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Sara D'Elia, CPM

CEO, Principal

Broker License Number: 01013395

Sara D'Elia’s experience spans over 30 years, having had responsibility for over 3MM square feet of commercial space and over 12,000 multifamily units. Sara was awarded 2019 Real Estate Professional of the Year by the Orange County chapter of IREM.

Throughout Sara’s career, she has amassed extensive experience in acquisitions, lease ups and redevelopments. She has divided her time equally in fee management and owner- managed assets during her career. Her leadership and communication skills have produced a proven track record in business relationships, marketing, cost control and budget implementation.

Sara received her BA from California State Long Beach in 1988 and her Certified Property Manager (CPM) designation in 1994. She served as President of IREM OC in 2013 and the chapter received a national award for innovation. She is a licensed California real estate professional. Her background includes acquisition consulting and expert witness testimony.

Sara D'Elia served on the Board of Directors for Mercy House Transitional Living Centers for 14 years and continues to support her community via multiple philanthropic contributions.


Jeanette Ruscitti, CPM

Vice President, Operations 

Real Estate Number:01919452

Jeanette has 24 years of property management experience, including positions held as Regional Director, Senior Regional Manager, Training and Administration Manager, Audit Manager, Office Manager, as well as multiple on-site management roles. Jeanette has held management positions within locally and nationally known real estate companies: Wasatch Premier Communities, Trammell Crow Residential and Mesa Management. Jeanette Ruscitti served as Senior Regional Manager at Mesa Management since September of 2005.

Jeanette’s experience includes multi-family and retail management. Jeanette received her BA from the University of California San Diego in 1997, her Certified Apartment Manager (CAM) designation in 2009 and her Certified Property Manager (CPM) designation from IREM in 2013. Jeanette is currently a licensed Real Estate Salesperson in California.


Frank Thorp

Director of Multifamily 

Real Estate License Number: 01953897                  Client Testimonials

Frank Thorp has over 20 years of Property Management experience including positions held as Asset Manager, Regional Manager, Executive Manager and Senior Manager. Frank also has experience in training, marketing and facility management.

Frank has held management positions within locally and nationally known real estate companies: Arnel Management, Western National Group, The Irvine Company and UDR. He has experience in managing real estate in the Orange County, Los Angeles, Inland Empire and San Diego markets. Frank Thorp has had market success through clear strategies in increasing revenue, reducing cost and spear heading customer service strategies in major markets.

Frank attended California State University Fullerton majoring in business management. Frank is also a licensed Real Estate Salesperson in California.



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Jan Melano

Senior Commercial Manager 

Real Estate License Number: 01158586                Client Testimonials

Jan Melano has over 30 years of management experience concentrated in large retail, office, and multi-family assets. The skill and dedication Jan brings to her work is demonstrated by the enthusiasm of client testimonials like “Jan Melano has been the most effective and responsive manager I have ever worked with,” and  “I think she is the best in the industry.”

Jan’s in-depth experience in all aspects of the day-to-day operations, negotiations and facilities management for commercial real estate is unparalleled. Controlling costs and working closely with owners and investors, she maximizes revenue enhancement opportunities.

Prior to her affiliation with The REMM Group, she was Vice President of a leading private investment firm that managed high- quality residential and commercial assets. She was responsible for management of operations, negotiations, human resources, facilities management and overall profitability of the Northern California portfolio. Her team's commitment to long-range planning and maximizing productivity created the top-performing branch over a ten-year period.

As a Director of Commercial Property, Jan supports Regional and Area Managers. She leads and inspires the team to provide above and beyond service.

Jan Melano is a licensed Real Estate Salesperson in California, and an active member of the Institute of Real Estate Management. Jan graduated with honors from both Chapman University and Pepperdine University with Bachelor and Masters of Arts degrees.


Robert T. Tanaka,CPM, CSM

Commercial Property Manager

Real Estate License Number: 00840747

Robert Tanaka is a Certified Property Manager with 30 years’ experience in the management of commercial and residential real estate. He holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles, and an M.B.A. from their Graduate School of Management (Anderson School) with a concentration in real estate and urban land economics.

