Brightlane Corp. offers quality, professionally managed properties for rent or lease with additional pathways to homeownership.
Steve Helm Chairman, President, Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial officer and Director
Mr. Helm is a seasoned real estate executive specializing in the areas of finance, development/acquisition and property management for over 25 years. Mr. Helm is also currently the CFO of New Regional Planning, a real estate strategy and consulting firm. From 2004 to 2009 he served as Regional Director for Imperial Capital Bank/Bancorp (NYSE), launching the Texas/Rocky Mountain real estate lending platform as part of the firm’s national expansion. In that capacity, he opened and managed four real estate loan production offices (Dallas, Austin, Denver & Kansas City) covering the Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Colorado and Kansas markets and funded in excess of $500 million of structured debt and portfolio permanent credit facilities from $500,000 to $20 million for a broad range of real estate development activities.
Prior to Imperial, he was President of the family business, The Helm Companies, directing the ground up development, re-development, financing and management of small retail and Class A, B & C multifamily properties. During his tenure with the family enterprise, Mr. Helm secured over $60 million of FHA (221 D-4 & 223F) and conventional bank debt as well as LIHTC, private and mezzanine equity financing and supervised the management of a multifamily portfolio of 6 properties comprising over 900 units. Mr. Helm earned the National Apartment Association CAPS Designation and is a CPM Candidate. Mr. Helm holds an MBA from the Cox School of Business, Southern Methodist University, and a BBA in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin.
David Hill, II - Director and VP of Business & Legal Affairs
Mr. Hill has served as our Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs, since August 1, 2016. Mr. Hill is an entrepreneurial attorney. Mr. Hill has counseled and consulted start-ups in regards to equity functions, regulatory issues, business development, and venture capital funding.
Mr. Hill earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Auburn University, a Juris Doctorate from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, and a Masters of Law in Law and Entrepreneurship from the Duke University School of Law. Mr. Hill is a member of the State Bar of Georgia.
James Odell Barnes, Jr. Director
Mr. James Odell Barnes, Jr. is nationally known as the “Foreclosure King” and is one of the largest buyers of REO (Real Estate Owned) foreclosed homes in the United States. Mr. Barnes has been involved in the business of owner-financing single family homes since 1979. Mr. Barnes has bought and sold over 50,000 bank-owned and REO properties and established a reputation as one of the most successful and knowledgeable real estate professionals in the U.S. bank-owned and REO property market. Mr. Barnes' success, knowledge, and experience has brought him great publicity and he has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, NPR, ABC's Nightline, and on the list of “TIME 100 Finalists” for Time magazine’s 2009 person-of-the-year honors.
Peter Hellwig - Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Hellwig is a seasoned professional with over 25 years of corporate and consultancy expertise residing primarily in strategic planning, corporate development, mergers and acquisitions, and operations. Mr. Hellwig has provided corporate & business development consulting services to many Fortune 1000 clients as well as small business and start-up operations. He has conducted and managed over 400 projects involving market entry/exit, new product/service introduction, competitive analysis, product differentiation, benchmarking, and JV and M&A programs. He has facilitated and supported strategic planning and corporate development initiatives spanning a broad range of industries from aerospace and pharmaceuticals to consumer products.
Mr. Hellwig co-founded a boutique strategic planning consulting firm servicing international mid- to large-size corporate clientele specializing in financial services, B2B dot.com services, high value information exchange and management products, and enterprise-wide systems solutions.
In 2003, Mr. Hellwig founded another consulting services company providing outsourced executive and management consulting services to provide start-up and early stage development services to clients. Here he managed the operations of numerous companies and assisted in the start-up operations of several businesses to include various specialty chemical operations, natural and organic foods, among other products and services. In addition, he assisted clients in managing their micro-cap public company operations to leverage their public nature to access the capital markets.