First Interstate Properties Team

First Interstate Properties employs a professional team dedicated to quality work, quality relationships and uncompromised values. The results of that dedication are apparent to visitors of any of the properties owned and managed by First Interstate Properties. Click on any photo to learn more.

 

  • Mitchell C. Schneider

    President

    Mitchell C. Schneider

    President

    mcs@first-interstate.com

    Mitchell Schneider is the President of First Interstate Properties, Ltd. In 1989, he created First Interstate to be a full service real estate development and management company. Mitchell is also the Co-Founder and CEO of Legacy Capital Partners, a real estate private equity firm formed in 2004. In addition, Mitchell serves as Strategic Advisor to the Investment Committee of National Real Estate Advisors. He has served as a Board Member for a number of philanthropic institutions locally and nationally including the Jewish Federation of Cleveland, Siegal College, ORT America, and is the current Board Chair of the Western Reserve Land Conservancy.

  • Chris A. Goodrich, P.E.

    Executive Vice President

    Chris A. Goodrich, P.E.

    Executive Vice President

    cag@first-interstate.com

    Chris Goodrich is the Executive Vice President of First Interstate Properties, Ltd. Chris’ responsibilities include daily management of all disciplines of the company’s business including development, construction, asset management, and operations. Chris is known as a hands-on professional by beginning his career as the operations manager for First Interstate and working his way through the company to his current position. Chris’ accomplishments include successful public-private partnerships through TIF financing, several NMTC transactions, and competitive state grant awards for the completion of projects totaling well over $100MM. Chris has received various awards including the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Ohio EPA for Brownfield Redevelopment. Prior to joining First Interstate, Chris worked as a geotechnical engineer for 15 years, consulting on a host of various projects. Chris enjoys developing youth athletes through coaching basketball and baseball, and, most importantly, being truly devoted to his family.

  • Amy Cossick

    Office Assistant

    Amy Cossick

    Office Assistant

    am@first-interstate.com

    Amy joined First Interstate in 2004 as an Office Assistant. She primarily supports the Operations Department with tenant coordination responsibilities. In her free time, Amy enjoys spending time with her family, gardening and walking her dogs.

  • Barb Ferrara

    Lease Administrator/Legal Assistant

    Barb Ferrara

    Lease Administrator/Legal Assistant

    bf@first-interstate.com

    Barb Ferrara joined First Interstate in April 2015 as Lease Administrator and Legal Assistant.  She maintains the lease database for all First Interstate properties, as well as assists the Legal and Asset Management Departments with their ongoing projects. Prior to joining the company, Barb worked at an international brokerage firm providing assistance to various real estate professionals along with managing corporate clients’ real estate portfolios.  In her spare time, Barb enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

  • Britney Graham

    Office Assistant

    Britney Graham

    Office Assistant

    bg@first-interstate.com

    Britney Graham joined First Interstate in 2019 as the front desk Office Assistant. She supports the Office Manager, works with outside vendors, including supplies orders, and is lead contact for coordination of office IT matters.

  • Cheri Seibert

    Accounting Coordinator

    Cheri Seibert

    Accounting Coordinator

    cs@first-interstate.com

    Cheri Seibert is the Coordinator for the Accounting Department. She has worked for the company since 2012 and can assist you with any questions you have regarding CAM reconciliations and taxes. Cheri enjoys hiking in the Cleveland Metroparks with her canine companion, and volunteering with local dog rescue organizations.

  • Ciara Bush

    Administrative Assistant

    Ciara Bush

    Administrative Assistant

    cb@first-interstate.com

    Ciara joined the First Interstate Properties team as Administrative Assistant in April 2019. She provides support to the HR Department and Front Office in several capacities.

  • Dan Hoy

    Senior Accountant

    Dan Hoy

    Senior Accountant

    drh@first-interstate.com

    Daniel R. Hoy C.P.A. Inactive, M.B.A. joined First Interstate Properties in 2011 as Operations and Financial Analyst. He has over 25 years of experience in accounting. Daniel enjoys sporting events, musical theater and the great outdoors.

