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Sara Daut: Vice President

As Vice President of The Lipton Group, Inc., Sara is the leader of our property management team. Prior to re-joining The Lipton Group, Sara worked for large, professional property and asset management organizations in the roles of Regional Manager, Vice President of Multi-Family Assets, and Director of Asset Management. Her oversight has included development, construction monitoring, lease up and stabilized portfolios from 1,400 to over 17,000 units.

Sara earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management and Organizational Behavior from the University of Missouri – St. Louis. She is a member of the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) and the St. Louis Apartment Association (SLAA). Her Certified Property Manager (CPM®) and Certified Apartment Portfolio Supervisor (CAPS) certifications are both well recognized throughout the industry. She is also a Certified Credit Compliance Professional (C4P), which displays her understanding of the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program. Sara has 20 years of property management experience, and she can honestly say she is doing what she loves to do!

Richard Alport: Chief Financial Officer

Richard joined The Lipton Group in 2000 as Chief Financial Officer, managing the financial strategy and operations of a vast portfolio of both residential and commercial real estate. Richard holds a Bachelor's of Business Administration from The University of Michigan. After earning his CPA and working in Public Accounting, he has spent the past 25 plus years in the real estate industry. Prior to joining The Lipton Group, Richard worked as a financial analyst for a large west coast home builder before returning to St. Louis as the Controller for a commercial contractor where he focused much of his attention on subsidized housing development under several HUD and Low Income Housing Tax Credit Programs.

In his position as Chief Financial Officer of The Lipton Group, Richard works closely with our property owners to determine the specific goals for each of their assets, focusing on long term growth to maximize value for each asset. His attention to detail and ability to achieve client objectives have been instrumental in the success of owners, developers and partners of The Lipton Group. Richard manages the banking and lending relationships, oversees the company's human resources and IT relationships, and works closely with attorneys, tax accountants and insurance specialists to ensure the financial integrity for which The Lipton Group is known.

Heather Barger: Director

Heather has over 20 years of experience in the multi-family housing industry. Prior to coming to The Lipton Group, Heather worked for two local property management companies where she successfully leased up market rate communities. She joined the Lipton Group in 2002, as Assistant Manager at Pheasant Run Apartments in Maryland Heights. Due to her successful record at each property she worked, Heather was quickly promoted to Property Manager and eventually Area Director with The Lipton Group. She has assisted in acquisitions and large scale rehab projects across the portfolio and in various submarkets.

Heather has a strong background in multi-family financial analysis. Heather's attention to detail was instrumental in the implementation of a comprehensive budgeting system for all Lipton Group apartment communities. Heather trains and develops the on-site teams to understand the budgeting process and how to achieve financial success for the asset.

Heather has received several awards including IREM Property Manager of the Year, IREM Multi Site Supervisor of the Year, St. Louis Apartment Association Multi-Site Supervisor of the Year and our company's Top Performer Award. Heather earned her Certified Apartment Property Supervisor designation in 2015 from the St. Louis Apartment Association.

Mandi Randell: Director

Mandi has 15+ years of experience in the multi-family housing industry, starting as a leasing consultant with The Lipton Group at Pheasant Run Apartments in Maryland Heights. She has worked in a variety of submarkets in Missouri and Illinois, including St. Louis, Columbia, Kansas City, and St. Clair County. Mandi has worked on newly constructed properties, mature assets, complete renovations, and repositioned apartment communities - both market rate and tax credit.

Mandi earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri-St. Louis where she was active in many on-campus clubs and organizations. She is currently involved in the Human Resource Management Association, St. Louis Apartment Association and local chambers of commerce. Mandi has received the Marketing Director of the Year Award from the St. Louis Apartment Association, and the Marketing / Leasing Director of the Year Award from the Institute of Real Estate Management. Mandi earned her Certified Apartment Property Supervisor designation in 2015 from the St. Louis Apartment Association.

Dianne Jennings: Senior Property Accountant

Dianne joined the Lipton Group team in 2011, bringing over 20 years of experience in Accounting, Management, and Administrative roles for a variety of companies and CPA firms. Dianne is a graduate of the University of Missouri - St. Louis, with a degree in Bachelor of Science in Accounting/Business Administration. Her training in the industry began with a Missouri estate agent license and working with residential rental clients.

She was named the 2013 and 2014 Lipton Group Corporate Employee of the Year and Awarded the 2014 St. Louis Apartment Association Rising Star Award.

In her free time, Dianne volunteers as a math tutor at various community centers.

Along with her passion for business and education, Dianne enjoys spending time with family, reading, traveling, and fishing with her husband of 30 years, Dossie.

John Eden: Facilities Director

John joined the Lipton Group as Facilities Director, bringing with him over 25 years of maintenance, new construction, development and property management experience in both commercial and residential real estate. John is well versed in budget development, including managing and implementing cost effective solutions and procurement.

John is in involved in many aspects of Property Management and Maintenance with The Lipton Group. He works with the commercial team to maintain The Lipton Group's commercial properties, respond to tenants' requests, oversee landscaping and snow removal, and complete inspections. John implements energy savings programs at all Lipton Group properties, including multi-family housing and commercial assets. John creates O&M plans when needed and follows up with the on-site maintenance teams to ensure that the plans are being followed. John oversees capital improvement projects at all Lipton Group apartment communities by creating a scope of work, monitoring the budget and controlling expense. John reviews and evaluates projects in progress, contract compliance, and quality control.

John received his HVAC / EPA certifications and continuing education from local St. Louis institutions. John is certified in OSHA Safety and Mold Inspection. He is also a Certified Pool Operator.

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