MARK OGIER | CPM, PRESIDENT OF CONTRAVEST DEVELOPMENT PARTNERS (CDP), PRINCIPAL
Mark Ogier joined ContraVest in 1995 as the Property Management and Construction Coordinator. He became the Director of Property Management in 1997, and an Executive Vice President in 2006. He has overall responsibility for the operations and strategic direction of the CDP development program. He is responsible for site acquisition, project development, equity investor relations and portfolio performance. Over the years, Ogier has gained valuable insight into the needs of various ownership structures including REIT’s, TIC’s, life insurance companies, pension funds and private investors. Mark is a Partner in CDP, ContraVest Management Company and ContraVest Builders.
In addition to his duties with ContraVest, Ogier has been a volunteer leader for nearly twenty years to apartment associations, keeping him in the forefront of the issues facing the apartment industry. He has served as a delegate to the National Apartment Association (NAA) and is a Past President of the Florida Apartment Association (FAA) for 2007-08, and a past President for the Apartment Association of Greater Orlando (AAGO). His association involvement culminated with the honor of being inducted into the FAA Hall of Fame in 2014.
Ogier received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics in 1990 from the University of Colorado. His military experience included 4 years of service in the United States Army as a Field Artillery Officer and General’s Aide in Germany. He is a Certified Property Manager (CPM) through the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM), Community Association Manager (CAM) and a Licensed Real Estate Broker in Florida.
STEVEN OGIER | CCIM, PRESIDENT OF CONTRAVEST BUILDERS, PRINCIPAL
Steve joined ContraVest in 2000 and currently serves as the President of the general contracting company, ContraVest Builders. As a licensed General Contractor in multiple states, Steve has been personally involved in the development and construction of over 8,000 apartment units. He passed the National Association of State Contractors Licensing Agencies (NASCLA) Accredited Examination for Commercial General Contracting Contractors which facilitates licensing and building in multiple jurisdictions.
Before working with ContraVest, Ogier spent five years as a sales professional in the medical and financial services industries. After graduating from The Citadel in 1990, receiving a B.S. degree in Business Administration, Ogier served five years on active duty in the United States Army as an Airborne Ranger qualified Armored Cavalry Officer stateside and in Germany and four additional years in the Florida National Guard. In 1995 Ogier was honorably discharged from active duty as a Captain.
Ogier is very active in his church, local community and his alma mater, The Citadel. He serves on the advisory board for the Baker School of Business at the Citadel and is often invited back to teach and speak about commercial real estate finance, leadership and professional sales.
He held a Real Estate Broker license in Colorado, is a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM, since 2006).
JOHN SCHAFFER | C.P.A., PRESIDENT OF CONTRAVEST MANAGEMENT COMPANY, PRINCIPAL, CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Schaffer’s background encompasses nearly 40 years of experience working in the real estate field covering development, investment, operations, finance/accounting, and workouts. In 1997 became a partner and now is intimately involved in the analysis, structuring, and closing of all real estate developments, joint ventures/partnerships, and property dispositions. In addition, he is responsible for securing construction and permanent loan financing and in 2013 became the Partner in charge of ContraVest Management Company. John is a Partner in all three ContraVest operating companies.
Schaffer previously worked for Prudential Life Insurance Co. in its Real Estate Investment Office, as well as BJF Development, Inc.(Condo Converter/RE workout firm), Cardinal Industries (RE Developer), Arlen Realty Co. (National RE Investment Co.) and the FDIC (liquidating failed banks). His responsibilities included asset management, financial/acquisition analysis, workouts and other various accounting duties.
Schaffer received his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting in 1976 from the University of Florida, and a Masters Degree in Accounting from Florida International University, Miami, in 1980 and his CPA designation in 1980. John has been a member of the University of Florida’s Real Estate Advisory Board since 2006 and sits on his Church’s Finance Committee since 2004.
GERALD D. OGIER | CHAIRMAN EMERITUS
In 1986, Ogier joined with John H. McClintock, Jr. to found ContraVest, Inc., in Orlando, Florida. Prior to that, Ogier, a registered real estate broker in Florida, was a partner in Orlando-based Heavener-Ogier, Inc., the master franchiser for ERA (Electronic Realty Associates) in the Southeast, with more than 300 franchises. During that period, Ogier also co-founded Chesapeake Production Company, an oil and gas exploration company based in Oklahoma City and served as a general partner in more than 20 oil and gas drilling partnerships.
