Meet The Augusta Team
Tyson Schuetze » Founder of Auben Realty
After working nearly every job in every career field: paralegal, music journalist, US Census Bureau representative, Red Bull marketing member, and record label manager, Tyson eventually discovered he was unemployable.
Luckily, he eventually found his passion for transforming distressed houses into homes.
Along with Natalie Walls, Tyson founded Auben in its first location, Augusta, GA--on the wrong end of real estate bubble. Augusta has been good to him and it is where he met his future wife, Erin. They now have two daughters, and two rescue dogs. Surrounded by an amazing team of talented people, he is inspired daily to keep dreaming big, and improve neighborhoods one house at a time!
When he is not working, he constantly tries (and fails) to catch his wife, Erin, in his new endeavor, running. He is originally from Louisville, KY and has also called Denver, New York and Charleston, SC home.
Natalie Walls » Broker
A graduate of Auburn University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Promotion, Natalie found her passion in real estate after college. She’s been with Auben since the very beginning and has helped lay down the foundation of this organization. In her spare time, you can find her rescuing animals to add to her family of three Siberian Huskies and two bunnies.
She is a licensed real estate broker in GA, NC, SC, and TN.
Phillip Vera » CEO
Phillip Vera is passionate about real estate investing. He loves searching for “the deal,” and the details of rehabbing a property to make it a home. What he loves most is “playing a part in revitalizing neighborhoods and making a positive impact on a city.”
Since joining the team in August of 2017, Phillip has demonstrated himself as a strong leader capable of affecting positive change. In addition to earning an undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia, Phillip holds an MBA from Augusta University. His previous work experience is in commercial real estate and management operations at The Augusta National Golf Club.
Phillip has been eager to assist the Auben team in pushing forward to achieving new goals in real estate. "In the next few years, Auben Realty is looking to become the best and largest property management firm with regards to customer satisfaction and properties managed in the CSRA and Chattanooga,” says Phillip. "Our long-term goal is to continue the transition from a property management firm to a full-service investment brokerage, and expanding this model into becoming a regional leader in the southeast.”
When he isn’t working tirelessly to improve the company and community, he is a devoted husband to Laurie and doting father to their daughter, Annie.
Patrick Jasper » Director of Property Management
Patrick was born in Oxnard, CA, but considers himself a native to Augusta. Augusta is home since 2000! He is very active in the community, and is a volunteer with Augusta Pride, a local non-profit organization dedicated to creating and promoting pro-GLBT events in the CSRA. Patrick’s other interests include kayaking, cooking and baking.
Chelsea White » Property Manager
Actually, she’s from the city of Snellville--just outside of Atlanta, but has grown to love the city of Augusta. Chelsea’s favorite hobby is very interesting…“I’ve always felt the need to try as many new experiences as I can. You could almost say it’s a hobby at this point!” You can also count on running into Chelsea at any concert or festivals taking place around town.
Justin Henderson » Director of Project Managment
While Justin was raised in Bethany, OK, and has lived everywhere from Vail, CO and Jacksonville, FL to Punta Mita, Mexico. However, Augusta, GA has always felt most like home. He earned his degree in Turfgrass Management from Oklahoma State University. His professional experience includes serving as Director of Agronomy for Four Seasons Puta Mita, and employment with several top tiered golf clubs including Augusta National Golf Club.
It is an exciting time to join the Auben team," says Justin of his position at Auben. "Having the opportunity to be apart of a growing company and contribute to its future is something special."
When he's not working, Justin can be found spending time with his family at the beach or playing golf. During football season, they continue to cheer for their OSU Cowboys, but are quickly adopting their new "home" team, the Georgia Bulldogs!
Jose’ Parraga » Project Manager
Jose’ is originally from Venezuela, but his favorite city in the world is New Orleans.
Jose’ loves to swim. He actually used to be on the swim team for the Venezuelan Air Force. If you see Jose’ outside of Auben, you might catch him dancing the Merengue and Salsa to Latin Music.
Cindy Kirkland » Director of Maintenance
Cindy has been with Auben Maintenance since 2017, and her 10 years of previous experience in property maintenance and management has made quite an impact for our team. She says she is looking for "new experiences, new ideas, and new adventures" in her role at Auben Realty, and her quick-thinking and willingness to be innovative will certainly help achieve such goals. This Ocilla, GA native enjoys spending her free time with her husband and two adult children.
Kenneth Mooney » GA Licensed Realtor
Kenneth was born in Savannah, GA, and raised in Augusta, GA. He attended Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC to play division one tennis, but eventually returned home to attend Augusta State University. Kenneth has been in sales for four years, and has been investing in real estate for two years.
In his free time, Kenneth enjoys golfing, playing Augusta’s several disc golf courses...and the occasional tennis match!
Aundrea Benson » Property Manager
Aundrea is another native Augustan with experience in both property management and as a Realtor. She holds both a bachelor's and master's degree in business management. She says, "I'm excited to use my previous experience to help others on the Auben team."
When she isn't sharing her knowledge with others, she is spending time with her family, which includes her two fur-babies, Mac and Elvis. Aundrea is also an avid reader, and always looking to research a new topic.
Jamie Spell » Accountant
Jamie earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Georgia in Athens, and MBA at Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville. He then spent several years in Atlanta working in real estate and construction, as well as an auditor for a CPA firm. A move back to Augusta brought the opportunity for Jamie to work as Senior Auditor at a local CPA firm, but he is happy to be getting back into real estate with the Auben team, and we are happy to have his in-house expertise and experience in accounting.
In his free time, you can find Jamie enjoying the outdoors and cheering for the Bulldogs with his wife and three children. Jamie and his wife are also involved with the Children's Hospital of Georgia Family Advisory Council, Children's Heart Program Volunteer Council and an ambassador family for the Children's Miracle Network at CHOG.
Bre Sutton » Accounting Assistant
Bre grew up in the small city of Grovetown, Ga. and later moved to Statesboro, Ga where she earned her Bachelor's Degree from Georgia Southern University. For over a year, she worked as a bookkeeper before returning to GSU to become a Double Eagle. Just recently, she earned her Master of Accountancy from GSU and has started her studies to become a CPA.
When she’s not playing with her spirited fur baby, you can find Bre indulging herself in all sorts of music, writing, and painting. She loves to travel. Her dream destinations are Heinz Field for a Steelers game and Paris, France.
Valencia Gaines » Assistant Property Manager
After working in retail management for the past 10 years, Valencia has found a new passion in property management. A recent graduate of Augusta Technical College, she now holds an Associate Degree in Business Administration/Business Technology. "Providing stellar service to our tenants and clients is my goal," says Valencia. Originally from Brooklyn, New York she has lived in many parts of Georgia for the past 20 years.
This mother of three also cares for her niece. In her spare time, when she isn’t catching up on her rest, she's spending it with family and traveling.
Lene Cole » Project Coordinator
Lene grew up on a farm in Battle Ground, IN. No doubt being the oldest of seven children has provided Lene with skills and patience necessary to work well with others! Prior to working as office manager at a masonry company, Lene put in more than 15 years in the hospitality and F&B industry.
Lene is married with two children, and can be found baking, sewing, or refinishing furniture in her free time.