Our Team

John Tippins Chief Executive Officer and Founder

John Tippins

Chief Executive Officer | Founder

John Tippins is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Northcap. He began his real estate career in 2000 as a commercial agent for Insight Holdings, where he quickly achieved success, closing roughly $200 million in transactions. Following a brief period as President of Mark L. Fine and Associates, a commercial real estate company, John branched out and started his own company, Northcap, in 2006. Between 2000 and 2016 John closed on a total of more than $1.5 billion in transactions as either a broker or principal, and in 2009 he was named “Top 40 Under 40″ by In Business Las Vegas. In 2014 John was named Entrepreneur of the Year by the Commercial Marketing Group.

When the commercial sales market disappeared following the credit crisis in August 2008, John had the foresight to expand his business operations into property management and residential condominium sales. Starting in 2009, Northcap entered those lines of business, and since then the company has amassed a list of top-caliber, institutional clients.

John currently serves on the boards of the UNLV College of Business, the Downtown Las Vegas Alliance, 9th Bridge School, One Drop Committee, and the Fremont Street East Entertainment District, in addition to being a member of the UNLV President’s Inner Circle, the UNLV Advisory Board, and the steering committee for housing for the City of Las Vegas. He is also an adjunct professor at UNLV.

In addition to real estate, John enjoys entrepreneurship in general and is a passive investor in numerous ventures outside of Northcap, including local restaurants and clubs, such as LobsterMe, I Love Burgers, PBR Rock Bar And Grill, Daily Kitchen, Jamba Juice, F. Pagale and The Rockhouse Bar & Nightclub. He is also the owner of RentHub.com, www.resiratings.com and www.hotrentdeals.com.

John graduated from the University of Nevada Las Vegas with a B.A. in Marketing. He is also a graduate of the prestigious Leadership Las Vegas program through the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce.

Erik Sorensen

Chief Operating Officer | Principal

Erik Sorensen is the Chief Operating Officer and is a principal of Northcap. Erik brings a breadth of knowledge and experience in multifamily and single family residential real estate from operations to investments. At Northcap, Erik has overseen the more than eight-fold growth in the company since 2009, putting in place the teams and systems necessary for operating a real estate company at a first-class level.

Prior to Northcap, Erik was Vice President of Artisan Real Estate Ventures, a New York and Las Vegas based real estate company, where he oversaw the multifamily investment platform. At Artisan he directly oversaw the acquisitions of approximately 2,000 multifamily units.

Before Artisan, Erik was a part of the acquisitions team at The Praedium Group, a real estate private equity firm based in New York City. While at The Praedium Group, Erik was responsible for analysis, due diligence, and transaction execution functions for the acquisition of new assets, including over $600 million in multifamily, industrial, office, and retail properties.

Erik received a B.A. in Economics (with distinction) from Yale University. He is also an Eagle Scout.

Residential Team

Charmaine Prospero


Charmaine followed her passion in design and architecture to become an industry leader as a realtor and luxury home specialist. With over 14 years of experience in the Las Vegas Real Estate industry Charmaine has won numerous prestigious awards and continues to produce first class results for her clients.

In 2013 Charmaine joined Northcap as the Senior Vice President as part of their Las Vegas office. Together with Northcap, she continues to serve international and domestic clients with the highest standard of discretion by offering a professional client-centric approach. In 2013, 2014 and 2016, Charmaine was awarded the impressive Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors YPN 40 Under 40.

Charmaine is an active and dedicated community volunteer and supporter of local organizations, including Joy Prom and Golden Rainbow. This connection with the community gives her a true insight, connection, and knowledge of the market she serves.

Derek Belanus

Derek Belanus


A native New Mexican, born and raised in Albuquerque, NM, he migrated west to Arizona to start college as a pre-med student. Derek Belanus went to school for 7 years with the aspirations of becoming a doctor. While attending the University of Arizona, he decided to start his career in real estate. From Tucson, he went west again to Fabulous Las Vegas in 2001. Derek has been involved in real estate for nearly 20 years from brokering to purchasing, selling and investing in his own personal investments of nearly 1MM+ square feet of space. His real estate career, investment specialization and market area focus result in relationships with private and institutional clients. Derek also uses exercise and setting boundaries for personal time to create a balance including setting appointments with himself for these activities. It helps him avoid burn out so he can always give 100% to his career, clients, business partners, co-workers, and family. By dedicating all of his focus, resources and training to real estate sales and investment, Derek offers an unmatched level of experience and expertise. Mr. Belanus currently is a commercial real estate advisor with Northcap, specializing in marketing, due diligence, sales and leasing.

