South Carolina Leadership Team
Dennis C. Abbott, CMCA®, AMS®, PCAM®President, Carolinas
Brian PinkhamSenior Vice President, South Carolina
Jeffrey LesseyVice President, Property Portfolio
Michael CroakeVice President, Lifestyle
Dennis C. Abbott, CMCA®, AMS®, PCAM®
He has worked in the community association field for almost a quarter century, founding Abbott Enterprises in 1989, which became a FirstService partner company in March 2011. The company is one of fewer than 300 community management firms to have earned CAI’s Accredited Association Management Company (AAMC) designation. Since joining FirstService Residential, Abbott quickly established himself as a leader within FirstService Residential guiding his team to record results in revenue, profitability growth, and client satisfaction scores.
Abbott is the 2013 President of the Community Associations Institute (CAI). Among many CAI leadership positions, he has served as chair of CAI’s Association of Professional Community Managers Board and as President of CAI’s North Carolina chapter. A member of CAI’s professional education faculty, Abbott has also served as vice chair of the National Board of Certification for Community Association Managers and as vice chair of the CAI Designation Ethics Committee. He is a member of CAI’s prestigious President’s Club. He is the recipient of various awards including the 2007 Excellence in Designations Award, 2006 Rising Star, and 2012 Recruiter of The Year – all awarded by CAI.
Abbott attended Francis Marion University from 1977-1981 where he studied Business Administration. He is among 5% of all community managers to hold the most- prestigious industry designation as a Professional Community Association Manager (PCAM®).
Brian is responsible for the daily oversight of our communities throughout South Carolina. He works with our local teams to ensure we deliver on our commitment to service excellence.
Brian has an extensive background in hospitality and an eye for enhancing the client experience, innovating improvements to technology and processes, and ensuring client satisfaction. He serves as a strategic business partner, working closely with board members in the communities we serve.
Brian attended Cape Fear Community College, earned the Hilton-DoubleTree General Manager Certification and the Lean Kaizen Standard Work and Lean Kaizen 5S Certifications.
Lessey is an accomplished executive with an extensive background in hospitality, property management, and delivering excellent client experiences. He has over 20 years of resort, hotel, hospitality, and homeowners’ association experience.
Michael Croake provides leadership and operational oversight of lifestyle communities and associates throughout South Carolina. He brings his over 25 years of industry knowledge insight gained working in the hospitality industry, and leadership skills to this role.
Michael started his career in service industries in 1996 and has worked with organizations such as the Bay Harbor Golf Club in Bay Harbor, MI, Bluegreen at Mountain Run in Boyne Falls, MI, Avalon Bay, and Hyatt Hotels.
Michael has his BS in Hotel Administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Executive Leadership Team
Scott BresnickSenior Vice President, Strategy & Operations
Srinath PereraExecutive Vice President Of Finance
Jack Boselli, CMCA®, AMS®, PCAM®Senior Vice President of Client Accounting
Jesse DiGiovanniVice President, Human Resources
Alan Trachtenberg, Esq.In-House Counsel
David CallowayVice President, Business Development
Raymond TateVice President, Lifestyle and Developer Services
Ilene JablonskiVice President, Marketing & Communications
Michelle KithcartVice President, Lifestyle Programming
Colette MontanaroVice President of Talent and Relationship Management
Walter ChristianRegional Technical Director
In 1997, Michael’s organization, The Wentworth Group partnered with FirstService Residential, becoming FirstService Residential’s East Region serving community associations across New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, Washington D.C., Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Tennessee. Prior to the Wentworth Group and FirstService Residential, Michael founded and served as CEO of Mandell Investment Inc., a real estate investment management firm, working with national and regional residential real estate developers.
Michael is responsible for creating two region-specific, associate-centric events aimed at education, development and motivation – L.E.A.D.S. in its 12th year and the company’s Annual Meeting in its 22nd year. L.E.A.D.S. attracts industry partners, clients and sponsors, giving them a unique opportunity to introduce their brand to all of the region’s associates, and features compelling motivational speakers, year-after-year. Both have evolved into two-day events that feature educational programming, a review of previous year accomplishments and goals and objectives for the current year, as well as allowing for associate interaction, networking and engagement.
