The Team

Our dedicated team that does it all

Richard A. Fishman

Founder and President

Richard is the founder of The ValCap Group, LLC and oversees acquisitions, business strategy, financing, and market strategy for the portfolio. His experience is uniquely positioned for the growth of real estate investments. Richard graduated in 1979 from the University of Pennsylvania with both Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Regional Sciences. His degrees were earned concurrently.

After a brief stint with a nonprofit developer of apartments, he worked for the City of Philadelphia as a Grants Coordinator, and then as head of Planning for the Office of Housing and Community Development.

After leaving government service, Richard launched a 20-year career in real estate financing as a real estate broker with his own mortgage firm in Berkeley, California. This firm funded more than 4,000 loans for single-family homes, apartments, and other commercial properties. In 1995, he began purchasing income investment properties, initially in the San Francisco Bay Area, and then throughout the country.

Richard dedicates his professional life entirely to his commercial properties. He is always busy evaluating new multifamily deals and other commercial investment opportunities that will create great returns for all parties. Aside from this, Richard actively networks with family offices and potential investors.

Susann Fishman


Susann, co-founder of ValCap Group, LLC alongside her husband Richard, established the firm in 2012 to more effectively oversee their joint property portfolio. Originally from Sweden, Susann moved to California in the late 1980s. In the early 1990s, she founded and managed a successful private school in the Bay Area for nearly ten years. Subsequently, she ventured into commercial real estate, and since the late 1990s, she has been involved in acquiring and divesting multifamily properties across the US. In addition to her broad expertise, Susann is also responsible for leading the design aspects at ValCap Group.

Erik Fishman

Vice President

As the Vice President of The ValCap Group, Erik leads capital formation, participates actively in the Investment Committee, and fosters strategic partnerships to align with the firm’s vision. Joining ValCap in 2020, Erik took over the investor relations department, driving growth and strengthening investor relationships. Erik attributes his industry knowledge to early exposure to multifamily under the guidance of his father, Richard Fishman. Erik is a graduate of Southern Methodist University (SMU) with a degree in Philosophy and an active member of the community. Outside of his professional endeavors, he enjoys playing guitar, golfing, and traveling.

Nick Trajcevski

Director of Acquisitions

Nick joined ValCap in 2018, shortly after earning his Real Estate Finance degree from The Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University. He is responsible for sourcing, underwriting, structuring, and conducting due diligence for new acquisition opportunities. He also serves as the primary contact for ValCap’s debt and equity relations. Since joining the team, Nick has led the acquisition of 2,000-plus units, and is planning a continuation of portfolio expansion. In his down time he enjoys working on his golf swing.

Alex Paloranta

Director of Operations

Alex was brought onto ValCap in 2022. His varied background in Biomedical & Software Engineering and Project Management at various companies and startups spanning the US and Europe gave him a comprehensive set of skills to bring new and innovative approaches to real estate systems and operations. Alex’s attention to detail and process-focused approach has been essential to streamlining operations and situating ValCap for scalability.

Kiel Curtis

Director of Asset Management

As the Director of Asset Manager at The ValCap Group, Kiel Curtis leads the oversight of the company’s expanding multifamily portfolio. With a wealth of experience spanning over a decade, he excels in multifamily operations, underwriting, capital projects, and business plan execution. Kiel’s data-driven approach to asset management has proven instrumental in driving significant improvements. Beyond work, he enjoys spending time with his wife and son, golfing and listening to music.

Milam Mayfield

Asset Manager

Milam Mayfield holds a finance degree from the University of Mississippi and thrives as an asset manager at The ValCap Group. With expertise in unit renovations, financial analysis, loan tracking, taxes, and insurance, Milam’s diligent and proactive approach enhances the team’s performance.