Commercial Property Administrator
Specialization: Investment Property | Industrial | Land
G.F. Rick Baker is a licensed real estate broker and a member of the Certified Commercial Investment Institute (CCIM). Mr. Baker joined Brown Investment Properties, Inc. in 2007 and has 15 years of experience as a commercial real estate broker.
His prior business experience includes 25 years of experience as a professional geologist, manager and business developer in the petroleum and geo-environmental engineering industries. Mr. Baker specializes in income producing investment properties (multi-family) and provides a full range of commercial real estate brokerage services to buyers, sellers, tenants, landlords and investors having real estate needs specifically in the Piedmont Triad area of North Carolina and in the southeastern United States in general.
Over his 40 years of professional experience, Mr. Baker has provided services to major corporations, small business organizations, individual investors, municipal and county governments and universities. Mr. Baker is a member of the Certified Commercial Investment Institute (CCIM), the North Carolina Real Estate Educators Association (NCREEA), the North Carolina Association of REALTORS, the National Association of REALTORS, the Greensboro Regional REALTORS Association, Inc. and the REALTORS Commercial Alliance (GRRA-RCA) where he served as a Board of Directors member and the Chairman of the Board in 2007. He is a professional geologist and a graduate of Campbell University with a Bachelor of Science in Geology and of West Virginia University with a Master of Science in Geology. He is a Vietnam era veteran, a member the American Legion, a Patriot Guard Rider, and the Greensboro Elks Lodge and Greensboro Moose Lodge. Mr. Baker belongs to the United Methodist Church
Commercial Property Administrator
Commercial Leasing Administrator
Martha is the Commercial Lease Administrator for office, retail, medical office, and warehouse properties in our portfolio.
Martha joined the company in 1995. Her responsibilities include managing over 250 commercial leases in the department’s portfolio. She holds a B.A Degree in Business and Economics from Randolph-Macon College and M.S. Degree in Accounting from University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Martha is a licensed Real Estate Broker.
Chairman of the Board
With the company since 1979, B.S. in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and MBA from Wharton School--University of Pennsylvania. Cameron-Brown Company (1965-71), Charter Properties, Inc. (1971-79). Experienced in retail, office, residential, townhomes, condominium and apartment development, leasing, management, sales and brokerage.
Co-chair of the Greensboro Downtown Greenway Steering Committee. The Greenway is a public (City of Greensboro)/private (Action Greensboro) partnership and will be a four mile, 14’ wide trail around downtown Greensboro which will serve as the hub of the City’s trail system. Site features will include enhanced landscaping, benches, water fountains, lighting and considerable public art.
Chester H. Brown, III
Specialization: Client Property Portfolio Analysis | Development
Chester has been with Brown Investment Properties, Inc., since 1992 and has served as President since 2005.
Chester’s focus is multi-family development and providing asset management of the company’s real estate holdings. Chester is also included in the core group that allocates the company’s capital investments.
He is active in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina and serves on numerous professional and community boards. Most recently, he was the Chairman of the Guilford Merchants Association.
Bachelor of Arts in History-University of North Carolina, 1992
CCIM - Certified Commercial Investment Member
Realtors Commercial Alliance
Greensboro Regional REALTORS Association
National Association of REALTORS
Chair, Commercial & Industrial Division of the Greensboro Regional Realtors Association Board of Directors (1999, 2014)
Triad Apartment Association Board of Directors-2002-2004 -Treasurer
Member of the UNCG Board of Visitors
Affordable Housing Management Board of Directors, 2011-2014, current Chair 2015
Greensboro Housing Development Partnership Board of Directors, 2014-Present
Early Childhood Center Board of Directors, 2004-2010, chair in 2006
Downtown Greensboro, Inc. Board of Directors, 2004-2010, chair in 2007
Greensboro Advisory Group for Southern Community Bank & Trust, 2007-2010.
Triad Real Estate Building & Industry Coalition, 2008-2011, Chair in 2010.
Healthserve Advisory Council, 2009-2010, chair in 2010.
Guilford Merchants Association, 2010-2015, chair in 2013
Greensboro Housing Development Partnership 2014
Specialization: General Office | Medical Office | Retail | Tenant Rep
Ann Buffington is a licensed Real Estate broker and has been with Brown Investment Properties since 1996. Her experience includes leasing, sales, and property management.
