Just like her exploration of Portland, she has ventured through many aspects of property management and real estate, but she’s found her favorite role to be in accounting/office administration. The Garcia Group is extremely fortunate to have Vanessa as our Office Administrator.
Vanessa focuses on the financials; keeps the systems functioning and she approaches and resolves any accounting concerns as they come up. With excellent customer service skills and a keen eye for detail, she is a key player on our team. With her commitment to personal development, she helps us to succeed immensely in managing properties throughout the Portland Metropolitan and surrounding areas. Her focus on the numbers and commitment to the overall professionalism of The Garcia Group plays a significant part in creating an excellent experience for both owners and tenants.
Property Management is complex, with multiple layers. Managing work flow, triaging emergencies, keeping detailed records and customer service is a daily balancing act. “Tenants can be upset at times when they call us. Owners can occasionally get frustrated. I find it rewarding to be the calm in the center of their storm. My husband is in construction and I worked with him for years, so I know many of the service vendors well and trust them to provide an accurate evaluation of the cost and timeline.”
Lindsey began working in the Property Management industry in 2004 where she was a leasing agent at a 608 unit apartment community. From there she went on to manage her own property in North Portland. She then began to specialize in affordable housing. In 2015 Lindsey received her CPM designation while she was working at a project base section 8 community. Lindsey made the change to private rentals in 2016 and has enjoyed all that it brings.
“I enjoy being there for both the tenants and the owners. When an emergency arises, we are typically the first to be called. I find that being able to talk someone through the drama and help them fix the problem is rewarding. As a Portfolio Manager, I never know what the day may bring – but I enjoy knowing that everyday will be different. I believe that you have to do what you love, and love what you do!”
Lea has been involved in the industry since high school. She comes from a family of landlords and is one herself. They are all “self-made” landlords who started from the bottom. Through hard work, wise investment, and good management, she believes rental property is proof that the American Dream is alive and well. “Someone smarter than I once said that you almost can’t over-communicate in this industry and I believe that. I manage every property as if it were my own.”
Ryan and Liz Rockwood
Additionally, Liz Rockwood serves as a Assistant Community Manager for 3 small sub divisions. She has a deep background in social services and is an excellent communicator – always maintaining a calm voice, no matter what the situation. Liz is trained in a multitude of software systems and procedures, and her familiarity and knowledge of our vendors helps get the job done, whatever it is, in a timely manner. When issues arise that need extra attention, she is a competent go-to person and a valuable asset to The Garcia Group staff.
Ron “RW” Wantland
After many years in the financial services and retirement plan industries, Ron entered the property management field as an on-site community manager. Attention to detail, process improvement, systems optimization and financial acumen are just some of Ron’s strong suits. He strives to make everything run smoothly and to be there as a great teammate willing to help everyone.
RW’s responsibilities include; new application processing, work order scheduling, unit inspections and anything else that needs to be done. “I feel blessed to have found such a great group of people to work with and to be able to help both future and current tenants.”
As the leasing coordinator Megan oversees scheduling viewings to potential renters, photographs and videos our vacancies, and manages day to day leasing activity. “I place a great deal of importance on helping people find their next home. As a member of the Garcia Group team, I strive to keep vacancy rates low for our owners as well as provide prompt and informational service to our potential renters. Meeting new people all over the city every day is a wonderful way to make a living.” Outside of the office her hobbies include exploring the many activities that Portland has to offer, traveling around the Pacific North West, and hiking with her dog.
Amber Clark, REALTOR®
Business Development Manager
“I’m very fortunate to have found a career that combines some of my favorite things: people and properties. Being a licensed Real Estate Broker allows me to meet new and exciting people each day. Whether I’m guiding owners through the complex matrix of hiring a professional management company or helping a first time buyer understand the maze of negotiations, inspections and escrows – I help them make their real estate goals a reality!
“Communication is everything. I see my role as helping clients navigate important real estate issues in a positive and pro-active manner and to look for ways to make the outcome a great experience.”
Front Desk Coordinator
She came to The Garcia Group with experience in owning and renting her own property, and each day she learns more about the complex field of property management.
Across two decades in the publishing industry, she managed book projects that explored interpersonal communication, motivation, cognition, and Neurolinguistic Programming. She earned a BA in English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Oregon and is certified in TESOL, NLP, and animal behavior.
Lori is a native Oregonian who has lived in six West Coast cities, and her most memorable travels have included Stonehenge and Pompeii. She is the author of a suspense/mystery trilogy and has been an avid racquetball player since 1995.
comes to living in Portland, Oregon.
Mindy has enjoyed living in Portland for over 25 years. She came to Portland as she was accepted to Portland State University with her dreams to be the first of her family to graduate from a University. She worked hard and put herself thru college while working as an intern at Allstate Insurance Company during the day and at La Costita Mexican Restaurant during the evening. She graduated with a B.S. in Psychology. Since graduating Mindy became interested in Real Estate and got her RE license. She comes to the Garcia Group with over 10 years of Real Estate Experience. She enjoys helping and working with people to accomplish their dreams of living in a nice HOME. Mindy has also lived all over the Portland Metro area, with residences in the SW Portland, SE Portland, and NE Portland areas. Each locale gave her a different perspective of the Portland Metro
Area and strengthened her knowledge as a real estate and rental property specialist. Mindy has always been about client service and attention to detail in every aspect of her work, and it is this quality and dedication she brings to rental property residents.