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 in Charge
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.
Alex Becker » Director of Operations
Alex graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Finance. He started his career in multi-family property management in his hometown of Louisville, KY. He relocated to Charleston, SC to join a start-up company, where he went on to oversee the property management and renovation of over 1000 single-family homes.
Alex is excited to take his experience and apply scalable operations to Auben Realty’s established investment brokerage. Alex enjoys playing golf, cheering for his UK Wildcats, and exploring new countries with his equally-adventurous wife.
Erin Schuetze » Director of Communications
Erin is a Columbia, SC native and graduate of the University of South Carolina. She relocated to Augusta after earning her degree in Mass Communications - Public Relations in 2007. She has worked in publishing, advertising, corporate sales, and account management for two marketing and design firms. Erin also has a passion for real estate and home design. She loves searching estate sales and home consignment shops for unique furniture and one-of-a-kind artwork.
In her spare time, Erin enjoys practicing yoga, traveling with her family, seeing live music, and painting with her two daughters.
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.
Michael Mendoza » Investor Account Manager
After 10 years of experience working as an account manager in the medical insurance industry, Michael decided to go into real estate. The Augusta native left for the University of Georgia, but returned to earn his degree from Augusta University. He remains in his hometown where he and his wife are raising their two sons.
“They are extremely excited to be a part of the Auben family, too!” says Michael.
Kenneth Mooney » Asset Manager
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!
Tomiko Wright » Resident Experience Manager
Tomiko made her way to Augusta, GA from Abbeville, LA. She has previously worked in a library, currently studies neuropsychology, and is a self-proclaimed math whiz. We thinks it’s fair to say that Ms. Wright is a multi-faceted superstar! When she is not in the office providing stellar service to our residents, she can be found caring for her two guinea pigs and cooking up something delicious in her kitchen.
Bryan Hayes » Resident Experience Manager
Bryan was born and raised in raised in Augusta, GA, and also spent six years living in Athens, GA and Pacific Grove, CA. He spent three years at Augusta State University, and finished his bachelor’s degree at Southern New Hampshire. Bryan’s previous work experience includes food service training and store openings for Zaxby’s and Chick-fil-A. "I am most looking forward to learning all the ins and outs of real estate investment as I plan to invest in real estate myself."
Outside of work, Bryan enjoys playing disc golf and guitar, and reading books on personal finance, business, and leadership development.
Tim Smith » Project Manager
Georgia born and raised, Tim has experience in real estate sales, mortgage lending and cyber/information technology. Tim ‘s passion for real estate has led him to further pursue real estate investing and project management.
“It’s exciting to be a part of a team that shares the same goals and interests,” he says. Tim is also a history buff who loves to experience other cultures through travel.
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.
Lene Cole » Maintenance 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.
Jamie Spell » Senior 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 » Accountant
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.
Cynthia Pitcher » Customer Service Rep
Cynthia recently moved to Augusta, GA when her fiancé accepted a job at SRS. She calls Champaign, IL her hometown, and her alma mater University of Tennessee. After earning a degree in political science, Cynthia interned at a law office where she honed her listening and problem skills. She is eager to put that experience to work as a Customer Service Rep for Auben.
Lee Mooney » Project Manager
Lee is an Augusta, GA native, and graduate of USC - Columbia, where he earned a degree in mechanical engineering. His previous work experience includes nine years as a field project manager at McKnight Construction, and nine years as a senior project manager at Macuch Steel. In his combined 20+ years in project management, Lee has managed projects with a combined value of over $250 million.
"I want to excel in my role, learn the various aspects of the business, help establish ‘best practice’ processes, and be involved," says Lee. "I hope to do those things and maintain a reasonable work/family balance."
Lee enjoys time with his family, traveling, playing golf, reading, and listening to live music.
Jennifer Valentin » Maintenance Coordinator
Jennifer is a proud native of Augusta, and also spent 15 years in New Jersey. There she received a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Georgian Court University, as well as a master's degree in Corporate & Public Communications from Monmouth University. Her first job after college was for a property preservation company that maintained foreclosed homes. Jennifer has a strong passion for making old things look new again while also rebuilding a community’s image. She is dedicated to continuing education through experience and networking in real estate.
Outside of work, you can find Jennifer cooking or shopping. She also loves music, entertaining friends and traveling.