Jeff is responsible for site acquisition and development of multifamily and senior dedicated housing projects in the DFW area for The Wolff Company. He oversees all aspects of the development process, including underwriting analytics, acquisition, entitlement and construction. Previously, Jeff was the President of JAM Associates, a consulting firm dedicated to serving banking and real estate-related companies, and president of the Ft. Worth region of Texas Capital Bank.
Chase is an Austin-based Senior Development Associate at The Wolff Company. He is responsible for site selection, acquisition, entitlements, design and development of multifamily and senior housing assets in Texas. Prior to joining The Wolff Company, Chase was a Portfolio Management Analyst at Lionstone Investments, a real estate private equity firm based in Houston, Texas.
Isaac is a Development Manager at The Wolff Company. He is responsible for managing the pre-development and development process for multifamily and senior housing assets in the southeast. Prior to joining The Wolff Company, Isaac ran his own development management consulting service focused on mixed-use, multifamily, and single-family projects across Texas and the southeast.
Mason is responsible for managing the overall construction process, purchasing, and contract negotiations for both multifamily and senior living projects for The Wolff Company across Texas and the southeast.
Katie is a Development Coordinator at The Wolff Company. She is responsible for managing the development process prior to construction, engaging and managing consultants, and preparing all internal documentation for development projects in Texas and the southeast. Prior to joining The Wolff Company, Katie was Project Manager/Business Development Manager for 12 years at a design/build specialty subcontractor.
In 1949, Pappy founded the Alvin J. Wolff Company (the predecessor to The Wolff Company) with a $1,500 loan. After quickly rising to the top of the residential real estate brokerage market in Spokane, Washington, he launched Wolff’s residential development activity. During a career which spanned more than three decades, he built a legacy of leadership, integrity, service to others, and a commitment to education which continues to define The Wolff Company’s culture to this day.
He was one of the first in his era to implement ongoing professional education training for his real estate professionals and was instrumental in founding the Washington Real Estate Education Foundation. This foundation was eventually moved to Washington State University and now exists as the Washington Center for Real Estate Research. The Alvin J. Wolff Distinguished Professor of Real Estate, a full-time professorship at WSU, was endowed by his Pappy’s peers as a tribute to him.
Pappy held numerous industry leadership positions during his career. He served as president of the Spokane Board of Realtors, president of the International Real Estate Federation and president of the Washington Association of Realtors. He was appointed treasurer of the National Association of Realtors and served on its executive committee for two decades. In this role, he met annually with presidents Nixon, Ford, Carter and Reagan to discuss America’s housing policies. He was appointed by two Washington State governors to serve as Washington State Real Estate Commissioner. Over the course of his career, Pappy he was honored with numerous awards and accolades, including the Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of Realtors, for providing outstanding contributions and service to the real estate industry. The award is considered the NAR’s highest honor. When he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Washington Association of Realtors, the plaque simply yet eloquently read: “Alvin J. Wolff, who is, by example, what others aspire to be.” He dropped out of Gonzaga University Law School to join the Army and rose to the ranks of Captain while serving in World War II. Sixty years later, he received an honorary Doctor of Law degree from Gonzaga.
As a child in the 1960’s Fritz began working in the family business, sweeping parking lots and cleaning vacated apartment units. In 1967 at the age of 19, Fritz formally joined the Alvin J. Wolff Company (the predecessor to The Wolff Company). At that time, the company focused on residential real estate and owned 250 apartment units. During those early years, Fritz learned from his father and began building on a legacy of leadership, integrity, service to others, and a commitment to education which continues to define The Wolff Company’s culture to this day.
Fritz took over as CEO in 1973, heightening the company’s focus on the multifamily sector. In the early 1990’s, he brought various operating entities together under a common holding company – The Wolff Company. His four sons eventually joined the family business, but not before “…working on construction sites, pounding nails, installing appliances and turning rental units just as their father had.” As this third generation of the Wolff family became increasingly involved in the business, the company moved its headquarters to Arizona in 2001. Under Fritz’s leadership, The Wolff Company invested in, acquired or developed more than 10,000 apartment units and delivered outsized returns to investors for more than four decades. By 2008, Fritz transitioned the CEO role to his youngest son Fritz H., but remained very active as Chairman. Fritz continues to actively participate in the business in a number of capacities.
Like his father before him, Alvin J. Wolff Jr. held numerous industry leadership positions and distinctions during his career. He was appointed by the Governor as the Washington Real Estate Commissioner, was elected president of the Washington Association of Realtors and was appointed to the board of the National Association of Realtors. Fritz’s commitment to education manifested itself in many ways. He worked closely with the Washington Center for Real Estate Research at Washington State University, and has served as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Gonzaga University. He has also been active in running a number of other real-estate related enterprises including Wolff Corporate Housing, and Aslin Finch Inc.
