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Clay Richardson is the Managing Director in Phoenix for Wood Partners. He manages origination, development, design, and financing of new multi-family projects. Since joining Wood Partners in 2011, Richardson has played a key role in closing more than 2,500 multi-family units with a total capitalization in excess of $440 million.
Prior to Wood Partners, Richardson’s experience includes both development and asset management of market-rate and affordable housing with Cardon Development and Gray Development. He began his career as a chemical engineer, consulting with global mining firms including Freeport-McMoRan and BHP Billiton.
Richardson holds a masters of real estate development and a bachelor’s degree in material science engineering from Arizona State University, and is a member of the Arizona Multihousing Association’s Developer Committee.
John Sweeney is a Senior Vice President of Client Relations. He directs the growth of Wood Residential’s management portfolio and its client services, working strategically with business partners to evaluate new assets, including development, acquisition, and management assumption opportunities.
Before joining Wood Partners, John served 5 years as the Executive Director of Business Development at Alliance Residential Company, an NMHC Top 5 national multi-family developer and former property manager. He also spent 4 years working with CBRE, based in the Boston office. During his decade of experience, John has overseen the management transition of over 8,000 apartment homes, with a combined value exceeding $1 billion.
Away from the office, John enjoys spending time with family and friends along the beaches of New England and the Carolinas, playing and coaching ice hockey, and skiing in South Lake Tahoe.
John earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Rhode Island and he holds a Real Estate Salespersons License.
Todd Taylor is the Development Director for Wood Partners in Arizona and Nevada. His responsibilities include Development, Finance and Asset Management.
Taylor started with Wood Partners in 2005, and has been involved in the development of over 4,000 units in Arizona and Nevada. Among these deals was Alta Phoenix Lofts, a 332-unit 9-story development, which ranked #1 in the 2009 Best of Phoenix Luxury Apartment list. The 2011 Phoenix Luxe List ranks three of Mr. Taylor’s deals among its top eight valley-wide. Phoenix Business Journal ranked Wood Partners Phoenix at #3 for Multifamily Commercial Real Estate Developers in 2015 and 2016. Additionally, Phoenix Business Journal’s the Book of Lists ranked Wood Partners Phoenix in the top 10 for Largest Phoenix Area CRE Developers.
Taylor’s multifamily experience covers a broad spectrum, including market-rate rental, mixed-use, condominium, student housing, age restricted, full-service independent living, and 80/20 affordable bond financed units.
Taylor completed his undergraduate studies at California State University Long Beach and holds an MBA (with a concentration in real estate finance) from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California. Prior to graduation, he played professional baseball with the Minnesota Twins organization.
Taylor is a member of the Real Estate Investment Advisory Council (Southwest Chapter) and serves on the Board of Directors for Homeward Bound Arizona.
Wendi Cooley is a Regional Vice President of Operations over Arizona, Nevada, California, Oregon and Washington, and provides direct oversight to two Regional Managers.
She has more than 23 years of experience in multifamily, starting as an on-site associate. She has developed expertise in generating detailed market analyses, preparing and analyzing budgets, leading expense-reduction and revenue-generation initiatives, and building high-performance teams.
Prior to joining Wood Residential, she held operations leadership and training positions with Avenue5, Alliance Residential, and The Allied Group.
Wendi grew up in Seattle but is now proud to call Scottsdale, AZ home. She enjoys yoga and learning the piano and is passionate about friends and family. She travels whenever and wherever she can -- the Northern Lights are next on her horizon.
She attended Bellevue College in Washington state, has her CAM and CAPS designations, and holds an Arizona real estate broker license.