Mr. Walter R. Donaldson is Chief Executive Officer of The Donaldson Group, LLC (TDG), and a Principal of TDG Capital Partners, LLC. Over his career, Walt has managed over 250 multifamily communities comprising over 85,000 units, has opened and leased-up 40 multifamily communities comprising over 11,500 units and has renovated over 70 communities comprising over 28,000 units. Walt is also a Partner in TDG/SilveRock, LLC, a full service commercial real estate firm focused on office and retail acquisitions and dispositions, leasing, property and asset management, investment sales, debt financing and project management.
Walt is a Certified Property Manager® with over 40 years of experience in the commercial investment, real estate and property management industries. Walt is currently a member and active fellow in the Property Management Association of Maryland, District of Columbia and Virginia (PMA®) where he has held numerous offices and committee chairmanships, including having served as President. As a member of PMA®, Walt founded the PM Expo, which is a leading industry trade show and has received numerous awards and commendations from PMA®, including the Alvin L. Sussman Award for Distinguished Service and Property Manager of the Year. Walt is also currently a member of the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM®) where he has held numerous offices and committee chairmanships, including having served as President of the Maryland Chapter 92 and has received numerous awards and commendations from IREM®, including the Hughes Award for Distinguished Service in 1979.
Prior to forming The Donaldson Group in 1998, Walt was the Executive Vice President, Director of Commercial Property Management and Director of Acquisitions at Grady Management, Inc. During his five year tenure at Grady, Walt made significant contributions to Grady’s commercial management and leasing operations, new property acquisition efforts and the restructuring, refinancing and repositioning of numerous assets in the Grady portfolio. Prior to that, Walt was the Executive Vice President and Director of Property Management at Dreyfuss Brothers, Inc.
During his over two decades at Dreyfuss, Walt served in virtually every conceivable capacity, starting in 1970 as Assistant Property Manager and culminating as Senior Vice President and Director of Property Management. During his time at Dreyfuss, Walt was instrumental in growing Dreyfuss’ portfolio from 2,500 units in 1970 to 32,500 units in 1990. Walt returned to Dreyfuss in 1996, following his five year tenure at Grady Management, whereupon he served as Executive Vice President and Director of Property Management.
Mr. Carlton E. Einsel is President of The Donaldson Group, LLC (TDG) and a Principal of TDG Capital Partners, LLC. Carl is responsible for directing all operating companies of The Donaldson Group, overseeing all property, asset and financial management services provided to The Donaldson Group’s clients, and overseeing the acquisition and disposition program of TDG Capital Partners. Carl’s experience includes multifamily acquisitions in excess of $1.5 billion, dispositions of over $1.25 billion, recapitalizations in excess of $300 million and assisting in management takeover of over 25,000 multifamily units. Carl is also a Partner in TDG/SilveRock, LLC, a full service commercial real estate firm focused on office and retail acquisitions and dispositions, leasing, property and asset management, investment sales, debt financing and project management.
Carl is a 1989 graduate of Fordham University, where he graduated first in his class and received a commission as a Second Lieutenant into the United States Army, and a 1992 graduate of New York University School of Law, where he was an Associate Editor of the Law Review.
Upon graduating law school, Carl was accepted into the U.S. Army’s Honors Program where he served as Assistant Counsel for Fiscal and International Law in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, advising clients regarding the application of federal appropriations law and authorizing legislation to military and Army civil works programs worldwide. When Carl’s service in the U.S. Army was completed, he accepted an associate position at the law firm of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft in New York where he advised clients on a wide range of securities, commodities and over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives matters, including regulatory and compliance issues and related transactional work.
Prior to joining The Donaldson Group in early 2003, Carl was Vice President in Morgan Stanley’s Structured Credit Products Group in New York, where he was responsible for the execution of all synthetic credit product transactions (transactions which combined credit derivative and securitization technologies). In this capacity, Carl assisted in the structuring, negotiation and documentation of, among other products, static and managed synthetic collateralized debt obligations (CDOs), single name and basket credit linked notes, unfunded credit default portfolio swaps, bond strippings and asset repackagings.
Ms. Sylviane H. Nguyen is Chief Financial Officer of The Donaldson Group, LLC (TDG). In this capacity, Sylviane oversees and directs both corporate and property financial management and accounting operations as well as leading the implementation of innovations in business systems and financial infrastructure. Sylviane also serves as an integral part of The Donaldson Group management team and TDG Capital Partners acquisition team.
