Our Leadership

Polinger Company’s leadership directs a team of more than 325 individuals operating in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area. Each of our leaders has more than 20 years of experience with Polinger Company.

Executive Leadership

Arnold Polinger

Arnold Polinger

President & CEO

Arnold Polinger is the President of Polinger Company, a comprehensive real estate management and development firm headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland. Arnold was born in Baltimore but raised in the Washington DC vicinity. He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree from Yale University and a law degree from Harvard Law School. Post-graduation, he gained valuable experience as a clerk for Judge Levine of the Maryland Court of Appeals. Arnold is an active member of both the District of Columbia and Maryland Bar Associations.

Aside from his leadership role at Polinger Company, Arnold dedicates his time to various community engagements. He sits on the Boards of the DCJCC and The Levine School of Music. Previously, he contributed his expertise to organizations such as the Washington Performing Arts Society, The Weizmann Institute, Aish HaTorah, The Federal City Council, and the Jewish National Fund.

During his leisure hours, Arnold indulges in a diverse range of interests, including piano lessons (formerly with Irena Orlov at the Levine School), tennis, skiing, and flying. Arnold enjoys spending time with his wife Diane and their children Julie and Charlie.

Elliot Schnitzer

Elliot Schnitzer

Executive Vice President

Born in Chicago, Illinois, Elliot Schnitzer attended Chicago Public Schools, Northwestern University, and the University of Chicago Law School. After eight years of practicing law in Chicago, Elliot moved to Washington DC to accept a fellowship with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Soon thereafter, he shifted towards a career in business, specifically in real estate development.

Throughout his career, Elliot has been heavily involved in all aspects of commercial real estate, including development and management. In 1983, he joined forces with Arnold Polinger and the Polinger Company, where he has remained for the past 40 years. During that time, they oversaw the development and acquisition of millions of square feet of office space and thousands of residential units.

In addition to his professional endeavors, Elliot has served on the Board of the Bethesda Urban Partnership for six years and on the Boards of numerous philanthropic organizations in the greater Washington area.

John Gordon

John Gordon

President of Polinger Development

John Gordon, who has been with the company since 1985, spearheads Acquisition and Development for Polinger Company through its primary acquisition and development arm, Polinger Development Co., where he serves as the President. John has played a pivotal role in acquiring numerous office and apartment buildings within the greater Washington DC market. Collaborating with institutional investors like State Street Global Advisors, ARES Management, and Principal Real Estate Investors, John has handled core and value-add investments. His expertise in evaluating investment properties and his keen understanding of local markets, have helped solidify Polinger Development Co’s reputation in the DC-Area. In addition, John takes charge of asset management services for the Company’s institutional clientele. John holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from George Washington University and a Master of Arts degree from American University.

Julie Polinger

Julie Polinger

Chief Operating Officer

Julie is the Chief Operating Officer at Polinger Company. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis and a Doctorate of Psychology from George Washington University. Julie joined Polinger Company full-time in 2014, after practicing clinical psychology in a private practice setting. She also worked in the DC Public and Charter school system, providing psychoeducational assessments and psychotherapy.

Since joining Polinger Company, Julie has worked in all aspects of real estate, including property management, commercial leasing, asset management, residential leasing, accounting, and acquisitions; she has also been central to professionalizing and updating software solutions and operational practices for the company. She also helped found Polinger Cares, the company’s group that focuses on philanthropic engagement and employee appreciation and well-being.

In her role as COO, Julie is responsible for overseeing daily operations, and ensuring efficiency and alignment with the company’s vision, values, and goals. Her responsibilities include managing resources, optimizing processes, and leading initiatives to enhance efficiency and productivity across all departments. Moreover, she leads growth initiatives, nurtures partnerships, and places a strong emphasis on providing outstanding experiences for residents, clients, partners and employees.

Julie is involved in the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, and currently co-leads The Network’s Family Business Group, as well as other charitable organizations. She lives in DC with her husband Zach, and their three children. In her free time, she enjoys skiing, traveling, hiking, and spending time with friends and family.

Acquisitions & Development

Rebecca Stallone

Rebecca Stallone

Vice President

Rebecca is an expert in the commercial real estate sector, specializing in the vibrant Washington DC market. Equipped with a bachelor’s degree in finance from American University and years of industry experience, Rebecca has skillfully managed intricate commercial transactions, spanning office, residential, and industrial properties. Her strategic acumen and astute observation of buildings and market dynamics have empowered her to deliver tailored solutions to clients, whether they’re pursuing to lease, purchase or sell assets.

