Leadership Team

Kyle Bach


Kyle Bach launched The Annex Group, LLC (f/k/a Mecca Companies, Inc.)  in 2006 to provide student housing in under served campus markets and affordable housing in large university communities. He oversees the companies strategy, capital and leadership platforms for all companies under The Annex Group umbrella. Bach has been involved in over $500 million of real estate development during his tenure. His passion, in university communities, is to provide housing opportunities that serve as a catalyst for economic development, not only for the residents of our projects, but also the communities and campuses we serve.

Education : Bachelor of Science,
Indiana University

Achievements: YPO Member, 2018 Recipient of Indianapolis Area 40 Under 40, 2015 Finalist of Indy’s Best and Brightest, Westside Community Development Corporation Member.

Tom Tomaszewski

COO and President of Annex Construction

Thomas Tomaszewski is an experienced construction manager and development specialist. Tomaszewski actively has participated in all stages of development and construction on several different types of projects with a total value in excess of $250 million dollars. He worked as an engineer and subsequently served as a project manager for a mid-size commercial and residential developer/contractor. Tomaszewski’s construction experience includes work on major civil infastructure projects; development and construction of single and multi-family communities, mid-rise commercial buildings, office parks, and rehabilitation and construction of single family housing.

Eduation: Bachelor of Science in Public Affairs, Indiana University
Construction Engineering and Management,
Armor School of Engineering and Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology

Erica Hovermale


As Controller at The Annex Group Erica Hovermale oversees the accounting, marketing, HR, and IT functions.  An experienced accountant with over thirteen years in the real estate industry, Hovermale began her career preparing financial statements for a portfolio of multi-family housing communities. She quickly was promoted to a treasury role where she managed cash flow for the entire portfolio.

Hovermale continued her career with a multi family developer where she managed the company’s cash flow and successfully completed the corporate property management and development financials.

Education: Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Spanish Studies,
McKendree College in Lebanon, Il

Julie Elliott

General Counsel

As General Counsel Julie serves as a strategic adviser and is responsible for developing and leading corporate legal strategy to promote and protect the interest of The Annex Group.

With over 15 years of legal experience, Elliott previously served as the associate general counsel for a national real estate investment and development company where she was responsible for all legal aspects of development and leading a legal team to support the company’s development activities. Her belief in the The Annex Group mission to enhance the lives of others through unique housing opportunities drew her to the company, where she’s driven to help achieve that purpose by advising the leadership teams to make the best possible legal decisions.

Julie received her Juris Doctor from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law and is a member in good standing with the Indiana Bar.

CJ Lukaart

Chief Strategy Officer

As Chief Strategy Officer, CJ is responsible for ensuring that The Annex Group reaches its strategic vision through the alignment of strategy planning, business development, organizational growth, process improvement, financial planning, information technology, and the execution of the Company’s vision in close collaboration with all such key departments. As such, CJ oversees and supports the execution of the company’s short-term, medium-term and long-term strategy.

With almost 20 years of real estate experience, CJ began his career as a private practice attorney practicing in the fields of real estate and general corporate law. Most recently he served as General Counsel and Executive Vice President for a national healthcare real estate investment and development company where he was responsible for managing all legal aspects of the company along with leading and managing the development arm of the company.

CJ received his Juris Doctor from Valparaiso University School of Law and is a member in good standing with the Indiana bar and the Michigan bar.

Ryan Clark

Director of Development 

Sam Hurley

Director of Finance

Joy Skidmore

Development Consultant

Lori Edwards

Development Manager

Adam Calloway

Senior Staff Accountant

Amy Harnish

Marketing Specialist

Alexis Rippy



Construction Team

Adam Reedy

Director of Construction

Paul Nieckula

Project Manager

Charles Evans III

Senior Superintendent

Greg Henning


Wayne Walker


Dave Armstrong





Linda Phelps

Contract Administrator

Jacob Walker

Zach Ryan