2014 Women of Influence: Laurie Hawkes

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LAURIE HAWKES is the co-founder of American Residential Properties, which is one of the top-five fastest-growing companies in the housing industry. In the past year, she has taken ARPI public as a REIT, and overseen its first rental-backed securitization, backed by 2,876 single-family homes in the company’s portfolio. Hawkes has been president since the company’s formation in May 2012 and chief operating officer since March 2013. In that time the company has expanded into 13 states, where it acquires, restores, leases and manages single-family homes.

From 1995 to 2007, Hawkes worked at U.S. Realty Advisors, a $3 billion real estate private equity firm, becoming a partner in 1997 and serving as president of the firm from 2003 to 2007.

In the 15 years prior to joining U.S. Realty, Hawkes was a Wall Street investment banker specializing in real estate and mortgage finance, serving as managing director at CS First Boston Corp., and as a director in the mortgage banking department at Salomon Brothers.

“Laurie is, without a doubt, the best spokesperson for the emerging Single Family Rental sector,” her nominator said. “Laurie takes the lead in driving collaborative efforts to bring leaders of the sector together, and has truly been the catalyst to bring together the operators, investment banks, structurers and arrangers, analysts, data providers, and investors in the sector.”

During her investment banking career, she structured and negotiated more than $16 billion in real estate acquisitions and securitized mortgage debt transactions for all property types, utilizing many types of financing, including private equity, capital markets, financial institutions and institutional investors.

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