The Ridgehouse Team

A vision requires a team to unite in purpose and create actionable strategies toward success. Each Ridgehouse Companies team member works to align our resources, collaborate with industry partners and manage projects from start to finish. We remain dynamic and forward-thinking in construction, development, investment and acquisition. 

Michael J. Sansone

Co-Founder, Managing Principal

Michael J. Sansone is co-founder and managing principal of Ridgehouse Companies. He is a St. Louis native and grew up immersed in the real estate industry. Now, Sansone has over a decade of finance, asset management and real estate investment and development experience.

Sansone leads the expansion of Ridgehouse Companies, creating strategic plans and maintaining oversight over all aspects of the Ridgehouse Platform. He earned his BS/BA from the University of Missouri, Columbia and his MBA from Webster University in St. Louis.

Matthew E. Walla

Co-Founder, Principal

Matthew E. Walla is co-founder and principal of Ridgehouse Companies. Walla is a St. Louis native and has worked for over a decade in the finance and accounting sectors of property development. Walla oversees the day-to-day management of financial operations, asset management and capital and debt financing for the Ridgehouse Companies portfolio.

Prior to founding Ridgehouse, Walla was the Chief Investment Officer of Sangita Capital Partners. Walla earned his BSAcc/MAcc in Accountancy from the University of Missouri, Columbia and his MBA from Washington University in St. Louis.

Walter Olszewski

President of Ridgehouse Construction

Walter Olszewski has been developing, constructing and supervising projects in property development industries for over 20 years. He has been responsible for contractors’ daily operations, controlling budgets, negotiating subcontracts and working with local and state agencies. He provides day-to-day communication with the project team and owners to ensure jobs remain on schedule and within budget.

Throughout his multifamily development career, Olszewski has completed construction of 16 communities in seven states totaling more than 3,100 units and over $830,000,000 in projects. Olszewski attended both Saint Louis University and University of Missouri, St. Louis and holds a Journey Level certificate in Carpentry.

Thomas Bene

Chief Financial Officer

Tom Bene has extensive experience leading finance and accounting teams primarily focused in the multifamily real estate development, construction and property management fields. He actively works with lenders, investors, CPA firms and internal stakeholders to provide accurate financial reporting and analysis to ensure financial obligations are met.

He has specialties in financial planning, budget development and financial models. He graduated with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Accountancy from the University of Missouri, Columbia and holds a Missouri CPA license.

TJ Redmond

Vice President of Development

TJ Redmond leads the development team at Ridgehouse in sourcing, securing, and entitling multifamily development sites across the United States. Over his career, Redmond has helped buy or sell over $1B in investment properties and development projects including roles as an investment sale broker at CBRE and Balke Brown Transwestern (BBT), where he served as Managing Broker. While at BBT, Redmond helped launch and direct Diamond Income Fund 2, a boutique real estate fund focused on the acquisition and operation of recently delivered core and core-plus multifamily assets in the Midwest.

He earned his BA from Miami (OH) University and a Masters in Urban Planning and Real Estate Development (MUPRD) from Saint Louis University.

Kris Skelton

Regional Vice President of Construction

Kris Skelton is a Regional Vice President for Ridgehouse Construction. As a Regional Vice President, Skelton oversees all aspects of each project in our east region.  He is involved in planning and managing from the beginning stage, preconstruction, to the final stage, certificate of occupancy, of all projects in his region.

He has 25 years of experience ranging from hands-on field work to project management of commercial, multifamily, and single family constructions.

Matt Limpert

Regional Vice President of Construction

Matt Limpert is a Regional Vice President for Ridgehouse Construction. As a Regional Vice President, Limpert oversees all aspects of each project in our west region.  He is involved in planning and managing from the beginning stage, preconstruction, to the final stage, certificate of occupancy, of all projects in his region.

Limpert earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Missouri, St. Louis and has since acquired his NASCLA and ICC building certifications.

