John A. Williams, Jr. (Jay)
Founder and CEO

As Founder and CEO of Elevation Development Group, Jay is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the company including the overall strategic direction and the oversight of partnership and development activity.

Jay has over twenty years of experience in real estate development, investment management and syndication, and has a diverse background as an investor, advisor and operating executive. He has previously served as President of Williams Realty Advisors, co-founder of Oxford Properties and CEO of Williams Investment Group. He is also co-founder and president of Haven Campus Communities.

Jay has experience working in an executive board capacity with numerous early stage companies including RealValuator and DataBridge (recently purchased by Zillow). He began his career working as a marketing executive for the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games. Jay has always been active in the community and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Open Hand and has previously served on the Board of Directors of the PATH Foundation as well as the Beck Foundation.

Stephen H. Whisenant

Steve Whisenant is the partner to Elevation and Chief Executive Officer of Haven Campus Communities. He is responsible for overseeing the strategic direction of the company as well as the ongoing facilitation of real estate partnerships.

Since 1969, Whisenant has been involved in more than 4 million square feet of retail development, primarily through his ownerships in Tri-Kell Investments, Inc. and Madison Retail, LLC. Most recently, Whisenant has added Haven Campus Communities to his portfolio of endeavors.

Whisenant earned a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Industrial Management from the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech). He has been an active member of the Georgia Tech Alumni Association and is a former International Business Fellow. He has served as a guest lecturer at Georgia Tech, Georgia State University and the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia.

David Tracht
Vice President of Development

David Tracht is Vice President of Elevation Development Group. He is responsible for overseeing the coordination of future developments and acquisitions as well as prospecting new opportunities. David’s experience in various leadership and management roles within firms such as Jones Lang LaSalle, Cousins Properties, Jamestown Properties, The Medallion Group, and Full Circle Productions has developed into a well-rounded real estate perspective that David applies daily to his work.


He has over 17 years of experience in a broad base of real estate related disciplines including V.P of Operations for the Atlanta regional office of a multi-billion dollar real estate professional services company, organizational development, property and facility management, development management and marketing. He is also an active board member of Peachtree Creek Greenway Inc., a non-profit organization advocating for the development of a multiuse path along the north fork of Peachtree Creek in Atlanta.

Bryan Boyles
Vice President of Finance

Bryan Boyles is the Vice President of Finance for Elevation Development Group as well as VP of Finance for Haven Campus Communities. He is responsible for the financial underwriting of all development projects, as well as the management of entitlement and due diligence processes. He has over 10 years of experience in real estate development, acquisitions, and asset management. Prior to joining Haven, he worked for Novare Group, managing the development and operation of the commercial components of the company’s mixed-use projects. Most recently, he worked with CORO Realty Advisors in the asset management of office and retail properties valuing over $200 Million.


Bryan earned a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Georgia. He is currently an active member of the University of Georgia Young Alumni Association, and has been a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and the Young Atlanta Retail Alliance.

Chris Snavely
Construction Manager

Chris Snavely is the Construction Manager for Elevation Development Group. He is responsible for overseeing the day to day management of our General Contractors and monitoring the progress of our ongoing projects.  Prior to joining Elevation Development Group, he worked for Traton Homes in Marietta, Georgia where he served as Project Manager over various job sites throughout the Atlanta area.


As a seasoned construction executive with over 20 years of leadership, Chris’s focus on proactive management solutions rather than reactive problem triage has resulted in the successful delivery of over $300 million in revenue. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Georgia in 1992. 

Jarred Wellem

Jarred Wellem is an Analyst for Elevation Development Group. In this role he is responsible for supporting the senior development team in the underwriting of potential developments, market research and investment due diligence. 

Prior to joining Elevation, Jarred worked as a multifamily investment sales broker with Marcus & Millichap advising clients on the acquisition and disposition of apartment properties. While at Marcus & Millichap his responsibilities included identifying new multifamily investment sale opportunities, financial underwriting, and property-level due diligence. Prior to his role in brokerage, Jarred began his career at national homebuilder D.R Horton as a land acquisitions analyst underwriting raw land and vacant developed lot takedowns. 

Jarred earned a Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in real estate and finance from the University of Georgia where he was also a member of the Real Estate Society. Jarred is originally from Atlanta and is currently a member of the Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors. 

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