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Cathy Johnson, CAPS, HCCP and Anna Melson, CAPS, COS, HCCP
Promoted to Vice Presidents

The Principals of AlphaBarnes Real Estate Services have announced the promotions of Cathy Johnson, CAPS, HCCP and Anna Melson, HCCP to Vice Presidents of the firm effective on Monday, April 23, 2018. In their new capacities, Cathy and Anna will be assuming direct supervisory responsibility for groupings of Senior Regional Supervisors, Regional Supervisors and Regional Managers. Through those staff and the on-site staff members working for them, they will each be responsible for 40-50 assets ABRES has under management. Please join the principals in congratulating Anna and Cathy on a well-deserved change. Resumes of both new Vice Presidents follow:

Cathy Johnson, CAPS, HCCP

Cathy Johnson, CAPS, HCCPCathy started her career as a Leasing Agent for Hall Management in 1987. Through acquisition of a management contract, she joined Alpha Management in 1991 as an Assistant Manager. Since that time, she has advanced through the ranks to the level of Senior Property Supervisor and now to Vice President. Cathy is known to clients and syndicators throughout Texas as a compliance specialist in the LIHTC program in terms of initial lease-ups, ongoing operations and compliance and the clean-up on properties that have not maintained high compliance standards. She also has extensive experience in resolving occupancy issues at affordable and conventional apartments. She is a Housing Credit Certified Professional (HCCP) through the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the National Affordable Housing Management Association (NAHMA) in 2000 National Leased Housing Association (NALP) in 1991 Certified Apartment Manager (CAM), 1995


Anna Melson, CAPS, COS, HCCP

Anna Melson, CAPS, COS, HCCPAnna Melson started her career in property management in 1989 in Dallas with a large owner/developer of USDA Farmers Home Administration Section 515 properties located throughout Texas and New Mexico. In 1993, an acquisition of that company brought her to Alpha Management as a Regional Property Supervisor and in 2000 a merger with Barnes Real Estate Services moved her to her current position as a Senior Regional Property Supervisor for Alpha-Barnes Real Estate Services and now to the Vice President position. In her 20 years of experience at A-BRES and Alpha Management, Anna’s expertise is in the operations of properties that utilize the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) and its sometimes attached HOME and Bond programs. Over the years, Anna has leased up over 60 LIHTC properties. She earned her Housing Credit Certified Professional (HCCP) designation in 2000 and has regularly participated in training and update programs offered by the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs as well as the Texas Apartment Association. She is also a Certified Occupancy Specialist (COS).


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Alpha-Barnes Real Estate Services Expands Senior Management Team
Industry Veteran Hugh A. Cobb Joins Company as Principal


Hugh A. Cobb

Dallas, Texas (11/29/2016) – Alpha-Barnes Real Estate Services, a leader in the real estate management and development field, today announced that Hugh A. Cobb will join the firm as a principal. Founded in 1990, Alpha-Barnes offers a comprehensive suite of services including: multi-family development and acquisition, conventional and affordable multi-family property management, and government housing program compliance.

Cobb most recently served as chief operating officer for Capstone Real Estate Services. He has been in the property management industry since 1985.  He has directly and indirectly supervised hundreds of thousands of units. His experience includes new construction (lease-up and stabilized management), value added rehabs, affordable housing, office buildings, retail centers and more.

With more than 20,000 units in 150 properties under management, Alpha-Barnes has continued to rapidly expand its business. In 2016, the firm ranked number 18 in the “Affordable 100” rankings compiled by the National Affordable Housing Management Association, up from number 35 just a year earlier.
Cobb joins principals Jeff Barnes, Stephen Barnes and Mike Clark, a management team at Alpha-Barnes with more than 100 combined years of experience in the field of real estate management and development.  They possess exceptional experience and success, few firms can equal.  

“Our company is in a growth mode with exciting opportunities to grow every aspect of our multi-family rental housing business in Texas,” said Jeff Barnes, Alpha-Barnes principal. “Hugh’s experience, reputation and industry contacts will be invaluable as we move our company to the next level.”

“This was a rare opportunity to obtain an equity position in a highly respected company with a solid management team in place, and with a platform that is poised to continue to grow,” said Cobb. “There are tremendous opportunities in the affordable housing field as well as in market rate properties both for development and management. Alpha-Barnes has both the team and track record to take advantage of these opportunities.”

“There are continuing growth opportunities in the multi-family-management field,” said Mike Clark, Alpha-Barnes principal. “Our team has long-term experience in managing the complexities associated with maximizing the value of an owner's asset in today's intensely competitive market as well as the critical nature of governmental compliance in the various affordable housing programs.”

About Alpha-Barnes Real Estate Services (A-BRES)

The multi-family management division of Alpha-Barnes specializes in managing all types of residential apartment properties including; conventional market rate, HUD insured loans, Bond-financed (including state allocations and non-profit tax exempts), Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) (including mixed income properties) and seniors properties (including those for families over 55 and over 62). 

In the multi-family field the firm has developed apartment communities since 1985 and offers basic consultation, asset evaluation and analysis (due diligence), marketing and leasing services.  A-BRES currently has four Dallas-Fort Worth projects in various stages of development.   

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Alpha-Barnes Real Estate Services, LLC (A-BRES) moved up the “Affordable 100” rankings from 35th in 2015 to 18th in 2016. The survey was conducted during the first quarter of 2016 and shows A-BRES with a total of 14,745 affordable units in its management portfolio.

Each year, the National Affordable Housing Management Association (NAHMA) of Washington, D.C., surveys the industry and publishes the “Affordable 100”. That list ranks the largest affordable housing management companies in the United States ranked by affordable unit counts. In making the count NAHMA includes HUD Project-Based Rental Assistance units, units using Section 42 Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC), units financed using HOME funds, Bond-financed properties and USDA RD Section 515 units.

Mike Clark of A-BRES reacted to the May 26, 2016 announcement, “We are thankful that our clients trust us with their property management and program compliance responsibilities and that they have allowed us to become one of the largest companies in the U.S. doing what we love to do.” Clark continued, “We also thank NAHMA for conducting this survey every year and allowing all of us to see how we measure up to the rest of the industry.”

In addition, A-BRES was identified as #19 on the NAMHA “Affordable 100 Specialty List” that names the largest managers of LIHTC Properties in the US.

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About NAHMA: NAHMA is the leading voice for affordable housing management, advocating on behalf of multifamily property managers and owners whose mission is to provide quality affordable housing. NAHMA supports legislative and regulatory policy that promotes the development and preservation of decent and safe affordable housing, is a vital resource for technical education and information and fosters strategic relations between government and industry. Founded in 1990, NAHMA’s membership today includes the industry’s most distinguished multifamily owners and management companies. Visit for more information.


Alpha-Barnes Real Estate Services, LLC is a full-service real estate company specializing in Development, Acquisitions and Property Management.
Since 2000, our primary business has been within the Apartment Industry.