Who We Are
Strengthening communities through exceptional development
The Domain Companies is one of the nation’s leading development and real estate investment company specializing in sustainable mixed-use development. Since founding our company in 2004, we have been involved in the development of over $1 billion in impactful mixed-use real estate involving a diverse range of product types and markets. The unique skills and experience of our people and the driven, entrepreneurial, spirit of our organization have allowed us to develop innovative solutions for the most challenging projects, creating properties that stand apart through innovative design and extraordinary management. The result is the creation of more than exceptional properties – it is the evolution and enhancement of the communities in which we build.
From master planning to architectural and interior design, Domain is committed to achieving award-winning excellence with every project we undertake. Working closely with stakeholders at every level, we strive to create developments that enact positive and lasting social, economic, and physical change. In each community, we employ a sustained engagement effort to enhance the lives of our residents, support local business, and fulfill our responsibility to our communities and the environment. Our long-term investment approach is at the core of Domain’s mission to create true community value and ensure that our projects lay the foundation for future progress. We are a real estate investment company after all.
Excellence. Innovation. Experience. Community. Domain.
Improving Lives & Livelihoods
Giving back to the communities in which we build stands at the heart of our culture. At Domain, we believe that development is about more than just designing and building exceptional properties. It is about how these efforts strengthen the greater community, and our ability to improve neighborhoods and the lives of those within them.
To achieve this, we have developed a multi-tiered approach to engage entire communities and maximize our impact. Our strategy is designed to achieve measurable outcomes that advance the life trajectories of affordable housing residents; strengthen workforce development; create opportunities for young people through educational and youth development programs; promote healthy living by expanding access to nutritious, affordable food and recreation, fitness, and wellness programs; and provide unique cultural enrichment experiences.
Providing important services to residents in need.
Facilitating and promoting volunteer opportunities.
Encouraging non-profit support among residents and employees.
Matt co-founded The Domain Companies with Chris Papamichael in 2004. Matt and Chris oversee the company’s development activities and are responsible for the overall management and oversight of company operations. Over the past 15 years, Matt has been involved in over $2 billion of development and capitalizations in virtually every sector of the real estate industry. Prior to launching Domain, Matt was a Senior Vice President of Related Capital, then the largest multifamily owner and financial services provider in the country. While at Related, Matt was responsible for the acquisition and development of multifamily properties throughout the United States.
Matt holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the A. B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University. He actively supports a variety of advisory and non-profit organizations, including serving as a member of the Business School Council at the A.B. Freeman School of Business, the board of Greater New Orleans, Inc., The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, The Arts Council of New Orleans, Tulane Hillel and as Chairman of the Board of Liberty’s Kitchen, a non-profit social enterprise that provides young people in New Orleans with the workforce and life skills training necessary to become employed and self-sufficient.
Chris co-founded The Domain Companies with Matt Schwartz in 2004. Matt and Chris oversee the company’s development activities and are responsible for the overall management and oversight of company operations. Chris has extensive experience in the identification of acquisition and development opportunities in diverse markets and real estate sectors, as well as the design, construction, and management of unique and high-quality assets.
Prior to launching Domain, Chris held positions at some of the country’s largest and most respected real estate investment and development firms, including W&M Properties, one of the country’s most successful real estate investors and owners; Crescent Heights, one of the country’s largest luxury condominium developers; and Aris Investment & Management, a New York City multifamily specialist where he was responsible for all investment and development activities. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Tulane University, with a concentration in Finance and Management.
Aaron is responsible for the oversight of Domain’s property and portfolio management platforms. Since joining Domain, Aaron has played an active role in all aspects of the development and management process. Aaron has been responsible for positioning Domain as an industry leader in the quality of its management program, utilization of new technologies and comprehensive training programs. He is also actively involved in strategic planning and development of business operations for Domain.
Prior to joining Domain, Aaron was an Assistant Vice President of Centerline Capital (formerly Related Capital), then the largest multifamily financial services provider and owner of multifamily properties in the country. There he was responsible for originating, structuring and closing multifamily acquisitions throughout the country. Aaron holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania with a minor in Economics and a Master of Arts from Columbia University.
