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Regional Leadership

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Greg Mark

Greg Mark

Senior Vice President

About
  • Loves traveling with his wife
  • Enjoys cooking and spending time with his family and friends
  • Is an avid wine collector
  • His favorite movies feature 007
  • Wanted to be “taller” when he grew up
  • Started as a leasing consultant in Atlanta and worked his way up
Experience
  • 20 years of industry experience
  • Responsible for the oversight of Pinnacle’s East Coast operations
  • Member of the National Apartment Association and the Atlanta Apartment Association; Licensed Georgia Community Association Manager
  • Attended James Madison University and West Virginia University
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David Sorise

David Sorise

Senior Vice President

About
  • Plays guitar in a band that has released two albums
  • Travels to different cities to hear live music
  • Loves relaxing near the water, spending time with family and collecting vintage guitars
  • Wanted to be a professional baseball player growing up
  • Lists Shawshank Redemption as one of his favorite movies
  • Entered the industry as a consultant at PricewaterHouse assisting HUD, Fannie Mae, and USPS real estate
Experience
  • Over 14 years of industry experience in property operations, construction management, acquisitions, and regulatory compliance for institutional multifamily investors
  • Responsible for operations and growth of Pinnacle City Living in New York City
  • Member of the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY), Rent Stabilization  Association (RSA)
  • Graduated from Williams College
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Kevin Charcut,CPM

Kevin Charcut,CPM

Regional Vice President

About
  • Loves traveling, Italy and soccer
  • Aspires to be a powered paraglider pilot
  • Holds the 3 Star British Canoe Union Instructor Designation
  • Is passionate about family, work and Pinnacle
  • Dances with Wolves is his favorite movie
  • Started his multifamily career working at apartments in Kansas City before joining Pinnacle in 2004 as a consultant
Experience
  • 15 years of industry experience
  • Supervises Pinnacle’s Midwest and Great Lakes portfolios
  • Member of Minnesota Multi-Housing Association (Board Member), Institute of Real Estate Management, National Apartment Association, National Association of Realtors
  • Certified Property Manager, Housing Credit Certified Professional (HCCP)
  • Loyola University of Chicago graduate
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Debra Kopolow

Debra Kopolow

Regional Vice President

About
  • Loves spending time with her two sons
  • Is a total film buff and enjoys all genres
  • Collects Pennies from Heaven
  • Is passionate about creating a balanced work, life environment her team
  • Puts the movie Life is Beautiful at the top of her list
  • Left her long-awaited dream of becoming a Flight Attendant after discovering she had motion sickness and re-joined the multifamily industry
Experience
  • 43 years multifamily experience
  • Oversight and execution of operations in the Southwest region
  • Specializes in strategic financial planning, market analysis, team building and maximizing return on investment
  • Certified Property Manager (CPM)
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Christian H. Davis 

Christian H. Davis 

Regional Vice President

About
  • Sailing and bacon are among his favorite things
  • Plays guitar and sings in a band
  • Collects and restores classic cars
  • Loves motorsport memorabilia and hot rod reconstruction
  • Wanted to be a filmmaker when he grew up
  • Entered the multifamily arena in 1990 through a summer leasing agent job
Experience
  • Over 25 years real estate experience
  • Responsible for Pinnacle’s California operations and a portfolio of over 12,000 units
  • Licensed California Broker
  • President of the San Diego County Apartment Association, Member of the American Sail Training Association
  • Pepperdine University graduate
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Russ Peterson

Russ Peterson

Regional Vice President

About
  • Is passionate about new business and ensuring integrity in daily business
  • Hawaii is one of his favorite places
  • Worked as a bartender in college to assist in paying tuition
  • Loves going to the movies and collecting sports memorabilia
  • Aspired to be an Accountant
  • Entered the business through a management trainee program for a developer/owner/operator
Experience
  • 31 years of industry experience
  • Oversees Pinnacle operations in Oregon, Southwest Washington and Utah
  • Member of Institute of Real Estate Management
  • Licensed Real Estate Broker in Oregon, Washington and Utah
  • Graduated from University of North Dakota
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Keith Tartamella

Keith Tartamella

Regional Vice President

About
  • Mom’s chicken cutlets top his list of favorite things
  • Spent a year traveling and immersing himself in all things Italian
  • Never grows tired of the movie Field of Dreams
  • Makes a hobby out of home brewing, golfing, playing guitar and exploring new places
  • Is passionate about his wife and three children
  • Traded his dream of becoming a rock star or travel guide to make a difference in the multifamily arena
Experience
  • Over 13 years of industry experience
  • Oversees a portfolio of communities spanning from Rhode Island to Southern Virginia
  • Specializes in multifamily operations and finance, team building, process development, technology implementation and capital improvements
  • Graduated from Marist College, Bachelor of Business Administration
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Melonie Shamley