Through a charismatic personality, a genuine connection with and passion for people, Michael has become a prolific public speaker on such topics as community association management, entrepreneurialism, leadership, vision, corporate culture and the relationship between service and business. He has appeared as a keynote speaker and panel member on such topics as customer service, leadership, human resources management, achieving and sustaining business success and growing your company in today’s climate. Michael’s speaking engagements have included Columbia University, New York University Stern School of Business, William Paterson University, The International Builders Show, Community Associations Institute (CAI) and the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM).
Michael graduated from William Paterson University with a Bachelor of Science in Business and currently sits on the University’s Advisory Board for the College of Business. Michael has taught on community association management at Monmouth University, highlighting industry principles community association management as a career path. Additionally, he sits on the board of Rutgers Customer Experience Program through Rutgers University Center for Innovation Education.
Scott Bresnick drives and supports a wide range of strategic and operational initiatives. He is also responsible for transferring best practices across the operations and business units to impact positive change throughout the organization.
Bresnick brings over 20 years of strategic management and process development experience. He has hands-on experience with businesses ranging from start-up to enterprise with extensive knowledge of corporate operations and business management including business planning, strategic management, and project planning.
Bresnick received his Bachelors Degree in Business Management and his Masters in Business Administration, both from Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey.
Srinath Perera is the executive vice president of finance. He is responsible for driving revenue enhancement and cost control initiatives, while leading corporate and client accounting teams in providing best-in-class accounting and financial services to the company and the community management associations it manages.
In addition, Perera oversees the entire accounting team. Perera has a proven track record of delivering success throughout his career with globally recognized Fortune 500 companies, keeping superior customer service, integrity, culture and technology innovation at the forefront.
Perera has a degree in technology and is currently studying for a Master’s in Arts and Theology at St. Vincent de Paul University in Miami, Florida.
Jack Boselli, CMCA®, AMS®, PCAM®
Boselli has been engaged in the association management industry for over 20 years and has 12 years of experience in financial planning.
He is a former owner of two management companies and spent over 10 years in the investment field as a financial consultant for a national investment firm. He is a graduate of Widener University and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, with a major in Accounting. He has attained his CMCA®, AMS® and PCAM® designations and is an active member of CAI.
Jesse DiGiovanni, vice president of human resources, is responsible for the oversight and direction of all human resources activities, including planning and development of initiatives to align with company policies, culture and best practices. She will also serve as a strategic business partner, working closely with market and operational leaders to help meet and exceed organizational goals.
DiGiovanni has vast experience working with leadership teams to advise on talent management, associate engagement, HR metrics analysis, workforce and succession planning, performance management and learning and development functions. Most recently she served as the HR Leader – East Coast for The RealReal. Jesse has an MBA in human resource management from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a Bachelor of Science in human resources management and industrial psychology from Ramapo College of New Jersey.
Alan Trachtenberg, Esq.
Trachtenberg has over 20 years experience in the professional community association management having previously provided direct community management services, as well as providing oversight and guidance to community managers and board members. He also has served as Director of Human Resources for FirstService Residential, coordinating and overseeing personnel management and administration.
Trachtenberg graduated from Rutgers College with a B.A. in Economics and received his J.D. from New England School of Law. He is a member of the New Jersey and Massachusetts Bars and is an active member of Community Associations Institute.
David Calloway is the Vice President of Business Development for FirstService Residential. In this role, Calloway provides leadership and operational oversight to the division’s lifestyle communities and associates throughout New Jersey.
Calloway has over nine years of community association and business management experience and most recently held the regional director position for the company’s NJ/PA Lifestyle Division. Prior to his regional director position, he was the business development director for the company’s NJ/PA HighRise division. Previously, Calloway worked with DowntoEarth Landscaping where he opened their Virginia/DC Metro branch and worked on both the business development and operations ends of the business. He was also the head coach for the Monmouth University Hawks basketball team for 13 years where he brought them to three of their four NCAA Tournament appearances. He was recently inducted into Monmouth University’s Hall of Fame.
