Steven R. Schwarz
Steven leads all aspects of ViaWest Group with primary emphasis on investment and development strategy, deal-sourcing, and capital markets activity. He has over twenty-five years of experience in the development, operations and financing of all types of real estate, with deep experience in industrial and office properties. Through involvement in over $2 billion worth of projects, Steven has provided build-to-suit, speculative development, acquisitions, dispositions and property management services in multiple product types in the Southwest, Pacific Northwest, and Southeast U.S.
Prior to forming ViaWest Properties in 2003, Steven led the development as SVP of The Plaza Companies, a full service, medical-office, senior-living development, and property management company. Prior to joining Plaza, Steven rose through the ranks to become COO and EVP of The Hewson Company, a privately-held, real estate development company in the Western U.S. in which capacity he developed properties ranging from mid-rise office buildings to a 2.2MM s.f. industrial complex. Other work experience includes Real Estate Finance work with SunTrust Banks in Atlanta, GA.
Steven graduated from The University of Texas Honors Program with a B.A. with Honors in Marketing. He has served as Chairman of the NAIOP Arizona Chapter, on the National Board of Directors of NAIOP, and in national and local capacities with Urban Land Institute (ULI). He has also served on numerous local and national boards and councils of non-profit philanthropic, civic and industry organizations including Greater Phoenix Leadership, Greater Phoenix Economic Council, as Board Chairman of the Jewish Community Association of Greater Phoenix and on the National Board of JFNA.
He resides in Paradise Valley, Arizona with his wife Jennifer and three children.
Danny L. Swancey
Danny is involved in all aspects of ViaWest Group with primary emphasis on company strategy, culture, deal-sourcing, and operational performance, as well as, cultivating strategic relationships. Danny co-chairs the company’s investment committee and serves on the senior management committee. He has over 15 years’ experience working in senior management positions for both public and private real estate investment companies.
Prior to joining ViaWest in 2011, Danny served as Vice President for two publicly-traded REITs: Parkway Properties and Pacific Office Properties. Danny has been involved with the acquisition/disposition, repositioning, and management of over $2 billion of commercial real estate transactions. As a former military officer, Danny also brings a wealth of operational and leadership experience. While in the Army, he served throughout Europe and the Americas for five years, achieving the rank of Captain.
Danny is a graduate of The United States Military Academy at West Point, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics. He subsequently received an MBA from Yale University. Danny serves on the board for NAIOP (AZ Chapter) and REIAC (Southwest) and actively participates in numerous civic and charity endeavors. In 2015, Danny was honored as one of the Phoenix Business Journal’s Forty-Under-40.
Danny resides in Phoenix, Arizona with his wife Danielle and two children.
Todd J. Weiss
Chief Operating Officer
In his role as Chief Operating Officer, Todd leads and is responsible for all operational aspects of the Company, including leasing, asset management, and dispositions. Additionally, he is involved with acquisitions, financing, and joint venture management. Todd is a member of the company’s investment and senior management committees.
Todd brings 20+ years of industry experience to ViaWest, during which time he has been involved in the acquisition, financing, leasing, management, and disposition of more than $15 billion of commercial real estate for both private and public real estate investment companies. Prior to joining ViaWest, Todd spent the previous 15 years in various roles at VEREIT, an NYSE-listed, full service real-estate operating company, including as its General Counsel – Real Estate for his last 6 years. Other experience includes real estate and real-estate finance work at a former Scottsdale-based GE Capital subsidiary and the law firm of Snell & Wilmer.
Todd received his Bachelor of Arts in Government from the University of Texas and earned his Juris Doctor from Chicago-Kent College of Law, where he graduated with high honors and was a member of its law review.
Todd resides in Phoenix with his wife Mindy and two children.
Carrie L. Temple
Vice President- Asset Management
In her role as Vice President of Asset Management, Carrie Temple oversees the strategy and day-to-day operations of the property and asset management teams.
Carrie brings over 36 years of experience and most recently was the Director of Property Management with Evergreen Development Company.
Additionally, Carrie has held senior positions with other prominent real estate development and management companies, as well as launching and running her own successful property management company for almost 14 years, before merging her company into Evergreen.
Carrie holds a dual Bachelor of Science in Real Estate and Finance and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from ASU. She currently serves as the State Government Relations Chair for ICSC, was previously a board member for AZCREW, holds both RPA (BOMA) and CPM (IREM) designations, and is a licensed AZ RE Broker.
