Founders and Principals

Chris is a Founder and Chief Executive Officer of ARK Leadership, Consultant and Motivational Speaker. He was a founding partner and principal of Pegasus Residential based in Atlanta, Georgia, which grew into a multimillion dollar company, operating in ten states. Today, Chris is the lead Asset Manager for ARK’s multifamily real estate holdings and continues to consult in general business and motivate others to success.

Thomas is a Founder of ARK Leadership and serves as its VP, Operations and lead for the Human Resources Support and Financial Analysis programs to ARK’s clients. He has is also a founder of both Opinly, the diversity and inclusion platform for SMBs and Gayborhood, the #1 trusted network of gay-friendly businesses. He holds his SPHR certification from HRCI.




Marci Alt is one of the Partners and Chief Executive Officer of Carma Productions, Inc. In 1989, Marci relocated to Atlanta, shortly after her move, she realized the need for a resource directory to ensure members of the LGBT community are treated with the same respect as everyone else and The Gay Community Yellow Pages was born. In 2008, Marci and her business partner founded Carma Productions.


Toni Blake is a popular international speaker, consultant, author and comedienne inspiring thousands of multifamily apartment industry professionals every year. With over 30 years of training experience, her “laugh while you learn” approach has made Toni one of the most sought-after experts in her field.


Jeff is the principal and founder of Total Concept Interiors, a native New Yorker and third generation designer, Jeff grew up immersed in design. A Summa Cum Laude design graduate, Jeff expanded and sharpened his design and architectural education by attending Pratt Institute School of Architecture in New York and American College for the Applied Arts in London and Atlanta.


David is the President and CEO of Simply Speaking Inc. and combines his experience as a top salesperson, corporate executive and trainer, entrepreneur, and professional speaker to provide ARK clients with a rare combination of real-world experience, award-winning coaching and presentation strategies to increase the bottom-line.

Ellen Parisi, CPM – Principal

Ellen is the Principal and Founder of Parisi Management Group (PMG) headquartered in East Longmeadow, Ma. She has over 30 years of business management experience and holds her CPM designation from the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM).


JOHN RUSSO is Principal and President of Broadband Consulting Group (BBCG) offering expert management skills in Negotiations, Operations and Mergers &Acquisitions of cable television, high speed Internet, and telephone contracts in apartments, condominiums, and private home subdivisions throughout the United States.


Hayward McEver is a Partner with McEver & Tribble Insurance and focuses on multifamily property and liability insurance throughout the country. McEver and Tribble, a privately held independent insurance agency, has been in business over 40 years.


Cynthia Samuels is a Certified Executive and Business Coach. She is the founding member and Head Coach of Inspired Business Services LLC and Inspired Multifamily Services. Cynthia founded Inspired Multifamily Services, LLC in 2011 to launch her new professional firm that focused on the multifamily industry.

Natalie Teuton

Natalie Teuton is a Certified Executive and Business Coach. Natalie joined Inspired Business Services LLC in January 2012 to partner with Cynthia Samuels. Inspired Business Services LLC was established in 2012 to facilitate business development outside of the multifamily business sector.


Sean Sinkule, Managing Director and Cofounder of Paladin Alliance LLC, has more than 15 years’ experience in utility billing analysis services, including detection and recovery of historical billing discrepancies. Sean has proudly represented over 600 clients, including several Fortune 500 companies, and worked in conjunction with Utility providers in 26 states.


Jan Stepp is a native of Atlanta and is the President and owner of her company, Pizazzz Promotions, Inc.Pizazzz is a promotional item and advertising specialty company providing clients with creative marketing solutions using promotional items and printing to achieve their marketing goals. For over eighteen years they pride themselves on personal service, creative ideas, competitive pricing and quick, on-time delivery.


Drew is principal and founder of Drew Sisselman Image Consulting. He brings a broad base of experience, background and training in design, linguistics, education, performance and coaching.