Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Donna Preiss is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Preiss Company. Since 1987, The Preiss Company has specialized in the development, acquisition and management of off-campus student housing and is a Top 10 largest privately held owner operator of student housing in the country. The company employs over 500 team members and is one of the largest and fastest growing student housing providers in the nation, currently owning and/or operating 26,000 beds, in 42 markets and 13 states. The Preiss Company is the leader in the development of new technologies, tools and strategies for the student housing industry.
Donna currently serves on the Executive Committee of the NMHC, the Board of Trustees for Ravenscroft School, Board of Directors of the SPCA, , the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, and the Wake Tech Foundation. She also serves on the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce Advisory Board and is a member of the NAA National Student Housing Committee, the NMHC National Student Housing Committee and the Women President’s Organization. Donna received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a MA Degree from the University of Maryland at College Park.
Kirk Preiss is a Principal of The Preiss Company. Prior to joining The Preiss Company, Kirk held an executive position in technology at IBM and was in charge of their networking standards mission. Kirk was heavily involved in the LAN and Internet movement in the 80's and 90's—producing patents and leading international standards like IEEE 802 and ISO.
His list of corporate accomplishments are many and include his NASA white paper on Orbit Determination Algorithms, which laid the foundation for today's GPS, his Nuclear Reactor Mathematical Models for Nuclear Plant Construction in the '80s, patents on Local Area Network Bridging in the early '90s, and the architecture and implementing of a high-speed Internet infrastructure for off-campus student housing in the late '90s.
Kirk has over 20 years of real estate experience. He is an Accredited Residential Manager (ARM) through the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) and holds a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation. He received a BS in Mathematics from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, an MS in Mathematics from George Mason University and an MBA from Duke University. In 2002, he was appointed by Governor Mike Easley to the North Carolina Science and Technology Board.
Joseph V. Green, President of The Preiss Company, joined the company in 2012 as our Chief Financial Officer. Joe has 35 years of broad in-depth experience in real estate, finance and capital markets. His responsibilities include capital markets, structured finance and private equity institutional relationships. Prior to joining the Company, Joe was the Chief Executive Officer of Cherokee Renewables, LLC a company dedicated to providing capital to the Solar PV industry. Renewables was an affiliate of Cherokee Investment Partners, LLC that manages over $1 billion of brownfield-related real estate assets. Before joining Cherokee, Joe served as a Senior Advisor to the Noble Investment Group, a hospitality firm that owned approximately $1.2 billion of hotel assets. Prior to Noble, Joe served as the CEO of KeyBridge Capital LLC, that was formed in conjunction with Friedman, Billings, Ramsey & Company (Investment Bank based in Washington, DC) to pursue special real estate situations.
Before KeyBridge, Joe served as President and Chief Financial Officer of Winston Hotels, Inc., a publicly traded (NYSE: WXH) hotel REIT that owned and developed hotel properties directly, provided and acquired hotel loans and provided hotel development and asset management services until July 2007 when Winston was acquired through a merger. Joe began his tenure with Winston in 1993, when he led the team that took Winston public in 1994 and oversaw hotel acquisitions and finance, capital raising, joint ventures and other strategic transactions, as well as all financial reporting and public company compliance efforts. Joe earned a B.A. at East Carolina University in 1972, a J.D. from Wake Forest University School of Law in 1976 and a Master of Laws in Taxation from Georgetown University in 1978.
Chief Operating Officer
Adam Byrley joined The Preiss Company (TPCO) in 2003 and serves as the company’s Chief Operating Officer. In his role, Adam is responsible for overseeing operations of the company including all aspects of the company’s student housing portfolio both owned and third party managed. Additionally, Adam plays a key role in analyzing new markets for expansion, as he works with the New Business Development Team to set rents, lead due diligence teams, provide income and operating expense analytics for development and acquisition opportunities.
Prior to his current appointment, Adam was an executive vice-president of the property management division of the company with day-to-day management responsibility half of the company’s portfolio of student housing projects.
