Since 1981, Venture West has developed distinctive commercial and retail properties. As the largest Southern Arizona developer of offices, the company has a proven record of creating environments where businesses thrive. Profiles of the firms’ management team follow.
NEIL R. SIMON, PARTNER
Neil received his BA in 1973 from Yale University, and received an MBA from Harvard in 1976. Neil has worked as a securities analyst at Standard & Poor’s and from 1976 to 1979 he worked as a consultant with The Boston Consulting Group which provides corporate strategy assistance to Fortune 500 companies. Neil has been a partner of Venture West since it was organized in 1981, and has served as CEO of Peter Piper, Inc. from 1998 to 2004. Neil is primarily responsible for identifying and financing new projects for Venture West.
FRED D. STEINIGER, PARTNER
Fred received his BS in Construction Engineering from Arizona State University in 1969. His 40 plus years of work in the construction industry includes projects in the institutional, industrial, commercial, and multi-family residential sectors. During the late 1970s and early 1980s he planned and constructed 8,000 apartment units throughout the southwest. In 1990 Fred joined Neil Simon as a partner of Venture West. Since then the firm has built assisted living facilities, restaurants, commercial retail centers, ambulatory surgical centers, and approximately 750,000 sf of professional and medical offices.
JORDAN S. SIMON, VICE PRESIDENT
Jordan received his BS in business from the University of Arizona and an MBA from the University of Southern California. Prior to joining Venture West, Jordan managed more than two million square feet of commercial real estate, including 2,000 apartment units. He is a past Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Southern Arizona Better Business Bureau. He is a past president of the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) of Greater Tucson and is co-author of two books – “Estate Planning for Dummies” and “The Computer Professional’s Guide to Effective Communication.” Jordan is primarily responsible for property asset management as well as sales for Venture West.
CATHERINE A. COMPAGNO, VICE PRESIDENT – FINANCE
Catherine received her BS in both accounting and finance in 1990 from the University of Arizona. A member of the Arizona Society of CPA’s, she joined Venture West in February 1990. Catherine prepares corporate financial statements, reviews monthly cash flows, cost reports and construction draws. She is also responsible for maintaining all banking and lender relationships.
STAN SPEARS, VICE PRESIDENT – CONSTRUCTION
Stan received his BS in Business in 1978 from Arizona State University. He has over 30 years of experience in construction including public projects in 17 states here in the USA as well as Germany, Switzerland, Greece, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, and Israel. Stan joined Venture West in 1999 and since then he has been responsible for managing the contracting, design and construction of all projects for Venture West clients.
KAREN A. FARRELL, SALES MANAGER
Karen received her BS in accounting in 1981 from the University of Arizona. She is a member of the Arizona Society of CPA’s. From 1981 to 1984, Karen worked in the Tucson office of Coopers & Lybrand where she attained the level of audit senior and provided accounting services to clients in the areas of real estate, mining and health care. She joined Venture West in 1984 as controller and attained the level of Chief Financial Officer. In 2004, Karen obtained her real estate license and is now primarily responsible for office building sales and leasing.
ALEX FETSIS, CONSTRUCTION PROJECT MANAGER:
Mr. Fetsis has worked in the commercial and residential construction industry for over 15 years. Since joining Venture West in 2000, he has supervised the construction of numerous civil developments, tenant improvements and ground up new construction. These buildings include surgery centers, medical offices, veterinary clinics and general office space.
CATHERINE SHELTON, PROPERTY MANAGER
Katie joined Venture West in 1997, receiving her BA in 1991 and her Juris Doctorate in 1994, both from the University of Arizona. Katie is experienced in many aspects of asset and property management including owners’ associations and retail centers. She currently manages real estate in Tucson, Oro Valley and Catalina Arizona.
JULIE NILES, PROPERTY MANAGER
Julie joined Venture West in January 2008. Julie received her BA in Business Management from University of Phoenix in 1988. She became a licensed real estate broker in 2004, and has worked in the real estate industry for almost 30 years; 18 of those years were spent working for a Tucson mall developer. Julie is well versed in leasing as well as property management which gives her the ability to provide clients with knowledge of current real estate market trends and full service management. She currently manages real estate in Tucson, Nogales, and Thatcher, Arizona.
KAREN KOBYLINSKI, PROPERTY MANAGER
Karen joined Venture West in January 2020. She comes from a 10 year career managing the Business Development department at Park Place mall in Tucson. Karen received her BS in Business from Northern Arizona University and is a licensed real estate agent in Arizona. She and her husband owned their own real estate company for many years and is experienced in many aspects of asset and property management. She currently manages real estate and owners’ associations in Tucson, Oro Valley and Benson, Arizona.
ALISIA GONZALES, PROPERTY MANAGER
Alisia joined Venture West in 2018. She has an extensive background in residential property management and has found a new passion in commercial property management. She currently manages real estate in Green Valley, Tucson, and Catalina.
ACCOUNTING & PROJECT STAFF
Venture West’s Accounting and project staff include Britni Brown, Lien Tran, MS Accounting, Wendy Taylor, Susan Sellers, and Alisa Hatfield.