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THE COMPANY MISSION

Our mission is to help property owners maximize the value and performance of their residential rental property by focusing exclusively on real estate property management. We provide clients with personalized and comprehensive service that covers all facets of the rental industry. Our qualified staff focuses, not only on the day-to-day operations, but also on the long-range goals, objectives, and strategies for each individual development.

The highly trained and professional staff is ready to face the challenges of property management and remains responsive to the market. We are uniquely qualified to address changes in legal and legislative requirements, housing inspection issues, public assistance programs, and other issues challenging rental property owners today. Our commitment to the implementation of new technology, continuing education, training, and membership in industry-related professional organizations, results in cost-effective services.

We have a strong commitment to enhancing the benefits of rental property ownership and look forward to establishing a working relationship that ensures the profitability of investment property.

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Company History

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Company History

The Atwood companies had a humble and courageous beginning in the early part of the 20th century and has continued the family tradition of quality service and professionalism in the real estate industry to the people of Southern Minnesota.

After graduating for the University of Minnesota in the early 1930’s, F.C. Atwood founder, moved to Mankato from St. Cloud, Minnesota. In 1934, he founded the F.C. Atwood Land Company and dealt primarily in farm and land sales.

In 1954, Mr. Atwood’s son, Charles Atwood joined the firm and continued the family legacy of Real Estate service. Realizing the need for expanded services, Charles Atwood founded Atwood Realty in 1965 to offer services for residential and commercial real estate needs.

Atwood Land Company continued to operate concentrating on property leasing and management.

Continuing the family tradition, Charles Atwood’s son Tom joined the company as Sales Manager in July 1983, becoming the third generation legacy. In 1984, Tom became a Broker with the firm. Tom took over the management of CENTURY 21 Atwood Realty, Inc. and Atwood Land Company in 1986. Atwood Land Company eventually became Atwood Property Management.

Today, two of Tom Atwood’s sons, Matthew and Michael Atwood, lead Atwood Property Management as fourth generation owners in the family companies.

Growth, diversity, quality customer service and high ethical standards have always been an integral and consistent part of the Atwood companies plan.

Leadership

Leadership

Matthew Atwood

President, Owner

(507) 388-9375

matt@atwoodliving.com

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Matthew Atwood

Matthew, a native of Mankato and 4th generation of the Atwood family to join the real estate companies, is a licensed Realtor® and President of Atwood Property Management. He oversees all new management, and enjoys meeting with property owners to enhance their investments. Matthew also works closely with the Leasing & Management and Maintenance & Facilities departments.

Before joining the company in 2009, Matthew could be seen performing on stages in Minnesota and across the U.S. He attended Minnesota State University – Mankato with a focus in musical theatre and went on to become a professional actor performing at the Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, Old Log Theatre and Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. Matthew also toured extensively across the country with an a cappella group he helped create, Home Free (winners of NBCs “The Sing Off”).

While music and real estate have always held a special place in his heart, Matthew most enjoys spending time with his wife and three children.

Michael Atwood

Broker, Owner

(507) 388-9375

michael@atwoodliving.com

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Michael Atwood

Michael Atwood was born and raised in Mankato in an environment so heavily focused on the real estate industry, it’s practically in his DNA. Through tagging along to property showings, collecting laundry coin, assisting his parents with inspections, compiling paperwork, and eventually leasing, Michael quite literally grew up in the same office that has housed the Atwood Companies since 1977. During his sophomore year of college, Michael became licensed as a real estate salesperson, and worked as a Realtor with Century 21 Atwood Realty for five years. In 2016, Michael completed his Master’s Degree at Minnesota State University – Mankato and transitioned to Atwood Property Management to fill a vacancy in the Broker position.

In his spare time, Michael enjoys music composition, with multiple pieces in print through various publishers. Despite many roles, interests, and hobbies, Michael’s favorite past-time is quality time with his wife, and two dachshunds – Theodore and Eleanor, “The Roosevelt’s.”

Management & Leasing Department

Management & Leasing Department

Kristi Schultz

Regional Manager

(507) 388-9375

kristi@atwoodliving.com

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Kristi Schultz

Kristi, as Regional Manager, oversees the daily operations of the leasing and maintenance departments, as well as assists with portfolio management.

