THE SZANTON COMPANY
The Szanton Company is an impact-driven developer that creates rental housing that our residents are proud to call home, and which is affordable to a variety of incomes.
MISSION & HISTORY
The Szanton Company is an impact-driven business that creates rental housing which our residents are proud to call home, and which is affordable to a variety of incomes. We do this by:
Creating comfortable, attractive apartments where housing is critically needed;
Creating amenities for our residents which enhance the quality of their lives; and
Designing energy efficiency and sustainability into our buildings, to minimize their impact on the earth’s environment.
"Before" image of our first project, Casco Terrace
"After" image of our first project, Casco Terrace
We develop properties which provide a consistent return to their owners, ensuring stability for residents, lenders, investors, and neighborhoods.
Founded in 1996 by Nathan Szanton, The Szanton Company started out with the goal of bringing more affordable housing to Southern Maine. Now, more than ever, the need for this type of housing is critical.
The Szanton Company's scope ranges from adaptive repurposing of underused historic buildings to thoughtfully designed new construction.
Today, we are known for our emphasis on high-quality design, sustainability, and accountability to stakeholders.
In pursuit of our mission, we’re guided by the following core values:
Respect – for ourselves, and for our lenders, investors, residents, vendors, and the broader community
High standards of quality
Openness to new ideas
A culture of continual learning and enhancement of our knowledge and skills
MEET OUR TEAM.
Nathan founded the company in 1996. As manager or principal partner in these projects, Nathan has successfully navigated the process of market research, site acquisition, design, regulatory approvals, financing, construction, marketing, and asset management.
He has committed himself to creating comfortable and affordable rental homes for residents with diverse incomes. Some of these have been adaptive reuses for underused historic buildings; others have been thoughtfully designed new construction. Nathan holds a BA from Harvard University and a JD from the University of Maine School of Law.
Kristin joined our company in 2013. Her responsibilities include finding and researching sites for new projects, preparing financial analyses, and evaluating development options. She coordinates with lenders, attorneys, architects, engineers, contractors and others on all aspects of The Szanton Company's development projects from concept to completion.
Prior to joining the team as a development officer, Kristin worked for Saco Falls Management as an assistant property manager, property manager, and director of property management. She holds a Bachelor of Health Science and a Masters of Occupational Therapy from Quinnipiac University.
As director of finance, Tiffany is responsible for the financial health of all properties, both under development and in operation. Tiffany runs our accounting operations, manages audits, and creates financial reports.
Tiffany is also the director of finance for Saco Falls Management and all apartment complexes it manages.
Tiffany joined The Szanton Company in 2017 as a staff accountant. Prior to joining us, she was office manager and bookkeeper at Smiling Hill Farm in Westbrook, Maine. Tiffany holds an Associate's Degree in Business from Southern Maine Community College.
DIRECTOR OF FINANCE
As asset manager, Erik serves as owner representative for the managing partners, allowing them to focus primarily on the development of new projects. Erik oversees the financial health of the company's portfolio as well as physical projects that fall outside the scope of property management.
Prior to joining The Szanton Company, Erik spent nearly a decade in nonprofit disability rights, and trades work prior to that. He holds a BS in Accounting & Finance from the University of Southern Maine.
Amy joined The Szanton Company in 2006. Over her tenure at The Szanton Company, she’s worked as a Development Assistant, Development Officer and now is a Project Partner and Vice President. As a Project Partner and Vice President, she is responsible for acquisitions, regulatory approvals, financing applications, investor relations, predevelopment, finance closings, and construction management.
Amy also serves as the President of Saco Falls Management, our in-house management company. In this role, is intimately involved with the planning and implementation of design, marketing, and operations strategies for a variety of properties. She is responsible for all legal, insurance, administrative, accounting, and financial aspects of a portfolio of properties in Maine and New Hampshire.
Amy also serves as Chair of the Board of Directors for the Maine Affordable Housing Coalition, a membership organization representing public, private, and non-profit groups. Their mission is to raise public awareness and advance solutions that create and preserve affordable housing in Maine. She also serves as Treasurer for the Maine Real Estate Managers Association, a non-profit organization committed to promoting professional asset management by providing effective leadership through collaborative relationships, educational and training programs.
Amy is a U.S. Army Veteran and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Husson University.
VICE PRESIDENT & PROJECT PARTNER
Carl launched our Denver office in 2022, where he manages all aspects of the development process for our Colorado projects, from concept to completion.
Previously, he worked as a development associate in our Portland, Maine office, and prior to that, as a project manager for MetLife in Denver.
Carl holds a BA from Williams College and an MBA from the University of Maine.
DEVELOPMENT OFFICER & PROJECT PARTNER
Bobby became affiliated with the company in 2002. Since then he has become an active capital partner and has provided a deep understanding of real estate development and financing. Throughout his career, Bobby has founded, led and grown numerous businesses in the financial services, real estate, technology and communication sectors. He a founder and owner of Eagle Point Companies, Dirigo Management Company, Monks O’Neil Development, The Signal Group, and Headwater Capital Management.
Additionally, he serves and has served on many non-profit boards. Bobby attended Duke University and holds a BA from the University of Southern Maine in Political Science. He attended the Master’s program in Conflict Resolution at George Mason University.
Chelsea joined The Szanton Company in June 2023 as a Development Assistant. She assists both the development side and the property management side on various tasks.
Prior to The Szanton Company, Chelsea spent 3 years working as an office manager at a property management company in San Francisco. She's originally from Southern New Jersey and holds Bachelors Degrees in Apparel Design and Psychology from Montclair State University. She moved to Portland in May 2023 and is a first time Mainer.
Maine Preservation Honor Award 2011
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