Jay T. Clark
CEO and Founder
Jay is Founder & CEO of SEC. Jay began his professional career in public accounting and later founded Apartment Realty Advisors (“ARA”), a real estate brokerage firm, in 1993. After successfully selling ARA, Jay focused exclusively on SEC with initial investments in multifamily.
Jay is highly regarded as an expert in the multifamily and residential marketplace and has been the General Partner on over $1 billion of residential acquisitions and developments. Under Jay’s direction, SEC has received multiple project honors and awards, including Community of the Year (Smyrna Grove) and 50+ Community of the Year (Soleil Laurel Canyon), both from the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association.
Jay received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Jay is a licensed Georgia real estate broker and a previous Certified Public Accountant. He is an active member of the National Multi-Family Housing Council and Urban Land Institute.
Hugh L. Nelson
Chief Financial Officer
Hugh is the Chief Financial Officer and joined SEC in 2001. He presides over all financial matters of the company, including accounting, finance, risk management, investor relations, and human resources. Hugh has in-depth accounting experience having been a CPA for 20 years in several major industries including non-profit, public accounting, and real estate.
Hugh is responsible for project-level accounting and asset management reporting for the Company’s real estate portfolio, which is comprised of complex and diverse ownership and partnership structures. Hugh is also actively involved with the evaluation, debt and equity structuring, and due diligence of potential real estate development pursuits.
Hugh earned a B.S with a double major in Accounting and Finance from Florida State University. He was a Certified Public Accountant from 1998 through 2017. Hugh’s current and/or former memberships include The Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants, Inc. and The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Kimball “Kim” Robinson
Vice President – Planning & Development Services
Kim joined SEC in 2013 with the responsibility of shepherding multi-family and residential development projects from acquisition through stabilization. Throughout the entirety of his career, Kim has successfully delivered over 10,000 rental and for sale multi-family units, some of which were part of complex, mixed- use deals, valued in excess of $750MM. Kim’s 30 years of relevant architectural and senior project management experience provide unique insights into the predevelopment, planning, development, and construction processes to preemptively assess and mitigate potential project-related risks.
Prior to joining SEC, Kim was the founding Principal of CnF Holdings, a real estate acquisitions and redevelopment group targeting multi-family and off- campus student housing rental assets located throughout Atlanta, Georgia. Kim earned a B.A. in History, with a minor in English, from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, and a Masters of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. He is an active member of the American Institute of Architects and Urban Land Institute.
John S. Huckaby
Vice President – Operations
John joined SEC in 2016 and is Vice President of Operations. He has 28 years of leadership experience in the investment, development, sales, and operations of multifamily and residential real estate. At SEC John is responsible for construction services, marketing, sales, and asset management for ground-up and completed multi-family and residential properties. Throughout his career John has closed more than $1 billion in transactions including $450 million in multifamily transactions, with many of the top REITS and private capital funds, as well as aggregate residential condominium sales in excess of $650 million.
Prior to SEC, John held a senior leadership role with ST Residential, the consor- tium formed by Starwood Capital and the FDIC. John was instrumental in the launch, marketing, and liquidation of ST Residential’s Atlanta real estate portfolio, comprising approximately $500 million in residential condominium sales (1,200 units), an $89 million bulk-sale of a fractured condo, the disposition of 32,000 square feet of retail space, the sale of two entitled land parcels, and the sale of some 1,200 condominium units to individual end-users.
John received a B.A. in Communication from The University of Alabama. He is a licensed real estate agent in Georgia and holds several certifications from the Institute of Real Estate Management, the National Apartment Association, and the National Manufactured Housing Association.
Vice President – Acquisitions & Development
Heath joined SEC in 2018 and is Vice President of Acquisitions & Development with a primary focus on multifamily ground-up developments. Heath has extensive experience throughout the Southeast and has been directly responsible for the acquisition and development of 7,000 multifamily units over his career. At SEC Heath is responsible for the site origination, underwriting, contract negotiations, and due diligence related to potential land acquisitions.
Prior to joining SEC, Heath was an Executive Developer with Davis Development’s institutional apartment development platform where he completed garden- style multifamily projects in Atlanta, Raleigh, Durham, Charlotte, Charleston, Montgomery, Birmingham and Kansas City.
Heath received a B.S. in Business Administration, with a minor in Marketing, from Georgia College and State University.