Arizona Multihousing Association selects 2021 board members

Arizona Multihousing Association, the statewide trade group for the apartment industry, announces the election of its 2021 officers and board members.  

AMA’s 2021 Board Chair is Reid Butler, Owner, Butler Housing Company. Joining Butler on the leadership group are Scott Hines, vice chair, PEM Real Estate Group; Linda Coburn, treasurer, NexMetro Development; Kim Pacheco, immediate past president, Scotia Group Management; and Sue Campbell, AMC executive, Redi Carpet.

I have set some ambitious goals for 2021, and with the support of our members and leadership, I have no doubt we will achieve them,” Butler said. “My goals are both aspirational and inspirational.

“AMA provides leadership for Arizona business and government. In that regard, AMA will continue to be the ‘go-to’ voice for Arizona housing issues. AMA has been among the top industry organizations in Arizona and will continue to be,” Butler said. “With more than 100,000 new residents moving into the state each year, our industry will continue to be an economic engine. That translates to more than one million new Arizonans this decade, and about 10,000 new apartments each year to meet the demand.”

Board members for 2021: Elizabeth Beaulieu, Quarterpenny Management; Krisanne Beckstead, Picerne Real Estate Group; Lesley Brice, MC Residential; Dahnn Brown, Camden Property Trust; Luz Bruscini, MEB Management Services; John Carlson, Mark-Taylor Residential; Crystal DeHoag, Bella Investment Group; Anna DiSabato, Dunlap & Magee; Kohl Eisenhour, Avenue 5 Residential; Natalie Evans, CoStar/; Kimberly Fitch, Nicolosi & Fitch, Inc.; Adam Greco, Burns Pest Elimination.

Kristin Heiple, Baron Property Services; Robert Hicks, Greystar Real Estate Partners; Stacey Hogue, Greystar Real Estate Partners; Michelle Howland, Blue Steel Security; David Kotin, Kay-Kay Realty; Sharon Kuhlman, Shelton Residential/Asset; Dustin Lacey, Mark-Taylor; Pam McCarthy, Fairfield Residential; Omar Mireles, HSL Asset Management; April Morris, Cox Communications; Gloria Munoz, Maricopa County Housing; Lisa Osborn-Warne, Priderock Capital Partners; John Rials, Western Wealth Capital; Lisa Rosenfeld, HSL Asset Management; Mark Schilling, MEB Management Services.

Stacey Searl, Weidner; Crystal Sevilla, Weidner; Christine Shipley, Dunlap & Magee; Michelle Sinclair, Evergreen Devco, Inc.; Justin Steltenpohl, P.B. Bell Companies; Greg Stobart, MG Properties; Dallin Tippets, Rainforest Plumbing & Air; Kris Tomlinson, Pinnacle/Cushman & Wakefield; David Vanek, Greystar Real Estate Partners; Luis Verger, Shelton Residential/Asset; Christopher Walker, Law Offices of Scott Clark; Wendy Weiske, Gorman & Company; Debbie Willis, P.B. Bell; Nicole Wray, Greystar Real Estate Partners; Rhonda Wooder, Stratton Restoration; Chris Worrell, GPM Landscape; and Mark Zinman, Zona Law Group.

AMA is the statewide trade association for the apartment industry, representing more 300,000 rental housing units and 2,300 members in legislative, legal and regulatory matters. The AMA provides services, products, educational programs and networking opportunities to promote ethical, quality rental housing throughout Arizona. For more information, visit

Glendale names development services director

The city of Glendale announced the selection of Jamsheed Mehta as its new Development Services Director. Mehta most recently served seven years as Town Manager and Deputy Town Manager in Marana, Arizona. Before that, he served the community of Glendale, Arizona, as an interim Assistant City Manager after several years leading Glendale’s Transportation Department as a Director and Executive Director. Before that, he served in various planning leadership roles, including his work as Chief Planner and Manager for Wichita-Sedgwick County. He has extensive experience with developing and managing local and regional programs.

As the new Development Services Director, Mehta will be responsible for the leadership, direction, and management of the Development Services Department, including Planning, Building Safety and Code Compliance. The Development Services Department is the chief regulatory agency for the city which manages investment and growth. It ensures the city’s buildings and homes where people live and work meet the expectations of residents.

“We are building a team of the top people in the industry and as a former Town Manager, Jamsheed has the expertise and vision to lead our development services department at a time when the city is experiencing exciting growth,” said Glendale City Manager Kevin Phelps. “His role is critical to all our projects and to the prosperity that is taking place and will continue over the next decade. He brings the ideal mix of historical knowledge of our city and a wealth of experience successfully working with elected officials and communities.”

MEB Management Services hires Jay Dassele

MEB Management Services has bolstered its build-to-rent operations with the hiring of industry expert Jay Dassele as Asset Director.

Dassele will oversee part of MEB’s build-to-rent properties and operations for large multifamily properties. He will be responsible for directing and providing assistance for all aspects of the operations to ensure ownership objectives are achieved. 

Dassele joins MEB Management Services after previously working at Alliance Residential.

