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 100 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.

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).

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

Accounting and Office 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.

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.

Alexis Stevens

Associate Broker

Alexis is a native of Phoenix, with over twenty years of real estate experience in multi-family, single family and student housing. A Realtor since 2004, she obtained her broker’s license in 2015. Alexis is currently our Associate Broker. She is highly skilled and loves to assist her clients and tenants alike, seeing great honor in providing a roof overhead for great families. Her goal is to secure good residents, minimize expenses and maximize profits.
When not at work, she enjoys walking parks with her dog, river rafting, road trips and often volunteers as cook for the needy at various charities. We think she’s amazing.

Maria Romo

Property Manager

Maria, our multi-tasking bilingual community manager, joined AIM in 2016.
She started her journey at 18 in the payroll/customer service department of a staffing agency and was rapidly promoted to branch and operations manager. Here she was involved in HR, payroll, AP/AR, staffing and marketing – a very fast paced career!
An opportunity to train and become a paralegal followed which she took and specialized as a lead bankruptcy paralegal.
With 10 years in the property management industry, Maria has diverse experience in multi-family, LHITC, tax credit, affordable housing, public housing and conventional.
She started with AIM as a portfolio manager and moved to a community manager where she has been managing Tuscano Village for almost 3 years. In this role she is involved with leasing and collections, unit turns and is also in charge of her own team, rehabbing entire property for the second time. It’s fast paced and there is never a dull moment!
In her free time, she loves to hang out with the kiddos, lounge at home and loves going to the beach in the summer…even if it’s just for the weekend.

David Pickett

Realtor

Amber Barrows

Portfolio Manager

Amber grew up in San Antonio, Texas and graduated from Texas State. She started working in property management in 2009. Amber has 2 kids, and plays many instruments including the piano, violin and harp. On the weekends you can find her playing with her kids, chilling by the pool or dancing classical ballet. Her spirit animal is a lion.

Blanca Pavon

Portfolio Manager

Blanca is as enthusiastic as any member of our team! Blanca began her career in Real Estate as a loan officer in 2006 where she discovered her passion for customer service and the industry. As a leasing agent in 2007, her hard work and success resulted in promotion to Property Manager, with a series of larger properties. Working with different private owners and investors to greatly improve her clients’ investment returns, she earned a position as Portfolio Manager in 2010. With 13 Years of Professional experiences in Real Estate, her main goal is to succeed and provide the best services for her residents. Blanca’s dedication is well received by AIM, it’s clients, and residents. In her free time she loves various outdoor activities and adventures with her kids.

Deborah Green

Marketing/Communications

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.

Brokerage Team

Rick Kehm

Real Estate Advisor

Rick specializes in multifamily investments, retail leasing/sales, and light industrial leasing/sales. He works with sellers and buyers locally, from out of state and Canada to successfully fulfill client’s financial goals. His background in business and information technology management as well as commercial and industrial construction provides his clients a unique knowledge base in commercial Real Estate. He has been involved with the startup of several companies as well as a new technology venture. Rick’s has the business experience, engineering background and Real Estate knowledge that brings value to his clients. Rick has excellent relationships with other experts covering title, 1031 exchange, property management, financing, and cross-border ownership.
When not engaged Real Estate initiatives Rick enjoys outdoor activities that include mountain biking, hiking, fly fishing, downhill skiing, and upland hunting. He moved to Arizona in 1997 from Iowa. Rick is a graduate of Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. Rick is a full time licensed and accredited REALTOR® in the state of Arizona.

Mark Skelpsa

Brokerage Sales Associate

A native of Phoenix, Mark brings a wealth of insight in the Valley’s real estate. With a family background in Phoenix construction, he grew one of the fastest growing construction subcontractors throughout the 2000’s. Mark first came to multi-family brokerage as an apartment owner and still owns today. He “gets it”; what an amazing wealth-generating opportunity apartment ownership truly is, and he brings that orientation to work for AIM’s clients. That means advising to maximize return in every phase of ownership: rent increases even when inconvenient; cutting unnecessary expenses; getting the most return on each renovation dollar; locking in profit at purchase or sale. Mark gives only the “straight scoop” in every disposition or acquisition and holds his client’s interest at a higher importance than just closing the deal. His goal with you as a client is a long, continuing, and profitable relationship. “Let’s make some money!”

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

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