Fritz is the Chairman Emeritus of The Wolff Company and is currently a Special Advisor to its senior leaders. Fritz oversaw The Wolff Company for two decades. He attended Gonzaga University and serves as a member of its Board of Regents as well as its Investment Committee. He also completed the OPM Program at Harvard University and is a founding member of YPO Scottsdale.
Jay Petkunas is a Managing Partner, the Chief Executive Officer, and a member of the Investment Committee at The Wolff Company. Prior to joining Wolff in 2006, Jay was an operations executive at Akamai Technologies, a NASDAQ 100 company. Before joining Akamai, he was a management consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers and Arthur Andersen. Jay holds a BBA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and graduated summa cum laude. He currently serves as a board member of the Arizona State Retirement System, Avenue 5 Residential, Make-A-Wish Arizona, and Shelters to Shutters Arizona. He previously served on Scottsdale’s Planning Commission and Economic Development Task Force.
Jesse Wolff is a Managing Partner and the Chief Investment Officer at The Wolff Company. He heads the firm’s Investment Committee and oversees the implementation of the company’s investment strategy for all residential investment activity. Jesse is responsible for market selection, transactional risk management, and all asset-level investment decisions for the company’s residential rental portfolio. He joined The Wolff Company in 1999 and has more than two decades of specialized multifamily investment and asset management experience. Jesse attended Eastern Washington University.
Craig Blanchard is a Managing Partner and the Head of Investment Management at The Wolff Company. Craig is a member of the firm’s Investment Committee and oversees all joint venture and preferred equity investment activity. He joined The Wolff Company in 2022 after partnering with Wolff for more than ten years. Prior to formally joining Wolff, he was a Managing Director at Makena Capital Management where he was responsible for Makena’s real assets portfolio. Before Makena, Craig was a Managing Director at the Stanford Management Company where he oversaw the real estate portfolio. Craig was also a Principal and Head of Special Situations at the Townsend Group. He holds a BA from University of California, Santa Barbara, and an MBA from Stanford University.
Fritz is the Chairman Emeritus of The Wolff Company and a Special Advisor to its senior leaders. Fritz oversaw The Wolff Company for two decades. He attended Gonzaga University and serves as a member of its Board of Regents as well as its Investment Committee. He also completed the OPM Program at Harvard University and is a founding member of YPO Scottsdale.
Steve Jasa is the Chief Financial Officer, Investment Management at The Wolff Company. With more than 24 years of real estate finance and investment management experience, Steve is responsible for all fund-related accounting, compliance, analytics and investor reporting functions for the company’s six real estate private equity funds. Previously, Steve was Vice President of Investment Management of Western National Properties for over 10 years and a Senior Manager in the Real Estate Capital Markets Group of Ernst & Young LLP’s Real Estate Advisory Services. Prior to that, he served as Vice President of The Lyon Group, a multifamily consulting company which specialized in formulating turn-around strategies for foreclosed multifamily properties throughout the Western United States. He holds a BA degree from UCLA and an MBA from Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management.
Charles Laing is the Executive VP, Structured Investments at The Wolff Company. He has more than 20 years of principal investment experience. Prior to joining Wolff, he was a Director at Trefethen Capital Partners, a private investment firm, where he was responsible for sourcing, underwriting and managing credit investments. Previously, he was a Principal at Stairway Capital and Eos Partners, and an Associate at Rosecliff & Weiss and Peck & Greer. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Hampden-Sydney College, and received an MBA from Columbia Business School, where he currently serves as a volunteer in its Ambassador Program for MBA applicants.
Fumi Yashiro is the VP, Portfolio Management at The Wolff Company. With over 18 years of institutional real estate investment management experience, Fumi is responsible for overseeing the portfolio management function for The Wolff Company’s commingled investment funds. Prior to joining The Wolff Company, Fumi was Senior Director of Investment Management at Western National Properties and a Consulting Manager with Ernst & Young, including three years in Japan. He holds a BA in International Relations from Tufts University.
Christopher Westcott is Senior Vice President of Origination at Parse Capital. Mr. Westcott is responsible for identifying, negotiating, and closing joint venture/preferred equity multifamily opportunities throughout the United States (outside of the Southeast). He brings over two decades of multifamily experience with exposure to property management, asset management, and acquisitions, and has executed more than $2B of transactions during his career. Prior to joining Parse Capital, Chris was the Senior Vice President/Principal for Black Creek Group/Ares Management where he was responsible for the development and implementation of Black Creek’s strategy and investment thesis in multifamily. Mr. Westcott attended The George Washington University and is a member of the National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC) and Urban Land Institute (ULI).
