Management Team

David Poretz
Portfolio Manager

David is the Portfolio Manager at Olive Tree Property Holdings LLC and The Life Properties. David is responsible for optimizing the management of Olive Tree's portfolio by utilizing best-in-class technology solutions to reduce costs and maximize the efficiency of leasing, billing and collections, and vendor management. In addition, David leads Olive Tree's affiliate property management firm, The Life Properties, by leveraging his experience and best practices in capital improvements, maintenance, and tenant occupancy to maximize asset performance. Prior to Olive Tree, David was the Operating Efficiency Specialist at Fortress Development Group and effectively reduced operating expenses in over 30 properties, while increasing revenue via his lead generation strategies and financial modeling. David draws from his breadth of experience in Operations, Tax and Utilities Consulting, and Market Research for his role at Olive Tree. David is a graduate of Binghamton University with a BS in Accounting.

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Welton McCrary
Director of Property Management

Welton McCray is the Director of Property Management for The Life Properties. Welton brings twelve years of regional and property management experience to The Life with a diverse background in Affordable Housing, Conventional Multifamily, and Student Housing. Welton’s experience includes overseeing budget planning, cost management, training, asset stabilization, rehabs, and leading various property management teams across multiple states. Welton is a native to Alabama where he attended The University of Alabama in Huntsville and received a degree in Business Management.

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Clay Boyer
Chief Construction Officer

In his role as Chief Construction Officer (CCO) Clay Boyer manages all aspects of construction and maintenance operations for The Life Properties portfolio. Clay brings over 25 years of industry experience, performing in leadership roles in various areas of multifamily housing to include conventional, military and single-family. Clay worked with MAA early in his career managing capital and maintenance operations as Regional Service Director for 15K units, managing approx. 11 mil in CAPEX projects annually. Recognized for outstanding achievements and departmental contributions, Clay moved into the AVP-Director of Maintenance Operations role for MAA based out of Memphis with oversite of 40K units. In a similar capacity, he worked with Bell Partners as a Regional Director throughout the Southeast, managing 35 conventional properties in Texas, Arkansas, and Florida, before moving into a rewarding position in military housing. Clay helped to renovate and manage 5K homes at Ft. Riley, KS., home of the Big Red One, for 6 years serving as Director of Capital, Maintenance and Purchasing before becoming Operations Director. Preceding his appointment to the CCO role for The Life Properties, Clay served as the department head of capital, maintenance, and renovations for Progress Residential based in Atlanta. Clay has a well-established track record of leadership in the industry and brings a wealth of knowledge and professionalism to the team!

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Kelley Gibson
VP of Accounting and Finance

VP of Accounting, Kelley Gibson, has 28 years of experience in Real Estate Accounting covering Industrial, Commercial, Retail, and Multi-Family Management. She has proven strengths in General Ledger audit, Balance sheet reconciliation, financial statements, financial analysis, quarterly re-forecasting, budgeting, cash management, payroll, and investor relations. At The Life Properties, Kelley works diligently reviewing and preparing financials, assisting auditors, recording property closings, processing payroll, and doing banking. Kelley has shown herself to be committed to establishing a productive and knowledgeable accounting team and fostering lasting client relationships.

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Dustin Skinner
VP of Systems and Technology

Dustin Skinner brings 15 years of experience in the multifamily space to The Life Properties. Dustin oversees systems and IT initiatives, facilitation, and assists with the development and implementation of operational procedures. Before joining The Life Properties team, Dustin managed the Systems Department at RADCO Residential and was the Revenue Manager in addition to his other duties until RADCO surpassed 19,000 units. Before RADCO Residential, Dustin was an integral part of the systems team for RAM Partners, LLC, one of the largest and most respected apartment managers in the US. Dustin has also held a variety of onsite positions and embraces defining and overcoming challenges. He brings experience with YARDI Voyager, LRO, YieldStar, RENTCafe, RENTCafe CRM, Entrata, eSite, MRI, OneSite, and AMSI.

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Daphne Pruitt
Director of Marketing

Daphne Pruitt joined The Life Properties in January 2019 with 6 years of comprehensive experience in the multifamily industry. As Marketing Director, she oversees and manages corporate and portfolio-wide marketing and branding initiatives to include brand concept development, implementation of marketing and advertising campaigns, website development, online reputation management, marketing training, and analysis of trends and customer needs. Prior to joining The Life Properties, she held the position of Regional Marketing Manager at RADCO Residential where she managed marketing efforts of over 25 properties and 15,000 units across Georgia, Oklahoma, Indiana and Tennessee. During her tenure at RADCO Residential, she played a vital role as she onboarded many properties—branding their communities from the ground up at the time of acquisition. Preceding RADCO Residential, Daphne began her career in property management as a Traveling Assistant Property Manager at Aspen Square Management. At Aspen Square, Daphne gained solid experience in on-site operations while working to assist in stabilizing both conventional and affordable housing start-up communities throughout 6 states around the country. Daphne is well versed in YARDI Voyager, RENTCafe Site Manager, RENTCafe CRM, ILOVELEASING, and OneSite.