Prior to joining The REMM Group, Bob was Vice President of August Management, Inc., an affiliate of the Glendale Federal (Glen Fed) family of companies. During his tenure with August, he was responsible for a portfolio of 25 properties including shopping centers and 4,000 apartment units. Additional experience includes the position of Vice President, National Investment Development Corporation; Housing Resources Management, Inc.; and Assistant Vice President with American Development Corporation and Sabina Realty Corporation. In the early 1970's, Bob was employed with the second largest developer of high-rise office space in Los Angeles' Mid-Wilshire area assisting in the marketing, leasing and management of their properties.

Bob is a licensed California real estate broker and former member of the Association of HUD Management Agents.


Picture of Ross GreenwellRoss Greenwell, CCRM 

Senior Regional Property Manager

Real Estate License Number: 02060345                    Client Testimonials

Ross Greenwell has an exceptional track record of success and delivering quantifiable results to multifamily property owners. He joined The REMM Group after 13 years with The Irvine Company as Regional Manager for flagship communities ranging from 736 to 1500 apartment homes in San Diego. Ross was also responsible for large community acquisitions, and a 250 million dollar renovation.

Before The Irvine Company, Ross was with Garden Communities in San Diego where he served on the lease-up management team of a 17-story luxury high-rise with 704 units. Fourteen years of property management and nearly 20 years of total management experience have developed and proven Ross’s ability to lead, motivate, and hold his team accountable for a high level of success achieving demanding NOI and occupancy goals.

Ross studied at Utah Valley University. He became a California Certified Residential Manager in 2013.


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Caron Wilson

Regional Property Manager

Real Estate License Number: 01722772                       Client Testimonials

Caron Wilson joined The REMM Group in March of 2002.  Caron has over 23 years of property management experience with a strong operational background.  Prior to joining The REMM Group, Caron worked extensively with all aspects of retail property management, including tenant relationships, accounts receivable and payable, budgeting, CAM reconciliations, supervision of maintenance staff, and property accounting.

For 16 years , Caron maintained the position of Assistant Commercial Property Manager  at The REMM Group. As the company grew and changed around her, she was a source of stability, continuity and experienced hands-on support for our commercial team. Caron adjusted well to the developing culture and helped to build it with her positive attitude and attention to detail.

 In 2018 Caron accepted the position of Commercial Regional Manager.  She now puts her expertise, problem solving skills and foresight to work directly for our clients and their tenants.


Valerie Love 

Regional Property Manager

Real Estate License Number: 02080736                     Client Testimonials

Valerie Love has over 20 years of combined sales, administration, and production experience. She began with us in Resident Relations. Her excellent customer service, professionalism and willingness to take on new challenges led to promotions through Business Manager to Area Manager and now to Regional Manager. Her ability to consistently exceed set goals and motivate her team, have been hallmarks of Valerie’s success at The REMM Group. She received her real estate license in 2019.


Picture of Leo DiapoLeo Diapo

Commercial Property Manager

Real Estate License Number: 02080736

Leo Diapo has assisted with the property management of over two million sf of high-rise, mid-rise, class A, office, restaurant and retail space in Orange County. This included customer communications, accounts receivable and accounts payable, budget preparation and implementation, CAM recoveries, monthly financial variance comments, capital projects, and tenant improvement projects.

Leo has trained and mentored numerous community and leasing administrators. He is also skilled in developing workflow processes to improve communication and increase efficiency. He received his Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from UCI. He also has ICSC certification as a Leasing Consultant, Community Administrator and Assistant Manager. Leo recieved his real estate licence in 2019.


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Leanna Tevis, ARM

Regional Property Manager

 Real Estate License Number: 02067866

Leanna Tevis’ great enthusiasm, industry insight and commitment to excellence positively impacts each community she oversees. Leanna is a great example of how the extensive training program and performance based culture at The REMM Group develops an excellent management team. 

