Neal Freeman has over 39 years of real estate development experience, as well as a passion for sports and for building venues that create lifetime memories. Mr. Freeman is the visionary of Competitive Social Ventures which began with Roaring Social Alpharetta and quickly grew into Fairway Social and Pickle & Social. He views Competitive Social Ventures growing into a portfolio of “Social” brands across the Southeastern United States, with each individual venue having its own local influence. Throughout his career, he has developed 52 Publix-anchored shopping centers, and he was the developer of the $100-million LakePoint Sports complex that hosts over 1,000,000 visitors per year.
Joe Reardon serves as Chief Development Officer for Hotel Equities. With over 25 years of hospitality experience, he oversees the development and growth strategies for the organization. Mr. Reardon has built a highly successful business development team to negotiate management contracts and evaluate the financial feasibility of the firm’s acquisition opportunities. Mr. Reardon orchestrated Hotel Equities’ growth to over 160 properties in 27 states from Connecticut to California and four providences in Canada. He began his career with Marriott International in Sales and Marketing and, over a 17-year span, he earned prestigious awards for work in select service, full-service, and resort hotels. With a proven track record of transforming sales cultures and systems to drive top-line revenue, he develops and leads strong teams to make a positive impact on market share and profitability.
For over 20 years, Mr. Joseph has honed his expertise in the Capital Markets industry, structuring and closing sophisticated transactions, raising joint venture equity, and managing debt, mezzanine financing, fixed-income securities, M&A, and, beginning in 2011, private equity JV Fund investments in commercial real estate development. He has been a principal investor in over $600 million of commercial real estate investments and developments across the five major asset classes, with an emphasis in multi-family, retail, mixed-use, and hospitality.
Mr. Belt was a principal in the creation and operation of the publicly traded Dutch retail real estate fund, DIM Vastgoed, N V (Euronext Amsterdam Exchange) from 1996 through its sale in April 2010. Additionally, he oversaw the formation and management of 18 Dutch partnerships (“Maatschaps”) from 1992 to 2000, as well as a host of other institutional and family office initiatives throughout his 30+ year career. Mr. Belt is well versed and deeply experienced in the complete commercial real estate spectrum (retail, office, hospitality, residential, and industrial). Mr. Belt is not only involved in the acquisition and development process but is charged with spearheading the debt and equity procurement due to his extensive experience within the capital markets and his development, acquisition, and financial structuring capabilities, along with his asset and property management pedigree.
Harper has extensive experience in the growing 'eatertainment' industry, which delivers an experience that includes food and/or beverage before, after, or during other activities. CSV has elevated this experience with high end food and drink in addition to pickle ball, golf simulation games, putting greens, corn hole, live music and more.
CSV currently has two thriving venues in operation, with seven under design and construction. In his expanded role, Harper will continue to work with senior leadership on identifying prime locations, design, build, and grow the brand in new markets. He will be involved in all aspects of development, from concept to completion, with a major focus including food, beverage, entertainment and programming. Harper was previously Director of Sales for Topgolf from 2014 – 2019, where he created customer relations management and sales processes and procedures, and helped grow the popular sports entertainment franchise from a startup with nine venues to a multinational company with 70 locations at the time he was recruited to CSV in 2020.
His passion is fueled by creating and building new concepts and seeing them through to fruition with proven professionals. Harper is from Atlanta, where his first job after graduating college was managing ticket sales for the Atlanta Braves. He also served as Assistant Director of Athletic Communications for Georgia’s Kennesaw State University from 2010-2013, and spent two years as a sports reporter for the Covington News. Harper has dual bachelor of arts degrees in Communications and Sports Management from Kennesaw State University. He lives in Alpharetta, Georgia, with his wife and two children.
Mr. Boniface leverages his background in the construction management world where, after graduating from Clemson University with a degree in Construction Science and Management, he spent 10 years with Moss Construction executing large, complex projects across the US and Canada. Asset types ranged from corrections to healthcare to utility scale power generation facilities. John’s leadership and process-focused discipline facilitate a high level of certainty in the successful delivery of developments and investments.
Fred "Coach" Cerrone serves as Founder and Chairman of Hotel Equities. His hospitality career spans a five-decade progression from desk clerk at the Sheraton Boston hotel, to managing hotels across the country, and ultimately launching Hotel Equities in 1989. After founding Hotel Equities, he became one of Marriott’s first original franchise partners. HotelWorld Network named Mr. Cerrone "Hotelier of the Year” in 2009. He sits on Marriott’s Fairfield Inn Franchise Advisory Board and Marriott's Homes and Villas Advisory Board, as well as the Advisory Board for Georgia State University's Cecil B. Day School of Hospitality. He received the Alumni Entrepreneurship Award from Georgia State University’s Robinson College of Business. Today, Hotel Equities is among the Top 10 hotel management companies in the world and Cerrone’s reputation speaks to his many contributions to the industry and to his character as a man of high integrity.
