Meet Our Team

Joseph L. Harris

Managing Partner

Mr. Harris was a co-founder of Minerva in 1981. His expertise in a diverse range of real estate investments and his clear understanding of client desires have played a major role in the success of Minerva’s real estate portfolio. Mr. Harris has been personally involved in every real estate transaction undertaken by Minerva since its formation, dealing mainly with financial and tax structuring, project identification, and client and strategic partner relations.

Mr. Harris’ education includes a Master of Professional Accounting from Georgia State University, which was preceded by a Master of Arts in Teaching from Emory University and a Bachelor of Science in Biology, also from Emory. Prior to the founding of Minerva, Mr. Harris was a certified public accountant and a high school teacher.

Brian Davison

Managing Partner

Mr. Davison joined Minerva in 1992 as the manager of the firm’s residential development projects and became a full partner in the firm in 1996. Leading the acquisition and development teams, he is dedicated to quality and profitability in the execution of Minerva’s development projects. Mr. Davison is also deeply involved in client and strategic partner relationships.

Mr. Davison received a Bachelor’s degree in Urban & Regional Planning from Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. Prior to relocating to Atlanta in 1992, he was based in Toronto as the Vice President of Development for a Canadian real-estate firm that specialized in industrial, retail and office investments for European clients.

Allegro Parker

Managing Director, Construction

Mr. Parker joined Minerva in 2016 as the Managing Director of residential construction.  He has over 30 years of established experience in the home building industry.  He has led teams of more than 400 employees and supervised construction on more than 20,000 homes with a national home builder.  His experience includes being a negotiator with land sellers and land developers for construction projects.  He has also overseen land acquisition, development, sales and marketing, along with the recruiting and training of supervised construction staff.

Mr. Parker received a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Norfolk State University, Norfolk, VA and a Business Management Class at Mary Washington University, Fredericksburg, VA. He uses his strong business development and management skills for expanding new home building markets.

Robin Peterson

Controller

Ms. Peterson, the Financial Controller for Minerva and its affiliated entities since 1998, has over 24 years of accounting experience in the real estate construction and development industry. She manages accounting and tax filings for over 70 investment entities, together with the US accounts of many of our clients.

Ms. Peterson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting from Kennesaw State University. Prior to joining Minerva, she was the Controller for Gleason, Floyd and Associates.

Mikala Carver

Director of Marketing

Ms. Carver joined Minerva in 2011 where she focuses on dynamic branding and developing strategic communications initiatives for the company’s diverse portfolio.

Prior to joining Minerva, Ms. Carver worked for an accounting firm and managed the accounting and tax filing for more than twenty companies. In addition to accounting, she also served as a Strategic Marketing Consultant for a logistics company and developed a complete marketing campaign aimed at growing revenue and targeting segmented markets.

Ms. Carver received her Bachelors of Business Administration with a major in finance and minor in marketing from Clayton State University.

Todd Smith

Managing Director, Community Services LLLP

Mr. Smith joined Minerva in 1997. He runs Community Services, LLLP, Minerva’s wastewater treatment affiliate. Mr. Smith also manages all aspects of Minerva’s construction and development activities. His experience ranges from full development of four master-planned golf communities to construction and operation of a sewer treatment plant.

Prior to joining Minerva, Mr. Smith was based in Vancouver, Canada with Toronto Dominion Bank, where he was responsible for generating and managing a mortgage, loan and deposit portfolio. Mr. Smith is a graduate of the University of Guelph (Ontario, Canada) with a major in Management Studies and Economics.

Brad Collins

Vice President, Construction

Mr. Collins joined Minerva in 2016 as the Senior Manager of Purchasing.  He has over 16 years of home building experience in Georgia and Florida. Prior to joining Minerva, he worked for local and regional home builders where he has overseen purchasing, construction, quality assurance and customer service departments.

Mr. Collins received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from The University of Georgia. He also holds a Builder’s License in both Georgia and Florida. He is Occupational Safety and Health Certified as well as a Certified Residential Combination Inspector.

Dan Cotter

Zoning Director

Mr. Cotter joined Minerva in 2013. He performs due diligence, secures entitlements, conducts market analysis, and analyzes potential acquisitions. Dan holds a masters in urban planning and development from Georgia Tech.

Prior to joining Minerva, he worked for 3 years in real estate development, urban planning, and public policy.

Ben Rogers

Acquisition Manager

Mr. Rogers joined Minerva in 2015 as manager of Minerva’s land and property acquisition.  Mr. Rogers holds a Bachelors of Business Administration with a concentration in Real Estate from Georgia State University.

Prior to joining Minerva, Mr. Rogers worked as a commercial broker in the Atlanta area focused on office and industrial real estate.

John Lydon

Senior Project Manager

Mr. Lydon originally joined Minerva in 2003 and served as a Project Manager until 2009.  During this period, he directed real estate development beginning with land acquisition activities through bond release for master planned residential and commercial properties.  In 2016, Mr. Lydon rejoined the Minerva team and is focused on real estate development projects.

Prior to rejoining Minerva, Mr. Lydon managed a variety of projects (mostly construction) ranging from $500K up to $40M.  Mr. Lydon earned a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology preceded by a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Northeastern University.  He is a Registered Professional Engineer (SC), certified Project Management Professional (PMP), and a LEED Accredited Person (LEED AP).