When founding brothers, Doug and Tony Chrisman, first acquired a HUD Section 8 property in their rural hometown, they didn’t yet realize that preservation and production of affordable multifamily rental housing would become the cornerstone of their budding development and management company. In an industry largely focused on urban housing needs, the Chrisman’s concentrated their work in rural areas such as Northeast Oregon, where the company was founded and is headquartered today. Despite the challenges that accompany development and construction in remote settings, they knew that a lack of affordable housing results in profound and long-term damage to the vitality of rural communities, its families, and culture.
As their experience and portfolio grew, the partners determined that a dedicated management company was needed to oversee the operations of the properties, and Viridian Management, Inc. was formed. Today, Viridian Management has grown exponentially, managing thousands of affordable housing units across the Pacific Northwest. With Viridian at the helm of property operations, the development team expanded, building a diverse team to support growth and movement into new areas of Western United States. Though Tony Chrisman retired in 2018, the principles established by the co-founders remain rooted in the company’s values today.