Kristi graduated with a degree in Corrections and Sociology from Minnesota State University- Mankato in 2004. She has over 15 years of customer service experience including owning and operating a local retail business.

When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her children and husband.

Kristoffer Saunders

Leasing Consultant

(507) 469-9265

kristoffer@atwoodliving.com

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Kristoffer Saunders

Before joining Atwood as a Leasing Consultant, Kristoffer worked as Assistant Store Manager of Pier 1 Imports. He is also a private personal trainer.

“I really enjoy composing and performing music. I like to read, cook, workout, and spend time with my family at our cabin in the summer.”

Mystique Deegan

Leasing Consultant

(507) 720-7008

mystique@atwoodliving.com

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Mystique Deegan

When Mystique is not helping prospects find their next home as a Leasing Consultant, she is heavily involved with Merely Players Community Theatre here in Mankato; both on and off the stage.

Before joining the Atwood team, she built up 6+ years in customer service, most recently running events at area hotels.

If she is not working or volunteering with Merely, she can most likely be found curled up on the couch with a good book and her cat/best friend, Alfred Pawsworth.

Liz Rivas

Lease Administrator

(507) 388-9375

liz@atwoodliving.com

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Liz Rivas

Liz is the Lease Administrator at Atwood. In the past, she has worked in Hotel Management and at the School Sisters of Notre Dame.

Liz was born in Ethiopia. Her family moved to the United States as refugees from Sudan in 1994. In her spare time, she dabbles in painting, reading, catching up with friends, her family, and life. She has gained a new-found love for traveling and will maintain pursuing new journeys as they come.

Samantha Kaul

Resident Relations

(507) 388-9375

samantha@atwoodliving.com

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Samantha Kaul

Samantha joins the Atwood team in Resident Relations and comes with more than 15 years of experience in customer service and management.

“I have known I have wanted to be in real estate since I was born and I’m so happy I have been in the industry for the last year and a half.  When I have free time, I love spending time with my 9 year old daughter Brooklyn and my 14 year old son Brayden. I am die hard MN Twins fan and go to as many games as I possibly can.”

Sharon Goodwyn

Customer Service Rep

(507) 388-9375

sharon@atwoodliving.com

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Sharon Goodwyn

Sharon grew up in Michigan.  She recently moved to Mankato from Florida.

She worked the last 17 years at a private school as K4/VPK teacher and then as an Administrative Assistant.

She enjoys spending time with family and travelling.

Sereen Bidwell

Customer Service Rep

(507) 388-9375

sereen@atwoodliving.com

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Sereen Bidwell

Sereen joined the Atwood team as  Customer Service Representative. Previously, she worked as a Toddler Teacher at a daycare and done a variety of jobs ranging from fast food, Certified Nursing Assistant in a nursing home, and ride operator at Valleyfair over a summer.

Sereen loves hanging out with her best friend and 3 children and playing Minecraft together! She also enjoys painting, reading, and visiting family.

Accounting & Financials Department

Accounting & Financials Department

Chris Schmitz

General Accounting

(507) 388-9375

chris@atwoodliving.com

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Chris Schmitz

Chris started her real estate career by working full-time at Midwest Realty and obtaining her real estate license while attending college in Mankato. By the time she graduated with a B.S. Degree in Business Management she had already determined the real estate industry offered the challenge and growth she was looking for to apply her love of numbers and accounting. Over the past 40+ years she has worked for three local firms, including Realty World-Kvasnicka which merged with Century 21 Atwood Realty, Inc. in 1992. Since that merger she has zeroed in on brokerage and property management accounting, residential and commercial closings, and most recently General Ledger and financial report reconciliation.

When Chris is not at work she enjoys world travel, golf, kayaking, biking, quilting, reading, and spending time with family and friends. She has moved frequently during her life, living in three different states and two countries. Her favorite world trips so far have been to Egypt and the Galapagos Islands.

Christine Jensen

Accounts Payable

(507) 388-9375

christine@atwoodliving.com

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Christine Jensen

Originally from Texas, Christine moved to Mankato in 2010 and started working for Atwood in the Fall of 2011.

