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Chris Cooper

General Manager

Chris is an accomplished property development professional with a talent for identifying and acquiring prime investment properties, which he then transforms into exceptional living spaces that enhance the quality of life for residents and the community. He co-founded MBG Property Management in 2006 and is focused on overseeing the daily operations of the company’s properties, ensuring that they provide the highest possible standard of living for their tenants.

With his deep understanding of what makes a great living space, Chris expertly rehabilitates properties to create homes that are not only functional but also aesthetically pleasing, comfortable, and safe. He is committed to providing residents with a superior living experience that goes above and beyond their expectations.

As a result of his dedication and hard work, Chris has successfully promoted the company’s philosophy of “hard work, honesty, work until the work is done, and fix things once & fix them right.” He takes pride in supervising MBG’s properties, corporate staff, and onsite personnel.

Chris is actively involved in recruiting, retaining, and training his team, creating a vision to transform apartment facilities into communities, and executing innovative, long-term solutions within capital improvement budgets. He has an ambitious desire to expand MBG’s portfolio and constantly educates himself on the available acquisition and development opportunities in the industry.

Chris began his career in property maintenance before pursuing formal education. He graduated from Minnesota State University in Mankato in 2003 and has completed a variety of management, maintenance, and Real Estate coursework.

With a deep commitment to MBG’s mission of providing quality, clean, and affordable living options for renters, Chris strives to maintain the company’s mission and understands the importance of quality housing and creating communities. His knack for property development, paired with his dedication to MBG’s values, make him an asset to the team and the industry.

Jackie Busse

Office Manager

Jackie Busse is the Office Manager for MBG Property Management. Jackie brings over 15-years of administrative experience in Office Management, Human Resources, and Accounting. She assists in the development and implementation of company policies and procedures, manages and oversees the administration of HR polies and maintains the corporate accounting.

Jackie’s role as the Officer Manager is versatile and expansive, as she also works with both residents and property owners by providing customer service and answering questions about status updates on larger projects.

Prior to MBG Property Management, Jackie was a Commercial Real Estate Broker Assistant for Minnesota Brokerage Group.

Juanita Pekay

Compliance Manager
(Janken Housing Solutions, Inc.)

Juanita is the owner and president of Janken Housing Solutions, Inc., a company that specializes in Low Income Housing Tax Credit, Project Based Section 8, HOME and Tax Exempt Bond compliance and training.  Juanita assists owners during acquisitions and renovations and reviews tenant files for owners, pre-approves households during lease-ups, approves initial certifications after properties have been acquired, and provides on-site training for site staff.  Juanita is committed to promoting the success of affordable apartment complexes and ensuring affordable housing assets are preserved.

Juanita has been a licensed real estate broker since 2000.  She owns and manages several market rate and affordable apartment buildings which are subject to multiple funding source regulations. Juanita graduated with honors from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio in 1990. Juanita’s expertise in multiple housing areas makes her a valuable asset to MBG Property Management as she contributes to MBG’s mission of providing quality, clean and affordable housing.

Jody Williams

Affordable Portfolio Manager 

Jody joined MBG in 2009 as a site manager. After 10-years of management, leadership, and demonstrating excellent customer service she was promoted to Affordable Portfolio Manager in 2019. Jody’s primary responsibilities include overseeing the operations of 13 housing communities and multiple site staff in the metro area, managing revenue and expenses, maintaining physical property, and building resident relations and retention.

Jody is a natural team-builder, and she excels around building and managing successful teamwork. Jody understands the value of highly collaborative group efforts that will add value through greater productivity and lead to better customer relations. Jody knows when a group works well together, it tends to achieve the best results.

Prior to working for MBG, Jody worked in an upscale retirement community as a Marketing Director and Resident Services Coordinator for 6 years. Jody also worked as a property manager in an Affordable Tax Credit “Seniors Only” property for 10 years. Additionally, Jody did the accounting for a small business for 2 years. Jody’s professional background and knowledge about affordable housing is an asset to MBG.

Jon Jewell

Maintenance Manager

Jon Jewell joined MBG Property Management in December 2012. With 20 years of property maintenance experience, Jon prides himself on maintaining positive resident relations and providing safe, clean, and affordable housing that welcomes residents with various backgrounds and experiences.

Prior to joining the MBG team, Jon worked with developers in Arizona on multi-million-dollar projects from concept to Certificate of Occupancy. He acquired the skills of adhering to strict budgets, meeting deadlines and exceeding project expectations.

Jon offers more than 30 years of trades experience and leadership. From working collaboratively with contracts to offering new innovated ways to improve future maintenance protocols, Jon treats every property as his own, taking pride in his work.

LaVonne Matzke

Portfolio Manager

As a Senior Portfolio Manager at MBG Property Management in Saint Louis Park, Minnesota, LaVonne Matzke brings over 16 years of experience in property management and a reputation for being a top-tier professional in her field.

Her exceptional organizational abilities are on full display as she expertly oversees 15 housing communities, all while managing multiple staff members. LaVonne’s commitment to prioritizing the company’s success and future growth is evident in everything she does.

What LaVonne loves most about her position is the ample opportunities for professional development and being a respected member of a prestigious team. She handles onsite staff concerns, maintenance issues, and tenant problems with ease, making her an invaluable asset to her clients and to the company. Her unwavering dedication to providing extraordinary customer service is truly commendable.

Starting as a Site Manager in 2012, LaVonne’s dedication and competence caught the attention of her superiors, leading to her promotion to her current position in 2023. She takes immense pride in her achievements, such as expanding her commercial real estate portfolio from a single 60-unit property to three properties totaling 125 units.

LaVonne’s interpersonal skills are unparalleled, and she places an abundance of importance on showing consideration toward others and maintaining professional relationships despite the demands of the job. Her interactions with clients and colleagues demonstrate her understanding that everyone has unique experiences that may differ from her own that are just as valid.

Her joy in helping individuals find a home is a source of personal satisfaction, and each successful transaction brings her immense happiness. It’s evident to everyone who knows her that she commits 110% of her energy to her clients.

LaVonne has accumulated a wealth of knowledge and experience, making her a strong and influential force in the Property Management industry.

Matt Perila

Accounting Manager

Matt joined MBG in late November 2020 and is responsible for managing the accounting function including accounts payable & receivable.  He specializes in financial management of the portfolio properties and brings to the function his strong work ethic and trained eye for detail.

Matt’s area of expertise at MBG includes initiating regular financial statements & reports for owners, investors and lenders, and preparing for annual audits and tax returns.

Matt graduated from the University of North Dakota with a Bachelors in Accounting. He offers more than 30 years accounting experience.   Prior to joining MBG, Matt was an Accounting Manager for CBRE with a primary focus on preparing, reviewing and distributing monthly property financial statements.