Kevin Brandes was born and raised in Montgomery County, Maryland. He attended Towson University and, after graduation, worked on the development side of the real estate business. This included gut renovations with underpinning, condominium conversions, and commercial projects. After the real estate crash, he established East Coast Services, a property maintenance company, where Kevin transitioned into managing properties for private owners. While managing properties, he excelled in implementing technology and knowhow to increase client revenues without diminishing tenant services. Kevin oversaw all aspects of maintenance services as well as the leasing division. He kept the occupancy rates at 98% year after year by turning over 90% of vacated units in less than 15 days.