Previously, in 1972, Ogier was named a partner in Epoch Properties, a multi-family development and management firm in Orlando, with properties throughout the Southeast. He began his career with Koger Properties, Inc., a Jacksonville-based developer of suburban office parks across the country, becoming a Vice President before leaving in 1972.
Ogier graduated in 1965 from The Citadel, receiving a B.S. degree in Business Administration. He is a member of The Citadel Business School Hall of Fame, a 2006 recipient of the Leader of Principle Award and serves on the Business School Advisory Board. His military experience includes service in the United States Army in Germany as an Armor Officer, and he was discharged in 1967 as a Captain.
JOANNA ARAGONES | EXECUTIVE DEVELOPMENT ADMINISTRATOR
Joanna Aragones joined ContraVest in 2018. In her role as the Executive/Development Administrator she works closely with the President and Vice President of the Construction division, as well as supporting the Real Estate Development Operation.
She brings over 14 years of extensive Administrative experience working in roles with property management, customer service, human resources, payroll/accounting, purchasing, as well as providing direct support for C-Level Executives. Joanna graduated in 2013 with her Masters of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.
Joanna goes by the nickname “Joy.” Her main priority outside of work are her husband and son. She enjoys reading, writing, involvement with the church she attends, music, the beach, and personal fitness.
JULIE BILLINGS | PROPERTY ACCOUNTANT
Julie started at ContraVest in a temp accounting position in 2016 and then was hired on as a full time Property Management Accountant in early 2018. Julie Brings almost 30 years of accounting and administrative experience in the fields of insurance, banking, building supply and single family property management. Some of her specific responsibilities included Accounts Payable Manager, Accounting Specialist and Executive Assistant.
BETH BUCKMAN | ADMINISTRATIVE MANAGER
Beth Buckman joined ContraVest in 1991 as an Assistant Manager at The Greens at MetroWest, one of ContraVest’s first projects in Orlando. In 1993 she moved to the home office and has been in charge of the administrative operations for the management company ever since. She has overall responsibility for weekly and monthly reporting to owners as well as being the company historian and statistician. In addition to her duties with ContraVest, Buckman also earned CAM and CAPS accreditations from the National Apartment Association.
Beth received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing/Management in 1988 from Florida Southern College.
AMY CLERMONT | PROJECT BILLING COORDINATOR
Amy Clermont brings twenty years of experience in the medical industry with a focus on billing, accounts payable and receivables, and customer service. She assists our accounting department with invoicing and payroll as well as provides administration to management, development and construction. Amy was promoted to Project Administrative Assistant in 2017.
DAVID CRUSE | CHIEF ESTIMATOR
David joined the Contravest team in May 2015 as Chief Estimator. David has worked in the construction industry for more than 20 years in which he has worked in both operations and preconstruction in the residential, commercial, hospitality, multifamily and healthcare markets.
David plays a vital role in the preconstruction department to establish conceptual budgets, identify underlying issues, forecast material/labor issues, qualify subcontractors, bidding, prepare estimates, subcontractor relations and provide preconstruction services.
David’s interaction with the owner/developer in the preconstruction and development of the plans is instrumental in building a usable model through our internal Building Information Model (BIM) process. This process assists in yielding relevant pricing information and design considerations that affect cost.
David graduated from Auburn University with a bachelor’s degree in Building Science.
BRIGITTE DESKO | REGIONAL DIRECTOR, CAPS
Brigitte Desko has been a ContraVest team member since 2011. She has held positions with ContraVest Management Company as a Leasing Specialist, Assistant Property Director, Property Director, Regional Training Director and Regional Director. During these years, she has successfully overseen multiple lease-up and stabilized assets throughout the Southeast as the Property Manager and Regional Director.
Currently, Brigitte serves as the Regional Director for ContraVest overseeing a portion of the ContraVest Management portfolio. Brigitte’s overall responsibilities include training, development, strategic marketing, personnel management, revenue growth, expense control, and reporting to owners. Brigitte has 12 years of apartment industry experience which has led her to sharpen her leadership skills and asset management capabilities.
