About brightSTAR

brightSTAR Communities was formed in 2019 as a partnership for the acquisition and redevelopment of high-quality, affordable housing communities in the Midwest and expanding into the Southeast and beyond. As partners, we believe that everyone deserves to live in a clean, safe and pleasant environment, and that supportive, engaged communities can enable residents and their families to thrive. In addition to acquiring and operating communities ourselves, we also partner with sponsors who share our values and have a proven track record of excellence in managing affordable housing communities.

Drew Myers

Operating Partner

Warner A. “Drew” Myers has founded several companies through his career. Those include RecruitMilitary, LLC, a military-to- civilian recruitment firm. Myers founded RecruitMilitary in 1998; in 2013, he sold the company to a private equity firm. Drew is also a long-time real estate investor and developer. Myers holds a BA from Indiana University and an MBA from Xavier University. He also spent seven years on active duty as an officer in the United States Marine Corps. Drew believes in giving back and spends much of his free time assisting military veterans, college graduates as they transition into careers, and several other philanthropic endeavors .

Simon Myers

Asset Manager

Simon Myers is a skilled senior analyst with a strong background in investment banking and real estate development. At Foxhole Equity, he leads financial modeling and investment decision-making for various sectors. Previously, at Bailey & Co., he contributed to successful M&A deals totaling approximately $450 million. Simon also interned at North American Properties, where he conducted REIT analyses and supported financial modeling efforts. Simon graduated in 2022 from Indiana University, Kelley School of Business.

A.J. Schaeffer

Chief Legal Officer

Andrew J. (“AJ”) Schaeffer is an entrepreneur and investor in profitable businesses and exceptional leaders with the potential to positively transform their industries and communities. A.J. applies his expertise in applied behavioral analytics, business strategy and catalytic partnership development to fuel Foxhole’s people-first investment strategy. A.J. is an intimate advisor to CEOs, ownership groups and executive teams in businesses ranging in size from 50 to 15,000 employees. A.J. lives at the intersection of civic and philanthropic purposes and capitalist pursuits.

Jeff Zalla

Chief Financial Officer

Jeffrey M. Zalla builds industry-leading, sustainable businesses, particularly in industrial services. As an MBA from The Wharton School and a CPA (inactive), Jeff brings extraordinary insights and expertise cultivated as an award-winning CFO and Corporate Responsibility Officer of a $3-billion U.S. public company (Chiquita Brands) and also as the entrepreneurial CEO of Tufco Flooring LLC and Operating Partner of Diatom Aviation, among other roles. In all of his pursuits, Jeff is a champion of sustainability.

Our Mission

Safe & Clean Communities

We create and nurture communities that reflect the pride of homeownership. From paved roads and driveways to walkable sidewalks and streetlights, our neighborhoods bring families together.

Affordable Home Ownership

Whether a first-time home owner or a solution for retirement, brightSTAR Communities provide a variety of options to make your dreams a reality. Explore our properties and find a home that fits your needs.

Conveniently Located

It’s easy to feel at home right from the start at brightSTAR Communities. We are conveniently located next to schools, shopping, parks and nature trails. Get engaged in the life you’ve always wanted.