Cottonwood Residential News

Key New Hire Allows Cottonwood Residential to Bring Revenue Management In-House
Salt Lake City, Utah – Wednesday, December 23, 2016

Michele O’Donoghue has joined Cottonwood Residential as Revenue Manager. This marks a step forward for the company as its pricing strategy can be further developed and customized to the needs of its communities.

Michele’s role will involve working closely with executives, Regional Managers, and Community Managers to optimize pricing for the company’s portfolio. This will allow Cottonwood Residential to go beyond the realm of pricing calls, enabling revenue management to be more embedded into all aspects of community and corporate operations.

According to Jaynee Samnik, Vice President of Operations, Michele is the right person to elevate the company’s pricing strategy. “Michele is a seasoned professional in our industry and her vast experience will bring a new level to how Cottonwood manages, trains and implements LRO.”

Having started her career as a Community Manager with Archstone, Michele is able to combine her background of on-site management with her deep knowledge of revenue analysis to assist Cottonwood communities with all aspects of leasing. Her prior roles also include Software Implementation Consultant and National Training Specialist with Archstone, Records Coordinator at AMR Management Services, and Pricing Analyst at Maxx Properties and Alliance Residential. Michele received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Michigan State University.

Cottonwood Residential Increases its Urban Presence with Management of Uptown Dallas Property
Dallas, TX - Monday, December 19, 2016

Cottonwood Residential has been selected by The Kislak Organization to manage Routh Street Flats in Uptown Dallas. This management assignment marks an important continuation of the company’s push into vibrant, walkable districts. It also demonstrates Cottonwood’s abilities in managing urban, luxury properties for third-party clients and its own portfolio.

“We have the right team and a track record with high-end assets in urban markets,” mentioned Brandy Hall, Vice President of Operations. “It was a natural fit for The Kislak Organization and Cottonwood Residential.”

The six-story, 208-unit midrise property was built in 2015 and is fully stabilized. Located at 3033 Routh Street in Dallas, it is rated as a “Walker’s Paradise” by with a score of 93 out of 100.

“While most of DFW requires a car to get around, Uptown is the exception. Routh Street Flats is in the hip, walkable center of it all for North Texas. Residents here can live, work, and find every convenience right outside their door,” remarked Steven Faltz, Regional Vice President.

Aside from its exceptional location, the community also provides an unparalleled set of interior and on-site amenities. Apartment homes feature expansive 9-foot ceilings and 8-foot doors, designer kitchens, and full-size washer/dryers. The property brings luxury-level perks that include a rooftop terrace with city views, infinity-edge saltwater pool, private dog park, gated parking garage, and poolside 24-hour fitness center.

More information on Routh Street Flats can be found at

Cottonwood Continues to Attract Top Talent: Maria Smith Joins as Regional Manager
Salt Lake City, Utah - Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Maria Smith recently joined Cottonwood Residential as Regional Manager, bringing with her a wide range of talents and experience to the role.

What attracted her to Cottonwood was its growth and forward thinking. Maria remarked, “I am excited to become part of a young company that is going in the direction of growth, new opportunities, and welcoming industry-leading innovation.”

Maria has previously worked as a Regional Manager with Pinnacle Family of Companies and Bell Partners, Inc. She also graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of Central Florida.

“Maria is a strong and dynamic leader,” commented Brandy Hall, VP of Operations at Cottonwood Residential. “She effectively coaches those she works with and pushes them to be the best in the industry.”

Cottonwood Residential Welcomes Kyle Zeigler as CTT Support Manager
Salt Lake City, Utah - Thursday, October 20, 2016

Kyle Zeigler joined Cottonwood Residential as Cottonwood Technology Team (CTT) Support Manager in September. Kyle’s responsibilities include management of the CTT Software Support Team, as well as coordinating projects related to Cottonwood’s cloud-based property management software.

“From the day I met the team, I knew this was where I wanted to be,” said Kyle, when asked why he chose to join Cottonwood. “I could tell that people at Cottonwood support one another and are motivated to lead by example.”

Kyle brings over 10 years of experience working with Yardi in property management. Previously he has worked with Guardian Management as an Assistant Property Manager, Transition Specialist, and most recently, a Yardi Support Specialist.

"All of us are very excited to have Kyle on the team,” said Cam Dixon Barry, VP of Technology. “With a background in accounting, compliance, IT and Yardi support, and having spent time on site, Kyle understands the complexities that come with managing a community in addition to a software platform. His years of experience will benefit us in exciting ways."

Packed Event Marks Grand Opening of Murano Apartments
Orlando, Florida - Wednesday, October 19, 2016

On Saturday, October 15, Murano Apartments opened its doors to over 300 guests, residents, local business partners, and members of the Orlando community. The event culminated a collaborative effort between The Kislak Organization, Cottonwood Residential, and developer Courtelis Company.

“We’re thrilled to have so many people here to experience Murano,” remarked Brandy Hall, VP of Property Management at Cottonwood Residential. “It’s been exciting to let people see our unique location and amenities.”

The event took place at the Murano Apartments property, located at 9932 Grande Lakes Boulevard in Orlando, Florida. The location is minutes away from the Mall at Millennia, SeaWorld, and International Drive.

Showing appreciation to residents was a big part of the celebration. According to Murano Community Manager Lindsey Gay, “We threw this party in part to thank residents for their support as we’ve been putting the finishing touches on the community.”

Residents and guests alike took part in the festivities, which featured a rock climbing wall, interactive photo booth, live DJ from AMP 101.9, and pedestal jousting. Top Orlando food trucks were on hand, including Mi Casita, Ice Cream Social, and The Crepe Company. Guests were also able to tour the community and take advantage of one-day-only leasing incentives.

“We couldn’t have done this without the help of our local and national business partners,” mentioned Matt Bullock, Director of Marketing at Cottonwood Residential. “They generously sponsored raffle items, event materials, and contributed towards food and activities.”

Cottonwood’s participating national sponsors included Yardi Systems, CoStar, Satisfacts, Multifamily Traffic, J Turner Research, Ad Concepts,, Whirlpool, Rent Dynamics, Maintenance Supply Headquarters, HD Supply, CoreLogic, Resident Indemnity Management, CURe, Rainmaker LRO, and RentPath.

Local business partners included AT&T, Brighthouse, Jones Corporate Cleaning Services, Jamba Juice, and Resident Services Network.

For more information on Murano Apartments, please visit