William B. Welden – President
As a founding member of SPM, Bill has led the company’s growth over the past 44 years and established it as one of the top property management firms in the country. He has established a portfolio of multi-family property assets managed for private owners, equity investors and other institutional clients valued at more than $2bn.
Bill has served as an officer and on the Board of Directors of various multifamily housing associations, including the Greater Birmingham Apartment Association and the Southeastern Affordable Housing Management Association (SAHMA). He holds an Alabama real estate broker’s license and has been involved in the management of over 30,000 units of conventional, affordable, bond financed, and tax credit communities. Before joining SPM in 1987, Bill earned a B.S. degree in Commerce and Business Administration from the University of Alabama and a Law Degree from the Cumberland School of Law.
Mitchell G. Smith – Executive Vice President
Mitchell is responsible for directing strategy, client services and operations across SPM’s portfolio. He is also responsible for SPM’s corporate administration, strategic initiatives and profit-and-loss performance.
Prior to joining SPM, Mitchell served as Chief Operating Officer for The Scion Group, LLC during its expansive growth. He was responsible for the organizational development and integration of over $5bn in AUM. He has an extensive background in value-add rehabs and construction, due diligence, acquisitions, asset management, branding, marketing, sales and PropTech.
Mitchell has held several positions with NYSE: GCT operating under the brand name College Park Communities, the first publicly traded REIT focused exclusively on student housing. He is a graduate of North Carolina State University, a frequent speaker and thought leader at industry events and a member of IREM, NAA, NMHC and ULI.
Rex Snyder – Chief Accounting Officer
With 30 years in the real estate industry, Rex oversees the accounting and investment functions for SPM’s multifamily portfolio. His professional responsibilities include oversight of all financial and strategic reporting requirements to owners and management.
Additional responsibilities include investor relations, the oversight and planning of audits, cash management, payables, receivables, along with planning and executing the reporting for all acquisitions or dispositions. Rex’s prior experience includes a number of specialized areas in the multifamily and commercial real estate field, such as financial analysis, syndication, and budgeting responsibilities. Rex graduated from the University of Alabama and is a Certified Public Accountant.
W. Edgar Welden, Jr. – Vice President
Ed has been involved in the Section 202, PRAC, and Section 8 programs of HUD for more than 25 years in his role as Manager of SPM, LLC. Additionally, Ed has been involved in the refinancing and redevelopment of numerous 202 Properties through the use of bond financed, tax credit, FHA financing and also with new construction of Senior Housing with HUD through the PRAC program. Ed also served as Managing Partner of Interactive Video Technologies, LLC. Ion247 focuses on video monitoring as well as the installation and service of Security Cameras, Access Control, and Alarm Systems at communities and business in the Southeast.
Ed graduated from the University of Alabama in 1991 with a B.S. degree in Commerce and Business Administration and is involved in such organizations as the Monday Morning Quarterback Club and the President’s Cabinet at the University of Alabama.
Susie Brandino – Vice President, Property Management
Susie brings 44 years of experience in her role as VP. She has held many key positions within SPM as the company has grown and now oversees a portfolio of over 3,000 units, including high-rise, mid-rise, and garden style communities for seniors in three states. These communities are primarily non-profit and have some form of Federal subsidy as well as Home, & LIHTC included in their financing structure. She has been involved in the oversight of new construction, as well as being closely involved over the years with almost half of her portfolio benefitting from large capital improvement rehabs.
Susie’s portfolio of senior communities consistently achieves Superior MOR ratings and high REAC scores. Many of these communities have also received beautification awards and special recognition from their local municipalities. Fifteen of Susie’s communities have been designated as a “Communities of Quality” by NAHMA.
Charee Russell – Vice President, Property Management
Charee brings 28 years of experience in multifamily housing and has overseen diversified residential portfolio including conventional, senior, affordable and section 8 communities. She has been involved with property acquisitions, rehabs, asset repositioning and large-scale capital improvement projects culminating in profitable, stabilized asset performance and growth. Her ultimate responsibility is to achieve superior operational results and deliver exceptional customer service to owners, boards of directors, regulatory agencies and residents in her portfolio.
Previously, Charee worked with The Wilson Company, United Dominion and AIMCO and holds a Florida Real Estate Broker’s License; has the designation of Certified Occupancy Specialist from National Center of Housing Management; and is a Housing Credit Certified Professional through the National Association of Home Builders. She studied at the University of Mobile, majoring in Organizational Management. Charee is currently the Florida State Regulator Director for SAHMA, and formally served on the Board of Leading Age Florida.
Gail Graves – Vice President, Property Management
Gail oversees a diversified residential portfolio consisting of high-rise, mid-rise and garden- style apartment communities located in six states. Gail’s portfolio includes affordable family and senior for-profit apartment communities participating in Section 8, Rural Development, Home and various LIHTC programs. The majority of these communities receive some form of rental assistance from the federal government.
Gail’s expertise in understanding, interpreting and implementing HUD’s regulatory programs has established her as one of the leading authorities in the affordable housing industry. Since joining SPM in 1980, Gail’s experience in the multifamily industry includes new community construction, lease-up and asset repositioning. Under Gail’s leadership, her communities have consistently achieved excellent Real Estate Assessment Center (REAC) and Management and Occupancy Report (MOR) scores.
