Cottonwood Residential News

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.

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Natalia Devivo Joins Cottonwood Residential as Atlanta Based Regional Manager
Salt Lake City, Utah - Friday, September 23, 2016

Cottonwood Residential brings new talent to their team with the addition of Natalia Devivo as a Regional Manager. Natalia will be overseeing the communities owned and managed by Cottonwood in Georgia.

Natalia has worked in multifamily for over 15 years, and her prior roles include Community Manager, Senior Community Manager, and Regional Manager with Gables Residential and Panther Properties Management, LLC. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Swinburne University, Australia.

“Natalia has immense knowledge about the Georgia market and is a strong leader with a positive and motivating personality,” said Brandy Hall, Vice President of Property Management. “Her knowledge of Class A lease up communities and value add renovations in markets throughout the east coast will bring new and innovative ideas to our teams in the Georgia market.”

Cottonwood Hires Danielle Noel as National Training Manager
Salt Lake City, Utah - Thursday, September 8, 2016

Danielle Noel has joined Cottonwood Residential as National Training Manager to assist with onboarding programs and education. Danielle is based in Atlanta and will be supporting community teams across the country through regional and national trainings, both online and in-person.

“Danielle is very industry savvy and has a gift for teaching complex material in an easy to understand way,” said Jaynee Samnik, VP of Operations. “She will be a great benefit to our team to enhance understanding and knowledge of systems and tools.”

Danielle has a strong background in multifamily, having worked in various roles within the industry. She started with Campus Apartments as a leasing agent, then moved into a Regional Director of Marketing position. Danielle has also worked with Landmark Apartment Trust as a Regional Marketing Director. Most recently, Danielle was a Product Manager with Binary Fountain, leading its multifamily sales division.

Cottonwood manages in 17 different states. Danielle will work to increase knowledge of marketing, leasing systems and tools across the portfolio.