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Ron Smith
Ron SmithFounding Principal & President

An expert in the evolution of condominium projects and demographics, Ron Smith is a founding principal, president and principal broker of Smith | Schnider. Ron brings more than three decades of success in condominium development, sales and marketing, exceeding $3.5 billion in revenue for some of the Mid Atlantic region’s landmark residential projects. As Senior Vice President of The Mayhood Company, Ron directed and managed the sales and marketing of more than 6,000 residential units, across more than 50 projects,...

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    Julie Zelaska

    Julie Zelaska brings over twenty years of award-winning strategic planning, sales and marketing expertise to residential development and sales projects. Julie possesses an exceptional ability to tune into what buyers want, to set the pace and guide her team through all phases of a project—from design, branding and pricing to sales setup—resulting in sell-out success. Her integrity and passionate commitment enable her teams to deliver customer service that is unparalleled in the industry. Julie has ascended th...

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      Sue Martinez

      Sue Martinez works as part of the Smith l Schnider executive team to manage company marketing efforts and assist in achieving project sales goals. She brings more than 25 years’ experience as a vice president of sales and marketing with both regional and national homebuilders. Her expertise has long focused on the high-end range of the market. She has developed award-winning corporate brand campaigns for multiple regional builders—including Grayson Homes, Edgemoore Homes and Pillars Development Group—and t...

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        Patty Mantilla
        Patty MantillaProject Manager

        Keeping our team progressing on projects with efficiency and order, as well as maintaining our internal technology, Patty ensures Smith | Schnider is running with maximized productivity. Patty joined Smith | Schnider after managing key projects for the City of Alexandria’s Workforce Development Center. Through her role, she implemented new technological resources and internal processes which greatly enhanced overall team efficiency. In her current role, Patty manages both internal and external projects, ensurin...

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          Kevin Sweeney
          Kevin SweeneyDirector of Market Research

          Kevin provides a breadth of market knowledge, and a deep understanding of data and statistics, ensuring an accurate assessment of market dynamics and value. Kevin joined Smith | Schnider with an extensive background in commercial real estate research, focusing on multiple asset types. Kevin possesses an extensive knowledge about the Washington DC metro area, as well as its real estate landscape. As a lifelong Washington DC metro area resident, his understanding of the region provides a distinctive background that me...

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            Amy Buchanan
            Amy BuchananLead Transaction Coordinator

            Amy Buchanan is a highly experienced Transaction Coordinator. With 25 years in the Real Estate field she has worked in various positions such as Administrative Assistant, Office Manager, Loan Officer Assistant, Listing Manager, Business Manager and House Manager. Amy has personally closed over 2,500 Real Estate Transactions. She enjoys building her family tree on, Virginia Wine, gardening, traveling and cooking. Amy is a married mother of 4 and her husband is a Government contractor. They reside in O...

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