Founder and CEO
Zeke Turner left a job on Wall Street at the age of 25 to bring his entrepreneurial spirit and international experience back to his home state of Indiana. He founded Mainstreet in 2002 with only $10,000 and a mission to transform the way health care is delivered. Today Mainstreet is the nation's largest developer of transitional care properties.
Mainstreet's innovation and strategic vision, supported by access to capital, have been the keys to success. Mr. Turner and his team took the Mainstreet senior housing and care portfolio public as HealthLease Properties REIT (HLP) on the Toronto Stock Exchange in 2012 with an initial offering of $121 million. Mr. Turner, 38, was the chairman and CEO of HLP. In November 2014, Mainstreet and Health Care REIT, Inc. (HCN) finalized a $2.3 billion partnership, which, in part, included HCN acquiring HLP.
Mr. Turner is a sought-after speaker and is regularly interviewed by trade publications and national media outlets, including Bloomberg TV, CNBC, Fox Business and The Wall Street Journal.
He has received numerous local and national awards. Most recently, EY (Ernst & Young) named Mr. Turner the 2015 Entrepreneur of the Year for the Ohio Valley region in the real estate design, construction and lodging category. In 2014, Real Estate Forum magazine named Mr. Turner to its “50 Under 40” class.
Mr. Turner graduated cum laude from Taylor University, where he earned bachelor’s degrees in both international business (with finance and economic concentrations) and business administration/systems.
He and his wife, Milissa, have seven children - all 10 years old and younger - and live in Carmel, Indiana. They are members of Harvest Bible Chapel North Indy.
Chief Financial Officer
Adlai Chester joined Mainstreet in April 2009 and currently serves as chief financial officer, overseeing all of the company's financial activities.
Mr. Chester began his career in public accounting working as an auditor with PricewaterhouseCoopers and Whitinger & Company, LLC. He then left public accounting and served as the CFO for a telecommunications company where he was instrumental in the sale of one of its most profitable divisions to Comcast. During his time as CFO, he played a significant role in business development, cost and cash management, and oversaw the accounting and human resource departments.
Mr. Chester was a faculty member in the accounting department at Ball State University for several years. His main focus was managerial accounting and financial statement analysis. He used his more than eight years of work experience to help students understand that financial statement analysis plays a key role in almost all business decisions.
He has received several awards. Most recently, the Indianapolis Business Journal (IBJ) named Mr. Chester to its 2015 "Forty Under 40" class. In 2014, the IBJ named Mr. Chester CFO of the Year for private companies under $100 million in revenue.
Mr. Chester obtained bachelor's and master's degrees in accounting from Ball State University.
He has served on various community-based nonprofit boards. He enjoys running, traveling, reading and spending time with his wife, Amanda, and their six children.
Chief Administrative Officer
Nicole Bickett is the chief administrative officer, overseeing Mainstreet’s administration, including strategy, program development, process optimization, information technology, human resources, facilities management, marketing, culture and infrastructure of the organization.
Ms. Bickett has a diverse background in project management, sales and marketing, process improvement, solutions implementation and human resources management. Over her 20-plus-year career, she has worked in the information technology, marketing and travel industries, and managed major accounts for a national consulting firm. In 2003, she started her own consulting firm dedicated to helping businesses build, streamline, and document systems to increase productivity and profitability. In August 2011, she joined Mainstreet after working with the executive team for a year to help define and improve company processes.
Ms. Bickett holds a B.A. from Indiana University and an MBA from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.
She is a volunteer with Christian Youth Theatre, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana, Dress for Success and the Dayspring Center.
Executive Vice President - Investments
Scott White is the executive vice president of investments with more than 15 years of Wall Street experience. He is responsible for capital development, REIT relationships and strategic initiatives. He also heads Mainstreet Capital Partners, Mainstreet's broker-dealer.
Prior to joining Mainstreet in April 2013, Mr. White served as a senior vice president in the private funds group of Brookfield Asset Management, where he was responsible for raising capital for various alternative asset vehicles across real estate, private equity and infrastructure.
His career experience also includes a tenure as director and head of deal management at Citigroup’s Alternatives Distribution Group. At Citigroup, he advised clients on alternative capital raising activities in private equity, real estate, hedge and infrastructure funds. Mr. White was responsible for executing 25 capital raising assignments at over $30 billion. Before focusing his career on alternative assets, he was part of the healthcare group at Citi’s Investment Bank, working with clients in the healthcare sector on M&A and capital raising assignments. He began his career in public accounting as an auditor for PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Mr. White earned a bachelor’s degree with highest honors in political science and journalism from Rutgers University. He received his MBA from Rutgers Graduate School of Management and his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He is a certified public accountant, is admitted to the bars of New York and New Jersey, and holds securities industry FINRA licenses Series 7, 24 and 63.
Mr. White is married to his high school sweetheart, Jenn, and they have two daughters. He is a dedicated endurance athlete with 11 marathons and an Ironman triathlon under his belt. He enjoys playing soccer and coaching his daughter’s team, as well as golf, wine, travel and Rutgers athletics. He is also a member of the Rutgers Board of Overseers.
Christopher J. Lukaart has served as Mainstreet's general counsel since 2008. In this role, he oversees and manages all legal affairs for Mainstreet. He is responsible for a wide range of legal issues that relate to Mainstreet's activities, operations and mission, including employment matters, government affairs, intellectual property matters, contract development and review, mergers and acquisitions, and real estate development. Mr. Lukaart is also responsible for the management and oversight of Mainstreet's outside legal service providers.
Before entering private practice, Mr. Lukaart served as an appellate clerk for the Indiana Court of Appeals. He most recently practiced with Krieg DeVault LLP, focusing on commercial real estate acquisitions and development.
Mr. Lukaart graduated from Valparaiso University Law School magna cum laude in 2000. He is currently licensed to practice law in both Indiana and Michigan.
Senior Vice President - Finance
Scott Higgs is the senior vice president of finance at Mainstreet and is responsible for streamlining Mainstreet’s financial organization and continuing to grow the company’s financial capabilities. Since starting with Mainstreet, Mr. Higgs has raised hundreds of millions of dollars of debt financing, and has assisted in raising significant equity and mezzanine financing.
Prior to joining Mainstreet, Mr. Higgs was a senior manager in the audit practice at KPMG LLP, where he served a variety of industries, including real estate, software and manufacturing. He has significant experience working with public companies, including multiple initial public offerings.
Mr. Higgs earned his bachelor's degree in accounting, with highest honors, from Butler University. He is a certified public accountant and a member of the AICPA. He is the chairman of the board of directors of Play Ball Indiana and is a committee member for the Alzheimer’s Association of Indiana.
Senior Vice President of Mainstreet Health
Gary Smith is Mainstreet's senior vice president of Mainstreet Health. He oversees operational joint ventures, manages strategic opportunities within health care technology and works to build industry partnerships.
Mr. Smith has extensive experience in the health care industry. Most recently at Encore Healthcare, he served as senior vice president of operations for a portfolio of 30 acute care and post-acute facilities, which included strategic development with ACO contracts. Previously, he co-founded and was vice president of administration/acquisitions at American Care Communities, Inc., acquiring a portfolio of 28 assisted living centers over four years. He also worked at Beverly Enterprises/Golden Living as a project manager in the construction/development division.
Mr. Smith has a passion for sustainable farming and local-based food distribution, which he pursues through his organic farm in Kentucky, several local food association boards and a farm-to-school food program.
He graduated from the University of Florida and studied business administration at Morehead State University.