— Tillie Burgin, Executive Director, Mission Arlington/Mission Metroplex
Our culture focuses on collaboration, open communication and respect for our employees and clients. The experienced and diverse team at OM Housing continually collaborate and communicate to yield success.
Deepak Sulakhe, President and CEO
Since the inception of his career 23 years ago, Deepak Sulakhe has developed more than 8,000 units of multifamily housing totaling over $950 million in combined debt and equity financing. In 2005, he founded OM Housing – a national award-winning, full service real estate firm that develops, owns, and operates high-quality, eco-friendly multifamily residential communities. His strong reputation enables him to partner with top consultants in architecture, engineering, finance, construction, and property management. As a leader in the housing industry, he frequently participates on panels as a housing expert.
His experience includes titles such as Regional Partner, Senior Vice President of Development and Development Director with fully integrated national apartment development firms. Throughout his career, Deepak has been successful in bringing in new business, solving challenging real estate problems, expanding business relationships, streamlining development practices, and harmoniously orchestrating the development-construction-management-operations continuum.
With his unique set of skills that cover both architecture and finance, he is not only able to enhance the physical aesthetics and optimize design through value engineering of projects but is also able to match that expertise on the financial structuring of those projects. This exceptional and multifaceted experience enhances value in providing well-located, well-structured, eco-friendly, high-quality affordable housing. Deepak’s skill sets are reflected in all the prestigious awards and recognitions his projects have received. He has a bachelor’s degree in Architecture, a master’s degree in Urban Design, and a master’s degree in Real Estate Development/Finance. Deepak is a member of the Urban Land Institute, the National Association of Home Builders, and the Texas Real Estate Commission.
Deepak is married with two children. He cheers for the Dallas Cowboys, Texas Aggies, Oklahoma Sooners and Team India for Cricket.
Jason Lain, Director of Acquisitions
Jason Lain has worked with OM Housing in various capacities for close to a decade. He has 20 years of experience in residential development, brokerage, and construction. With graduate degrees in Business Administration, Divinity, and Clinical Psychology, he brings quite a diverse background to OM Housing. Jason is responsible for sourcing acquisition opportunities and hopes to deliver developments in strategic locations to not only improve communities but more importantly the lives of residents and neighbors.
Ikemefuna “IK” Enemkpali, Director of Development
Ikemefuna “IK” Enemkpali recently joined the OM Housing team as Director of Development and will oversee and coordinate the pre-development efforts of the company along with sourcing acquisitions. IK is a former NFL football player drafted by the New York Jets in the 2014 NFL Draft, and later played for the Buffalo Bills and Oakland Raiders. IK was born and raised in Pflugerville, Texas to lgbo Nigerian immigrants, and has been working in the real estate industry since 2018 following in his grandfather’s footsteps as a real estate developer. IK’s most recent accomplishments include leading a real estate investment company in acquiring transactions that exceed $20m of assets in single-family homes. IK was also instrumental in locating multiple sites in the 9% cycle that resulted in awards in region 3 for the 2022 tax credit cycle.
IK graduated Louisiana Tech University with a degree in Sociology with further studies in cost segregation and supply chain management. He is also a member of ULI and NAHB.
Haley Riddick, Development Associate
Haley initially joined the OM Housing team through an internship and is now a Development Associate who also completes tasks in operations and administration. Stemming from her educational and personal experience, she has a passion for environmental sustainability and equitable housing. She believes that development should have an emphasis on providing services to all and to do it in a way that honors the surrounding environment.
Haley has a bachelor’s in Environmental Studies from Texas A&M University and is currently working her Master’s in City and Regional Planning at the University of Texas at Arlington with a focus on affordable housing.
Benetta Rusk, Director of Operations
Benetta has over 35 years of experience in commercial real estate, including the last 16 years in multi-family LIHTC development with various fully integrated national developers. Benetta brings a wealth of experience in the affordable housing industry including acquisitions, development, construction finance, and accounting.
Benetta is from Austin Westlake and a graduate of University of Texas at Austin with a BBA in Finance. She is a Texas real estate broker and obtained her Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation in 1996.
Jeannie Brasic, Director of Administration
Jeannie Brasic leads the company’s day to day operations, with responsibility for various aspects of the business. Before joining OM Housing in 2020, she served as a corporate paralegal for Pinnacle Property Management, where she was instrumental in handling a portfolio of 300+ organizational entities, a team of seven national Real Estate Brokers, and the oversight of the renter’s insurance and local jurisdictional business licensing.
During her tenure with Pinnacle Property Management, Jeannie’s additional accomplishments include playing a notably integral role in establishing both the company’s document control processes and its procedures policy. Further, her contributions to asset and portfolio management range from the implementation of cost-saving measures, to maintaining borrower and tax credit compliance, financial audits, federal and franchise tax preparation, and to serving as liaison to Trustee, Lenders, Housing Authorities, Non-profits, and General Partnerships.
Jeannie's prior professional experience also includes such titles as Office Manager, Project Coordinator, Custodian of Records, and Corporate Entity & Portfolio Specialist. She enhances the OM Housing team with 21-years of relevant industry experience, such as development finance, asset and portfolio management, and a wealth of corporate legal knowledge.
In addition to the myriad certifications and CLE credits she has accumulated throughout her career, Jeannie is a Notary Public and holds a Paralegal certificate from the University of North Texas.
Preethi D. Sulakhe, Co-General Partner
Preethi Sulakhe, collaborating alongside her husband Deepak advanced OM Housing as an industry leader in Development since the company’s inception in 2005. Preethi continues to organize day-to-day operations at OM Housing as well as work special projects. Preethi has also served as co-general partner on several affordable housing projects throughout Texas since 2007.
Preethi holds a Diploma in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering.