Real Estate Investment/Entrepreneurship Division


Our mission is to pursue real estate investment opportunities ,  development and management real estate projects responsibly and with integrity for the benefit of our investors, partners, and the community while educating entrepreneurs on the importance of collaboration through joint-ventures and business development with municipalities and community based businesses.

Our Mission

  • Pursue real estate investment opportunities
  • Develop and manage real estate projects responsibly and with integrity for the benefit of our investors, partners, and the community
  • Share the importance of collaboration through joint ventures and business development with municipalities and community-based businesses
 
Our Focus 

  • Site Selection, corporate or individual (Retail, industrial, office, or development)
  • Transaction and Investment Analysis
  • Professionalism and Confidentiality (Exclusive representation of client through completion of transaction)
  • Networking affiliations with local, state, national, and international contacts to best serve client base

Our Vision

  • Invest in undervalued communities
  • Encourage homeownership and business stewardship in redeveloping communities  
  • Provide contractors, entrepreneurs, and business owners data impact of real estate redevelopment and investing for their long-term goals.

Our Values

  • TEAM - Working towards common goals while maintaining open, constructive communication.
  • COMMUNITY - Be an involved entity of citizens, doing our part to make our community a better place for generations to come.
  • PROFIT - Creating a successful platform that provides superior financial returns to our investors and partners.

USMCA - Real Estate Investment / Entrepreneurship Division - Rev. Larry S. Bullock, MPA/MDiv

Rev. Larry S. Bullock, MPA/MDiv

Chairman of the Board

Rev. Larry S. Bullock, MPA\MDiv, [‘73], Former President, Roosevelt University Alumni Association [RUAA], Former Member of the Roosevelt University Board of Trustees; Senior Pastor, Living Faith Cathedral Worship [LFCWC Church], and Owner and President, April Cobra Enterprises, Inc. [Construction Management, General Contracting, and Real Estate Development firm], Barrington, Illinois. Founder\President, U. S. Minority Contractors Associatio [USMCA].

USMCA - Real Estate Investment / Entrepreneurship Division - Teresa Hollingbird-Jackson

Teresa Hollingbird-Jackson

President

Teresa Hollingbird-Jackson is the President/CEO of Aseret Development Series LLC, Aseret Development Carpentry Services LLC, a construction and interior design company specializing in remodeling and renovating residential and commercial projects. She is also the founder of FYE HIGH VIBEZ, a cannabis and apparel company that will be coming out in Fall 2021.

Teresa was born and raised in Inverness and Indianola, MS. She is a 1985 graduate of Gentry High School located in Indianola; MS. Teresa spent most of summer in the cotton fields earning $15 a day to help relieve some of the burden of her single mother.

Teresa is a creative, experienced, passionate entrepreneur who likes nothing better than to start new businesses and make them profitable. She is continuously seeking, new business opportunities, especially in the ecommerce/cannabis marketplace.

Teresa’s favorite part of being an entrepreneur is working less, because it allows her to spend time with her family.

Despite her busy business career Teresa makes time to be involved with community and professional organizations. She is a member of the US Minority Contractors Association and the Westchester Chamber of Commerce and serves as the USMCA National Board Assistant Secretary, USMCA REID Group Treasurer, Chairperson of the USMCA Westtown Chapter in IL, and the USMCA Atlanta, GA Chapter. She has also volunteered for the Nursery Ministry at Broadview Missionary Baptist Church in Broadview, IL 

USMCA - Real Estate Investment / Entrepreneurship Division - Dr. Anuja Gupta

Dr. Anuja Gupta

Sr. Vice President

After practicing as a Cardiologist in Chicago for over 10 years Dr. Gupta switched to pursue a full-time career as a Real Estate Investor & Developer. She has built a successful real estate portfolio & currently serves as the Managing Partner of Verandah Retirement Community, a $43M senior living development in Schaumburg Township designed to uniquely serve Indian-Americans in the Midwest. She is the recipient of The IL State Excellence Award 2021, The Daily Herald Entrepreneurial Excellence Award 2020, the Cook County Asian Leadership Award 2021-2018, and The Daily Herald Influential Women in Business Award 2018.