Currently Ann is focusing on the leasing and sale of office and retail properties both as a Landlord and Tenant Rep. Ann has successfully created an extensive and varied referral base in Greensboro not only through her real estate work but in her commitment to the community at large. Ann has extensive knowledge of the real estate market and is able to match the business/client with the best location.
Ann is a member of the National Association of Realtors. She served as President of The Greensboro Regional Realtors Association in 2008 and has served as a Board Director for four years. Ann was also President of the Realtors Commercial Alliance for the GRRA.
She is a graduate of East Carolina University with a BA in Psychology.
Human Resources Manager
Jon has a strong experience base, with over 20 years in the field of Human Resources and a total of 27 years of management experience. He ensures full compliance with local, state, and federal regulations for Brown Investment Properties, working to protect both the employee and the company in all matters. Jon keeps up to date on important HR trends on a weekly basis and spends time each year in continuing education classes. To improve productivity and employee retention, Jon provides policy development, performance management tools, and a performance improvement system. He believes that employee safety, welfare, wellness and health are key components to a strong employee/company relationship. Mr. Dyer received his Masters of Business Administration from Ohio University.
Ellen L. Fields
Ms. Fields has served capably in virtually every accounting role at Brown Investment Properties, Inc., since she joined the company in 1987. From accounts receivable to general ledger reconciliation and financial statements, she brings her 20+ years of experience to bear across interactions with clients, bankers, attorneys, and internal company personnel. In addition, she is a licensed Real Estate
CCIM, SIOR, CIPS
Vice President Brokerage
Specialization: Multi Family | Office
Vice President of Brokerage, Brown Investment Properties
Mr. Fowler is in charge of Brown Investment Properties’ commercial brokerage department, which includes six full-time commercial brokers. His own brokerage activities are focused on multi-family investment properties and office leasing. With the expertise and experience to effectively market virtually any commercial property, Brown Investment Properties has been involved in commercial property brokerage, management, development, and acquisition in the Piedmont Triad area since 1960.
Past President of Greensboro Regional REALTORS® Association
Mr. Fowler is a Past President of the 1,000+ member REALTORS Association, where he has enjoyed leadership roles and active involvement with other members of the association. He has developed close relationships with many other commercial brokers in Greensboro, and he has an excellent history of participating productively in co-brokerage situations. Mr. Fowler believes that collaboration gives maximum exposure for available properties, enabling commercial brokers across the Triad area to work on identifying prospects for each assignment.
NC CCIM – Actively involved in the NC CCIM as a Certified Commercial Investment Member, Mr. Fowler served as the president of the state chapter. He has built excellent relationships with other CCIMs across the state, as well as in other parts of the country—he maintains constant communication with these other commercial investment professionals to ensure properties he represents receive maximum exposure with qualified investors.
Mr. Fowler is one of only 500 (+/-) Certified International Property Specialist designees in the National Association of Realtors. Recipients of this designation have specific training and experience in transactions with international clients. In Guilford County, there are existing facilities for nearly 70 foreign-owned corporations. Mr. Fowler uses his extensive network of contacts and stays involved with the Chamber of Commerce and the North Carolina Department of Commerce to make connections with companies seeking to locate in North Carolina.
Mr. Fowler is a designated Office Specialist with the Society of Office and Industrial Realtors, an elite network of real estate professionals focused specifically on office and industrial properties.
Holly is the Executive Assistant to the President and Chairman of the Board. As part of the executive team, Holly is involved with maintaining and promoting the company’s mission and vision statements. She creates marketing and presentation materials for property offerings. Holly is focused on customer service and works diligently to provide timely responses to clients. Holly is also experienced in multifamily administrative support and was a property manager of a 49 unit downtown city condominium development. Before joining the company she worked in the banking industry as a manager and project manager at Bank of America and Wachovia.
Austin Hill is a licensed North Carolina Real Estate Broker. He joined Brown Investment Properties in 2016..