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Chief Reginald Scandrett
Director of Security

Reginald Scandrett serves as the Director of Security at The Life Properties. He gives oversight to all security measures and/or law enforcement concerns pertaining to The Life Properties. Prior to the Life Properties, Reginald B. Scandrett was Chief Deputy of the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office. He was responsible for managing all the agency’s law enforcement operations, which included the DeKalb County Jail Division, Field Division, Court Division, Training Division, and Reserves Division. Prior to his promotion in August 2014, Former Chief Deputy Scandrett was Jail Division Commander for four years, heading the state’s largest adult pre-trial detention facility. The 3,800-bed capacity jail houses an average of 2,200 persons daily and processes more than 40,000 detainees each year. A career law enforcement officer, Former Chief Scandrett joined the Sheriff’s Office in 1990 as a Detention Officer and was promoted to positions of increasing responsibility over the past 25 years. Former Chief Deputy Scandrett graduated magna cum laude from St. Leo University with a degree in Criminal Justice. He is also a graduate of the Mercer University Public Safety Leadership Institute and the U.S. Department of Justice F.B.I. Defensive Tactics Instructor School. He retired from the position in June 2019.

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Paul Rhodes
Director of Maintenance Operations

As the Director of Maintenance Operations Paul Rhodes oversees policies, procedures, and personnel development for all on-site maintenance activities. Paul arrived at The Life Properties after over 10 years of experience performing all maintenance roles at the site level. Additionally, Paul delivered training for 15 years focused on all aspects of apartment maintenance across the country as a National Trainer for HD Supply and the National Apartment Association Education Institute (NAAEI). This includes being recognized by the National Swimming Pool Foundation as an Instructor of Excellence for CPO® Training in 2007 and 2008. As the Lead Trainer for HD Supply-Customer Training, Paul led the transition to using digital training methods in the classroom which increased the number of classes delivered. As the National Safety and Maintenance Instructor for NAAEI, he updated the curriculum for the ANSI accredited Certificate for Apartment Maintenance Technician program as well as developed additional credentials. Paul holds the following designations: CAMT, CAMT+E, CAMT+L, CAPS, EPA 608 Universal, PHTA-CPO Instructor, and is a continuing member of NAAEI Faculty.

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Tracy Falknor
Director of Human Resources

Tracy Falknor is responsible for all human resource initiatives for all property locations and corporate roles. Prior to joining Olive Tree and The Life Properties, Tracy worked as an HR professional for over 13 years within various industries throughout the Houston, Texas area. She is experienced with recruiting/sourcing, employee engagement, coaching/counseling, benefit administration, HR laws, etc. Tracy’s strengths are her passion for helping others, her ability to attract top talent through her continuous networking efforts, her drive for improving the employee experience, and overall customer service she provides to internal and external customers. Tracy holds her SHRM-CP, a notary public, and is a member of SHRM and HR Houston.

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Shay Lucas
Director of Information Systems

Shay Lucas is the Director of Information Systems. Shay has a demonstrated history of working in the multi-family industry for nearly 10 years, with experience in YARDI Voyager, LRO, RENTCafe, RENTCafe CRM, and multiple other systems. She is responsible for analyzing and identifying business needs from a technology perspective, assisting with various Information Systems initiatives and implementation. Shay's primary goals are to educate and support our onsite and corporate teams with her breadth of knowledge and unmatched facilitation skills.

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Cynthia Williams
Regional Vice President

Cynthia serves as Regional Vice President for The Life Properties. In her role, she manages, directs, and implements strategies to ensure the achievement of operational efficiencies and profitability for clients and their assets. Cynthia offers expertise in a diverse collection of management activities including resident relations, vendor management, lease compliance, and contract negotiation. Cynthia began her 20+ year career in the industry as a leasing professional and quickly grew through the ranks to a Regional Manager. Her experience includes new construction (lease-up and stabilized), age-restricted, Project-based section-8, HOME units, as well as affordable and conventional market-rate assets. Cynthia has direct accretive experience in due diligence, property assessment and acquisition research, and REAC compliance. Cynthia is a Certified Tax Credit Specialist (TCS), a Certified Occupancy Specialist (COS), and a Housing Credit Certified Professional (HCCP).

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Natalie Spratt
Regional Vice President

Natalie Spratt serves as Regional Vice President for The Life Properties. With over 20 years experience in various Texas markets, Natalie has vast experience in lease ups, stabilization of distressed assets, renovations of conventional, student housing and affordable units. Natalie is a graduate of the University of Houston with a Bachelors of Science degree. She holds her National Apartment Leasing Professional (NALP), Certified Apartment Manager (CAM) and Independent Rental Owner Professional (IROP) designations, all through the National Apartment Association; as well as her Texas Real Estate License. For over 10 years, Natalie served as Advisory Board Chair for the Property Management Program through the Houston Community College. In addition, she has also instructed courses at the Houston Community College, for those who sought out a certification in the study of Property Management - in partnership with the Houston Apartment Association.

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LaSha Anthony
Regional Manager

LaSha Anthony serves as the Regional Manager in the Atlanta Region for The Life Properties, bringing over 18 years of industry experience. Her extensive background includes various operational and management roles serving Single-Family, Student, Conventional, LIHTC, and Senior Housing. LaSha's experience also includes multi-site management, property re-positioning, expense control, compliance monitoring, delinquency and occupancy control, asset improvement, and multiple property takeovers. LaSha holds multiple professional certificates including HCCP, C3P, SHCM, and is a Notary Public.

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Sherhonda Gray
Regional Manager

Sherhonda Gray serves as the Regional Manager for The Life Properties. With over 18 years of experience in property management with a background in Multi-Site management, Conventional, LIHTC, lease ups, stabilization of distressed assets, budget planning, delinquency, due-diligence, and renovations. Sherhonda is a native of North Carolina where she attended The University of Charlotte and received a Bachelor of Science degree as well as two Master’s degrees from The University of Phoenix and The University of Grand Canyon.

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