Sylviane brings over 25 years of business and financial accounting experience, with a primary focus in the multi-family real estate industry. Prior to becoming Chief Financial Officer, Sylviane served as Controller of The Donaldson Group and Vice President of TDG Financial, a full service accounting and financial management firm with particular emphasis on the commercial investment real estate industry. Sylviane leads a team responsible for all aspects of the day-to-day financial management and accounting operations, to include cash management, treasury services, and financial reporting. Over her career, Sylviane has developed and executed numerous strategic plans and budgets for both internal and external client business development initiatives and has directed many successful application systems developments and integrations. These developments and integrations have streamlined procedures and enhanced controls to both TDG operating, financial management and accounting processes and have provided our clients with real-time financial reporting in, among other areas, construction cost accounting, accounts payable automation, payment solutions, and cash flow projections. Sylviane also oversees the full audit process working with both internal and external auditors, to include review of audit drafts and related disclosures.
Previously, Sylviane held key management positions at Horning Brothers, Edgewood Management Corporation, and Westwood Management Corporation where she directed both corporate and property accounting operations, including financial reporting for management operations of over 24,000 residential units and 1.8 million square feet office buildings. Sylviane also oversaw the cash management portfolios of over $300 million in investments. One of Sylviane’s key accomplishments at this time was the design of intricate financial models to facilitate and automate financial reporting to HUD, local housing authorities, as well as third party business partners.
Prior to returning to property management, Sylviane was Manager/Senior Financial Analyst of Lockheed Martin Corporation/Lockheed Martin Energy Technology where she was responsible for both domestic and international financial analysis and reporting to include “what if” financial modeling, financial planning, and cash flow projection. One of her key accomplishment at Lockheed Martin was to define and adopt financial policies to improve efficiency in recording over $1 billion in year-end equity earnings.
Sylviane holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland. She also is a Certified Public Accountant, member of American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA), and Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants (MACPA).
Mr. Scott Altman is Executive Vice President at The Donaldson Group, LLC (TDG). In his current capacity, Scott oversees and directs TDG’s Property Management division and the Operations division focusing on The Donaldson Group’s management portfolio, including financial, operational and physical needs of all TDG properties.
Scott also oversees and directs all aspects of The Donaldson Group’s construction management business and TDG Development. Scott serves as an integral part of TDG Capital Partners acquisition team and directs all due diligence efforts on behalf of The Donaldson Group and its clients.
Scott is a Certified Property Manager, a Certified Commercial Investment Member, a 1994 graduate of Old Dominion University, where he received a Bachelor of Science and a 1996 graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, where he received Master of Science.
Prior to becoming Executive Vice President, Scott served The Donaldson Group as Senior Vice President of Asset Management, Senior Vice President and Director of Property and Construction Management, Senior Vice President and Director of Acquisitions and Construction Management, an earlier stint as Director of Property Management and as a Regional Property Manager.
In his role as Senior Vice President and Director of Property and Construction Management, Scott developed and implemented numerous new policies and procedures for The Donaldson Group’s management efforts, managed over 18,000 units and over 500,000 square feet of Class A office space and was responsible for directing over $165,000,000 of renovation work at properties owned and/or managed by The Donaldson Group.
Scott also directs all of the due diligence efforts for The Donaldson Group in connection with its clients’ acquisitions. Prior to joining The Donaldson Group, Scott was a Commercial Property Manager and Assistant Property Manager for Park Center Management in Alexandria, Virginia.
Mr. John Majeski is Senior Vice President of Acquisitions and Business Development at The Donaldson Group, LLC (TDG). In his role as SVP of Acquisitions and Business Development, John is responsible for the acquisition, financing and disposition of TDG’s principal transactions, assisting TDG management clients with acquisitions and development of new client relationships, including both additional equity partner relationships and third party management relationships.
John has 19 years of multifamily real estate experience and has been involved in acquisitions, asset management and dispositions throughout his career. John has overseen over 200 properties consisting of over 30,000 units and has been involved in over $1.25 billion of multifamily transactions. He is a graduate of James Madison University, where he received a Bachelor of Business Administration majoring in Management.
Prior to becoming Senior Vice President at The Donaldson Group, John was Principal of Majeski Group LLC where he provided multifamily consulting services for both market rate and affordable housing. Before that, he served as Vice President at AIMCO Capital, where he managed AIMCO’s Washington, DC office handling potential acquisitions, asset management, and dispositions for a portfolio of over 150 properties. John has held positions at Apollo Housing Capital, JER Hudson Housing Capital and National Corporation for Housing Partnerships (NHP) where he focused on acquisitions and underwriting, asset management and dispositions.