Brigitte received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at The University of Florida.
CHRISTINA HASKIN | REGIONAL DIRECTOR
Christina Haskin began her career in property management as a Leasing Specialist in 2003 where she was quickly promoted to Assistant Property Director working in both Naples and Orlando markets. Due to a sale, she continued to work with Epoch Management and joined the ContraVest team in 2011 as an Assistant Property Director at Integra Meadows in Champions Gate, Florida. Her experience on both stabilized and lease-up assets earned her a promotion as Property Director at The Addison Apartment Homes in Brandon, Florida that same year. Christina continued to successfully manage luxury apartment homes in Brandon and Champions Gate for ContraVest.
Her 15 years of successful management and experience landed her a promotion to corporate as a Regional Director over a portion of the ContraVest Management portfolio. Her overall responsibilities include development, training, applying innovative target marketing, personnel management, revenue growth, expense control and reporting to owners.
VICKIE KEENE | HUMAN RESOURCE DIRECTOR / PROPERTY ACCOUNTING DIRECTOR
Vickie started at ContraVest January 1997 as a Property Management staff accountant. She also assisted in the Construction side of our business by performing Construction Soft Cost accounting functions for several of our projects. As her role and responsibilities grew she became a Senior Property Accountant managing financials for nine properties. In 2004 she added Human Resource responsibilities to her duties reporting payroll for CVM personnel. She became the Human Resource Director in 2006 and currently ensures adherence to Federal and State laws, develops and maintains HR policies and procedures including the CVM Employee Handbook, Pre-Employment testing, administration of Benefit packages and New Hire set ups.
In 2009 she added Property Accounting Manager responsibilities overseeing accounting procedures, coordinating and working with CPA’s, Auditors, and owners. She works with our Regional Directors to ensure the integrity of our financial reporting, trains and develops key personnel in financial management while preparing financials for eight properties. During Vickie’s tenure many cost saving ideas have been implemented benefiting ContraVest and our clients. Vickie has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Minor in Business Administration.
MORIAH KOSCH, AIA | SENIOR DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR
Moriah joined ContraVest in 2013 with 14 years of cohesive project development and construction experience. As a licensed Architect in multiple states specializing in multi-family residential and mixed-use, she has personally overseen $280 million dollars of construction from conceptual design to project completion.Her experience beyond construction includes investment and physical property management for large institutions, private partnerships, and individual investors. Her work with acquisitions, renovations and distressed assets in addition to direct construction management makes her an essential new resource to both ContraVest Builders and ContraVest Development Partners.
Moriah graduated from the University of Michigan with a Masters of Architecture, highest distinction. Since 2006, she held a Real Estate Associate license in New York, and is certified by the National Council of Architecture Registration Boards.
WENDY MCWHORTER MANNING | CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER
Wendy McWhorter Manning joined the property management industry in 1992 where she gained extensive experience over the next seven years in property management software, network administration, software implementation, hardware and training.
Wendy joined ContraVest in 1999 as their IT Director and was promoted to Chief Technology Officer in 2013 where she oversees all company web design, communication, hardware/software implementation and support. She also configures and supports new development networks, community network setups and property management applications. Wendy is also a member of the Greater Apartment Association (AAGO) Branding and Communication committee and was selected to sit on the 2020 AAGO Board of Directors.
Wendy received her Bachelor’s degree from Stetson University in 1991.
BRANDY MARKS | ASSISTANT PROJECT MANAGER
Brandy Marks brought 15 years of construction administration experience with her when she joined the ContraVest Builders family in 2014. Having worked in the past with both General Contractors and Subcontractors on commercial and residential projects she understands the importance of deadlines and attention to detail that all of our projects require.
Brandy attended Southeastern Oklahoma State University before relocating to Florida in 1999. She is a licensed Florida Real Estate Associate.