Melonie Shamley

Vice President

About
  • Enjoys traveling and experiencing new things
  • Prefers to raise her own beef
  • Treasures every opportunity to watch her kids play baseball
  • Surrounds herself with family and trustworthy friends
  • Thought she would have a career in advertising or retail when she was young
  • Entered the business after taking a property management class that offered free apartments
Experience
  • 23 years of industry experience
  • Specializes in team building and client relations in the Washington market
  • Licensed Washington Broker and Accredited Residential Manager
  • 2012 WMFHA Portfolio Manager of the Year
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Tina Christiansen

Tina Christiansen

Vice President

About
  • Loves traveling, seeing new places and spending time with my family
  • Started in the industry as a part-time leasing agent and was promoted through five different positions before earning the role of vice president
  • Spends free time baking and playing golf
  • Feels passionate about helping people
  • Enjoys the movie Dead Poets Society
  • Would have been a teacher if she had the patience to deal with certain unruly children
  • Was recruited into the business by a few property managers while managing a retail store
Experience
  • 23 years of industry experience
  • Oversees a large portfolio in Washington and seven Regional Property Managers
  • Stabilized, affordable, garden, lease-up and renovations product expert
  • Licensed Washington State Real Estate Broker
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Michele Butler

Michele Butler

Regional Vice President

About
  • Loves her work/life balance and feels empowered by both her career and motherhood
  • Taught conversational English in South Korea
  • Finds yard work therapeutic
  • Dreamed of being a banker when she grew up because she loved counting money and understood that banks had a lot of it
  • Pretty Woman is at the top of her movie list
  • Learned the multifamily industry as a military wife because she found jobs easily each time her husband was transferred
Experience
  • Over 20 years of industry experience as a tenured leader in the Dallas/Fort Worth area
  • Oversees the North Texas portfolio while providing leadership support and driving revenue for clients and investors
  • Specializes in lease-ups and high volume renovations with institutional clients
  • Holds Texas Real Estate License
  • Graduated from Tarleton State University (Texas A&M detachment)
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Tracy Slappey-Scott

Tracy Slappey-Scott

Regional Vice President

About
  • Loves spending time with her husband and toddler twins
  • Was crowned Miss Junior Orange Bowl
  • Spends time catching up on “Days of our Lives” when everyone in the house is asleep
  • Has an unconventional collection of shopping receipts for shoes, handbags and sunglasses
  • Never tires of the original movie, Grease
  • Thought she might be a nurse when she grew up
  • Entered the multifamily industry after her father swayed her toward a leasing agent position at a golf course property because he hoped she would meet and marry a professional golfer
Experience
  • Over 25 years of industry experience with all product types
  • Oversees Pinnacle’s Central Texas portfolio, with a focus on the major markets of Austin and San Antonio
  • Specializes in strategic planning, competitive market research, budget development, and enhancement of management information systems to improve property operations.
  • Attended University of Miami
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Brenda Gammie

Brenda Gammie

Vice President

About
  • Insists on staying active and pushing her physical limits as an Ironman Triathlete
  • Enriches her life by adopting rescue dogs
  • Enjoys traveling and spending time outdoors with her husband and family
  • Connects with the movie Hoosiers as a former basketball player
  • Once thought of pursuing a career as a DEA Agent
  • Turned a former weekend apartment leasing position into a high-level multifamily leadership role
Experience
  • 19 years of multifamily management experience with new developments, renovations and value-add assets
  • Heavily focused on driving financial efficiency and productivity, team building, market analysis and building a higher return on investment
  • Certified Property Manager (CPM) Candidate; California Real Estate License
  • Attended Kings River College
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Joe Renaud

Joe Renaud

Vice President

About
  • Enjoys golf, watching football and spending time with his family and friends
  • Sees his reflection in an identical twin brother
  • Finds solace in his annual vacation to Ocean Isle, North Carolina with his wife and son
  • Would admittedly adopt every dog and cat in the world, if he could
  • Wall Street is his all-time favorite movie
  • Wanted to be an actor or a banker when he grew up
  • Became familiar with the multifamily industry as a banking underwriter before learning all sides of lending, asset management, acquisitions and operations
Experience
  • Over 17 years of industry experience managing more than 25,000 multifamily units and $40 million in renovation projects
  • Oversees a portfolio of properties in Georgia, North and South Carolina and Florida Panhandle.
  • Member of Atlanta Apartment Association and Apartment Association of Greater Orlando; CCIM Candidate
  • Graduated from University of Louisiana
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Theresa Steen

Theresa Steen

Vice President

About
  • Often puts her hiking and running shoes to the test
  • Loves to get lost in a good book or movie
  • Is passionate about rescuing women from human trafficking
  • Learned to take the lead as the oldest of five children
  • Wanted to be a teacher or a nurse
  • Started in the business as a leasing agent
Experience
  • Joined Pinnacle’s growing East Coast region in 2016
  • Has 25 years of industry experience
  • Oversees a portfolio of properties in Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee and The Carolinas
  • Holds designations as a Certified Apartment Portfolio Supervisor (CAPS) and Housing Credit Certified Professional (HCCP)
  • Attended University of Missouri – Saint Louis
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Joe Springsteen

