Leadership

Epoch Residential has a long-standing history of providing expertise in the multi-family industry. We continue to offer this highest level of quality service through the effective collaboration of a select group of skilled professionals.

James H. Pugh is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Epoch Residential. Born in Winter Haven, Florida, Mr. Pugh has served as a United States Army Ranger and Special Forces Commander. He is a distinguished ROTC graduate of the University of Florida where he earned a B.S. in Building Construction, and is a member of Florida Blue Key Honorary and Scabbard & Blade Honorary societies. He is presently serving in leadership roles on numerous civic and charitable boards, including:

  • Member of the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans
  • Chairman, Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
  • Member of the Board of Directors, Holocaust Memorial Center
  • Member of the Board of Directors, University of Florida Foundation
  • Member of the Board of Trustees, Bob Graham Center for Public Service, University of Florida
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Justin Sand oversees day to day business activities, strategic planning, team development and process improvement, as well as all aspects of development and disposition. In addition, Justin is involved in all operational and investment decisions. He is principally involved in market research, site selection and acquisition, project entitlements, project design, construction and capitalization. Justin joined Epoch in 2004 and has held various roles, most recently serving as Vice President of Development. Since 2004, Justin has been actively involved in the financing, development and construction of over 9,000 apartment units in Florida, North Carolina, Texas, and Arizona with a total capitalization in excess of one billion dollars. Prior to joining Epoch, Justin worked for Hunt Construction Group, a large scale, commercial General Contractor/Construction Manager. Justin received a B.A. in Economics from the University of Michigan.  He is licensed as a Florida Certified General Contractor, a Florida Real Estate Sales Associate, a single-engine private pilot and has been involved in numerous civic boards and organizations, including his most recent nomination and acceptance to the Bergstrom Real Estate Center Advisory Board at the University of Florida. 

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McCarley Davis is responsible for the oversight of asset and property management within the company, as well as acquisitions, dispositions, private capital fund raising and communications, refinancing, recapitalization, repositioning, new site selection, and capitalization of new development projects.  McCarley joined Epoch in 2004 and served as its Asset Manager until 2010, when he became the Senior Vice President of Management. Since joining Epoch, McCarley has been involved in the development, capitalization and management of over 8,000 apartment units in Florida, Texas, Arizona and North Carolina. Prior to joining Epoch, McCarley served as an Associate in Fixed Income at Wachovia Bank, in Charlotte, NC. He holds a B.A. from UNC-Chapel Hill, and is a Licensed Florida Real Estate Sales Associate. He is also an Associate Member of the National Multi-Housing Council.

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Allyson Chiappa is the Executive Vice President of Operations for Epoch Residential.  She is responsible for coordinating operations across development, construction, property management and accounting to maximize efficiency and drive performance both corporately and at the asset level.  Allyson manages all corporate due diligence, risk management and maintains relationships with all key business partners. In addition, she oversees the acquisition and disposition transactions of Epoch-owned communities.  Allyson joined Epoch in 2004 and has served in various leadership roles within the company, most recently as Director of Asset Management. During her tenure with Epoch, Allyson has supported the development, construction and operation of over 7,500 apartment units across multiple states. Allyson holds a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Central Florida and is a member of the Accounting and Financial Women’s Alliance.

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Carl's 25 years of experience in Construction Management and General Contracting encompasses multifamily, institutional, commercial and hospitality industries. He has completed agile/lean construction industry training and is an Agile Throughput Executive, along with being experienced and certified in Total Quality Management. Carl earned his bachelor's degree at Kean University in New Jersey. As an industry leader, Carl oversees all Construction Operations for Epoch Residential. His responsibilities include ensuring each project is taken from development through pre-construction to completion, turning over to property management on-time and within budget. Carl works closely with his on-site teams to manage production, scheduling and management and supervision of all trades. 

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Sara Montuori joined Epoch in early 2017 as the Director of Marketing. In her role Sara is responsible for the overall marketing strategy and performance for each Epoch property as well as for Epoch Residential. Sara provides careful detail and tailored strategies unique to properties in the various stages of development, lease-up and stabilization. Sara works with the Management team closely to monitor campaign performance, evaluate new tools and drive traffic and leads to each property. She has a solid background in marketing and branding with over 11 years of experience. Most recently she marketed a portfolio of 21 properties in North Florida for Greystar. Prior to the multi-family industry, Sara held marketing roles with several shopping centers in the Central Florida area as well as with Pulte Homes. Sara holds a B.S. in Marketing from the University of Central Florida and is a member of The College of Business Alumni Association. 

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