Before his role as executive vice-president, he oversaw leasing and marketing efforts for the company’s portfolio and worked in conjunction with each Regional Manager to create rental strategies and administer rental rate changes, manage leasing velocity, and implement marketing strategies. Adam also served as Regional Manager for 5,000+ beds within the TPCO portfolio and was Corporate Sports Marketing & Event Director responsible for overseeing the company’s corporate marketing programs.
Adam received his undergraduate degree from Clemson University cum laude with a BA in Political Science.
Chief Investment Officer
John Preiss joined The Preiss Company in 1998 and serves as Chief Investment Officer. John is responsible for overseeing all of TPCO's investments, Joint Ventures, Acquisitions, and Developments.
During his 19 years with the company he has served as a Broker, Vice President, and Executive Vice President of New Business Development. John has sourced over 900 million in debt and equity since joining the company.
Mr Preiss has appeared in numerous real estate journals and speaking panels regarding student housing in the US and Canada.
John graduated from the College of Charleston with a bachelor degree in business administration. He currently serves on the board of directors and executive committee for the National Multi Housing Council. He holds a CCIM accreditation and is on the University Council for ULI.
Chief Acquisictions & Development Officer
Susan Folckemer joined The Preiss Company in 2003 and currently serves at the Chief Acquisition & Development Officer. Susan has over 30 years experience in the commercial and multifamily real estate development, brokerage, and management business.
Prior to joining The Preiss Company, Susan served as a Regional Senior Director with CB Richard Ellis covering North Carolina, South Carolina and the Mid-Atlantic region. During her 11 years with CBRE and affiliated companies, she over saw the investment sales, leasing, management and accounting for a 27,000,000 square foot portfolio of office, retail and industrial product. Susan was also responsible for maintaining current institutional client relationships and all new business development activities for the Mid-Atlantic Asset Services Team. Susan began her career working with a regional development and construction company focused on office and retail sites throughout the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic regions.
Susan received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business at North Carolina Wesleyan. Susan currently serves on the Board of Directors of the National Multi-Family Housing Council (NMHC) and is actively involved in the Triangle Commercial Association of Realtors (TCAR), Urban Land Institute (ULI) and National Apartment Association (NAA).
Chief Accounting Officer
Chad West, Chief Accounting Officer of The Preiss Company, joined the company in 2012 as the Executive Vice President of Accounting. He is responsible for accounting, financial reporting and tax compliance. West also directs the treasury management function and the company’s internal controls.
Chad brings 18 years of experience in the areas of accounting and finance relating to diverse industries. Prior to joining The Preiss Company, he worked seven years for PricewaterhouseCoopers as an audit manager serving construction, manufacturing, and real estate clients. Chad also spent eight years serving as controller for several private companies, primarily in the construction industry.
Chad earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island and holds a Certified Public Accountant license in both Connecticut and North Carolina.
Executive Vice President of Property Management
DeWana Falks joined the Preiss Company in 2008 and serves as Executive Vice President of Property Management for The Preiss Company. She brings over 22 years of experience in supervising and managing all aspects of property management throughout the United States. In her role, DeWana is responsible for managing a significant portion of The Preiss Company's portfolio of student properties, which includes overseeing the day-to-day student housing operations. Since joining the company, she has helped to develop a scalable platform, which has enabled the company to grow by over 35% over the last several years. Her ability to understand the unique components of student housing procedures, as well as her talent for identifying operational issues are just a few of the many strengths that DeWana brings to our executive team.
Prior to her appointment as executive vice president, DeWana served as the company's vice-president of student housing operations where she managed property managers and assistant managers, developed property Standard Operating Procedures to increase rent postings and improve invoice reviews, and reduced maintenance, utilities, and transition costs through improved quality-control and inventory standards.
