Doug Brien is the CEO and co-founder of Mynd Management, a tech-enabled property management and real estate investment company serving the non-institutional sector of the single-family rental (SFR) housing market. A former Super Bowl-winning NFL placekicker, Brien co-founded Mynd in 2016 with Colin Wiel after transforming the SFR investment sector at Starwood Waypoint (NYSE: SWAY), formerly Waypoint Homes. At its height, Waypoint Homes managed a $3-billion portfolio of over 17,000 SFR homes nationwide.
Brien began investing in real estate when he started playing professional football and has always believed that real estate is the greatest wealth creation vehicle in U.S. history. Real estate, however, is also one of the most challenging hard assets in which to invest.
“In the midst of difficulty lies opportunity,” Albert Einstein once said. Brien saw an opportunity to make investing easier for everyone by creating a property management company that delivers the exceptional service he had always desired for his own rental properties. From the success and failures experienced at Waypoint, came the opportunity to disrupt real estate investing with a combination of innovative technology and local market expertise.
Today, Mynd’s mission is to create happy homes and healthy investments, with a goal of managing 100,000 rental properties across the country.
Brien has been named one of Goldman Sachs’ Top 100 Most Innovative Entrepreneurs and earned Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award. The former CEO of Starwood Waypoint (NYSE: SWAY), Brien received a BA from the University of California at Berkeley. He went on to earn an MBA from Tulane University while playing professional football for the New Orleans Saints.
In his spare time, Brien is learning how to hydra-foil behind a wakesurf boat, downhill skis over 30 days a year, strives to mountain bike 1,500 miles a year, and meditates often.
Brien is married to a social-justice lawyer who is about to publish the book “Almost Innocent,” and is a doting father to two daughters and a son.