About Us

Our Team

The Equity Estates property management and concierge team has delivered tens of thousands of hassle free, memorable and bespoke travel experiences to its select group of investors.

The first vacation experience was kicked off with a champagne toasted arrival tour in a luxury New York City residence in the winter of 2007. The Equity Estates Fund I, LLC's concierge and property management teams have perfected best practices in delivering outstanding vacation experiences and caring for our homes.  This team also services Equity Estates Fund II, LLC.  Click here to review testimonials.

  • Philip Mekelburg

    Philip Mekelburg

    CEO and Founder, Equity Estates Fund II Manager, LLC

    Philip has over 20 years of experience in business development, marketing, management and operations. After graduating from Cornell University, he worked as a corporate trainer and management consultant. His accomplishments include starting a fast-growing, new-to-market retail concept which he built up and sold within four years. The industry respected his novel approach and elected him president of their international association. Afterwards, Philip was hired as Director of Operations for a financial services firm where his work in channel sales garnered him praise, while expanding his knowledge and experience in marketing specialty finance products. He co-founded Equity Estates in 2006 and enjoys building a real estate portfolio that is also a smart investment that offers memorable experiences.

  • Lance Nicholas

    Lance Nicholas

    Senior Vice President of Operations and Member Services, Equity Estates Fund I, LLC

    An Atlanta native, Lance has always been passionate about real estate. He first began investing in real estate at the ripe age of 22, and he grew one of the largest closing and title insurance companies in Florida- selling it in 2007. After moving back to Atlanta, Lance consulted on a home remodel in Costa Rica and thus began his relationship with EE. He became the Director of Property Operations in 2013 and was recently promoted to Senior Vice President of Operations and Member Services. He loves that this new position allows him to combine his passions for real estate and client relations. Lance is focused on the financial integrity of the fund, investment integrity of the homes and providing a platform to allow for the best member experience possible.

  • Sarah Cochran

    Sarah Cochran

    Executive Vice President, Investor Relations

    Back in 2004, Sarah stumbled across a start-up that grew to be the largest destination club in the world. She started in Member Services which paired her love of travel and delivering great customer service. In her five years at the destination club, Sarah wore many hats and at the end of her tenure she was the top producing Membership Director.   After the crash of 2008, Sarah recognized the flaws of destination clubs—loose membership agreements, high debt levels, no liquidity and lack of transparency.    Fast forward to late 2009, when she was introduced to Equity Estates.  While hesitant to listen at first, she quickly realized the EE model figured out all of the pitfalls of the industry and created financial alignment with the investors in the fund and the Managing Member.   Equity Estates reignited her passion for travel while also offering a sound investment strategy.   Sarah has raised more than $100 million dollars in this industry, and you’d be hard pressed to find someone that knows more about luxury travel solutions.

    As Executive Vice President of Investor Relations, Sarah oversees current and future investor relationships for the Funds. Her favorite part of the job is getting to hear about all wonderful adventures investors experience in the portfolio.

  • Rick Covert

    Rick Covert

    Board Member, Equity Estates Fund II Manager, LLC

    Rick Covert is the Chairman of the Board, First Choice Emergency Room. He also serves as a corporate director on two other company boards. Prior, he served as co-founder and CEO of First Choice Emergency Room where he led the company to seven straight years on the Dallas Business Journal and SMU Cox School of Business 100 fastest-growing businesses in North Texas, as well as repeated appearances on the Inc. 500/5000 list.

    Before founding First Choice, Rick began his career and spent 10 years at Wells Fargo where he excelled as a troubleshooter in Operations before developing the governmental affairs infrastructure and processes for the Wells Fargo subsidiaries in the state legislatures and regulatory agencies.  Then Associates First Capital relocated Rick to Dallas, TX to manage their governmental relationships in the Southeastern United States.  Later he worked with a national trade association in Washington DC catering to financial services corporate clients where he finessed lobbying and public relations activities on high profile, multi-state crisis issues.  Rick has been active on over 30 different state trade financial services associations over his career.

    Rick attended Stetson University for both undergraduate and graduate school, earned an MBA and studied at Concord Law School.  He lives in Flower Mound with his wife and 3 daughters.

  • Chris Statham

    Chris Statham

    Board Member, Equity Estates Fund II Manager, LLC

    Chris Statham is a partner in a venture capital firm that delivers interrelated solutions that enhance shareholder value while making parallel equity investments. Chris has over 15 years of diversified experience serving financial services clients in the U.S. and abroad. Prior to joining GB Capital Partners, LLC, Chris worked for over 10 years at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and then Invesco LTD.

