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Vanessa Finley

Vanessa Finley

Operations Manager
(Ext 0)

Vanessa was born and raised in Portland and she has always enjoyed exploring her hometown. From the art galleries to the cafés and restaurants – she has been to them all. Yet, it wasn’t until she graduated from St. Mary’s Academy that she discovered her true passion. At the growing age of 18, Vanessa was introduced to property management and has since developed her career within the industry.

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.


Karla Hoffart

Karla Hoffart

General Manager
(Ext. 2)

Karla has over 20 years of experience in both the accounting and construction industries. Her extensive knowledge is equaled only by her attention to detail and a “forensic approach” to getting to the bottom of things.

Property Management is complex, with multiple layers. Managing workflow, triageing 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 many years, so I know many of the service vendors well and trust them to provide an accurate evaluation of the cost and timeline.”

As General Manager, Karla oversees the “back office” at The Garcia Group including our Tenant Services team and Maintenance and Yard Care divisions. Her ability to multi-task and oversee many varied projects at once is the key to her success and a trait we all admire.


Amber Clark

Amber Clark, REALTOR®

Business Development Manager
(Ext. 3)

Amber comes from a family of contractors and has been closely involved in many projects over the years that have allowed her to collect a wealth of knowledge that she has applied to her role as a successful REALTOR. From those charming turn-of-the- century remodels to the ins and outs of new construction, she has exceptional real estate experience and she is eager to share it with clients. She is an excellent communicator, and she is also fluent in Spanish, with a Linguistics Degree from the University of Oregon.

“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.”


Lindsey Pykonen

Lindsey Pykonen

Portfolio Manager
(Ext. 5)

Lindsey Pykonen has lived in the Portland-Metro area since 1998. Originally from Southern Oregon, Lindsey moved up to Portland to be closer to family. Lindsey is married and a mother of two. She enjoys watching both of her children compete with their hip hop dance team, camping and spending time with her family and friends.

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!”


Liz

Liz Rockwood

Portfolio Manager
(Ext. 7)

Liz Rockwood is a licensed Oregon Real Estate Broker and manages a portfolio of properties for select investors with The Garcia Group. Liz has a deep background in social services and she is an excellent communicator – always maintaining a calm voice, no matter what the situation. She is also trained in a multitude of software systems and procedures and her familiarity and knowledge of our vendors helps her get the job done, whatever it is, in a timely manner. When issues arise that need extra attention, Liz is the competent go-to person and a valuable asset to The Garcia Group staff.

Along with her husband Ryan, they are also the Resident Managers at the Tualatin Woods Apartments, where they have lived for nearly 10 years and have much enjoyed calling it home, and being a part of the community.


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Lea Landwehr

Portfolio Manager
(Ext. 8)

Lea has experience managing virtually every type of residential property – houses, condos, mobile homes, plexes, and apartments – and a few commercial properties thrown in for good measure. Lea is an Oregon licensed property manager, as well as a Certified Property Manager candidate; active member of the Institute of Real Estate Management. She teaches classes on property management to REALTORS and strives to attend every function available to keep current on property-related issues.

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.”


Caitlin Grace Marlow

Caitlin Grace Marlow

Assistant Property Manager
(Ext 6)

Caitlin Grace is a native Portlandian. She loves everything about this city form all the unique restaurants, cafes, to all the different trails to explore. She is a mother of two wonderful children and they stay very busy on their off time with a large variety of activities, such as soccer, parkour, swimming, girl scouts, and much more.

Caitlin has been involved in property management since 2016 and is committed and enthusiastic. In her role of Assistant Property Manager, she helps the entire staff with her time from conducting unit inspections and showing vacant properties, installing lock-boxes and taking photographs, to file management and billing issues – all while simultaneously covering frequent “hot topics” assigned by the Portfolio Managers. “The best part about this type of career is, every day is a new day. You never know what you’re going to be walking into, and I love it!”


Miles Sisk

Miles Sisk

Leasing Coordinator
(Ext 1)

Miles works as our leasing agent while also pursuing a number of passions in both the business and non-profit world. Miles moved to Portland 2 years ago from Eugene where he studied Political Science and City Planning at the University of Oregon.

As the leasing coordinator Miles 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, his hobbies include exploring the many activities that Portland has to offer, taking advantage of the many adventures that can be found in the Pacific Northwest, and trying out new food.


Megan Hannah

Megan Hannah

Licensed Broker
(Ext 1009)

Megan is a licensed Oregon Real Estate Broker and works primarily as a Buyer’s Broker with Garcia Group Real Estate Service. She also works uniquely as our Tenant Placement Specialist; a fee-based service facilitating prospective tenants who want assistance to search vacancies throughout the market. She coordinates with other management firms and landlords to line up potential vacancies and schedules the viewings.

“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 potential renters. Meeting new people all over the city every day is a wonderful way to make a living.”

She moved to Portland in 2015 from Eugene where she studied advertising and multimedia at the University of Oregon. 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.


Travis Taylor

Travis Taylor

Maintenance Tech

Travis has extensive knowledge in both construction and remodeling. Prior to doing property maintenance, he worked in industrial construction and mining. Travis is a man who “will not give up” and he always strives to perform at the highest quality yet most cost-efficient manner to insure repairs are done safely and on time. Even in his personal time, we can often find Travis remodeling and repairing one of his own homes. Travis has a perpetual smile and admits “I love making people happy. I just try to please everyone. From the owners to the tenants, I always want everyone to have a positive experience.” Whether it’s plumbing, electrical painting or carpentry, Travis is truly a “Jack of all trades.”

Charles Sherwood

Charles Sherwood

Yard-Care Tech

Charles Sherwood comes to the Garcia Group from years with established Portland yard-care firm, Island Landscape. His dedication to hard work and customer service has seen him throughout many changes in his life – from Boston to Florida to California- working at campgrounds and recreation parks as a maintenance helper. Then “I got smart and moved to Portland!” he admits.

His main daily responsibility is yard maintenance for residential properties, including mowing, pruning, and general cleanup. In his spare time, Charles can be found dreaming about restoring another classic muscle car from the ’60s or landscaping his own property. His wife, Michele, and super-dog, Schroeder, keep him busy as well.