OUR TEAM

The professionals at Kinetic Valuation Group have demonstrated expertise in real estate consulting and appraisal. In addition, we have endeavored to hire highly qualified and motivated individuals.

Jay Wortmann, MAI

Partner

Jay is a partner and manages the Omaha office. He has extensive experience in the market analysis of multifamily developments in the conventional, affordable, and mixed income housing industry. His focus areas include low income housing tax credits (LIHTCs), USDA, Section 8, and conventional developments. Additionally, he specializes in preparing valuations of general and limited partnership interests and Year 15 valuation matters. He received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance and Management from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Jay holds MAI designation from the Appraisal Institute and is a Certified General Real Estate Appraiser in Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, Minnesota, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, California, and Hawaii.

Amanda Baker, MAI

Partner

Amanda is a partner in the Omaha office and joined Kinetic Valuation Group fka Lea & Company in November 2011. Her principal practice areas include low-income housing tax credits (LIHTCs), USDA, Section 8, and conventional developments. Additionally, she specializes in US Department (HUD) Rent Comparability Studies, HUD Multifamily Accelerated Processing (MAP) program as well as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac valuation services.
Amanda holds an MAI designation from the Appraisal Institute and is a Certified General Real Estate Appraiser in Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Colorado, Arizona, California, Washington, and Nevada. She received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration specializing in Real Estate Land Use & Economics and Marketing from the University Nebraska-Omaha.

Charles Haase

Senior Analyst

Charlie is a senior analyst and joined the firm in October 2011. He has extensive experience in market analysis of multifamily developments. Charlie is a State Certified General Appraiser in California, Kansas, and Washington. He received a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies with emphasis in Global Strategic Studies from the University of Nebraska-Omaha.

Brent Griffiths

Senior Analyst

Brent joined Kinetic Valuation Group fka Lea & Company in March 2013. He is a senior analyst, with a focus in market analysis of multifamily developments in affordable housing industry. Brent received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a specialization in Finance and a secondary specialization in Management from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Brent is a State Certified General Appraiser in California.

Byron N Lea, MAI

Founder

Byron holds an MAI designation from the Appraisal Institute and is licensed in California, Colorado, and Washington as a Certified General Real Estate Appraiser. Prior to establishing Lea & Company in 2006, Byron N. Lea, MAI was a Partner with the national accounting firm of Novogradac & Company, LLP. From 2000 through 2006, he opened the firm’s Midwest and Los Angeles Valuation Group offices, developing clientele and professional staff. During that time period, he and staff in the two offices performed over 1,400 market studies and appraisal assignments throughout the Midwest and Western States. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from the California State University Sacramento.

OUR STORY

Effective Friday, June 18, 2018: Lea and Company will be known as Kinetic Valuation Group.

We chose Kinetic Valuation Group as our new operating name with the hope that it better describes our ability to be nimble in an ever-changing environment and our intent to consistently move forward with purpose. Our commitment to the highest quality of services and unbiased accurate work remains the same and we cannot thank you enough for your continued support and business.