Roger Perry, Founder

Roger PerryPresident

Roger has spent over 40 years envisioning and developing quality mixed use communities throughout North Carolina and Virginia. Providing expertise in master planning, negotiations and relationships, he is an active and integral part of each East West Partner project.

Roger began his development career in 1972 when he joined the Sea Pines Company at River Hills Plantation near Charlotte. He later moved to Richmond, Virginia to join the team at Brandermill where he became senior vice president of sales and marketing. In 1983 Roger returned to North Carolina to develop Woodcroft, an 800-acre community located in Durham near Research Triangle Park.

A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and The Executive Program at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School, Roger has served and continues to serve on numerous boards and committees at the university including current Board Member of the UNC Health Care System, current Vice Chair of the Institute of Arts and Humanities Advisory Board, past two term member of the Board of Trustees, as Chair.  As Committee Chair of the UNC Buildings and Grounds committee, he was a part of approximately $2 billion in new construction for the University and the master plan approval of a new 250 acre research and mixed-use academic campus Carolina North. He also served as Chair for the $9 million renovation of Finley Golf Course. In 2013 he was awarded the William Richardson Davie Award by the UNC Board of Trustees in recognition of his dedication, commitment, loyalty and service to the University.

In addition to UNC, Roger serves as a Director and Treasurer for the Institute of Defense and Business Board of Directors and is a member of the Messer Board of Directors.    He has served on many community boards including past Chair of both Triangle United Way and the Triangle Regional Council.

Roger, a native of Spring Lake, NC lives in Chapel Hill with his wife, Linda.

Professional Involvement

  • Board Member UNC-Chapel Hill Foundation
  • Board Member, UNC Healthcare Systems Board of Directors
  • Board Member UNC-Chapel Hill Real Estate Co
  • Board Member, McAllister Heart Center
  • Board Member, Triangle Service Center Board of Research Triangle Park
  • Board Member, Institute for Defense and Business
  • Board Members, Messer
  • Past Trustee and Past Chair, UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees
  • Past Chair, Triangle Tomorrow Regional Council
  • Past Chair, Triangle United Way 
  • Past Chair, Orange County United Way
  • Past Campaign Chair, Orange County United Way
  • Past Member, UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Visitors
  • Executive Committee Member, Center for Real Estate at Kenan-Flagler Business School
  • Former Executive Committee Member, Triangle YMCA Board
  • Former Member, Triangle Board of Centura Bank
  • Former Member, Young Presidents’ Organization
  • Former Member, Chapel Hill Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors
  • Former Member, Wells Fargo Bank Board
  • Past Member, North Carolina Progress Board


Dennis E. Rochelle III, Partner

Dennis Rochelle Vice President, Chief Financial and Operating Officer

Dennis’ expertise in real estate financing helps East West Partners obtain development funding through equity investors and financial institution loans. Working with the development team, Dennis provides analytical measurements and strategic financial advice for projects while also working with legal counsel to negotiate deal structures and partner agreements. He is responsible for overseeing the financial activities of the company and monitoring the overall financial health of East West Partners as well as day to day operations.

Dennis received a Bachelors of Arts in Business Administration with a concentration in accounting from Appalachian State University and has been a Certified Public Accountant since 1989. He is an active member of the North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants and continues his education in real estate finance and taxation by participating in the association’s extensive training programs as well as the Urban Land Institute’s real estate investing and financing seminars. He joined East West Partners in 1990 after being introduced to the real estate financial sector as a Financial Auditor at Ernst & Young in Charlotte, NC.

Dennis has volunteered in many capacities within the community including driving for Meals on Wheels, and various committees at St. Thomas More School in Chapel Hill.

Dennis, a native of Charlotte, NC lives in Durham with his wife, Mary Jo and their two children.

Professional Involvement

  • Member NCACPA
  • Member of Urban Land Institute

Lee Perry, Partner

Lee PerryDevelopment Director

Lee is responsible for acquiring new business, project planning, entitlement and execution.

