Meet the Team

Denny Miller

Designated Broker & Member

After attending the University of California at Berkeley where Denny Miller studied Economics, he returned to the Portland area to make it his home. Denny now has two adult children and two younger children at home. He values his family and his spiritual life. He is also fanatic about personal growth and development.

Denny has had a rewarding career in Real Estate and Property Management for 13 years. He purchased his first single family rental property in 2001. From 2001 to 2008 he was an investor and principle in over 250 real estate transactions involving both rental properties and properties that were purchased, improved and resold.

In 2009 Denny and his partner Johanna Miller formed Zenith Properties NW, LLC with the stated purpose of building the best professional residential property management firm in Clark County, Washington. In July 2009, Zenith signed its first Management Agreement with an Owner and the business was launched.

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Initially Johanna was the Licensee and Denny performed the Property Management duties not requiring a real estate license. He has been Property Manager, Co-Owner and a Manager for Zenith since the start of the company in 2009. He first became a Real Estate Licensee in Washington in January 2010 and obtained his Washington Managing Broker’s license in March 2013. He was then appointed as the Designated Broker for Zenith Properties NW, LLC. Currently his role is as Co-Owner, General Manager and Designated Broker for Zenith Properties NW, LLC. Denny and Johanna, with the help of their professional staff, have been responsible for growing Zenith from its one initial client in 2009 to a firm that now manages more than 250 rental units with about 400,000 square feet for approximately 150 satisfied Owner clients.

Denny is also a member of the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, Clark County Rental Association, the BIA of Clark County, the Clark County Association of Realtors, the National Association of Realtors, the Multi-Family NW Association and the National Association of Rental Property Managers where he is an RPM Candidate.

He has had many past affiliations such as Business Networking International where he served as President of the Clark County Chapter, the REIA Club, Toast Masters International and Summit Profit System where he has been a public speaker.  His years in finance and sales have made him an expert at evaluating growth opportunities within the field of home investing, and his expertise is regularly sought after by home owner investors.

Denny has completed a number of Property Management and Real Estate courses which including:

  • Operating an In House Maintenance Company
  • Habitability Standards and Maintenance
  • Office Operations
  • Marketing
  • Tenancy
  • NARPM Ethics Class
  • MPM (Advanced) Owner Client Relations

Denny has attended a number of conferences and educational seminars such as NARPM Northwest Regional Conferences in Portland in 2009 and 2014, Spokane in 2011, Bozeman in 2012 and Tacoma in 2013 and the NARPM Owner/Broker Retreat in 2012, 2013 and 2014 in Las Vegas. He has gained additional insights from mentors and leaders like Brian Tracy, Jeff Kaller, Ron LeGrand and Jack Miller.

Johanna Miller

Business Operations Director & Member

Johanna’s journey began in California where she attended UC San Diego. One of Johanna’s most memorable jobs while in college was managing the Product Development Department for the #1 sold souvenir product at Walt Disney Parks. She interfaced directly with Disney’s Marketing and Art Department and managed sales with Disney, Busch Theme Parks & Baseball Stadium as well as the Duty Free stores. She graduated with a degree in Urban Studies and Planning while also working for an independent marketing consultant.

After college, Johanna found her love for people and consulting brought her to Remedy Staffing as an Executive Recruiter. She quickly became the top producer for this pilot program within 1 year. She was soon asked to manage the Executive Recruiting department as Sales Manager in 1998. After visiting the beautiful Pacific Northwest, she decided to move and take a break from her career and stay home with her two young children.

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In 2004 Johanna returned to work as a Marketing Consultant in the Medical field. She dabbled in Real Estate and found she had a passion for connecting people with properties they could love and call “home”. Johanna passed the Oregon and Washington Real Estate exams in June of 2006. Her desire to help people, knowledge of property / real estate and highly developed organizational skills led her to Zenith Properties NW, LLC where she is currently Director of Operations. Johanna is a member of the National Association of Residential Property Managers, and continues her education by taking courses in management, ethics, marketing and finance. Johanna also makes a point of staying current on housing market trends, keeping Zenith (and her customers) on the cutting edge of Real Estate.

Johanna has been managing and marketing rental properties for more than eight years. She and her husband Denny Miller are Principals at Zenith Properties NW, LLC and they delight in running the business together. She enjoys developing and perfecting systems and loves the opportunity to work with & impact people in a positive way. Johanna has transferred her skills as a former Sales Manager, Marketing Consultant and Home Investment professional into the multi-dimensional & demanding field of property management.

Kandi Peto

Account Manager

Kandi has over sixteen years of experience in various accounting applications. She has worked as an accounting consultant for several companies here in the Northwest. Kandi has supported several clients with their on-going accounting initiatives, she has also been instrumental with several significant accounting “rescues” for clients. In addition she often provided CPA communication and Liaison support for clients needing to interface with their CPA for compilation, review or audit engagements.

