Your Executive Team.
Industry experts Ross McCallister and Ken McElroy joined forces in 1985 to build a partnership based on their strengths and decades of experience and success. While Ross and Ken share a common goal of delivering exceptional service, results and return on investment, they each bring a unique owner/investor/manager perspective to MC Companies. An invaluable advantage to you.
> Ken McElroy
Principal, Ken McElroy oversees the company’s asset portfolio and leads the day-to-day operations including financial and operating analysis, investor relations and business development. An industry veteran, Ken served in leadership roles in multi-family asset and property management for more than 20 years. He is also an expert in development, project/construction management, investment analysis and acquisitions/dispositions, as well as business development and client relations.
Ken is an advisor to Robert Kiyosaki of The Rich Dad Company, and wrote numerous books and audio programs, including How to Increase the Income from your Real Estate Investments, (available at Rich Dad). Ken also hosted WS Radio's weekly Entrepreneur Magazine's Real Estate Radio Program.
In 2004, Ken wrote his first best-selling book, The ABC's of Real Estate Investing. He recently published his second book about multi-family management and real estate investing, Rich Dad’s Advisors: The Advanced Guide to Real Estate Investing. For more information about Ken McElroy or his books, visit www.kenmcelroy.com.
Ken and his family live in Scottsdale, Arizona where they enjoy various sports and outdoor activities year round. Two of his favorite pastimes are coaching his children’s sports activities and golfing.
In his own words:
"The McCallister - McElroy partnership works: our combined core strengths create value and is the foundation for the company we built. For us, a culture of partnership isn’t something we hang on the wall. It’s something we actually live minute-by-minute when we bring on a new property management contract, run the numbers on an apartment community we’re thinking about buying or map out the strategic direction for our company in the coming year. It’s our mutual respect, our respective talents and our combined actions that come into play and create our commitment to Sharing the Good Life with our families, friends, investors, employees and our family of community residents."
> Ross McCallister:
Principal, Ross McCallister spearheads construction and business development operations including acquisition, investment analysis, financing, project management, and client relations. A 30-year expert in real estate development and finance, Ross developed and constructed multi-family communities and managed condominium conversion projects in excess of $300 million throughout Arizona, Oregon, and Nevada. Prior to founding MC Companies with Ken McElroy, Ross was President of The McCallister Co., a real estate syndication and property management firm. He is both a licensed real estate broker and licensed general contractor.
A believer in giving back, Ross served the real estate industry and Tucson community throughout the course of his career. He is past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Arizona Multi-Housing Association and past Chairman of Metropolitan Tucson Housing Commission. Since 2002, he’s served as a member of the Office of the Governor's Arizona Housing Finance Authority Board.
Ross and his wife enjoy an active outdoor lifestyle in Tucson, Arizona. A father and grandfather, he enjoys spending time and relaxing with his family. Some of his favorite activities include golf, cycling and skiing.
In his own words:
"It’s common for our investors and business partners to be friends and family. If they didn’t start out that way, they end up that way. Ken McElroy and I built this company based on solid values, experience and credibility. And, it’s the same today; each investment property in our portfolio must meet certain criteria. We believe in Sharing the Good Life with our families, friends, investors, employees and our community residents."
> Lesley Brice:
Partner and CEO of MC Residential of Texas, LLC, and President of MC Management, LLC, Lesley Brice oversees property management on both the corporate and property levels. Beginning her real estate career more than 20 years ago, Lesley has extensive experience in multi-family housing. She served in a wide variety of roles in real estate development, investment, asset management, and condominium conversion. Lesley is a visionary entrepreneur with a genuine sense of ownership and pride for the properties she oversees.
Lesley began her career as a resident services agent at a very large apartment community and worked her way through the ranks—gaining expertise in leasing, and as a corporate housing agent, assistant manager, manager, asset manager—to her current position of president of MC Management.
She holds a Broker's license and sits on the Arizona Multi-housing Association's (AMA) Board of Directors. She serves as Treasurer on the board’s Executive Committee and is the immediate past Education Chairwoman. As a leader in the Multi-housing industry, Lesley believes in the value of education and provides challenging opportunities to her employees. She is a delegate to the National Apartment Association, a member of the Arizona Commercial Real Estate Women (AZ CREW; www.arizonacrew.org), the Scottsdale Area Association of Realtors (SAAR* www.saaronline.com), and the National Association of Realtors (NAR)*.
Lesley was a finalist for AMA's Property Supervisor of the Year in 2005, and her properties and employees have been recognized as candidates and finalists for AMA Tributes Awards. She also is involved in UMOM's Big Hearts for Little Hands campaign, working to end homelessness in Arizona.