Brad Rahinsky serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Hotel Equities, an Atlanta-based, full-scale hotel ownership, management, and development firm. In 2018, he guided Hotel Equities through a historic joint venture and strategic partnership with Virtua Holdings International, accelerating the firm’s growth through a comprehensive acquisition platform. Since joining Hotel Equities in 2012, Mr. Rahinsky has powered the firm’s explosive growth, adding over 75 hotels to the firm’s portfolio in over 25 states and multiple provinces in Canada. Prior to joining Hotel Equities, Mr. Rahinsky co-owned a successful portfolio of Hilton- and Hyatt-branded hotels in the Southeast. He spent his early years learning the business through progressive executive-level positions with Sheraton, Hyatt, Wyndham, and various independent resorts. Mr. Rahinsky serves as a member of the TownePlace Suites by Marriott Franchise Advisory Committee and Hilton’s Hampton Inn and Suites Owners Advisory Council.
Bryan DeCort serves as Chief Operating Officer for Hotel Equities. He is responsible for enterprise-wide performance, profitability, and corporate strategy for the firm’s sport folio of 160+ hotels and resorts throughout the United States and Canada. Since joining HE, Mr. DeCort has constructed an industry-leading team and has implemented cutting-edge technology to support the firm’s portfolio through rapid growth. Mr. DeCort was the architect for a comprehensive internal reorganization while the firm simultaneously added over 50 hotels, hired 1700 associates, and opened three regional office locations. He plays a critical role in all owner, investor, and brand relationships. With over 30 years of diverse hospitality experience, he has held progressive executive leadership positions with Marriott, Renaissance, Sheraton, and Omni Hotels.
A.J. Bulot joined the CSV Family of Investors after a 24-year career in the wireless telecom industry developing cell towers and other infrastructure and a successful sale and exit to private equity. As a practicing engineer with more than 30+ years in the engineering and construction industry, he serves on CSV’s advisory board. A.J. also serves as CSV’s Director of Lowcountry Boils for all our giant tailgate parties. In addition to his involvement in CSV and telecom A.J. is a significant investor in other ventures including software, real estate, hospitality, and EV technology. Originally a child of the Florida Panhandle, A.J. likes to spend his time away from the office soaking up rays on a boat or a beach somewhere with family and friends.
Roger Campbell was the Senior Vice President and General Manager for all Costco SouthEast and Caribbean locations for 29 years. He has opened over 100 new Costco locations. Roger was responsible for all store operations, personnel, merchandising, buying, real estate site selections, new construction, and remodels. In his last two years with the company before retirement, Roger was responsible for all Costco's European Operations.
Jermey Gardner holds over six years managing high-level accounts, starting as an Audit and Assurance Staff member with Deloitte & Touche, LLP. His most recent position was with Bennett Thrasher LLP as a Manager, Financial Reporting & Assurance. Some of Gardner’s duties in this position were managing reviews and audits performed in accordance with US GAAP and IFRS standards for interim and annual financial statements, develop various technical accounting memos through research including Goodwill Impairment Analysis (ASC 350), Revenue Recognition (ASC 606), Lease Accounting (ASC 842), Debt Restructuring (ASC 470), and more.
In addition to Gardner’s financing and accounting background, he also has a passion for hospitality. Earlier in his career he spent six years at Houston’s, part of Hillstone Restaurant Group.
Lance Jaglarski serves as CSV's Regional Vice President of Operations. In Lance’s new role, he is responsible for the overall operational execution, performance, and strategy of CSV’s open and operating venues.
Lance has over 20 years of progressive hospitality experience with a focus on multi-unit, high-volume and complex high-end food and beverage venues. In his most recent role, Lance led the daily operations at Milton’s Cuisine as a managing partner and has assisted with the launch and execution of multiple restaurant concepts throughout the Southeast. Lance rose the ranks advocating two values throughout his career: having candid conversations and building authentic relationships with his teams. He has built an invaluable reputation and relationships throughout the Alpharetta community and firmly believes his core values and developing talent with empathy and inclusion is his passion.
Over 20 years of hospitality management experience with 15 years of senior level management experience in top Atlanta Country Clubs including Druid Hills Golf Club, The River Club and Cherokee Town and Country Club.
Dr. Greg Smith
Corporate Chaplain & Relationship Coach
Dr. Greg Smith is a Southern Baptist pastor who served in local churches for 16 years, Greg holds degrees from Hardin-Simmons University and Southwest Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the founder and president of InStep International, an Atlanta-based nonprofit with a focus on local and international missionary projects. Greg enjoys life coaching, purpose development, and helping people reach their full potential.
He provide the following support to the CSV team:
Actively promoting the culture of CSV.