Prior to joining Brown, Austin has nearly seven years of experience in the restaurant industry. His experience includes managing a staff of 20+ employees, forming rapport with executive clients, and maintaining an overall reputation as a key member of the organization. Mr. Hill understands restaurant operations as a whole and has worked with a variety of people in his experience. Austin has also worked with a startup in the mobile application industry as a sales representative.
Austin is currently pursuing his Bachelors degree in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In 2013, he was a Top-10 finalist in the UNC-G “Two-Minute to Win It” entrepreneurship contest where he competed against students from four local universities.
He is a member of the Greensboro Regional REALTORS® Association and the REALTORS® Commercial Alliance. His hobbies include riding motorcycles, exercising, and traveling.
Paula Hill, CAPS
Paula joined the company in 2003 as the Accounts Receivable Specialist. In 2004 she joined the Residential Management Team as an on-site property manager. She has a wide spectrum of experience within the company. In 2009 she accepted the position of Director of Training. In this capacity, she ensures that all new multi-family staff are familiar with internal and industry regulations and procedures. Her responsibilities also include insuring that staff is properly certified in Fair Housing practices and coordinating continuing education through Grace Hill for all site staff. Paula also serves as regional property manager. She is experienced in on-site property management including distressed properties and multi-property portfolios, accounting, and MRI software. Paula has earned the National Apartment Association's Certified Apartment Portfolio Supervisor (CAPS) designation and is a licensed North Carolina Real Estate Broker.
Specialization: Retail | Site Selection | Assemblage | Development
Vince Howard is a licensed real estate broker and REALTOR. Vince joined Brown Investment Properties in 2005. He has over 16 years of real estate experience as a commercial real estate broker.
Vince is a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill where he received his B.A. and a post graduate of Wake Forest University where he received his MBA.
He is a member of the National Association of REALTORS, the North Carolina Association of REALTORS, the Greensboro Regional REALTORS Association and the REALTORS Commercial Alliance (GRRA-RCA). Vince is also on the Board of the Bryan YMCA.
Prior to joining Brown, he was employed by a regional REIT (Real Estate Invesment Trust) in the acquisitions/dispositions and analysis department for new office and industrial properties. Vince was involved in the disposition of over 1 billion dollars of their real estate assets over a 5-year period.
Vince provides a full range of commercial real estate brokerage services to buyers, sellers, landlords, and tenants, with an emphasis on site selection/assemblage and development.
Vince was born in Winston-Salem and was raised in Greensboro, NC. He is married and has two children. He is an avid runner and tennis player and coaches youth soccer.
Tim Knowles is a licensed real estate broker with a background in landscape architecture and land planning. He has lived in the Triad for 30 years. He joined Brown Investment Properties in 2016. His expertise is in planning and development of land and multi-family properties.
Tim attended school at West Virginia University where he earned his landscape architecture degree in 1982. He spent 20 years as a design/build landscape architect where he was the design sales manager of a multi-million-dollar landscape company. Tim also has 11 years of experience with a planning, engineering and surveying firm. Tim’s responsibilities there included rezoning plans, feasibility studies, single and multifamily residential subdivision layout and design, apartment layout, and mixed use development layout. Tim took many projects from concept to completion including rezoning cases, plan submittals, permitting and construction administration.
Tim is a member of the Greensboro Regional Realtors Association, the NC Realtors Association, the National Realtors Association and the Realtors Commercial Alliance. His other achievements and affiliations include the Triad Green Building Council and the US Green Building Council, Greensboro’s Advisory Commission on Trees and the Greensboro Community Sustainability Council that focused on transportation and land use. He is credited with 14 state and national environmental improvement awards for his work from the NC Landscape Contractors Association and the National Landscape Contractors Association. He also received a merit award from the North Carolina chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (NCASLA). Tim served as the Triad Chapter Chairperson for NCASLA from 2004-2006 during which time he organized the fall conference in Greensboro that focused on mixed use walkable development.
He enjoys working in his garden, hiking, kayaking, snow skiing and biking.
