In October 2016, Gary Rodney joined CREA’s leadership team as Chairman and opened an office in New York, where four employees currently operate. “I work with Jeff [Whiting] and the rest of the senior management team, overseeing CREA,” said Gary. “I also spend a portion of my time helping to further establish CREA’s presence in the NY market.”
With Gary’s extensive background and experience in LIHTC, along with his title as Chairman, it might come as a surprise that throwback hip hop is his go-to. But, it is. Learn more about Gary in the Q & A below.
Q & A with Gary Rodney
What is your role at CREA/what do you do? I’m the Chairman – I work with Jeff [Whiting] and the rest of the senior management team, overseeing CREA. I also spend a portion of my time helping to further establish CREA’s presence in the NY market.
How long have you worked for CREA? 2 years in October – Employee #76
How long have you worked in the LIHTC industry? 18 years
What did you do before joining CREA? I was the President of the New York City Housing Development Corporation. It’s the housing finance agency for New York City, and one of the largest HFA’s in the country.
What do you enjoy most about working at CREA? The people and the collaborative culture.
What did you want to be when you were a child? An architect
Outside of the office, where can you typically be found? Taking my daughters to one of their activities, the gym, or a bar.
What do you enjoy doing for fun? I love to watch movies, reading (usually a novel or some self-improvement book), and listening to music. I listen to many different types of music, but still default to 90’s hip hop as my favorite. I also like to watch NFL football, and I’m steadily becoming a bigger Premier League soccer fan.
Is there anything that a lot of people don’t know about you? I’m a jokester around my family and friends, and a fan of good barbecue.
What’s your favorite thing to do in New York? Taking a walk in the early morning when the city is still quiet. It allows me to enjoy the beauty of NYC without the commotion of a typical rush hour commute.
Where did you grow up? Cambridge, MA – Which is why I’m a Boston sports fan.
What life experience has most influenced your career development? Becoming a parent. I wanted to become a better person to provide for my family and to show my daughters the value of working hard. So, I threw myself into my work and challenged myself to personally improve on something with every transaction.
What drives you crazy? Typos
What advice would you give your 18-year-old self? Make sure that you meet at least one person whenever you walk into a room full of people.