Her team members found her work so outstanding that they nominated Leanna for the Going Beyond and Creating Value 2nd Quarter Award 2019. Leanna received the award for her high level of customer service and her enthusiastic support for any associates she worked with.

The positive, competitive spirit Leanna brings to her work inspires her teams to give 100%. Her wealth of knowledge about Los Angeles, Inland Empire and San Gabriel Valley multifamily properties is always insightful.


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Melinda Gater, ARM

Regional Property Manager

Real Estate License Number: 02115838                   Client Testimonial

Melinda Gater has over two decades of experience in multifamily property management. In her previous position as Area Manager at The REMM Group, Melinda shared her experience at maximizing rent growth, maintaining high occupancy and delivering exceptional customer service with the Business Managers at Casa Grande, Medici, Villa Boutique and Ariana at El Paseo Apartment Homes while continuing to manage Mediterra Apartment Community.

Melinda’s coaching, mentoring and motivational skills make her an outstanding Regional Manager. This is demonstrated by the reduction in delinquency rates across her portfolio. Her experience successfully managing properties undergoing extensive interior and exterior renovations offer our teams knowledgeable guidance during capital improvements.

 Melinda achieves measurable results for her clients and succeeds in advancing The REMM Group’s portfolio.


Spencer Licon

Regional Property Manager

Real Estate License Number: 021106632

Spencer Licon’s outgoing personality, strong marketing skills and eight years of property management experience in class A and B buildings make him an excellent Regional Property Manager. As an honorably retired United States Marine, his work ethic and motivation are an inspiration to our team.

Spencer is always alert for opportunities to add to a client’s ROI or to improve a resident’s experience. Property managers appreciate Spencer’s positivity and advice on property improvements, service, and resident retention. His proficiency with property management technology tools is also of great assistance to newer managers.


Nick Williams

Commercial Property Manager

Real Estate License Number: 02081572

Nick Williams joined The REMM Group in 2019 from Irvine Company where he assisted with the property management of over 2.5 million square feet of high rise, mid-rise, Class A, office, restaurant and retail space in Orange County. Nick creates meaningful relationships with tenants, owners and vendors to ensure efficiency and expedite communications. He has brought major projects in on time and under budget. Nick has also implemented learning and mentoring programs for team members.

Dedicated work and enthusiastic application to The REMM Group’s commercial property portfolio makes Nick an invaluable member of our team. Nick received his Bachelor of Arts in Communications from UCLA. His community involvement includes work with “The Mercy Warehouse,” an organization assisting poor and homeless families and individuals with employment and food.


Raymond Lam

Assistant Commercial Property Manager

Raymond Lam has assisted with the property management of over 2.5 million square feet of high rise, mid-rise, Class A, office, restaurant and retail space in Orange County. 
Technologically adept and goal-oriented, Raymond’s energy to deliver concrete results for clients contributes to The REMM Group’s Commercial Division. Raymond is a graduate of Cal State Fullerton with a B.S. in Kinesiology. 

Raymond demonstrates his dedication to the larger community with volunteer work for the non-profit, H.O.P.E. (Humans of Planet Earth), an organization that seeks to break children and their families out of the cycle of poverty. Raymond is currently serving as Administration and Fundraising Coordinator for H.O.P.E. 

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Norma Estrada

Training Manager

Norma Estrada began her career in property management over 15 years ago. She brings her enthusiasm for first class service, team building and operational skills to her position as Training Manager. Her experience includes property management for up to 1,200 residential units, providing oversight, goal setting and motivation for leasing agents, and utilizing benchmark reporting.


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Christopher J. Ippolito

Facilities Director

Chris has over 20 years’ experience as manager of construction, maintenance, capital projects, and new build in multifamily properties. He is knowledgeable regarding all stages of repair and construction for multi-family facilities. He has extensive expertise in budgeting and planning to accommodate current and future maintenance and repair projects as well as identifying capital projects with a positive ROI.

