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What We’re
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Great Results Start with Great People.

From day one, Team Thrive broke away from industry norms with a belief in creating something different. As a primarily women-owned organization representing a growing and increasingly diverse group of associates, we’ve worked hard to build a portfolio, a team and in many ways, a family of talented, inspired and inspiring humans.

For the past six consecutive years, we’ve been voted one of Washington State’s Best Workplaces – and we don’t plan on stopping there!

We care about our associates, celebrate their successes, request their input frequently and respond to areas of opportunity. We offer thoughtful training and professional growth programs for Thrivers of all educational backgrounds and experience levels, to expand their career or try something new entirely.

At Thrive, people are seen. They are heard. They are known. This is why we thrive.

Leadership Team

Driven by the Irrational Pursuit of Excellence

Our team of industry-leading executives is driven by passion to lift up the communities they serve, from simple curb appeal to building and maintaining beautiful residential spaces, to cultivating stellar management and maintenance teams at each property who can turn a simple “housing unit” into a true home.

Unlike other companies of our size, Thrivers frequently have direct access to company principals. Instead of hiding away in a faraway office tower, they are often among our boots on the ground, active in much of our day-to-day management and business development.

Read about the energetic leaders that founded us, fuel us and keep us striving for improvement day after day, below.

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Rose Blankers

President, CEO

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  • Rose Blankers
  • President, CEO

In her role as President and CEO, Rose Blankers is also Thrive’s Chief of Culture, People and Vision. These three pillars are the foundation of Thrive, and Rose ensures that these elements are balanced and integrated with their counterparts so the company is operating at its highest potential. Rose embodies the qualities of a servant leader – setting the company’s vision and goals, but then working hard to make sure they are both reflective of what Thrive’s dedicated associates want to see in a company, as well as delivering above-market results to clients.

Rose developed her leadership over the last two decades during which time she worked her way up within the property management industry, holding roles in accounting, finance and operations. Her ability to connect with clients and staff alike, while demonstrating her financial acumen, has been key to Thrive’s growth; under Rose’s leadership, the firm has grown rapidly and sustainably to where it is today.

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Kari Anderson

Founder, Vice President

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  • Kari Anderson
  • Founder, Vice President

Kari has the unique ability to attract, inspire and retain the best and brightest people in the multifamily industry. Her genuine passion for mentoring and assisting her team members to grow in their roles can be seen in Thrive’s on-site team’s performance.

Kari began her property management career in 1986 with Trammell Crow Residential Services (TCRS) where she was responsible for training and property marketing for all assets in Washington and Oregon. In 1994, she joined Equity Residential where she oversaw 15,000 apartments in the PNW as Area Vice President. In this capacity, Kari supervised over 300 employees, including five Regional Managers. In 2006, Kari joined Investco Management Services (IMS) where she was responsible for the development and implementation of marketing and management plans, including the annual budget process for the apartment portfolio.

Kari is the founding President of the Washington Chapter of the National Apartment Association and is currently a member on the Board. Kari is also a licensed Washington State Real Estate Broker.

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April Syria

Principal, Executive Vice President

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  • April Syria
  • Principal, Executive Vice President

With more than more than 25 years’ experience in the multifamily industry, April oversees Thrive’s robust apartment portfolio and leads the firm’s regional management team and “Thriving” on-site associates. Her innovative and inclusive leadership style underlies her ability to execute the firm’s growth strategy, forging strong relationships with clients while creating a culture of internal opportunity for staff committed to success.

April’s tireless pursuit of excellence has strengthened Thrive’s portfolio performance metrics and her energetic approach to building and mentoring teams has proven to be an invaluable asset to Thrive’s company culture. April currently serves as a board member for the Washington Multifamily Housing Association, the state chapter of the National Apartment Association.

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Gary Bender

Principal, Vice President

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  • Gary Bender
  • Principal, Vice President

The successful redevelopment of any apartment community begins with a great vision to position the asset as a unique offering in the marketplace, while optimizing a client’s investment objectives. With a keen ability to see the possibility in every community, Gary oversees project renovations and our capital projects team.

With a degree in construction management and over 17 years of multi-family experience, Gary ensures renovation projects are delivered on time, on budget and with the unique approach that makes our communities truly thrive. Gary has overseen multiple award-winning renovations including Washington Multifamily Housing Association’s “Renovated Community of the Year” and more.

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Dave Kirzinger

Chairman

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  • Dave Kirzinger
  • Chairman

Dave Kirzinger has enjoyed a distinguished career in real estate, having held senior positions in acquisitions, development and property management. Dave’s focus over 33 years has been multi-family rental on the west coast of the United States.

Dave began his career with Trammell Crow Residential in 1989, after graduating from Stanford University with his MBA. When AvalonBay entered the Seattle market in 1997, they brought Dave on board to open their regional office. When Dave left AvalonBay six years later, he was overseeing Seattle and Southern California and a portfolio of approximately 8,000 apartments.

