We attack challenges with creative problem solving to bring our projects and ideas to fruition.”

– Peyton Smith, Visionary

Our Team


Peyton Smith


Peyton fills the Visionary role with his daily activities focused on Acquisition & Disposition. He has been self employed since 2012. Peyton focuses on growth and creative solutions.

EJ Drake


EJ joined the team in July of 2020 and has served several roles since. He is full time integrator as well as Head of Finance and Asset & Project Manager. EJ makes the business operate smoothly on the day to day.

Jalayna Haug

Executive Assistant

Jalayna has filled the role of Executive Assistant since starting in July of 2019. She also fills a marketing role in the companies. Jalayna works to increase productivity of the executive team.

Cory Sundberg

Acquisition & Disposition

Cory joined the Black River team in the summer of 2021. Since then he has filled an Acquisition & Disposition role. He enjoys building relationships and finding deals.

Our Strategy

Buy value add properties in the Midwest.

How do we buy?

By raising capital through private equity investors, structuring the deal for a Seller Carryback, investing our own capital, or any combination of the three.

How do we add value?​

Through better marketing, quality tenants, improved units, improved common areas and overall property aesthetics, and decreasing general operating costs.

Projected Returns

Average Refinance Proceeds

Average Refinance Time Period

Private Equity Investors:

Core Values and Focus


Don’t Give Up, Find a Way, Embrace the Suck


Make Other People Better, Selfless, Active Listening

Team Player

Make the Best of Everything, Positive Vibes

Humbly Confident

No Arrogance, Know Your Stuff, Be Vulnerable