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Executive Team

Makensay Real Estate Services

Frank R. Buchanan, CCIM

President, CCIM
Mr. Buchanan has overall responsibility for the firms 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
Bio coming soon…


Property Manager
Kristi is responsible for a 15-building portfolio of diverse real estate including the classic and historic Mutual Life Building located at First Ave. and Yesler Way. Kristi is responsible for the overall property functions for this portfolio that includes retail, office and industrial properties all located in the greater Seattle area. Her strengths are dealing with diverse tenancies and managing multiple vendors and contractors. She also enjoys working with a team to contribute to the overall property success.

Prior to joining MaKensay, Kristi has six years Commercial Property Management experience with retail, office, and industrial properties both Downtown Seattle and surrounding Puget Sound Regions. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management, a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science and background in Marketing and Communications.

Away from MaKensay, Kristi enjoys skiing, traveling and being a great Mom.

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