    He contributes to enhancing Equity Estrates' acquisition methodologies to maximize returns for investors as well as contributing to marketing optimization strategies. Chris provides insights into understanding the challenges and developments that face the financial industry, including: increased regulatory compliance standards for asset managers, best practices for the financial services industry and clear communication of financial information to stakeholders.

    Chris is a supporter of many local philanthropic causes and serves on the development committee for KIPP Charter Schools of Metro Atlanta. Chris is a CPA licensed in New York and has an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.

  • Kim Harper

    Kim Harper

    Senior Controller

    Kim Harper is the Assistant Controller for Equity Estates. Kim joined Equity Estates in January 2009 and provides accounting/finance leadership and support to the executive team. When Kim joined the team in 2009, the fund had 6 leased/owned properties and 49 members. She has had the pleasure of watching it grow to the $36.5 million dollar company it is today with -- leased/owned properties and 197 members.

    Her combined education and professional experience have enabled her to acquire leadership positions in the accounting/finance departments at the companies that she has served for over 30 years. Before joining Equity Estates, she held leadership positions in the accounting/finance departments at The Sofran Group, a commercial real estate and property management company and Southern Accessories, a commercial and residential interior design manufacturer’s representative company.

  • Meghan Donovan

    Meghan Donovan

    Office Manager

    After graduating from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, Meghan worked in the restaurant industry and in the non-profit arena. She credits those experiences for developing a strong work ethic, passion for providing great customer service and giving back to others in some capacity.

    When Meghan joined Equity Estates in 2010, she knew this was a great fit and an environment to share her knowledge and skills with others. She is proud of the experiences EE is able to offer its families and she loves to hear about the great memories that are being made one vacation at a time.

  • Monica Jacobs

    Monica Jacobs

    Personal Travel Concierge

    Originally from Knoxville, TN, Monica Jacobs will be celebrating 3 years at Equity Estates this summer. Monica is a Destination Manager and Personal Travel Concierge for your homes in the Bahamas, Orlando, Hilton Head Island, Kiawah Island, Costa Rica and Turks and Caicos. Monica graduated from the University of Alabama and has lived in Atlanta for the last 23 years. Prior to working at EE, she was the Director of a Community Center Day Camp for 10 years. Monica excels in working with Owner Members, building relationships, and assisting clients in planning outstanding vacations.

  • Ben Reser

    Ben Reser

    Personal Travel Concierge

    As a native Kansan and graduate of Kansas State University, Ben is delighted to work in a position where he can apply his past experiences and knowledge in a way to benefit the Equity Estates Family. Previous to joining the Equity Estates Team in October of 2011, Ben had various diverse work experiences. From his time working in the ski industry, to working on an organic farm, to spending 3.5 years working in development with the United States Peace Corps in Eastern Europe and Africa, Ben strives to create new and exciting experiences and unforgettable memories. Ben has had the opportunity to travel to nearly 40 countries throughout the world and believes strongly that the merits gained through travel are essential to a well-rounded and happy existence. Ben’s most valued aspects of working at Equity Estates are the relationships that have formed with Owner Members and the joy of assisting families in creating memories and experiences that will last a lifetime.

  • Daniela Fagotti

    Daniela Fagotti

    Personal Travel Concierge

    Daniela has lived in Florence for 21 years. In 1990, she came to Florence to study abroad and was enamored by the city – the beautiful art, the stunning architecture, and the magical feeling that you get just walking in the streets. She was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts by Italian parents and was brought up in a colorful household with Italian traditions. In 1992, after finishing university and earning a BS degree, she decided to come back to Florence and make it her home.

    Daniela's love for interior design, fashion, and art were the inspirations that brought her to Florence. Aside from her work experience, fifteen years ago, alongside her husband, she took on the restoration of a 15th century farmhouse located in the Tuscan countryside between Florence and Living and working in Tuscany has afforded her the opportunity to delve beneath what visitors normally see, to discover its’ hidden side, something that she enjoys sharing with Equity Estates members. Helping other people making their time in Florence memorable is a priority.

  • Brad Voss

    Brad Voss

    Personal Travel Concierge

    Brad Voss serves multiple roles within Equity Estates - working as a Personal Travel Concierge in member services and in development of new acquisitions with Equity Estates Fund II. He is a graduate of Abilene Christian University, where he earned two degrees - a BS in Communications and a MA in Religion.

    With a vast array of experiences in church ministry and business over the last 20 years, Brad has gained considerable knowledge in world-wide travel and high level customer service. He has visited 20 countries and spent time in all but four of the 50 United States. In addition, Brad serves as a camp director for Group Workcamps Foundation, a non-profit organization providing adventure and home repair experiences for tens of thousands of students and adults across the country.


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