Province Group’s core staff consists of seasoned real estate professionals with a collective depth of experience of over 100 years in the real estate development business. The principals have been together for over 25 years and focus strictly on residential, commercial, and mixed-use real estate, creating a depth of knowledge that is unparalleled.

The company excels at selecting and managing a top-tier team of consultants to be involved in each of its real estate endeavors. From local land use counsel to land planners, architects, civil engineers, biological, and traffic consultants, Province Group only selects the best of the best. Hands-on involvement by the principal, combined with professional, dedicated staff members, assures successful, well-executed developments.

Mark J. Kerslake

Chief Executive Officer

A career real estate investment and development professional since 1981, Mr. Kerslake has had bottom line responsibility for real estate developments and asset management, ranging in size from urban infill sites to large master-planned communities and income generating assets. Specific expertise includes identification of market trends and opportunities, positioning strategies, site selection, land acquisition and land use approvals, as well as the creation and execution of value-enhancing development strategies. Mr. Kerslake has also managed complex negotiations involving environmental and entitlement issues, special interest groups, and numerous local, state and federal agencies.

Mr. Kerslake has considerable experience in transactional structuring, financial engineering and high-level negotiations with buyers, sellers, lenders and institutional financial partners.

Mr. Kerslake holds a MBA from UCLA and a BS in Business Administration from Florida State University. He also holds a Light Construction and Development Management certificate from the University of California, Irvine. He was selected by Ernst & Young as a finalist for the Entrepreneur of the Year award in Orange County, California. Mr. Kerslake is a Board member of the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Orange County. Mr. Kerslake has been a California resident since 1982 and a resident of Orange County since 1988.

 Timothy Ramm

Senior Vice President – Project Management

Mr. Ramm is responsible for directing due diligence investigations, consultant team selection and management, entitlement processing, engineering approvals and permitting, and all aspects of project management from land acquisition through development and construction. Mr. Ramm has been with Province Group since its inception in 1991 and is a key member of the management team. Mr. Ramm is a licensed California Real Estate Broker and is a member of the Urban Land Institute. Mr. Ramm is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley.

 Patrick Helgeson

Senior Vice President – Acquisitions

Mr. Helgeson is responsible for the sourcing, underwriting, and closing of land and acquisition opportunities. Pat has successfully sourced and acquired off-market land opportunities and worked on transactions through the entitlement process to disposition. Mr. Helgeson has over 25 years of real estate experience and has been involved with the sourcing, underwriting and managing of residential projects and ventures comprised of more than 40,000 dwelling units during his career. He has a wealth of experience from his tenures with LNR Property Corporation (which is a “spin-off” of Lennar Homes) and KB Home Corporation (NYSE: KBH).

Mr. Helgeson holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and an executive education certificate from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Mark Jacobson

Central Florida Division President

Mark manages all aspects of the firm’s efforts to expand land acquisition and development operations in Florida. Mark, a professional engineer, is an accomplished real estate veteran with over 30 years of experience in all aspects of the real estate development business including land acquisition, due diligence, entitlement, design, permitting, budgeting, and construction. His leadership and hands-on approach to each project have resulted in many successful residential developments, commercial developments, and master planned communities in and around Central Florida.

 Jackie Kanis

Controller/CPA

Ms. Kanis provides experienced financial and accounting stewardship of the corporate business and financial plans. Responsibilities include administration of company and project-level accounting, financial reporting, cost-controls and tax planning.

Born and raised in Kansas, Ms. Kanis moved to Orange County in 1996. She has over 20 years of accounting experience, with most of those being in the real estate industry.

Ms. Kanis graduated from The University of Kansas with a BS degree in Accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant in California.

 Julie Vint

Project Manager

Ms. Vint identifies and researches land and acquisition opportunities, conducts market research and financial analysis, and manages the due diligence, project management, and the land entitlement process. These responsibilities include project planning and implementation, design management, managing consultants and contractors, and working closely with each jurisdiction throughout the entitlement process. Ms. Vint brings with her 6 years of experience as a marketing specialist. Since 2008 she has run the Hexberg Family Foundation, which supports charities across the country and abroad. Ms. Vint graduated with honors from the University of California, Irvine (UCI) with a B.A. in Sociology in just 3 years.

 Derek Kegley

Junior Project Manager

Mr. Kegley is a member of the project management department. Mr. Kegley assists in project due diligence, project management, and the land entitlement process. Mr. Kegley graduated from Concordia University of Irvine with a B.A. in Liberal Arts, received a Project Management Professional Certificate from San Diego State University, and holds a California Real Estate License. Mr. Kegley’s skill-set comes from a background of market research, residential infill development, and dry utilities.

 Stephen Edwards

Assistant Manager – Land Acquisition

Mr. Edwards’s primary role is in the site selection, market research, financial modeling, feasibility and acquisition of new development opportunities within Province Group’s Southern California region.

Prior to joining Province Group, Mr. Edwards worked as an Analyst for investment management company, Capital Group Companies and publicly-traded homebuilder, CalAtlantic Homes. Mr. Edwards brings in-depth analysis of emerging markets and new development opportunities, expanding Province Group’s reach.

Mr. Edwards is a former Collegiate Soccer Player for California State University, Fullerton. Where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Finance. He served as Vice President of the Real Estate Finance Association and was a member of the Finance Association. Stephen is also a member of the BIA Next Gen.

 Brittany Irvin

Acquisition Support

Ms. Irvin is a member of the acquisitions team, where she researches land and identifies acquisition opportunities. In addition, she conducts market research, financial analysis, and assists in the underwriting process. Ms. Irvin graduated from Chapman University with a BS in Business Administration, emphasis in Real Estate and Finance.

Jaime Zehner

Admin Support

Jaime’s responsibilities include project planning and implementation, design management, managing and coordinating consultants and contractors within deadlines, and onsite project coordination and oversight. She brings with her 4 years of experience as a project coordinator for a high-volume homebuilder.