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Our Company

Richmond Property Group

RPG is a non-profit, 501(c) 7 trust whose sole purpose is the preservation and protection, ownership and management of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity houses for the benefit of ATO.

Since 2001, RPG has been in the business of safeguarding assets for current and future generations. With over 50 years of combined experience in acquisitions, construction, development, financing, brokerage and facility management, our team is well positioned to assist you with each of your needs.

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Our History

Our History

RPG was founded in 2001 to address growing losses of real estate assets from the ATO family and to create a repository of ownership.  Since its founding RPG has grown in both size and scope of services offered.

Headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, RPG currently owns and operates properties at over 15 universities from coast to coast.  In addition to property ownership and management, RPG offers financing, consulting and insurance services, as well as a host of operational resources.

RPG is organized as a 501(c)(7) corporation and is governed by the RPG Board of Directors.

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Our People

The RPG Staff is uniquely constructed to handle all aspects of today’s housing issues.  With over 100 years of combined experience in their fields of expertise, we’re confident our team has the knowledge and wisdom to lead RPG successfully into the future.

Wynn Smiley

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Chief Executive Officer
Wynn SmileyIn 1997, after six years as ATO’s director of communications, Mr. Smiley became the chief executive officer of Alpha Tau Omega.  In 2001, ATO founded and Mr. Smiley now serves as Chief Executive Officer of Richmond Property Group, a wholly controlled subsidiary of Alpha Tau Omega. The mission of RPG is to preserve ATO chapter houses for use by ATOs.  As CEO, Mr. Smiley oversees the day to day operations of the National Fraternity and RPG.   


Mr. Smiley serves in several positions within the interfraternal community including president of the Fraternity Executives Association a past member of the board of directors for the North-American Interfraternity Conference, the board of directors and past president of the Fraternal Information Programming Group, chairman of the Fraternity Sorority Coalition Assessment and chairman of the NIC Standards Committee.


Klaus Wittern

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Chief Operating Officer, Real Estate & Development

Klaus led the development and formation of Richmond Property Group in 2001. As Chief Operating Officer, Real Estate & Development, he oversees all aspects of RPG's real estate operations and development including asset management, construction, facility management and acquisitions.

Not too surprisingly, Klaus enjoys real estate on a personal level as well and has completed numerous remodels and condo-builds over the years. When he's not in the office or at a job site he's in the sun or on the snow. At the top of the list are diving and sailing but enjoys almost any outdoor activity.

Matt Higgins

Chief Operating Officer, Management & Finance

After serving as ATO National’s Chief Operating Officer, Matt began working with RPG in 2006.  As Chief Operating Officer, Management & Finance, his primary responsibilities include corporate operations, finance, marketing, insurance, regulatory affairs, RPG’s house corporation insurance program and RPG consulting services.  Outside the office, Matt enjoys spending time with his family and being active.


Shannon Simmons

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Accounting Manager

2015ShannonSimmons WebsiteShannon joined ATO & RPG in 2008, with over 25 years of accounting experience.  Shannon has worked in various industries, including restaurant, manufacturing and retail accounting.  Shannon oversees all aspect of the accounting department for both ATO and RPG, from payables and receivables to financial statements and audits.


Sarah Layton

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Asset Manager

Sarah joined the RPG team in 2017.  She oversees all local Property managers,
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maintenance, and Vendors.  Sarah is an Interior designer by trade, and has worked previously with other Fraternities specializing in Project management, Property management, and full scale house renovations.  She enjoys being a volunteer in the community and spending time outdoors hiking and traveling with her family.    

 

Laura Estes

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Operations Manager

Laura Estes editted websiteLaura joined RPG in 2017. Previously, she worked at Sigma Delta Tau Headquarters as the Director of Office Operations and Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity in a variety of chapter servicing and membership services roles. Laura is an alumna and active volunteer for her sorority, Sigma Delta Tau, where she joined at Purdue University. Outside of work and volunteering she enjoys boating, reading, and cheering on her Boilermakers. 






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Corporate Governance

Corporate Governance

RPG is organized and governed to ensure prudent management and safeguarding of assets while delivering exceptional service to our stakeholders and charting strategic growth.  The 501(c)7 corporation is governed by a board of directors with over 150 years of combined experience in the commercial real estate, construction law and financial industries.
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RPG Board of Directors

Greg Michaud, Chairman

Dave Krug, Member

Kerry Armstrong, Member

Jeff Miles, Ex-officio Member

Cooper Camack, Member

Mike Semler, Member

Neal Colligan, Member

Wynn Smiley, Chief Executive Officer

Will Gooden, Member

                                       
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