Calloway has worked with Special Olympics, Coaches vs Cancer, Autism Speaks, Boys to Men Conference in conjunction with 180 Turning Lives Around and the Monmouth County Mental Health Association State Grant for At Risk Youth. He received both his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and MBA from Monmouth University. He is currently a member of the NABC and the Community Associations Institute (CAI).
Raymond Tate is responsible for enhancing our portfolio of large-scale lifestyle communities, as well as developer relationships, and consulting and management services to new and developing communities. As an accomplished real estate executive, Raymond brings a wealth of industry experience and a deep knowledge of large-scale lifestyle communities and the unique needs of developers and developing communities.
He joined the FirstService Residential team in 2015 as vice president of sales, where he developed our sales team. Raymond works closely with our teams to identify lifestyle communities that could benefit from our unique lifestyle services, along with identifying services for developers seeking consulting and management for their new communities.
Raymond earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Hampton University.
Ilene Jablonski, vice president of marketing and communications, is responsible for the marketing strategy and execution, internal and external communications and development of new business development initiatives for the East Region of FirstService Residential.
With many years of marketing leadership experience, llene has developed and implemented marketing, branding and communications programs for the real estate industry. Prior to joining FirstService Residential in 2018, Ilene spent over 17 years with Mack-Cali Realty Corporation and Roseland Residential Trust. With over 20 years of related experience, Ilene has a proven track record of building successful marketing teams, developing award-winning campaigns and increasing brand recognition.
Ilene remains active on the Hudson County landscape, serving on the board of the Hudson County Chamber of Commerce and the Jersey City Economic Development Association and member of the New Jersey City University School of Business Advisory Council. In addition, she is a member of Community Associations Institute of New Jersey (CAI-NJ) and IREM NJ.
Ilene graduated, with honors, from Kean University with a Bachelor’s degree in Management Science and Marketing.
Kithcart leads and develops our Lifestyle directors and managers across the region, through the creation of training programs, SOPs and resources, and best practices. She is responsible for driving efforts to enhance the resident experience, innovate technology solutions, and drive our culture throughout the organization. Kithcart works closely with the market leaders and our regional support team to provide additional resources and support for our lifestyle programming efforts. She is responsible for coordinating lifestyle conferences, programs and events, as well as providing valuable input on the development of lifestyle programming.
Kithcart has over 20 years of experience with special events, resort recreation, and in the community sector of programming and amenity planning. She attended SUNY Brockport University in New York and earned a degree in Recreation Management. She is an active member and serves as Director at Large for the Resort Commercial Recreation Association (RCRA). She shares a common vision for delivering superior resident experiences, driving growth and developing a high-caliber team of associates committed to service excellence.
Montanaro is often asked to visit our client sites to work with and advise our residential boards during the selection process of their sited managers. She also provides our clients with extensive associate evaluations ensuring their communities are properly staffed and managed accordingly.
Montanaro has over 18 years of experience in staffing services. Prior to joining FirstService Residential in 2008, she was President and founder of an Executive Search Firm specializing in service related industries, where she placed and coached Executive level management nationally. She worked closely with “C” level management to identify their associate needs and improve their selection processes.
Montanaro is an active member of Community Associations Institute (CAI) New Jersey, including serving on the Beach Party Committee. She attended Monmouth University in New Jersey where she majored in Communications with a concentration in Radio and Television.
Walter Christian is the Regional Technical Director for the East Region of FirstService Residential. With over 22 years of experience in real-related technology, Walter oversees all technology operations, systems, security and infrastructure for the various departments within markets throughout the East region. In his role, Walter manages all technical associates, voice and data, technical budgets and expenses, designs and implements local environments to meet national guidelines, and negotiates technical contracts for the region.
As an evolved and strategic thinker, Walter’s expertise lies in real estate. He is also well versed in hospitality, legal and accounting vertical markets, with a focus on allowing the business to drive the technology. Walter earned a BBA and MS from Baruch College.