Outside of her professional pursuits, Rebecca finds joy in spending quality time with her husband and their two children, attending their sports events, supporting her community, exploring new destinations through travel, and trying new restaurants.

Human Resources

Tiaudra Taylor

Tiaudra Taylor

VP Human Resources

VP of Human Resources, Tiaudra Taylor, is a seasoned professional recognized for her expertise in revitalizing HR departments. With a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Liberty University, she brings over a decade of experience in HR, specializing in employee relations and organizational development. Motivated by a passion for empowering individuals to reach their full potential, Tiaudra became a Certified Transformational Life Coach in 2016 and a published author in 2020. Through coaching, she has guided many individuals in overcoming challenges and achieving personal and professional growth.

Outside of work, Tiaudra finds solace in hiking adventures, reading, and spending quality time with loved ones.

John Phillips

John Phillips

Director of Human Resources Operations

John Phillips serves as the Director of HR Operations at Polinger Company. He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree from Virginia Polytechnic in Blacksburg, Virginia, before embarking on his career, where he began as an HR/Payroll Assistant.

Throughout his illustrious 25-year career, John Phillips has excelled in managing payroll and benefits. He possesses extensive experience in overseeing in-house payroll systems catering to multiple employers simultaneously, as well as seamlessly executing migrations to cloud based HRIS platforms. His knowledge of complex payroll splits is second to none.

Beyond his role at Polinger Company, John is passionate about traveling, dogs, and avidly supports his favorite sports teams, particularly the Hokies. He boasts an impressive collection of antique sports memorabilia from Virginia Tech.

Finance & Accounting

Brian Danhauser

Brian Danhauser

Chief Financial Officer

Brian Danhauser, the Chief Financial Officer, brings over 40 years of expertise in Accounting and Finance to Polinger Company, with 37 of those years dedicated to the firm. In his role, Brian oversees the Company’s corporate accounting, budgeting, and financial reporting. Additionally, he acts as a crucial liaison to the Company’s auditors and assumes the role of Administrator for the Polinger Company 401k Plan. Brian earned his Bachelor of Arts degree with majors in Accounting and Finance from Augustana College.

Inessa Jacobs

Inessa Jacobs

Senior Vice President

Inessa is an experienced financial management leader with over 25 years of experience in the real estate field. She has expertise in property management best practices, accounting systems integration, and banking innovations, allowing her to effectively streamline and automate accounting processes, and provide exemplary service to clients. She leads a strong and diverse accounting team and takes pride in their accomplishments and growth. Inessa has a BS in Electrical Engineering and a MS in Management and Information Systems from the University of MD. She loves spending time with her family and experiencing different cultures.

Pamela Wright

Pamela Wright

Assistant Vice President

Pamela is the Assistant VP/Controller for the accounting department of the Polinger Company, working closely with the SVP, Inessa Jacobs. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Morgan State University. She has over 37 years’ experience in accounting entirely in the Real Estate industry and is interested in the valuation of commercial and residential properties. She has an extraordinary commitment to the training and development of the project accountants in the accounting department, guiding them to success.

Pamela has worked for many prominent family-owned Real Estate Development Companies, including Akridge, The Donohoe Company, The Mills Corporation, WC & AN Miller Company and her current and favorite, Polinger Company. She has had a successful career, centered on financial analysis, budgeting, and property management accounting.

Pamela is a native Washingtonian and her passion for working with people traces back to the roots of her mother and grandmother. She is truly a people-person, who loves to travel, dance, and spend time with her two adult children and family.

Dawn Watson

Dawn Watson

Director of Corporate & Partner Administration

Dawn joined Polinger Company as an Executive Assistant in 1984 after working at Bank of America, bringing with her extensive experience in banking, finance, and administration. Over the years, she has assumed the role of Partnership Administration, serving as a crucial link between Polinger Company’s managed properties and their investors. In 2012, Dawn added the responsibility of managing insurance for the entire portfolio. In this capacity, she is tasked with procuring insurance coverage and overseeing claims handling for both Polinger Company and the properties under its management.

In her free time, Dawn enjoys volunteering with various organizations, gardening, hiking, kayaking and cross-country skiing.

Property Management

Zubeida Elhindi

Zubeida Elhindi

Senior Vice President Commercial Management

Zubeida Elhindi is an accomplished commercial real estate manager responsible for overseeing a class A office portfolio in the DMV area. With more than 35 years of experience in property management, asset management, and construction management projects for the company’s institutional clients and partners, Zubeida brings a wealth of expertise to her role. She excels in areas such as tenant and client relations, financial statements, and budgeting, earning her considerable respect from her clients.

