Zeke Turner

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. 

Nicole Bickett

Chief Administrative Officer

Nicole Bickett is known for her positive leadership in problem-solving and detail oriented process implementation to optimize growth. In her role as chief administrative officer, Nicole oversees Mainstreet’s strategy, program development, process optimization, information technology, human resources, facilities management, marketing, culture and infrastructure of the organization.

Nicole came to Mainstreet with a diverse background in project management, sales and marketing, process improvement, solutions implementation and human resources management. Seeing the same process needs reflected across industries over her more than 20-year career, Nicole founded VisionBridge Consulting firm. Dedicated to improving businesses through building, streamlining and documenting systems that increase productivity and profitability. After consulting to define and improve company processes at Mainstreet for a year, Nicole joined the Mainstreet team full-time in August 2011.

Nicole earned 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.

Jennifer Pressley

Chief Financial Officer 

Jennifer Pressley stands on more than 20 years experience in insurance. As the chief financial officer of insurance at Mainstreet, Jennifer oversees all insurance team initiatives including designing investment products and ensures Mainstreet’s corporate risks are effectively and efficiently insured.

Prior to joining Mainstreet, Ms. Pressley served as chief accounting officer of OneAmerica Financial Partners, a life and health insurance holding company with over $35 billion in assets; and she spent time with an SEC registrant as senior vice president of internal audit with a lead in guiding Sarbanes-Oxley implementation. Jennifer has extensive experience in finance, mergers and acquisitions, risk management and internal controls over financial reporting. She has successfully implemented various finance initiatives relating to complex areas including convertible debt, derivatives, business combinations and other strategies.

Jennifer began her career with the State of Indiana Department of Insurance. She also served at PricewaterhouseCoopers and OneAmerica Financial Partners, Inc. Most recently, Jennifer was senior vice president of internal audit at Stonegate Mortgage Corporation.

Jennifer earned a bachelor’s in accounting from Ball State University, as well as the Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Series. She is also a certified public accountant and an active member of Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, where she teaches Sunday school and serves as a treasurer.


CJ Lukaart

Executive Vice President – Production / General Counsel

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.

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Senior Vice President of Business Development

Darryl Wellinghoff is the senior vice president of business development at Mainstreet. He oversees all aspects of business development, including identifying opportunities, building partnerships and creating long-term strategic vision.

Mr. Wellinghoff’s career in the health care industry spans more than 15 years, mostly at The Medicines Company, where he rose to senior vice president over the Americas. While at The Medicines Company, he led the sales organization through five simultaneous product launches that spanned three pathways of care, landing him the company MVP award 10 times. He’s also been recognized by the Duke Clinical Research Institute for his leadership in reducing heart attack mortality rates.

Darryl earned his bachelor’s degree from Florida State University. He enjoys traveling, boating, skiing, and spending time with his wife Colleen their three teenagers. He’s served on the boards for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation—Tidewater and is part of the American College of
Healthcare Executives.

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Justin Farris

Managing Director – Private Investment Holdings

Justin Farris joined Mainstreet Student Living in 2015 and serves as the Managing Director, bringing over 15 years of experience in the student housing industry to the table.

Prior to Mainstreet, his career spanned a variety firms specializing in the development and management of student housing and multi-family investment. Most recently, Justin served as vice president at Birge & Held, but his experience also includes positions at Trinitas, Greystone, Edwards Companies, Gene B Glick, and Barrett & Stokely.

Justin is an active member of local, state, and national Apartment Associations, as well as the Urban Land Institute. His expertise allows him to lead the launch of Mainstreet Student Living, including the completion and opening of its first development in August of 2016.

Justin holds a bachelor’s degree from Ball State University with a major in advertising, marketing, and public relations.

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Managing Director - Mainstreet Private Equity

Derrick Smith is the managing director of private investment holdings at Mainstreet, a national company specializing in real estate, value investments and health care. Mr Smith is responsible for all lower-middle market business acquisitions, including due diligence, capital formation and value creation. He also serves as the chairman of KIHM Metal Technologies and Capital Lighting, two family-owned companies focusing on aerospace and lighting, respectively.

Prior to joining Mainstreet, Mr. Smith launched the independent private equity business search company HTB Holdings, LLC, which focused on the health care, aerospace, food and agriculture industries. His experience also includes time at CHV Capital, the venture capital arm of Indiana University Health, serving as a senior associate responsible for leading four health care IT and medical device investments. While at CHV Capital, Mr. Smith served as the vice president of operations for Indiana University Health’s international management company, University Health Management.

Mr. Smith holds a B.A. from Indiana University and a dual MBA/MHA from Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis. 

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Erik Hansen

Chief Executive Officer – Mainstreet Capital Partners

As the CEO and CCO of Mainstreet Capital Partners, Erik Hansen oversees the day-to-day operations in addition to reviewing and enforcing applicable regulations.

Before Mainstreet, he served as vice president and assistant general counsel for OneAmerica Financial Partners. While at OneAmerica, he also served as legal counsel to OneAmerica’s broker-dealer and as the chief compliance officer for OneAmerica Funds. His career also includes working for Bracewell LLP in the complex commercial litigation and white collar practice groups, and Barnes & Thornburg LLP in the commercial litigation practice group.

Mr. Hansen holds a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and earned his J.D. from Boston University School of Law. He holds Series 7/24 certifications from FINRA. He lives in Indianapolis with his family, volunteers with Starfish Initiative, and serves on the Brebeuf Jesuit Prep School Alumni Board.