Dr. Gupta is passionate about serving the community thru various leadership roles. She is the co-founder of the Women’s Empowerment Campaign Chicago (WE), a networking & empowerment platform for Indian & Southeast Asian women entrepreneurs in Chicagoland with over 1700 members. She is a board member of the ISKCON temple. Under her leadership, the ISKCON Naperville temple was able to initiate a $11M expansion & construction of a new temple. Most recently she was selected as President of the National Council of Indian American Associations (NCAIA), an umbrella organization to empower the south-asian community thru civic engagement & community service.    

Dr. Gupta is married to Dr. Gaurav Kapoor & has one daughter. She attributes her professional accomplishments to grit & tenacity that help her overcome successively bigger obstacles. Her personal motto is to keep challenging herself to be more impactful.  



USMCA - Real Estate Investment / Entrepreneurship Division - Viviana Writer

Viviana Writer

1st Vice President

Before becoming the partner and Principal Broker of Prosperiti Brokers, Viviana Writer commenced her real estate career with Prosperiti Partners, a local real estate development and investment firm. She joined Prosperiti with over 20 years of management, sales, and business development experience. Viviana quickly found that everyone has a story and enjoyed learning the history of the people and communities they serve. 

She used her vast experience in local communities to develop and implement growth opportunities between organizations, clients, and businesses. Helping clients reach their pursuit of happiness by expanding their portfolio through real estate acquisitions and developments is what attracted her to the Real Estate industry. Fulfilling lifelong ambitions while boosting the economy are both personal and professional goals. In December 2020, Viviana added developer and investor to her resume by purchasing a commercial property in the Historic Commercial Street District of Springfield, MO. 

Viviana takes the same passion for working in community volunteering. Currently, she serves as a board member with The Rebound Foundation, Ozarks Teen Challenge, President of US Minority Contractors Association - Missouri Chapter, and Jr Vice President of USMCA's REIED division, and Director for the local chapter of National Association of Women in Construction, along with various local committees. In 2021, she received a Most Influential Women award and was featured as a top female executive leader by Springfield Business Journal. Viviana also received a Power Broker Award for Commercial Leasing in 2020 and 2021 from CoStar, the top Commercial Real Estate platform in the United States, and the Platinum Award for Real Estate sales from the Greater Springfield Board of Realtors. 

During her real estate career Viviana has worked in every sector of the industry, asset and property management, acquisitions and dispositions, development and project management in various multimillion dollar portfolios and transactions. In her down time Viviana enjoys being with her family of two children, two dogs and resides in Springfield, MO. Although she's been blessed with a career she loves, her proudest moments are the day she was baptized and the days she became a mother, followed by the purchase of her first commercial property. 

USMCA - Real Estate Investment / Entrepreneurship Division - Tim Swanson

Tim Swanson

2nd Vice President

Designer, urban planner, innovator, teacher, leader and entrepreneur, Tim’s career blurs the lines between architecture, construction, development and public policy to support more complete and wholistic communities. He is focused on leveraging the built environment to elevate the human condition in remarkable ways. Having lived in Abu Dhabi, rural India, New York and Chicago, with projects that span six continents, Tim brings a unique, global perspective to his design work.

He is an advocate for smart growth and equitable communities, working with leaders at the intersection of policy, development and next generation buildings. Tim has vast experience identifying new ways design and strategy can positively influence socioeconomic conditions. and he has delivered successful solutions for cities, countries, universities, businesses and institutions that enrich their holistic environments.

USMCA - Real Estate Investment / Entrepreneurship Division - Renee McDonald

Renee McDonald

Secretary

Renee McDonald is co-founder and manager of Little Big House Properties, LLC which specializes in developing single family, multi-family and commercial properties in Illinois and Northwest Indiana.

Renee retired from the American Bar Association after 45 years working as Meeting Manager for the association’s two (2) largest conventions.  At ABA, Renee acted as liaison between hotels/convention centers and ABA entities and Affiliates including Law Schools and State and Local Bar Associations.

Renee was part of the advance team to visit each city, tour each 4-5-Star hotel and/or convention center in order to determine how to assign the appropriate meeting room to a particular event.  Cities included Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Honolulu, London, Miami, New York City, San Francisco and Seattle.

Each convention involved 125-325 meeting rooms in 8-16 hotels with 800-1,200 individual events over 7 days. Renee also negotiated audio visual and catering costs, reviewed and paid invoices totaling over $1.5M.  

Cory Davis

Treasurer