Friday, March 16, 2018

Draper and Kramer Adds Amy Siebert as Vice President/Regional Property Manager to Texas Team

Amy Siebert

CHICAGO, IL  (March 16, 2018) – Draper and Kramer, Incorporated, a national real estate services firm, is pleased to announce Amy Siebert, CPM, has joined the company as vice president and regional property manager.

 Siebert will be based in San Antonio and oversee Draper and Kramer’s local properties: The View at Encino Commons, a 324-unit rental community, and Sonterra Blue, a 342-unit apartment property, both of which are located in the city’s popular Stone Oak area.

Additionally, Siebert will be an important local resource for Draper and Kramer as the firm pursues additional acquisitions and builds its third-party management portfolio in the region.

Julie Johnson
“As a firm we see terrific opportunities in San Antonio and are committed to expanding our presence there, so it’s an incredible asset to have a seasoned pro like Amy on the ground for us," said Julie Johnson, senior vice president and director of management services for Chicago-based Draper and Kramer.

 “Not only does she know the local market inside and out having spent more than 20 years working in the San Antonio area, but she also is an experienced industry veteran we can count on to lead our local team in delivering the high level of management services and operational efficiencies for which Draper and Kramer is known.”

Prior to joining Draper and Kramer, Siebert spent nearly 10 years as vice president of sales and marketing/regional manager for Nolan Real Estate Services in San Antonio, overseeing lead generation, resident sentiment, reputation management and sales and marketing strategy.

Other past experience includes nearly five years as business manager for Pinnacle, where she successfully managed multiple San Antonio residential properties through an ownership transition and also oversaw interior and exterior renovation projects.

Sontrra Blue Apartments, San Antonio, TX
“It’s really a perfect fit to be able to bring my specific skill set, firsthand knowledge of this area and connections in San Antonio to Draper and Kramer as the firm continues to seek out opportunities in this market,” said Siebert. “I have tremendous respect for Draper and Kramer’s reputation nationally and look forward to being an important part of the company’s team here in Texas.”

A member of the National Apartment Association, the San Antonio Apartment Association and the Houston Apartment Association, Siebert is also active with the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) and currently serves as chairman of IREM San Antonio’s special events committee. 

Siebert has completed coursework in business, management and marketing at San Antonio College and also studied communication and media studies at Del Mar College.

For more information, please contact:

Sarah Lyons,, (312) 267-4520
Abe Tekippe,, (312) 267-4528

Morgante Wilson Architects Names Marie Nissen As Firm’s First CFO

Marie Nissen

 CHICAGO, IL –- Evanston, Ill.-based Morgante Wilson Architects, Ltd., one of the country’s leading residential architecture and interior design firms, announces Marie Nissen has been named as the firm’s first chief financial officer.

Nissen joined Morgante Wilson Architects (MWA) in 2011 as a staff accountant, a position she held for two years prior to being named senior accountant in 2013.

“As our firm continues to grow, in terms of staff as well as the number, size and scope of projects we undertake, it has become increasingly important to have a senior leadership position dedicated to the strategic handling of our finances and guiding the processes and procedures necessary to support a firm of our size,” said Fred Wilson, co-principal of Morgante Wilson Architects.

Fred H. Wilson
“Marie was the perfect choice as our first CFO, since she not only knows our company inside and out as a veteran employee, but also has the professional expertise and management skills to lead our finance department in this capacity.”

In her new position, Nissen will manage all finance and accounting functions for MWA as well as financial analysis, forecasting and financial planning, working in lock-step with the firm’s principals in all matters of financial management.

“As I continue working in the field I enjoy most, I am honored to be promoted as the first CFO of Morgante Wilson Architects,” said Nissen. “My ultimate goal is to continue to develop and maintain our administrative and financial operations.

"I plan on spearheading the processes necessary to grow the company further. MWA has become such a well-respected firm, and I look forward to seeing MWA become even stronger within the industry.”

Nissen has more than a decade of accounting experience, previously serving as a staff accountant for a Chicago-based fitness club chain. She holds a bachelor’s degree from DePaul University, and also earned an MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management of DeVry University. 

She previously was a regular volunteer for the Center of Economic Progress, working one-on-one with tax site clients, and continues to be an active supporter of the Lupus Foundation and breast cancer awareness organizations.

For more information, please contact:

Sarah Lyons,, 312-267-4520
Kim Manning,, 312-267-4527

Historic Red Hills Plantation Neighboring Ted Turner’s Avalon Plantation Hits Market for $10.7 Million

Oakhill Plantation, Thomasville, GA

Thomasville, GA --- Oak Hill Plantation, a 1,000+ acre Red Hills plantation bordering Ted Turner's flagship property and home, Avalon Plantation, has hit the market for $10.7 million.

 Oak Hill boasts a pristine 15-acre lake fed by a natural spring, rich and diverse ground cover, and quail habitat with beautiful rolling topography. The 8,000 sq. ft. Greek Revival main house was built by Skip Sheffield, a premier plantation home builder.

The estate also features a 1,600 sq. ft. guest house/manager's house, a gathering lodge, and an array of other impeccable improvements.

T.K. Wetherell
Owned by T.K. and Virginia Wetherell since 1991, Oak Hill Plantation has not been formally on the market since the 1820's.

T.K. was President of Florida State University from 2003-2010 and served in the Florida House of Representatives from 1980 to 1992.

Virginia served as Secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection from 1991 to 1998 and previously served as a state legislator.

“Years of capital improvements and diligent maintenance have created not only a very beautiful and park-like property but one that is very easy to manage,” said listing broker Jon Kohler.

 “The current owners have been grooming and manicuring this property for nearly 30 years making this is a rare opportunity to acquire a beautiful Red Hills plantation, with excellent location, rich history, a stunning plantation home, and perhaps more ancient Live Oak trees than any other property in the region.

The stunning 8,000+/- square foot home features five bedrooms, four bathrooms, and four working fireplaces. There is a formal living room, formal dining room, library with built-in bookcases and attached reading area, family room with dining area, a "lounge" room with a custom cypress bar, kitchen and informal dining room.

Ginger Wetherell
The screened in back porch overlooks the beautiful backyard with a water feature and gazebo. There is a second-floor front porch that overlooks beautiful views of the lake that create stunning sunrise and sunsets. The detached three car garage was built to look like a carriage house.

"It should be no surprise that Florida’s ‘First Couple of Conservation's’ home place is as ecologically and historically unique as Oak Hill,” said Kohler.  I would argue that no two people have made as much of a difference to Florida’s natural lands than T.K. and Ginger Wetherell.

What they have found, nurtured and developed at Oak Hill is fitting to their dedication."

Jon Kohler & Associates is the leading authority on Plantation and high-quality land sales and marketing in the Southeast. Named the “Plantation Broker” by Garden & Gun and “The Plantation King” by Deep South, Jon Kohler & Associates has served as the guardian of the plantation market for more than 25 years.

Today, they represent all seven plantation belts located across four southern states, have closed over 200,000 acres, represent only the finest properties, and have the ear of most buyers and sellers in the market today. 

Jon Kohler

Jon has dedicated his career to encouraging good land stewardship through a strong plantation market.  Jon, along with his wife and business partner, Erica, own Lick Skillet Plantation south of Thomasville and have two sons, Greyson and Ashton.

For more information, please contact:

Adam York


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