John Ritz heads the property management, property services and heating/cooling divisions of WC Smith. He is responsible for all aspects of the management, leasing and maintenance of over 10,000 residential units in the DC area, as well as a portfolio of commercial and retail properties
Chairman and CEO
Chris Smith has led the company to become a DC industry leader in the development of multi-family housing. Initially specializing in the rehabilitation and revitalization of challenged neighborhoods, he has expanded the company’s portfolio to include innovative market rate housing as well as commercial and office developments. With a lifelong commitment to community service, he has fostered a culture within WC Smith of improving the quality of life for residents of the District.
Executive Vice President
Brad Fennell is President of WCS Development and responsible for the day to day real estate development activities from entitlement and design through construction and stabilization.
Brian Strott is the development manager for the company’s projects in the Capital Riverfront, including The Collective and 250 M Street. With over 13 years of experience, he is skilled at managing complex large-scale construction projects.
Assistant Vice President
Matt Tsau is the development executive for The Garrett. A former engineer, with nearly 10 years of experience in the industry, he brings a unique combination of design and construction expertise to the development leadership team.
Chief Financial Officer
Terry Beauford manages the company’s finances, including reporting, budgeting, forecasting, tax strategy, and monitoring. She oversees a team of controllers, accountants and the IT department as well as Risk Management.
Vice President, Controller
Scott Heppe oversees the accounting department and is responsible for the accurate, complete, and timely production and presentation of financial statements as well as analytical procedures applied to financial information. He is a licensed CPA and has over 20 years combined experience as a tax practitioner, auditor, and accounting manager.
Michael Iannarino is responsible for monitoring and reporting on the financial position and results of operations of the company and its subsidiaries as well as managing assets in accordance with financial policies and procedures.
Senior Vice President
Cynthia Bertolotti has over 40 years of property management experience in transforming challenged properties into viable communities. She has specialized in affordable housing and has orchestrated the rehabilitation of a number of communities within the WC Smith portfolio.
George Pollard is the asset manager for a portfolio of 1,522 units located in Southeast Washington. He is a specialist in the management of affordable housing and a leader in the company’s community outreach.
Robert Holcomb Jr.
Robert Holcomb Jr. is the Director of Engineering for the Corporate Head Quarters and Oversees Operations/HVAC Services both Large and Small. He has over 25 years of experience within the DC Metro Area, he holds Master HVAC Licenses in the State of Maryland and a DC First Class Engineers Licenses in the District of Columbia.
Jim Flanagan is the asset manager for WC Smith’s largest residential community, The Collective as well as the company’s corporate headquarters. Most recently, he has overseen the successful lease up at The Collective, and is responsible for its ongoing strategic direction. Prior to joining WC Smith, he has held senior leadership roles in national and regional multifamily investment companies..
Vice President of Leasing Operations
Glenda Walker leads the corporate leasing department, providing support to all the apartment communities and condominium developments in the WC Smith portfolio. She provides the vital link between leasing operations and accounting as well as corporate management of all A/R functions and software support.
Senior Vice President
Pat McKenzie oversees a team of managers whose portfolios cover more than 3,000 units primarily located in Southeast Washington. His concentration is in the redevelopment and repositioning of challenged properties.
Samantha Branchaud is the asset manager for 2M, 2800 Woodley, 2701 Connecticut and Avec. She has over 19 years of property management experience, managing a wide range of property types and asset classes.
Marketing & Communications
Vice President of Marketing & Leasing Operations
Holli Beckman leads the WC Smith marketing division. She blends new technologies with property management strategy to maximize traffic and produce outstanding results. Her efforts are documented in in The Best Real Estate Advice Ever podcast and Jay Baer’s best-selling book, Youtility for Real Estate.
Don Montuori manages public relations and corporate initiatives for WC Smith. He has more than 30 years of professional communications experience, and has been actively involved in founding and leading youth sports, school and community organizations in Washington, DC.
Vice President of Human Resources
Ian Kessler has oversight of human resources, benefits administration and payroll, and is a strategic partner to the management team. He has over 30 years of human resources experience, working with leading area companies, in construction, real estate, financial services and technology industries.
Senior Vice President
Clare McCabe has over 38 years of experience with multifamily financing, over 23 of those years with WC Smith. Under her tenure, WCS Mortgage has arranged financing for over 150 properties including over 8,500 units of multifamily housing, two hotels, over 400,000 square feet of commercial property space, a child development daycare center and THEARC West.
Acquisitions & Dispositions
Chief Investment Officer
Ed Wolynec oversees the acquisition and disposition of WC Smith properties as well as leasing for commercial tenants. He has over 30 years of experience at the company.
Senior Vice President of Business Development
Matt Ritz is the senior project executive for Avec and the Skyland Town Center. In his 17 years at the company, he has worked in maintenance, construction, property management. Since joining development in 2002, has been responsible for development projects totaling over $500 million
Chief Information Officer
Russ Kuyawa oversees all IT operations for the corporate office, property sites and WCS Construction, ensuring that WC Smith staff are using technologies efficiently, profitably and securely. He has successfully led several company-wide hardware and software upgrades.
Director of Risk Management
Luke Williams oversees insurance, risk management, and safety at WC Smith and its affiliated companies and brings 20 years of industry knowledge and experience to the role. He has served in legal and risk management capacities with a variety of development and construction firms prior to joining WC Smith in 2015.
Jeff Capron handles legal issues for WC Smith. Both a CPA and an attorney, he comes to WC Smith following a career at Aronson LLC that included serving for 7 years as Aronson’s Managing Partner.