Mike is the founder and President of Simplified Rentals Incorporated. Mike has earned designations from IREM (the Institute of Real Estate Management) and REIC (the Real Estate Institute of Canada). These designations include a CRF (Certified in Real Estate Finance), an ACoM (Accredited Commercial Manager), and an ARM (Accredited Residential Manager). Mike is also a candidate to receive his CPM (Certified Property Manager) accreditation in early 2017, and has registered for the real estate agent licensing program through OREA (Ontario Real Estate Association) and the mortgage agent licensing program through REMIC (Real Estate and Mortgage Institute of Canada Inc.) and anticipates obtaining both of these licenses in 2017.
Mike is an entrepreneur who founded two companies in addition to Simplified Rentals. MG Professional Services Ltd. (established in 2008) provides clients with a wide-range of financial and operational consulting services, and MCG Consultants Incorporated (established in 2013 and co-founded with Chris Giamou) provides real estate development management services.
With more than a decade of finance and real estate experience, Mike provides the leadership and expertise that drives the Simplified Rentals team.
Mike is also the visionary behind Simplified Rentals’ own in-house, comprehensive property management software platform that is expected to revolutionize the management experience for clients, owners, tenants, and managers alike.
Of Mike’s many projects, one of the most notable is his 2006-2014 corporate restructuring of a GTA real estate development and management firm. It was here where Mike undertook to bring corporate organization, structure, and governance to an otherwise disorganized and inefficient environment. Mike established corporate controls and a reporting structure, in addition to facilitating and designating several new positions within the firm. As Corporate Financial Controller, Mike was directly responsible for managing an annual operating budget in excess of $5 million. He spearheaded turnaround initiatives to help restore financial success to an inefficient and underperforming rental portfolio whose annual losses were previously in excess of $500,000. Ultimately, he successfully achieved an annual profit increase of almost $1 million.
His experience with property management and construction includes implementing controls to reduce expenses, increase revenues, and restore profitability to residential rental portfolios, in addition to designing and deploying aggressive marketing and sales campaigns which have succeeded in securing above market rental rates on properties throughout the GTA.
Chris is the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Simplified Rentals Incorporated. Chris is an accredited CPA (Chartered Professional Accountant). As VP and CFO, Chris’ role is to oversee all accounting, tax, and finance operations of the company, as well as to develop and evaluate new business opportunities for our team and our clients.
Chris pursued a Bachelor of Arts degree from York University, and later completed his CMA certification in 1989. Since attaining his certification, Chris has proven to be the driving force behind the success of his many clients.
Though he is proficient in all facets of financial advisory, his expertise in real estate development spans three decades, and includes Development Management for many projects throughout the GTA. Throughout his career, Chris has overseen the development of over 4,000 new residential units, and approximately 1.0 million square feet of retail and office space, representing an aggregate investment value of over $2.5 billion dollars. His wealth of experience and skillful financial analysis allows him to quickly identify projects that can succeed. Chris employs a network of the very best consultants, designers, engineers, trades, and brokers to deliver on a project’s full potential. Having successfully delivered several projects from start to finish, Chris knows exactly how to navigate the current development environment. He has a proven track record of dealing with City Planners, Heritage, and various community stakeholders, necessary to the success of any real estate endeavour.
As an independent consultant and Development Manager, Chris has been an integral part of a long list of successful real estate development projects throughout the Greater Toronto Area, including:
Perspective Condominiums (2010-2014) $125 million; 280 Residential Condos + Retail
Chateau Royal (2007-2012) $50 million; 98 Residential Condos + Retail
Zamani Homes (2008-2012) $15 million; 25 Residential Townhomes
Riverhill Condominiums (2006-2010) est. $25 million; 135 Condos + Retail
Riverhill Condominiums (2006-2010) $25 million; 135 Condos + Retail
Pacific Century (1996-2006) $115 million; 435 Residential Condos + Retail
Combi Capital (2003-2005) $25 million; Hazelton Lanes Shopping Centre Renovation
Max & Co. (2000-2004) $35 million; 60 Residential Condos + Retail
Alexandra Gate (2000-2002) $11 million; 31 Residential Condos + Retail
Creed Developments (1998-2001) $6 million; 18 Residential condos + Commercial Retrofit
Leaside Mews (1996-1998) est. $11 million; 62 Residential Condos
Matt is an enthusiastic, energetic, and driven individual who was the perfect choice to lead our sales and marketing initiatives.
Matt studied Law, Political Science, and Business at Carleton University before graduating in 2008. Prior to joining the Simplified Rentals team in 2014, Matt worked for five years in procurement and sales management for the Ippolito Group and Bolthouse Farms.
With his strong work ethic, attention to detail, and relentless focus on providing excellent customer service, Matt is a perfect fit on the Simplified Rentals team. With his outstanding communication skills Matt tells our story and demonstrates firsthand how we help our clients succeed with their real estate investment.
Jesse is an extremely driven, focused, and hard-working individual. With more than ten years of construction, property maintenance, and landscaping service experience, Jesse knows the importance of delivering projects on budget and on time, and he has the managerial skills it takes to facilitate all the moving parts of property management.
In addition to an education from Seneca College, Jesse has attained his ACoM (Accredited Commercial Manager) and ARM (Accredited Residential Manager) designations from IREM (Institute of Real Estate Management) and REIC (Real Estate Institute of Canada). Jesse expects to attain CPM (Certified Property Manager) candidacy by the end of 2017.
At Simplified Rentals, Jesse liaisons directly with the principals, the Rental Administrator, and the accounting department to ensure all operations are carried out efficiently and effectively. He is directly responsible for overseeing all property management functions, and ensures that all the contractors that work with Simplified Rentals deliver the quality of work which embodies the Simplified Rentals name and reputation.
Wes brings a strong focus and an analytical mind to his position as our Rental Administrator and Leasing Consultant. This allows for him to successfully implement creative marketing strategies in addition to providing clients of Simplified Rentals with outstanding customer service.
From 2006 through 2010, Wes was earning his BA in Philosophy at Tyndale University College in Toronto. The “on-the-job” training Wes has received throughout his tenure with Simplified Rentals combined with his education have equipped him with the tools and skills conducive to successful property management.
As the reliable liaison between our company and the tenants and residents of the properties we manage, Wes’ superior customer service abilities and his attention to detail ensures that our tenants stay “happy”. After all, “happy”, dependable tenants, produce consistent returns for our clients.
Wes is scheduled to complete is ARM (Accredited Residential Manager) designation with a focus on condominium management by mid-2017, and his CLO (Certified Leasing Officer) designation by the end of 2017. In addition, Wes is also enrolled in the RCM (Registered Condominium Manager) designation through ACMO (Association of Condominium Managers of Ontario) and hopes to obtain that designation in 2018.
Neda is the hard-working and dedicated Administrative Assistant for the Simplified Rentals team.
Neda has completed her undergraduate studies in Psychology at York University and was previously employed in the capacity of a Real Estate Agent Support Coordinator at Royal LePage. She is well-versed in understanding and addressing client needs, while providing efficient and timely professional support to the team. Her ability to stay extremely organized and to communicate effectively in pursuit of exceeding client expectations reinforces cohesion within our team.