Diana Cecilia Hayes, CIPS



Diane Moore


Diane Moore moved to Las Vegas in 2010 from Sedona, AZ. She has been a Realtor in Arizona since 2000 and was co-owner of a real estate brokerage firm from 2000-2010. Diane has represented clients over the years with their residential, land and investments. During the same time, Diane bought and sold parcels of land and developed subdivisions. Diane has a diverse background which gives her the ability to be versatile and personable. Whether you are buying or selling, she can help you with years of experience in purchasing, investing, developing and marketing residential, commercial, land and homes. Diane’s expertise is her quality of service offering connections with banking and title companies. Ms. Moore currently is a commercial real estate advisor with Northcap, specializing in marketing, due diligence, sales and leasing.

Eugene Prospero


Giovanni Casas

Giovanni Casas



Giovanni saw in Real Estate an opportunity to apply his vast marketing experience toward helping clients achieve the dream of home ownership through a unique approach to real estate. He understands the need for personalized service and the use of non-conventional means to achieving successful transactions.

Giovanni’s knowledge and integrity have always stood out throughout his career and his strong belief is that Las Vegas is ready for innovative ways to market properties and help clientele with primary residences, second homes, and investment properties. He always makes himself readily available to address any concerns, soothe nerves and make the closing process clear, concise and virtually stress-free.

Giovanni received his Marketing and Advertising degree in Bogota, Colombia, and also studied Business Administration in Sydney, Australia. He is fluent in English and Spanish.

The slogan of his latest advertising campaign is: “Giovanni Casas — my last name is not a coincidence,” showing that he really believes he was born for this business.

Jennifer Cornthwaite



Joseph E. Dagher


Joseph Dagher has been a part of 60+ real estate investment transactions alongside several partnering real estate firms, totaling over $6.5 million. In 2014, he was a recipient of the GLVAR Las Vegas Top 40 Under 40 real estate award. In addition to his real estate career, Joseph is currently a full time student at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he is planning to pursue and enter the legal profession.

With an eye for detail and a devotion to success, Joseph’s ability to draw upon his own experience as a businessman has prompted him to attain several leadership positions throughout the Las Vegas community. Joseph is the Public Relations Administrator for the UNLV Student Government. Moreover, he was the treasurer and former Vice-President of Phi Alpha Delta, UNLV Law Fraternity, a legal intern at the Nevada Attorney General’s office, and a legal intern at Avramski Law, P.C.

Joseph volunteers with various organizations including the Cleveland Clinic and the State Bar of Nevada. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, playing music, golf, and spending time with his family.

Lorenzo (Larry) Morales



Maurizio Nucci



Michael McGraw


Michael oversees sales for Northcap Nevada as SVP of Residential Services. A native of Austin, Texas, Michael has worked and travelled all over the world. He loves studying how people live and how their homes fit their lifestyles. Finding the perfect home to fit a client’s lifestyle is a personal passion for Michael, and something he takes great pride in.

Prior to joining Northcap, Michael parlayed his 25-year experience in the hospitality industry into a successful real estate career, having managed Wolfgang Puck’s Chinois in Las Vegas and Spago in Las Vegas and Maui, among several other prominent, high-end restaurants. Even though he now works in real estate full-time, Michael remains a dedicated foodie and continues to cook and enjoy the epicurean life – he even has his sommelier’s pin.

Michael’s sociability, independent spirit, and incredible customer service set him apart as a top agent in the Las Vegas real estate market. He works with a range of clients – national and international, as well as investors and local residents. Whether a client is in the market for a single-family home or a luxury penthouse, Michael is there to help out. Between his time in the hospitality and real estate industries, he knows what great service is all about.

