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Epcon Management Team: Co-founder and CEO Ed Bacome

Edward Bacome
Chief Executive Officer & Director

Edward Bacome has over 40 years of experience in property management, construction, operations, and development. He earned his undergraduate and law degrees from The Ohio State University. He is a licensed real estate broker. Edward supports many non-profit organizations within the community including the Columbus Foundation and The Ohio State University. He is also on the Board of Directors for Benchmark Bank.

Epcon Management Team: Co-founder and President Phil Fankhauser

Philip Frankhauser
President & Director

Phil Frankhauser has been involved in commercial and residential development for over 40 years with emphasis on strategic planning, land acquisition, and marketing. He has a B.S. degree in Business and is also a licensed real estate broker. Philip is a graduate of Franklin University and currently serves on Franklin University’s Board of Trustees. He also serves on the Senior Housing Council of the Urban Land Institute (ULI).

Epcon Management Team: President of Franchising Paul Hanson

Paul Hanson
President, Epcon Communities Franchising

Paul Hanson was appointed President of Epcon Communities Franchising in 2018 and has been involved in the building industry since 2003, serving in various capacities in construction and operations. Prior to joining Epcon, he served as Group Vice President at Arthur Rutenberg Homes, where he led that company’s expansion and development into a six-state Midwestern market. Prior to that, he was with NVR for over ten years in leadership roles in both Ohio and Florida. Paul is a graduate of Grove City College in Pennsylvania and earned his MBA from the University of Florida in 2009.

Epcon Management Team: David_Blackmore, Treasurer, Chief Financial Officer

David Blackmore
Treasurer, Chief Financial Officer

Dave Blackmore has over 40 years of experience in real estate development and property management. David has been the Treasurer and CFO of Epcon Communities since 2005. In 2010, David received CFO of the Year, Honorable Mention from Business First Magazine. David holds a BSBA from The Ohio State University and is a Certified Public Accountant. He has held Board Treasurer positions with Huckleberry House and Lutheran Social Services.

Epcon Management Team: Joel_Rhodes, Regional President, General Counsel, Secretary

Joel Rhoades
Regional President (Columbus), General Counsel and Secretary

Joel Rhoades has over 20 years of experience in land acquisition, real estate development & sales, and property management. Joel has been with Epcon Communities as General Counsel since 1992. He earned his undergraduate and law degrees from The Ohio State University.

Epcon Management Team: Bob Kardos, Regional President (Charlotte)

Bob Kardos
Regional President (Charlotte)

Bob Kardos has 34 years of experience in all aspects of residential home building including land acquisition, land development, purchasing, sales & marketing, vertical construction, customer service and operations management/profitability. Bob holds a Bachelor’s degree in Architectural Studies from the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to Epcon Communities, Bob worked with several Top 10 National Home Builders including Ryan Homes, M/I Homes and Toll Brothers in a variety of leadership positions. Bob joined the Epcon Communities leadership team as Regional President in November of 2016 and leads the Charlotte, NC region.

Epcon Management Team: Tom Sewitsky, Regional President (Raleigh)

Tom Sewitsky
Regional President (Raleigh)

Tom Sewitsky has over 25 years of multi-faceted homebuilding experience with both public and privately owned companies. Tom has been with Epcon Communities since December of 2017 and has held positions in executive leadership in the Raleigh and Charlotte markets since 2005. He has served on the Durham, Orange, and Chatham County HBA Board of Directors, and was recognized as one of the top 200 Division Presidents in the country by Homebuilder Executive Magazine. Tom holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Towson University.

Epcon Management Team: Tim Rini, Vice President of Franchising

J. Timothy Rini, Jr.
Vice President, Product Development

Tim Rini is an Ohio registered architect with NCARB certification and, prior to joining Epcon, has over 30 years’ experience in real estate development, home building, and commercial construction and estimating. Tim joined Epcon Franchising in 2007 and became Vice President of Franchising in 2011. Rini earned his MBA from Xavier University, a BS in Architecture from The Ohio State University, and has completed post-graduate studies in real estate and public policy at The Ohio State University and the University of Akron. Tim is also an Ohio licensed real estate broker and has owned his own brokerage firm and property management company. Tim has served as President and Board member of the Columbus Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, a Board member of the local homebuilding association, a full member of the Urban Land Institute, a member on NAHB’s 50+ Housing Council and a member of the American Marketing Association. As an undergraduate, Tim was Squad Leader in the OSU Marching Band and participates in the Alumni Reunion each year.

Epcon Management Team: Nanette_Overly, Epcon Communities Franchising

Nanette Overly
Vice President, Sales

Nanette Overly has over 30 years of experience in the homebuilding industry. Nanette has been with Epcon Communities since May 2000 and has been the Vice President of Sales since January 2007. Nanette has been a nationally featured speaker and contributing writer with various home builder conventions and publications.

Epcon Management Team: Rob Krohn, Epcon Communities Franchising

Rob Krohn
Vice President, Marketing

Rob Krohn has 20+ years of experience leading marketing, advertising and lead generation strategies. As the vice president of marketing for Epcon, Rob oversees strategy and execution for all company marketing initiatives. He also serves as a consultant to Epcon’s national network of Franchise Builders. Prior to his current position, Rob oversaw brand management and marketing for Assurex Global, HSG/CodeBlue and HTP (acquired by McKesson). Rob holds a BFA from The University of Akron. Rob speaks frequently at industry conferences on topics such as traditional and digital lead generation, lead conversion techniques, marketing technology, as well as virtual and augmented reality.

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