Corporate Team

Shravan Parsi - CEO and Founder of American Ventures

Shravan Parsi

CEO & Founder

Shravan Parsi is an entrepreneur and innovator with a background in the diverse fields of real estate investing and pharmaceutical research. His experience as a pharmaceutical scientist drives his systematic approach to multifamily and commercial real estate investing. Shravan has been involved in Texas real estate since 2003 and acquired 21 apartment complexes and several commercial properties, by co-investing with private equity groups, family offices, high-networth individuals and accredited investors.

Shravan Parsi is the CEO & Founder of American Ventures. With a forecasted pipeline of $250 million in planned acquisitions for 2019, American Ventures is positioned for aggressive growth. American Ventures offers private equity firms, family offices and accredited investors access to quality multifamily and commercial real estate investment opportunities. Shravan’s unique blend of scientific, management, and real estate experience informs American Venture’s strategic business vision.

Born in India, Shravan Parsi developed a life-long interest in business and investing from watching his father, a medical doctor, invest in real estate. He made his first real estate investment in Texas in 2003. He holds a master’s degree from St. John’s University in New York and a bachelor’s degree from Manipal Academy of Higher Education.

Shravan Parsi’s first book, The Science of the Deal: The DNA of Multifamily and Commercial Real Estate Investing, published by Forbes Books, was published in July, 2019 and more detailed about the book can be found on The Science of the Deal website. Forbes is considered to be the market leader in business print and digital media. The Austin American Statesman featured Shravan as a value investor for his CRE investment adjacent to the Formula 1 Race Track prior to the inaugural US Grand Prix in Austin, Texas. He is a featured speaker at Texas CEO Magazine’s Enlightened Speaker Series event. Shravan is a member of Tiger 21 and Central Texas Angel Network (CTAN) and a past member of Entrepreneurs Org (EO).

Jake Heffelfinger

VP of Investments

Jake is the Vice President of Investments for American Ventures, LLC, responsible for oversight of all acquisitions and asset management activities.

Prior to joining American Ventures, Jake was Director of Operations for Roscoe Properties, overseeing all asset and construction management activities for a portfolio of 5,000+ multifamily units, providing direction to the property management teams, and handling all communication and reporting duties for lenders and institutional equity partners. During this time, he completed capital projects in excess of $100M.

Prior to Roscoe, Jake was a Vice President for Buffington Capital Holdings, overseeing the acquisition and development of a portfolio of land assets and subsequent homebuilding activities. During his time with BCH, Jake created a set of standardized asset management reports to track and improve the performance of a $125M portfolio of land assets, as well as underwriting the start-up operations of the homebuilding division, which was projected to deliver 6,000+ homes and $1.5B in revenues.

Jake earned a finance degree from St. Edward’s University and an MBA with a specialization in real estate finance from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin. While at McCombs, Jake was a Portfolio Manager for the REIT Fund, responsible for analyzing and trading activities for the fund’s investments.

Mark Hansen

Director of Operations

As Director of Operations for American Ventures, Mark oversees the development of systems, defines workflows, and drives value within team and across the entire portfolio.

For over 15 years, Mark Hansen developed disciplined operational skill sets within the United States Army and continues to develop his competencies within multifamily value-add shops.

Prior to joining American Ventures, Mark assisted in the development of his former company NAPA Ventures, at the time of hire owning $75 million under ownership to just over $325 million over a 3-year span. His contributions, in part, were the workflow systems, financial analysis and personnel development processes that he implemented which allowed for such a hyper focused growth.

As a US military-operations veteran, he is no stranger to executing long- and short-term strategies. While he was with the US Army, he developed the ability to communicate across many different platforms, and decide and direct priorities to his team.

When he is not working, he enjoys spending time with his wife and children. Adventure traveling, both short and long stints of any variety, is pleasurable for him. A good whiskey and a grilled/smoked anything is his preference.

Sondra Wenger

Board Advisor

Sondra Wenger is a senior executive with over 25 years of experience for top-tier institutions, including CIM Group, General Electric, Equity Office Properties and AMB (now Prologis). Each firm has a national/international presence in which she was responsible for strategizing, developing and executing the real estate investment strategy. Over her career, she has sourced, negotiated and closed over $10 billion of transactions in 35+ different cities. She has been involved in an array of transactions including equity and debt positions in stabilized, value-add, opportunistic, infrastructure and opportunity zone investments in office buildings, retail, apartments, condominiums, industrial, data centers, cold storage, hotels and mixed-use assets through direct and joint venture investments.

Ms. Wenger is a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), serves as Membership Chair on the Executive Board for the Urban Mixed-Use Development Council, is a member of the ULI Capital Markets Council and is a mentor for the ULI Young Leader partnership program. She is a frequent speaker at real estate conferences, sharing her experiences, expertise and perspective in today’s highly competitive market.

Ms. Wenger has received several recognitions including Bisnow’s LA Power Women (2019), NAWRB Commercial Leader Award (2019), US House of Representatives Commercial Leaders Award (2019), Real Estate Forum and Women of Influence for Investment Professional and Mentor of the Year (2019), CEO Today Business Women of the Year (2018), Bisnow national article for Women in Finance (2018), Allen Matkins LA Power Women (2017) and Real Estate Forum Women of Influence (2014).

Ms. Wenger graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business with an emphasis in Accounting from the University of California, Riverside and was a California Certified Public Accountant (1994-2009).

Rahul Patel

General Counsel

As Managing Partner of the fifth fastest-growing law firm in the nation, Rahul B. Patel has a flair for delivering simplicity and superior client service. Over the last decade, he has developed a reputation for his innovative approach to commercial real estate where he currently represents over $6.5 billion in commercial property including over 200 apartment complexes, office buildings, and hotels.

Not only does Rahul lead the Patel Gaines team, but he is also a certified NBA Agent, a guest speaker for multiple organizations, and Professor of Hospitality Law at the University of Houston.

Rahul was named on the San Antonio Business Journal’s ‘40 Under 40’ and ‘Outstanding Lawyers’ list and was also their ‘Man of the Year’. He has also been featured in USA Today, Forbes, Fortune, BusinessWeek, Texas Lawyer, and more.

Dale Jacobson

Independent Financial & Tax Consultant

For years, Kenneth “Dale” Jacobson, CPA, has acted as an Independent Financial & Tax Consultant to American Ventures. Dale has been providing quality, personalized, financial guidance to commercial real estate businesses.

Dale’s expertise ranges from basic tax management and accounting services to more in-depth services such as audits, financial statements, and financial planning. Dale’s dedication to hard work has earned him the respect of the businesses and financial community in and around the area.

Kenneth Dale Jacobson, CPA, PLLC, is one of the leading firms in and around the area. By combining their expertise, experience and the team mentality of the staff, the company assures that every client receives the close analysis and attention they deserve. Their dedication to high standards, hiring of seasoned tax professionals, and work ethic, are the reasons their client base returns year after year.

The company’s mission is to help clients maintain financial viability in the present, while taking a proactive approach to achieving future goals. This requires open communication to reach an understanding of the clients’ needs through research and sound analysis. Their team meets these goals with high standards of excellence and professionalism.