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Michael Albanese, Principal, is a long time resident of Beaumont, Texas. A Texan at heart, Mr. Albanese is proud to have graduated with honors from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. Mr. Albanese has been in the commercial real estate industry for over 20 years and is considered one of the country’s leading investment experts in regards to value-add opportunities.
In the late 1990’s, Mike and his brother, Eldon Albanese, began purchasing small residential and multi-family properties. Together, they purchased their first shopping center in early 2000. The Mid County Shopping Center is a 107,000 square foot retail center located in Nederland, Texas. Mr. Albanese continued to purchase retail, industrial and office properties using his very specific purchasing model and today, along with Thomas Cormier, has created one of the country’s most successful privately held commercial real estate companies. The company now owns more than 6.5 million square feet of assets throughout 25 states.
Actively engaged in commercial ventures early in his career, Mr. Albanese has accumulated years of invaluable experience in property investments. His ability to recognize the value potential for each property and proactively develop and manage those investments is a talent, which has greatly benefited both AIG and ACH as well as the companies’ tenant partners. Further, Mr. Albanese is responsible for the strategic planning and execution of a comprehensive plan for the entire portfolio which includes leasing, property management, NOI growth, redevelopment, acquisitions and dispositions.
Mr. Albanese has been instrumental in creating a full-service, vertically-integrated real estate investment company focused primarily on the development, acquisition, ownership and operation of high-quality neighborhood and community shopping centers in selected secondary and tertiary markets throughout the United States. The holding company owns a portfolio of operating retail properties, retail properties under development, operating commercial properties, a related Class-A office building and parcels of land that may be used for future development of residential or commercial properties.
Mr. Albanese, along with his Partners and staff, has created a strategy to maximize the cash flow of ACH’s operating properties, successfully complete the construction and lease-up or sale of the development portfolio, and identify additional growth opportunities in the form of new developments and acquisitions. A significant volume of growth opportunity is sourced through the extensive network of tenant, corporate and institutional relationships that have been established by Mr. Albanese over the last two decades. New investments are mainly focused in the shopping center sector. The company may selectively pursue commercial development opportunities in markets where it currently operates and where it believes the existing infrastructure and relationships can be leveraged to generate attractive risk adjusted returns.
Serving as principal of the Albanese Investment Group and Albanese Cormier Holdings LLC, Mr. Albanese is an active member of The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and also serves on the Board of Trustees for All Saints Episcopal School. Mike, his wife Nicole, and their four children attend St. Jude Catholic Church in Beaumont, TX, and enjoy participating in a number of civic and charitable organizations.
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Thomas Cormier, CPA, CGMA, Principal, is a long time resident of Southeast Texas. He obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting degree from Lamar University and began working at the public accounting firm of Cavett Turner. This engagement was brief, however, as he then accepted the position of Chief Financial Officer at Market Basket Food Stores, where he began managing the financial and business affairs of the local retail supermarket chain, for more than 27 years.
In addition, Thomas is the owner of Cormier Homes, the developer and builder of the Westwood Village and The Heights subdivisions in Lumberton, Texas, the Sterling Ridge community in Nederland, TX, and the Dominion Ranch community in Mid County. Not an individual to be limited to a singular purpose, Thomas also plays a key role as Principal of AlbaneseCormier, headquartered in Beaumont, Texas. His varied background compliments this experienced management team, composed of other Principals, Michael and Eldon Albanese. The AC partnership currently owns, manages and leases real estate holdings in roughly 6.5 million square feet in 25 states across the country, including retail shopping centers, industrial properties, a Class-A office tower, multiple land parcels and residential communities.
True to his financial background and extensive expertise, Thomas oversees all monetary aspects of the AlbaneseCormier organization and assists with the company’s various acquisitions and development projects.
Thomas will always consider his family to be his greatest achievement. He and his wife of 35 years, Melinda with their two daughters, Samantha and Tabitha, are members of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Port Neches. They remain faithful to their Southeast Texas upbringings by volunteering with church and civic organizations and focusing on the betterment and revitalization of our communities.
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Sara is the Accounting Manager for Albanese Cormier Holdings. Sara is responsible for the bookkeeping and financial recording for all of the Albanese Cormier companies. Sara joined the Albanese Cormier Holdings team in October of 2007. Prior to her position at ACH, Sara spent 4 years in residential real estate, first, as a real estate assistant for Remax Real Estate and then as an escrow assistant at Southeast Texas Title Company.
Sara holds a Texas Real Estate License and is a Licensed Notary for the State of Texas. Sara is a passionate volunteer for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Foundation. Sara, her husband, Chris, and their son, Cade, all live in Kountze, Texas.
Director of Property Management
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Scott joined the Albanese Cormier Holdings team in 2015 and is the Property Manager for the portfolio. He oversees all construction project details and constantly works with vendors and Tenants to maintain and improve the value of each property. Prior to joining the company, he served as a Project Manager for more than 25 years. Scott resides in Beaumont, Texas.
