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Meet the Team

Paul D. PessesPrincipal
Paul D. Pesses joined Carnegie Companies in 1991 and currently serves as President. Prior to this, Mr. Pesses served as founder, owner and President of Stonestreet Management Company, a real estate investment, management and syndication firm (1983-1993). Mr. Pesses received his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1980 after graduating from Ohio State University, in 1977 with a Bachelor of Arts, Summa Cum Laude, in Economics and membership in the Phi Eta Sigma and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies.

Mr. Pesses has been involved as an active volunteer in the Cleveland community, holding leadership positions with Big Brothers, Harvard Business School Club of Northeast Ohio, HFL Society, SPACES (a regionally recognized arts center), College Now (Ohio’s largest independent college scholarship program), and Cuyahoga Community College Foundation. Currently, Mr. Pesses serves on the Boards of The Cleveland Institute of Art and the Citizen’s Academy group of schools, a nationally recognized inner-city, non-profit, public charter school. He is also a mentor in The College Now Mentorship Program.

Peter C. MeiselPrincipal
Peter C. Meisel joined Carnegie Companies in 1995. Prior to this, Mr. Meisel had served, since 1992, as a Managing Director in the Structured Finance Group of Chemical Securities Inc., specializing in the structuring and execution of high yield debt transactions in the public and private markets. He entered the banking industry in 1986, focusing on leveraged buyout financings and mergers and acquisitions advisory work.

Mr. Meisel received his MBA from The Darden School, University of Virginia in 1986 after graduating from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science, Cum Laude, in Economics.

Mr. Meisel is President of the Board of Trustees of Menorah Park Center for Senior Living and serves in leadership roles on the boards of Hillel at Kent State University and The Cleveland Housing Network. He has also been actively involved in the Jewish Federation of Cleveland and the Fund for our Economic Future.

Our Valuable Team Members

Fred ScaleseVice President, Property Management
Fred Scalese supervises all aspects of commercial and multi-family property management, including site visits, tenant relations, property maintenance, capital improvements, etc. Mr. Scalese is also responsible for commercial tenant marketing and leasing, lease negotiations, third-party contracting, on-site and senior property management employee supervision, and annual budgeting. Additionally, Mr. Scalese oversees all property acquisition due diligence efforts including pro forma preparation, site inspections, and tenant interviews.

Before joining Carnegie in 1996, Mr. Scalese was Executive Manager for the Village Green Management Company, where he supervised their northeast Ohio apartment portfolio. From 1993 to 1995, he served as Business Manager with Associated Estates Realty Corporation, managing four northeast Ohio high-rise and garden style apartment communities totaling 1,920 apartment homes. From 1988 to 1993, Mr. Scalese worked with Forest City Management, Inc., as a Leasing Consultant, a Leasing Manager and then as a Property Manager for a 635 unit mid-rise apartment community.

Mr. Scalese attended Cleveland State University. Since 2003, he has been a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).

Caryn WeinbergController
Caryn Weinberg joined Carnegie Companies in 2014 as Controller. Ms. Weinberg is responsible for the treasury and financial reporting of the multiple entities encompassed by and financially associated with Carnegie Companies.

Ms. Weinberg has over 25 years of experience in the corporate accounting arena. Prior to joining Carnegie, Ms. Weinberg was the Chief Financial Officer for a nuclear medical company where she led and managed all of the company’s accounting, human resource, treasury and operational efficiencies. Prior to that, she served as Controller for a heating and cooling company with five locations.

Ms. Weinberg earned her Accounting Degree and Business Information Systems minor from Miami University of Ohio. She is a member of the Orange Area Service Committee and acts as a volunteer for a local Community Kitchen program.

Dave RichardsDirector, Facilities Management
Dave Richards, assists in, and has direct oversight of, all aspects of the multi-family and commercial property management function, both operational and informational. In addition to his general duties, he has direct responsibility for a specific portfolio of the company’s multi-family and commercial properties.

Prior to joining Carnegie, Mr. Richards was employed by Associated Estates Realty Corp., where he started as a property Maintenance Director and was promoted to Building Manager of a 739 unit apartment community. Before his employment at Associated Estates, Mr. Richards worked with Forest City Management as the Superintendent of a 635 unit apartment community. In addition, Mr. Richards has had prior experience in retail management.

Mr. Richards attended Toledo University, with a major in Business Management.

