Who We Are
Royal Property Management Group (formerly Tarantino Property Management Company), was established in 1995 for the purpose of managing affordable housing communities for non-profit organizations. As the managing agent, we are responsible for HUD compliance and serve as the liaison between the ownership entity and HUD. We attend all board meetings, prepare Section 8 contract renewals, prepare annual operating budgets, submit all monthly financial reports, prepare Useful Life Analysis, ensure Fair Housing Compliance, coordinate REAC Inspections, attend Management & Occupancy Reviews (MOR’s), submit Budged Based and OCAF rent increases and Reserve for Replacement withdrawals.
For our affordable housing portfolio, we pride ourselves in providing full service asset management for our owners. In this capacity, we have been instrumental in refinancing loans, coordinated major rehabilitation projects, participated in converting buildings into Tax Credit sites and applied for federal service coordinator grants on behalf of our clients for all of our senior buildings. Many of our sites offer transportation services, computer learning centers, ESL classes, food distribution, exercise classes, case management, arts & crafts and monthly socials. In addition, we have added for profit management to our portfolio as well as commercial sites.
Royal Property Management strives to provide high quality affordable housing in Southern California communities. We specialize in providing resident services such as computer learning centers, transportation, on-site service coordinators and English as a second language classes. We preserve older properties, while maintaining Superior Management Review and REAC scores. We work in partnership with our non-profit ownership entities to enhance their communities.
License #: 00900729
Wende King, founder, serves as President and CEO of Royal Property Management Group, Inc. Wende has been in the property management field for 35+ years. She is a licensed real estate broker, Fair Housing Specialist, (FHC), Certified Professional of Occupancy (CPO) and a National Compliance Professional Executive (NCPE). Her extensive knowledge in managing affordable housing and her experience in refinancing and rehabbing multi-family units earned her a Secretary’s Commendation Award for Top 50 in the Nation for Best Practices. Wende was a regional supervisor for two local management companies from 1986-1995 and then founded Royal Property Management Group in 1995. Wende has steadily grown the company through client referrals. In addition to operating the management company, Wende served on the board of AHMA (Affordable Housing Management Association) in the capacity of Treasurer. Wende is very hands on and visits the sites Royal manages personally.
Tamara Stordahl has worked for Royal Property Management Group, Inc. since 2005 as our Corporate Manager, she handles multiple duties within our organization. Tamara interfaces with all clients, vendors and all on-site employees. Tamara oversees all accounts payable, accounts receivable, and processes all federal grants which fund our affordable housing sites. She is HR law certified as well as Payroll Law certified and works directly with our HR department. Tamara assists staff with obtaining vendor bids, works with legal on potential claims.
Ms. Lauralee Ames
Regional Compliance Manager
Ms. Lauralee Ames has more than 20 years’ experience working in the affordable housing industry involving multi-family, HUD, Tax Credit, BOND, HOME, CalHfa, and various other housing programs. Ms. Ames joined the Royal Team in 2013. Her focus has been on maximizing productivity and compliance for more than 1,185 units she oversees, while continuously supporting and training the 26 on-site employees. She has firsthand knowledge of the onboarding of new sites along with the lease up process for acquisition rehabs. Ms. Ames holds an Associate’s Degree in Business Management in addition to having received certifications for Assisted Housing Manager (AHM), Housing Credit Certified Professional (HCCP), Specialist in Housing Credit Management (SHCM), Blended Occupancy Specialist (BOS), and Certified Professional of Occupancy (CPO).
Regional Compliance Director
Mrs. Aixa Moen has more than 25 years’ extensive experience in multifamily real-estate management with first-hand experience with various affordable housing programs, new property development and acquisition lease-ups of multiple communities within Southern California. Mrs. Moen joined Royal Property Management Group in 2016, as a Regional Compliance Director. Her focus is on analyzing property performance, maximizing productivity and accuracy as well as ensuring client expectations and needs are met and exceeded. Additionally, Mrs. Moen assist in implementing structured organization, monitoring all aspects of on-site affordable compliance and ensure programs development meets federal regulations and state requirements and oversees regional compliance team and onsite admin staff as well. Mrs. Moen holds an Associate’s Degree in Business Leadership. In addition, Mrs. Moen has received designations for National Compliance Professional Designation (NCP®), Housing Credit Certified Professional (HCCP®), Specialist in Housing Credit Management (SHCM®), Blended Occupancy Specialist (BOS®), and Certified Professional of Occupancy (CPO®), Advance Certified Professional of Occupancy (ACPO), Management and Occupancy Review Specialist (MORS®), and Fair Housing Compliance™ (FHC™).
License #: 00980117
Jim King is a principal of Royal Property Management Group Inc. and also holds the position of Chief Financial Officer and Vice President. Jim has an extensive background in the real estate and finance industry. He is a licensed real estate broker and received a Bachelor and Master’s Degree in finance. Jim manages the financial decisions of the company and negotiates vendor/client contracts as well as overseeing the property budgets and reports.
CPA/Controller & Sr. Accountant
Anthony has been providing strong fundamentals in accounting, operations, presentations, and leadership skills acquired through 14 years of being a Controller for Royal. He has worked in this highly regulated field involving multiple business structures revolving around the low- income housing management industry. A background of restructuring accounting systems and procedures thereby strengthening the entities’ ability to capitalize on decisions through the use of more adequate and realistic data. An effective communicator and agent who has built relationships with both internal and external contacts (i.e. owners, the board of directors, outside auditors, Portfolio Managers, and Property Managers). Provides various tasks and information accurately and detailed to multiple entities and their various owners. Earlier experience with a medium sized public accounting firm adds a strong knowledge base of GAAP Reporting, outside audit support, and financial report writing in a fast paced, multitasking environment, where profitability is based on budget.
