’s Atlanta Groundbreakers of 2017, Coastal Living’s Ultimate Designer Beach House at Rosemary Beach, Southern Living’s Inspiration House at Cedar Bluff, Congress for the New Urbanism Charter Awards, Best in American Living (BALA) Awards, Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association Awards, and more.

 

Eric Kronberg

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Eric graduated from the Tulane School of Architecture in New Orleans, a city that he enjoys returning to, especially to help in these post-Katrina years. With a passion for tackling challenging redevelopment projects in Atlanta, New Orleans and throughout the Southeast, Eric especially cherishes the opportunity to work with redevelopment challenges that this part of the country affords. He is also a senior faculty member of the Incremental Development Alliance, helping to train architects, builders, and concerned citizens how to enter into the world of smaller scale development.

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Rusty Smith

Rusty is the Associate Director of Rural Studio, Auburn University’s internationally recognized design-build program. Established in 1993 Rural Studio gives architecture students a hands-on educational experience while assisting the underserved communities of Alabama’s rural Black Belt delta. The students work in partnership with their neighbors in the local community to define solutions, fundraise, design and ultimately build remarkable projects. In its initial years, the Studio first became known for establishing an ethos of recycling, reusing and remaking. Over the past decade Rural Studio has expanded the scope and complexity of its projects to include the design and construction of community-oriented infrastructure, the development of more broadly-attainable small home affordability solutions, and a comprehensive approach to addressing insecurity issues relative to income, energy, food, health, and education resources. All together, the Studio continually questions what should be built, rather than simply what can be built.

 

Wanona Satcher

Wanona Satcher is CEO/Founder of ReJuve and Makhers Studio, LLC. Over the course of her career she’s served as an urban designer, landscape architectural designer, innovation lab developer, city planner, economic developer, art curator and theatre producer. Wanona holds Economic Development and Finance Professional Certification from the National Development Council in small business development and real estate development. She has been a member of the Urban Land Institute for ten years, ASLA and the American Planning Association. Wanona is currently taking CLARB licensing exams.

As a social entrepreneur Ms. Satcher founded two community development startups iDrive Change, LLC and Community Design Development Group (CDDG). As CEO of iDrive Change, LLC Ms. Satcher worked on partnership projects with The White House and collaborated with digital media studio Plympton, Durham’s premier co-working space American
Underground, Research Triangle Park Headquarters, University of North Carolina Kenan Institute for Private Enterprise, Startup Weekend, Bull City Forward and Duke University Fuqua School of Business.
In 2016 Wanona was a finalist for the Dell/Cosmo Magazine Women’s Entrepreneur Network Award and keynote panelist for Moogfest- the world-renowned music, art and technology conference. In 2013 she was a semi-finalist for the Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayors Challenge, attended Aspen Institute/CityLab 2.0 and was chosen as a national Next City Vanguard’s Top 40 Under 40 program. She’s has been featured in GOOD Magazine and the Huffington Post

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Tim Keane

Commissioner for the Department of City Planning for the City of Atlanta

Tim Keane was appointed Commissioner for the Department of City Planning for the City of Atlanta by Mayor Kasim Reed in July 2015.   Tim provides oversight, policy direction and leadership for Atlanta’s Offices of Buildings, Design, Housing and Community Development, Mobility Planning, Zoning and Development Services.    Tim is charged with upholding the department’s mission to enable high quality, sustainable, equitable growth and development of Atlanta.

Previously, Tim spent a total of 11 years working for Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr. as Director of Planning, Preservation and Sustainability for the City of Charleston.  This included preservation, sustainability, urban design, planning, tourism management and code enforcement.  Tim was also the first planning director for the Town of Davidson, North Carolina. 

Since being in Atlanta, Tim has reorganized the Department of City Planning.  In Tim’s first 18 months they have rebuilt their permitting operation, produced the Atlanta City Design and started a unique pop up urban design center that occupies a different location in the city every 9 months.  2017 will be focused on innovation in housing, revitalization, preservation and transportation.

Tim has served as guest lecturer at some of Atlanta’s notable institutions such as Georgia Tech, Georgia State, SCAD and Morehouse College. Tim has an undergraduate degree in Planning and Master’s degree in Architecture from the University of North Carolina Charlotte.  He was also a Knight Fellow at the University of Miami School of Architecture. 