Deirdre SaloisSenior Property & Construction Manager
Deirdre Salois assists in, and has direct oversight of, all aspects of commercial property management and construction functions, both operational and informational.

Ms. Salois has over 20 years’ experience in property management and construction management.  Prior to joining Carnegie Companies in 2003, she worked as the Property Manager for a Cleveland area real estate developer and as the Facilities Manager for the corporate headquarters of a Fortune 200 pharmaceutical company outside Chicago.   Her construction projects include tenant build-outs, ground-up construction and residential home development.  As a property manager, tenant relations have been an important focus throughout Ms. Salois’ career.
Ms. Salois attended The American University in Paris and has participated in other college coursework and various professional educational programs.  She enjoys volunteering for various animal rescue agencies as well as at the Greater Cleveland Foodbank.

Cole D. PessesAcquisitions and Business Development
Cole D. Pesses joined Carnegie Companies full time in 2015, and currently focuses on acquisitions and business development.

Prior to joining Carnegie in 2015, Mr. Pesses last served as Regional Manager for Provident Funding, a national mortgage lender and servicer (2010-2015). Mr. Pesses oversaw a team of over 25 employees where he was personally responsible for the funding of over $100 mm in mortgage loans on a monthly basis.

Mr. Pesses graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in Economics from the University of Colorado in 2009. He subsequently obtained his Masters in Real Estate and Construction Management from the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver.

Mr. Pesses has been involved in the community as a volunteer in both Colorado and Ohio. He has served on the Saltzman Youth Philanthropy Panel, has volunteered with the Boulder Humane Society, and has served as a volunteer coach for youth sports leagues.

Mary EganProperty Manager
Mary has responsibility for property-related issues and details, both operational and informational for a specific portfolio of Carnegie’s properties. She works closely with tenants, leasing representatives, and site-related personnel.

Mary joined Carnegie in October, 2014. Prior to joining Carnegie, Mary managed all residential and commercial business operations for Myron Roberts Management including two office buildings, five retail properties, and five apartment complexes consisting of 400 suites. Her responsibilities included negotiating terms with potential tenants and contractors, managing and implementing budgets, coaching multi-family property managers, processing rent payments from tenants, as well as payments to lenders and employee payroll.

Michele AlcornTransaction Manager
Michele Alcorn joined Carnegie Companies in 2012 as Executive Assistant. Her main responsibility was to handle administration and processing of real estate deal flow. As Transaction Manager, Ms. Alcorn now coordinates all aspects of incoming deal flow, including broker communication, assists in the initial review as well as follow-up of same, maintains timeframes for offer submission, and oversees contract submission preparation.

Prior to joining Carnegie Companies, Ms. Alcorn had over twenty-five years of experience as a corporate paralegal and legal secretary. In addition to legal experience in the real estate arena, she was also involved in the areas of litigation and IT training and support.

Ms. Alcorn has participated in various professional educational programs. She enjoys sports, portrait photography, and volunteers as a local dog walker.

Jennifer DirrmanProperty Administrator
Jennifer assists the corporate property management team with property related operations and administrative functions. Her diverse role also includes implementation of company procedures for running credit reports, monitoring receivables and collecting rent for all commercial tenants, including being the point person and liaison for our eviction and collection attorneys.

Jennifer joined Carnegie in August, 2016. Jennifer has had many years of involvement in the title and commercial real estate industries. She has experience in the areas of collections, commercial lease administration, and purchase and loan agreements.

Kim Meisel PessesV.P., Administration
Kim Meisel Pesses joined Carnegie Companies in 1993. Ms. Pesses handles the areas of HR, IT/office systems management, corporate philanthropy, and special projects.

Before joining Carnegie, Ms. Pesses was Executive Director of The Kidney Foundation of Ohio and its statewide branches. Prior to that, she served as Executive Director of the Northeast U.S. Affiliate of U.N.I.C.E.F. in Boston, MA. Ms. Pesses graduated from Northwestern University.

Ms. Pesses has been a committed volunteer in the NE Ohio community, holding a variety of Board and leadership positions, including President of The Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital Foundation and The Meisel Family Foundation. She currently serves on the Boards of The Alzheimer’s Association, Engage!Cleveland, and the Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation and has been actively involved in The Jewish Federation of Cleveland and The Fund for our Economic Future.

Monica GustafsonAccountant
Gwen SusanekAccounting Assistant
Denise WagnerAdministrative Assistant