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Executive Team

Frank R. Buchanan, CCIM

President, CCIM
Mr. Buchanan has overall responsibility for the firm’s commercial leasing, brokerage and management functions. He has over 25 years experience in real estate development, brokerage, and asset management. Prior to starting MaKensay, Mr. Buchanan was a principal of Colliers Real Estate Services where he was responsible for the brokerage and management of their portfolio, and he negotiated the sale of several major downtown properties. Prior to joining Colliers, he was a Development Manager for Carma Developers a national real estate development company.

Mr. Buchanan earned his B.A. in Business from Colorado College and his M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Washington. Mr. Buchanan is the Designated Broker for MaKensay and has earned the CCIM professional designation. Mr. Buchanan enjoys cutting through inefficient process to achieve his client’s goals.

Gigit Koh

Property Manager
Ms. Koh is responsible for the daily management and coordination of a select group of historic properties. Ms. Koh also provides accounting functions, including bank deposits and accounts receivable functions for the properties that she helps manage. She interfaces directly with tenants, vendors and with our clients and oversees multiple property accounts. Ms. Koh is detail-oriented and stays calm under multiple demands.

Ms. Koh earned a degree in Computer Sciences in Singapore and also speaks both Mandarin Chinese and Teochew. Prior to joining MaKensay, Ms. Koh worked as the office manager and accounts receivable manager for a local frozen food company. Ms. Koh is detail oriented and precise, yet outgoing, resourceful, and thoughtful. Outside from MaKensay, Ms. Koh enjoys scuba diving, and kite surfing.

Cheri L. VanderWel

Chief Financial Officer
Ms. VanderWel is responsible for all financial accounting and reporting and has over 20 years experience in Real Estate accounting. Prior to working with MaKensay Real Estate Services Inc., Ms. VanderWel installed property accounting software and trained students on the Skyline Real Estate Financial Reporting software, which MaKensay uses for its financial and accounting system. She has also worked on a contract basis for other commercial management firms doing financial and accounting reporting. Most recently Ms. VanderWel was the Controller for Synergy Construction, a $100 million dollar construction company.

Cheri is competent in all phases of accounting and finance and her take charge/get it done attitude is contagious. Ms. VanderWel is at her best when working on complex and difficult issues and simplifying them into a clear and simple format. Cheri has a Bachelor of Science degree from Utah State University.

Clara Dodge

Property Manager
Mrs. Dodge is committed to providing professional real estate services to her clients. Throughout her career she taken pride in her vast knowledge of all aspects of property operations. With over 15 years as a Licensed Real Estate Broker, she has managed commercial properties, including office, retail, warehouse and restaurant properties in the Greater Puget Sound Area.  She is dedicated to a proactive approach in achieving and maintaining her owner’s goals for their properties. Her current portfolio of properties are mainly Historical Buildings located in Pioneer Square.

Clara is responsible for all daily operational activities. She performs hands on each aspect from, site inspections, coordination and supervision of property maintenance and repairs, tenant improvements, accounting services, along with experience in lease negotiations and providing superior tenant relations.

She has enjoyed raising her family on a small farm in the outskirts of King County where she likes gardening, riding horses and has a passion for photography.

Seth Carlson

Property Manager
Seth is an experienced commercial property manager with a background in finance and accounting. Seth has managed historical, special use, commercial and residential properties in the Greater Seattle Region and in his role at MaKensay, he manages an exclusive portfolio of commercial assets that includes the Mutual Life Building, a historically significant Pioneer Square building.

Seth graduated from Pacific Lutheran University in 2010 with a B.B.A. and his management approach includes employing technology to deliver timely and efficient building solutions in collaborative project environments. With an advanced understanding of building structures and systems, as well as a focus on client goals, Seth is a crafter of the built environment, obsessed with nurturing tenant spaces and businesses.

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