Director of Information Technology and Marketing
With nearly 15 years’ experience in almost every aspect of the commercial brokerage and property management industry, Mr. Kutos currently is the Director of Information Technology and Marketing at Brown Investment Properties, Inc. Before he joined Brown Investment Properties, he served as Chief Administrative Officer for Alliance Commercial Property Management, where he was responsible for day-to-day operations of more than 4 million square feet of retail, office, and industrial space across the Southeast. Earlier in his career, he provided his management, leasing, and marketing expertise at CBRE, then at Weaver, Grubar Tyler & Black. Mr. Kutos holds a North Carolina Brokers License, is a member of the Board of Realtors and he also serves as a Notary.
Russell B Parmele Jr.
VP Commercial Management
Russ began his career in the commercial real estate business in Nashville, TN in 1987 and relocated to Greensboro in 1996. With over twenty seven years’ experience in commercial real estate leasing and management , Russ has worked for large public REIT’s and privately owned regional management companies. At one point in his career, Russ was responsible for the leasing and property management of a suburban office building portfolio, consisting of 35 buildings, 2.25 million SF with an asset value of $155 million and annual revenues of $284 million. His product management focus includes medical and general office properties, retail and warehouses. He also has experience working in a Receivership capacity with these property types, as well. Mr. Parmele holds a BS Degree in History from Washington & Lee University.
Russ received the prestigious Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation in 1998 and the building Owners and Managers Institute Real Property Administrator (RPA) designation
Washington & Lee University, BA History CCIM Institute
2008 – Present: Brown Investment Properties, Inc. VP-Commercial Property Management
2006 – 2008: Security National Properties, Inc. General Manager / Director of Property.
2003 -2006: Parthenon Realty, LLC. General Manager
1988 – 2002: Koger Equity, Inc. General Manager
Professional / Civic Affiliations
Real Property Administrator - BOMI
North Carolina Real Estate Broker
Greensboro Zoning Board - Past Member
Greensboro Board of Adjustments – Past Member
Greensboro Urban Ministry – Board of Directors
North Carolina ALS Association - Member
NC A & T Real Estate Foundation – Board of Directors
Vice President Property Management, CPM
Peter Placentino, Senior Vice President of Property Management, optimizes assets for each property owner. He believes in and supervises hands on, detail-oriented management of physical assets, operations, and personnel. His extensive experience covers all types of tenant-occupied property – multi-family, retail, office, and industrial. He has many years of experience in construction, development, and legislative matters of the multi-family housing industry. This knowledge base brings additional benefit to property owners. Peter has been involved in distressed asset management since the 1980s and is an expert in stabilization and disposition of these properties.
Peter started with Brown Investment Properties in 1983 and has worked in property management since 1979. He is a Certified Property Manager (CPM) and a licensed Real Estate Broker in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.
Mr. Placentino has served on various boards and associations, including serving as President
of the Triad Apartment Association (1990-91), member of the Apartment Association
of North Carolina (1992-96), Regional Vice President and Director for the National
Apartment Association (1995-99), President of the Institute of Real Estate Management
Chapter 56 (2000), and Secretary of the National Apartment Association (2000).
He is a Certified Property Manager (CPM) and a member of IREM (Insititute of Real
Assistant VP Development
Lance Ramsey has been with Brown Investment Properties since 2010, serving many roles during that time. Lance’s goal as Commercial Property Manager is to create strong relationships with owners, tenants, vendors, and industry professionals, as successful relationships translate to successful properties. He closely monitors property operations and performance and reacts quickly to issues. With a background in Accounting, Lance has a deep understanding of property financials. His property portfolio includes retail, office, medical office, warehouse/industrial, and distressed assets. Mr. Ramsey holds a MBA from the University of Phoenix and is CPM (Certified Property Manager) Candidate.
Specialization: General Office | Retail | Tenant Rep
Cindy Rosasco is a licensed Real Estate Broker with over 10 years of experience in commercial real estate. Cindy brings a distinctive skill set to the company with a specialization in Office and Retail leasing. Cindy has lived in the Triad for over 25 years and has experience leasing office space in the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter working with many start–up groups, scientists, R & D companies, medical educators, and many more innovative companies that have moved to the Carolinas.
In addition, Cindy has several years of experience in property management and has managed office buildings and retail centers throughout the Southeast. Cindy has successfully managed and leased numerous commercial facilities occupied by U.S. General Services Administration.
