Meet the team

Peter Rex

Founder & CEO

Prior: 17 years of real estate and tech entrepreneurship; 22% net annual IRR; $900M of distributions; 17,000 real estate units purchased and managed; CPA; Georgetown, BS; Harvard Law JD.

Peter Rex

Pete’s Story

Pete began working construction at 18 years old while attending community college. In 2005, after completing philosophy and government majors at Georgetown, he purchased his first property.

To preserve capital, Pete slept in vacant units and did all the maintenance and construction management himself. He also handled legal, tax, finance, code compliance, and asset management.

Pete continued to run his operations while completing Harvard Law, earning a CPA, and fighting through the Great Financial Crisis.

In the depths of the recession, Pete scaled to $2B of assets with a vertically integrated operation and 500+ employees. The company received national distinctions as a Fortune’s Top 20 Places to Work and a Top 5 ranking for most apartment renovations completed.

Pete’s experiences led to seeing this opportunity. He has now, as with real estate, learned tech ground up. He has invested $10M+ to make this opportunity a reality.

Sunthar Premakumar

SVP Product

Prior: Head of Product & Engineering, Piazza (Sequoia backed); Stanford BS, ME; UPenn MS, Robotics.

Sunthar Premakumar

Sunthar has 15+ years of experience in product, engineering, design, and entrepreneurship. During the six years prior to joining Rex, he was the Head of Product and Engineering of Piazza Technologies - an EdTech company backed by Sequoia, Bessemer, and Khosla Ventures. At Rex, he helps co-found all of the LLC’s subsidiaries and oversees product development. He received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University and an MS in Robotics from the University of Pennsylvania.

Joe DeMike

VP Business Development

Prior: Global Head of New Products at Facebook; CEO of AdTech startup at Google; Founder & CEO of Tech company (acquired); West Point BS, Engineering; MBA, Wharton.

Joe DeMike

Joe has a background in marketing, branding, and launching new technology products. Prior to Rex, he worked at Facebook and Google where his responsibilities ranged from launching new products to billions of users, new customer acquisition, to managing multimillion dollar advertising campaigns. Most recently, he was the Vice President of Digital Marketing at Corel, a software company that produces creativity and productivity tools, where he managed a $50M P&L for several of their products and a $40K / day advertising budget. Joe holds a BS in Engineering from West Point and an MBA from The University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.

Casey Dement

VP Architecture

Prior: Head of Architecture at Calendly, Sharecare, and The Weather Channel.

Casey Dement

Casey has a background in software development and enterprise architecture at both early and late-stage technology companies. While at Rex, he has designed the architecture for all the subsidiary companies. Previously, he was the Head of Architecture at Calendly, Sharecare, and Weather.com where he improved the efficiency of their technical systems as well as set them up for scale.

Jack Rachmani

VP Engineering

Prior: Senior engineering leader at Kinetic Brands and TrueCar.com, Sr. Developer at Fox Digital and Disney, 10+ yrs in RE investing; Israeli Defense Forces.

Jack Rachmani

Jack has 20+ years of experience in the software industry and 10+ years as a real estate investor. Jack worked with early day startups like Kinetic Brands and TrueCar.com (joined pre IPO), and well established corporations like TBWA Chiat Day, Disney, and Fox. With a long career in software development, Jack successfully grew and scaled business by efficiently leading multiple engineering teams.

Philip Ollapally

VP Data & Machine Learning

Prior: Led development of machine learning and computer vision initiatives at Fortune 500 companies as a VP at Genpact.

Philip Ollapally

Philip has a background in machine learning and data management. Prior to Rex, he led the Data & Analytics advisory practice at a large consulting firm that served Fortune 100 companies. He is a specialist across the entire data lifecycle from data foundations, architecture, governance to analytics and machine learning. Some of the companies he has advised over the past 15 years include: McKinsey & Company, Procter & Gamble, The Kraft Heinz Company, Coca Cola, and Reckitt Benckiser. He leads teams of data scientists, data engineers, and machine learning engineers at Rex to enable us to scale our products across our companies. He attended Washington University in Saint Louis where he majored in Economics and Business.

Nikos Iatropoulos

Managing Partner

Prior: Partner/COO at Kairos Ventures; Co-founded multiple startups; Columbia BS, CS; MIT MBA.

