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.
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
- 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’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.
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.
Favorite Quote: “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity. An optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” -Winston Churchill
Julie’s husband ran his own business for many years. One day Julie had decided to look over his books and taxes, and she noticed something critical: they didn’t match. She went to work on them, straightened everything out and eventually took over that part of the business permanently.
This was a perfect fit – she went to school for accounting, but she always wanted to be in the business world (as opposed to the CPA route). Julie loves the complexity of all the moving parts in accounting. As she says, “It’s like putting a puzzle together – the correct picture will not come out until everything is in the right place.”
Julie is a native of the area, born and raised in Salem, OR. Like most Pacific Northwesterners, she spends the majority of her free time outside: boating, reading, camping or riding her motorcycle. The more time doing these with her husband, three sons and two pugs, the better.
We love having Julie on the team, especially the personality and spark she brings to the office. The surprising part? She said she works very hard on not being shy. Sure fooled us.
Other information: Julie received her B.A. from Washington State University, holds Six Sigma Green Belt Certification and is the Vice President of Community Services for the Nu Theta Chapter of Beta Alpha Psi, an International Honors Organization.
Favorite professional quote: “Every expert was once an amateur. And every master was once a beginner.” -Robin Sharma
Brittany worked in business 5 years before joining the Zenith team, all while simultaneously obtaining her degrees. Brittany is an avid reader with a passion for continuing education. She currently holds a Certificate in Management, Associates Degree, Bachelor’s in Business Management, and is continuing on to obtain her Masters in Sustainable Business, all while participating in an HR Program with Cornell University! Brittany enjoys attending seminars and considers herself to be a lifelong student. Brittany has always been interested in Real Estate and is eager to obtain her license and focus her attention within the industry.
Brittany is a native to Vancouver, WA. She began volunteering with the Vancouver Housing Authority at a very young age. She cherishes the opportunity to work with others and feels that enriching the lives around her will in turn enrich her own. Brittany has two daughters- Raegan, 5, and Taylor, 3- who keep her on her toes and provide constant joy. She enjoys couponing, travelling, learning about different cultures, and enjoying life as it comes.
Favorite Quote: “Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it’s a thing to be achieved.” -William Jennings Bryan, 41st United States Secretary of State
Mae came to Zenith in April 2014 and quickly became an integral part of the Zenith Properties NW marketing team. She has an excellent track record in customer service, a zest for organization, and a passion for real estate. Since becoming a licensed real estate agent in the state of Washington in June of this year, she has continued to serve Zenith’s Owner Clients with expert advice and service in their various real estate transactions.
Mae moved to Vancouver when she was just three years old. Today, she likes to enjoy the outdoors with her puppy, Milo, and explore new restaurants in the area with friends.
Favorite Quote: “Only knowledge that is used sticks in your mind.” ― Dale Carnegie
Molly has been a member of the Zenith Team since 2014. She is a bright young woman with a great track record in customer service. 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 is a born organizer, loves interior design, and is always looking to learn. In her free time, Molly likes to try out new restaurants, take walks on the waterfront, visit the farmer’s market and catch up on her favorite shows.
Favorite Quote: “The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.” – Coco Chanel
Rachel’s role as lead administrator keeps her busy with all of the little details which help the Zenith office run 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 now been in the property management business for ten years and continues to improve systems at Zenith by attending seminars and trainings.
Rachel has been living in Portland since 1990. She and her husband are busy with 3 school-aged children and their many activities. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and entertaining friends.
Favorite Quote: “Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” – Maya Angelou
Tarek’s background has been split evenly between academics and professional experience. He had spent five years in supervisory roles, as well as two in home maintenance work. He literally understands properties from the inside out.
He’s been a lifelong resident of Vancouver, giving him intimate knowledge of the market. That said, he’s spent a lot of time traveling the world; his list is currently at seven countries, though he may have added a few more by the time you’re reading this.
When not traveling, his world consists of cars and motorcycles. You can ask him anything and everything about those and get a full and detailed answer. He also spends time with his cat, Bloo Barry, and his White German Sheppard named Daisy.
Tarek has a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing. One day he hopes to be a college professor of business, where he’ll share all the successes he had in the world of property management.
Favorite quote: “The greatest gift you ever give is your honest self” – Fred Rogers
Leinani came to Vancouver in 2015, bringing with her a wealth of experience in customer service. Her previous career in the Hospitality and Tourism industry allowed Leinani to explore various aspects of the real estate industry, a business she has always enjoyed. She has been able to further develop this passion at Zenith, and obtained her Washington State Real Estate license in August.
In her younger years Leinani was a scholar athlete, playing on four high school varsity teams in Santa Monica before attending California State University at Northridge and Long Beach. She married her husband, Kris, in 2006 and they have a son, Tyler. Leinani enjoys cooking and spending time with her friends as well as outdoor activities like cycling, rollerblading & hiking
Favorite Quote: “Keep Calm and Carry On.” Unknown author
Jordan Hull is originally from sunny Arizona, but he and his wife, Sara, packed up and moved to the beautiful Northwest about 5 years ago. Jordan has a stellar customer service attitude with many years of carpentry and remodeling experience. He also has a unique Building Construction Technologies degree from PCC with an emphasis in Design/Build and Remodeling of Residential homes. The Maintenance Coordinator position at Zenith is a perfect fit for both Jordan’s passion and experience.
Jordan enjoys using his woodworking skills in a creative way, too. In his off time, he likes to work in his shop making ukuleles and designing small furniture projects. He also plays the guitar and piano! Jordan works hard but also makes sure he finds time to enjoy snowboarding, traveling, eating out, cooking and spending time with family and friends.
Favorite Quote: “I have not failed. I’ve successfully discovered 10,000 things that won’t work.” – Thomas Edison
Kat was born and raised in Vancouver, WA. She graduated from Prairie High School while participating in the Running Start Program and playing on the Softball team at Clark College. Upon obtaining her Associates Degree in 2013 she was offered a scholarship to play softball at AIB College of Business. Kat graduated Cum Laude and obtained her BA in Contemporary Business Communications in Des Moines, IA. Kat later moved back to Vancouver with her Fiance, TJ, and her two dogs, Raider and Kevin. Having been a stellar student and athlete her whole life she has developed invaluable skills that contribute daily to the workplace. In her free time she enjoys watching her fiancé play baseball, whom is a professional baseball pitcher, and spending time with him, playing with her dogs, going on hiking adventures, playing co-ed softball on Sunday’s, and being with family and friends.
Favorite quote: “Be more concerned with your character rather than your reputation. Your character is who you really are and your reputation is what people think you are.” – John Wooden
Kayla makes things happen. Before joining Zenith Properties, she was the spark (and glue) that helped launch two successful start-ups in Vancouver, WA. Her organizational wizardry and commitment to helping others were the catalysts behind their success. Kayla has a Certificate in Medical Assisting, and is in progress of obtaining her B.S. in Biology.
Kayla’s lived in Vancouver her entire life and knows the place sideways. As soon as the sun breaks, you’ll find her at the beach or out playing sports. Otherwise, she’s indoors cooking up a storm or spending as much time as possible with her boys, Jaxon and Karter.
It’s hardwired in her to be of service. That makes her a perfect fit for our team, and as your leasing agent.
Favorite quote: “Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.” -Gloria Steinem