OUR TEAM - PONTIAC
Steve Malsam began his real estate career in 1986 with Centron, the largest multi-family builder in the Northwest at the time. Beginning in land acquisition, Steve moved to project finance and governmental relations before being named Vice President, opening Centron’s first office in Oregon in 1988. In the next two years, he was responsible for closing more than $40 million in construction financing to build over 700 units.
After four years on his own, Polygon Group, Ltd., of Vancouver, B.C, hired Steve to develop multi-family housing in the Puget Sound area. In 1994, Polygon recorded $235 million in sales. On Polygon’s behalf, Steve created Madison Homes, Inc., and was responsible for all aspects of the development process, including acquisition, governmental approval, product design, construction and marketing. In eighteen months, he put together three separate townhome developments, a 169-unit project in Bellevue, a 106-unit project in Kirkland, and a 221-unit project in the Bothell-Woodinville area.
From that achievement, in 1996 Steve partnered with James L Evans to start Wakefield, a real estate development company. Together the partners have enjoyed a great deal of success in developing several large residential, business, and mixed-use projects all over the Pacific Northwest.
Steve has guided Wakefield’s development of over $300 million of multifamily, retail, office, and lifestyle centers. Steve’s desire to develop properties, which invigorate communities and focus on social cohesion was recognized with a 20/20 Vision Award for collaboration with the City of Mill Creek on the development of Mill Creek Town Center.
DIRECTOR OF CONSTRUCTION
After graduating from Washington State University, Ed Babbitt started working for The Evans Company in 1980 building skating rinks throughout Washington. During his time with The Evans Company, Ed managed the construction of numerous residential and commercial projects throughout the greater Seattle area. His superior experience, knowledge, and aptitude for efficiency made him the ideal choice as Director of Construction and to represent the owner on all new developments.
Ed Babbitt is also co-owner and co-developer of Evans Business Park, a warehouse/industrial complex near Marymoor Park in Redmond, and Coulon Estates, a 16 unit condominium building near Coulon Park in Renton.
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AND AUTHORIZED AGENT
Rémi Bertrand joined our team in 2015 as a Management Consultant for projects ranging from industrial property redevelopment initiatives to the entertainment field and the production of a televised music show.
Rémi offers diverse educational and training credentials, combined with a wealth of professional experience, including work with both public and private entities. His past experience includes human resources management, overseeing multi-million dollar budgets, managing a business development agency, corporate auditing, and various management roles in the manufacturing industry. Rémi uses this experience to oversee some of our more complex project structures.
Adapting quickly to new professional environments, Rémi held positions such as General Manager for the Pontiac County where he successfully drew upon his vast experience to build a new team and expand public services by 40% to directly benefit the Pontiac County community. His bilingualism allows him to easily navigate in both English and French speaking environments, which are instrumental in developing our Canadian based projects.
Relying on a broad network of contacts across Canada and the United States, Rémi is also working on the development of cutting edge technologies specializing in environmental sustainability practices and processes to apply to our group of properties.