Cindy’s experience managing and leasing retail space in Friendly Center, one of the most prominent shopping centers in the Region has complimented her knowledge in the retail sector providing her with a well-rounded portfolio of commercial real estate exposure. Cindy’s experience also includes office, lab, warehouse and retail leasing in Winston-Salem, Greensboro, Lake Norman and Durham, North Carolina. Her experience in these areas will certainly benefit potential clients looking for competent guidance and representation in many real estate transactions.
Cindy graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing Management. She is a member of the National Association of Realtors, the Greensboro Regional Realtors Association, the Realtors Commercial Alliance, The International Council of Shopping Centers, The NC CCIM Chapter and Piedmont Triad Commercial Real Estate Women, a chapter of Crew Network. Cindy is involved in community activities such as the Alzheimer’s Association and Greensboro Urban Ministries and regularly supports the local arts within the community.
Brittne Stevens is a licensed real estate broker who works hard to ensure that every detail of your real estate transaction goes as smoothly and effectively as possible. She takes great care in developing strong relationships and adding significant value to any venture. Brittne began her real estate career in the Myrtle Beach, SC market in 2006. A native to the Piedmont Triad, Brittne quickly realized that while she loved the Carolinas as a whole, the Triad was “home”. Brittne has recently joined the team at Brown Investment Properties and brings a unique skill set to the industry. She is a savvy negotiator who tenaciously protects her client’s interests.
Brittne earned her degree in Communication Studies at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, honing her sales ability. Brittne joined her parents’ insurance business at 18, working full time through college.
Brittne made a leap in to the commercial real estate industry from the non-profit management world. Making a significant difference in her local community is one of the pillars Brittne has always upheld. The first non-profit relationship that Brittne had was with the Special Olympics. Brittne served annually as an Event Coordinator, but most importantly as “coach” for her younger brother, Tripper, who has Down’s syndrome and competed while he was in school.
Brittne’s most recent and longest tenured role was as the Executive Director for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, covering 18 counties in the middle of the state. In fact, even now, a portion of every transaction Brittne does goes toward a local cause she is passionate about.
No matter the industry, Brittne’s clients and coworkers will tell you she lives her life and conducts her business with the highest of ethical standards and a “never-say-die” attitude coupled with an unparalleled work ethic. These are characteristics Brittne believes are important to exemplify to her two daughters. Her husband of 10 years is entirely outnumbered at home because, in addition to their two daughters that are two years apart, the family is completed by two female Australian Shepherds. There is certainly never a dull a moment and they wouldn’t have it any other way!
Brittne is a member of the Greensboro Regional Realtors Association, the NC Realtors Association and the National Association of Realtors.
Assistant Vice President, Regional Property Manager
Lori Stewart, Vice President of Multi-Family Management, is responsible for the management, leasing, and marketing of multi-family communities. She develops and guides her teams of site managers, leasing consultants, and maintenance staff to provide the highest level of operating efficiency and customer service. Lori has been in the multi-family housing industry since 1991. She is a Certified Apartment Property Supervisor (CAPS) and a licensed Real Estate Broker in North Carolina and South Carolina. Lori joined the company in 1999. Her experience in apartment management and leasing dates back to 1991.
Specialization: Medical Office | General Office
Bill Strickland is from Rocky Mount, NC and has lived in Greensboro since 1986. He received his Associates of Arts degree from Louisburg College and earned his BS and MBA from Elon University. After graduation from college, Bill worked in the restaurant industry for nearly two years before entering the health care field where he served in various capacities of administration for over 18 years, the most recent as Director of a radiological imaging company operating serveral outpatient facilities.
Bill is actively involved in the community. He is an Elder at First Presbyterian Church and is active on various nonprofit boards. He is on the Board of Directos od both the Greensboro Regional Realtors Association and the Realtors Commercial Alliance. Bill has previously served on the Greensboro Board of Adjustment. You wll oftentimes find Bill volunteering his time by officiating swim meets on a pool deck somewhere.
