President and Chief Executive Officer
Thomas (Tom) Huth is head of the Palladium Group companies in the United States. He is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Palladium USA International, Inc. and other associated Palladium Group companies in the United States including Palladium Management Company, Palladium USA’s self-managed and third-party multifamily property management platform. In this role, Mr. Huth is responsible for new business development opportunities. The Palladium Group develops, owns and operates real estate in ten countries including the United States with the U.S. focus on multifamily assets and property management.
Prior to his current position, he was senior vice president and chief financial officer of the Palladium Group companies in the United States responsible for directing all financial aspects of the Group’s U.S. operations.
Prior to joining the Palladium Group in 1998, Mr. Huth, a certified public accountant, served as vice president and treasurer for Lexford Management Company and controller for Lexford Properties, Inc. where he was responsible for all financial operations for Lexford’s Columbus, Ohio based 516 apartment communities representing a total of 36,405 residential units as well as all of Lexford’s Dallas, Texas based third-party fee management operations of approximately 20,000 residential units. Both Lexford Properties and Lexford Management were affiliated with Lexford Residential Trust, a Columbus, Ohio based Real Estate Investment Trust.
Prior to Lexford, Mr. Huth was director of corporate accounting and tax for Partnership Services, Inc., formerly known as Consolidated Capital Equities Corporation (Con Cap).
Mr. Huth started his career in the Dallas, Texas office of Arthur Andersen & Company where he was responsible for engagements in the real estate, hotel, service, retail and manufacturing arenas. He has been licensed to practice Public Accountancy in Texas since 1992, is a licensed Texas Real Estate Broker, member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, member of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants, member of the Urban Land Institute, member of the NAHB Sales and Marketing Council, member of the National Multi-Housing Council, member of The Real Estate Council, past Board Member of the Real Estate Financial Executives Association, past Board Member of the Multifamily Leadership Board of NAHB, and a past Junior Achievement Project Business Consultant.
Mr. Huth has bachelor’s degrees in both real estate and accounting from the University of Cincinnati.
Senior Vice President, President Catalyst Builders
Scott Johnson is Senior Vice President of Palladium USA International, Inc. and its subsidiaries, including President of Catalyst Builders, Inc. Mr. Johnson shares responsibility in site selection and feasibility studies and has primary responsibility in general contractor selection, project supervision, and asset management of properties and projects for US operations. Mr. Johnson is in charge of cost estimating, reporting and operations as President of Catalyst Builders.
Prior to joining Palladium, Mr. Johnson’s experience includes over 20 years in construction with industry leaders Andres Construction, Core Construction, Walsh Construction, and Robert E. McKee. Project background includes: “Class 1″ cleanrooms (VLSI & T.I.), hospitals, office buildings, retail centers, churches, schools and universities, libraries, multifamily, retirement facilities, bridges, and various renovations. Positions held include project manager, cost estimator, cost engineer, project superintendent, project engineer, and field engineer.
Mr. Johnson graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1985 with a BS in Construction Science.
Industry affiliations include:
Urban Land Institute (ULI), Project Management Institute (PMI), Home Builders Association of Greater Dallas (HBA), Association of Cost Engineers (AACE).
Senior Vice President – President of Palladium Management Company
Joan Maxwell is President of Palladium Management Company and Senior Vice President of Palladium USA International, Inc. She directs personnel on key business initiatives to ensure successful completion of all business initiatives. She is responsible for all aspects of day-to-day operations of the entire Palladium multifamily portfolio.
Ms. Maxwell has been in property management and the real estate industry since 1984. Her previous experience includes serving as Senior Vice President of Multifamily Operations for PM Realty Group, a national real estate company operating in 23 states. In this position, she oversaw a Class AAA high-rise portfolio spread across Dallas, Houston and Denver. She played an integral role with projects in various stages of development and construction including site selection to project design, floor plan critique, pricing strategies and managing staffs spread across multi-year projects.
Ms. Maxwell’s prior experience also includes 20 years with Pace Realty Corporation as an onsite property manager, Regional Manager, and Regional Vice President. During her tenure at Pace, she managed Fannie Mae’s REO portfolio in the southwest region, as well as a portfolio of Class AAA projects from concept stage to sale for third party clients completing upwards of 35 new construction projects during her tenure.
Joan studied at the University of North Texas, in Denton, Texas, is a licensed broker with the Texas Real Estate Commission, a Realtor, and has earned the professional designation of Certified Apartment Manager, Certified New Home Sales Professional, and Certified Tax Credit Specialist.
Senior Vice President – Chief Operating Officer
Fred D’Lizarraga is Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Palladium USA International, Inc. and its subsidiaries, including Palladium Management Company, Inc. He is responsible for supervising day-to-day operations of the entire Palladium multifamily portfolio for which he is directly responsible for all aspects of operations, employee training, and marketing programs.
Mr. D’Lizarraga has been in the property management business since 1987 and has held various site and supervisory positions for several national apartment companies and developers. His experience includes new construction, renovation, and lease-ups in various cities and states. He has both on-site and supervisory expertise with high-rise, midrise, and garden style properties. Fred is also highly experienced in market research studies, marketing plans, due diligence, property takeovers, construction punch, property openings, and property management transitions.
In addition to his Palladium Management duties, Fred is responsible for all aspects of condominium sales and marketing for Palladium Sales and Marketing. Currently he supervises the condominium conversion of Grand Treviso Condominiums located in Irving, Texas. Fred received his Bachelors Degree from the University of North Texas, in Denton, Texas. He is a licensed realtor and has earned the professional designation of Certified Apartment Manager.
Director – Finance and Accounting
Cody J. Hunt, CPA is the Director – Finance and Accounting at Palladium USA International, Inc. Mr. Hunt directs and manages all accounting and finance operations for the U.S. office. Mr. Hunt began with Palladium as the Corporate Controller in 2019.