Nikos Iatropoulos

Nikos has 25+ years of experience in venture capital, entrepreneurship, and investment banking. During the six years prior to joining Rex, he was the COO & Regional Partner of Kairos Ventures, where he worked closely with the Founding Partner in every aspect of the fund, including fundraising, due diligence, investor relations, transaction execution, and portfolio management. Prior to Kairos, Nikos had a 16-year career as a software entrepreneur and served as an advisor to early-stage companies. He holds a BS in Computer Science from Columbia University and an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management.

Betsy Landoll

Partner

Prior: Biometrics/Product at UA, M&A Consultant & CPA at PwC; USC, Accounting; Univ. of Chicago MBA.

Betsy Landoll

Betsy has a background in finance, strategy, and product user experience.  Before joining Rex, she built United Airlines’ biometric and facial recognition program liaising with government agencies and key technology partners. Prior to that, she performed financial due diligence on over 20+ deals for both corporate and private equity acquisitions and divestitures as part of PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Deals Advisory group. She has won multiple awards as a real estate broker in Chicago. She holds a BS in Accounting from the University of Southern California and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Mike Haigh

Partner

Prior: VP at VC & PE firm; Investments at UChicago Endowment; Notre Dame BA; Univ. of Chicago MBA.

Mike Haigh

Mike has a background in finance, operations, and investing. Before Rex, he was Vice President at Wexford Capital Partners where he managed due diligence, financial analysis, investment operations, investor relations, and originations. Prior to that, he spent five years at the University of Chicago’s Endowment, where he collaborated with the investment teams to execute investment decisions, managed technology initiatives, and reported on valuations and liquidity. Mike holds a BA in Economics from Notre Dame and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Danielle Walker

VP Investor Relations

Prior: Investor Relations at Fifth Partners, Chief of Staff at Caltech; Princeton BA; Univ. of Michigan JD

Danielle Walker

Danielle has a background in real estate and early-stage venture capital. Before Rex, she worked in investor relations for Kairos Ventures, an early-stage venture capital fund. While there, she managed relationships of 150 limited partners across four funds and assisted in fundraising efforts to grow Kairos’s AUM from $45M to $250M+ in three years. Prior to Kairos, she worked at Caltech where she managed fundraising from major donors. Danielle received a BA in English from Princeton and a JD from the University of Michigan.

Christian McGuigan

SVP Media & Marketing

Prior: VP at Omnicom; VP at Participant Media; Chapman JD.

Christian McGuigan

Christian has 15+ years in media and marketing. Prior to coming to Rex, he was VP of Content Strategy at Omnicom, overseeing media activations for Fortune 500 brands around the world. Prior to Omnicom, Christian was Vice President of Integrated Content Strategy at an Academy-Award-winning studio - Participant Media. Christian also led Participant Media’s in-house agency, delivering marketing and social innovation consulting to corporations and foundations. Christian earned his BA in English Literature from the University of Dallas and a JD from Chapman University School of Law. He is a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy and is an Adjunct Professor at Pepperdine University’s School of Public Policy.

Justin Yoon

General Manager

Prior: Operations leader at Tesla and Amazon; West Point BS, Economics; MIT MS, Supply Chain; Blackhawk pilot.

Justin Yoon

Justin has a background in supply chain operations and inventory management. He most recently worked at Tesla where he managed global battery supply and demand for the company, as well as sourced batteries and capital equipment for all factories. Prior to Tesla, he trained operations managers for Amazon to launch and operate Amazon Fresh facilities across the Southeast. He holds a Master’s degree in Supply Chain Management from MIT and a BS in Economics from West Point.

Michael Staples

General Manager

Prior: Growth and operations leader at Amazon and Uber; West Point BS, Systems Engineering; Blackhawk pilot.

Michael Staples

Mike has a background in operations and customer success. Prior to Rex, he was VP of Customer Success and Marketplace Operations at Bond, a Series A funded financial services technology company, where he designed and executed their go-to-market strategy nationwide. Prior to Bond, he served as an Operations Manager at both Amazon and Uber where he launched and managed a new Amazon distribution center and 11 metro areas along the east coast for Uber. Mike holds a BS in Systems Engineering from West Point and an MBA from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business.

Prakash Mohandas

General Manager

Prior: Senior product management leader at Cox Automotive, Charles Schwab and Dell; UT Austin MS, EE.

Prakash Mohandas

Prakash has a background in product and business development. Prior to Rex, he has 15 years of experience developing and launching new products while working at large technology companies, such as AMD, Dell, Charles Schwab, and Cox Automotive. Most recently at Cox Automotive, he was responsible for managing three products that generated $400M in annual revenue.  He holds an MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

Denver Lobo

General Manager

Prior: VP at Credit Suisse for 8 years; Lead at Morgan Stanley; CFA Level 1, BA, University of Notre Dame.

