Ed Zeman, Chairman Zeman Homes and Neighborhoods
Edward C. Zeman became Chairman of Mobile Management Company in 2007. Focusing on strategic issues, he grew the company in exciting new ways. Possessing financial expertise stemming from 25 years of hands-on work within his company, Zeman has grown the organization tenfold. He has enabled the growth of the company, overseeing many changes and challenges. He holds a proven record of accomplishment in the manufactured home community business, overcoming unique obstacles from multiple areas, including residents; local, state and federal government entities; contractors; the media; and competitors.
Zeman graduated from Eastern Illinois University with political science and business degrees in 1988. After completing his bachelor’s, Zeman began his career with Mobile Management Company as the Construction, Maintenance, and Repair Coordinator. He has since worked with several levels of the organization and possesses invaluable experience with numerous real estate entities, a finance company, a home sales company, and more recently, an insurance company, enabling him to provide a unique perspective. Zeman has owned and provided various companies with hands-on management. Ultimately responsible for their success, he has developed a thorough understanding of all issues affecting the bottom line.
A self-described “been there, done that” entrepreneur, Zeman has been moving his company to become a professional management organization, continuing to work closely with associates in the daily management of the organization.
Dee Pizer, Vice-Chairman Zeman Homes and Neighborhoods
Recognized industry-wide as a person of influence, Dee Pizer is renowned for her passion, leadership and steadfast commitment to consistently producing a high level of achievement. Pizer is a recognized industry expert and advisor on industry issues in the Chicagoland area. She is an advocate for the manufactured housing industry at the municipal and state level. As a veteran in the manufactured housing industry, Pizer’s expertise includes finance, operations management, portfolio strategy, new business development, and investment management. Pizer has led the company through one of the most tumultuous markets in the history of the manufactured housing industry. While setting ambitious growth goals during this downturn, she doesn’t think in terms of failure, but rather challenge and opportunity.
Dee recently moved into a new role as the Vice Chairman of the Board. Prior to being Vice Chairman, Dee served as the CEO of Zeman Homes with the responsibility for determining the strategic direction of the company and ensuring that the company’s strategy was implemented through functional steps. In addition to creating the organization’s culture, she identified the company’s greatest strengths for growth and flexibility. Under her direction, these strengths were implemented in day to day operations as she and the staff provided compassion and high-quality care for the communities. Pizer joined the company in 1986 and held various positions within the manufactured housing industry.
She is a currently a contributing member and donor of the Chicago Foundation for Women and an active member of the President’s Forum for Women Executives.
Brian Fannon, Oaks of Rockford Developer
Brian W. Fannon, CPM, is president of Strategic Operational Solutions (SOS) of Novi, MI, a consulting firm specializing in operational and sales issues within manufactured home and recreational vehicle resort land leased communities throughout the United States.
Prior to founding Strategic Operational Solutions, Fannon served first as Chief Operating Officer and then President of Sun Communities, Inc., in Southfield, MI, from May 1994 to July 2008. During that time he guided the company through significant growth, increasing the number of Sun communities from 46 to 136 and from 14,300 to 47,600 sites in 18 states. Sun Communities is currently one of the largest public owners/operators of manufactured home and RV resort communities in the nation. Under Fannon’s leadership, Sun Communities earned the Manufacturing Housing Institute’s “Community Operator of the Year” award in 1997 and 2002, as well as receiving two “Community of the Year” awards.
From June 1978 to May 1994, Fannon was president of Lautrec, Ltd., then the largest private owner/operator of manufactured home communities, managing more than 40 communities and 20,000 homesites.
He served as a member of the Michigan Manufactured Housing Commission at the pleasure of four governors from 1977 to 2007. For 15 of those years, he presided as Chair of the commission. In June 2007, Governor Jennifer Granholm appointed Fannon to the Board of Trustees of Central Michigan University for a term extending through December 2014.
Fannon holds B.S. and MBA degrees from the University of Detroit. He also earned a Certified Property Manager designation from the Institute of Real Estate Management. He is a State of Michigan Real Estate Broker and was inducted into the Manufacturing Housing “Hall of Fame” in 2003.
Jill Kalaher, Sales Manager
Jill brings years of management experience and is excited to be at the Oaks of Rockford! Jill is committed to providing excellent customer service and is looking forward to working with the residents to build an active and thriving neighborhood.
Becka Kruer, General Manager
As a resident of the Rockford area, Becka loves everything the community has to offer. From the quaintness of downtown Rockford to the many surrounding venues.
With an extensive background in the fundamentals of basic accounting and bookkeeping, she is committed to giving the highest level of customer service. Always there to help you with any need you may have at The Oaks of Rockford.
Becka’s background includes the accounting dept. for Universal Forest products and Classic Motoring Accessories of Tampa, FL. Office Mgr. for the Sub-acute Rehabilitation floor at Mary Free Bed Hospital. A joint venture between Mary Free Bed and Trinity Health Senior Communities.
Becka is also currently serving as the Secretary of her Home Owners Association, volunteering at the Kent County Humane Society, raising a wonderful 12 yr old son with her husband, and continuously coming up with new “projects” to improve her home and yard.
Kristen Gravelle, Customer Service Representative
Kristen Gravelle has joined the Oaks of Rockford Staff as Customer Service Representative. Kristen was born and raised in St. Joseph, MI, and moved to the Grand Rapids area in 2000 to attend Grand Valley State University. Over the last 15 years, she has worked Customer Service in the Home, Retail and Fire/Security Alarm Industries. Kristen currently resides in Rockford with her husband, Brett; their son, Owen, who is in the 2nd grade; and their two cats. Outside of work, Kristen enjoys spending time with her family, being outdoors, and expressing her creativity through coloring, painting and photography. Kristen is excited to be a part of the family at Oaks of Rockford and working with residents to ensure their service needs are met.
Millie Finch, Customer Service Representative
Millie has several years of experience as an Administrative Assistant and in Customer Service. She is committed to providing the best services to residents, and future residents to make their experience great. Outside of work, Millie enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She also enjoys camping, hiking, kayaking, and riding bikes.
Paul Proctor, Maintenance Technician
Paul joined the Oaks of Rockford in June, 2016. He has worked in every aspect of multi-family housing and has years of maintenance experience. We are grateful to have his expertise at our community.