Meet the Gulf States Team
At Gulf States Real Estate & Development & construction, we’re three separate divisions with one goal in mind. We utilize a team approach in every project we complete. This philosophy allows us to collaborate, share ideas, and come up with unique and innovative solutions for every client. Not to mention, it gives you valuable access to experts in all areas of residential and commercial real estate and land development. Working together with you, our team will help you turn your ideas into reality, supporting you in every step as you find success in the real estate market. That’s the client satisfaction. Meet the team of professionals who will be helping you achieve your goals! Please reach out to us if you have any questions regarding your real estate needs.
Michael Saucier, Founder, President and Broker of Record at GSRES, has over thirty-five years of experience in developing and managing projects, with well over one billion dollars in contracting and construction management. Mike holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from LSU and possesses Residential and Commercial Contracting and Real Estate Broker licenses in Louisiana and Mississippi. He is heavily involved in the initial visioning and planning of most projects, also overseeing the Gulf States Development and Construction Divisions. In addition to applying his keen insight and vast experience in a multitude of disciplines, Mike is responsible for Capital Acquisitions and for identifying corporate client and project opportunities within the communities Gulf States serves. Mike also has served on the Board of State of Louisiana Economic Development corporation and is currently serving as a board member on the West St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce.
Jason Reibert, Vice President, has over 11 years of experience in Construction and Project/Construction Management. Jason is tasked with developing and executing the company’s strategic plan and is responsible for leadership and company operations for Gulf States Construction Services, Inc. He is active in the day to day operations of the company, responsible for overall supervision of all projects currently under contract, and serves as Project Executive for all GSCS projects from project inception through completion.
Jason holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Construction Management from Louisiana State University. His career experience encompasses a broad background in the development and construction of commercial office buildings, retail properties, shopping centers, event centers, and other specialty construction.
Director of Property Management/REALTOR®
Matthew Saucier Director of Property Management, began his career at Gulf States as a Property Manager and has substantially grown the department since coming on board in 2010. During his tenure, he has managed over 5 million square feet of various properties, including the Pinnacle Nord de Lac Shopping Center in Covington, the Tamanend Weyerhaeuser Community, and the Tammany West Multi-Plex Office Park, and the Copperstill Marketplace which houses Rouses Market as the anchor tenant. His newest acquisitions are multiple residential property owners’ associations, one of which includes D.R. Horton subdivisions. Saucier’s management of residential property associations include hundreds of homes across southeast Louisiana. He graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University with a Bachelor of Business Administration, after playing baseball for two years for John Wood Community College in Quincy, Illinois. He resides in Mandeville with his wife, Lindsey.
Chief Financial Officer “CFO”
Amanda “Mandy” Owens, Chief Financial Officer, is responsible for all aspects of the three Gulf States companies’ finance and accounting team, operations, and reporting functions. She joined the Gulf States team in March, 2003, where she has provided financial management and cost control for millions of dollars in projects, such as the Louisiana Superdome ($185 million) and Church of the King ($35 million). Mandy received her Bachelor Degree in Finance from Southeastern Louisiana University. She resides in Loranger with her husband and three children.
Project Manager(s) Assistant
Rachel Gomez duties are to support the Project Managers and other members of the Project Management Department with the important administrative functions the company provides to our clients. She is responsible for the preparation of contracts, subcontracts and change orders, maintaining drawings and submittal logs, and organizing project schedules as directed by Project Manager(s). Rachel assists Project Manager(s) with bid solicitations, completing and updating Subcontractor and Vendor lists, and assists Project Managers to secure and organize all project closeout documents.
Executive Assistant & Office Manager
Judith Hartzell is the Office Manager for the various Gulf States Companies and Executive Assistant to Mike Saucier, President of Gulf States, and Beth Lemonier, Business Development Director. Judith supports all the team members making sure the office runs smoothly and efficiently from an operation standpoint. She also oversees all development file systems and prepares critical documents, all correspondence, and meeting schedules. In addition, she greets visiting clients and guests, directs calls, and is an integral part of Gulf States’ operations. Judith’s career spans over 40 years of administrative experience from serving as a legal assistant, a title analyst in the oil industry, and now in real estate support.
Louise Paradiso is an accomplished professional with over thirty years of experience in the property management and hospitality arena. Her career began as an integral part of the opening team at the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Hotels in Orlando where she held a variety of roles from Administrative Assistant to Sales Manager. After spending a number of years providing exceptional service to customers and colleagues in the hospitality industry, Louise pursued her CAM license and a career in property management in 2010. As Property Manager for South Florida communities, she spent her time building strong relationships with residents, board members, fellow team members and vendors, while also solving complex problems and ensuring that the needs of the Association were met.
Louise recently relocated to Mandeville when her husband accepted a new position in NOLA. She is the mother of five grown sons and now enjoys raising her four “fur-babies”.
Property Management Accountant
Mariah Carpenter, Property Management Accountant, performs a range of general accounting and clerical support functions for the Commercial and Residential Property Management department. She prepares and submits customer invoices; Codes, posts, and receives payments; Prepares deposit activities; Performs all necessary account, bank, and reconciliations; Monitors customer accounts for non-payment and delayed payments; Verifies and processes invoices; Prepares payments for signature; Sorts, codes and enters accounts payable data; Maintains tenant and vendor files; Assists in month-end reporting procedures, along with filing and general administrative tasks. Mariah resides in Loranger with her husband and two children.
