We are very pleased to announce that Wendy Deetjen and Jason McDonald were promoted earlier this year to Assistant Vice President of Operations given their significant leadership and development skills.
Wendy Deetjen joined The Laramar Group in 2014 as Regional Manager overseeing our Chicago area portfolio consisting of approximately 2,300 units. She recently expanded her geography to include Minnesota given our recent growth in Minneapolis-St. Paul metro. Her portfolio includes high-rise and garden-style communities consisting of core, urban, value add, and affordable communities.
Wendy brings more than 20 years of residential services and property management experience to the Laramar Group. Previously, she served as Regional Property Manager for Lincoln Property Company where she specialized in the oversight of Class A high-rises in the Downtown Chicago and Evanston markets. Prior to Lincoln Property Company, Deetjen was Director of Property Management with MAC Property Management. She was accountable for the strategic direction and portfolio management of 4,700 units in Chicago, Kansas City, Dallas and Houston. The longevity of Wendy's career was spent with Archstone-Smith. She was responsible for a portfolio of high-rises and retail Downtown Chicago and managed a new development and garden-style communities in Southern and Northern California. She also served as Senior Property Manager for RMK Management in the Downtown Chicago market. Wendy holds a B.A.in Communication Management with concentrations in Marketing and Spanish from the University of Dayton.
Jason McDonald joined Laramar in 2015 as Regional Manager overseeing our Florida assets. Florida is a key geography for Laramar and continues to expand with a diverse portfolio of core, urban, affordable and lease-up properties with approximately 2,900 units.
Jason has worked in the multifamily industry since 1993. Prior to Laramar, Jason served an Investment Manager for Pinnacle overseeing their Florida properties. Before this, Jason held positions as a Regional Manager, Asset Manager, Commercial Portfolio Manager, Leasing Director, and Construction Manager with both the Henry S. Miller and Beztak companies overseeing projects in Florida, Michigan, Arizona, as well as North and South Carolina. Jason also owned and operated his own company, Monisa Management LLC, from 2009 through 2011. Jason started his career in multifamily with Berkshire Property Management in South Florida as a Leasing Consultant, Assistant Property Manager, and Renovation Coordinator.
Please join me in congratulating Wendy and Jason on these well-deserved promotions. We are fortunate to have their leadership and experience on the Laramar operations team!