Meet the Leadership Team

Matt Ornstein

Chief Executive Officer

Matt Ornstein graduated in 1990 from the University of Virginia’s McIntyre School of Commerce. After college, Matt worked for the Home Depot Corporation for several years before starting his own real estate company in 1996. Ornstein’s multi-family projects in Metro Atlanta won several awards with the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association and provided double-digit, annualized rates of return to his investors. In 2002, Matt and fellow UVA alumnus Frank Schuler formed the Ornstein-Schuler companies. Since that time, Matt has been CEO of Ornstein-Schuler and directed the due diligence, acquisition and sale of several hundred million dollars of real estate, while also successfully completing over 100 property re-zonings. Matt continues to lead the company’s real estate and client advisory team. Matt is also actively involved with multiple philanthropic organizations that specialize in educational scholarships, land and wildlife conservation, endangered species protection, and animal rescue and rehabilitation services.

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Frank Schuler

President

Frank Schuler graduated with a B.A. from the University of Virginia in 1990 and began his career working five years for Xerox Corporation. Later, he worked at AOL-Time Warner as a Director of Operations, where he helped drive 10x revenue growth over a few years in the company’s Interactive Marketing Division. In 2002, Frank joined Matt Ornstein, a fellow UVA graduate and successful Atlanta-based developer, to create a real estate investment firm. As President and Chief Operating Officer of Ornstein-Schuler Investments, Frank directed operations and led the company’s acquisition and sale of several hundred million dollars of investment property.

In 2016, Frank transitioned his role as Chief Operating Officer of Ornstein-Schuler and founded a nonprofit coalition called Partnership for Conservation (P4C) that he now leads as President and Chairman of the Board. P4C advocates for the effective, fair and compliant implementation of land conservation under Federal and state rules, with the objective of maximizing the conservation of land to benefit future generations. Frank is also a member of Entrepreneurs’ Organization, a global network of 12,000 business owners, as well as Business Executives for National Security (BENS), a group of 500 American business leaders helping address national security reform and resilience. He enjoys golf, music, and spending time with his wife Bethany, son Aiden, and two well-trained dogs.

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Matt Kaynard

Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel

Matt Kaynard received a B.A. from Emory University, a J.D. from the Georgia State University College of Law and an LL.M. (legal masters in tax) from the University of Alabama. Matt began his career as an Attorney and Private Wealth Manager with the Ayco Co., a division of Goldman Sachs in Atlanta, where he provided personal CFO services for Fortune 1,000 executives.

Matt later worked as Tax Counsel at Large & Gilbert, P.C., a mid-size CPA firm in Atlanta, where he oversaw legal matters for the firm. He developed a specialty in creating, implementing and managing real estate partnerships with a focus on investment grade real estate. Matt also has significant experience with structuring and defending conservation easements and fee simple donations of real property.

At Ornstein-Schuler, Matt manages company operations and oversees all legal affairs, including tax and securities compliance, acquisitions and due diligence. Matt lives in Atlanta with his wife Margaux and three spoiled dogs. He enjoys traveling to new places, getting in a round of golf whenever possible, and spending time with his wife. He is actively involved with the Georgia Bar Association, the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s Night of Hope Committee, and the Georgia State University College of Law Alumni Council.

Don Sklar

Chief Financial Officer

Don Sklar has a Master’s degree in professional accounting from the University of Texas and a Bachelor’s in accounting from Louisiana State University. He began his career at Arthur Andersen in Austin, Texas, and was a tax partner at BDO in Atlanta before founding his own CPA firm in 2000. Don has extensive experience with real estate, financial services and private equity companies.

Don’s role as CFO is to manage the accounting and tax functions of the Ornstein-Schuler companies to enable effective reporting and decision-making for the organization and investors. Don enjoys traveling and spending time with his wife and children. He also serves on several nonprofit boards involving services to the homeless and students with financial needs.

Jason Brown

Vice President of Investment

Jason Brown received a B.B.A. from the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business and an M.B.A. with a Concentration in Real Estate from Georgia State’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business. Jason has over 23 years of experience working for leading financial institutions providing debt capital for a diverse range of commercial real estate investments. Most recently, Jason was a Senior Vice President at Community & Southern Bank, where he was responsible for the creation of a well-structured, income producing commercial real estate portfolio with over $500 million in loan commitments. In addition to building the portfolio, Jason worked with the Founders of the Bank to design and establish its commercial real estate, risk analysis platform.