 

Kim Bucciero

CFO, MicroLife Institute

Kim Bucciero is an entrepreneur who has worked in the real estate and telecommunications fields for over ten years. Kim brings a variety of experience to the MicroLife Institute and Tiny House Atlanta, including zoning, permitting and code expertise which is crucial to make micro housing a legally viable permanent housing solution. After the financial success of selling her last company left her unfulfilled and wanting more out of life, she realized that workaholism to support a stereotypical American lifestyle with a full-size home and physical possessions no longer served her. She took a spiritual journey to Indonesia where she lived with only the contents of a backpack for a month on an organic permaculture farm while studying yoga, and became even more dedicated to experiential living, and limiting the impact on the environment with tiny living and minimalism.

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Will Johnston

Executive Director of MicroLife Institute

Will Johnston is an energetic force for the micro housing movement.  Will has helped bring awareness and advocacy to the Tiny House Movement to Atlanta and the South by focusing on the marketing and communication of what it means to utilize micro living in society. Originally a Marketing Guru, Johnston found new life by discovering  minimalist and experiential living three years ago and then stumbled upon Tiny House Movement and has not looked back since.  He grew his monthly Meetup group to 2070 people in 3 years and holds monthly educational and advocacy meetings. Johnston has presented to SCAD Atlanta, GSU, HOA’s, SouthEastern Building conference and other community groups on the premise of what the Tiny House Movement could mean for the area and why it appeals to so many people.

 

Roundtable: Creating Space for Innovative Housing

Michael E. Kanell- Moderator 

Moderator: Economics writer Michael E. Kanell has covered business, telecom, jobs and housing for the AJC since 1995.

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Panelists: Jim Chapman

Jim Chapman, voted “55 Plus Builder of the Year” in 2018 by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), is an Atlanta-based home building veteran. Chapman launched his first custom home building firm, Jim Chapman Fine Homes, in 1998. An Atlanta native and graduate of The Westminster Schools, Chapman earned an MBA from Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. In 2005, Chapman shifted his focus from building single-family custom homes to developing and building 55 Plus active adult resort-style communities, and re-branded his firm as Jim Chapman Communities. Now recognized as Atlanta’s premier 55 Plus homebuilder, Chapman currently has communities completed or under development throughout the Metro Atlanta area, including Buckhead, Vinings, Cobb County, Forsyth County, North Fulton County, Hall County, Dawson County and Cherokee County. His design style and architectural flair are both heavily influenced by his design partner, mentor and father Jim Chapman, Sr., a well-known Atlanta architect.

 

Panelists: Ted Miltiades

Ted Miltiades is the Director of the State’s Construction Codes Program housed at the Department of Community Affairs (DCA). He has been in this position for over 17 years. He is responsible for managing the program which oversees the adoption of Georgia’s nine mandatory construction codes and three optional codes. He is also part of the DCA legislative team.

Prior to working for the state he was Regulatory Affairs Director and Lobbyist for the Home Builders Association of Georgia and the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association.

In addition, he worked three sessions with the Georgia General Assembly. He interned for the Senate Judiciary Committee and served two years as the Senate Banking Committee Aide.

He is a graduate of Georgia State University with a Masters Degree in Public Administration and Bachelors degree in Political Science.

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Panelists: Ms. Bambie Hayes-Brown

Ms. Bambie Hayes-Brown previously served as Executive Director for Crisp Area Habitat for Humanity, Inc. She has 20 years of experience in rural and urban community and economic development including the Housing Choice Voucher Program, Public Housing, HUD-VASH, LIHTC, CDBG, HOME Investment Partnership, Tax-Exempt Bonds, and public/private deal structuring. She previously served as Interim Executive Director for the Southwest Georgia United Empowerment Zone, Inc. where she played an instrumental role in obtaining a $20 million rural Empowerment Zone designation for Crisp and Dooly Counties. Later, she served as the Homeownership and Special Programs Manager for the Housing Authority of DeKalb County. Ms. Hayes-Brown managed a $48 million dollar housing program for low-income families assisting thousands of families in purchasing their first home and transitioning homeless veterans and victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita into permanent housing. She is a licensed Georgia Real Estate Broker, Certified Economic Development Finance Professional, Grant Writer, Homebuyer Educator and Comprehensive Housing Counselor. Ms. Hayes-Brown is a native of Cordele, Ga., and graduated from Shorter University with both a Bachelor’s in Business Management and an MBA. She completed additional studies in Secondary Education and currently, is a PhD Candidate.