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Chris Walker Assists with the Continued Expansion for Veteran Program

Christopher Walker, a partner with BMD, is currently representing the Invest in America's Veterans Foundation, an organization that strives to provide a "head start" for veterans that involves the least amount of "red tape" possible. With a strong background in corporate and real estate transactions, Walker has been able to assist the foundation with the recent purchase of an apartment building, which will be used for low-income veteran housing.



LYND has expanded its Veteran program with the purchase of Chesterfield, Silas Creek, Twin City, and Whispering Pines. This $60 million portfolio consists of 1,125-units and are located in North and South Carolina. States with a high number of homeless veterans in need. With this latest addition, the Invest in America’s Veterans Foundation (IAVF) has a total of six communities, and is established in four states: Florida, Louisiana, North Carolina, and South Carolina. Each community is designed to house a Veterans Headquarters with a Veterans Service Officer who will support the needs of the foundation’s participants. LYND is enthusiastic about the expansion of this program and the benefits it brings to America’s Veterans.

Founded in 2008 by Ralph A. Santillo, IAVF is a non-profit organization that serves America’s Veterans by offering assistance through their journey back to civilian life. Their services include job placement assistance, DD-214 retrieval, counseling services, suicide prevention, food assistance, and housing assistance for homeless Veterans. Ralph, an Army Veteran himself, knows the difficulties many servicemen and servicewomen face when integrating back into civilian life. Last year alone, IAVF assisted 752 Veterans. Over the last 8 years, Ralph estimates over 5,000 Veterans have benefitted by using the services offered by IVAF.

When asked about the program’s goals, Ralph said, “It’s our goal for at least 20% of all units in each community to house Veterans. We took over these communities a few weeks ago and we are already helping Veterans find housing.” While Veterans are grateful for the variety of services offered by IAVF, access to housing has been the most important resource offered by the program. Ralph states, “What these Veterans are most grateful for is having a roof over their heads.”

So far, the foundation has purchased over 2,400 units in Florida, Louisiana, North Carolina, and South Carolina. IAVF and LYND were able to secure nearly $30 million in revenue bonds for Mission Springs, the latest purchase in Florida. The goal is to further expand the program across the country. IAVF and LYND’s plan, according to David Lynd, CEO of Lynd Opportunity Partners, is to purchase $400 to $500 million in properties per year in Chicago, Las Vegas, Texas, and other locations across the United States. Ralph Santillo is excited about what the future will bring to his organization through this long-term project. LYND is proud to manage the assets of an organization that provides housing to our American Veterans.


NLRB Reverses its Reversal of 2015 Browning-Ferris Joint Employer Decision

NLRB Reverses its Reversal of 2015 Browning-Ferris Joint Employer Decision

Scott Sandrock Awarded the Outstanding Eagle Scout Award

BMD is proud to recognize its member Scott P. Sandrock being awarded the Outstanding Eagle Scout Award by the Boy Scouts of America. This award recognizes Eagle Scouts who have later achieved distinction in their professional careers and leadership through community service. A limited number of these awards are presented annually. The Award was presented at the Annual Eagle Scout Recognition Dinner in January.

Highlights from the BMD Healthcare Leadership Summit Held in Orlando, FL, January 11, 2018 - January 13, 2018

BMD's 2nd Annual Healthcare Leadership Innovation Summit theme focused on entrepreneurism in healthcare as we sought to reach various specialties and stakeholders within the healthcare industry. There were 3 days of insightful programming and exclusive networking

Ohio’s Statute of Repose: Is it Really a Bar to All Construction Claims?

In response to the increase in common-law claims against architects and contractors brought by third parties who lacked “privity of contract”, many states enacted a construction statute of repose. A statute of repose is intended to forever bar claims for certain injuries or damages after a set period of time following substantial completion. Subject to certain exceptions, the primary distinction between a statute of repose and statute of limitations is that a statute of repose begins to run regardless of whether one is aware of a defect.

Martin Pangrace and Catherine McCain Presenting at AIA Contract Document Workshop - September 26, 2017