After his tenure with AvalonBay, Dave became the Seattle operating partner with MOSAIC Homes, a private Canadian multi family home builder. Dave and his MOSAIC partners co-founded RISE Properties Trust in 2012 and became partners with Thrive Communities the same year. Today RISE has ownership in approximately $2.5 billion worth of apartments in Seattle and Portland, all of which are expertly managed by Thrive, as part of their approximately 17,000-unit management portfolio.

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Cori McLeod

Vice President

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  • Cori McLeod
  • Vice President

With over 25 years of experience in the multi-family industry, Cori was most recently the Vice President of Client Relations at Pinnacle where she successfully grew third-party business in Washington, Oregon and California. Cori obtained her degree from Central Washington University with a focus in Business and Marketing.

Cori is a well-respected, highly accomplished industry professional who actively supports Thrive’s continued growth through positive culture alignment and a keen business sense.

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Brittany Flajole

Vice President of Human Resources

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  • Brittany Flajole
  • Vice President of Human Resources

With a background in organizational development consulting, leadership coaching and facilitation, Brittany was uniquely suited to build Thrive’s training and human resources teams from the ground up. Her leadership of our people teams has had a direct impact on Thrive being recognized as a WA Best Workplace year after year. She believes that when our associates are cared for, they thrive – and as a result, so do our communities.

Over the years, Brittany has demonstrated her leadership in the multi-family housing industry by becoming an NAAEI instructor as well as holding her credential as a Senior Certified Professional with the Society for Human Resource Management.

Brittany holds a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Business from Western Washington University and a M.A. in Organizational Development from Antioch University Seattle.

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Paul Edgeman

Vice President of Marketing & Technology

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  • Paul Edgeman
  • Vice President of Marketing & Technology

Paul Edgeman is an experienced leader in marketing and technology. Throughout his time at Thrive, Paul has spearheaded initiatives leading to significant improvement in portfolio online reputation and brand presence for both Thrive and the communities we manage. His “Ops” team project manages property transitions and has pioneered a one-of-a-kind property transition strategy emphasizing zero downtime and day-one functionality, which is unheard of in the industry.

Paul’s attention to detail and pursuit of perfection in digital marketing, coupled with the drive to streamline processes, are key to his role overseeing marketing and information technology. Paul holds a B.A. in Political Theory from Western Washington University.

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William Jarrell

Vice President of Finance

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  • William Jarrell
  • Vice President of Finance

Leading Thrive’s Accounting department, William is an experienced leader in property management accounting. Starting his career at Greystar, he has shown a passion for detailed and timely financial reporting, adherence to internal controls and building teams.

William holds a B.S. in Accounting from Whitworth University and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Washington. His wit and wisdom have built him a loyal following at Thrive where he inspires his team through his tireless work ethic and clever sense of humor.

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Nicholas Crum

Vice President, Property Management

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  • Nicholas Crum
  • Vice President, Property Management

Nicholas Crum is an industry expert with 15 years of multi-family experience encompassing five US markets; A, B and C-class assets; stabilized, full renovation and repositioning; both owner and fee management; as well as conventional, market-rate and affordable housing.

An expert in mixed-use asset management, Nick is solutions-driven, and his well-rounded background allows him to employ a creative mindset and outside-of-the box thinking. During his tenure with Thrive, Nicholas has been nominated for Regional Portfolio Manager of the year by WMFHA at their annual industry awards ceremony (the Emerald Awards) and has also received the annual Thrive Value Award. Nicholas holds a CAPS credential and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Indiana University South Bend.

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Misty Cozzitorto

Regional Director

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  • Misty Cozzitorto
  • Regional Director

Misty Cozzitorto is an award-winning property management leader with two decades of experience in the real estate and multi-family industry. As a Regional Director at Thrive, Misty oversees a portfolio of lease-up and stabilized communities and leads a team of over 50 associates. Misty’s background includes roles in asset management, operations, marketing and training, all of which contribute to her well-rounded, comprehensive approach to property management and team leadership. She has been involved in all phases of the development cycle, providing pre-development, pre-construction, lease-up and stabilized management, advising stakeholders to achieve high performing buildings.

Misty has been nominated and recognized multiple times by her colleagues with industry awards for her outstanding performance; these abilities are complimented by her mastery of teamwork, communication and work ethic. Known for her engaging spirit, pursuit of excellence and owner’s mindset, Misty embodies the spirit of Thrive and inspires all those who work with her to be their best.

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Albree Hebert

Regional Director

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  • Albree Hebert
  • Regional Director

Albree brings over 20 years of experience in property management to her role of Regional Director at Thrive, having worked in both owner-managed and third-party fee management. She specializes in value-add rehabs and repositioning, stabilized management, budget prep and review, due diligence, dispositions and transitions. Albree excels at managing communities by focusing on creating an effective property strategy, including analysis, asset management, marketing plans and, most importantly, team building. Albree loves to build strong teams, making sure each team member is their property and market expert.