Director of Leasing – Western Region
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Kristyn joined the AC team in March 2015. She serves as the Director of Leasing for the Western Region and negotiates renewals across AC’s entire portfolio.
She holds a BS in Finance from Lamar University and is responsible for identifying strategic opportunities within her region which includes Washington, Oregon, California, Utah, Kansas, and Iowa. Kristyn also leases our corporate office building Edison Plaza, headquartered in Beaumont, Texas.
Prior to Albanese Cormier, Kristyn served as Lamar University’s Cheerleading Coordinator, where she gained valuable experience in program development and public relations. Kristyn and her husband, Anthony, reside in Beaumont with their two children, Ava and Luke.
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Taylor joined the AC team in December of 2020 as the Administrative Coordinator and added the perfect touch of hard work and helpfulness. Other than helping greet our guests, she also handles invoice tracking, as well as some other accounting matters to help out our Property Managers.
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Matthew Cook, CFP®, is the Asset Manager for AlbaneseCormier. Matthew’s primary responsibilities include targeting and valuing potential acquisitions as well as underwriting current portfolio holdings. Matthew joined the AlbaneseCormier team in April of 2019.
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Crystal is the Property Manager for our Central Region.
She works closely with vendors and tenants to maintain the properties within her region. She has cultivated vital relationships with national vendors to ensure quality and efficient workmanship. Crystal also, maintains an open line of communication with all tenants to provide an excellent level of service.
Special Projects Manager
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Stefanie joined AlbaneseCormier in 2020 and is responsible for managing key client projects. Having had similar responsibilities in the past, with management including the coordination and completion of projects on time within budget and within scope, Stefanie has filled a vital roll within the company. She oversees all aspects of projects. She sets deadlines, assign responsibilities and monitors and summarizes progress of projects. She works directly for and reports to ownership.
Stefanie attended Texas A&M University where she received a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies (cum laude grad) and then went on to successfully complete her Masters in Administration at Lamar University.
Accounts Payable Specialist
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Martha Guzman, born and raised right here in Beaumont, TX, joined our company as our new Accounts Payable Specialist in April 2016. She is responsible for financial transactions, bookkeeping, recording transactions, creating reports, tracking expenses and checking figures for accuracy. She will also maintain vendor records and review and audit expense reports.Before joining ACH, Guzman gained 12 years of accounts payable and receivable experience at PRN Medical and Well Supply.
She currently lives in Beaumont with her three children, Danielle, Jonathan and Matthew. Together they are involved in their community church, St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica as a CCD Teacher and a volunteer with the Cathedral Ladies and the youth group.
Edison Plaza Property Manager
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Mark joined AlbaneseCormier in January of 2010. He’s held a number of positions with the company and currently serves as the property manager for our Class–A office building property, Edison Plaza in Beaumont, TX.. Prior to joining AC, Mark was the Vice President/ Partner of J&J Manufacturing Company located in Beaumont, Texas. Mark and his wife, Theresa reside in Village Mills, Texas.
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Alexandra joined the Albanese Cormier Holdings team as the Administrative Coordinator in December of 2014. She was quickly promoted to the role of Property Management Administrator and is now a Property Manager for the Western Region of our portfolio. Alexandra manages our commercial properties in 10 states including Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri, New Mexico, Kansas, Oregon, Washington, Utah, and Iowa. She is responsible for the day-to-day operations of each center, including maintenance and repairs, tenant relations, property safety compliance, construction build outs, etc. Through constant communication with vendors and on-site managers, she makes sure each asset continues to operate in top condition. She also creates and maintains relationships with the company’s extensive tenant network to ensure their overall tenant satisfaction and success.
Prior to working for ACH, she was the website/store manager at Ella + Scott boutique in Beaumont. Alexandra and her husband, Bradley, reside in Port Neches, Texas with their daughter, Mia.
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Prior to her position at AC, Jessica spent 10+ years in the manufacturing field and prior to that was a licensed escrow officer for Beaumont Title Company. Jessica holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Lamar University.
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Marti Lynch joined the AlbaneseCormier team on June 1, 2015 and serves as Executive Assistant to management. She obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration in Office Administration degree from Lamar University. Marti provides executive administrative support to management and assistance to the accounting team.
Prior to joining the company, Marti served as Executive Assistant to the Senior Vice President and CFO at Retail Investors of Texas, Ltd. for 26 years.
Marti and her husband of 34 years, Rodney, reside in Groves, Texas.
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Fer joined our AC team in October 2019 and serves as our Marketing Director. She has a BA in Graphic Design and graduated in Mexico City where she is originally from.
She is responsible for our company’s marketing and communications strategies, as well as overall branding and image. She prepares annual marketing plans, creates calendar of campaigns and events and sets the marketing budget.