Since joining Polinger Company in 1987, Zubeida has proven to be an invaluable asset, demonstrating deep commitment and a very strong work ethic. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Engineering from the American University of Beirut.

Petrine Squires

Petrine Squires

Senior Vice President

Petrine Squires has been with Polinger Company since 1999. Originally hired to head the Condominium Division, she remained on as a Regional Manager for both commercial and apartment buildings when the company discontinued condo management.

Ms. Squires’ experience has included positions as General Manager for The Rotunda Condominium in McLean, Virginia (1,168 units), and the Watergate at Landmark Condominium in Alexandria, Virginia (1,460 units). She has also worked as a property manager in rental properties and strip shopping centers. She is an active participant in the local chapter of Community Associations Institute (CAI) and the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM – Chapter 77).

A firm believer in continued education, Ms. Squires holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science degrees in Business Education. In addition, she has completed the requirements for a variety of designations in the property management field, including Certified Property Manager (CPM) and Accredited Resident Manager (ARM), from the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM); Real Property Administrator (RPA) through the Building Owners and Manager’s Institute (BOMI); and the Professional Community Association Manager (PCAM), and Certified Manager of Community Associations (CMAC) from the Community Associations Institute (CAI).

She enjoys spending her spare time at her condo at Virginia Beach and being entertained by her four adult children, fourteen grandchildren, and one great grandchild, and hopefully, more to come!

Jesse Martinez

Jesse Martinez

Vice President

Jesse Martinez, CPM, Vice President -Residential, has worked for Polinger Company in the Residential Division since 2004. During that time, he has been involved in several property acquisitions, due diligence, dispositions, budgeting, on-boarding, capital planning, property inspections, leasing, and management plans, and works directly with asset managers, ownership, and third-party management.

 

Jesse has served as Chair of several industry associations and served as a Director of the IREM West-Central Chapter 92. He gained his CPM in 2018 as an IREM Next-Gen Leader and quickly began to serve on the IYP and Education Committee. In addition, he was an IREM Diversity Scholar in 2019. He has served as the Co-Chair of the PMA PACE Awards committee for four years.

Jesse oversaw the program including budgeting, marketing, orientation, judge training, and event planning for this committee.  Jesse was awarded the President’s Award for Distinguished Service by PMA in 2015. He continued to serve on the committee as a guide for the new co-chairs.

When Jesse isn’t analyzing and planning property performance and working with the site team to implement improvements, he follows his favorite baseball team, the Washington Nationals, and spends quality time with his wife and their three children.

Debra Low

Debra Low

Regional Portfolio Manager

Debbie is a dedicated Regional Property Manager renowned for her unwavering commitment to excellence, outstanding customer service, and adept problem-solving skills. Debbie’s leadership and management abilities have consistently propelled her properties to achieve ORA Elite status year over year.

With over 35 years of experience in the Property Management industry across the Commercial, Residential, and Retail sectors, Debbie has gained a wide knowledge base and developed a meticulous eye for detail.

Debbie is a valued member of the Bethesda/Chevy Chase Chamber of Commerce and actively contributes to fostering robust community relationships. Outside of her professional pursuits, Debbie enjoys spending time with family (especially her grandson), spoiling her cats, gardening, and loves to express her creativity through oil painting.

Shonda Dove

Shonda Dove

Regional Portfolio Manager

Shonda, a Regional Portfolio Manager with Polinger Company, has over 25 years of Property Management experience, spanning a variety of roles. During her career she has gained invaluable experience in project management, developing client relationships, maintaining customer service, and building teams. Her portfolio currently consists of residential mid-rise buildings and industrial business parks. She is professionally driven by delivering exceptional service, team development and being a lifelong learner in all things.

Shonda is a member of IREM and holds an Accredited Residential (ARM) designation; she is currently a CPM candidate. She also actively participates in PMA. Shonda is a devoted mother of three, one son and two daughters. In her spare time away from work, you’ll often find her at sporting events for her children, traveling to visit family or just unwinding with a good Netflix series.

Construction

Chris Modica

Chris Modica

Senior Vice President

With over an extensive 35-year background in the industry, Chris Modica oversees all construction operations at Polinger Company, in his leadership role at Polinger Construction Services, a full-service General Contracting, Electrical, and Plumbing Contractor.  Chris and his highly skilled staff bring a wealth of experience to various commercial, residential, and retail construction projects. Under his guidance, Polinger Construction Services has successfully completed the build-out of over 1 million square feet of commercial and retail office space, as well as the renovation of more than 4000 apartment units throughout the DC metro area.

Chris earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Mount Saint Mary’s University and has been an integral part of Polinger Company since 1988. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time boating.