BONNIE MCALLISTER | CONTROLLER
Bonnie has a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Radford University and is a Certified Public Accountant in Virginia. Bonnie started with ContaVest in 1995 and is responsible for all aspects of accounting for the Development, Construction, and Management Companies. Her duties include preparing monthly financial statements for all three entities as well as coordinating and working with CPA’s and Auditors for year-end financials/tax returns, preparing soft cost draws, overseeing the accounting for the hard cost construction process, coordinating with owners and banks to ensure timely funding of projects, assist in obtaining and maintaining proper insurance, working with general liability and workers comp auditors, payroll, maintaining licenses, filing state regulated annual reports and managing corporate cash.
Prior to ContraVest, Bonnie worked for the Federal Government as an Auditor and Staff Accountant and as a full charge bookkeeper for a small business handling all payroll, A/R & A/P, preparation of financial statements and payroll tax returns.
KEN PERRY | VICE PRESIDENT OF OPERATIONS
Ken Perry first joined ContraVest in 1998. During his initial 6 years he was involved with 8 projects totaling 2100 units. Ken rejoined our team in June of 2015 as our Preconstruction Director and promoted to Vice President of Operations in May of 2020. Ken has experience operating in both private and public sectors of the industry with over 19 years of experience, overseeing both multi-family and military projects.
Ken is recognized for high level performance and has participated in and overseen many aspects of multimillion-dollar operations, including pre construction development, logistics, capital planning and development, project/program management, design services, process enhancement, quality assurance and staff augmentation for a variety of NASA and DoD clients. Ken has gained a reputation for delivering projects on time and under budget. He is proficient in assembling high performance teams and effectively works with architects, engineers, contractor/sub-contractors and clients to deliver a smooth construction process while maintaining cost control objectives.
SHY PHILLIPS | ASSISTANT PROJECT MANAGER
Shykasheali “Shy” Phillips became a member of ContraVest Builders in June of 2018, immediately following graduation from The Citadel. Upon his arrival, Shy quickly began to learn the “business” from the ground up and has proven himself to be a valuable asset to the company. Working alongside and learning from our field team, sub-base, and members of management, Shy consistently demonstrates the leadership, character, and craftsmanship that reflect our company’s values and ethical beliefs. Although new to the multi-family construction, Shy’s innate ability to lead and govern the construction process has been vital in his success as an Assistant Superintendent and achieving developmental milestones.
Shy continues to grow professionally as a newly promoted Assistant Project Manager. His leadership and critical thinking will be assets that will be key in helping build the company’s project portfolio. With multiple projects now part of his construction resume, ability to provide oversight of scheduling, budgets, and day to day operations will be pivotable to our success.
Graduating from The Citadel with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Shy has the discipline and appetite for learning and further advancing his knowledge in construction, development, and finance. He credits some of his leadership and discipline to lettering in both baseball and football at the Citadel, helping win multiple conference championships during his tenure as a student athlete.
ALFRED REMBOWSKI | ACQUISITIONS DIRECTOR
Alfred Rembowski, better known to most as “Alfie,” has been a ContraVest team member since 1998. He has held positions with ContraVest Management Company, as well as, ContraVest Development Company. During these years, he successfully oversaw several lease-up and stabilized assets throughout the Southeast as both an On-Site Manger and Regional Director. Alfie also served as a Development Associate tasked with acquiring viable vacant land sites and working each development through due diligence, design, permitting, financing and closing.
Currently, Alfie serves as the Acquisitions Director for ContraVest Development Partners. He actively seeks both multifamily land opportunities and the acquisition of existing apartment assets with the focus on helping to grow the ContraVest Development, Construction and Management brands.
Alfie received his Bachelor’s of Science in 1996 as a graduate of Davidson College in Davidson, NC. In his off-time he enjoys sports, boating, and above-all as a dedicated family man, spending time with his wife and two daughters.
JAHNELLE SIKES | CONSTRUCTION ACCOUNTING MANAGER
Jahnelle Sikes brings 15+ years of construction accounting and administration experience with her after joining the ContraVest team in 2016 as a Staff Accountant. She has extensive knowledge with financial reporting, analysis, GL reconciliations, inventory management, payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable, software implementation, and operations procedure development. Jahnelle received her AS in Business Management, Marketing, & Administration from Seminole State College of Florida in 2010.
