Changing of the Guard for CHPC's Executive Vice PresidentPosted on May 1st, 2006
“I’ve spent my career in affordable housing—as a funder, an advocate and a practitioner—and I have the grey hairs and stress lines to prove it.” Bob Adams may have the battle scars of a war veteran, but it is his passion for helping people that has fueled his long career in affordable housing. For the past ten years, Adams has worked to position Community Housing Partners (CHPC) as a regional and national leader in affordable housing. Now the executive vice president is leaving to begin the next phase of his career in providing housing and community development.
During Adams’ tenure, he said he is most proud of CHPC’s goal to help 100,000 people with their housing and service needs during the next decade, a goal which he believes the organization will exceed. He attributes constant re-examination of operations and large scale production as the tools to surviving as a company. “We’ve come to understand that our non-profit is a business—that we need to operate like a business if we are going to survive and prosper—and as we prosper, our customers will be better served.”
Adams will be leaving CHPC, but not the fight for affordable housing. His company, Housing and Development Advisors, will provide consulting services to the regional and national housing community with a focus on project development and financial structuring, as well as advancing housing and community development policy. One of his first clients is Virginia Community Capital, Inc. (VCC), a statewide community development bank partnered with CHPC. “I’ve had the pleasure of working with so many interesting, entertaining and competent people, both within the organization and with our partners,” he said. “And the best part is that I will continue to work with many of these people.”
One of the people Adams will continue working with is Orlando Artze, CHPC’s newly hired executive vice president and chief operating officer. Working out of the Richmond office, Artze’s main responsibility will be to lead the management staff in achieving the operational goals and objectives identified in the strategic plan.
Excited about his new position, Artze said he looks forward to carrying on the organization’s commitment to strengthening its communities. “We face a growing affordable housing crisis in many urban and rural communities in the southeast. I look forward to the challenge of building on our past successes to expand CHPC as a leading regional provider of sustainable, quality housing and services.”
Artze brings a wealth of knowledge and experience with him. He served at Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) for almost 20 years, most recently as the program vice president for the southeast and Minnesota regions. As the regions’ chief credit officer, he oversaw an annual portfolio of $30 million in loans and equity investments, and $4 million in capacity building grants to community development corporations and nonprofit organizations engaged in neighborhood revitalization.
Helping individuals achieve success and self-sufficiency has been a life-long mission for Artze. As a bilingual teacher at a public middle school in Brooklyn, New York, he found himself helping recent immigrant students from Latin America improve their English language and reading skills by as much as eight grades in a single year. He believes that having emigrated from Cuba to the U.S. at age eight helped him understand how it felt to be new and unfamiliar with the culture and language.
Artze is certainly grounded in the industry culture and the language of finance and affordable housing development, said CHPC’s President Janaka Casper. “Orlando brings a national perspective on community development from his previous tenure with LISC,” he said. “His financial acumen and his strong working relationships with industry partners are an asset for our organization and will help us realize our goals over the next decade. We are honored and excited to have Orlando join our team.”
Please join us in welcoming Orlando Artze to CHPC and contact him at the Richmond office at 804.278.9781, ext. 11 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.