Take a few moments to get to know our staff and the qualities that make them excel in their field.
Joel Garson, CPM, RAM, CMCA
Chairman of the Board & Co-Owner
Joel is the founder of Hillcrest Property Management. More than 45 years ago, Joel instituted Hillcrest Property Management by providing personalized property management service to each and every client.
Due to Joel’s commitment to the condominium industry, as well as his hands-on approach to customer service and satisfaction, Hillcrest has grown to a portfolio over 17,000 units, with over 200 Associations, in the Chicagoland area. In addition to a Bachelor of Science degree, Joel holds the distinction of “Certified Manager of Community Associations” from the National Board of Certification for Community Association Managers, “Certified Property Manager” from the National Association of Realtors and “Certified Property Manager” from the National Association of Home Builders. Utilizing these certifications, Joel has taught courses in Real Estate Management on a national level. Joel is active in the company and maintains an open door policy for all of his clients as well as the Hillcrest employees.
CEO & Co-Owner
Mindy uses strategic planning and sets goals to continuously improve the operational core of Hillcrest Property Management. Mindy has an extensive background in the property management field that includes running a management company, managing communities and serving as a board member. She has been actively involved in the Community Association Industry for over 20 years. Mindy likes the ability to be involved in many aspects of the company as well as being hands on with vendors and prospective clients. Mindy served as President of the Illinois Chapter of the Community Associations Institute in 2004 and still serves as a Board Member today. She is also a licensed insurance agent with extensive insurance knowledge pertaining to community associations.
Executive Vice President
Scott M. supervises all of the property managers and property assistants at Hillcrest Property Management. He is also a Licensed Property Manager and has been in the real estate and real estate property management business for over 30 years. He has a unique technical background for a property manager because he has a law degree. Scott is always available to other property managers, who in turn, use his legal background in solving complex association issues and problems that arise from time to time. Scott enjoys the many challenges facing associations in today’s ever-changing property management field and working with association boards, owners, vendors and contractors at the various associations he manages.
Vice President of Client Services
Scott S. handles various services for our clients and oversees the implementation of Community Websites. He is also a Licensed Property Manager at Hillcrest and has an extensive background in both portfolio and site management. Scott has been in the condominium management business for over 23 years and joined the Hillcrest team in 2003. He likes the dynamics of working with various vendors and contractors that service our properties and enjoys working in different departments within our company as a senior management member.
Vice President of Financial Services
Jennie started with Hillcrest Property Management in August 2000 as a member of the receivables department. Because of her great take-charge attitude she has become the accounting department supervisor for Hillcres. She assists in the training of new employees, setting up new properties, maintenance of software programs, ordering of coupon books and she also handles our daily lockbox deposits.
Helen is responsible for general administrative services for Hillcrest Property Management and aides with technical assistance for the office. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting and four decades of experience in the real estate industry, licensed as a managing real estate broker. In 1986, Helen joined the Hillcrest team providing staff support for general administration, payroll, accounts payable and accounts receivable. She also provided customer service support for the management and bookkeeping departments. Since the company has grown since her start, her primary responsibilities are in general administration and technical assistance in the office.
Director of Business Development
Steve is the point of contact for all new clients at Hillcrest Property Management and helps keep an open line of communication with each new Board of Directors. He has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and is a Licensed Real Estate Broker in Illinois. Steve also participates as a current member of the National Association of Realtors. Over the past 30 years he has been involved in many areas of real estate (residential and commercial) and has also successfully marketed the services of a number of companies in the Chicagoland area. Steve enjoys meeting with new Association Boards and showing them what Hillcrest has to offer and how our company can benefit them.
Marketing Director & Vendor Coordinator
Celina started her career with Hillcrest in 2012 as a Property Assistant and moved into the Marketing Department after completing an Associate degree in Graphic Design. Celina is responsible for the planning, creation and implementation of the company’s marketing communications through promotional materials, advertisements, online media and the company website. She really enjoys the opportunity to work on the creative side of things while staying in contact with board members and vendors.