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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
  • Over 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 15 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, 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 Juel

Debra Juel

Vice President of Operations

About
  • Favorite food is Thai – loves all things spicy!
  • Grew up in Wisconsin and escaped the cold to Florida at age 17
  • Enjoys downhill skiing and any outdoor sport
  • Passionate about building great teams and sharing successes together
  • Has a small collection of miniatures
  • Airplane is one of her favorite movies, but she also loves anything with Harrison Ford and Denzel Washington
  • Dreamed about being a physical therapist when she grew up
  • Joined the industry after she was offered a leasing position where she lived
Experience
  • Over 26 years of industry experience
  • Responsible for the overall operations of a portfolio in the Washington DC metro area
  • Debra is active in local apartment associations and holds designations as a Certified Apartment Manager (CAM) and a Certified Apartment Portfolio Supervisor (CAPS)
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Debra Kopolow

Debra Kopolow

Senior 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 for 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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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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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 28 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, underwriting and enhancement of management information systems to improve property operations.
  • Attended University of Miami
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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
  • More than 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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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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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
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Tina Boone

Tina Boone

Vice President

About
  • Pours her heart and soul into lifelong friendships and the magic of Christmas
  • Includes her dachshund, Cooper, in all her family celebrations
  • Unleashes her supportive spirit at every Seattle Seahawks game
  • Collects wine, but only for a short time
  • Identifies with the true southern characters in her favorite movie, Steel Magnolias
  • Became a leasing agent instead of an astronomer because of her natural inclination to dig in and ask questions
Experience
  • Over 21 years of fee and owner operated property management experience
  • Responsible for the operational and financial integrity of Pinnacle’s portfolio across the state of Washington
  • Background includes new, renovated and stabilized properties, team building and new business development
  • Certified Apartment Portfolio Supervisor (CAPS) designation
  • Active member of the Washington State Multi-Family Housing Association
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Lisa McDonnell

Lisa McDonnell

Vice President

About
  • Loves traveling, especially to Italy
  • A New Jersey native that has also lived in Arizona, California and Texas
  • Enjoys fostering dogs, reading, kayaking, and white water rafting
  • Passionate about growing and strengthening her team
  • Bridesmaids (or any comedy that gives a good belly laugh) is her favorite movie
  • Growing up she strived to be a movie producer or a veterinarian
  • Started her career as a leasing agent in Tempe, AZ while attending college and real estate school
Experience
  • Lease up expert with over 12 years in the industry and seven years as a regional manager.
  • Has overseen 30 A+ new construction communities – both conventional and student – ranging from garden, mid-rise and high-rise buildings.
  • Earned Annual Beyond Extraordinary Award in 2016 and Quarterly Beyond Extraordinary Award in 1Q19.
  • IREM member actively pursuing CAPS Certification.
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Amber Anderson

Amber Anderson

Regional Vice President

About
  • Does not discriminate in her love for the taste of Sour Patch Kids (except the green yucky ones), the beauty of the Amalfi Coast, and the fashion flair of nude stilettos
  • Considers herself a minimalist, until it comes to shoes
  • Believes wholeheartedly in nurturing herself and all those around her
  • Insists on trailering, towing and launching her own boat and then enjoys the ride with her fiancé and a bottle of wine
  • Has a passion for proper grammar, greeting cards and emojis
  • Achieved her childhood dream of working internationally on more than one occasion
  • Flew into the multifamily business serendipitously after a Swedish woman on an airplane agreed to mentor her
Experience
  • Over 17 years of multifamily industry experience
  • Adds value to Pinnacle’s Western Division portfolio by lending her operational expertise in Southern California
  • Specializes in all aspects of multifamily management, including team building, new program development, strategic growth and planning, due diligence and budgeting
  • Certified Property Manager, Certified Commercial Investment Member through the Institute of Real Estate Management (candidate)
  • University of Utah graduate
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Denise Holstein

Denise Holstein

Vice President

About
  • Lives her life in support of others
  • Is an avid athlete who has played on both kickball and tennis leagues
  • Loves romantic comedies and all things family
  • Thinks Italian food is always the best choice
  • Studied to become a nurse before switching to the multifamily industry
  • Worked her way through college in a labor and delivery ward
Experience
  • Draws from over 30 years of experience to guide her teams
  • Oversees a diverse portfolio in the Atlanta metropolitan area
  • Active member of the Atlanta Apartment Association
  • Attended the University of New Mexico