Our Team

Arizona Investment & Management (AIM)

Arizona Investment & Management (AIM),  is a full-service real estate management and brokerage company based in Phoenix, Arizona. Our primary focus is multi-family & commercial investment property management and sales. By combining the strength of diverse overlapping services, we offer the apartment investor unique insight to increase values, maximize cash flow, and secure their assets through various cycles in real estate. Collectively, our team has over 60 years experience in the real estate industry – providing clients with sound property investment opportunities in the Metro Phoenix area. Learn more about our property management and brokerage team below.

Steven Pratico

General Manager & Designated Broker

Steven Pratico has over 20 years experience in commercial real estate as an investor, designated broker, property manager, and developer. Steven has great experience with 1031 Exchanges, Commercial Development, and Asset Repositioning.

Alejandra Valenzuela

Tenant Services Manager

Alejandra Valenzuela joined AIM in 2017 as our Corporate Receptionist. Since day one she has strived for growth within the company to ensure every task she undertakes is completed to the highest standard. Her background includes working with U.S. Border Patrol & Customs, as a Licensed Insurance Agent, as well as alongside well-respected Lawyers as a Bilingual Paralegal and Notary Public in Arizona.

As Tenant Services Manager, Alejandra assists in providing organizational excellence at our Corporate Office. With the dozens of properties AIM manages, one of her main priorities is to maintain positive relationships with tenants and to make their residency a welcoming and professional experience.

Lauren Page

Controller

Lauren came to Arizona Investment and Management in 2016 with over 35 years of accounting experience covering a broad range of accounting areas.  Lauren’s passion is to help clients succeed by providing them with the most accurate accounting records possible so they can easily determine how their investments are performing.

Lauren holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Accounting, Magna Cum Laude, from Liberty University.  When he’s not crunching numbers, Lauren enjoys spoiling his many grandchildren, traveling, reading, skiing and chess.

Jessica Rera

Accounts Payable

Vinnie Manaktala

Director of Operations

Vinnie graduated Moon Valley High School in Phoenix, AZ before joining the Marine Corp. He served for 5 years around the world, receiving the Navy Marine Corp Medal for Heroism. Vinnie earned his Bachelors of Arts in economics from University of California – Fullerton and went on to work for several Fortune 100 companies in various roles as a manager. In 2005 he started a home inspection company in Arizona and first started working with Drew Gibson.

Vinnie has thousands of home inspections under his belt. 7 years ago Vinnie acquired his real estate license and began working with investors on buy-and-hold properties, flips and value added transactions. He has experience in everything from condos to multi-family properties and commercial. Vinnie has been helping his clients obtain, renovate and manage properties in Arizona, Nevada, Kansas and Missouri.

Most recently he has been working on several projects in central Phoenix with the re-development of a large historic building into tech space in the Warehouse District, as well as developing a very prominent corner in Phoenix for Starbucks.

Lilly Ponoran

Real Estate Advisor

Lilly began her career as a property manager and has been with AIM since its inception. Her first commitment is customer satisfaction. She has over ten years of experience in property management and in the real estate industry. Her customer service skills and attention to detail are important pillars upon which we build our business.

When Lilly became a REALTOR®, she naturally began servicing real estate clients with honesty, market knowledge, and accessibility, which in return gained great working relationships. Lilly is unmatched in listening to clients and negotiating on their behalf. Providing first-class service is her top priority.

In her spare time, Lilly can be found cheering for her favorite Arizona teams (the Cardinals, and Phoenix Suns). She is a devoted wife, a super mom to her son Justin, and enjoys cooking for her family and friends.