Kandi graduated from Mountain View High School in Vancouver. She also received her accounting education at Western Business College in Portland, Oregon and attended New Horizons Computer Learning Center.

Kandi’s community service includes being active in her church, helping out in her children’s schools and activities.

Kandi resides in Brush Prairie, Washington with her four children Nickalas, Christofer, Hollie and Douglas. The Peto family enjoys hiking, river rafting, traveling and rugby.

Favorite Quote: “Information is Powerful”.

Cari Sullivan

Property Manager

Cari has been involved in property management for nearly 20 years and she is an indispensable member of our team. She started out as a leasing agent for off-campus housing at the University of Arizona, and was eventually promoted there to Assistant Manager, Manager, and then Director of Leasing and Marketing. Cari also earned certifications as an EMT and Firefighter, and serves her community as a Notary Public.

Cari lives in Vancouver and enjoys spending time with her son, daughter in law, and grandson. She also has a yorkshire terrier, a lhasa apso, and a finch which she adores. Cari is active in her church community and regularly volunteers. She also loves to cook, watch football and movies, sightsee, and play sudoku. One day Cari hopes to see the Vatican and help others see beauty in life.

Favorite Quote: “We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop” —Mother Teresa

Mae Hofer

Leasing Agent

Mae began working with us in April 2014 and has quickly become an integral part of the Zenith Properties NW team. She has an excellent track record in customer service, a zest for organization, and a passion for real estate, all making her a great fit for property management. She loves to help prospective tenants find their perfect rental home. Mae is also working toward a marketing degree at Washington State University Vancouver and is well on her way to earning her real estate license.

Mae moved to Vancouver from Thailand when she was just three years old. Today, she enjoys dining at local Thai restaurants with her boyfriend, Kai, and even admits to eating noodles and other non traditional foods for breakfast. She hopes to visit her hometown in Thailand more often, and to enjoy a career that combines her love for travel and meeting new people.

Favorite Quote: “Only knowledge that is used sticks in your mind.”  ― Dale Carnegie

Lizzie Riggins

Leasing Agent

Lizzie is our newest leasing agent and has made a wonderful first impression with our tenants and property owners. She has an impressive history in customer service and is pursuing degrees in both International Business and German Language.

Lizzie is a longtime resident of the Portland-Vancouver metro area, but when she was a teenager, Lizzie was given the opportunity to work in Kecskemét, Hungary. While there she shadowed Mercedes Benz executives and participated in the opening of a new plant as well as the introduction of a new CLA-Class Coupe. In her spare time, Lizzie likes to run, play volleyball, and work on crafts. She has a pet fish named Sushi and one day she plans to travel the world.

Favorite Quote: “A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.” –Colin Powell

Molly Casteel

Property / Customer Service Specialist

Molly is a bright young woman with a great track record in customer service, and she’s excited to start a career in property management. She graduated Cum Laude from Washington State University Vancouver with a B.S. in Psychology, and earned a Customer Service All Star Award while working at Nordstrom.

Molly enjoys spending time with her boyfriend, Austin, and her Scottish Terrier, Maggie, as well as her family and friends. She is an avid coupon clipper and also likes to dine at new restaurants, shop, listen to music, and watch old movies. Molly was born and raised here in Vancouver, but someday she’d love to travel the world.

Favorite Quote: “I have not failed, I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas A. Edison

Brian West

Maintenance Coordinator

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Brian is a highly skilled member of our maintenance team. He is a Journeyman Cabinetmaker and talented carpenter. While in school, Brian studied business management and entrepreneurship, with an emphasis on Real Estate Appraisal.

Brain is a Portland native and relocated to Vancouver not too long ago. He is a proud parent of two children, Ryan, 28, and Maddy, 16 who recently called him out on coloring his graying beard. Needless to say, he is now shaving it.  He also has a 5-year-old PitBull/Poodle mix named Kibash.

Brian enjoys watching sports, always pulling for his favorite teams; the Portland Trail Blazers, Seattle Seahawks and Boston Red Sox. He is also an avid fisherman and a decent golfer. Brian is hoping to one day be the kind of man his grandfather was, and share his life with that special someone.

Favorite Quote: “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Rachel McDermott

Administrative Specialist

Rachel is one of the talented administrators that keep our office running so smoothly. In 2001, she graduated Cum Laude from the University of Oregon with a bachelor’s degree in comparative literature and Italian. She has been in the property management business for six years now and continues her education in the industry by attending seminars.

Rachel has been living in Portland for 23 years. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking (she loves spicy food!) and dabbling in photography. She and her husband have three children and love to watch them grow. They also have a dog and four chickens.

Favorite Quote: “Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” – Maya Angelou