Maple Oaks Team

Maple Oaks is being developed by Three Oaks Communities, which was formed by William J. Godfrey in 2017 to create affordable neighborhoods for middle-income and disabled homebuyers.  Three Oaks Communities strives to build neighborhoods that include a mix of attractive and affordably-priced single-family homes, townhouses, and condominiums.


William J. Godfrey – Founder/Principal

Mr. Godfrey has substantial expertise in real estate acquisition, development, finance, leasing, and management. During his successful 30-year career in the real estate industry, Mr. Godfrey has been an investor, general partner, developer, asset manager, property manager, and senior executive for several real estate investment firms including his own. From 1985 - 1994, Mr. Godfrey served as a senior executive for Balcor-American Express (Chicago), The Related Companies (New York), and McKinley Associates (Ann Arbor). Related and McKinley are two of the fifty largest multifamily owners/managers in the United States. While at McKinley, Mr. Godfrey also formed One Eleven, Inc. in 1992 to acquire, renovate, and manage multifamily student housing next to the University of Michigan campus with his investment partners. In 2003, as their student apartment portfolio grew, Mr. Godfrey and two of his partners formed Three Oaks Group LLC to consolidate and expand their real estate investment activities. By the end of 2007, Three Oaks Group and its affiliates (the “Companies”) had acquired and/or developed more than 1,100,000 square feet of commercial and multifamily real estate in Michigan including the historic Ledyard, Trust, Waters, and Riverview Center Buildings in downtown Grand Rapids. During 2010-15, the Companies sold most of its commercial portfolio while continuing to own and manage its residential portfolio.  Mr. Godfrey earned his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Michigan in 1982.

John Zdanowski – Principal/Project Manager

Mr. Zdanowski is a co-founder of Three Oaks Group LLC and Project Manager for Three Oaks Development.   He has been involved in the local real estate market since 1998 as an investor, manager, and renovator of numerous residential and commercial properties in Michigan, and has been recognized by the cities of Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids for his work on various historic renovation projects.  Prior to forming Three Oaks, Mr. Zdanowski was employed by Microsoft Corporation for 11 years, retiring with distinction in August 2001.  At Microsoft, Mr. Zdanowski successfully built, launched, and managed numerous business units as well as several high-level strategic development projects for the company’s largest corporate accounts, and received the Central Region Manager of the year award in 1997.  Mr. Zdanowski earned his B.A. in Accounting and Financial Administration from Michigan State University in 1983 along with his CPA certificate in 1986.

Bruce Michael – Principal/Project Manager

Mr. Michael has over 35 years of experience in the residential and commercial real estate development industry.  Throughout his career, he has been directly responsible for all aspects of the development process, including feasibility analysis, due diligence, pre-development, architectural design,  engineering, site planning, public entitlements, budgeting, finance, site acquisition, horizontal and vertical construction, property/asset management, and documentation.  Including Maple Oaks, Mr. Michael has been directly involved in the development of more than 1,000 homes in Michigan.  He earned his B.S. in Natural Resources Management in 1977 and his Masters in Urban Planning in 1980 from the University of Michigan.