Mr. Scott Jones is the Senior Advisor to the President at The Donaldson Group, LLC (TDG). In this capacity, Scott oversees and directs TDG’s Marketing and Human Resources Departments and works on special projects and initiatives at the direction of the President.
Scott previously served as Senior Vice President of Property Management for TDG and he has over 39 years of multifamily management experience, managing both conventionally financed properties and every type of federally assisted housing. Scott began his career with CRICO Management Corporation working his way up to Vice President. After CRICO, Scott became Assistant Vice President / Division Manager at Dreyfuss Brothers, Inc. where he managed the former CRICO portfolio that had been transferred to Dreyfuss under a joint venture management agreement. In 1990, Scott joined Edgewood Management Corporation as a Senior Vice President and during his 15 year tenure with Edgewood, Scott supervised diverse multifamily portfolios and was also responsible for the operations of all of Edgewood’s subsidiary departments, including Compliance, Administrative, Budget and Section 8 Contract Renewal, Contracts and Purchasing and Edgewood’s Construction Management Division.
Scott also oversaw Edgewood’s Community Services Division that provided programs for children, adults and seniors at Edgewood’s communities. Scott then joined Landex Management Corporation as President and COO in 2006 and during his 2 1/2 year tenure with Landex, Scott was an integral part of doubling the size of Landex’s diverse portfolio ranging from public housing through Class A market rate communities. Scott then returned to Edgewood as President and CEO in August 2008. During this time at Edgewood, Scott managed over 180 apartment communities comprised of 25,500 apartment units, including market rate properties, properties financed with Low Income Housing Tax Credits and affordable communities covering of every type of federally assisted housing program.
Scott holds numerous professional industry designations including NAHMA-e®, SHCM® and HCCP. He is a Past President of the Property Management Association of the Greater Washington Area. Scott is a graduate of the University of Montana.
Mr. Carlyle Swafford is Senior Vice President of Property Management at The Donaldson Group, LLC (TDG). In this capacity, Carlyle oversees and directs all aspects of The Donaldson Group’s property management business and operations. He is also responsible for developing and implementing The Donaldson Group’s management policies and procedures.
Carlyle has over 26 years of multi-family real estate experience and has been responsible for the operations of over 25,000 apartment units including conventional, military housing and Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) communities. His expertise is derived from his experience at both the on-site and corporate level, having held positions in maintenance, leasing, management and executive levels, serving as Regional Vice President for Vantage Management Inc., Winn Companies and Edgewood Management, Inc. Carlyle is a graduate of Almeda University, where he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration; prior to entering the property management industry, Carlyle served in both the United States Navy and United States Marine Corps.
Throughout Carlyle’s property management career he has been active in the community and various industry organizations. He was elected Town Councilman and Vice Mayor of Strasburg, VA and has held the designations of HCCP, SHCM®, C3P, CAM through NAA, the military housing designations of CDPM II and PHMA, and served on the Board of Director for IREM. He is a Certified Property Manager ® and holds a Virginia Real Estate License. Carlyle is currently on the Board of Directors for the Property Management Association of Greater Washington.
Ms. Jennifer Casey is Senior Vice President of Operations at The Donaldson Group, LLC (TDG). In this capacity, she directs and oversees TDG’s Operations division, focusing on macro and portfolio-level analysis of TDG’s Management Portfolio and the development and implementation of management and operations policies, procedures and best practices.
Jennifer holds her Accredited Residential Manager designation through the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM), is a Licensed Property Manager in the District of Columbia and is National Compliance Professional Certified. She is a member of both IREM and the Property Management Association (PMA) of Maryland where she serves as an active committee member and committee co-chair.
Jennifer began her career in 1995 as a Property Manager and since then has managed a total of 65 multifamily properties, comprised of over 25,000 units including garden style, high-rise, townhome and mixed use. Her experience covers conventional as well as tax credit properties, both owner and third party managed. She has a robust record of success in repositioning distressed assets, having directly managed and rehabilitated 24 properties.
Prior to joining The Donaldson Group in 2013 as Vice President of Operations, Jennifer was a Regional Manager for Harbor Group Management where she distinguished herself by innovatively designing and executing a consistent portfolio wide platform for Operations which enhanced property and company processes and procedures. Prior to her tenure with Harbor Group, she held managerial positions with Fairfield Residential, Sunrise Management and Harrison & Lear, where her focus was due diligence and acquisitions, training and employee development, formulating and implementing strategic business plans for business practices, comprehensive program analysis, and systems implementations in addition to her direct management of properties and portfolios.