Denver Lobo

Denver has a background in investment banking and payment processing. Prior to Rex, he was Vice President of Emerging Market Debt Financing Solutions at Credit Suisse. His focus was on providing debt financing solutions to companies in Latin America, Eastern Europe, Middle East, and Asia. He also spent a year in Brazil, developing new sales channels with a focus on local debt. Prior to joining Credit Suisse, Denver worked at MasterCard where he did customer cost and profitability analysis as well as company budgeting and forecasting. Denver holds a BA in Business Administration and Economics from the University of Notre Dame.

Jose Ortega

General Manager

Prior: Founder of Permian Mining; First GM of Revel; COO of Midland Basin Partners; BA, Texas Tech University.

Jose Ortega

Jose has a background in operations and managing large contractor workforces. Before joining Rex, Jose worked for Revel, a moped ride sharing company, where he launched the Austin market and ran the operations as General Manager. Prior to Revel, he was an operational leader for an energy infrastructure business where he built business plans and led execution of high priority infrastructure projects. He holds a BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Texas Tech University.

Franklin Lobb

Director Engineering

Prior: 9+ years at Amazon. Senior Solutions Architect at AWS, Alexa, and Amazon Retail.

Franklin Lobb

Franklin has over 25 years of IT, architecture, development, payments, security and compliance experience. His background spans multiple industries including process manufacturing, litigation support, foster care, e-commerce, cloud computing, voice, and real estate. He has worked with firms including Amazon, AWS, Alexa, Target, GSK, Pfizer, Washington Post and Dupont. Franklin is AWS certified and was a certified AWS subject matter expert at Amazon. He has a BS in Math Sciences and a BSChE (Chemical Engineering) from the University of Washington as well as a Technology Management MBA from UW’s Foster School of Business.

Ben Tautfest

VP Design

Prior: Led design teams to deliver projects for Fortune 100 companies as a Design Director at Fjord.

Ben Tautfest

Ben is a design leader with over two decades of experience. He has applied his expertise in Human-Centered Design across multiple industries including education, finance, retail, aerospace and defense, public health and services, entertainment, hospitality, telecom, consumer goods, and automotive. His projects range from delivering strategy and design for large innovation service ecosystems, to delivering award-winning websites and native apps for globally recognized brands. Prior to Rex, Ben was a Design Director at Fjord where he was responsible for leading cross-functional design teams to improve the digital experiences of Fortune 500 companies by helping them reframe business challenges with design-led points of view. Ben has a BFA in Graphic Design from the Art Institute of Dallas.

Matthew McCloskey

VP Design

Prior: Sr. Web Developer at Fjord, Founder of 3 design companies, Belmont BM.

Matthew McCloskey

Matt has been a developer, designer, and entrepreneur for over 20 years. After founding and running a handful of startups he joined Chaotic Moon Studios, Fjord, and then Accenture Interactive where he led cross-functional design and development teams to create solutions spanning all aspects of a product's lifecycle from ideation to delivery. Matt received his Bachelor of Music in classical guitar performance from Belmont University.

Glenn Robertson

Senior Product Designer

Prior: Senior UX designer at Volusion; UX designer at Y Combinator unicorn company (Podium) and multiple early stage companies.

Glenn Robertson

Glenn has almost a decade of experience in user research and product design. He has worked at multiple early-stage companies including the Y Combinator unicorn, Podium. He brings a wealth of experience in guiding products through initial concept, user testing, and final delivery. Before joining the team at Rex he consulted early-stage companies at the Sputnick ATX accelerator. He is passionate about using design and technology to improve the lives of people.

Rituparna Roychoudhury

Product Designer

Prior: Designer at early stage startups; Carnegie Mellon MS, Human Computer Interaction.

Rituparna Roychoudhury

Ritu has experience in Product and User Experience from working in early stage startups. During her bachelors in engineering, she founded her own Photography Services startup in India that served 250+ customers and generated INR 2M+ in revenue. Later, she pursued two masters degrees - one in Management from London Business School and the other in Human-Computer Interaction from Carnegie Mellon University. She has worked at startups and research groups worldwide such as Adludio, Zazzle, and CMU HCI Research Lab. She also holds a BE in Electrical and Electronics Engineering and MS in Biological Sciences from BITS Pilani, India.