Prior to joining The Preiss Company, DeWana was the regional manager for Stokes-McCaleb from 1984 to 1991 and was responsible for overseeing five multi-family communities. In 1993, DeWana joined ConAm where she was responsible for policy and Rent Roll training of all employees within the 28 fee-managed property territory. Prior to ConAm, she worked with Place Properties responsible for overseeing a portfolio of off-campus student communities comprised of 4,303 beds. In 2006, she became the Regional Manager for Campus Advantage, where she managed a portfolio of seven on/off-campus student-housing communities comprised of 6,000 beds.
Executive Vice President of Construction Management
Kyle Barger, Executive Vice President of Construction Management of The Preiss Company, joined the company in 2007 as head of construction management services for the company. His responsibilities include oversight of all capital improvement projects at the company’s existing portfolio as well as acquisition of existing projects that include, but are not limited to, due diligence, evaluation of property needs, ongoing capital improvement plans, budget analysis and project management.
Kyle is focused on maximizing the value of both Preiss-owned properties, as well as third-party managed assets, by evaluating portfolio needs in concert with our property management staff and developing, implementing and executing improvements that will help sustain a long-term value. Kyle has worked extensively with multiple owners, partners, contractors, architects and designers to build and maintain relationships in the student housing industry.
Kyle is a graduate of North Carolina State University with a BA in Business Management.
Executive Vice President of Development
Craig Eick joined The Preiss Company in August of 2012 and serves as Executive Vice President of Development. He is responsible for overseeing the company's interest in current development projects under construction, working with joint venture partners on projects in the development phase, and collaborating with the company's Chief Acquisitions & Development Officer on potential new development projects.
Eick brings 25 years of experience in the industries of real estate development and construction management. Prior to joining The Preiss Company, he was the Vice President of Design & Construction for JHM Hotels, Inc., a national, multi-brand hotel company that develops, acquires, owns, and operates hotels throughout the United States. For 14 years, Eick served as Vice President of Development for Winston Hotels, Inc. and Executive Vice President of Crockett Capital Corp. where he was involved with the design and construction of 30 hotels in 17 states, representing a total investment of $530 million. He also served as Vice President/Project Manager for J.D. Beam, Inc. for nine years. Eick says it was The Preiss Company's expansion into the area of new development that attracted him to the company.
Eick earned his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of South Alabama. He is also a licensed North Carolina general contractor and was the qualifying individual for unlimited general contractors license in the states of South Carolina, Tennessee, and Florida.
Vice President of Marketing
Amy joined the company in 1995 and leads all marketing efforts including branding, creative concepts, marketing planning and the implementation thereof. She also directly is involved with investor relations, website development, press releases and national Sports Marketing campaigns. Amy and her team successfully track The Preiss Company’s dozens of property websites using Google Analytics and PPC tracking data to gauge online traffic and compare the data to the previous leasing seasons.
In 2004, Amy began negotiating sports marketing contracts for The Preiss Company across the portfolio and managed the creation, design, and updating of the company's various property websites. In 2009, she developed a social marketing platform that brought all of the company’s properties onto Facebook. By 2013, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube and Pinterest were added to The Preiss Company’s social media outlets.
Amy also works closely with the acquisitions team for The Preiss Company. She assists in performing due diligences for acquisitions for student housing properties and has executed market studies, established marketing budgets, created and implemented rebranding plans and supervised new construction marketing strategies. By working closely with all properties, Amy ensures that governance and the company brand are upheld across multiple properties and initiatives. This includes property websites, print, online marketing and social media marketing of all the properties within The Preiss Company portfolio.
Amy was graduated from St. Mary's College and attended NC State University.
Acquisitions and Development
David Leake joined the New Business Development Team in 2009, and has been part of The Preiss Company since 2000. David is responsible for assisting in the growth of new business. He helps bring on new Acquisitions, Developments, and Property Managements in the Student Housing Sector. He also plays a huge role in the market studies and the due diligence process with new potential properties. David has been on all sides of the Student housing real-estate spectrum including: Real-Estate Broker, Acquisition and Development, Leasing Agent, Property Manager, Project Manager, Construction Management.
David graduated from Appalachian State University. He is an active member of the NC Real Estate Commission.