Who We Are
Strengthening communities through exceptional development
The Domain Companies is one of the nation’s leading real estate development and investment companies specializing in sustainable, mixed-use development. Since our founding in 2004, Domain has been involved in over $1 billion of impactful, mixed-use real estate across 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 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 businesses, 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.
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 creating exceptional properties. It is about how these efforts support local businesses and nonprofits; improve the lives of our residents, partners, and neighbors; and strengthen the greater community.
To achieve this, we have developed a multi-tiered approach to engage communities and maximize our impact. This strategy is designed to achieve measurable outcomes and long-lasting value. Read on to learn more about our efforts and the organizations and initiatives we are proud to support.
Supporting local nonprofits w/ donations, volunteerism, & advocacy.
Facilitating & promoting volunteer opportunities for our team.
Providing important services & opportunities to residents in-need.
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, as Chair Emeritus of Liberty's Kitchen, and on the boards of Greater New Orleans, Inc., The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, The Arts Council of New Orleans, The Idea Village, and Tulane Hillel.
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 Compliance and Risk Manager, she was the Property Manager for Markham Gardens for several years. Esther holds a Certification as a Registered Apartment Manager.
Jami is leading the charge in Domain's efforts to create an inclusive and innovative culture. She is responsible for developing the HR strategies, processes and programs that align the company's business objectives with its core values. Key responsibilities include culture and engagement, talent strategy and succession planning, organizational design, leadership development, total rewards, and HR compliance. Jami joins Domain with over 12 years of HR experience in the staffing, travel/tourism, and retail industries. Most recently, she supported enterprise-wide HR for Macy’s Corporate as a Human Resources Director. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Michigan State 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.
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.
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.
Chris is responsible for strengthening the technical foundation and guiding coworker training and communications at Domain Companies. Chris is also responsible for securing the digital operations and helping Domain to envision its technical future and making that future real for coworkers, members, and residents.
Before joining Domain, Chris worked as Vice President of Technology at Kaplow Communications – a mid-size PR and Marketing agency based in New York City. At Kaplow, Chris set the technical strategy for the organization, led technical training and engineered documentation and resource allocation systems. Over his career in technology, Chris has worked with many different sized and shaped clients from Fortune-500 retail brands to Architecture and Law firms.
Chris received his Bachelor and Master of Science from Colorado State University and hold many technical certificates in Compliance, Microsoft, AWS and Security.
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.
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.
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.
Darren is responsible for the oversight of development construction activities. His primary responsibilities include construction budget management, contractor and consultant oversight, schedule management, quality control oversight, and coordinating the delivery of assets with the development managers. Prior to joining Domain, Darren spent 30 years in the construction industry as a general contractor, subcontractor, and construction manager. Most recently Darren worked for Vanir Construction Management as the Southeast Area Manager, where he led a team of construction managers in providing owner’s representation to a variety of local and regional clients. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Construction Science from the University of Oklahoma and is a Certified Construction Manager by the Construction Management Association of America and a Designated Design-Build Professional from the Design-Build Institute of America.
Tiphani serves as the Administrative Project Coordinator in Domain’s New York office. Our NY team relies on Tiphani to support our Corporate office in the areas of office management, administrative assistance, and employee engagement. Prior to Domain, Tiphani worked as an Administrative Assistant / Operations Assistant for NYC Catholic and Charter schools. Tiphani received an Associate's degree in Childhood Education.
Tim is responsible for preparing and reviewing financial information for Domain’s New York and Louisiana portfolios. His duties include recording financial transactions for properties; compiling monthly, quarterly, and annual financial reports for management, lenders, and investors; supporting onsite Property Managers in transactional reporting; and coordinating commercial real estate financial obligations. Prior to joining Domain, Tim was an associate at BDO working on audits of public and private real estate clients. Tim holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accountancy from Villanova University.
Scott coordinates and aides operations across multiple departments both in the corporate office and at site-level. He provides day-to-day, portfolio-wide operational support and oversight for management programs, as well as analysis and implementation for new product development. Scott holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters of Sustainable Real Estate Development from Tulane University, and serves on the board of the Committee for a Better New Orleans.
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.
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.
Working directly with the CFO, Ben is responsible for forecasting corporate and property level cash flows, budgeting, financial planning and analysis, modeling, valuation, and other ad-hoc financial analysis.
