Rhino Launches Housing Innovation Council Featuring Leading Multifamily Real Estate Executives and U.S. Mayors

Council to meet biannually to review pressing issues facing U.S. multifamily housing ecosystem and develop pragmatic solutions

NEW YORK--()--Rhino today announced the launch of its Rhino Housing Innovation Council, an advisory board of forward-thinking NMHC top-50 executives, industry leaders, and mayors of diverse American cities. Convened in response to the overlapping challenges of economic instability and the COVID-19 crisis , the Council will harness the operational experience of public and private sector chief executives to foster solutions that facilitate equitable, livable cities and a growing, thriving business environment.

The Rhino Housing Innovation Council will meet virtually for its first public roundtable discussion on Friday, June 26, 2020 at 11AM Eastern. This session will focus on immediate and long-term opportunities for the multifamily real estate industry and city government leaders to develop solutions that are responsive to renters and property owners.

After kicking off on June 26, the Council will then meet biannually to discuss challenges to the multifamily housing ecosystem in order to create solutions that are sustainable for all stakeholders. Some issues the group is slated to address in its inaugural session include affordability of housing for renters, future trends in leasing activity following COVID-19, and technological innovation and its role in leasing and living experiences.

Rhino’s Housing Innovation Council members include:

  • Steve T. Lamberti, President, Highmark Residential, a top-5 NMHC residential property manager with communities in over 10 states
  • Kelianne Crapo, President of Property Operations, Peak Living, a top-50 NMHC property manager with communities in over 20 states
  • Clark Ivory, CEO, Ivory Homes, the largest homebuilder in the state of Utah
  • Joseph Strasburg, President, Rent Stabilization Association of New York, the leading trade group representing the interests of multifamily property owners and operators in greater New York City
  • Mayor Nan Whaley, Dayton Ohio; Second Vice President, U.S. Conference of Mayors
  • Mayor Levar Stoney, Richmond, Virginia
  • Mayor Anna Tovar, Tolleson, Arizona
  • Paraag Sarva, Co-Founder and CEO, Rhino, New York City multifamily real estate industry veteran

There is tremendous opportunity for property owners, policymakers, and innovators to learn from one another, and common-sense solutions like Rhino were born from opportunities like this. We believe working with this Council of leaders is another step in the right direction at such an important time,” said Paraag Sarva, Co-Founder and CEO of Rhino.

There needs to be a spirit of cooperation between business leaders and government leaders so we can address affordability issues while making sure owners can still come in and make a profit. People should be able to make money, pay their rent, and prosper. The byproducts of this collaboration are safe, growing cities, and this can be accomplished with good focus and fairness on all sides,” said Steve T. Lamberti, President of Highmark Residential.

Providing quality, affordable housing to people of all incomes is one of the most pressing issues facing our country today, and neither government nor the private sector will be able to solve this challenge alone. That’s why it’s crucial that forums exist for the public and private sectors to share ideas and determine how to implement solutions,” said Dayton, Ohio Mayor Nan Whaley.

About Rhino

Rhino was founded with a goal to empower and improve the lives of renters. Their mission is to build products and services that give renters a more affordable way to live in the homes they want. Today, Rhino offers hundreds of thousands of renters a choice to reduce their upfront move-in costs, providing flexibility and financial freedom.


Jordan Stein