Brenda Brydges, President
Ms. Brenda Brydges has acquired a Property Management Certificate and Real Estate Licence from the University of British Columbia.
Brenda's property management experience, gained over the last 30 years, includes prior positions as General Manager and Executive Director of Operations for national property management companies.
In 1990, Brenda left Manitoba to study at the University of British Columbia. British Columbia had become the leader in condominium management in Canada, so Brenda knew that she would have to study in British Columbia in order to gain the experience and knowledge necessary to operate a successful condominium property management business.
While in Vancouver, British Columbia, Brenda worked with condominium corporations ranging in size from 800 unit 30 story high-rises to 30 unit bungalows. The majority of condominium building envelopes were experiencing substantial damage due to water leakage and Brenda gained valuable experience with products and procedures that have proven successful the eliminating water seepage and related issues.
Brenda returned to Winnipeg in 1996 and has operated her own condominium property management company since then. Brenda is actively involved with the Manitoba Chapter of Canadian Condominium Institute and she service on the Board of Directors. Brenda is also a member of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce.
Brenda is highly organized and possesses strong communication skills. In order to be the best, Brenda believes that you must specialize in one type of management. Your home and investment will be enhanced through her expertise in condominium management.
Mary-Lynne (Mel) Braun, Chief Executive Officer
Mel Braun joined our firm as Property Manager in 1998 and assumed responsibilities for accounting and operations in early 2005. She brings to our team strong organizational and communication skills, along with expertise in Property Management and a genuine appreciation for condominium living.
Mel has an extensive entrepreneurial background spanning more than 20 years in real estate and residential property management. As an owner and broker, Mel managed 3 real estate offices and a large property management portfolio.
Mel’s expertise in accounting and development of appropriate policies for varied business demands ensures that your investment receives the conscientious management uniquely suited to your property.
One of Mel’s many skills lies in the area of education and training. She has instructed many training seminars for various groups that include Condominium Owners, Boards of Directors and Co-operatives. She has an outstanding ability to communicate concisely and clearly. Mel has produced in-depth information binders and other handouts for seminars. BRYDGES PROPERTY MANAGEMENT always receives positive comments on the usefulness and value of these handouts.
Mel has owned and lived in condominiums for more than 10 years, and highly recommends the condominium lifestyle to others.
Carl Soholt, Financial Controller
Carl Soholt joined our firm as Financial Controller in early 2012. Carl is a Chartered Accountant with over twenty years experience in controllership.
Carl obtained his Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from Lakehead University in Thunder Bay. He articled with a local accounting firm and after obtaining his C.A. designation proceeded into the private sector.
Carl served as Controller for such diverse entities as a credit union, a softwood lumber producer, a manufacturer of steel doors and a non-profit organization. He also spent several years as Controller for a commercial/residential property management firm.
For several years, Carl stayed current in his knowledge of financial reporting requirements, accounting principles, tax laws and audit regulations by teaching advanced accounting night courses at the University of Manitoba.
Carl’s extensive experience implementing and maintaining complex financial accounting and reporting systems will be a valuable addition to our firm.
Irene Froese, Director of First Impressions
The pleasant voice you hear when you phone our office belongs to Irene. Irene is in full control of the front line as she offers consistent know how in addressing the various inquiries on a daily basis. We can always count on her for accuracy in delivering information to the other staff and willingness to assist with the many tasks that are part of our busy property management office.
Natasha Janes, Senior Accounting Clerk
Natasha joined BRYDGES PROPERTY MANAGEMENT as a receptionist and was promoted to accounting clerk in October of 2005. Natasha brings many years of accounting experience to Brydges. She is very familiar with Spectra Accounting Program. A few of her many talents are that she is very detailed oriented and accurate with her responsibility of the accounts receivable and payable department. She is highly organized and possesses strong people skills, a rare find with people who enjoy accounting.
Brydges is pleased to have her as a member of the team.
Karen Tuel, Accounting Clerk
Karen comes to Brydges with over 10 years of accounting experience in the property management industry. She gained several years of experience as an office administrator, while working for the federal government in the agriculture industry.
Karen is a strong team player and enjoys being part of Brydges’ team in the role of Accounts Payable Clerk. She looks forward to the future and any challenges it brings.
Karen loves spending time with her family and her menagerie of pets.
Christine Collette, Corporate Administrator
Ms Collette has been with Brydges Property Management since January 2011.
Christine began as Administrative Assistant and has advanced to Corporate Administrator.
She represents the best in customer relations and has strong communication organizational skills.
We are very proud to have Christine as a strong member of the Brydges Property Management Team.
