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Chapter Officers

PRESIDENT
Mel Schultz

Mel Schultz is a Senior Asset Manager at New Concepts Management Group, Inc. He has a portfolio of commercial associations, homeowner associations, landlord/tenant office and retail space, mixed use and receivership properties. Mel has been in the real estate industry since 2003; when he earned his Real Estate License. Additionally, he has earned the designations of CCAM (2003), CPM (2007), and CCIM (2011). Mel is highly involved in the Leadership of IREM and CIC Midwest. In 2013, he was awarded “Manager of the Year” at the CIC Midwest Awards gala. Mel enjoys doing community service work such as Hearts & Hammers, Special Olympics, People Serving People and local church events often bringing his children along to participate. In his free time you can find him with his family or on the golf course.

VICE-PRESIDENT
Donna Becker

As a general manager for Cushman & Wakefield/NorthMarq, Donna manages client and tenant relations, oversees capital projects, budgets, financial reports, partners with leasing agents, and management of staff.  Her portfolio includes on-site management of Atria Corporate Center, a 400,000 SF, Class A multi-tenant office building in Plymouth, MN and the US Bank Building, a 25,000 SF, Class B multi-tenant office building in Eden Prairie, MN. She previously worked for Cassidy Turley Midwest, Inc., Piedmont Office Realty Trust, Inc., Welsh Companies, LLC, and CB Richard Ellis, Inc.  Throughout her career, she specializes in management of a mixed portfolio of office, retail, and industrial properties for both institutional and entrepreneurial clients. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Real Estate with an emphasis in appraisal from St. Cloud State University. She is a licensed real estate salesperson in Minnesota and holds a Certified Property Manager (CPM) designation from Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) and LEED Green Associate designation from Green Building Certification Institute.  She is currently working towards a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation.

TREASURER
Lynnette Muhich

As a senior property manager and accountant for Mortenson Construction, Lynnette’s portfolio includes on-site management of the Mortenson headquarters building, a 185,000 SF, Class A multi-tenant office building and a 35,000 SF medical office building.  She manages tenant relations, maintenance staff, tenant improvements and financial reporting. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Metropolitan State University and a Mini-Master of Investment Real Estate from the University of St. Thomas.  She is a licensed real estate salesperson in Minnesota and holds a Certified Property Manager (CPM) designation from Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM).

SECRETARY
Laura Steffes

Laura Steffes is a property manager at Upper Midwest Management in New Hope, MN and has 20 years of property management experience. She previously worked as a commercial property manager for Pinehurst Properties in Minneapolis for 9 years. She began her career in multifamily residential properties, transitioning to commercial management in 2004. Laura oversees the management of 200,000 SF of office and retail properties in the Twin Cities. She manages tenant and vendor relations, budgets, financial reports, capital projects, and maintenance staff.

Laura has been a member of IREM since 1998 and obtained the Certified Property Manager (CPM) designation in 2007. Since 2007, she has served as an executive councilor, co-chaired the Education Committee for 7 years, co-chaired the Programs Committee in 2014, and co-chairs the Public Relations Committee in 2015.

Laura is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and holds a MN Real Estate Broker’s license. She enjoys gardening, yoga, golfing, home improvement projects, and spending time with her family.

Executive Councillor
Frederic Manning
Executive Councillor
Dennis Meadows
Executive Councillor
Shanon Wildes
Executive Councillor
Traci Tomas
Executive Councillor
Cathy Kleve
Executive Councillor
Deanna Kalkman
Immediate Past President
Jennifer Gordon

Jennifer Gordon, CPM, is a Senior Vice President for The Excelsior Group.  Jennifer is responsible for overseeing asset management and property management of a growing portfolio totaling in excess of $250MM.  Jennifer’s portfolio includes over 800 multi-family units and nearly a half a million square feet of commercial property.  In addition, Jennifer works closely with The Excelsior Group’s multi-family development and acquisition teams regarding operations, design, marketing, and leasing. Previously, Jennifer was an Investment Manager for Pinnacle’s Upper Midwest Region where she was responsible for the performance and management of more than 2,000 multi-family units.  Jennifer became a Certified Property Manager through the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) in 2007 and has earned several industry awards from IREM and the Minnesota Multi Housing Association (MMHA).  She is currently a member of the MMHA Board of Directors and President of IREM MN Chapter 45. Jennifer holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota and is a 15-year veteran of the real estate management industry.