Bill joined Brown Investment Properties in 2005. Bill lives by the Golden Rule and practices commercial brokerage with this same attitude. Bill is very familiar with the medical and dental office market and he has helped many medical and dental clients with their commercial real estate needs. Although his brokerage activity is primarily focused on the medical and dental community, Bill works in all types of commercial real estate. Bill represents several major medical office landlords in Greensboro. He works with tenants, landlords, buyers, sellers and investors, so he can help regardless of your specific need. Call him if your practice is considering expanding, downsizing, relocating or if you would like to discuss your current lease or purchase situation. He can help you save money!
Bill is a member of the Greensboro Regional REALTORS (R) Association, the North Carolina Association of Realtors (R) and the National Association of REALTORS (R). He is also a CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member) Designee. A CCIM is a recognized expert in commercial and investment real estate. The CCIM designation is earned after successfully completing a designation process that ensures proficiency not only in theory, but also in practice.
Sample clients include: ABC Pediatrics, Brown and Durham, DDS, PA, Cone Health, Cornerstone Health Care, Family Solutions, Charles Frazier, MD, GSO Printing, Greensboro Imaging, Mackler, Lutins and Benitez, DDS, Bruce McCoy, MD, PharmQuest, Piedmont Spay and Neuter Clinic, Southwoods Animal Hospital, Triad Eye Center, Triad Psychiatric & Counseling Center, Wake Forest University Health Sciences.
Hilda Tajalli is a licensed North Carolina Real Estate Broker. She joined Brown Investment Properties in 2018.
Hilda is a native to Greensboro, NC and graduated with a BA in Management and Society from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is fluent in English and Farsi.
Prior to joining Brown, Hilda lived and worked in D.C. as a Culture and Engagement Associate, specializing in Leadership Development and Diversity and Inclusion for a Fortune 500 company. Her experience includes working with c-suite executives to facilitate employee growth through organizational development opportunities and coordinating corporate charities initiatives. Hilda is passionate about community development and is optimistic about Greensboro’s future.
Her civic affiliations include member of The Future Fund (Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro), member of synerG (Action Greensboro), advocate of The National Conference for Community and Justice of The Piedmont Triad (NCCJ), member of Greensboro Carolina Club and an ambassador for Yoke and Abundance.
She is a member of the Greensboro Regional REALTORS® Association and the Greensboro REALTORS® Commercial Alliance, the NC Association of REALTORS®, and the National Association of REALTORS®.
Her hobbies and interests include traveling, cooking, Pilates, yoga, and kickboxing.
VP Commercial Management
As Vice President of Commercial Management, Mrs. Whitehead coaches her team to be proactive, responsive, and have a sense of urgency in their work. Her goal for the department is to provide strong customer service that benefits Brown Investment Properties, Inc.’s clients, tenants, and vendors. She also leads by example, managing retail, office, and warehouse properties hands-on. Susan has been with Brown Investment Properties since 1982 and is experienced in residential and commercial property management and property management accounting. Ms. Whitehead holds a BS Degree in Business Administration from Appalachian State University. She is a CPM (Certified Property Manager) candidate and is also holds a CAPS (Certified Apartment Property Supervisor) designation.
Chief Financial Officer
Jason has deep experience in a broad range of financial disciplines. Before joining the Brown Investment Properties, Inc. team, he was principal with Triad First Capital, LLC. Prior to joining Triad First Capital, Jason was responsible for macroeconomic research and investment portfolio construction for Old North State Trust. Additionally, as a member of Clark Consulting, a firm that marketed and serviced a unique life insurance-based financial product, Jason gained extensive experience in working with senior management of large financial institutions. Earlier in his career, Jason served as CFO of Matkins Auto Glass. He also gained valuable experience in tax research and compliance with Deloitte. Jason received his Master of Accounting degree and BSBA from UNC-Chapel Hill and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.
Sales Manager, Broker
Affiliations: Realtors Commercial Alliance | Greensboro Regional REALTORS Association | National Association of REALTORS | Commercial Real Estate Realtor
Diane Williams is a licensed real estate broker. Diane joined Brown Investment Properties in 1998 and has 20 years of real estate experience. Prior to joining Brown, she had seven years experience as a residential REALTOR, plus prior experience as the manager of a local software development company.
She is a member of the Greensboro Regional REALTORS Association the Greensboro REALTORS Commercial Alliance (GRRA-RCA), the NC Association of REALTORS and the National Association of REALTORS.