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With over 20 plus years in the multi-family industry, Dawn’s experience is well-rounded and multi-faceted, built upon her passion for marketing, training, asset management, business development and sales of all asset types. Dawn joined the real estate business at 18, starting as a receptionist for Ferland Corporation in Rhode Island and working for Century 21 as a licensed real estate agent. Shortly after hire, she was promoted to Executive Assistant for the Vice President of Conventional Operations. Military duties moved her to different duty stations and while in Florida owned and operated the property management division for a large real estate firm, assisting other military families with housing needs. Working directly with the Broker, her experience broadened to appraisals and acquisitions. Ms. Waye later joined a Development and Asset Management firm focused on Tax Credit and Multi-use High-Rise new construction, over site from groundbreaking to permanent financing and sale for over twelve new developments. Upon arriving in Texas in 1995, she acquired her Texas Real Estate license and later her Brokers license with the responsibilities of over $4 billion in assets to manage. Dawn is very active in the local AAGD, AATC, IREM Chapter and the local Apartment Association’s and a LYCEUM graduate of 2012. As an instructor/trainer for the Apartment Association facilitating classes for the NALP, CAM, and CAPS designation, her goal is to empower people into their destiny and recognize their potential and gifting’s. She earned her CAPS and CPM designation in 2006.
Mr. Smits is a seasoned Real Estate professional with over 30 years of Sr. level Multi-Family property management experience. Mr. Smits areas of expertise are in the operations of large portfolios of assets, underwriting and acquisitions of singles assets and portfolios, the disposition of assets, Asset Management of portfolios, construction services and renovation management. Mr. Smits has experience in both public and private sectors and is a recognized leader in the industry with a proven track record of exceptional successes. Prior to joining City Gate Property Group Mr. Smits oversaw the management teams responsible for the operations of regional portfolios throughout the country totaling 114 assets consisting of 50,000 units located in 17 states. Mr. Smits has a history of working with some of the nations most recognized and respected organizations such as VMS Reality as a Regional Manager, Equity Residential Property Trust in roles as Director of Due Diligence, Acquisitions, Area Vice President and Regional Vice President, Carmel Partners as the President of Multifamily Operations, and Walden Residential Properties as their President. Additionally Patrick’s focus in the private sector has resulted in partnerships which raised private equity to purchase, renovate, reposition and sell assets throughout the DFW Metroplex. Mr. Smits’s unique and diverse experiences allow him vision and competencies not often found at a company the size of City Gate. Mr. Smits has been active in the following industry organizations: Texas Apartment Association, Apartment Association of Greater Dallas, Tarrant County Apartment Association, South Coast Apartment Association (Orange County California), California Apartment Association, and National Multifamily Housing Counsel.
Sonia’s passion is property management. Throughout her 25 years in the business, she has demonstrated her many talents in business management, marketing, and team building. Ms. Strickland is driven by the challenges set forth by each property and loves exceeding expectations with her team. Sonia Strickland previously held a Vice President position with Stonemark Management, located in Atlanta, Georgia. As such, she was solely responsible for the Fee Management division and managed over $4 billion dollars in assets. She was responsible for acquiring and managing 19 properties, totaling 5,400 units located in Texas, Tennessee, Georgia, Nevada and Florida. Under her management support was a total of 168 team members. Through her exceptional marketing and motivational skills she was able to exceed net operating income by an average of 20% throughout her tenure. Sonia has successfully offered consulting to some of the most well-known multifamily developers in the country. She has traveled the United States managing new lease ups and repositioning properties that include Garden Type and High Rise construction with an element of Mix-Use. Sonia has many testimonial letters from partners, lenders, bankers and team members offering accolades for her professional commitment.
Lana is a dynamic leader and strategic thinker with over 20 years experience in the multifamily industry, talent development, leadership development and organizational development. Her proven success is in driving performance in both small, private corporations and large publicly traded corporations. Lana began her career as an on-site professional leasing specialist. She has held several positions throughout her career including Regional Manager with Woodmont Management, and Management Specialist for Equity Residential. She serves on the Continuing Education Committee with Equity Residential and also holds the designation of Train the Trainer. Her passion is to continue to be an advocate of continuous life-learning education. Helping others drives her and she is passionate about leadership development and performance management.
Andrew has a strong entrepreneurial spirit and a passion for finance. Andrew joined the real estate industry in 2012 as a portfolio analyst for Lackland Holdings. He previously worked as the finance manager for a medical education start-up company. Andrew graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in Biology and a Business minor. Andrew became a CFA Charterholder in 2015.
Golden Shaver, Marketing & Training Director
Jen Uken, Operations and Implementation Manager
Jenny Rosario, Financial Services Manager
Erica Briggs, Executive Admin