Leadership Team

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Kurt Keeney

Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Following a career in banking, Kurtis Keeney co-founded the largest manufacturing housing community development firm in the Midwest along with his partner Nathan Smith. Keeney’s leadership has included ownership and management of 45 communities which include over 8,300 homesites with 110 employees. Considered a leader in the industry, Keeney’s vision led to the development of a turnkey model of home ownership that has fueled the company’s growth within its communities. Keeney’s responsibilities include running all facets of the business, particularly financial, human resources, executive management and the growth and direction of the organization. He has served as chairman of the Independence Seniors Association, the Board of Directors for Cardinal Hill Rehabilitaton Center in Northern Kentucky and as a Board Member for the Community Foundation of Northern Kentucky. Under Keeney's leadership, Flagship Communities has been recognized as a semi-finalist in the annual Family & Private Business Awards by the University of Cincinnati's Goering Center as well as being named to the Cincinnati Business Courier's Fast 55 List of growing companies. Keeney received his B.S. in Finance from Northern Kentucky Unversity.
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Nathan Smith

Founder and Chief Investment Officer
As co-founder of the region’s largest manufactured housing development company, Nathan Smith is widely respected nationally as an entrepreneur and owner/operator of manufactured housing communities. Along with his partner and co-founder, Kurtis Keeney, Smith has owned and managed 45 communities that include over 8,300 homesites in four states. Smith’s Flagship responsibilities include the acquisitions of new communities, marketing, e-commerce and sales for the organization. In addition, Smith has served as chairman of the Board of Directors for the national Manufactured Housing Institute, a 915-member industry trade organization and is past president of the Kentucky Manufactured Housing Institute, having served on several active committees. He serves on the Board of Directors for Safe Harbor Marinas, the world’s largest owner and operator of marinas, and was appointed by Governor Steve Beshear as a member on the Greater Cincinnati Northern Kentucky International Airport Board (CVG) and to the Northern Kentucky University Board of Regents, where he served as chairman. Active in national politics, Nathan Smith serves as a national committeeman/superdelegate for the Democratic National Committee. Smith received his Bachelor of Arts from Northern Kentucky University.
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Eddie Carlisle

Chief Financial Officer

As Flagship’s chief financial officer, Edwin Carlisle is responsible for the financial affairs, reporting, forecasting and management of the 45-community manufactured housing company. Prior to joining Flagship, Carlisle served as director of finance for Avure Technologies where he lead the integration of Avure into a publicly traded company, and implementation of SOX internal financial policies and reporting. Carlisle also served as a controller for Sunny Delight Beverages Company, receiving several promotions throughout his seven-year tenure.


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Dave Baioni

Finance Manager

A graduate of Thomas More University with a major in business, Dave Baioni began his career as an investment broker with Fidelity then working in home financing for Zaring Homes and PNC Mortgage. With expertise in home financing since 1996, Dave Baioni has served as Finance Manager for Flagship Communities for 18 years. Dave utilizes his experience in home financing when working with customers for their financing and insurance needs. In addition, he is involved with sales processes, credit approvals and underwriting for Flagship’s 43 communities.

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Erik Pederson

Director of Home Sales

Earning a bachelor’s in communications and business from Northern Kentucky University, Erik served as the student regent on the university’s Board of Regents. He began his career in the manufactured housing industry as a top performer in sales at Clayton Homes, the largest builder of manufactured and modular homes. Erik’s early work with Flagship was as a community manager in Louisville, working firsthand on the front lines of community management and sales.  As Flagship Sales Manager, Erik is responsible for inventory management, leads and sales generation and develops marketing strategies to drive traffic and growth. He is also involved with the Kentucky Manufactured Housing Institute.

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Ellen Davis

District Manager

As a licensed insurance and real estate agent, Ellen Davis served as finance and insurance manager for multi-location Premier Mobile Homes prior to joining Flagship. She received her real estate education at A-Pass-Weikel Institute real estate school. Ellen has been with the company for 16 years beginning first as a community manager in Richmond KY, now serving in the key role of district manager. As district manager, Ellen is on the ground, providing hands-on support and supervision to the community management team, ensuring the quality of property maintenance, setting and meeting financial goals, overseeing staff and human resources for her assigned communities along with training, budget, and legal and contract processes in conjunction with the managers. She also works to develop outreach programs at each location that benefit the residents.

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Jerri Johnson

District Manager

Jerri Johnson has a long career in customer services, working at Dairyman’s and then in retail for IGA. She has lived in Indiana for 12 years and is heavily involved in the community, founding and serving as president of the McCutchanville Fire Department Women’s Auxiliary.  Jerri also volunteers with Supporting Heroes in Louisville; working with the organization that honors the service and sacrifice of public safety heroes. Jerri joined Flagship as a community manager and now serves as a district manager, responsible for nine communities in Indiana and Kentucky. She oversees budgets, rentals and sales, staffing, and community outreach for her properties.

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Ben Winkler

District Manager

Ben Winkler earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Northern Kentucky University while participating as an active member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. Ben worked for the Commonwealth of Kentucky Cabinet for Health & Family Services as a social worker. He joined Flagship as a community manager and was promoted to district manager, responsible for 17 properties throughout Kentucky and Indiana. In Ben’s role as district manager, he oversees day-to-day operations working with community managers. He is also responsible for staffing, training and overseeing community involvement and events.

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Andrew Pulliam

Acquisitions Associate

Graduating with a major in organizational leadership from Northern Kentucky University, Andrew Pulliam utilizes his detail and personal skills with respect to complex transactions. Formerly serving at Western Southern Financial Group, Andrew analyzed data and worked with clients on critical financial plans.  Andrew has been elected to serve on the Ohio Manufactured Homes Association board of directors and he serves on the NKU alumni board of Pi Kappa Alpha. At Flagship, Andrew seeks out new acquisition opportunities, often working with family-owned communities. He oversees due diligence, third party reports, surveys, zoning, legal, financial proformas and constructs forecasts.

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Asberry Brown

Utilities Manager

Following his proud service as United States Marine, Asberry Brown studied networking and security at Eastern Kentucky University. Prior to joining Flagship, he worked as a quality control inspector for Okonite, manufacturer of wire and cable for utility companies. In his role at Flagship, Asberry is responsible for oversight and contracts with water, sewer and solid waste utilities, ensuring financial accountability.