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The Rock River Companies invest in select residential land and housing developments through a variety of structures custom tailored to meet the needs of homebuilders and land developers.

Rock River Capital (RRC) was founded by Dan Hayes in 1999 and is funded by JEN Partners, LLC, one of the nation’s leading private equity investors in residential land and home building.

Rock River Properties was founded by Dan Hayes in 2010 to acquire, renovate and manage multi-family rental properties.

Dan Hayes

Dan Hayes has more than 30 years of experience in residential real estate and home building.

From 1999 to 2012 Dan was co-founder and principal of Saybrook Community Capital, LLC.  Saybrook Community Capital was nationally recognized as one of the top land investment and management companies in the home building industry and through its three funds it bought, developed and sold over 14,000 residential lots nationwide and managed over $1.4 billion in capital.  Mr. Hayes’ responsibilities included capital raising, originations, oversight of investments, and financial reporting and administration.

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JEN Partners

Rock River Capital is funded by JEN Partners, LLC, one of the nation’s leading private equity investors in residential land and home building.  JEN Partners was established in 2006 by Reuben S. Leibowitz, who was a Managing Director of Warburg Pincus, one of the world’s leading private equity firms for 22 years.

JEN Partners’ funds invest solely in residential real estate assets.  JEN Partners and its principals have invested in excess of $3B in residential land and backed eight homebuilding companies representing over $1B in value.  JEN is a dedicated and reliable source of creative capital to homebuilders and land developers.

Headquartered in New York City, JEN Partners has an extensive network in the home building and residential land development industries with specific focus on Texas, Colorado, Arizona, and Southern California in the west and Florida, Georgia, the Carolinas and the Mid-Atlantic Region in the East.  Please visit JEN Partners for more details.

Rock River Capital

LD still lifeRock River Capital (RRC) was founded by Dan Hayes in 1999 and is funded by JEN Partners, LLC, one of the nation’s leading private equity investors in residential land and home building. RRC and JEN Partners invest in for-sale residential communities throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. RRC’s clients are successful homebuilders and land developers that have demonstrated the ability to survive and profit during tough business cycles.

Investment Structures –

RRC and JEN Partners make investments through land banking and joint venture structures, and the direct purchase of land and promissory notes. Land banking, or structured lot financing, allows builders to purchase finished lots on rolling options to maximize the efficiency of their capital and enhance returns on equity.

For land developers, land bank financing accelerates the monetization of land assets, provides a source of capital for improvement costs and can often accord favorable capital gains treatment. RRC offers a variety of flexible land banking structures – both current pay and accrual with fixed or floating pricing.

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Rock River Properties

Rock River Properties was formed by Dan Hayes in 2010 to acquire, renovate and manage multi-family rental properties. Rental properties in Maine are managed by Class Acts Property..

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The Rock River meanders 299 miles from its headwaters near Lake Winnebago, WI before emptying into the Mississippi River near Rock Island, IL. The fertile Rock River Valley was the sacred ancestral homeland of the Sauk Indians.  In 1832, the Sauk and their revered chief, Black Hawk, put up a valiant fight against encroaching traders and settlers.  Black Hawk’s defeat opened up the Illinois and Wisconsin prairies and prompted the greatest land rush the United States had then known.  A few years later in 1837, in his factory on the banks of the Rock River, John Deere designed a stainless steel plow that could cut and turn the tough prairie sod.  Industrious farmers and ranchers used Deere’s plow to break new ground and grow America’s heartland.

Dan Hayes grew up on a farm in the Rock River Valley that was first settled by his ancestors shortly after the Civil War.

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