Eric is the Director of Capital Markets for The Wolff Company and is responsible for debt and equity co-investment financing for all of the leveraged assets in the Funds and the non-fund portfolio. Prior to joining the company, Eric spent 11 years as partner at a structured finance mortgage brokerage firm in Arizona. He also spent 4 years as a commercial mortgage banker in Phoenix. Eric Graduated with Magna Cum Laude with Bachelor of Science Degree in Real Estate from Arizona State University.
Adam is the VP, Accounting at The Wolff Company. He is responsible for fund-related accounting, treasury, administration, and compliance for the company’s seven real estate private equity funds. Previously, Adam was a Manager in Deloitte’s audit practice in Phoenix. He graduated from the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Science and a Master’s degree in Accounting, and has been a Certified Public Accountant since 2007.
Tim has been an executive at The Wolff Company for more than two decades. He is a member of the firm’s Investment Committee and oversees a number of special projects for the company. He manages all aspects of the firm’s development activity and oversees Wolff’s Senior Living Platform. Tim has more than 25 years of private real estate investment and development experience. He is a graduate of the University of Washington and the OPM Program at Harvard University. Tim is also a founding member and past president of YPO Scottsdale.
William Trefethen is an Executive VP and Credit Investment Committee Member at The Wolff Company. Bill has more than 25 years of capital markets and corporate finance experience. He founded American Commercial Capital, LLC (“ACC”), a national leveraged commercial lending platform which was sold to Wells Fargo in 2001. After his tenure with Wells Fargo, he provided investment banking and investment management services to a variety of private and public clients, including managing a credit joint venture with Fortress Investment Management. Prior to founding ACC, he was a Managing Director with Koll Investment Management and a Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Bill graduated from Arizona State University.
Jamie is the Executive VP, Development Execution at The Wolff Company and is responsible for the company’s development operations. He has been at The Wolff Company since 2012, and prior to that was a partner at Trillium Residential, a fully vertically integrated multifamily developer based in Phoenix that performed their own development, construction, and property management. He graduated from Ryerson Polytechnical University in Toronto, Canada with a Bachelor of Technology in Architectural Design and has been in the construction and development industry for 35 years, the last 25 of which have been dedicated exclusively to multifamily development and construction. He is a licensed residential and commercial General Contractor and has managed the development and construction of over 20,000 multifamily units.
Matt is the Executive VP, Underwriting and Asset Management for The Wolff Company’s direct multifamily investments. He brings 20 years of broad multifamily experience to his role. Matt was previously a founding principal with Trillium Residential, a Phoenix-based multifamily development, and property management firm. He was also the President of Mark-Taylor Residential, where he ran property management and assisted in the development process. During Matt’s tenure at Mark-Taylor, the company was recognized by the Arizona Multi-housing Association and the National Apartment Association for numerous state and national awards. He is a graduate of Arizona State University.
Tim is the Chief Operating Officer at The Wolff Company. He has more than 10 years of financial, operating, and public accounting experience. Prior to joining The Wolff Company in 2005, Tim was a senior tax associate at a regional CPA firm. Tim graduated with a B.S. degree in Accounting from Arizona State University. He is a Certified Public Accountant in Arizona and is a member of the Arizona Society of CPAs.
Scott is the Executive VP, Acquisitions and Dispositions at The Wolff Company. He is responsible for all multifamily transaction activity including acquisitions, financing and asset divestitures. Scott has more than a decade of experience underwriting and acquiring income properties across the Western United States and the Eastern Seaboard. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Economics from Merrimack College and a Master of Business Administration from the College of William and Mary’s Graduate School of Business.
Nate is the Executive VP, Development Sourcing for The Wolff Company. He is responsible for site selection, acquisition, entitlements, design and development of multifamily and senior housing assets in the Southwest and Mountain West regions of the United States. Prior to joining The Wolff Company, Nate was Vice President of Development for both AMLI Residential and Sares-Regis Group. With more than 15 years of experience in the real estate development industry, Nate has sourced, entitled, and developed more than $3 billion of real estate. He graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor’s degree in Construction Management and earned a Master’s of Real Estate Development (MRED) from the University of Southern California with Honors. He is an active member of ULI, BIA and the NMHC.
Jen is the Executive VP, Asset Management at The Wolff Company. She is responsible for leading the development and execution of property-level investment strategies to create value throughout Wolff’s portfolio, and for leading the Asset Management team. Jen has over twenty years of real estate experience including property management, capital markets, investor relations, and asset management. Prior to joining The Wolff Company, Jen was Senior VP with an institutional investment management firm focused on value-add multifamily investment and opportunistic development activities. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Virginia Tech.