Lesley and her husband live in Glendale, Arizona with their three children. In addition to spending time with her family, she enjoys outdoor activities and in her spare time she loves cooking, reading and traveling.
In her own words:
"As partner, CEO and president of the management companies, I focus on communication and mentoring our team to successfully manage all assets placed in our care. It is very gratifying to see what started as a good deal on paper develop into a flourishing asset for its investors; a satisfying and positive place for our team members to work; and a quality and comfortable place for our residents to call home. These things combined are our foundation that allows us to Share the Good Life."
* With the SAAR & NAR membership comes the designation of Realtor.
> Terri Orpet:
Vice President of Investor Relations and Legal Affairs, Terri Orpet, steers MC Companies’ management and investor relations functions. She manages company legal affairs, insurance and risk management, corporate development, and strategic planning. Since joining MC Companies in 2005, Terri has developed and directed the company’s investor relations activities. She’s streamlined many of the company’s administrative processes and procedures, resulting in greater overall productivity.
Prior to MC Companies, Terri put her paralegal degree to work as an intellectual property paralegal for a high tech company in Seattle, Washington. It was there where she developed a strong legal and administrative background.
Terri and her family live in Fountain Hills, Arizona. She enjoys outdoor activities including golf, hiking and vacationing in San Diego.
In her own words:
"It’s our priority to respond to investor requests as quickly as possible. I’m the ‘point of contact’ for all our investors – they know they can count on me to answer their questions and respond to their individual requests. Providing a high level of service is one of our ways of Sharing the Good Life with our family of investors, employees and community residents."
Your Accounting and Administration Teams. - top
The MC Accounting and Administrative Teams are at work behind the scenes to keep the property management cycle flowing smoothly. Meet the Teams behind the Team!
Scottsdale, Arizona Team
> Freddie Thornton, MC Senior Accountant
Freddie joined MC Companies in 2004 and currently supervises a team of 3 property management accounts to provide clients with accurate financial reporting. In addition to supervising the team, Freddie has accounting responsibilities for 6 properties.
Working in the property management industry since 1994, Freddie started her career as leasing agent, then property management where she quickly developed a reputation for rescuing troubled assets. Freddie has worked in nearly every position in property management including maintenance! Freddie was CAM certified during her tenure on the operational side of property management.
Freddie loves to play softball and has been on the same co-ed softball team for 6 years!
Darts, water volleyball and Trivia Pursuits round off Freddie’s interests.
“‘Sharing the Good Life’ – Means our clients, our residents, our business associates and our employees are always equally the most important aspect of why we are here every day.”
> Judy C Reynolds, Regional Accounting Manager
Judy is a 20 year veteran in the property management industry. Joining MC Companies in 1992 Judy is the Regional Accounting Manager and is responsible for leading the company’s team of portfolio accountants thru the process of maintaining financial information for its clients. Financials are tailored to individual clients needs and Judy’s department provides them with accurate and timely information, in a ways that best suites their specific requirements. Judy’s team strives to provide a monthly financial package that will enable our clients, in cooperation with our asset management team, to make the most informed decisions for their asset.
Prior to MC Companies, Judy was corporate controller for Mark/Taylor, a property management and development company. Judy had oversight of the property management and developer accounting divisions.
Judy lives in Phoenix, surrounded by family and a number of close and valued friends. Judy has a busy and active life - being with friends and family doing "whatever". Judy believe TIVO to be the greatest invention of modern time
“’Sharing the Good Life’ is all about giving back. On a community basis, or one-on-one, in whatever way my spirit leads. I have been blessed in so many ways and feel a cherished duty to others.”
> Katrina Kunz, MC Property Accountant
Katrina joined the MC Companies team in January of 2009 and is responsible for completing the Financial Statements for a portion of the portfolio properties. Katrina works closely with the property managers to make sure that the reporting is accurate and reliable, and that we have a current financial picture of the property’s performance.
Prior to joining MC Companies, Katrina was a staff accountant for Envision Hospital Corporation where responsibilities included seting up subsidiary companies, preparing financials, and coordinating employee benefits and insurance policies for five hospitals. An entrepreneur, Katrina previously owned and operated four Dunkin Donuts/Baskin Robbins stores in Phoenix. Katrina began her career in the early 1990’s as a staff accountant at Sysco Intermountain Food Service in Utah completing weekly financial statements for the company. Katrina received her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a minor in Real Estate from California State University, Northridge.
