CREA Spotlight: Richard Shea, SVP – Acquisitions
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CREA Spotlight: Richard Shea, SVP – Acquisitions

September 2017

Richard Shea joined CREA in August of 2015 with more the 25 years’ experience in the affordable housing industry. After spending time at PNC and US Bank, Richard’s move to CREA evolved from his relationship with Charles Anderson, EVP – Acquisitions and once he met Jeff Whiting, President and CEO, he knew CREA was the right move.

“I really respected the way Charles worked in the industry and Jeff’s perspective, approach, positive attitude, faith and energy were all something I related very strongly to, so I felt it was pre-destined that I come to CREA,” said Richard.

Representing CREA’s Southwest territory for the last two years, Richard continues in in his confidence with making the move. “CREA is by far the best company I have ever worked for. The best spirit, the best people and the best personality, all of which translates into the best developer experience in the industry.”

Learn more about Richard’s professional and personal background in this Q & A session, or jump down to see Richard’s responses to five quirky questions.


Q & A with Richard Shea

What does a typical day look like for you and what are you currently working on?

No day is ever typical! From a business standpoint, my activities are different depending on where I am in the product cycle… >>>


What is on your wish list for your next five years at CREA

As strange as it is to me, I am now one of the oldest and most experienced members of the CREA team, so over the next five years I am excited to see… >>>


What do you like most about your job? 

I love knowing that I am representing a company that is led by a dynamic and client centric Senior Management Team… >>>


What is the most unusual or interesting job you’ve had

I worked for a company that raised money to finance prints and ads for movies from major film studios such as Warner Brothers, Fox and MGM… >>>


What is your biggest achievement to date – personal or professional?

That would have to be my family. My wife Lisa and I have been blessed with three wonderful children that bring us great happiness… >>>


What gets you out of bed in the morning? 

My wife. Oops, I thought you asked who gets me out of bed. Seriously though, it is the unknown excitement of the day ahead… >>>


What is your motto or personal mantra

Being positive or negative is a self-fulfilling prophesy.  If you are negative, things will turn out negative but if you are positive things will almost always turn out positive!


Any hidden talents?

I am very good at organizing things and fitting things into very compact spaces (like packing a car, organizing a garage or cleaning out drawers)! I also play trumpet… >>>


What is your guilty pleasure? 

The Doobie Brothers. I love music in general, 70’s and 80’s music to be specific, and I love to go to concerts. A close second would be… >>>


What’s something that few people know about you?

I am a Star Trek junkie and was a power lifter, bench pressed 345 lbs and squatted 625 lbs my freshman year in college.