Providing relational and spiritual encouragement as requested, needed and appropriate.
Oversee a CSV prayer line that is confidential and compassionate in times of personal need. This 24-hour access to prayer is voluntary and personal.
Provides property visits to build relationship value for the CSV Team and Team members.
Supports the growth, groundbreaking opportunities, and special events that expand CSV influence in respected communities.
Dr. Smith is the Founder and President of InStep International, an Atlanta-based nonprofit with a focus on local and international missionary projects. InStep International website - www.instep-usa.com
Kathy Garcia serves as Director of Human Resources for Competitive Social Ventures (CSV) and brings a wealth of experience in both the hospitality and retail industries. She was first introduced to CSV while with former management partner, Hotel Equities. In 2021, she was instrumental in assisting with the opening of CSV's inaugural venues and in 2023 Kathy fully transitioned to a dedicated role at CSV, where she continues to bring her expertise to the table. In her role, she is pivotal in shaping the organization's human resources strategies and initiatives to support continued growth.
Over her 15 years of combined experience, she has honed her skills in various aspects of HR, particularly excelling in recruiting and retention. Kathy is recognized for her ability to streamline hiring processes and facilitate thorough onboarding, contributing to a more efficient and effective workforce.
One of Kathy's standout qualities is her bilingual proficiency, being fluent in both English and Spanish. This makes her an invaluable resource to CSV, given its diverse workforce and stakeholder base. She plays a key role in fostering a positive and inclusive work environment, ensuring that everyone thrives in their respective roles.
Chris Wolfe serves as the Director of Pickleball Operations for the Pickle and Social brand. Chris has been a USA Pickleball Ambassador since January 2020, as well as a PPA Certified Teaching Professional, and a 5.0 player sponsored by Team Paddletek. Wolfe’s life changed 11 years ago when he was introduced to the sport of pickleball while he was hosting a morning show in Greensboro, NC. Wolfe called this “the second most fantastic day of my life.” He became hooked on the sport and was determined to be on the court every day as he found it to be not only fun, but also a great stress reliever. He started playing in many tournaments, earning various titles and awards. When he relocated to Atlanta in 2016, his focus changed from his pickleball career, to helping others with theirs.
He has spent his time studying the sports and helping others play. Following his relocation, Wolfe became a co-owner with Chad Cromwell of the Atlanta Pickleball Association (ATLPBA). His role started out as helping run the ATLPBA, while also organizing some of the country’s first pickleball round-robin and 5-line leagues. By 2017, ATLPBA had 400 players signed up and ready to play.
Wolfe is most known for starting the Atlanta Open Pickleball Tournament, one of the biggest Pickleball Tournaments held nation-wide. He partnered with Lifetime Fitness at Peachtree Corners, GA to hold this pickleball tournament. Then, Wolfe and partner Cromwell ran and hosted the first Atlanta Open Pickleball Tournament. This tournament ended up being a huge success, being one of the country’s highest-paying pro tournaments at the time. Fast-forwarding to 2021, Wolfe and Cromwell partnered with the Pro Pickleball Association (PPA), had 1,168 registered players, and gave away over 100K at the Atlanta Open.
“I have been teaching and organizing for years. I have been trying to figure out how to center my career using my expertise in the sport,” states Wolfe. “When people say, if you do what you love, you will never work a day in your life. This new role will allow me the opportunity to never work again in my life, and I could not be more excited for this opportunity.”
Gianna (Gigi) serves as Marketing Coordinator for Competitive Social Ventures. She graduated from Flagler College in May 2021 as magna cum laude, holding a Bachelor of Arts degree in Strategic Communication/Public Relations and a Marketing Minor. She is skilled in a variety of areas, including implementing strategic objectives, generating authentic social media engagement, and content creation. She is also experienced in social media management, podcast creation, web/graphic design, marketing research, campaign management, and American Sign Language.
General Manager of Pickle and Social Gwinnett
James is a people, performance-oriented Operational Leader with over 20 years offering an exceptional record of achievement. He is known for his attention of detail and strategic & analytical approach problem solving. James brings in customers and accomplishes profit targets. He is talented in identifying and capitalizing on emerging market trends and revenue opportunities. James is also a progress-driven planner adept at building and retaining high-performing teams with revenue volume of 25M plus.
General Manager of Fairway Social Alpharetta
David Gomrick is the General Manager of Fairway Social Alpharetta, a CSV venue. David has 4+ years of restaurant management experience, and operational experience. David specializes in ensuring the efficiently of management operations such as budgeting, staffing, events/event sales, payroll, P&L management and more.
General Manager of Roaring Social Alpharetta
Ali Ebrahimi serves as the General Manager of Roaring Social Alpharetta. Ali was born and raised in San Francisco, he ventured to Atlanta for college and never looked back. He pursued his undergraduate and graduate studies at Emory University, where he honed his passion for the hospitality industry.
