MiKen was founded in 2012 by Michael Kenner, Nashville native and tireless advocate for urban neighborhoods and equitable development. Since then, MiKen’s team has grown and is now made up of leaders who each bring their unique areas of expertise, entrepreneurial spirit, and drive to elevate Nashville’s built environment. In 2016 the team officially moved MiKen’s office to The Nations, the neighborhood where MiKen has focused in on in recent years. Not only does the team live and work in the communities in which they develop, but they also lead grassroots efforts within neighborhoods to help them navigate the rapid process of redevelopment within Nashville.

     Development Team

Michael Kenner, Chief Executive Officer

Following his service in the U.S. Military, Michael Kenner remained in the Seattle area to begin a career in real estate. Starting from the ground up, Michael spent three years finding land for other developers in Seattle before returning to his hometown of Nashville, Tennessee, in the aftermath of the Great Recession to found MiKen Development in 2012. Since MiKen’s founding in 2012, Kenner has come to be considered a tireless advocate and local expert on affordable housing policy in Middle Tennessee and has displayed a commitment to the enhancement of Nashville’s overall quality of life through neighborhood planning efforts and socially conscious growth. Not only does Michael live and work in the communities that he develops; he also leads grassroots efforts within neighborhoods to help them navigate the rapid process of redevelopment within Nashville.

Michael was the youngest member of Mayor Megan Barry’s Nashville Business Council and has helped pen policy to ensure contextual responsibility in civic design. He has also been engaged with policy work surrounding the establishment of design standards, including a sub-standard lot variance policy for Nashville. Michael has given countless presentations to neighborhoods, organizations, and colleagues about equitable redevelopment. As part of this neighborhood-centric philosophy, MiKen Development founded a tactical urbanism forum, TURBO (Tactical Urbanism Organizers) Nashville in partnership with the Nashville Civic Design Center (NCDC). This non-profit organization enables communities to influence change using temporary structural installations that envision permanent design solutions. In 2015, Michael received the Nashville Civic Design Center’s prestigious “Friend of Public Space Award” for his work with TURBO and promotion of walkability and increased public space in the urban core; an award won back to back by Nashville’s Mayor the two previous years. Michael works to advocate politically on a local and national level through his work with the city’s Nashville Next initiative and the Urban Land Institute.

 

Andrew Newby, Chief Financial Officer

Andrew Newby is a real estate finance professional, active developer, and licensed real estate broker in Tennessee.  He has worked in multiple roles in the affordable housing and multifamily industry, and has acquired and developed property on behalf of the world’s largest retailers.  He earned his Master of Real Estate Development degree from the University of Maryland.  Among his passions in real estate are historic preservation and affordable housing, both of which he supports locally in Nashville as a member of Historic Nashville Inc.’s Board of Directors and ULI’s Housing Action Council.

John Sawicki, PE, Project Manager

John Sawicki is a Project Manager with six years of construction experience in the energy, automotive, and chemical manufacturing industries. John graduated in 2009 from University of Michigan’s College of Engineering with a B.S.E. in Civil & Environmental Engineering and concentration in Construction Engineering & Management. John has a Professional Engineering License in civil engineering, as well as years of field experience in construction as a project manager and engineer.

Caroline Conway, Marketing & Development

Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Caroline is currently obtaining her BS in Human and Organizational Development at Vanderbilt University. She is concentrating in Leadership & Organizational Development and minoring in Corporate Strategy. Caroline was drawn to MiKen as an intersection of her interests in real estate development and community engagement.