CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER - Unique places, llc
Jeff Fisher is Chief Executive Officer of Unique Places, where he provides leadership in business development and real estate investment. With 18 years of experience in real estate and land and resource conservation, Jeff has been involved in facilitating $500 million in land transactions and generated over $250 million in land conservation funding and tax benefits. Before co-founding Unique Places, Jeff served as Director of The Nature Conservancy’s Delta Project in Arkansas and as Executive Director of the Tar River Land Conservancy. Jeff holds a J.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an M.E.M. from Duke University’s Nicholas School for the Environment. He also received a Political Science B.A from North Carolina State University. He lives with his wife and two children in Durham, North Carolina.
OWNER/PARTNER - UNIQUE PLACES REAL ESTATE, LLC
Michael has over 13 years experience in business development, management, real estate, land conservation and GIS technologies. Michael is owner and partner at Unique Places Real Estate, LLC. He served for nearly 10 years in the land trust industry and worked to conserve directly and in partnership over 160,000 acres of land in New Mexico, Arizona, Alabama and North Carolina. Michael currently serves as the Treasurer on the Board of the Quivira Coalition and as Board Chair for Unique Places to Save.
He received a Graduate Certificate in GIS from Portland State University in Portland, Oregon and a B.S. in Environmental Science from Western Washington University, Huxley College of the Environment in Bellingham, Washington. Michael hails from rural Arizona and Eastern Washington State. He and his wife currently live in beautiful Albuquerque, New Mexico.
LAND & RESOURCE ASSOCIATE - UNIQUE PLACES, LLC
Aaron has over ten years experience leading teams on unique projects in international settings. He spent six years leading projects in conservation areas around Eastern Africa. While there, he managed projects as diverse as construction of safari camps, community schools, and water retention units. Between managing projects, he volunteered as a safari guide and worked on community / wildlife relationship endeavors. Aaron spent time in the US Army, where he helped lead Special Operations teams and projects, including building and operating a regional radio station in Afghanistan and coordinating relief efforts in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. Aaron has also worked for a number of years as a management consultant for the safari industry. More recently, he has worked in the US consulting on life science projects and process improvement projects for clients.
Aaron earned his Bachelors of Science degree in Biology at Southern Adventist University in Tennessee and his MBA from East Carolina University. He lives outside of Durham, NC with his wife and two children.
MANAGING BROKER - UNIQUE PLACES REAL ESTATE, LLC
Catherine assists the Unique Places team by providing administrative support to each area within the company. With a background in both the startup and corporate worlds, Catherine has over 20 years experience in a variety of areas including human resources, bookkeeping, hospitality, real estate sales and coordination. Catherine is also a licensed real estate broker in the state of North Carolina. She is actively pursuing her Bachelors of Science Degree in Business Administration through Western Carolina University. Catherine and her family are Virginia natives, though they have family roots in North Carolina.
BROKER - UNIQUE PLACES REAL ESTATE, LLC
Eric is an entrepreneur at heart and loves coming up with creative and unique solutions to arrive at a win-win solution for all parties in real estate transactions. Eric has been actively involved in the NC real estate market for nearly 5 years. He has also owned a local cabinet business for nearly 10 years that he recently sold so that he could devote his full attention to real estate efforts. Eric graduated from the University of Florida with a B.S. in Business Administration. He is an active water sport enthusiast who loves surfing, stand up paddling, scuba diving, and more! He currently lives in Apex, NC with this wife Amelia and four children.
KATE LENZER, GISP
GIS & DESIGN associate - UNIQUE PLACES GIS & DESIGN
Kate comes to Unique Places with an impressive background in GIS and program management. Since graduating in 2011 from the University of New Mexico (UNM) with a Master’s degree in GIScience, Kate has worked as a researcher at UNM, applying GIS techniques to a wide diversity of projects. Kate is also a Certified GIS Professional (GISP) and continues to meet high standards for ethical conduct and professional practice as established by the GIS Certification Institute. She has expertise in creating geospatial tools and models for automated prioritization and has applied these tools to multiple land and resource planning efforts across the country. Kate has also co-authored several peer-reviewed papers on various GIS topics and has taught basic and advanced GIS courses at UNM. Although Kate likes to explore any data she can get her hands on, her favorite GIS solutions to design are raster-based suitability analyses and vector-based network analyses.
FORESTRY & NATURAL RESOURCE SPECIALIST - UNIQUE PLACES, LLC
Houston is a graduate of the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Natural Resource Management, with a concentration in Forest Management. He has experience in managing private land, implementing conservation projects as well as research into various water quality issues. Houston has also done substantial work with both Habitat for Humanity as well as the Children’s Home of Winston Salem, North Carolina. He is an outdoor enthusiast, spending his free time fishing and hunting. He currently lives in Winston Salem, North Carolina.
GIS & ENVIRONMENTAL SPECIALIST - UNIQUE PLACES, LLC
Rachel graduated in 2018 from UNC Asheville with a B.S. in Environmental Studies—Ecology and Environmental Biology. She has been involved in community resilience development in response to climate change in the WNC region and environmental impacts on urban development and potential mitigation efforts which help improve communities. Rachel utilizes GIS mapping platforms and their application on these and other environmental issues. She likes romping around outdoors and her favorite places to explore are wetlands. She is currently based in Apex, North Carolina.