Human Resources/Payroll Director
Gina Sabella is our HR Director with over two decades of experience in employee management. Gina also manages the recruitment and selection process for all Royal departments, screens potential new applicants, interviews and hires employees, onboards employee information, enrolls team members in their benefits programs, and schedules specialized training and seminars for each department and she also handles all aspects of our Payroll Department. Gina also Acts to support the human factor in the company by devising strategies for performance evaluation, staffing, training and development etc. She develops and implementing HR strategies and initiatives aligned with the overall business strategy. Gina is also responsible for bridging management and employee relations by addressing demands, grievances or other issues. She is fair and honest and promotes a team-friendly work environment. She encourages all Royal team members to come to her with any work-related questions or concerns; she is always happy tp help.
Regional Compliance Manager
Ms. Rosie Terriquez has more than 27 years’ experience working in the affordable housing industry involving multi-family, Tax Credit, BOND, HOME, CalHfa, and various other housing programs. Ms. Terriquez joined the Royal Team in 2023 Her focus has been on maximizing productivity and compliance for more than 800 units she oversees, while continuously supporting and training the 39 on-site employees. She has firsthand knowledge of the onboarding of new sites along with the lease up process for new construction and acquisition rehabs. Ms. Terriquez holds an Associate Degree in Business Management in addition to having received certifications for Site Compliance Specialist (SCS), Certified Apartment Manager (CAM), Certified Apartment Portfolio Supervisor (CAPS)
Lou Ann Makihele
Occupancy Compliance Director
Lou Ann Makihele, Owner of Audit Ready Consulting a consulting business specializing in HUD and Section 42 LIHTC compliance. Active Designations: CPO, ACPO, AHM, SCHM, HCCP, MORS, EIV, FHC, RAM. With over 35 years of property compliance experience, Lou Ann provides owner/agents with high level consultation and successful development and management of HUD program properties. Her detailed approach to compliance monitoring will ensure your development meets federal regulations and state requirements. Additionally, her knowledge and years of experience will provide careful protection of payment of Section 8 Vouchers. Lou Ann is an approved trainer for nationally recognized industry organizations such as AHMA-PSW and AHMA-NCH. She provides training in EIV, HUD’s secure systems, file organization, basic and advanced occupancy, fair housing, and audit preparation. Lou Ann assists in training of new management and leasing staff to ensure proper compliance with HUD requirements.
Regional Staff Accountant
Peter joined Royal in 2022. Peter graduated from Northeastern University in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with emphasis in accounting. He oversees the daily accounting for multiple properties at Royal. He prepares, analyzes and reports each property’s financial statements with thorough explanations to the owners on a monthly, quarterly and annual basis. He communicates and negotiates with vendors regarding costing of bid proposals and contracts. Prior to joining the Royal team, Peter was an auditor with two CPA firms since 2003. He conducted nonprofit audits in accordance with OMB’s Uniform Guidance as well as the affordable housing industry. In addition, he also prepared nonprofit information returns and partnership income tax returns.
Accounts Payable Manager
Tracy Sherman is responsible for overseeing all accounts payable and processing of payments in a timely manner. Tracy ensures all vendors meet our corporate minimum insurance requirements. She processes all year-end 1099’s and 1096 transmittals. Tracy has been with Royal since 2016 and has specialized in accounts payable for 25+ years.
Accounts Payable Clerk
At the corporate office of RPMG, Eddie has filled the position of Accounts Payable Clerk since November 21st, 2022. He began his educational journey at Mesa Community College before transferring to Humboldt State University, where he received his B.S. in Accounting. He has taken on the responsibility of processing accounts payable invoices, assisting in preparing reports and supporting the RPMG corporate office in a variety of ways.
Regional Maintenance Supervisor
David has been working with Royal since 2007, initially as a Maintenance Supervisor and currently as Regional Maintenance Supervisor overseeing our San Diego portfolio. David has extensive experience with rehab and works with contractors to perform in-place rehabilitation. David performs all pre-REAC inspections, trains site personnel, assists with the maintenance portion of budgets, and is the Construction project liaison for portfolio properties. David has extensive experience in Electrical Maintenance, Plumbing Maintenance, Roofing Maintenance and Construction Maintenance. David maintains our sites pristinely and always achieves a superior REAC score.
Ms. Nicole Tarantino has over 10 years’ experience working within the multi-family/senior/disabled, affordable housing industry, with programs including but not limited to HUD, Tax Credit, CRL, VHHP, MHP and HCD. She has grown within the Royal Property Management Company, initially beginning her career as an administrative assistant at the corporate office, then onto a Property Manager at multiple Royal communities and ultimately coming back full circle to the corporate office as a Regional Compliance Manager. Ms. Tarantino has received TCS accreditation and holds a Bachelor of Science degree for Real Estate and Development at UCSD.
Jazmyn started with Royal Property Management in Fall of 2022. She is the first line of contact when you call our corporate office. Jazmyn is an admin assistant that assists with clerical duties throughout the corporate office.