  • David Vorndran, P.E.

    Project Manager/Tenant Coordinator

    David Vorndran, P.E.

    Project Manager/Tenant Coordinator

    dv@first-interstate.com

    David is a Project Manager/Tenant Coordinator for First Interstate and helped design several of the company’s projects as a consultant before joining the team in 2003 as an in-house Civil Engineer. He has over 19 years’ experience in site design and splits his time between project management and tenant coordination as well as assisting architectural and engineering consultants on current projects. David is involved with his church and enjoys coaching baseball, golfing, and spending time with his wife and two sons.

  • Evan Berliner

    Director of Operations

    Evan Berliner

    Director of Operations

    eb@first-interstate.com

    Evan Berliner is the Director of Operations and joined First Interstate in 2006 after providing 5 years of pavement management consulting to the Company. Evan is focused on operating the portfolio’s physical plant in a first-class manner through implementation of comprehensive maintenance, repair, and insurance programs. Between constant texts, calls, and emails, Evan enjoys entertaining friends, checking out the Cleveland food scene, and spending quality time with his wife and three children.

  • Jami Denavich

    Analyst/Development Associate

    Jami Denavich

    Analyst/Development Associate

    jd@first-interstate.com

    Jami joined the First Interstate Properties team as an Office Assistant in March 2017. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Cleveland State University. She currently assists the Asset Management and Development groups with portfolio, investment, and property level analysis/modeling and reporting requirements. In her spare time, Jami enjoys to travel, read and spend time with her friends and family.

  • Jeff Sayoc

    Associate General Counsel

    Jeff Sayoc

    Associate General Counsel

    jas@first-interstate.com

    Jeff Sayoc joined First Interstate as Associate General Counsel in March of 2019. Jeff manages the company’s real estate development, management and leasing matters, as well as miscellaneous ongoing corporate matters.

  • Jeff Sluzala

    Director of Asset Management

    Jeff Sluzala

    Director of Asset Management

    jbs@first-interstate.com

    Jeff Sluzala is the Director of Asset Management for First Interstate and has been with the company since 2010. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and an MBA, both from Cleveland State University. Prior to joining First Interstate, Jeff’s experience included commercial real estate lending at a regional bank and commercial real estate financing for a nationally recognized real estate developer. Married with three sons, Jeff enjoys the outdoors and traveling.

  • Jennifer Jirik

    Executive Assistant & HR

    Jennifer Jirik

    Executive Assistant & HR

    jj@first-interstate.com

    Jennifer Jirik is the Executive Assistant for Mitchell Schneider, and HR for all of First Interstate Properties. She has been with First Interstate for 15 years and can assist you with questions you may have regarding the company, including employment opportunities. As Mitchell Schneider’s assistant, she can coordinate meetings and relay communication. Outside of work, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her daughter and husband.

  • Kate Gessler

    Office Manager

    Kate Gessler

    Office Manager

    kg@first-interstate

    Kate Gessler joined First Interstate in 2013 and is currently the company’s Office Manager. Kate has over 10 years of office and administrative experience, having previously been involved in the field of market research. In her free time, Kate enjoys being outdoors as much as possible.

  • Katie Pfeifenroth

    Construction Coordinator

    Katie Pfeifenroth

    Construction Coordinator

    kp@first-interstate.com

    Katie Pfeifenroth joined the company in November 2013 as an Administrative Assistant. Currently, she coordinates the Construction & Development Department in all ongoing projects. In her free time she likes to play volleyball and ride her jet ski.

  • Lauren Nicoloff

    Operations Manager

    Lauren Nicoloff

    Operations Manager

    ln@first-interstate.com

    Lauren Nicoloff joined First Interstate Properties in October, 2011. In her role as Operations Manager, she is responsible for overseeing the daily operations and maintenance of many properties. When she is not working, Lauren enjoys spending quality time with her family.