She is also in charge of providing tools and materials to enable the leasing team to function effectively, as well as managing and refine the company’s social media presence.
Fer resides with her husband, Steven, and her son in Lumberton, Texas.
CPA / Controller
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Christina, CPA, is the Controller for Albanese Cormier Holdings. Christina joined the Albanese Cormier Holdings team in January 2014. She holds a Bachelors degree in accounting (Cum Laude graduate) and a Masters in Business Administration with concentration in accounting from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas.
Prior to her position at ACH, Christina spent 6 ½ years in public accounting at Funchess, Mills, White & Co. Christina is a certified public accountant. Christina, her husband, Josh, and their children, Ella and Wade, all reside in Nederland.
Director of Leasing
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Brandi is the Director of Leasing for the Midwestern Region. Prior to joining AlbaneseCormier, Brandi spent many years at Weingarten Realty. Brandi started at Weingarten Realty in 2003 in Property Management and was promoted to Leasing in 2005. Brandi won numerous awards during her 12 year tenure with Weingarten Realty and developed very strong national tenant relationships.
Brandi joined AlbaneseCormier in 2015 and specializes in big box leasing, but also has completed many mid-size and small shop transactions. She has worked with many national box tenants such as TJMaxx, Kroger, Fresh Thyme, Save-A-Lot, Walmart, Ace Hardware, Tuesday Morning, Planet Fitness, Crunch Fitness, Ollies, Burkes, Harbor Freight, Dollar Tree, Family Dollar, Goodwill and Bargain Hunt. She has also worked deals with small and mid-size tenants including Hallmark, Shoe Show, Hibbett, Smoothie King, Buff City Soaps, Verizon, Firehouse Subs, T-Mobile, Clean Eatz, Little Caesars, Cricket, Pizza Hut, GameStop and WellNOW clinic. Brandi has completed numerous pad site sales along with Ground Leases. She has proven to be extremely successful in securing National Tenant waivers to overcome lease restrictions. She oversees all trade shows and holds National Global Meetings with Tenants to insure our company is always aware of new opportunities. Brandi is always seeking new ways to create value in an already robust portfolio.
Brandi is an active member of Innovating Commerce Serving Communities (ICSC) and has held various roles within the organization. She was recognized by CoStar in Q2 2020 as CoStar Power Broker for her leasing efforts in Newport, KY. Brandi participates in charitable organizations such as American Cancer Society and United Way. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and all outdoor activities. Brandi, her husband Johnny, and son Ty, all reside in Cincinnati, OH.
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Ashley joined the AlbaneseCormier Team in March of 2019, where she is the Property Manager of the Eastern Region. She is responsible for the day-to-day operations of each center, including maintenance and repairs, tenant relations, property safety compliance, construction build outs, etc. She also maintains an open line of communication with all tenants to provide an excellent level of service.
Prior to joining the AC Team, Ashley worked as a leasing agent for Cypress Bend for 3 years, where she assisted in the daily needs of the property and communications with prospective residence. Ashley resides with her husband, Chris, and their children in Sour Lake, Texas.
Accounting AR / AP Specialist
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Kim is the Accounts Payable and Account Receivable Specialist. She is responsible for vendor communication, invoice reconciliation, payment processing and tenant relations company-wide. Kim joined the Albanese Cormier Holdings team in February 2015. Prior to her position with ACH, she spent 15 years in Washington State, where her background was customer relations and communication.
Kim also has 10 years’ experience in banking. She is a strong supporter of the Susan G Komen Race for the Cure Foundation and participates yearly in the Houston Race for the Cure with her husband. Kim, her husband Ronnie and son Kellen, along with stepchildren Dale and Shelby, all reside in Beaumont, Texas.
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Jere is our Staff Accountant . She is responsible for maintaining financial accounts, performing reconciliations, and record keeping. She Graduated Magna Cum Laude from Lamar University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance. Currently earning CPA licensing.
Director of Leasing – Southeastern Region
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Jeff is the Director of Leasing- Southeast Region for Albanese Cormier. Over the last twelve years, Jeff has had the honor of working with Weingarten Realty, SRS Real Estate Partners and Williamsburg Enterprises. Jeff is a top producing broker year after year; earning the distinction of being named to the Costar Power Broker© list and receiving the award for both 2018 and 2019 for his performance and success in the industry. Jeff was also awarded the Q2 2020 Costar Power Broker Quarterly Deals designation.
Jeff is an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM), a Certified Commercial Investment Member student, pursuing the CCIM designation, and he participates in numerous charitable organizations throughout the year. Jeff is a University of Houston graduate, with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing, native Houstonian, and avid sports fan. When Jeff is not in the office you will either find him on the golf course or traveling the globe with his beautiful wife Jennifer and their three sons (Jackson, Jordan and Jacob).