“We couldn’t be happier than to have Jay oversee part of our build-to-rent portfolio,” said MEB Senior Vice President of Operations Ann Boomsma. “With his expertise in new development and operations for large multi-family properties, he is a great addition to our team.”

The hiring of Dassele represents the continued growth of MEB’s footprint in Arizona’s multi-family industry. In March, MEB named multi-family expert Scott Cook as an Owner and Principal. Cook joined MEB from Greystar Real Estate Partners.

Prior to joining MEB, Dassele served as a senior regional manager at Alliance Residential Company. He also previously worked at Stellar Residential and Mark-Taylor Residential.

Brian Poe named an Accredited Estate Planner designee

Brian Poe, CFP®, ChFC®, is newly certified as an Accredited Estate Planner® (AEP®) designee by the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils (NAEPC). Brian is a wealth counselor at Versant Capital Management in Phoenix, AZ.

Brian works closely with Versant’s wealth management team in the core areas of client financial planning and investment portfolio development and management. This includes detailed client fact-finding, data analysis, projections, and tracking clients’ analytics to ensure that comprehensive planning has been accomplished. Brian earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration from the University of Washington. Along with his new AEP® designation, he holds NASD Series 7 and 66 licenses and is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® and a Chartered Financial Consultant®. Brian was named a “2020 Young Business Leader to Watch” by Az Big Media.

The Accredited Estate Planner® (AEP®) designation is a graduate level, multi-disciplinary specialization in estate planning, obtained in addition to already recognized professional credentials within the various disciplines of estate planning. It is awarded by the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils to recognize estate planning professionals who meet stringent requirements of experience, knowledge, education, professional reputation, and character. An AEP® designee must embrace the team concept of estate planning and adhere to the NAEPC Code of Ethics, as well as participate in an annual renewal and recertification process.

The NAEPC is a national organization of professional estate planners and affiliated local estate planning councils focused on establishing and monitoring the highest professional and educational standards.

Corcoran Platinum Living adds 3 Realtors

Corcoran Platinum Living, an independent luxury real estate brokerage with five offices and over 150 agents across Arizona, announced that Twila Edwards has joined the brokerage in their Gilbert office. With more than 14 years of experience in the real estate industry, Twila brings a high level of professionalism and integrity to clients in the East Valley.

“We are so impressed by Twila’s dedication to helping individuals and families find the perfect home that fits their lifestyles in the growing communities of Gilbert, Mesa, Chandler and all over the East Valley,” said Michelle Macklin, co-owner of Corcoran Platinum Living. “Corcoran Platinum Living’s innovative culture supports experienced agents like Twila by providing proprietary resources, coaching, and Mastermind peer groups for professional development that benefits customers.”

Twila has built a successful real estate career by getting to know her clients personally and professionally so she can help them get into a home that reflects their unique lifestyle. She joined Corcoran Platinum Living after seeing the firm’s innovative lead generation programs, dedication to continuous growth, and core values of honesty, integrity, kindness, and generosity.

• Corcoran Platinum Living also announced Debbie Kimball has joined the brokerage in their D.C. Ranch office. Debbie brings over 15 years of real estate sales and marketing experience and provides the highest level of service to help individuals and families secure their dream home.

“We are thrilled to welcome Debbie Kimball to the Corcoran Platinum Living team as we expand to meet the growing number of luxury home buyers and sellers in the Scottsdale area,” said Michelle Macklin, co-owner of Corcoran Platinum Living. “Our clients come from across the country and around the world to work with our elite team of agents in finding the home of their dreams, and Debbie has a gift in finding extraordinary properties that match their needs.“

“The luxury real estate market is booming in Scottsdale, but only Corcoran Platinum Living offers such an impressive elevated suite of resources, from technology to marketing, that outpace any other brokerage in the market,” said Debbie Kimball, Corcoran Platinum Living real estate agent. “Founders Jay and Michelle Macklin have been incredibly supportive in helping me deliver excellent service to my clients and discover new avenues for growth.”

• In addition, Corcoran Platinum Living announced Robert Babineau joined the team at the DC Ranch office in Scottsdale. Robert is a highly motivated licensed Realtor® with an entrepreneurial mindset and a passion for helping upscale clients navigate complex sales contracts.

“In this highly competitive housing market, we are thrilled to welcome Robert Babineau to the Corcoran Platinum Living team,” said Michelle Macklin, co-owner of Corcoran Platinum Living. “We are impressed by Robert’s energy and unparalleled customer service. Buyers and sellers are lucky to have him, whether they are searching for a hidden gem or navigating a bidding war for their property.”

Robert is a natural leader who founded two companies and spent decades creating highly successful sales teams in Scottsdale and Chicago. Today he brings that same passion to help upscale home buyers and sellers find properties that match their unique lifestyles.

“The high demand for luxury homes in Scottsdale has created new opportunities for the industry. Thanks to support from Corcoran Platinum Living, I now have resources to be able to exceed all my customers’ expectations,” said Robert Babineau. “Co-owner Jay Macklin has an incredible vision for the company centered on growing his team through education, mentoring, and game changing technology.”