Vincent is responsible for the oversight of Domain's accounting, treasury, risk management, human resources functions, and for the implementation and oversight of internal controls for Domain's properties. Vincent's expertise has enabled Domain to maintain and expand its position as an industry leader in the utilization of creative financial tools to execute complex development transactions. He is also actively involved in strategic planning and development of business operations for Domain.
Prior to joining Domain, Vincent was CFO of Metro Loft Management LLC, a specialist in conversions of large Downtown New York City historic structures with a portfolio of nearly $1 billion of mixed-use assets. Prior to Metro Loft Management LLC, Vincent accumulated over eight years of public accounting experience with a strict focus on real estate and complex development incentive programs and partnership structures. Vincent holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting from Mount Saint Mary’s College in Maryland.
Esther is responsible for the day to day operations relating to compliance and risk management. She reviews files to assure compliance with all state agencies, leases and lease renewals for accuracy, and drafts contracts and hold harmless agreements. Additionally, she offers support to the Regional Managers of both regions and works closely with the Executive Vice President on special projects. Prior to becoming the Management Associate, she was the property manager for Markham Gardens for several years. Esther holds a Certification as a Registered Apartment Manager.
Rachael is responsible for the planning and execution of all resident events and enrichment services for the Louisiana portfolio. She works closely with property staff to coordinate events, speaker series and workshops, and internal marketing strategies that foster a strong sense of community. Rachael has years of experience in the fields of special events and philanthropy. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Tulane University and her MBA from Louisiana State University.
Scott is responsible for coordinating and aiding operations across multiple departments, including management, marketing, and Domain's training and technology initiatives. He provides day-to-day oversight for corporate management programs and brand platforms in addition to supporting community engagement, property staff, and sales and leasing strategies. Prior to joining Domain, he worked for Moxie Media, a full-service media design and production company. Scott holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters of Sustainable Real Estate Development from Tulane University.
Christian is responsible for performing functions as they relate to Domain's real estate development and construction processes, working in multiple capacities to support all projects from the pre-development phase through stabilization. His primary duties include project analysis and due diligence, retail leasing and construction coordination, and advising the management and marketing departments on special projects. Christian has spent close to ten years in the real estate development field as both an employee at respected development firms and as an independent consultant. Christian holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a Masters of Sustainable Real Estate Development from Tulane University.
Gregory supports Domain’s new development activities. His primary responsibilities include the sourcing, structuring, closing, development and asset monitoring of the company’s real estate development and investment portfolio. Prior to Domain, Gregory was responsible for the strategic growth and investment initiatives of The Peebles Corporation. During his tenure, he secured the development rights to over 6 million square feet of high profile and large-scale developments in markets such as New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Miami and Charlotte, totaling $3 billion in development costs. For eight years, Gregory was an Adjunct Assistant Professor at New York University's Schack Institute of Real Estate teaching graduate-level finance courses. Gregory earned an MS in Real Estate Finance & Investment from New York University and a BA in Business Administration in Accounting from Hofstra University.
Sean provides administrative support as well as manages the day to day operations in the New York corporate office. While working closely with the Management Associate, he ensures that documents relating to risk management, building registrations, and lease renewals are accurate and adhere to state protocols. Sean is also responsible for special projects. Prior to Domain, Sean worked for Federation Employment & Guidance Service, a nonprofit health and human services organization as a Records Analyst Supervisor for eight years. Sean is pursuing an undergraduate certification in Network Technology from Capella University.
Ellie works with Domain’s real estate development team to support projects through all stages of the development process. Her primary duties include project analysis, financial modeling, due diligence, and project management. Prior to Domain, Ellie attended Tulane’s A.B. Freeman School of Business, where she was recognized with the Tulane Association of Business Award, selected as a Freeman 50 Member, and served as President of the Tulane Women in Business Club. Ellie is an Advocacy Committee Member for Millennial Spirits and helps fundraising events for various charitable initiatives in New Orleans. Ellie holds a BA in Human Organizational Development from Vanderbilt University and an MBA with a Finance concentration from Tulane University.