Terrie Hughes began her real estate career in 1979, leasing and managing apartment complexes for Lake Development Management Company. She moved into commercial management for Darryl Berger Investment Corporation and then Stirling Properties. In 1995, Terrie was voted the Nation’s Best Shopping Center Manager. Three years later, she transferred to the Residential Sales and Leasing Division. She received Bronze, Silver and Gold awards through the Board of Realtors. She also received the Lifetime membership for Million Dollar Sales Award for outstanding performance in residential sales. Joining Gulf State Real Estate Services in 2011, specializing in retail leasing, Terrie brings 40 years of real estate experience and knowledge to the company. In 2017, she received the NOMAR Commercial Investment Division’s Achievement Award for 3.9 million dollars in retail leasing. She was the 2017 Commercial Sales Agent of the year at Gulf States and was the 2018 Leasing Agent of the year at Gulf States.
Robert "Terry" Blackwell
Robert “Terry” Blackwell is a Louisiana licensed Associate Broker & Realtor, specializing in commercial brokerage and real-estate development projects at GSRES. Terry is a former commercial banker, having graduated from LSU Banking School of the South, as well as former Corporate CFO. For 15 years, prior to joining GSRES, Terry was the President and Partner in an 8 State proprietary school company. In that role he was responsible for site selection, acquisition, lease negotiations and construction. Past civic and professional contributions includes the Presidency and long term Board Member of the Hammond Chamber of Commerce as well as Secretary/Treasurer of the Tangipahoa Parish Home Mortgage Authority. Terry is currently working on his Certified Louisiana Economic Developer (CLED) certification through the Louisiana Department of Economic Development.
Beth Lemonier has over 35 years’ experience as an accomplished results-oriented sales and marketing professional. A Louisiana native, Beth holds a degree in Marketing from St. Mary’s Dominican College in New Orleans. She has been a licensed Realtor since 2003 with a very successful sales tract record and experience in both residential and commercial real estate, focusing on retail. Her formal marketing background, experience and work ethic qualify her as one of the area’s premier real estate professionals. She possesses strong research and market/quantitative analysis capability and is skilled in negotiating deals. Beth is also adept at cultivating, managing and leveraging client relationships along with exceptional planning and implementation capabilities.
Trent Anthony is a lifelong native of Tangipahoa Parish. After serving in the military, he obtained a Bachelor's Degree from Southeastern Louisiana University, majoring in History and Political Science. While working in the service industry for 20 years, he established many contacts in St. Tammany and Tangipahoa who have become close friends and clients. Trent is a licensed Realtor who strives to accommodate buyers and sellers in residential and commercial transactions in a prompt and professional manner. Serving the Florida parishes, Trent compiled consecutive years in the top 10% of agents in the New Orleans Metro Area and lead GSRES in Highest Individual Sales Volume in 2017, and Highest Total of Closed Transactions in 2018.
Louis Vergona began his career in real estate in 1972 with Gerald D. Hines Interests as a project manager of One Shell Square and senior manager of its banking office division. In 1978, Vergona was recruited by Westminster Corporation where, as president, he directed the operation of commercial properties in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, San Antonio and Chicago. Additionally, during his tenure, Louis was instrumental in the project development of eight major office buildings as well as two significant residential properties.
In 1988, Louis was named vice president of John Kushner and Associates, an affiliate of Landmark Land of Carmel, California, where he developed a team responsible for the management of 4,000,000 square feet of office buildings, 1,000,000 square feet of retail centers, and 2000 apartment units.
In 1997, Vergona joined Transwestern Commercial Services and worked on numerous property management and leasing assignments which included the site location and opening of 85 stores for Harbor Freight Tools.
For the past several years, Louis has been a commercial realtor and operated primarily within the New Orleans market.
A graduate of Louisiana State University, Louis holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics. He has served on the boards of numerous civic and private organizations and was recently invited to become an Advisory Board member of Hudson Pacific Capital, a private equity firm.
Karen Morgan graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from LSU in Fashion Merchandising. Her decision to enter the field of real estate evolved from her love of design, decorating, landscaping and renovating. Karen came to Gulf States Real Estate Services with experience in residential sales with success that comes from her excellent negotiating and communication skills.
Cynthia (Cindy) Elias
Cynthia (Cindy) Elias is new to the real estate industry. She is a graduate from the University of New Orleans with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and is an Enrolled Agent with the IRS. For 30 years she has helped individuals and small businesses with their financial and tax needs and is excited to launch her real estate career by assisting existing and new clients with their real estate needs.
Stuart Ridgel has one main focus, that’s to serve his clients and make sure their needs come first. His extensive knowledge of digital marketing, advertising and sales is a key component to why you would want to choose him as your go-to agent. Armed with aerial drones, photography, video skills and 3D virtual tour capabilities your property will reach the masses with style. Stuart’s dedication and passion to help his clients are hard to match and that’s what you will love when teamed up with him. He’s young, enthusiastic and looking forward to a successful career with Gulf States Real Estate Services!
Haley Ridgel is a passionate young woman dedicated to making her mark in the real estate industry. She is focused on providing her clients with personalized support and professionalized services in their search for a new home. Her extensive background experience in communications and public relations will enhance the selling process and her digital design expertise puts her ahead of the competition when marketing to the masses. Haley is family focused and driven by a strong sense of loyalty to her clients. She is excited to be the newest member of the Gulf States Real Estate Team.