A Dedicated Team

With Dedicated Leadership
John Ritz

John Ritz

President

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

Chris Smith

Chris Smith

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.

Development

Brad Fennell

Brad Fennell

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 McLaughlin

Brian McLaughlin

Director of Land Development

Brian McLaughlin’s 20+ years of land development experience working with multiple developers on large mixed use developments and urban redevelopment make him a key member of the WC Smith leadership team. In this ever increasingly regulated real estate development market his demonstrated knowledge of applicable federal, District of Columbia, state, county, and city policies, laws, and regulations help WC Smith & its subsidiary companies operate is a more predictable business environment.

Brian Strott

Brian Strott

Vice President

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.

Ryan Lepine

Ryan Lepine

Director of Underwriting

Ryan Lepine is responsible for underwriting, structuring, and financial management of development projects, with particular expertise in federal tax credits and other complex financing vehicles.  Over his 15 years at WC Smith, he has underwritten over $2 Billion of development projects from predevelopment through completion and stabilization.

Matt Tsau

Matt Tsau

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.

Sarra Mohamed

Sarra Mohamed

Assistant Vice President

Sarra Mohamed is the development manager for WC Smith’s affordable housing projects, including Sheridan Station, Archer Park, Petworth Station and City View. With 15 years’ experience in the construction industry, including 9 years in the affordable housing realm, she is skilled at coordinating the complex financing and team management necessary for creating affordable housing.

Finance

Terry Beauford

Terry Beauford

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.

Scott Heppe

Scott Heppe

Chief Accounting Officer

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

Michael Iannarino

Corporate Controller

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.

Donna Skinner

Donna Skinner

Accounts Payable Director

Donna Skinner oversees all Accounts Payables operations working across three different databases. She ensures that her team achieves the optimal balance between cost, efficiency, accuracy and service delivery. Donna has more than 35 years of experience in this field, which includes 20 years with WC Smith.

Property Management

George Pollard

George Pollard

Vice President

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.

Samantha Branchaud

Samantha Branchaud

Vice President

Samantha Branchaud is the asset manager for 2M, 2800 Woodley, 2701 Connecticut, The Collective and Avec.  She has over 19 years of property management experience, managing a wide range of property types and asset classes.

Adrian Gross

Adrian Gross

Regional Manager

Adrian Gross, RPA, is a Regional Manager with more than 11 years’ commercial real estate experience. Adrian manages a portfolio of rent-control properties. He also has a concentration in environmental issues. He earned a BA from Coastal Carolina University and an MS from the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland.

Pat McKenzie

Pat McKenzie

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.

Nicolle Davis-Niang

Nicolle Davis-Niang

Vice President

Nicolle Davis-Niang is the asset manager for Washington View, Fairway Park and Jetu. She has over 30 years of experience in the property management field.  Nicolle has been involved in the acquisition, renovation, new construction lease-up and management of over 3,500 apartment units in Washington Metropolitan Area

Janine Monroe

Janine Monroe

Tax Credit Compliance Director

Janine Monroe has lead WC Smith’s Tax Credit Compliance Division since 2002, having joined the company in 1987. She is responsible for a portfolio of more than 2,800 affordable housing units, spanning programs including Project Based Section 8, LIHTC, HTPF, Bond financing, Public Housing (50058), and HOME. Her certifications include TCS, COS, IZ, and ADU Specialist.

Glenda Walker

Glenda Walker

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.

Robert Holcomb Jr.

Robert Holcomb Jr.

Director

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.

Justin Corn

Justin Corn

Senior Commercial Property Manager

Justin Corn heads all commercial management within WC Smith. His portfolio includes Federal Gateway, 250 M Street (coming early 2021), and management relations with the retail tenants at the Shops at Park Village and Whole Foods Market. Justin joined the company after spending six years with the Harbor Group Management Company.

Marketing & Communications

Holli Beckman

Holli Beckman

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

Don Montuori

Vice President of Public Relations & Corporate Initiatives

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.

Human Resources

Ian Kessler

Ian Kessler

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. 

Mortgage Service

Clare McCabe

Clare McCabe

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.

Alison Ritz

Alison Ritz

Assistant Vice President

Alison Ritz joined the firm in 2015 and has over 12 years of experience in commercial real estate financing and capital markets.  She has been responsible for closing $1.2 billion in loans for WCS Mortgage including acquisition, construction, affordable housing, NMTC, HUD, Fannie Mae and other market-rate financings. 

Acquisitions & Dispositions

Ed Wolynec

Ed Wolynec

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.

Matt Ritz

Matt Ritz

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

Information Technology

Russ Kuyawa

Russ Kuyawa

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.

Risk Management

Luke Williams

Luke Williams

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.

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