Asha Suriamoorthy

Senior Data Engineer

Prior: Database Systems Engineer at Samsung; Senior Engineer at Unisoft.

Asha Suriamoorthy

Asha has 14 years of experience in Data Architecture , Data warehousing and Business Intelligence.Before Rex she worked as a Data Architect at Samsung Austin Semiconductors and was responsible for standardizing multiple databases distributed across S.Korea, China and US collecting and processing large data sets captured from the fully automated Fabrication units.Prior to that she worked at Fluidra overseeing Data Analytics , helping the company cut down cost close to 40M incurred in shipments a year by streamlining data and process flow.She holds a BS in Computer Engineering from Anna University, India.

Georges Colbert

Senior Machine Learning Engineer

Prior: Applied natural language processing and machine learning to homeownership, geospatial polls and health care.

Georges Colbert

Georges is a Machine Learning Specialist with five years of experience in Artificial Intelligence. He has hands-on experience building AI NLP products that can identify health symptoms, AI Computer Vision products that review images for compliance, and Machine Learning pipelines that help businesses drive smart decisions. Georges holds a MS and BS in Information Systems from University of Maryland, College Park.

Matt Lee

Senior Machine Learning Engineer

Prior: Globally ranked in top 2% of data scientists at Kaggle; UT Austin BS, ME; CU Boulder MS, Data Science.

Matt Lee

Matthew is an expert in applying cutting-edge machine learning algorithms and data analytics in various industries including, manufacturing, energy & utilities, healthcare, finance, and real estate. Prior to Rex, he worked for a management consulting company in NYC where he helped small to multi-billion dollar companies make key business decisions using data analytics and machine learning. Matthew is a top 2% machine learning engineer globally on Kaggle, a leading international data science competition platform. He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

Ethan Blumenthal

Blockchain Engineer

Prior: Engineer at Rightpoint; Univ. of Illinois Urbana-Champaign BA, Economics; UT Austin MS, Computer Science.

Ethan Blumenthal

Ethan is an expert on blockchain technology with several years of investment experience in the cryptocurrency space. He previously worked as a software engineer at Rightpoint, a technology consultancy serving Fortune 500 companies. His clients included Southwest Airlines, Verizon Wireless, and Outfront Media for which he built and launched consumer facing products. Ethan holds a BS in Economics from the University of Illinois and is pursuing a MS in Computer Science from the University of Texas.

Cody Huggins

Chief of Staff

Prior: Treasurer at FTC Solar (co-led Initial Public Offering in 2021); Commercial Banker at JP Morgan Chase & Co; Operations Officer at U.S. Army Ranger School; West Point BS, Business Management

Cody Huggins

Cody has a background in operations and finance.  Prior to Rex, he was the Treasurer at FTC Solar, where he co-led their $258M initial public offering (IPO) and established a $100M revolving credit facility.  Prior to FTC Solar, he spent time at JPMorgan Chase in their Military Officer Executive Development Program rotating throughout the four lines of business within the firm, spending the majority of his time in the commercial bank.  Cody holds a BS in Business Management from West Point and served six years as an Infantry Officer, with his last assignment as a Ranger Instructor.

Nikhail Singh

Senior Director Operations

Prior: Corporate Strategy at The Wonderful Company; Operations at NASA; Northwestern MBA.

Nikhail Singh

Nikhail has 10+ years of experience in strategy and operations.  While at Rex, he has launched and led operations at technology startups. Prior to Rex, he worked in corporate strategy at The Wonderful Company and in management consulting at Deloitte where he led projects ranging from growth strategy to executing complex M&A transactions. Nikhail started his career at NASA in cargo operations for the International Space Station. He received a BS in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech and an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.

Zach Kennedy

Partner & Chief of Staff

Prior: Director of Ops (Defense Tech), Ops Officer at Arlington National Cemetery. West Point BS; Cornell MBA; Queens MBA; PMP. U.S. Army Ranger Qualified.


Zach Kennedy

Mike Walsh

Director Talent

Prior: Senior Manager Engineering Recruiting at Expedia; Early at HomeAway and VMware.

Mike Walsh

Mike has 20 years of recruiting experience working at agencies, startups, and large enterprise companies. Much of that experience has been helping companies scale from an early stage to thousands of hires per year. Before joining Rex, he had worked with Expedia leading North American technical recruiting, HomeAway, VMware and Tenfold (acquired by LivePerson). He has a bachelor's degree from Boston University.

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