Lee oversaw all development activity on our award winning community, East 54 in Chapel Hill. He has special emphasis on new business development and has been responsible for the identification and acquisitions of many of our newest projects.

Lee is an undergraduate of UNC and MBA graduate of the Kenan Flagler Business School at UNC. Prior to joining East West Partners in 2005, Lee completed a 4 year rotational real estate training program with Washington, DC based AvalonBay Communities, Inc., one the nation’s largest multi-family REITS.

Lee currently serves on the Advisory Board with KidsPeace, Raleigh, a non-profit children’s charity dedicated to helping children with emotional and behavioral challenges. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill and is an active supporter of the Boys and Girls Club of Raleigh, Habitat for Humanity, and Neighbor to Neighbor. He is a past member of the Capstone Bank Advisory Board.

Lee lives in Raleigh with his wife Amy and their three young daughters.

Professional Involvement

  • Member ULI- Triangle
  • Licensed Broker – North Carolina Real Estate Commission
  • Steering Committee – Ronald McDonald Key to More Healing Capital Campaign

Ben Perry, Partner

Ben PerryFinance Director

Ben is responsible for the initial financial analysis, sourcing and closing of construction and permanent debt and equity for new and existing projects, lender and investor reporting, operational management of existing projects and new project development.

Ben has been instrumental in securing construction and permanent financing for East 54 as well as sourcing debt and equity for newer projects under design and construction. He is creative in his approach to the financial structure for an individual project’s needs and has strong analytical skills assessing the viability of new projects.

A UNC graduate with undergraduate degrees in Economics and Romance Languages, Ben spent three years with Gemini Real Estate Advisors in New York and Charlotte where he worked on $300 million of commercial property acquisitions and development. While beginning his career in a junior financial analyst roll at Gemini, Ben spent his last year and a half with the company overseeing the acquisition process from valuation and contract negotiations through due diligence, debt and equity financing and closing.

Ben is past President of the Orange County Unit of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Eastern Piedmont and is presently involved in the capital campaign to build new a Club in Chapel Hill. Ben also serves on the The Habitat for Humanity of Orange County Advisory Board.

Ben lives in Raleigh with his wife Ashley and their young daughter.

Professional Involvement

  • Served on the Town of Chapel Hill’s Affordable Housing Advisory Committee
  • Active with the Chapel Hill Carrboro Chamber of Commerce

Bryson Powell, Partner

Bryson PowellDevelopment Director

Bryson is responsible for acquiring new business opportunities, project planning, entitlement and execution.

Bryson specializes in residential development and has spent the last decade developing single family communities for East West Partners.  His network, knowledge of local development practices, and skills in both horizontal and vertical construction management allow him to execute large scale, complex development projects.  As a licensed real estate broker, Bryson also has extensive experience in land transactions, as well as project specific sales team and marketing oversight.

Bryson joined East West Partners in 2002 after graduating from Wake Forest University with a degree in communication and business management.

Bryson has been an active volunteer in the community since moving to the Triangle in 2002.  Currently he serves on the Board of Directors of the United Way of the Greater Triangle, as well as the current Chairman of the Community Impact Committee.  He is also an active member of the Urban Land Institute, and currently sits on the Rethinking Southern Cities Council.

A native of Richmond Virginia, Bryson now lives in Durham with his wife, Lauren and two young sons.

Professional Involvement

  • Board Member, Downtown Durham, Inc.
  • Board Member, Durham, Central Park
  • Board Member, United Way of the Greater Triangle
  • Executive Committee Member, United Way of the Greater Triangle
  • Chairman, Community Impact Committee
  • Founder & Member, United Way Young Leaders Society
  • Member, Urban Land Institute
  • Council Member, ULI Rethinking Southern Cities Council
  • Member, Raleigh Regional Association of Realtors

Lucien Ellison

Development Director

Lucien is responsible for acquiring new business opportunities, project planning, entitlement and execution in Wilmington.