Chief Financial Officer
Cody is responsible for overseeing the accounting, tax, and treasury functions of ViaWest. He held similar responsibilities with other private real estate companies since August 2013. Cody was also an Audit Manager with Deloitte & Touche for 7 years. In this role, he served numerous public and private companies, primarily in the real estate sector. Cody is a certified public accountant and earned a BS in Accountancy and a Masters in Accountancy/Information Systems from Arizona State University.
Vice President- Facilities Management
Ron serves as the Vice President – Facilities Management for ViaWest for the Phoenix portfolio. He oversees all capital projects, the day to day engineering/building maintenance staff, and ensures operational efficiencies for the properties. Ron has more than 28 years of experience in the engineering, facilities management and construction management fields. He comes from an Electrical background, with a Journeyman License and holds an SMA, SMT and a Universal HVAC certification.
Prior to working for ViaWest, Ron held a similar role for the AZ portfolio for McCarthy Cook & Co. Other significant experience includes key roles with GIC (Singaporean global investor), Parkway Properties (publicly traded REIT) and Cushman & Wakefield.
He is originally from New Hampshire and now lives in Scottsdale with his wife and two children. He also loves the Oregon Coast when he can escape the AZ desert.
Market Leader (Mountain West)
Tom leads ViaWest’s ground-up development projects as well as sources investment and development opportunities in strategic markets. He has been involved with the acquisition, disposition, repositioning, and development of over $900 million of commercial real estate totaling more than 8.5 million square feet. Tom identifies key market and economic trends for development and acquisition opportunities.
Additionally, his responsibilities include growing capital partner and brokerage community relationships, financial modeling, feasibility studies, due diligence, entitlements, design and construction coordination, lease-up and asset preparation for disposition or on-boarding into ViaWest’s existing portfolio of approximately 5.2 million square feet.
Tom earned his B.A. in Economics from the University of Southern California, holds Series 7 and 66 securities licenses and is involved with ULI and NAIOP. Prior to joining ViaWest, he played professional golf.
Originally from Colorado Springs, he lives in Denver with his wife, Melissa.
Director of Leasing
Danny joined The ViaWest Group as the Director of Leasing. With over 8 years of brokerage/development experience in Phoenix’s commercial real estate market, Danny will primarily focus on the leasing objectives and value add opportunities throughout ViaWest’s owned and managed properties. Danny has been involved in over $750 million of leasing volume and has contributed to well over 10 million square feet of commercial space transacted in his career. A native of Phoenix and a graduate of The University of Arizona, Danny and his wife, Julie, have engrained themselves in the local community and plan to continue building a family here in the valley.
Vice President of Acquisitions
As Director of Investments David is responsible for financial underwriting, due diligence, and investor relations. David has 10+ years of experience and has been involved with the finance, repositioning, asset management, and disposition of over $2.4 billion of commercial real estate assets. Prior to joining ViaWest, David served in positions of increasing responsibility at WNC & Associates and Divco West Properties. He graduated with honors from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and earned his M.B.A. from Cornell University. David is originally from Portland and enjoys camping, hiking and anything outdoors.”
Director – Investments and Development
As Director of Investments and Development Alex is responsible for development opportunities and multifamily acquisition efforts in Phoenix and Las Vegas. His role includes sourcing investments, due diligence, acquisition, and execution of business plans through construction and financial management. He has experience in office, industrial, multifamily, and residential projects and has 8+ years of real estate investment, development, and construction management experience. His other roles include research, financial underwriting, design and construction coordination, entitlements, and dispositions. He earned a B.A. in Business Administration with an emphasis in economics from Middle Tennessee State University as well as a Masters of Real Estate Development from Arizona State University (graduated Beta Gamma Sigma). He is involved with NAIOP and ULI. Originally from Nashville, TN, he now resides in Phoenix, AZ with his wife Ellen and son.
Alesha M. Karlsson
Director – Transactions & Operations
Alesha provides assistance to the executive team and oversees the administration process for ViaWest Group’s real estate acquisition and disposition transactions. She has 17+ years of experience in administration, management and coordination of commercial development. She specializes in site selection, land acquisitions, fee-for-service preferred development, build-to-suit, single and multi-tenant retail and office developments, as well as mixed use projects and property asset management. Alesha’s experience includes projects in size between .30 acres to 50 acres and in all stages of development from acquisition through entitlements, construction, asset management and disposition. Alesha also coordinates vendors, team members and clients for all new acquisition due diligence. With years of experience and knowledge, Alesha also plays an instrumental role in ViaWest’s growing development activity, managing vendors and projects and helping coordinate internal team members.