David Pickett

Realtor

Deborah Green

Director of Marketing/Communications

Jaimee Borowiak

Property Manager

Alexis Stevens

Associate Broker

Maria Romo

Property Manager

Richard Myers

Property Manager

Richard is originally from Los Angeles CA and moved to Arizona with his entire family in 2005. He began as an administrative assistant within the real estate/ property management industry in 1999. His experience has taken him from administrative to maintenance scheduling supervisor to leasing consultant to property manager.
Richard is very excited to be working for Arizona Investment & Management and is extremely passionate in his industry. He strives to take great care of his residents by working side by side with his property owners, vendors and colleagues.
In his spare time Richard volunteers for local non profit organizations and charities, loves spending quality time with his family and friends, and loves to be adventurous – always trying something new in life.
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Ofelia Cruz

Property Manager

We welcomed Ofelia Cruz to our team as a community manager in June of 2015. She has over 11 years experience as a professional property manager and is dedicated to her career as a (bilingual) property manager. She is committed to providing exceptional customer service to each and every tenant and has been an invaluable team member here at AIM.

In her spare time, she dedicates a large portion of her free time volunteering at her church. Ofelia is married and a proud mother of four grown children. When not managing properties, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.

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Aneesa Lytle

Property Manager

Drew Gibson

Principal

Drew Gibson is a fully licensed and accredited REALTOR ® in the state of Arizona and has been an active investor and agent for more than thirty years. Drew was first licensed in California in 1987 where he worked as a commercial real estate agent for CB Commercial Real Estate.  Prior to founding Arizona Investment & Managment, LLC, Drew held the position of Vice President Marketing for Preferred Community Management, where he oversaw operations and management of over one million square feet of Class A, commercial retail property.  Drew’s education includes degrees from Marymount (Liberal Studies), University of California Santa Barbara (Bachelor of Arts) Urban Geography, with notable studies abroad, including semesters at Exeter College, Oxford, & American University in London. Drew’s background includes a decade as an executive with Apple Computer, Inc., as Senior Executive, Education, where he was responsible for over $90 million in education technology solutions for State and Local school systems throughout the Western United States, and received the distinguished Apple Laureate Award for his service.  Drew is trilingual (English, Spanish, and Fishing).

Rick Kehm

Brokerage Sales Associate

Rick has more than 30 years of professional experience in financial services and consumer products. His professional career has focused in the areas of technology and business management. He has been involved with the startup of several companies as well as a new technology venture. His primary focus is delivering client expectations and financial goals. Rick’s engineering background and rigorous fact finding skill set routinely exceeded expectations to world class companies in the fields of Insurance, Financial Services, Retail Banking, and Consumer Products. He has managed technical teams of over 160 highly skilled international professionals and annual operation budgets over $24 M.

When not engaged in business initiatives Rick enjoys outdoor activities that include mountain biking, hiking, fly fishing, downhill skiing, and hunting. He moved to Arizona in 1997 from Iowa. Rick is a graduate of Iowa State University with a Bachelors of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. Rick is a full time licensed and accredited REALTOR® in the state of Arizona and leveraging his talents in commercial real estate sales.

Mark Kaitz

Senior Investment Advisor

Mark is a fully licensed Real Estate Broker, and accredited REALTOR ® in the state of Arizona. He moved to the valley in 2002 when he acquired and operated a fifty-unit apartment building. A licensed broker in Massachusetts since 1980, Mark has bought, sold, and managed residential, industrial and commercial real estate for a wide range of Investor clients. A true “hands on” operator, his extensive knowledge of building mechanics, apartment renovation, and financial analysis always provides his clients with invaluable information and guidance.

AIM Professional Real Estate Services

AZ LICENSE: LC645202000

2720 E. Thomas Road, Suite B270
Phoenix, AZ 85016
Phone: (602) 277-7368
Drew Gibson | Principal
Email: drew@aimlease.com

Professional Organizations & Affiliations

Arizona Investment & Management is proud to be affiliated with the following industry organizations:

Arizona Multi-Housing Association
5110 N. 44th St. Ste. L160
Phoenix, AZ 85018
(602) 224-0135

National Apartment Association
201 N. Union St. Ste. 200
Alexandra, VA 22314
(602) 224-0135

Phoenix Association of Realtors
5033 N. 19th Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85015
(602) 246-1012