Lucien has been a real estate professional in the Cape Fear region since 2005, and his expertise includes mixed-use development, single family neighborhood development, and residential general contracting.  Lucien is especially passionate about green building and sustainability, and he holds a real estate broker’s license.

In 2015, Lucien joined East West Partners as the Wilmington partner and project manager for River Place.  Before moving to Wilmington, Lucien worked for PulteGroup, Inc. in Orlando, Florida where he was a land acquisition manager.  He received his bachelor of arts from the University of North Carolina and a masters of business administration from UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School with a concentration in real estate finance.

Lucien currently serves on the board of the Camp Schreiber Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to identifying and supporting at-risk kids in the Wilmington area who show character and academic ambition.  He passionately supports the University of North Carolina as a member of the Chancellor’s Philanthropic Council and as a Next Generation Strategy Committee member.  Both of these committees support Carolina’s next major fund-raising campaign.

A native of Greensboro, Lucien enjoys the beach life with his wife, Jane, and their three boys.

Professional Involvement

  • Board Member, Camp Schreiber Foundation
  • Member, Chancellor’s Philanthropic Committee
  • Member, Next Generation Campaign Strategy Committee member
  • Member, Friends School of Wilmington Building Committee
  • Volunteer, Brigade Boys & Girls Club of Wilmington

McKay Siegle

Assistant Project Manager

McKay joined East West Partners one week after receiving his Master’s degree from Texas A&M in May of 2018. He is now the assistant project manager for River Place in Wilmington, North Carolina. Having paid for his undergraduate degree by bartending, he enjoys the customer-facing aspects of the job as much as project-related roles.

McKay began his real estate career as a project manager on custom homes and small commercial projects. During his work on Century Square in College Station, TX, he gained an appreciation for Real Estate Development’s ability to enrich peoples’ lives. In rapid fashion, McKay pursued his education into the field of development. After first enrolling in the Master of Land and Property Development program at Texas A&M, he earned his Texas Real Estate License and began brokering commercial properties in every sector, from both sides of the table. While maintaining a reduced roll in construction, all of these activities taken together afforded him the opportunity to simultaneously learn and apply concepts from his master’s program and be effective at creating value for clients. In less than a year, McKay brokered $1m in commercial real estate deals, completed the reconstruction of a $1.5m apartment building, and earned his Master’s Degree from Texas A&M University.

Having grown up fishing and surfing on the Texas Gulf Coast, McKay and his wife decided to raise their two children by the beach. McKay serves as Treasurer for the Megan Cajigas foundation, is an active member of the Wilmington Downtown Inc Dream Committee, and teaches Sunday school to Kindergartners at Lifepoint Church.


Mary Beth Knelson

Mary BethOffice Manager

Mary Beth joint East West Parnters in 1999 as Office Manager.  She is responsible for the day-to-day operations, information technology, human resources and administrative needs of the company.

A graduate of Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois, Mary Beth studied Business and Music. Prior to joining East West Partners she spent seven years at Carolina Meadows Retirement Community in Chapel Hill, NC as the Payroll/Benefits Manager, and three years as a workman’s compensation adjuster at CNA Insurance in Downers Grove, IL.

She has been active in many volunteer organizations in Chapel Hill/Durham including the Chapel Hill Service League, Chapel Hill/Carrboro City School PTAs, Habitat for Humanity, Meals on Wheels and the Interfaith Council. She is a former board member of the SECU Family House at UNC Chapel Hill.

Mary Beth lives in Durham with her family.

Professional Involvement

  • Licensed Broker – North Carolina Real Estate Commission
  • Association of Professional Office Managers
  • North Carolina Notary

Cheri Knight


Cheri is responsible for the daily operations of the accounting department.

Cheri joined East West Partners in 2014 with over 20 + years of accounting and finance experience. Prior to joining the team, she spent over 13 years with Gray & Creech Water Systems in Raleigh managing the office and accounting department.

Cheri lives in Durham with her family.