  • Peggy Kleckner

    Property Accountant

    Peggy Kleckner

    Property Accountant

    pk@first-interstate.com

    Peggy Kleckner is a Property Accountant and a veteran employee for 19 years. She maintains tenant accounts for several properties. Peggy is always happy to assist with any questions you may have regarding billing and rent collection matters. Peggy is a self-proclaimed tree-hugger and loves spending time with her family.

  • Steve Pickett

    Director of Construction

    Steve Pickett

    Director of Construction

    scp@first-interstate.com

    Steve Pickett is the Director of Construction and has been with First Interstate since 2008. He has more than 20 years of experience in Construction/Engineering and has a degree in Civil Engineering Technology. For fun, Steve enjoys woodworking and spending time with his family.

  • Tony Smith

    Development Associate

    Tony Smith

    Development Associate

    ts@first-interstate.com

    Tony Smith is a Development Associate with First Interstate Properties. He joined the company in 2019 to assist the Asset and Management groups in analysis/modeling, reporting requirements, and implementing development plans.

  • Troy Gembarski

    Director of Accounting

    Troy Gembarski

    Director of Accounting

    tg@first-interstate.com

    Troy Gembarski joined First Interstate in 2005 and has experience in real estate accounting since 1993.

  • Victoria Babloyan

    Property Accountant

    Victoria Babloyan

    Property Accountant

    vb@first-interstate.com

    Victoria Babloyan serves as Property Accountant and has been with the company for over 10 years. She maintains tenant accounts for several properties, keeping the books pristine. Victoria is fluent in the Russian language and enjoys spending free time with her family.

  • Susan Windle

    General Manager – Legacy Village

    Susan Windle

    General Manager – Legacy Village

    sw@first-interstate.com

    Susan Windle is the General Manager of Legacy Village and has been with First Interstate since the summer of 2004. Susan has over 15 years of experience in retail marketing, property management, and special event planning. When not managing Legacy Village, Susan enjoys traveling, running and fitness, discovering new places to go in Cleveland, time with friends and family, and hanging out with her golden retriever, Finn.

  • Gregg Goodwin

    Operations Manager - Legacy Village

    Gregg Goodwin

    Operations Manager - Legacy Village

    gfg@first-interstate.com

    Gregg Goodwin started with First Interstate in 2005 as the Facilities Manager for many of First Interstate’s properties. In January of 2013, he shifted his focus and now dedicates his efforts and expertise to Legacy Village as its Operations Manager. Gregg attended The Ohio State University where he studied Landscape Design and Landscape Construction. To relax, Gregg enjoys playing drums, gardening, and spending time with his family.

  • Maddy Converse

    Marketing Director - Legacy Village

    Maddy Converse

    Marketing Director - Legacy Village

    mtc@first-interstate.com

    Maddy Kratzer is the Marketing Manager of Legacy Village, and has been with First Interstate since February 2016. She graduated from Ohio University in 2014 with a degree in Communications. Maddy directs the Legacy Village marketing efforts including special events, promotions, entertainment, community & media relations, sponsorship generation and advertising. In her free time she likes to spend time with family and friends.

  • Emily Christyson

    Marketing & Special Events Coordinator - Legacy Village

    Emily Christyson

    Marketing & Special Events Coordinator - Legacy Village

    ec@first-interstate.com

    Emily Christyson started as the Marketing and Special Events Coordinator for Legacy Village in March of 2017. She graduated from Cleveland State University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication. Alongside Maddy Kratzer, Emily works with Legacy’s marketing efforts including special events, promotions, entertainment, community and media relations, sponsorship generation and advertising. In her spare time, Emily enjoys watching the Cleveland Indians, camping and sailing, spending time with family and friends, and attempting to get her cat, Stanley, to act more like a dog.

  • Laura Dvozenja

    Office Assistant - Legacy Village

    Laura Dvozenja

    Office Assistant - Legacy Village

    ltd@first-interstate.com

    Laura Dvozenja is the Office Assistant for Legacy Village Management. She joined First Interstate Properties in 2018 and supports the General Manager, Advertising Department, and Operations Manager, as well as provides service to guests of Legacy Village.