Our team is the best in the business – from our executive management team to the property managers and maintenance workers in our communities, PEM employees are committed to service and driven for success. We are here to serve our investors, owners, tenants and the communities – and we are proud to serve!
Paul formed PEM Real Estate Group in 1993 with the goal of providing quality real estate services with strong financial results for its investors and customers. With a background in accounting, finance and law, Paul has successfully grown PEM from one duplex in Michigan to over 9,000 units in Arizona, Nevada, California, Georgia, Florida, and Alabama.
Before starting PEM, Paul was a consultant with Arthur Anderson, Price Waterhouse and Sandy Corporation. Over the past 20 years, Paul and his team have grown PEM into an industry leader in the areas of Fee Management, Commercial / Residential Lending and Residential Brokerage. Paul is a graduate of Michigan State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and a Masters in Business Administration in Finance. He received his law degree from Wayne State University in Michigan.
As PEM’s Chief Operating Officer, Bob is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the company. Prior to joining PEM, Bob enjoyed a long, successful history at Brown Family Communities in Tempe, Arizona where he held several executive level positions over the years culminating in his promotion to President. Bob has had significant experience building and motivating top performing organizational teams. Bob also has a strong background in real estate law and contract negotiations having worked for Snell & Wilmer, one of the most prominent law firms in the Southwest, as a real estate attorney.
Bob is a graduate of Arizona State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Management and was awarded A.S.U. Man of the Year in 1985. He also holds a Juris Doctor from the University of San Diego and is a licensed attorney in the state of Arizona.
Ben Gardier is Chief Financial Officer at PEM Real Estate Group. Ben is responsible for arranging debt and equity financing, managing all phases of the acquisitions process, and managing the firm’s accounting and financial reporting. Prior to working at PEM, Ben was the CFO of National Laser Institute (NLI), the largest medical aesthetics school in North America, which graduates more than 1,600 students annually. Aside from managing all aspects of NLI’s finance and accounting, Ben was directly responsible for securing private student financing sources that resulted in a 40% increase in enrollments, and optimizing the performance of NLI’s subprime student loan portfolio, which maximized NLI’s liquidity position. Prior to NLI, Ben was Partner at a boutique M&A advisory and management consulting firm, Bond & Greenleaf, where he advised on more than $1 billion of M&A opportunities primarily in the oil and gas, chemicals, textiles, and forestry industries . At Bond & Greenleaf, Ben provided management consulting in the areas of working capital optimization, process improvement, and planning the launch and execution of new product and service strategies.
Ben holds a Master’s of Taxation from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, with distinction, a Bachelor’s of Science in Accountancy from the University of Phoenix, with a 4.0 GPA, and Lean Green Belt and Six Sigma Green Belt Certifications from the Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering at Arizona State University.
Jennifer has over 20 years of experience in a variety of roles in the multi-family property management industry. She came to PEM in 2009 and is responsible for the successful development and growth of PEM’s teams and oversees the HR function for the firm. Prior to coming to PEM she worked as a Paralegal, Regional Manager, Trainer and Director of HR for both small and large employers including 11 years combined with EQR and AIMCO.
Jennifer has been a Certified Property Manager and completed a certified paralegal program. She studied Communications and Organizational Development at the University of Northern Iowa and is a licensed Arizona Real Estate Agent.
Scott brings over 10 years of experience in the multi-family industry and has held many operations roles in that tenure. He is responsible for building and evolving the infrastructure at PEM and utilizes his knowledge of property operations to optimize the technology in the company. Innovation is a key aspect that Scott brings to the table and he truly enjoys blending technology and operations. Prior to joining PEM in 2013, he held multiple positions at AIMCO and SkyWest Properties.
An active member both nationally and locally, Scott has a seat on the National Apartment Association’s Technology Committee as well as a seat on the Arizona Multihousing Association’s Governmental Affairs Committee. He also holds an insurance license in multiple states as the facilitator for PEM’s renter’s insurance program. In addition, he has been a guest speaker at both NAA and technology conferences.
Brooke is the Transaction Manager at PEM Real Estate Group. She has been with the company for over nine years and her current role includes the oversight of all closing transactions including acquisitions, dispositions and refinances as well as the overall insurance program. Additionally, Brooke is the investor liaison for all investments. Brooke is currently finishing both licenses in insurance and real estate.