Denise is responsible for supervising the development and property accounting functions for The Domain Companies. Denise establishes sound books and records for each project from acquisition, pre-development and construction through stabilization and ongoing operations. Denise provides introductory and ongoing accounting training for each property management staff member within the Domain portfolio. She is also responsible for treasury management oversight, enabling Domain to continually operate at maximum efficiency. Prior to joining Domain, Denise was a Property Accountant at The Related Companies. Denise holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Broward College in Florida.
Chloe works with Domain’s Marketing Director to assist in the execution of Domain’s marketing efforts at the corporate and property level. Her duties include supporting content creation and overall communications efforts, overseeing social media strategy, advancing public relations outreach, and assisting with new lease-up and stabilized property marketing. Prior to Domain, Chloe worked in the communications departments at global fashion companies such as Opening Ceremony and KREWE. Chloe holds a degree in Advertising and Marketing Communications from the Fashion Institute of Technology.
Carlos is responsible for overseeing Domain’s property maintenance and facilities operations to ensure the highest quality condition and appearance of all properties. His primary duties include communicating with property managers, technicians, and porters on all maintenance-related issues; managing budget considerations and employee performance; coordinating with vendors and contractors; and overseeing the logistics of off-hours and emergency maintenance needs. Prior to joining Domain, Carlos worked with 1st Lake Properties in Metairie, Louisiana where he was the Maintenance Auditor for over 80 locations. Carlos holds a Degree in Computer and Electronics Engineering Technology, and licenses in both electrical and mechanical contracting.
Darik is responsible for property management oversight of Domain’s Louisiana portfolio, including day-to-day management of on-site staff to ensure the most efficient delivery of customer service. He oversees the creation of, and adherence to, operating budgets; completion of operating reports; leasing operations; performance maximization; and operating efficiency improvements. Darik also spearheads the professional development of Domain’s Louisiana-based property managers and support staff, while working to maintain a culture of excellence. Prior to joining Domain, Darik worked in the corporate multi-family management environment on both the east and west coast, as well as an Independent Property Management Consultant. Darik brings over 20 years of Real Estate Industry experience to Domain, and is a Certified Property Management Candidate and Licensed Real Estate Broker.
Michael assists in the management and execution of Domain's development efforts. He oversees current and past developments specific to architecture, design, and operations. He holds his architectural license and previously worked for Eskew+Dumez+Ripple as the project architect for Ace Hotel New Orleans. Michael holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the Pratt Institute and a Masters in Integrated Design and Construction from Auburn University.
Mary is responsible for the development, management and execution of Domain’s community engagement efforts in New York and Louisiana. She oversees the employee and resident MyCommunity programs, establishing and managing Domain’s nonprofit partnerships and creating programming that promotes an environment of engagement and volunteerism. Mary also supports resident services programming at the property level by developing channels to connect residents with unique, enriching programs and experiences. Prior to joining Domain, Mary worked in the public sector in education and nonprofit administration. Mary supports many local nonprofits and serves on the board of Odyssey House Louisiana and as an officer on the board of The Roots of Music. Mary holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts Degree from The University of New Orleans.
Megan is responsible for the management and execution of Domain's marketing efforts at both the corporate and property level. She oversees new branding and website initiatives; social media strategy; public relations and advertising management; new lease-up and stabilized property marketing; event promotion; and overall communication efforts. Prior to joining Domain, Megan worked with OpenView Venture Partners in Boston, where she supported the venture capital and startup consulting firm's marketing efforts. Megan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Writing from Emerson College.
As Community Director of The Shop at the Contemporary Arts Center, Pam manages New Orleans’ most comprehensive co-working space and entrepreneurial community. She is responsible for cultivating community relationships; developing partnerships with leading organizations in business, arts, and non-profit sectors; planning strategic programming; and developing operating platforms, lease agreements, pricing, member benefits, and amenities. Prior to joining Domain, Pam served as an economic developer for GNO, Inc. and led the Office of Alumni Affairs at the University of New Orleans. Pam holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Tulane University.
