Meet Our Team
Bill W. Shoptaw is the Founder and the Chairman and CEO of TSG. Mr. Shoptaw leads TSG and its overall strategic direction. Mr. Shoptaw is responsible for raising equity capital, directing investor relations, and involved in all aspects of TSG’s investment activities. He serves as Chair of the Investment Committee.
Previously, Mr. Shoptaw served as Chairman and CEO of Shoptaw-James, Inc., a commercial mortgage banking company that he co-founded in 1974 and sold in 1997. Under his leadership, Shoptaw-James, Inc. originated over $12 billion of mortgage loans for financial institutions and managed a mortgage servicing portfolio in excess of $1.2 billion.
Mr. Shoptaw was also a sponsor and founder of Main America Capital, L.L.C., a commercial mortgage lending and securitization company that originated in excess of $250 million in commercial mortgage loans; he served as CEO of Main America Capital, L.L.C. until its sale in 1998 to an affiliate of GMAC.
Mr. Shoptaw is a graduate of the School of Mortgage Banking sponsored by Northwestern University and the Atlanta Institute of Real Estate.
Walt B. Plyler is the President of TSG. Mr. Plyler helps develop and execute TSG’s strategic direction. Mr. Plyler is responsible for directing all aspects of TSG’s investment activities, including raising equity capital, managing investor relations, sourcing and underwriting investments, and obtaining property financing. He serves as a member of the Investment Committee.
Previously, he served as a Vice President for Countrywide Commercial Real Estate Finance, Inc., where he was involved in the origination, underwriting and securitization of over $2 billion in commercial real estate mortgages. He also served as an Experienced Associate in the Assurance & Business Advisory practice of Arthur Andersen, LLP.
Mr. Plyler received a Bachelor of Science with Special Attainments in Commerce from Washington & Lee University where he majored in Business Administration and Accounting. Mr. Plyler has worked at TSG since 2008.
B. Robin Riecke is the Executive Vice President of TSG. Ms. Riecke is responsible for the asset management of TSG’s multifamily investment portfolio and is directly involved in all aspects of TSG’s investment activities, including sourcing and underwriting investments, executing strategic operating plans for its properties, and selecting and managing TSG’s third-party property management companies. She serves as a member of the Investment Committee.
Previously, Ms. Riecke served as a Senior Regional Manager for Gables Residential Trust, where she oversaw the management of more than 3,500 multifamily units. Prior to Gables, she served as a Senior Regional Manager for Trammell Crow Residential and Johnstown American Properties.
Ms. Riecke attended West Georgia College and received training at the Disney Institute, the Ritz-Carlton Leadership Center, and the Dr. Jerry Bell Leadership Conference. She is a member of IREM (Institute of Real Estate Management), Atlanta Apartment Association, and earned the CPM (Certified Property Manager) designation in 2004. Ms. Riecke has worked at TSG since 2001.
Allyson S. Watkins is a Vice President of TSG. Ms. Watkins is responsible for company marketing, handling investor relations, and assisting in the evaluation of investments. She serves as a member of the Investment Committee. Previously, she served as a project director for Gellerstedt Development, a leasing broker with Cushman & Wakefield, and a relationship underwriter for Bank of America.
Ms. Watkins received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Georgia and received a Masters of Real Estate Development from the University of Southern California. Ms. Watkins has worked at TSG since 2000.
Jennifer O’Brien is the Vice President of Accounting and Financial Reporting. Mrs. O’Brien is responsible for providing oversight and assistance with all accounting, tax, audit and investor reporting matters at TSG.
Previously, Jennifer served as a Fund Controller at Jamestown, a national real estate owner/operator, where she oversaw the accounting for office, retail, mixed use, residential and timber closed end real estate funds valued at approximately $1.5 billion. Prior to Jamestown, Mrs. O'Brien was an auditor of private companies in a variety of industries with Bennett Thrasher and Pricewaterhouse Coopers.
Jennifer is a CPA and received her undergraduate degree in Accounting and Information Systems from Virginia Tech in 2007. She also received a Masters in Accounting from Kennesaw State University in 2008. Ms. O'Brien has worked at TSG since 2018.
Tracy-Leigh Little is the Controller of TSG. Ms. Little is responsible for financial statement preparation for the funds, properties and management entities of TSG and is directly involved in all accounting functions, including day to day cash management. Additionally, she serves TSG as Office Manager handling human resources, payroll and information technology.
Previously, Ms. Little was the bookkeeper for a South African tourism company and emigrated to the United States in 1995, where she held the positions of junior and staff accountant in the medical, manufacturing and distribution industries. Ms. Little has over twenty years of accounting experience and has a diploma from the School of Bookkeeping and Accounting. Ms. Little has worked at TSG since 2001.
Kirk A. Whitehead is the Vice President of Investments for TSG. Mr. Whitehead is responsible for leading the investment analysis process for all of TSG’s multifamily property acquisitions, in addition to coordinating all legal functions for TSG with property acquisitions, dispositions and financings. He serves as a member of the Investment Committee.
Previously, he served as an Investment Analyst for Global Endowment Management, where he was involved with growing and monitoring the ~$800 million Real Assets portfolio, which focused on real estate and energy investments. He also served as an Associate at Spartan Financial Partners, assisting with its lending portfolio.
Mr. Whitehead received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wofford College where he majored in Finance, with minors in Mathematics and Economics. Mr. Whitehead has worked at TSG since 2014.
Paige P. Young is the Asset Management Associate of TSG. Ms. Young is responsible for providing asset management oversight and assistance for TSG’s multifamily real estate portfolio.
Previously, she served as an Assistant Community Manager for Fogelman Management Group, where she assisted the Community Manager in day-to-day operations of a 306 unit property as well as performed leasing, marketing, customer service and administrative duties. She also served as an Assistant Property Manager for Chastain, Jenkins and Leathers, LLC assisting the property manager in managing over 250 properties.
Ms. Young received her Bachelor of Science degree from University of Georgia where she majored in Housing with Residential Property Management Emphasis.
Amy H. Parker is the Executive Assistant of TSG. Mrs. Parker provides overall administrative support for the company, including investor communications, contact database management, receptionist duties, office equipment maintenance, accounts payable, and supply management. Previously, she served as the Executive Assistant for the Clark & Washington, PC in Atlanta supporting several Partners of the firm and the management team. She also has been in personal banking for national and local financial institutions in the Metro Atlanta and Athens area for over ten years.
Mrs. Parker studied Nutrition at Georgia State University. She has been employed with The Shoptaw Group since May 2013.