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.

Bene has specialties in financial planning, budget development and financial models. Bene 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.

Mark Eckhardt

Director of Land Acquisitions

Mark Eckhardt has over 30 years of experience in initial market surveys, site selections and the procurement process. Eckhardt is a seasoned land acquisition and development executive with focused expertise in multifamily properties. Eckhardt specializes in real estate development, brokerage, regulatory compliance and contract administration.

He has helped develop projects in Missouri, Florida, Nebraska, Ohio, Arizona, Colorado and Washington. Eckhardt earned his BS/BA in Real Estate Finance and Economics from the University of Missouri, Columbia.

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.

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 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.

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

Alexa Nickolick-Stahl

Project Manager

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

Ryan Tune

Project Manager

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

Cole Tarlas

Development Associate

Cole Tarlas is a Development Associate of Ridgehouse Companies. He is a St. Louis native who recently moved back from New York City, where he spent three years working in the finance realm. Tarlas is responsible for site selection, market analysis and project underwriting.

Tarlas graduated with a finance degree from the University of Arkansas. Recently, he completed a CRE Analyst course, enhancing his knowledge of commercial real estate and development.

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.

Dave DeGeare

Superintendent

Dave DeGeare is a superintendent and executes our multifamily projects by organizing, planning, and overseeing project tasks on site.  DeGeare completes quality inspections and supervises all project members- including subcontractors.

Steven Dodd

Steven Dodd

Superindendent

Steven Dodd is a superintendent and executes our multifamily projects by organizing, planning, and overseeing project tasks on site.  Dodd completes quality inspections and supervises all project members- including subcontractors.

Joey Beaver

Assistant Superintendent

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

Dan Santoro

Superintendent

Dan Santoro is a superintendent and executes our multifamily projects by organizing, planning, and overseeing project tasks on site.  Santoro completes quality inspections and supervises all project members- including subcontractors.

Ethan Ortmann

Development Analyst

Ethan Ortmann is a development analyst that 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.

Joey Parise

Superintendent

Joey Parise has over 30 years of construction experience with over 25 of them in a supervisory position. He has experience in a variety of projects, including but not limited to: medical facilities, churches, schools, retail spaces, multifamily communities, banks, federal facilities and custom homes.

Like his fellow superintendents, Parise ensures that quality standards are upheld in each construction site. He also manages communication between Ridgehouse Companies and external parties, such as vendors, lawyers and more.

Eric Janson

Assistant Superintendent

Eric Janson is an assistant superintendent- helps to oversee our multifamily projects by working closely with the superintendent on site.  Janson is responsible for the daily operations of assigned construction tasks for our projects.

Anna Hazelwonder

Administrative Assistant

Anna Hazelwonder is an executive assistant that provides support and structure to the company.  Hazelwonder is responsible for administrative support for all departments, calendar management for executive level team members, and preparation for weekly team meetings.