Philip Welker | Principal | 917.325.4055

Philip started his real estate career working on a $500 million public-private downtown redevelopment project Knoxville, TN. Philip then founded Corniche Development, Inc. which focused on urban infill and historic redevelopment, where he lead acquisition, development, financing, construction, and property management. After attending NYU’s Real Estate Masters Program, he spent three years with Muss Development working on development and investment in New York City. In 2009, he co-founded BNA Associates where he leads the acquisition, development and management of all projects.

Philip holds a Bachelor’s in Finance from the University of Tennessee and a Masters in Real Estate Development from New York University.


Ethan Orley | Principal | 734.223.7880

Ethan began his real estate career acquiring land for single-family residential development on behalf of his multi-generational family real estate company based in Southeastern Michigan.  Upon completing his Masters in Real Estate Finance from NYU, he began work with Manhattan based Rossrock Company in the acquisitions of distressed commercial real estate debt, having underwritten and acquired over $250 million of notes and opportunities.  In 2009, he co-founded BNA Associates where he leads the development and operations of all projects.

Ethan holds a Bachelors in Environmental Policy from the University of Michigan and a Masters in Real Estate Finance from New York University


Craig Bradford, PE | Director, Real Estate Development | 615.490.5276

Craig is a licensed professional engineer and project manager with over 25 years of national and international commercial and industrial development experience.  Before joining BNA Associates in 2015, Craig spent 22 years in the Air Force and Air National Guard serving as an engineering officer and military commander.  He has completed projects throughout the world including Europe, the Middle East, the former Soviet Union, Australia as well as across the United States.  Craig commanded multiple combat and humanitarian missions before retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2015.  He brings a unique combination of engineering and project leadership to BNA Associates, shepherding projects from concept to opening.

Craig holds a Bachelors in Civil Engineering from the University of Maryland at College Park and a Masters in Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.


Brandy Liles, CPA | Controller | 901.484.6477

Brandy Liles started her career in public accounting preparing individual income taxes and audits for school systems in North Carolina. After moving to Tucson, AZ, she became division controller for a publicly traded manufacturer for four years before returning to public accounting. Since then, she has worked with small businesses with every aspect of their financial and tax matters. She joined BNA Associates in 2014 and heads up human resources, reporting and accounting.

Brandy has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a Masters of Science in Accounting from University of North Carolina at Wilmington.


Ashley Earnhardt | Creative Director | 615.566.3340

Ashley Earnhardt brings over fifteen years of marketing and advertising experience from marketing over twenty-five New York Times bestsellers with industry powerhouses Thomas Nelson and Simon & Schuster, to the world of licensing and intellectual property management at Griffin Technology, as well as drafting communication strategies and materials for one of the largest healthcare companies in the world, HCA. She’s now enjoying the never-ending excitement, extensive hustling, and boundless creativity of the hospitality industry, which suits her personality quite well and her professional goals just fine. She brings her signature left-of-center thinking, slight penchant for irreverence and fun, and overt enthusiasm to BNA’s expanding portfolio.

Ashley graduated from USC with a degree in Journalism. Clearly, her original plan did not work out due to the onslaught of the internet at the tail end of the last century… so here she is. She can’t believe that she gets paid to dream up cool ideas and execute them alongside a team of coworkers she’d probably hang out with even if they weren’t employing her. True story.