Katrina spends her free time with her five kids, the dog and the cat, hanging around the pool. Cooking, scrapbooking, hiking, and snow/water skiing are other favorite activities. Katrina loves to travel and recently visited the Greek Isles and Turkey. A believer of “giving back” Katrina donates a large amount of time helping a youth organization that prepares young men to lead successful, happy, and productive lives. They learn leadership skills, communication skills, public speaking, how to organize a fund-raiser from beginning to end, how to help in their community and how to have good clean fun. I also work closely and admire Big Brothers/Big Sisters organization. Big Brothers and Sisters have been a large part of Katrina’s family life for the past five years.
> Kimberly Wingert, Accounts Payable Clerk
Kimberly joined the MC Team in January 26, 2009. Working with the Property Management Team, Kimberly is responsible for the Accounts Payables for the MC properties. Kimberly has an Associates degree in Business Administration and is continuing her studies in Psychology. Kimberly has been involved with FBLA and several internship experience programs. Kimberly lives in Phoenix and enjoys outdoor activities and studies Karate.
> Paula Thomas, Accounting
Paula Thomas joined MC Companies’ accounting team in October 2007. Responsible for corporate A/R and A/P, Paula works closely with the other members of the team to process monthly, quarterly and annual financials.
A 10 year property management industry veteran, Paula has worked with a number of Homeowners Associations and finds accounting fascinating and a never-ending learning experience.
Paula is a native Phoenician and has watched Phoenix and its surrounding cities develop.
“We’ve all experienced difficult times. Sharing whatever you can, whenever you can, to me is the meaning of ‘Sharing the Good Life’. Sometimes the smallest gesture you think you’ve made makes a world of difference for someone else.”
> Susan Burzynski, Property Management Accountant
Since joining MC Companies in April of 2007, Susan has held several positions in operations, inside and outside sales, and accounting. Currently working in the property management accounting group, Susan is the accountant for 13 MC managed properties. She is responsible for account reconciliation, budget comparison, and financial statements. In early 2007 Susan was the operations manager for Short Term Housing.
Before moving to Phoenix in 2007, Susan spent 14 years as an operations manager for an industrial abrasives manufacturer headquartered in Switzerland. Susan was responsible for Customer Service, Inside Sales, Human Resources, and Inventory Control/Cost Accounting. During my employment with them, I managed one of their branch manufacturing plants and sales offices in Phoenix, increasing west coast sales by 35%. For the last 2 years of my work for the company, as part of my operations management duties, I was responsible for full charge bookkeeping for the automotive products division, including account reconciliation, fixed asset management, and financial statements. Susan holds a Bachelors Degree, majoring in American Studies, with a second major in French, and a minor in English.
“I donate time and financial support to several local and national charities as my way of “Sharing the Good Life.”
> Susan Leichter, Payroll and Benefits Manager
Susan joined the MC Companies team in 1999 and currently oversees the payroll department and human resources including the company’s employee benefits. With more than 15 years experience in property management, Susan continues to seek ways to improve the company’s benefits and human resources practices.
Prior to joining the team at MC Companies, Susan worked for Sureway, Lincoln Property Company and Mark-Taylor Company. Prior to moving to Arizona, Susan worked in retail accounting in New Jersey for more than 20 years.
Your Construction Team. - top
> John Krauss, Construction Manager / Project Manager
Wearing many hats for Multifamily Building Specialists, the construction arm of MC Companies, John is responsible for obtaining bids and negotiating with subcontractors on upcoming projects, doing value engineering on plans for new projects, overseeing field superintendents, maintaining various reports on construction progress, obtaining proper City and County permits and liaison with inspectors. In addition, John has current knowledge of building and construction codes, fire and OSHA regulation and HUD and LIHTC requirements. His experience covers construction from single family homes, to restaurants to commercial to multifamily projects.
Bringing more than thirty years of construction experience, mostly in the Tucson area, John joined MC Companies in 2005.
An avid collector of antique tools and surveying instruments, John is proud of his extensive collection.
> Sandra Wright, Executive Assistant to Ross McCallister, Principal
In addition to assisting Ross in a variety of venues, including preparing presentations, research and analysis projects, administrative and new development support, Sandra also functions as Contracts Administrator for the Construction arm of MC Companies and spearheads an assortment of reports, studies and monitoring for the in-house and in-the-field construction team.
After twenty years in management in the Phoenix area, from a successful entrepreneurial venture to corporate middle management, Sandra then spent six years as the City Manager/Clerk/Treasurer for a small Colorado town before returning to Arizona, choosing the Tucson area and joining MC Companies in January 2006.
In addition to being an accomplished artist and published writer, Sandra enjoys reading, writing, decorating her home, spending time with treasured friends, researching the latest advancements in the anti-aging and the alternative health fields and supporting various worthy organizations.
"Sharing the Good Life crystallizes the focus and direction of the principals of MC Companies and my roll in contributing and functioning to my highest potential to support their goals."