Vicki Schilling, Administrative Assistant
Vicki has been with Brydges Property Management since August 2011. Her degree in Conflict Resolution Studies resulted in the development of excellent communication skills and the ability to effectively problem solve. As Administrative Assistant she finds herself using these skills every day. Her strong organizational skills, customer service background and interpersonal skills also come in handy for the wide array of duties that she carries out. She is a hard worker and is happiest when she is able to apply her strong work ethic and her commitment to helping others to get the job done.
Lois Hunt, Condominium Manager
Lois Hunt brings sound common sense, coupled with a varied background in real estate and commercial maintenance to her position at BRYDGES PROPERTY MANAGEMENT. She obtained her real estate license with the Winnipeg Real Estate Board. Lois has since moved onto administrative management where she supervised a staff of 30 employees and specialized in sales, accounts receivable and payable.
Lois’ strong people skills were honed by a stint with Statistics Canada where she learned how to work in a team environment and received training in resolving difficult situations.
As a side-line, Lois was in partnership with her husband in commercial maintenance, taking on sole responsibility for all financial aspects of the company.
As if that wasn’t enough to keep her busy, Lois has also managed to put in 25 years in the transportation industry, conducting safety seminars, as well as instructing in communications, public relations and maintenance.
In her spare time, Lois has served in executive positions in several volunteer organizations such as the Canadian Figure Skating Association and the East Manitoba Junior Men’s Baseball.
Her energy and good sense of humour are a definite asset in property management.
Kirsten Bishop, Condominium Manager
Kirsten brings a positive attitude and outgoing personality to each aspect of her work. With over ten years experience in the property management industry, she is well versed in property management. Kirsten spent many years in commercial property management, but after obtaining her real estate salesman licence, she was introduced to condominium and residential management and has never looked back.
Kirsten’s exposure to varied building and project challenges enables her to bring a wealth of knowledge in dealing with both day-to-day issues and problems which are unique to a project. Kirsten is committed to getting the job done and dedicated to knowing each of her properties thoroughly.
Kirsten’s other interests include travel and her 2 beautiful children who are involved in a variety of sports.
Melissa Radomski, Condominium Manager
Melissa joined Brydges in 2009. She brings with her over 9 years of experience in property management and building maintenance. She is highly organized, and enjoys seeing any task through to a speedy and accurate end. Melissa’s strong building maintenance background is of great value to properties in her portfolio. Melissa handles each property as if it was her own home and money. She is an asset to any company; we are pleased to have her standing with us, The Brydges Property Managers.
Cheryl Roby, Condominium Manager
Cheryl brings 7 years of experience as an Officer with the Residential Tenancies Branch, which gave her an in-depth understanding of building maintenance, project management, and financial reviews of residential complexes. As a trained and experienced mediator, Cheryl has excellent communication skills and excels at identifying needs and resolving conflict. Cheryl is a dedicated person who takes a great deal of pride in a job well done. Her positive attitude and keen sense of humour are assets to our organization.
When not at work, Cheryl enjoys spending time with her daughter and raising awareness of the unique needs and challenges of the Young Adult Cancer Survivor community.
Angela Kuehl, Condominium Manager
Angela Kuehl comes to us after working for the past 7 years in the non-profit organizations that serve Manitoba's screen based industries, in various positions in financial, office and program coordination. Prior to that, she was an administrative assistant for several engineering firms, general manager for a music industry representative agency, and spent 16 years as a photographic lab technician.
In her spare time, Angela serves as the Treasurer for her Condominium Board, and has volunteered for many music and children's festivals throughout Canada, largely as a photographer. She also ran her own part time businesses for eleven years as a photographer and a webmaster, until 2009. Angela is still an avid photographer.
Her endless quest for knowledge, her attention to detail, her patience and her life experience have served her well throughout her varied careers, and she is looking forward to putting her "Jill of All Trades" experience to good use for Brydges Property Management and the properties under their wing.
Armando Nasuti, BPM Maintenance
Armando is responsible for co-ordinating maintenance as needed for properties in our portfolio. In addition, he manages one of our buildings along with his wife, June, and provides custodial services when required. Armando is a high energy individual with a practical knowledge of mechanical systems and building maintenance. His versatility is a valuable asset to the Brydges team. Armando's background includes managing the Sears Warehouse at Polo Park with a million dollar inventory and a staff of twenty-five. He's also an experienced furniture refinisher.
Alan Alejandro, Maintenance
Alan is a qualified tradesman who provides on-site maintenance services as well as casual maintenance as required by BPM Maintenance. Alan is very driven to have all tasks completed effectively professionally. We are pleased to have him as a member of our BPM Maintenance crew.