His journey in the hospitality field began at the young age of 18 when he started serving at Stoney River upon his move to Atlanta. He immersed myself in the industry, through dedication and hard work, it led him to become the Director of Opening for Stoney River, where he played a pivotal role in establishing successful restaurant operations.
As General Manager, I made my mark at Velvet Room, Compound, Fever Night Club, Primal Night Club, and Prive Night Club, infusing each venue with my distinctive vision and expertise. Seeking new challenges, he joined Gypsy Kitchen as the Beverage Manager, eventually rising to the esteemed position of Managing Partner. In this role, he orchestrated the success of Gypsy Kitchen, Southern Gentleman, and Ocean and Acre at Halcyon, overseeing the entire operation and ensuring exceptional guest experiences.
Driven by his entrepreneurial spirit, he embarked on a remarkable venture as the General Manager of Domain. In this capacity, he curated an unparalleled environment, delivering unforgettable experiences to patrons. Beyond managing establishments, Ali also possess a flair for design and innovation. He is proud to have designed, constructed, and opened Knife Mediterranean, an exquisite culinary gem that captivates patrons with its authentic flavors and stunning ambiance.
Throughout his career, Ali has cultivated a reputation for excellence, leveraging my skills in hospitality management, leadership, and creative direction to propel each establishment he has worked with to new heights.
As he continues to forge my path in the hospitality industry, Ali remains dedicated to crafting memorable experiences, pushing boundaries, and delivering unparalleled service to discerning clientele. His philosophy has always been to create a memorable experience for guests
General Manager of Fairway Social Trilith
Keeshia Washington is the General Manager of Fairway Social Trilith, a CSV venue. She has been in the hospitality industry for 20+ years. While serving she earned a associate awards in the Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism industries, which launched her career into management. Keeshia enjoys building great staffs, meeting new guests, and providing exceptional service.
Assistant General Manager of Fairway Social Alpharetta
Molly Losee is the Assistant General Manager of Fairway Social Alpharetta, a CSV venue. She holds over 17 years of experience in hospitality, and has been blessed to learn and work alongside some of the most established and innovative minds in food and beverage. Her enthusiasm for people has led her down a wonderful road of creating memorable experiences and fostering relationships to last a lifetime.
Assistant General Manager of Fairway Social Trilith
Kimberly Richardson is the Assistant General Manager of Fairway Social Trilith, a CSV venue. Kim is a highly motivated and experienced Hospitality Leader with over 23 years of experience leading Hotel properties and Food & Beverage establishments to sustainable success. She holds an in-depth knowledge surrounding: Operational Leadership, Accounting, Budget, Profit and Loss, Learning & Development, and more. She eagerly values all while creating a memorable experience for associates and guests.
Sales Manager of Pickle and Social Gwinnett
Aprial currently serves as a Sales Account Manager for Pickle and Social Gwinnett, a CSV venue. She graduated with a bachelor's degree from The University of Texas at Austin in 2011. Since then, she has worked in many hospitality and sales related fields within the Metro Atlanta Area. She most recently worked as a Sales & Marketing Director. She is responsible for over $1.7 million in sales.
Sales Account Manager of Fairway Social Alpharetta
Kylie Novitt currently serves as the Sales Account Manager for Fairway Social Alpharetta. She holds a degree in Sports Management from UGA, with mindset to focus on the social experiences in the sports industry. Kylie also owns and managers her own boutique, Shop Ten Point. She has always held a passion for helping others planning an execute events, down to every last detail to help create lasting memories for guests.
Sales Manager of Roaring Social Alpharetta
Laura Bickford serves as the Sales Manager for Roaring Social Alpharetta. She is an experienced Event Sales Manager with a strong hospitality background. She has worked all positions in the hospitality industry, from hostess, VIP host, bartender, to Event Sales Manager for Live! at the Battery. She has experience in planning and executing a high volume of events from game watch parties, to meetings, to concerts and corporate events.
Executive Chef of Pickle and Social Gwinnett
Chef Chris leads the development the menus for CSV venues, and is currently serves as the Executive Chef of Pickle and Social Gwinnett. He is a focused and efficient Executive Chef with over 20 years experience in high-pressure culinary environments. Skilled in preparing high volumes of food while managing over 45 full time kitchen associates and being responsible for $16M in annual sales of which $5M per year is food sales.
Executive Chef for Fairway Social Trilith
Jared Batts serves as the Executive Chef for Fairway Social Trilith. He has over 18 years of experience in hospitality and culinary industries. He uses his depth knowledge of creating systems to hold team members accountable, which has made a positive working environment with a high rate of service. Jared's passion has always been training, coaching, and developing team members to help them grow individually and within their position.