Dan Weller

Director of Asset Management

Dan Weller is the Director of Asset Management and is responsible for maximizing the value of our company’s assets.  Weller is also responsible for the property managers’ performance of current sites, as well as choosing property management companies for projects under construction.

Julie Garcia

Director of Leasing and Marketing

Julie Garcia serves as the Leasing and Marketing Director at Ridgehouse Companies. With over 15 years of property management experience, she specializes in class-A new developments across diverse markets nationwide. From the outset of construction, Garcia conducts current market studies and devises pricing strategies for each new community. As projects transition from construction to management, Garcia plays a pivotal role in ensuring a seamless shift, directing management from initial lease-up through stabilization.

Nicholas Van Sciever

Development Associate

Nicholas Van Sciever is a Development Associate for Ridgehouse Companies.  Van Sciever has 8 years of experience in the real estate industry, specifically in the pursuit of multifamily developments.  His role with Ridgehouse will focus on the Southwest and Midwest markets and include sourcing new development opportunities through market analysis, site selection, underwriting, contract negotiation, entitlement, and due diligence review.

Van Sciever graduated with a Business Administration Managerial Finance and Real Estate degree from the University of Mississippi.

 

Ethan Ortmann

Development Analyst

Ethan Ortmann is a Development Analyst who assists the development team with prospecting new land acquisition targets.  Ortmann is responsible for project underwriting and gathering research and comps for potential development projects.

Mishael M. Garcia, RMT

Virtual Assistant

Mishael M. Garcia is a registered medical technologist in the Philippines with three years of experience in social media management and marketing. Garcia currently resides in the Philippines and works as the remote marketing associate for Ridgehouse Companies. She is passionate about helping businesses reach their goals through effective marketing and social media management.

Jeremy Axtetter

Project Manager

Jeremy Axtetter is a Project Manager who plans and supervises the building process of our multifamily projects in Huntsville, AL from start to finish.  Axtetter organizes and oversees construction procedures, manages project budgets, and ensures the projects are completed in a timely and efficient manner.

John Murphy

Project Manager

John Murphy is a Project Manager who plans and supervises the building process of our multifamily project, Avery in Avondale, AZ from start to finish.  Murphy organizes and oversees construction procedures, manages project budgets, and ensures the projects are completed in a timely and efficient manner.

Marsh Ragland

Project Manager

Marsh Ragland is a Project Manager who plans and supervises the building process of our multifamily project in Glendale, AZ from start to finish.  Ragland organizes and oversees construction procedures, manages project budgets, and ensures the projects are completed in a timely and efficient manner.

Keith Townsend

Superintendent

Keith Townsend is a superintendent for Ridgehouse Construction. Townsend has extensive construction experience and is responsible for the daily operations on his assigned job site.

As a superintendent, Townsend oversees the construction process, from planning to completion. He surveys and supervises all of the workers who work on Ridgehouse Companies projects.

Phil Hedrick

Superintendent

Phil Hedrick is a superintendent who executes our multifamily project, in Glendale, AZ, by organizing, planning, and overseeing project tasks on site. Hedrick completes quality inspections and supervises all project members- including subcontractors.

Eric Janson

Assistant Superintendent

Eric Janson is an assistant superintendent who helps to oversee our multifamily project, Coda in Nashville, TN, by working closely with the superintendent on site.  Janson is responsible for the daily operations of assigned construction tasks for the project.

Joey Beaver

Assistant Superintendent

Joey Beaver is an assistant superintendent who helps to oversee our multifamily project, in Surprise, AZ, by working closely with the superintendent on site. Beaver is responsible for the daily operations of assigned construction tasks for the project.

Christian Paolinetti

Assistant Superintendent

Christian Paolinetti is an assistant superintendent who helps to oversee our multifamily project, in Glendale, AZ, by working closely with the superintendent on site. Paolinetti is responsible for the daily operations of assigned construction tasks for the project.