Joe Springsteen

Vice President

About
  • Takes adventure to a new level by parasailing in Switzerland, running with the bulls in Pamplona, and stand-up paddle boarding on various waterways
  • Stewards his children to pursue their dreams and always enjoys mentoring team members
  • Has over 40 stamps in his passport
  • Loves country music and watching the Bourne movies
  • Remembers wanting to be a secret agent after reading Ian Fleming books as a child
  • Worked as a DJ in college
  • Started in the multifamily industry as an asset manager after deciding that law was not his ideal career
Experience
  • More than 15 years of industry experience
  • Oversees a portfolio of properties across Florida
  • Certified Commercial Investment Management (CCIM) designation
  • Member of the Florida Apartment Association and National Multifamily Housing Council
  • Graduated from University of Florida, B.A.; and Mercer Law School, J.D.
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John Ferraccio

John Ferraccio

Vice President

About
  • His passion for hometown Steelers, Pirates, Penguins and Pitt Panthers runs deep.
  • Enjoys attending sporting events with friends, beer, and a hot dog.
  • Never met a chocolate chip cookie or a piece of apple pie he didn’t like.
  • Feels like he’s collecting more gray hair than anything else lately.
  • The Godfather, Life is Beautiful and Pulp Fiction all top his list of movie favorites.
  • Aspired to be as good of a person as his Grandmother when he grew up.
  • His career path in multifamily started on site as a Property Manager.
Experience
  • More than 15 years of industry experience with conventional, lease-up, rehab, mixed-use, student and LIHTC properties within multiple markets in Texas, Florida and Pennsylvania
  • Oversees the operations of apartment homes across Florida and provides asset management for a portfolio in Texas, North Carolina, Tennessee and Arizona
  • Member of the National Apartment Association and Texas Apartment Association
  • Attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania
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Mark DeGraff

Mark DeGraff

Vice President

About
  • Boating and swimming in Lake Tahoe with his family is one of his favorite activities
  • Has an affinity for cars, owning over 30 since the age of 16
  • Enjoys snow skiing, watching his kid’s softball games, and relaxing in the sun on a quiet beach
  • Gets a good laugh every time he watches National Lampoon’s Vacation
  • Thought about going into residential real estate sales when he was young
  • Entered the multifamily business right out of college as a leasing agent in Boulder, Colorado
Experience
  • Over 22 years of industry experience
  • Responsible for the oversight of Pinnacle’s Northern California operations
  • California Real Estate License, Novogradac Tax Credit Certification
  • Graduated from California State University, Chico
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Amy Cooley

Amy Cooley

Vice President, Colorado

About
  • Would rather be in Paris than anywhere else in the world
  • Keeps her ear tuned to Classic Rock, especially Led Zeppelin
  • Enjoys relaxing with a glass of red wine and charcuterie
  • Frankly, my dear, she loves the movie Gone with the Wind
  • Destroyed her childhood dream of becoming both a fashion designer and an astronaut when she took that first multifamily leasing consultant job
  • Considers herself quite the foodie
Experience
  • Over 21 years of industry experience
  • Oversees Pinnacle’s Colorado portfolio by driving performance for clients and enhancing team member’s careers
  • Designated Certified Apartment Manager and Certified Property Manager
  • Holds an active Colorado Real Estate Broker License
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Alex Sampson

Alex Sampson

Vice President, Arizona

About
  • Feels that college football and pizza are a match made in heaven
  • Shares equal passion for finance, real estate, current events and the Cornhuskers
  • Adorns his Christmas tree with nostalgic reminders of places he has visited
  • Named his Golden Retriever, Lincoln, after his alma mater
  • Top Gun inspired this military child to dream of becoming a fighter pilot
  • Joined the industry as an intern in multifamily brokerage
Experience
  • Over 7 years of industry experience with a background in all aspects of multifamily acquisition, disposition, development, new business and financial analysis
  • Responsible for operations in Arizona and guiding the company’s expansion efforts across the state
  • Holds Arizona Real Estate License
  • Graduated from the University of Nebraska
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Melissa Herrera

Melissa Herrera

Regional Vice President

About
  • Unwinds with red wine, chips and salsa and fresh veggies
  • Knows a thing or two about country western dancing
  • Does not play favorites when it comes to her collection of artwork and shoes
  • Dreamed big about her future, hoping to become a television anchor, attorney or teacher
  • Followed two sorority sisters into the multifamily industry when she started working as a leasing consultant
  • Loves watching The Thomas Crown Affair and Sex in the City
  • Places great emphasis on staying healthy, volunteering, family and rescuing animals
Experience
  • More than 26 years of industry experience with a background in team building, driving efficiencies, client care and strategic development of assets
  • Oversees a diverse 6,400 unit portfolio in the Houston metro area comprised of all property types
  • Certified Apartment Portfolio Supervisor (CAPS)
  • Graduated from Austin Peay State University, Bachelors of Science in Mass Communications