Ben joins Domain with over 8 years of experience in the real estate industry. Prior to joining Domain, Ben worked at KPMG US, LLP and RSM US, LLP in Transaction Advisory Services (“TAS”) providing buy-side and sell-side Financial Due Diligence (“FDD”), as well as other M&A advisory services, to some of the largest strategic and private equity real estate companies across a variety of asset classes. Prior to his work in TAS Ben provided audit and attestation services for real estate clients at Marks Paneth and BDO. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance from the University at Buffalo and is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of New York.
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.
Jeimy works with the Domain LA Team as the Administrative Project Coordinator. Jeimy supports all of the departments in Louisiana, as well as helping to coordinate our development group’s busy travel and meeting schedules. Prior to joining Domain, Jeimy worked in travel and hospitality, and as a Project Coordinator at The Creative Alliance of New Orleans, where her love of giving back to the community was effectively utilized and steadily grew. She received her Bachelor of Arts from UNO.
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.
Elizabeth is an Accounts Receivable Coordinator on the accounting team in New York. Elizabeth is responsible for posting resident’s ledger transactions, processing, and recording intercompany payments. In addition, Elizabeth reviews resident move-out packages, post-deposit accounting, move-in audits procedures, and security deposit allocations. Prior to joining Domain, Elizabeth was an Accounts Receivable Specialist at Manhattan Valley Management Company for three years. She is currently pursuing an accounting degree at New York City Technical College.
Caitlin is the People & Culture Manager 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.
Gary works directly under the New York Regional Manager and occasionally the Executive Vice President to support and implement property level initiatives with a focus on improving the operating income and operating efficiencies of the portfolio. Gary has over five years of experience in real estate, having worked in construction project management as well as office facilities management at NVS and as a property manager for two New York City real estate portfolios. He graduated from Baruch College - Zicklin School of Business with a Bachelor of Business Administration in finance and has a post-graduate certificate in construction management from Baruch College.
Deyonna is an Associate in the Compliance and Risk Management department. She assists the Director of Compliance and Risk by assuring that all residential leases are correct and in accordance to state governing laws. In addition, Deyonna safeguards the properties by ensuring all vendors are fully vetted prior to completing all mandatory projects and events. Deyonna has over three years in the real estate and property management industry, from working onsite as a leasing specialist to managing over 30 properties leases, repairs, and maintenance needs. She earned her Bachelors degree from Howard University and is a licensed realtor in two states. Her goal is to make all residents feel happy and safe within their homes.
Katherine supports the accounting team as the Administrative Assistant in our New York corporate office. From accounting administration to development payables, Katherine supports various activities for accounts payables, accounts receivables, corporate accounting and development accounting. Prior to joining Domain, Katherine worked in leasing for a real estate company. Katherine holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations from Seton Hall University and an Associates in Psychology.
Kevin works with the rest of Domain’s accounting team, property staff, and external vendors to ensure that department obligations are being satisfied in a timely and efficient manner. His duties include the processing of payables, responding to payment inquiries from external vendors, assisting property staff with various requests, and other tasks. Before Domain, Kevin worked as a customer service representative at his local Shop Rite store. His experience within this previous role has helped him develop his communication skills, and this has been demonstrated in his ability to collaborate both internally within Domain and externally with various vendors. Kevin was awarded an M.B.A. in Business Analytics from Binghamton University, and previously had graduated from Saint Joseph’s University with a degree in finance.
Liesbeth 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. She has years of experience in the fields of brand management, sales, online advertising, marketing, and executive support. Liesbeth holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and a minor in Spanish from Tulane University.
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.
Jared Watson supports Domain’s real estate development process. Jared is responsible for current developments related to architecture, design and operations. Jared is a motivated problem solver with broad knowledge of architectural design, interiors, code requirements and permitting. He is a licensed architect and LEED professional. Jared joined The Domain Companies after working as a Project Architect for Gensler in New York City and Perkins+Will in Chicago. Jared earned both Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Architecture from Tulane University.
Chandra is the People & Culture Manager supporting our New York corporate office and properties. From payroll administration to leadership coaching and recruitment, Chandra is a partner and coach to her business leaders. Her passion for employee engagement shapes our team member experience from day one to year 15 and beyond. Prior to joining Domain, Chandra worked at Macy’s Corporate as an HR Business Partner supporting their Marketing group. Chandra holds a B.A Degree from State University Of New York Old Westbury.