At Zell Associates, Inc. we believe that what sets us apart, and what we are most proud of, is our staff’s dedication to acheive excellence. Our five Property Managers have an average of 15 years of service and our six support personnel have been with us for an average of 10 years. We believe this speaks volumes about our team approach, commitment to each other and most importantly our commitment to you our valued client. We also know that this long term stability and continuity translates into providing you with the most experienced and knowledgeable Property Management you can find.
Sherman Zell, President Emeritus, Broker
Sherman graduated from San Jose State University with a degree in electrical engineering and took a position with IBM as an engineering project manager. After a successful career at IBM, Sherman then entered the real estate field by opening Zell Associates, Inc. in 1974. Since that time, Sherman has been committed to providing professional and quality property management and real estate services with honesty, integrity and the philosophy that the investment goals of our clients are always paramount.
Sherman has been certified in Santa Clara County’s Federal Bankruptcy Court as an expert in residential income property and has acted as a Court Appointed Receiver for major financial institutions as well as private investors. He actively holds a California Real Estate Broker’s License, BRE# 00797395.
Sherman currently resides in beautiful Lake Tahoe enjoying such activities as snow skiing, ATV riding, and snowmobiling, He also donates his time and math expertise to a local 3rd grade class and is an accomplished Toastmaster.
Jeffrey Zell, President, Property Manager, Broker
Jeff graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Finance from San Jose State University and followed it up with an MBA from Santa Clara University. After a successful career as a solutions provider for high-tech startups in Silicon Valley, Jeff joined Zell Associates, Inc. in 2009 to continue his father’s legacy of professional property management with honesty, integrity, and aligned philosophical investment goals. He currently manages a portfolio of multi-family properties throughout Santa Clara County. In his spare time, Jeff enjoys his children, ice hockey, snow skiing, baseball, and four wheeling. Jeff hold a California Real Estate Broker’s license.
Robert R. Edelstein, Vice President, Property Manager, Broker
Robert has been an exceptional property manager with Zell Associates, Inc. since 1989. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in psychology from San Jose State University, Robert worked in facilities maintenance for 9 years and completed the HVAC program at San Jose City College. He obtained his California Real Estate License as well as a Certified Real Estate Appraiser Designation and sold Real Estate for 5 years before coming to Zell Associates, Inc. Robert has extensive experience managing single-family homes, apartment buildings and commercial properties. He also holds a California Real Estate Broker’s License.
Lisa M. Felix, Vice President, Regional Property Manager, Agent
Lisa began her career here at Zell Associates, Inc. in March of 2005 and currently manages a large portfolio of both multifamily and commercial buildings. She also heads our Eviction Services Department and our Landlord-Tenant Relations Department. Prior to joining the Zell team, she worked at UC Davis managing a Toxicology Laboratory and was an On-Site Resident Manager for C.H.O.C., an affordable housing organization in Davis, California. She currently resides in the Silicon Valley with her husband and their three children. Lisa enjoys spending quality time with her family, entertaining at home, camping, traveling abroad, music, learning new languages and is working towards her Sommelier Certification as she enjoys viticulture, enology and of course wine tasting in our fabulous Wine Country nearby. Lisa received her Bachelor’s Degree in the Biological Sciences from the University of California Davis and currently holds a California Real Estate Agent’s license.
Marie Jasinsky, Vice President, Regional Property Manager, Agent
Marie is the Regional Manager of our Northern Santa Clara County portfolio and has been part of the Zell Associates, Inc. team since 1992. Marie has extensive experience managing residential real estate, both apartment complexes as well as single family homes and is also versed in single family home real estate sales. During her 22 year tenure with Zell Associates she has served as an on-site resident manager for properties as large as 145 units, at one time was the office manager for our corporate office in San Jose as well as held the position of Director of the Single Family Division. She studied advertising and marketing at San Jose University and holds a California Real Estate Agent’s License. She was born and raised in the Bay Area and can’t image calling anywhere else home. She is married and has three children, two of which are currently attending college and one in elementary school. In her spare time Marie enjoying traveling to faraway lands, cooking for friends and family and interior decorating.
Ryan Jasinsky, Property Manager/Real Estate Agent
Ryan has been a member of the Zell Associates, Inc. team since 2004. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from UC San Diego and attained his Real Estate license in 2009. During his tenure with Zell Associates, Ryan has served as a resident manager of a 112 unit complex and currently manages 70 single family homes, multifamily units, and apartment complexes. Striving to always exceed expectations Ryan focuses on customer service and anticipating the needs to both owners and tenants.
Teresa Underwood, Controller
Teresa has been employed with Zell Associates, Inc. since 1996 and serves as our company’s Controller. She has extensive experience as an on-site manager for medium to large apartment complexes and has been a Property Manager for medium-size apartment buildings and single family homes. Teresa received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from St. Mary’s College and holds a California Real Estate Agent’s license.
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