Albree leads a team of four Regional Managers, 30 communities and 120 associates, and is actively involved in the local IREM chapter and WMFHA. She is an award winner through IREM as ARM of the Year and an Emerald Award nominee through WMFHA for Portfolio Manager of the Year. She currently holds her CPM, CAPS and Washington Real Estate Broker’s License.

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Ruchelle Erwin

Regional Director

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  • Ruchelle Erwin
  • Regional Director

Ruchelle is an industry leader who brings to Thrive over 22 years of experience in property management. Her background ranges from pre-development and lease-ups to stabilized, redevelopments, acquisitions and dispositions in both urban and suburban settings. Prior to coming to Thrive, Ruchelle spent a large part of her career working with a leading S&P 500 REIT firm, leading the Seattle region year over year in revenue excellence, stemming from innovative technology and market strategies.

Ruchelle understands the multifaceted complexity of running a community from the ground up. Her career began as a part-time leasing consultant where she fell in love with all things property management, specifically the people. She embodies a culture of care and brings positive energy and leadership to every interaction, from her on-site teams to her clients. She has also received the award for Community Manager of the Year, and most recently Portfolio Supervisor of the Year, through the Washington Multifamily Housing Association.

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Don Jacobsen

Regional Maintenance Director

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  • Don Jacobsen
  • Regional Maintenance Director

Don supports Thrive’s client base by leading maintenance teams through supervision, vision and strategic direction. Under his guidance, Thrive’s maintenance teams ensure the physical condition of each asset is safe, attractive and properly maintained.

With over 30 years of apartment industry experience, Don is an expert in capital planning and execution, expense control, environmental oversight, associate safety, OSHA, ADA and construction management. His passion for training and building teams helps Thrive attract and retain top talent.

Don is a Certified Pool Operator, an Instructor for the Pool and Hot Tub Alliance, a Certified Universal Technician and also a Proctor with the ESCO Institute.

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Torri Magee

Director of Client Services

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  • Torri Magee
  • Director of Client Services

Torri brings more than 15 years of industry knowledge to her role as Director of Client Services. With both CAM and CAPS credentials, her strong operations background gives her a well-rounded, strategic mindset that helps her understand and execute ownership goals.

Torri derives great satisfaction from doing right by the client. She tailors her strategy and approach to address each client’s needs rather than taking a one size fits all approach. In addition to taking care of her clients, Torri has a strong focus and care for Thrive’s people. She has a passion for mentoring Thrivers, and is known for her consistent positive outlook, work ethic and dedication to her team.

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Alissa Harrington

Director of Human Resources

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  • Alissa Harrington
  • Director of Human Resources

Leading the Human Resources Department in being a valued and trusted resource to associates and managers, Alissa fosters a company culture of compassion through clear and fair HR practices and policies. She has a passion for authentic leadership and models servant leadership.

Alissa holds a certificate as a Senior Professional in Human Resources, B.S. in Psychology from the University of Washington and M.A. in Organizational Development from Antioch University Seattle.

Volunteer Projects

Building Community on a Larger Scale

Team Thrive is about more than just creating spaces where our residents and associates thrive – we also work to support the communities in which we live and operate, be it through donation drives, creating professional development opportunities, improving local gathering spaces or (literally) building communities from the ground up.

 

Our Team - Volunteer Projects

In the past few years, some of our volunteer efforts have included:

  • Tiny Houses: 60 of our Thrivers have helped to construct over 35 tiny homes (so far); We expect this to triple by the end of the coming summer!
  • Dress for Success: Our teams collaborated to donate over 900 pieces of gently used professional clothing, shoes and handbags, empowering women to achieve economic independence
  • Wellspring Family Service: Via a “March Madness” themed fundraising drive, $1,100 was raised toward preventing homelessness in Washington State
  • Move for Hunger: Through ongoing food drives (which flourish as residents move out), continuous donations are made to those facing hunger in our neighborhoods

Redmond TeenCenter

Redmond Old Fire House Teen Center: Thrivers worked alongside our industry vendor partners, donating both time and materials, for a “day of transformation” at this unique community center, known for its various teen activities, special needs programs and local music performances.

This all-day project included constructing a beautiful new hogwire fence, installing patio string lights, transforming the “couch room” with new furnishings, painting the center’s performance stage and back panels, along with extensive indoor painting, cleaning and landscaping work throughout.

Industry Awards

Recent Emerald Awards Superstars

Although many Thrive associates and communities are nominated for the Washington Multi-Family Housing Association (WMFHA)’s Emerald Awards every year, and we’re always excited to see who become finalists – words cannot express how proud we are when one of our Thrivers wins!At the most recent ceremony, we were honored with multiple award winners all at once, each of whom demonstrates absolutely stellar resident/customer support and interoffice teamwork, always striving to improve their community and optimize resident experience.

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