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John S. Newsome
MBA, Principal

John Newsome is Principal & a founder of Stanford Management Group and SMG Property Management. Since 1988 John has overseen acquisitions and sales development, including raw industrial and residential lands, multi-family, office buildings and shopping centers. In addition, John has created and fostered pillars of core values, keen business strategies, and strong team building. These pillars have allowed SMG and Stanford Management to grow to a company that prides itself on excellent customer service as well as a company that attracts and retains strong career oriented team members. 


Johns background includes over 25 years of experience with Equitable and Maryland National Bank in Baltimore.  His expertise and experience include heading the National and International lending areas, the formation of Cash Management Services, and heading all commercial bank operations.

John received his bachelors degree in Business from University of Maryland and his MBA  from Loyola Maryland.

John Stewart


Mr. Stewart holds an MBA degree with a specialization in Finance from the University of Chicago, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Widener University where he received admission into Tau Beta Pi, the engineering Honor Society. He is also a graduate of the inaugural class of Advanced Management Development Program in Real Estate (AMPD) at the Harvard School of Design. Mr. Stewart’s experience includes over 15 years at SIP’s predecessor company, Minshall Stewart Properties. During his time at the company, Mr. Stewart was principally involved with the acquisition of over 4.0 million square feet of commercial space and arranged and closed over $725 million of debt and equity financing's. Transaction experience during this time included the off-market acquisition and strategic implementation of over $500 million of successfully redeveloped office buildings in downtown Washington DC.

Mr. Stewart is responsible for the overall strategic vision of the Company, developing and implementing its investment strategies, as well as both cultivating and maintaining its important relationships with institutional debt and equity capital providers.

Mike Simmons



Mr. Simmons is a graduate of Michigan State University where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting.Mr. Simmons has executed investments across various strategies, investment structures, property types, and geographic markets and has successfully closed over 70 assets, encompassing approximately 11.3 M square feet of commercial space, 3,500 residential units, and nearly $2B in investment activity. 

Mr. Simmons has been actively involved in the acquisition and management of institutional quality real estate for 20 years, including nearly 16 years with Heitman, a $40B real estate investment manager, where he was responsible for identifying, underwriting, and closing on direct equity investments for the firm’s commingled investment funds and institutional separate account clients. Mr. Simmons is responsible for identifying and executing the firm’s investment strategies, raising debt and equity capital, and overseeing asset management duties across the portfolio.

Pamela Polikretis

Chief Operating Officer


Mrs. Polikretis joined SMG in June of 2018, bringing with her, over a decades worth of experience in Administrative and Management roles covering a range of different industries. In her position, Mrs. Polikretis is tasked with implementing universal policies across SMG's entire portfolio to promote company culture, and overseeing operations to keep business on track. 

As a key member of the leadership team at SMG, she works closely with Regional Teams to ensure they are meeting performance expectations.

Mrs. Polikretis studied Accounting at Florida State University and Employment Law at Vanderbilt University. She utilizes her background in finance accompanied by her experience in Human Capital Management Law to provide risk mitigation, compliance assurance, as well as an efficient on-boarding and training process for SMG employees.

Jacqueline Dobbs
Chief Marketing Officer

Mrs. Dobbs' addition to SMG, comes with a collection of experience in both management and marketing roles for various Fortune 500 companies in the greater New York City area. Her collective experience in similar roles across various industries, brings fresh perspective and profession specific skills to the SMG team. In her role,  Mrs. Dobbs is responsible for the operations behind SMG’s marketing strategy, as well as SMG's acquisitions and 3rd party management sectors. She maintains analyses of market research in target markets across the Eastern United States to assess each markets needs, potential and profitability.

Mrs. Dobbs holds her B.S in Management and Marketing from Fairfield University, and utilizes her background in both professions to drive the focus of SMG’s marketing strategy in a progressive and profitable manner.

Melanie Marles


Ms. Marles graduated summa cum laude from Keiser University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting, and will be continuing her education towards a Masters degree in 2022 with plans to become licensed as a CPA. Ms. Marles is an active member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Florida Institute of CPAS, and the Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance: Young Leaders Alliance.  These memberships along with continuing education are instrumental for staying up to date with accounting rules and regulations.


In the role of controller, Ms. Marles is responsible for planning, directing, and coordinating all accounting operational functions.  This includes daily accounting processes, asset management, and coordinating and preparing internal and external financial statements.  Ms. Marles plays an integral role for SMG by evaluating internal control systems and developing and monitoring business performance metrics.

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