Executive Team

ExecutiveTeam-Standing-TitlesThe partnership and management team of Legacy Alliance is a product of decades of professionals crossing paths on both sides of the institutional/developer strata. The roster is hand-picked, and expert in a wide range of real estate disciplines. We complement one another and constantly seek to broaden our experience while strengthening our performance.


Brad DeYoung
Whether it’s poring through financials and projections or digging through the details in the dirt and dust of on-site scrums, Brad’s 20+ years of experience and dogged persistence impact our understanding of development logistics, our allocation of resources and the advantages we bring to our institutional and development partners.

Brad’s extensive development history with high-performance real estate firms and as an company owner extends beyond multi-family, and well into larger mix-used, retail, single-family, resort and single-use commercial building. All of which serves our company and clients as we scan the horizon for opportunities and undertake projects to benefit our lenders as well as our fee-development and joint development partners.

FredHopkins-Headshot150pxFred Hopkins
Understanding the break-neck churn of retail development is no easy task. Becoming a master of both sides of the owner/developer table is near impossible, yet it is exactly what makes Fred so adept in driving Legacy Alliance’s performance in this area. Applying the science of market dynamics, Fred works with Clients to maximize unit-performance potential.

His years of experience driving growth for multi-state regions of rapidly expanding chains gives our Clients an advantage in uncovering parcels, negotiating land contracts and managing the entire development cycle. His success in owning a retail development firm also brings a complete understanding of securing funds, structuring partnerships and achieving profits in this highly-competitive arena.

ChrisLeaveall-Headshot150pxChris Leavell
Having an innate mastery of the myriad of details incumbent in real estate deals has always made Chris a go-to guy for his developer and institutional employers, clients and partners. He possesses a unique perspective; having been a developer-partner in growth markets and a realty advisor for Prudential Life Insurance Company in recovery efforts during recent downturns.

Chris’ wherewithal in managing construction completion, re-launching sales offices, marketing programs, home warranty management, law suit mitigation and disposition of assets in dire scenarios has brought a thoroughly-vetted process to Legacy Alliance’s business. Our fee-development partners and lenders are the beneficiaries of this attention to, and anticipation of details.

TomEkenberg-Headshot150pxTom Ekenberg
Simply put Tom knows construction. He has been a highly successful general contractor, developer, and project manager for over 40 years, and has built a sterling reputation for delivering construction excellence, achieving cost containment, and maintaining integrity in the process. Tom not only interfaces effectively with architects, engineers, and designers, he also knows the ebb and flow of situational workflows and is an expert at coordinating and communicating with sub-contractors, city officials, vendors, and community leaders.

He is a gifted negotiator, problem-solver, and innovator whose performance, integrity, self-discipline, and tenacity build rapport and deliver timely, cost-effective results that exceed expectations. When Tom is involved, we readily transform concepts into attractive structures that prompt “buy” responses from investors, clients and residential customers.

Cliff Gillespie
Cliff boasts a bachelor’s degree in marketing and over 40 years’ experience in construction. Most of this experience was as a highly successful general contractor, specializing in commercial construction, remodeling and finish out. Cliff brings a combination of hands on knowledge in construction techniques, market awareness and a management style that bridges the gap between owners and contractors.

As our Project Manager, his experience, insight and management style have been paramount in the success of on-time or early delivery of our mixed use retail projects. His astute awareness of all aspects of negotiation, scheduling, budgeting and contract management have a significant impact on the bottom line.