Every year, AZ Big Media, which publishes both PTK and AZRE magazines selects Arizona’s top people and projects to showcase in its premier commercial real estate magazine — PTK — from an impressive and competitive nomination pool. Each day we will highlight 20 different categories of People to Know. Here are the property managers to know in Arizona for 2024: 

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Brandon Child

Brandon Child

Director of property management

Menlo Group Commercial Real Estate

Child’s leadership has played a crucial role in the growth of Menlo’s Property Management Division. Before joining the team, he gained more than 13 years of experience in the restoration field, where he earned and maintained relationships with property owners, contractors and property managers. 

No. 1 on the commercial real estate bucket list: “The number one item on my commercial real estate bucket list is to increase the number of properties managed by Menlo Group’s Property Management division tenfold. I plan to pursue business acquisitions, build relationships with property owners and association leaders, and hire quality property managers to achieve this goal.”

John Coughlin

John Coughlin

Real Estate & Customer Experience, senior manager


Coughlin’s industry experience spans 14 years, with nine-plus years of industrial property management in Southern California, while working at CBRE, CT Realty, Carson Companies, and DCT Industrial. He has extensive experience managing industrial real estate while fostering strong customer relationships. 

Biggest career accomplishment: “Partnering with the leasing and development teams, we’ve grown our square footage in the market by more than 200%. I am honored to lead a team of seven employees who manage more than 70 properties with over 160 customers alongside me.”
Surprising fact: “I have an identical twin brother, who happens to work in the same industry.”

Julie Cornelius

Julie Cornelius

Managing director

Lincoln Property Company

Cornelius began her career as an associate attorney at a law firm specializing in construction defect and insurance defense claims. Early on, this cultivated her interest in commercial real estate. It also moved her toward her true interest — the owner/developer side of the business. Today, she applies more than 10 years of commercial real estate experience as a team leader providing frontline management, leasing and project management oversight for 22 million square feet of LPC-owned and managed space in the Desert West region. 

Surprising fact: “I have been riding horses competitively since I was 10 — English show jumpers for a long time and now Western-reined cow horses.” 

Ernie Jackson

Ernie Jackson

Associate director of management

Ryan Companies

Jackson joined Ryan Companies in the summer of 2020 and has spent 37 years working in the commercial real estate industry. Known for his sociable attitude and reputation as a team builder, he quickly became a well-respected team member at Ryan and was rewarded for his contributions as he was promoted to associate director of management in the fall of 2022. 

Surprising fact: “Following the unexpected passing of my 9-year-old son, Quinton, I wrote two books titled Quinton’s Messages and Quinton’s Legacy. My hope is that these books will give strength and hope to those who are dealing with grief or have experienced the unexpected loss of a family member or friend.”

Vicky Parra

Vicky Parra

Senior property manager 

Capital Asset Management 

Parra has 30-plus years of commercial property management experience. She is currently responsible for providing third-party management on a portfolio consisting primarily of retail shopping centers. Parra handles the negotiations and documentation of tenant lease renewals, expansions and relocations, as well as building and common area maintenance and projects. 

Biggest career accomplishment: “Honestly, it’s that I have come as far and as long as I have in this career that most people get out of after a while.”

Surprising fact: “I was born with 11 toes!”

No. 1 on the commercial real estate bucket list: “To finish my career as a senior property manager knowing that I provided the best service that benefited my clients in the long run.”