She was promoted to Construction Accounting Manager in 2019 where she continues to work closely with the Project Managers, Superintendents and Construction Admins to ensure the demands of the company, equity partners, and subcontractors are being met. She coordinates all hard cost accounting functions to meet owner and bank requirements to ensure timely funding of projects.
CHRISTIN TENPENNY | VICE PRESIDENT OF PROPERTY MANAGEMENT, CAPS
ContraVest: As Vice President of Management Operations, since 1999, Christin is responsible for overseeing the management portfolio to include both stabilized and new lease-up communities. Her dedication, loyalty, leadership and team building skills permeate throughout the entire company. In addition to her management responsibilities she plays a vital role in development with input on location of new projects as well as interior/exterior design of clubhouse, units and amenity package. She is also actively involved in the construction process from coordination of design, setup, to opening communities from dirt to keys to ensure the best outcome for both ContraVest and investors.
Experience: Christin began her career in Property Management in 1985. Her 41+ years of experience has afforded her the opportunity to perfect the art of property management. Throughout her career she has managed properties new and old, large and small. She has experience working for large institutions, REIT’s and with individual investors. Christin’s lease-up experience spans 34 properties and 12,219 units. She has both CAM and CAPS accreditations through the National Apartment Association Education Institute.
Christin is actively involved in the apartment industry and served on the Board of Directors for the Orlando Apartment Association (AAGO) from 2017-2019 where she was involved in increasing membership and encouraging current members to attend monthly events to build a stronger association. She motivates her teams to be involved in legislation with annual visits to Tallahassee. In addition, Christin volunteers for the FAA Annual Conference committee and plays a role in bringing ideas to the table and decision making from the Masters Sessions to the suggestions and choices of keynote speakers.
Christin was recognized by her peers in 2018 when she was awarded an AAGO Golden Key for Management Executive of the Year.
MIKE TAMAYO | PROJECT MANAGER
Mike Tamayo joined ContraVest Builders in May of 2013 and has been an integral part of our success. He has been promoted through the ranks and has managed and led our team in a variety of roles during his tenure which has contributed to the successful completion and delivery of over $93M in assets for our investment partners. He is currently serving as a Project Manager, responsible for leadership, oversight of budgets, schedules, personnel, and the daily operations of the project construction team.
Mike brings a wealth of knowledge and passion to our team and has a diverse sampling of experience in residential and commercial construction which includes: Retail, Hospitality, Institutional, Government/Federal, and most recently Multi-Housing. Mike also brings his Marine Corps leadership/logistics experience to the team. He has an Associate’s Degree in Logistics and is currently completing his bachelor’s degree in Construction Engineering Technology.
RALPH J. WATWOOD, PMP | PROJECT MANAGER
Ralph joined Contravest Builders in March 2019 as a Project Manager. Prior to joining the ContraVest team, Ralph work through various construction disciplines to include multi-family renovations and civil and industrial construction. His experience includes working with Jacobs Engineering constructing large scale multi-purpose range complexes for the US Marine Corps, and as a Project Manager for Black and Veach/Overland Contracting constructing 64 miles of high voltage transmission lines as well as a 138kv dual buss greenfield substation.
Prior to starting his construction career, Ralph served honorably for 21 years in the United States Army. During his time in the US Army, Ralph held every possible leadership role the Army had to offer culminating as the Brigade Operations Sergeant Major overseeing 19 separate Army Reserve Battalions and over 3,500 soldiers both Active Duty and Reserve across the Southeastern United States, to include Puerto Rico. During Ralph’s Army Career he served valiantly oversees in Iraq and Afghanistan for over 84 total months in combat. Ralph successfully completed US Army Ranger School, Airborne School, Air Assault School, United States Army Sergeants Major Academy class #66 and served honorably as an Army Scout.
Ralph is a graduate of American Public University holding a Bachelor of Arts degree in Strategic Intelligence concentrated in Terrorism and a Master of Arts Degree in Security Management. Ralph also holds several certifications to include Project Management Professional (PMP), Lean Six Sigma, and Six Sigma Green Belt. In addition, Ralph also holds several industry recognized certifications OSHA 10/30, NCCER Construction Safety, and SWPPP Inspector.