Gail holds an Alabama real estate license and has earned the Certified Property Manager (CPM) designation from the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM). Gail has served as the HUD liaison for the local Chapter of IREM and is also involved in the National Affordable Housing Management Association (NAHMA), having been awarded the NAHP-Executive designation.
Amanda Knott – Vice President, Property Management
Active in the residential housing industry for more than 25 years, Amanda holds extensive expertise in strategic property management operations with a particular focus on managing student, affordable, tax credit and conventional multifamily communities across multiple states. Throughout her career Amanda has been responsible for development in virtually every sector of the real estate industry – acquisitions, financing, development with oversight on leasing, marketing, operations and sales. She is skilled at lease ups, property renovations/ rehabs, and property acquisitions.
Her real estate experience includes property and facility management, commercial management and leasing, staff training and development and software implementation. Amanda currently oversees the day to day operations of SPM’s conventional portfolio where she is responsible for all facets of the conventional properties including: financial reporting, leasing and marketing, operating system and technologies and policy and procedures. Amanda has worked for RealPage, CA Ventures, Related Management, Vornado Realty Trust and Duquesne University. During her tenure with these organizations she lead various property management positions at both the site and corporate levels overseeing premier portfolio of assets in excess of 32,000 units, valued at over $3B. Amanda earned a B.S. degree in Psychology with a minor in Japanese from Duquesne University.
Anthony Alsup – Vice President, Asset Services
Anthony directs all SPM Building Services activities as part of a broader Asset Services function wherein he is also responsible for financial planning and analysis, maintenance and facilities and asset management activities on behalf of SPM and its multifamily apartment communities. Prior to joining SPM, Anthony served as Director of Asset Management at Cardinal Group Investments where he oversaw $500M in AUM of value-add student housing. He has strong experience re-positioning assets using various strategies involving physical upgrades, marketing and branding, reputational improvement, improved operational standards, implementation of technology, and the use of data and analytics to make sound decisions. His career has involved both investment and operational roles in the multi-family sector which have afforded him a multi-faceted perspective on real-estate strategies.
Moses Wright – Vice President, Human Resources
Moses is a Human Resources Executive with more than 30 years of experience and currently serves as the Vice President of Human Resources. Moses has been in this role since June, 2000 and is responsible for employee/employer relations, benefits, compensation and career development and recruiting for more than 800 employees. He also has extensive expertise in multi-state federal, state and local labor laws. He is also responsible for counseling and training mid-level management on regulatory compliance set forth by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Mr. Wright attended the University of Mississippi from 1982 through 1986, majoring in Business Administration and Computer Programming. He has attained multiple accreditations in the areas of employment law and labor relations.
Christy Hagood, Administration
With 35 years of experience in multifamily property management, Christy’s knowledge is well rounded in both affordable and conventional housing. Her experience covers multiple aspects of the business but her expertise is in Training and Development and Information Technology. She climbed the ranks at SPM, then seized the opportunity to develop and grow an IT Managed Services Division at a sister company before returning to SPM. In her current role as Director of Administration, she is responsible for the operations of our Information Technology, Training and Development, and Corporate Office Management departments.
Cathy Clark, Controller
Cathy began her Accounting career in Public Accounting, where she earned her CPA Certificate. She then moved into a position as Director of Accounting with a community hospital, and then became Controller of a community Savings Bank before joining SPM in 2006. Cathy serves as Controller and oversees the daily operations of the SPM Accounting Department. She has held several volunteer service positions in her community and currently serves on the Finance Committee of her church. Cathy is a graduate of The University of Alabama.
Griffin Thomas, Financial Planning & Analysis
Griffin is responsible for the Financial Planning and Analysis functions of SPM’s conventional portfolio. With 15 years of experience in multi-family housing, along with degrees in Finance, Real Estate, and Computer Science from The University of Alabama, he is uniquely suited for the oversight of the conventional portfolio’s budgeting, market analysis, and financial planning activities. Prior to joining SPM in August of 2020, Griffin spent 10 years in multiple Sunbelt markets working for MAA, the nation’s largest owner/operator of apartment homes.
Miriam Bearden, Regulatory
Miriam has been with SPM for over 28 years and currently serves as SPM’s Regulatory Coordinator. In this position, she is responsible for ensuring that all SPM’s communities (HUD, LIHTC and other Housing Related Programs) are in compliance with all program requirements and updates. As Regulatory Coordinator, she is also responsible for monitoring and overseeing Section 504, Fair Housing, ADA and LEP compliance as well as compliance with various environmental requirements.
Miriam has attained the Certified Professional Occupancy Certification and NAHMA Fair Housing Compliance Certification, as well as the LIHTC Housing Credit Compliance Specialist, National Compliance Professional and the Site Compliance Specialist Certifications. She graduated from Mississippi State University with a Bachelor of Professional Accountancy and Bachelor of Business Administration Degree.
Elisabeth Woodring, Property Tax & Insurance
Elisabeth joined SPM in 2015, working in the affordable housing division. In 2018, she assumed her current role as Insurance and Tax Coordinator. Elisabeth is responsible for the risk management of SPM, and its affiliated companies. This entails managing insurance policies, claims, and limiting the exposure to risks. In addition, she coordinates the tax filings, appeals, and payments with SPM’s tax consultant. Elisabeth is a graduate of the University of Alabama.