Angela is responsible for supporting all aspects of Domain's Human Resources Department. Angela provides administrative support for HR functions which includes implementing HR services, policies, and programs; managing recruiting efforts for positions; and managing employee orientation and onboarding efforts. She is also responsible for the company’s benefits package and manages the employee self-evaluation, performance reviews, and improvement processes. Prior to joining Domain, Angela worked with HAKS in NYC, where she supported their HR Department as well. Angela holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Human Resource Management from Baruch College – Zicklin School of Business.
Caitlin is the HR Business Partner supporting our Louisiana corporate office and properties. From recruitment to culture building, Caitlin helps shape our strategy by making sure our employee experience lives up to our core values. Caitlin is a partner and coach to her business leaders in the areas of talent strategy, leadership development, and employee relations. Prior to joining Domain, Caitlin worked at OxyChem as an HR Specialist. Caitlin supported her business partners in the areas of employee relations, employee events, training, and staffing. Caitlin holds of a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from Louisiana State University and an MBA from Loyola University of New Orleans.
Genevieve is responsible for the management and execution of Domain’s training and technology efforts. She creates, contributes and implements policies and procedures and instructional documents while participating in technology-related initiatives such as resident management software upgrades and set-up and maintenance of learning management systems. Genevieve brings a wide array of knowledge to Domain. She is National Apartment Leasing Professional (NALP)-certified and a Housing Credit Certified Professional (HCCP), and has been in the multi-family industry since 2003 holding many roles at both corporate and property levels.
Brittany is the Administrative Coordinator in our New Orleans Corporate office. Brittany primarily supports our two CEOs Matt Schwartz and Chris Papamichael while also managing the corporate office. From day-to-day operations to administrative support across multiple departments, Brittany ensures that the office is running smoothly. Prior to joining the Domain team, Brittany was an Executive Assistant to the owners of Deumite Construction in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Brittany holds a degree in Information Systems & Decision Sciences from Louisiana State University.
Gabriel is responsible for property management oversight of Domain’s New York portfolio. He oversees the creation of, and adherence to, operating budgets; completion of operating reports; leasing operations; performance maximization; and operating efficiency improvements. Gabriel spearheads the professional development of Domain’s New York-based property managers and support staff, while working to maintain a culture of excellence and exceptional customer service. After ten years in the real estate industry, Gabriel brings a wide array of knowledge to Domain. Gabriel is a Certified Property Manager®, NYS Licensed Real Estate Broker, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the City University of New York - City College.
Melissa is responsible for supporting the development and corporate accounting functions for The Domain Companies. Her duties include Intercompany reconciliation, processing Corporate AMEX reports, reviewing and recording journal entries for entities company-wide, assisting with monthly closing processes, and performing payroll accounting functions. While working closely with the Development Accounting Manager, Melissa is also involved with construction accounting functions for all projects from pre-development through stabilization. Prior to joining Domain, Melissa worked with the Right Of Way/Site Acquisition team at The Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery, post Hurricane Sandy. Melissa holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from St. John’s University – Peter J. Tobin College of Business.
Shelida is responsible for managing and processing all Accounts Receivable at Domain’s corporate offices. Her duties include reviewing and posting resident ledger transactions, reviewing resident move-in packages, processing security deposit refunds, performing move-in audit procedures, and creating and implementing accounts receivables policies and procedures. Shelida’s experience prior to Domain includes stints at the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, the United Nations, and as an Accounts Receivable Specialist with the Pension Boards-United Church of Christ. Shelida holds a Degree in Applied Science in Business Accounting from Hudson Valley Community College.
Calli is responsible for property accounting oversight of Domain's New York and Louisiana portfolios. Her duties include financial reporting; auditor & investor correspondence; training corporate accounting staff; and supervision of accounts receivable and accounts payable functions. Since joining Domain, Calli has been actively involved in drafting and executing policies and procedures to support Domain as it grows, exemplifying Domain's core values among staff. Calli holds a Bachelor of Science in International Business from The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and a Master of Science in Public Accounting from Pace University.