Danette Opaczewski is the EVP, Resident Experience and COO, Revel Communities. Danette joined the company in January 2020 and has overall responsibility for the operations and financial performance of the management company. Danette is an executive leader who strengthens business value by using a focused approach on people, processes and systems, strategizing at the highest levels, and 30+ years understanding the complexity of a service-oriented industry. Danette, prior to joining Wolff, spent the last 5 years as CFO for Sydell Group (hospitality owner, developer and operator). Prior to Sydell, Danette held various executive positions within the boutique hospitality industry, including EVP of Operations for Denihan Hospitality Group, CFO for The James Group and VP Operations/Finance for Morgans Hotel Group. Danette brings a wealth of experience in operations, asset management and finance to the team.
Tom is the Executive VP of Wolff Construction, LLC. He is responsible for all the construction operations at Wolff Construction and oversees the team responsible for managing third-party general contractors executing The Wolff Company projects. He has been at The Wolff Company since 2017. Previously, he worked for a private multifamily development company based in Las Vegas, a large construction company in Hawaii, and two large Phoenix-based commercial general contractors engaged in commercial and multifamily projects. He was also a partner with Trammel Crow Residential based in Scottsdale. Tom graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in Civil Engineering and has been licensed as a professional engineer in the states of Louisiana, California, and Hawaii. Tom is currently the Responsible Management Employee for the contractor’s licenses in Virginia, Arizona, and Nevada. Since 2001, he has exclusively managed the construction of multifamily projects and has been involved in the completion of over 20,000 multifamily units.
Chris is the Senior VP, Development Sourcing at The Wolff Company. He is responsible for site selection, acquisition, entitlements, design and development of multifamily and senior housing assets in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. With more than 10 years experience in the multi-family industry, Chris has been involved in the development of more than $1 Billion of multi-family assets. He received his Bachelor’s degree and MBA from the University of Washington, where he also completed the Commercial Real Estate Certificate Program. He is an active member of ULI, NAIOP, NMHC and is a past board member of the Seattle Architecture Foundation.
Derek Cayton is the VP of Development Management. He is an Arizona native and experienced in multifamily residential development with 20+ years in the industry. Prior to joining The Wolff Company in 2017, Derek was the Senior Director at Gray Development Group, a multifamily residential developer specializing in urban in-fill areas and high-density land planning. Derek holds a BSBA in Finance from the University of Arizona. He previously served on the Desert Ridge Core Association during his tenure with Gray Development Group.
Whitney is the VP, Accounting and oversees the accounting for Wolff’s real estate operations. She brings over 15 years of experience in accounting and operations. Whitney began her career with Ernst & Young focusing on real estate and hospitality clients before moving to PulteGroup as Manager of Accounting & Title Operations. Through the years she honed her accounting and business management skills supervising multiple operations in the real estate industry as well as in the legal industry as Controller for a Phoenix-based law firm. Whitney is a licensed CPA and is also a licensed real estate agent in Arizona.
Ryan oversees the tax department at The Wolff Company. He has more than 14 years of income tax experience focused mainly on rental real estate and partnership taxation. Prior to joining The Wolff Company in 2010, Ryan was a tax manager at a national CPA firm. Ryan graduated with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s degree in taxation from Arizona State University. He is also a Certified Public Accountant in Arizona.
Dornan is the VP, Human Resources, responsible for developing and executing initiatives that support organizational strategy and objectives including talent acquisition, employee experience, compensation and benefits, and learning and organization development and capacity. Dornan has over 20 years of human resources experience within a variety of companies across multiple industries including blue-chip financial services and technology leaders and startups to support organic growth as well as M&A activity. Dornan graduated magna cum laude from Regis University, with a degree in Human Resource Management and Organization Development. She is also a proud US Navy veteran and mother to two wonderful children.
Ginni Ryan is Senior VP, Operations at Revel Communities, and has overall responsibility for operations for the senior living portfolio. Ginni has over 18 years of operations and sales experience in the seniors housing industry with a focus on new communities and communities requiring intense focus to turn around in all aspects. Additionally, she brings with her a focus on developing a deeper understanding of the needs and desires of the senior population to design actionable, innovative strategies to achieve goals. Prior to joining Revel, she worked as Senior Vice President, Western Division for Milestone Retirement Communities for eight years overseeing communities with several owners and investment groups within a diverse portfolio. Before Milestone, Ginni held various roles in healthcare and seniors housing in sales, operations, and new business development. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business marketing.
Laura Schmid is the Senior VP, Sales at Revel Communities. Laura joined the company in June 2019 and has overall responsibility for sales operations and training. Laura has over 15 years of industry experience with the majority of her accomplishments being in a start-up and merger capacity. Prior to Revel, she served at Brookdale Senior Living overseeing 260+ communities representing $1.4B in revenue across 16 states and successfully led the Division through the Emeritus/Brookdale merger/integration. Her experience includes multiple product lines – Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care and Skilled Nursing, and performing functions in sales, marketing, training and development. Prior to Brookdale, she held positions at Atria and Elmcroft, and has a prior background with Regus corporate office leasing and dot-com start-ups.