Chris’ previous work experience included Western National Property Management, UDR, and The Irvine Company. At Western National, his responsibilities included final punch list and walks on new construction. At UDR, he was called on to oversee both routine local, state, and municipal building requirements and emergency capital projects. At the Irvine Company, he was responsible for completing all Capital projects for 104 apartment communities, approximately 32,000 units combined. He has recruited, trained, coordinated technical training seminars, and managed property maintenance professionals. Chris is a graduate of Lincoln Technical Institute and is HVAC Certified.


What Our Clients Say About Our Real Estate Managers 

Reccomendations for Frank Thorp

I have worked with Frank now for 5+ years, and he has played a huge role in the value creation in my multi-family portfolio during that time.  He is a true real estate professional having his finger firmly on the pulse of the market, combined with the strategic mind to capitalize on opportunities he sees.

—David Hurwitz, Owner

Reccomedations for Jan Malano

 A Delight to Work With

Jan, Has been a delight to work with. Her responsibility in my case is to handle a larger Industrial Building which just went through a complicated "sublease" involving Tenant Improvements and a new roof. She stays on top of things and is always communicating with me to reassure me that everything is on track. I am in the process of handing her and additional property to manage for me and my experience working with her has been reassuring and helpful in making this additional commitment.

—Allen M. Segal, DBA Segal Industrial Real Estate, Inc.

Most effective and Responsive

Jan Melano has been the most effective and responsive manager I have ever worked with. I can trust when an issue arises the follow-up will be immediate and a thoughtful solution will be achieved.

—Tom Robinson,VantageOne Real Estate Investments, LLC. TREH Partners, LLC

Highest Level of Professionalism, Integrity and Reliability


I have had the pleasure of working with Jan and The REMM Group for over a decade. She constantly maintains the highest level of professionalism, integrity and reliability. I'm always confident that any task or request made will be handled in an organized, thorough and thoughtful manner. We’re very fortunate to work with Jan and highly recommend her and The REMM Group.

—Lisa SawdonVantageOne Real Estate Investments, LLC

Responsive, Organized, and Professional

Jan is very responsive, organized, and professional. She has quickly resolved any issue I've ever brought up to her and been very accommodating to my busy schedule as a manager. 

—Andre May, General Manager Dickey's BBQ

Recommendations for Ross Greenwell, Senior Regional Property Manager

Great Regional Manager

We have enjoyed our experience working with REMM.  They are very professional and know the business well.  They are always looking for ways to improve the properties and make them better for everyone, tenant and owner.  Ross is a great Regional Manager. His reports are very clear and gives us just the information we need on the properties.  We have enjoyed working with Ross over the past two plus years and have appreciated his professionalism and understanding of the industry. 

Verlon Strauss, TreasurerSoutheastern California Conference  

Recommendation for Caron Wilson, Regional Property Manager

Stellar

Caron undertakes projects in a responsive and conscientious manner. Her communication with ownership, vendors, tenants and leasing brokers is stellar. She is a reliable resource in handling the most complex of issues and an outstanding partner.
Camie Booker, Industrial Enterprises, ACLP 

Reccomendations for Valerie Love

The Definition of a Hardworking and Dedicated Professional

I have had the pleasure of working with Valerie Love since August 2018. Valerie is the definition of a hardworking and dedicated professional! She knows how to not only drive profit to the bottom line but Valerie also understands the balance with regards to minimizing overall expenses. Valerie has a keen eye for true Value Add programs and products for Multi-Family assets. As Valerie is always quoted saying, “Paint is cheap and clean is free". She is always available, day or night, every day of the week. She truly treats our assets as one of her own., 

— David Cessna, Clausen Enterprises 

Reccomendations for Melinda Gater

We are Thankful to Have Her on Our Team

Melinda recently took over as Regional for our So Cal portfolio and has been an outstanding leader. She is creative, detailed, and operationally focused.  Even through Covid, we are leading the market with strong collections and rent growth.  
We are thankful to have her on our team.

Oscar Flores, 

Pacific Development Partners, LLC