Prior to his joining Palladium, Mr. Hunt was a Senior Accountant at Sikich LLP in charge of managing audits for multiple clients across several industries and was also involved in the Business Succession Planning and Valuation practices.
Prior to Sikich, Mr. Hunt was an Audit Senior at Dauby O’Connor & Zaleski, LLC (DOZ). While at DOZ, he was responsible for managing and reviewing audits, cost certifications, and other consulting engagements for affordable housing clients that owned and operated numerous HUD, commercial, RD, and conventional tax credit properties throughout the U.S. Mr. Hunt also began his career at DOZ as an Audit Staff and prepared and reviewed audits for affordable housing clients.
Mr. Hunt is a licensed CPA and graduated from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University with his Bachelor of Science in Business with majors in Accounting, Economic Consulting, and Public Policy Analysis.
Director – Real Estate Development
Avis Chaisson is the Director of Real Estate Development with Palladium USA International, Inc. She will be responsible for community outreach, intergovernmental affairs, spearheading development activities, and assisting with closing all new construction and acquisition/rehabilitation, multifamily residential developments including market rate, private activity bond, 9% and 4% housing tax credit transactions.
Prior to joining Palladium, Ms. Chaisson worked for the City of Dallas for two years as an Assistant Director in the Office of Economic Development and eleven years with the City of Fort Worth. During her tenure, she led teams and managed high profile economic, community, and housing developments that utilized incentives such as Chapter 380 grants, tax abatements, Tax Increment Financing (TIF), Neighborhood Empowerment Zones (NEZ), and federal funds including Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership Program. She fostered partnerships to produce high, quality, attainable residential units through each municipality’s organized Housing Finance Corporations (HFC) mostly by participating in developments that secured equity from the housing tax credit program. Avis’ greatest strength is shepherding projects through the city’s development process.
Avis graduated from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas with a bachelor of science in Geography and a minor in English, earned credits toward a Master’s in City and Regional Planning at the University of Texas at Arlington with an emphasis in housing, economic and community development programs and strategy and was inducted as a member of Pi Alpha Alpha, the National Honor Society for Public Administration. She is a Certified Economic Development Finance Professional issued by the National Development Council (NDC). Currently, Ms. Chaisson serves as a Board Member for the Texas Association of Local Housing Finance Agencies (TALHFA).
Chief Legal Officer
James H. Bennett is the chief legal officer for the Palladium Group companies in the United States, based in Venice, Florida. Jim became associated with the Group in 1986 when it first began exploring U.S. investment opportunities in the Northeast. He is admitted to practice law in New Jersey and Connecticut (retired), and a member of the Connecticut Bar Association.
A graduate of Princeton University and Stanford Law School, Jim was a judicial clerk with the Supreme Court of New Jersey, and in-house counsel to a number of Fortune 500 companies, including part of the management team of the Latin America Business Division of General Electric, and Vice President, International Counsel of the Revlon Health Care Group.
Jim is a past chair of the Planning and Zoning Section of the Connecticut Bar Association. He was also chair of the New Canaan Planning and Zoning Commission and was previously the Commission’s representative to the Southwest Regional Planning Agency based in Stamford, Connecticut.
After moving to Venice, Florida. Jim was elected to the Venice City Council, following service on its Planning Commission, and represented the City on the Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) serving as its chair. He is presently a director of WEDU-PBS, the Tampa-based public television network serving Florida’s largest single TV market, West Central Florida, and a member of its Budget and Finance, Investment, and Community Partnership committees.
Maria Leiva is the Regional Manager over the North Region for Palladium Management Company. Maria is responsible for overseeing over 1300 units across numerous properties in the Palladium USA portfolio including Verona by Palladium, the company’s flagship development. Maria was the previous Property Manager for Verona before being promoted to Regional Manager. She has been with Palladium Management Company since 2018. Maria has been recognized for her impressive performance as a recipient of the Palladium Management Company President’s Award in 2018.
Ms. Leiva has more than a decade of successful property management experience. Prior to joining the Palladium Management Company, Maria worked with Lincoln Properties for nine years. During her tenure with Lincoln Properties, she held various management positions including Property Manager and Regional Trainer.
Maria has earned multiple certifications in property management under the housing tax credit program including Tax Credit Specialist and Enterprise Income Verification Specialist through the National Center for Housing Management. She is also recognized as a Certified Apartment Portfolio Supervisor (CAPS) through the National Apartment Association (NAA). Maria holds associate’s degrees in business and science from Dallas College.
Rachael Ayala is a Regional Manager for Palladium Management Company. Rachael is responsible for overseeing more than 900 units across numerous properties in the Palladium USA tax-credit portfolio. Rachael is instrumental for successful lease-ups on some of Palladium’s largest assets. This includes the highly anticipated and highly publicized Palladium Museum Place community; a 240-unit 3 Story Garden Style located in the heart of oil country, Midland, Texas. Rachael started in property management 16 years ago while looking for a position in marketing. She was so well liked by the staff at her apartment community, they hired her. Rachael worked her way up and swiftly advanced to the position of Property Manager. She brings a plethora of expertise and knowledge to the table, having managed Class-B conventional properties, major rehabs, new build lease ups, and affordable tax credit communities.
Rachael takes satisfaction in her excellent leadership abilities, team building, mentoring, and success in disadvantaged areas. She is an energizing and successful leader who constantly delivers results while adhering to the highest professional and personal standards.
Prior to Palladium, Rachael worked for Wilhoit Properties and BH Management.
Rachael Ayala was awarded the 2021 Palladium Dedication Award, a 4-time winner Wilhoit Property of the year award winner, and a mentoring award. Rachael holds various industry certifications.