MEET THE TEAM
Founder & President
Jeff Hartmann is the co-founding member and serves as President of Elm Tree Communities (“ETC”), a private real estate company. In this capacity, he develops, implements, and oversees ETC’s development strategy as well as all capital markets activities.
With more than two decades in CFO, COO and CEO capacities, Jeff Hartmann has played a crucial role in the creation and development of the hospitality industry. His career spans the landmark casinos of Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun in Connecticut, and Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in Pennsylvania.
Clients have benefited from his breadth of experience and expertise, including understanding the risks and opportunities in real estate, real estate due diligence including financial modeling, following the use and selection of cap rates, proforma development analysis, development feasibility analysis, ground leases, working with REITs and Private Equity Funds.
Jeff has addressed wildly divergent opportunities along the way. From acquiring the WNBA Connecticut Sun franchise for the Mohegan Sun to leading the Mohegan Sun Executive team in developing the property master plan as well as developing a mixed-use entertainment zone at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino in North Carolina.
Jeff has worked closely with major Wall Street firms including Goldman Sachs, Citibank, Wells Fargo and Bank of America. As Chief Financial Officer of the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority, he played a pivotal role in securing $4-billion in public and private financing, including the only $1-billion syndicated bank credit facility for a Native American tribe.
Since founding Elm Tree Communities in 2020, Jeff Hartmann has served as President of the firm, which specializes in multi-family, mixed-use real estate and hospitality projects. Today, Jeff and his associates at the Elm Tree are creating next-generation multi-family developments that reflect the shifts in residential and lifestyle design.
It may come in the form of consulting for property owners, advising on real estate financing or mixed-use real estate profitability. That next challenge may turn on 30+ years of financial acumen, or the insights garnered from working with elite finance, hospitality, and real estate professionals.
Jeff began his career as a Certified Public Accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP, working from 1984 to 1991 in the Philadelphia and New York offices as a specialist in real estate and casinos. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from Rutgers University and earned a Certificate in Real Estate Development from New York University Schack Institute of Real Estate. Jeff maintains Key Gaming licenses in New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania.
He currently serves as the Chairman of the Board for Read to Grow, a literacy-based charity located in New Haven, Connecticut. Jeff also volunteers his time to help on the Board of Directors for the Connecticut Sports Foundation Against Cancer and Fans 4 the Cure. Jeff is married with four children and lives in Connecticut.
Jamie Miner serves as the Director of Finance for Elm Tree Communities ("ETC"). He has over twenty years of diverse corporate accounting & finance experience ranging from construction controller and international financial statement consolidation to corporate development financial analysis and mergers & acquisition due diligence. Jamie's passion is in real estate, where he possesses nearly twenty years of real estate experience as a multi-family investor and landlord. Having purchased his first investment property in 2002, he has steadily increased his portfolio with a buy, renovate and rent approach.
Jamie will oversee all aspects of the construction project budgets, financial analysis, assist with Elm Tree Communities' marketing efforts, work with the property management team to provide top quality service to our residents, find solutions to increase property operating margins, and assist in analyzing multi-family acquisitions and development opportunities
Jamie resides in Norwich, Connecticut, with his wife and two children. He is an avid New York sports fan and can usually be found either walking his dog in the morning or supporting his beloved UConn Huskies. Jamie holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Connecticut.
Greg Liu is the Financial Specialist at Elm Tree Communities (“ETC”). He oversees multifamily acquisitions and development opportunities and provides strategic solutions to improve investment performance. This includes financial modeling, market data collecting and filtering, deal sourcing, due diligence, capital analysis, valuation, and overall feasibility studies. Greg’s real estate career benefits from its broadness and depth. In the past 6 years, he has worked in the architectural, development and finance sectors in Thailand, Taiwan and the US.
Greg holds a Master’s degree in Real Estate Finance with a concentration in Finance & Investment from Cornell University. Prior to his position at Elm Tree Communities, he has experience in development and asset management with retail and multifamily developers in Taiwan and the United States. During his time there, Greg’s main role was to underwrite development projects and maximize the value of the properties including analyzing the financial statements against the budget and working alongside property managers to implement strategies.
Greg also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning & Policy. Equipped with a background in real estate and urban planning, Greg plans to marry his financial knowledge in real estate and competencies in urban planning. This allows him to oversee projects from various perspectives and introduce versatility and vitality to projects.
Beyond his career, Greg is a tennis lover and a daily newsfeed addict. In his spare time, he enjoys creating art and sketch pieces. He is also actively expanding his knowledge of data science in real estate with online courses and certifications.
Glenn Bedford has over thirty years of construction and design management consulting experience as Owner's Rep and General Contractor Senior Project Manager on Casino, Hotel and Resort Development and Construction. He will develop project schedules and track budgets, manage the design and construction process, and perform onsite construction management. Design and Construction change order review and management, resulting in cost savings to the Owner. Glenn will be a part time owner’s rep for Elm Tree’s Haddam project. Here is Bedford’s scope for Haddam:
Management of General Contractor and GMP Contract
Management of Owner Direct Contracts
Michelle Parmelee serves as the Community Manager at Blueway Commons, Elm Tree Communities first multi-family project, located in Haddam, CT. She has more than 20 years of real estate experience, specializing in luxury properties and relocation.
Michelle excels in customer service and community engagement. She brings superior organizational and management skills to Blueway Commons.
Michelle holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in legal administration. She is married with two grown children and has lived in Haddam for 23 years.
Kayla is an analyst intern at Elm Tree Communities (“ETC”), where she conducts market research, prepares investor updates, and assists in aspects of development planning and implementing project
Kayla is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Alternative Investment Finance with a concentration in Real Estate at the Isenberg School of Management at UMASS Amherst. She also completed her
Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in Finance at Isenberg where she graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Commonwealth Honors College. Kayla recently completed a corporate finance internship at Advanced Group where she worked on budget analysis, weekly revenue and gross profit reporting, as well as quarterly board presentations. Kayla is also a substitute teacher in her hometown
public school system.
Outside of work, Kayla loves to travel, cook for her friends and family, go skiing, and play the piano.