Chris Sant

Chris Sant

Vice President

Chris Sant joined Polinger Company over two decades ago as an Assistant Project Manager and has steadily climbed the ranks to his current position as Vice President of Polinger Construction Services. He holds a Bachelor of Business Management from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. With over 30 years of experience in the industry, Chris excels in estimating, marketing, management, sales, and operations. He is certified in OSHA 30 and LEED GA and is an active member of the Property Management Association.

In his leisure time, Chris enjoys spending time with his family, and indulging in hobbies like hunting, fishing, and playing golf.

Jeff Stallone

Jeff Stallone

Senior Project Manager

Jeff, a seasoned construction Project Manager with 18 years of experience, brings a wealth of expertise to each project he undertakes. Renowned for his meticulous planning and unwavering commitment to quality, he has effectively managed a wide array of projects, spanning from interior commercial construction to capital improvement projects, for both Polinger Company and third-party clients. Jeff’s collaborative approach cultivates strong relationships with clients, stakeholders, and team members, driving success through efficient communication and adept problem-solving skills.

Marketing

Kimberly Cueva

Kimberly Cueva

Director of Marketing

Kimberly Cueva’s tenure at Polinger Company spans over two decades, marked by her journey through various marketing roles to her current position as Director of Marketing. She earned an Associate Degree in Fine Arts from the Catholic University of America and certification in Digital Marketing from Columbia Business School. In her role, Kimberly oversees all marketing endeavors for the company’s expansive residential portfolio. Her responsibilities extend beyond traditional marketing realms to include personnel development, where she provides guidance and training to a team of over 25 employees.

Under Kimberly’s strategic leadership, Polinger Company has garnered widespread acclaim, earning numerous Excellence in Marketing awards for its impactful initiatives in website development, social media engagement, and corporate outreach. Kimberly’s commitment to excellence has also been recognized through the prestigious President’s Award for Distinguished Service from the Property Management Association (PMA), awarded to her on three occasions. Additionally, Kimberly serves as the head of policies and procedures for the residential teams, where she employs innovative approaches to ensure consistency across on-site operations. Through her multifaceted contributions, Kimberly continues to drive Polinger Company’s Residential Division to new heights of success and distinction within the real estate industry.

Systems & IT

Aminat Oladele

Aminat Oladele

Director of IT and Systems

Driven by a passion for excellence and an insatiable thirst for knowledge, Aminat has emerged as a valuable player within the Polinger organization. With a strong educational background and experience in both IT and property management, she has become highly respected in her work. As Director of the IT Department at Polinger Company, Aminat has played a key role in implementing cutting-edge systems and processes to update the company’s technological capabilities. Beyond her drive to enhance user experience and efficiency, Aminat challenges herself to discover new ways to improve both the company and the community. Her innovative spirit and commitment to progress make her an invaluable leader.

Antoin Thompson

Antoin Thompson

Systems Trainer & Manager

Antoin serves as the Systems and Training Manager at Polinger Company, leveraging his educational background in Computer Science from Fisk University. With a strong foundation in customer service and sales, he has accumulated 8 years of experience in the Property Management field, transitioning from a role in Leasing to his current position.

Beyond his professional achievements, Antoin has been recognized with Community Awards for Leadership and Mentoring Youth in the City of Bladensburg through MNCPPC. He continues to mentor through sports and other activities.

In addition to his commitment to Property Management, Antoin finds joy in spending quality time with his son, playing sports, and taking care of his family.

Engineering

Randal Stites

Randal Stites

Vice President

Randal Stites has been serving as the Vice President of Engineering Services at Polinger Company since 2010, where he oversees the engineering program for both commercial and residential properties. In this capacity, he is responsible for administering the company’s utility purchasing program, which involves contracting for electricity and natural gas. Prior to joining Polinger, Randal served as a Senior Engineering Manager at a global property management company in the Washington DC area for 15 years.

Randal’s professional qualifications include graduation from the IUOE Local #99 engineering training program, as well as obtaining steam and mechanical licenses in Washington DC, Maryland, and NIULPE. Additionally, he holds a LEED AP designation from USGBC and has completed the SMT and SMA designations in the BOMI training program.

Active in professional organizations, Randal has dedicated his time to serving on the board of the National Institute of Power Engineers and their educational foundation for 5 years. He has also served as an instructor in their HVAC, Boiler, and Electrical training programs, as well as in the BOMI electrical program.

Beyond his professional commitments, Randal is deeply committed to community service. Since 2017, he has been serving as President of his community organization, and as of 2024, he is a member of the Anne Arundel County Community Reinvestment and Repair Commission.