As Vice President of Investments at Ornstein-Schuler, Jason conducts financial analysis and due diligence on the company’s private offerings. He also works with clients and advisors to share the range of investment considerations and outcomes.

Jason lives in Buford, Georgia with his wife Jami and their three daughters. He is an avid tennis player, golfer, travel softball coach and an active member of 12 Stone Church in Gwinnett County.

Ryan Ellison

Vice President of Real Estate

Ryan Ellison graduated with a B.A. from Shorter College in Rome Georgia in 2007. For several years, Ryan worked as a project manager at Practical Labs, a software development company in Alpharetta, Georgia, where he developed a project management methodology to help move business ideas from inception to execution.

In 2009, Ryan started working with the Ornstein-Schuler companies to set up several large stream and wetlands mitigation banks in Georgia. Today, as Vice President of Real Estate and Client Services, Ryan oversees property acquisitions and due diligence. He also works directly with many of Ornstein-Schuler’s clients and advisors.

Ryan spends most of his free time with his two children, is a car and motorcycle enthusiast, and has a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu.

Joe Astrauckas

Vice President of Real Estate

Joe Astrauckas received a B.B.A. from The University of Georgia with a double major in Real Estate and Finance and an M.B.A. from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School. Joe has 17 years of experience in which he has worked with private equity firms and hedge funds to acquire distressed real estate assets and liquidate them profitably.

While in business school, Joe was involved in over 80 REIT formations at REIT Funding LLC, a boutique investment bank that places preferred equity for privately held REITS. After REIT Funding, Joe worked at Turnstone Group as Vice President and Director of Asset Management, where he oversaw the investment management team and was instrumental in starting the monetization of Turnstone’s $700mm investment portfolio. Most recently, Joe was Vice President at a subsidiary of Colony Capital, a real estate private equity firm with over $54 billion invested worldwide.

At Ornstein-Schuler, Joe oversees the management and disposition of the company’s investment portfolio and several aspects of new property acquisition, including site selection, financial analysis, due diligence, and asset business planning strategy.

Joe has a wife and three children, and is a gourmet cook with a love of golf, music, and saltwater fishing.

Randy Bampfield

Vice President of Tax Affairs and Legal

Randy Bampfield began his career out of law school working for 10 years in the Office of Chief Counsel, Internal Revenue Service, in Nashville, Tenn., where he litigated tax controversies on behalf of the government. As a Chief Counsel attorney, Randy taught several advanced litigation classes to other IRS attorneys and received numerous awards, including two Litigation Awards and the Don Korb National Innovation Award. He finished his tenure with the Office of Chief Counsel as IRS Senior Counsel in Atlanta, Ga.,
where he tried legally and factually complex Tax Court cases against top-tier law firms in the United States Tax Court.

After leaving the Office of Chief Counsel in 2015, Randy joined the Ornstein-Schuler Companies where he manages partnership compliance with IRS statutes and regulations. He is also the founder of specialty law firm Bampfield and Associates and Co-Chairman of the Legal Committee for Partnership for Conservation (P4C), a national, nonprofit conservation group. At P4C, Randy helps advocate for fair and efficient tax administration and manages a national conservation easement defense roundtable.
Randy and his family live in Johns Creek, Georgia. He enjoys the outdoors, good food, music and playing tennis badly.

Herb Brown

Tax Counsel

Herb Brown received a J.D. from Southern University Law Center and an LL.M. (legal masters) in taxation from the University of Florida Levin College of Law. Herb began his career as an associate attorney in the Chicago office of Jenner & Block, LLP. During his time at Jenner & Block, Herb worked in both the tax department and the corporate department. In the corporate department, Herb handled several securities matters including private offerings, Initial Public offerings (IPOs), and general securities compliance and disclosures. In the tax department, Herb worked on general tax planning and compliance including international tax and tax controversy matters.

Herb later worked as a Professor of Law at Southern University Law Center. As a Professor, Herb taught several courses including partnership tax, corporate tax, and constitutional law. In 2012, 2013, and 2014, Herb was named Professor of the Year by the student body.

At Ornstein-Schuler, Herb manages all compliance matters including tax and securities compliance. He also manages the support staff for all other legal affairs such as acquisitions, due diligence, and audits. Herb lives in Atlanta with his dog, Deogi. He enjoys weight lifting, crossfit, traveling, football, and tacos. Herb is actively engaged in working with law schools to assist with preparing recent law school graduates for the Illinois, Georgia, and Louisiana Bar Exams.