Christine has worked in the accounting field for over 25 years, mostly in Accounts Payable. She also worked several years in the banking industry.

In her spare time she likes to spend time with her fiancé and playing with their Dobermans Tasha and Jazzmine. She also enjoys reading and crocheting.

Arlene Herzberg

Accounts Payable

(507) 388-9375

arlene@atwoodliving.com

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Arlene Herzberg

Arlene grew up on a family century farm by the Mankato Airport.

A graduate of Minnesota State University – Mankato, she taught for 3 years and then went on to work in the hotel industry in Mankato. She performed multiple job duties including Accounting, Human Resources, Food & Beverage Director and General Manager during her hospitality career.

Arlene joined the Atwood Property Management team in March of 2017. She brings with her a strong knowledge and background in financials.

In her spare time, Arlene enjoys spending time with her husband, two children and 5 grandchildren. A lot of time is spent attending the grandchildren’s events – especially gymnastics.

Valerie Rieff

Accounts Receivable

(507) 388-9375

valerie@atwoodliving.com

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Valerie Rieff

Valerie joined the Atwood Property Management team in October 2015, taking on the position of Accounts Receivable.

Before moving back to Minnesota in 2015, she was working with a diverse cliental in the Gaming Industry out in Las Vegas for 10+ years. She has over 15+ years in customer service and cash handling experience.

When Valerie is not collecting payments, she enjoys spending time with family, and friends.  She loves the outdoors and new adventures with her son.

Maintenance & Facilities Department

Maintenance & Facilities Department

Administration & Marketing Department

Administration & Marketing Department

Laken Fennern

Executive Assistant

(507) 388-9375

laken@atwoodliving.com

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Laken Fennern

Laken Fennern is the Executive Assistant at Atwood Property Management. Her previous experience involves positions within Radio Broadcasting, Event Management as well as Performing on Cruise Ships. “I am thrilled to be working in this position at APM!”

Laken loves to take any opportunity she can to travel and thus far has been to Europe, Japan, BVI, Mexico, and all around the US.

Carrie Reid

HR & Maintenance Dispatch

(507) 388-9375

carrie@atwoodliving.com

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Carrie Reid

Carrie has over 12+ years in Residential Multi-Housing rental markets.  Carrie is challenged with multi-taking multiple job roles within Atwood.  Currently she is overseeing maintenance dispatch, ensuring all service calls are handled in a timely fashion.  Receiving/processing accounts payable for all maintenance vendors.  Carrie communicates with vendors and owners to orchestrate maintenance needs.  She is knowledgeable in tenant/landlord law and fair housing laws.

Carrie is a graduate of the University of Nebraska with a major in Education and Accounting.  She is a Certified Occupancy Specialist with HUD regulations.  Carrie enjoys spending time with her family and enjoying lake life.  She is a Green Bay Packers fan (but we don’t hold that against her).

Bette Schweim

Receptionist

(507) 388-9375

bette@atwoodliving.com

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Bette Schweim

Bette has been a resident of Mankato for 54 years and has resided in the North End Tourtellotte neighborhood for over 50 years.

She worked as production manager of a manufacturing plant for 25 years and then spent 7 years as receptionist and showing coordinator for a local Real Estate Company.

She has been a receptionist with Atwood Property Management since April of 2016 and loves interacting with Atwood’s diverse customers and clientele.

Bette has 3 children and 5 grandchildren and loves cooking, entertaining, playing cards with life long friends and reading which interferes with cleaning and yard work which she could easily live without.

Christopher Rife

Marketing Coordinator

(507) 388-9375

marketing@atwoodliving.com

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Christopher Rife

Christopher is the Marketing Coordinator for Atwood. The majority of his job is creating marketing campaigns for various properties to increase occupancy and ensuring that all property information is accurate across all websites.

Christopher grew up in the Mankato area and obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Minnesota State University, Mankato in 2015. He returns to Mankato with marketing experience from a real estate group in the Twin Cities area.

When he is not working, Christopher loves to spend time with his Corgi, playing video games, and making long-lasting memories with friends.