Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Rose & Associates hires as it expands focus to small businesses

Commercial real estate and economic development advisory firm Rose & Associates has hired two employees as it expands its focus to include small business and entrepreneurship.  

The firm has hired Robert Aldrich as a project consultant assisting with small business and entrepreneurship. 

He is the former Director of Finance and Operations for Ventureprise, Inc. (formerly The Ben Craig Center), a nonprofit business incubator affiliated with the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where he managed financial reporting, client and vendor relationships, the Student Incubator and the Accounting Advisory Services program. Prior to his eight-year tenure at Ventureprise, Aldrich was Senior Regional Accountant for InterNET Services Corporation. He is the owner of Aldrich CFO Services, an accounting firm specializing in small business. Aldrich holds degrees from Appalachian State University and Queens University and is Past President of the North Carolina Business Incubator Association.

Kathleen Yager joined the firm to assist with property and asset management as well as real estate market analysis. A certified general appraiser in North Carolina, Yager’s background includes work in senior housing/long term care valuation, multi-tenant office, retail and residential cash flow analysis and subdivision/condominium feasibility studies. Yager is a graduate of Wilmington College in Ohio.

Last month, the Davidson-based firm hired Budd Berro,  former director of the Piedmont Regional Office of the Governor of North Carolina, to serve as senior finance and public policy consultant.

In a statement, the company said it is expanding its economic development and real estate advisory services focused on small business and entrepreneurship.

"Not all small business is the same," says Kathleen Rose, the firm’s President and CEO. "We understand the nuances between Main Street retail, local services, tourism, emerging cottage industries and innovation. Each has different dynamics and needs. These start-up and first stage companies are what will drive most communities’ job growth going forward. That is what economic sustainability is all about and what our team will help deliver."

With 20 years of experience, Rose and Associates has advised real estate development companies, private equity firms and municipalities. 

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where he managed financial reporting, client and vendor relationships, the Student Incubator and the Services program.