Professional Involvement

  • North Carolina Notary
  • International Virtual Assistance Association
  • SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management)

John A. Gilchrist, Partner – Charlotte, North Carolina

John has represented East West Partners Management Company in the Charlotte, NC area for over 25 years. He served as project manager for Davis Lake, Forest Pond, Riverbend and currently Fairway Row. He is responsible for contracting and closing all lot sales, directing architectural review, coordinating sales and marketing efforts with builders and onsite management for all Charlotte projects.

John joined East West Partners in 1988 after spending 13 years in national sales and marketing for Cannon Mills/Fieldcrest Mills. He is a 1971 graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, a 1987 graduate of the Executive Program of the Darden Business School of UVA and a 1992 graduate of the Executive Program of the Kenan-Flagler Business School. John is a licensed North Carolina real estate broker.

John has been an active volunteer in the community having served on the Board of the University City YMCA from 1991-1996, as Board Chairman from 1992-1994. He also volunteers for Habitat for Humanity as well as St. Stephens United Methodist Church.

John lives in Charlotte with his wife, Sandy.

Professional Involvement

  • Licensed North Carolina Real Estate Agent
  • Member of the Home Builders Association of Charlotte
  • Past Board of Directors of the Home Builders Association from 1990-1994
  • Past Co-Chairmen of the Home Arama in 1992 and 1993

Charles D. Nottingham, III
East West Partners Club Management

Charlie NottinghamCharlie is the President of East West Partners Club Management, the hospitality arm of East West Partners. As President, Charlie’s responsibilities are overall company development and management, including company sales and marketing, operations, design and development of facilities and long range planning.
Charlie’s thirty plus year hospitality career began with the Hyatt Hotel chain in sales and operations, including properties throughout the southeast. In 1979, he purchased ownership in hotels, including the University Inn in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, which would eventually become an East West Partners property. Charlie later helped develop the Old North State Club, an award-winning golf course project, along with many other projects East West Partners would build. In 1993 he founded East West Partners Club Management Company, which now manages numerous clubs across the United States.

Charlie holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the School of Hospitality Administration at Florida State University. He is also a graduate of the University of North Carolina’s executive education program, the Young Executive’s Institute.

Charlie lives in Chapel Hill, NC with his wife Gail.

Professional Involvement

  • Past President, Finley Foundation Board
  • Past president of the Triangle Hotel/Motel Association
  • Former Commissioner for the Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation Department
  • Past President of the Raleigh – Durham SKAL Club
  • Charter Member of the Chapel Hill Rotary Club
  • Former Chairman of the Legislative Committee for the North Carolina Hotel/Motel Association
  • Member of the National Golf Foundation
  • Member of the Urban Land Institute serving on the Recreation Council
  • Member of the Florida State University Society of Hosts
  • Past Trustee of University Presbyterian Church

Ingrid Wright
Licensed Real Estate Broker

Ingrid WrightIngrid is a Real Estate Broker with East West Partners and East West Realty.

As a licensed real estate broker for over 30 years, Ingrid has spent decades assisting buyers and sellers through the many facets of a real estate transaction. Her expertise stretches from residential real estate to new homes on site and development.
Ingrid started her career in California where, after a few years, she went into management for a large Los Angeles based real estate company and was also a teacher for real estate licensees.

Ingrid moved to North Carolina in the late 1990’s and has since been active in the real estate market in Wake, Orange and Durham Counties both as a broker/owner in the residential real estate field and in new construction.

Ingrid joined East West Partners and East West Realty in the spring of 2013 as the company’s on site broker consultant.

As a native of Sweden, Ingrid speaks several languages with emphasis on the Scandinavian and Germanic languages. She holds a degree in Foreign Trade and Economics.

Ingrid resides with her family in Cary, NC and an avid volunteer within the community and church.

Professional Involvement

  • Licensed Real Estate Broker – North Carolina Real Estate Commission
  • Member – Raleigh Regional Association of Realtors
  • MADD – Past President of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Wake County
  • CAP – Co-Founder and past Director of Cary PD CAP, Citizen Assisting Police