Nickoli Morales


Olga Kotelnikova Smith

Olga Kotelnikova Smith


As a trusted Real Estate Agent in Las Vegas, Olga specializes in the sales and leasing of Luxury High-Rise Condos and Homes. As a Realtor and a passionate Interior Designer, she made it a point to develop a sharp eye for detail, ensuring to bring only the best deals to her clients and provide VIP access to the Luxury condos and homes market in Las Vegas, Summerlin and Henderson Areas.

Originally from Russia, bicultural and bilingual, Olga brings a unique East-meets-West resource to the Las Vegas real estate market. She is a proud graduate of The Art Institute of Las Vegas with a degree in Interior Design, and Certified Interior Designer in Nevada. As a professional member of the American Society of Interior Designers, she came to realize just how much her strong Design background contributed to her skills as a Realtor; it has taught her great customer service skills, amazing negotiating skills, and an aptitude for spotting beauty and unique opportunities.

Working in Real Estate isn’t just a career for Olga, it’s her passion. She is dedicated to staying in touch and available to her clients by phone, email, and meetings so they know they can count on her.

Oscar Mendez


Oscar brings to the table over 14 years of real estate and mortgage lending experience along with the drive, hard work ethic and fortitude to turn every sale or purchase into a success. Thanks to his extensive mortgage lending background, Oscar can help you understand the importance of finding the right loan that suits your financial needs in order to obtain the home of your dreams without compromising your financial future.

Oscar is also well connected in many different industries in addition to real estate and he can put you in touch with the right people who can help you achieve your goals. In addition to residential real estate, Oscar’s areas of expertise include Las Vegas’ high rise and luxury homes markets, golf course communities, and multi-million dollar homes.

His past experience also includes working with contract law and bankruptcy attorneys; he has done over 150 foreclosure mediations as a Real Estate Attorney In Fact. As a firm believer in giving back to the community, Oscar donates to the Human Rights Campaign and ASPCA. He also volunteers at the local homeless shelters. He enjoys spending his free time with his friends and family, and also by traveling.

Rose Manalo



Solex Eke

Realtor & Property Manager

Solex has been a Nevada Real Estate Agent with a Broker-Salesperson license for 11 years. He has held a Property Management permit for 8 years and served on the Property Management committee of the Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors© (GLVAR) for 4 years, as well as the Political Action committee (3 years), Legal Forms committee (2 years), and Education committee (2 years). Solex served for 4 years as a Manager of SilverState Analytics / NV Datamine for the Nevada Association of Realtors© (appointed by the current Regional Vice President for the National Association of Realtors©). Solex also served for 2 years with the Young Professionals Network (YPN) as an Advisory Board member and was appointed as the Director of Corporate Sponsorship.

Solex is a sought after specialist in residential rental housing and condominium sales in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV. In 2007, he designed and developed a popular local website that provided free resources to both residents and homeowners. That same year he also launched the free phone referral service “Dial (702)-RENTERS (736.8377)” that continues to connect renters with local real estate professionals and provides a directory of popular high-rises and lofts. As a result, Solex and his teams have closed hundreds of residential transactions, directly advised and responded to requests from thousands of customers, and indirectly provided information and access to free resources to tens of thousands more.

Sonny Ho



Sung Kim Larsen



Tricia Azulay


Ursula Stewart

Ursula Stewart



Commercial Team

Les Eisinga

Broker | SVP of Northcap Commercial

Les Eisinga is a 15-year commercial real estate industry veteran and has been involved with the sale and leasing of over 90+ gaming and petroleum related properties and another 50+ land transactions valued in excess of $200+ Million.

Les specializes in applying his expertise and market knowledge in the sale and leasing of land, gas stations, bar-taverns, liquor stores, single tenant investments and small to mid-sized retail centers. Les continues as one of the most active brokers in the commercial sector through maintaining strong relationships with owners, lenders, suppliers, operators, investors, and appraisers alike. He applies knowledge and information to all aspects of the real estate process including property financial analysis, development, financing, and business and gaming licensing. Additionally, he prides himself on keeping information current and updated at all times in order to provide the most recent sales comps resulting in accurate market analysis.

Prior to joining Northcap, Les was a real estate broker-salesman for NAI Horizon, a commercial real estate services firm. In 2005, he was appointed Financial Analyst for all analytical aspects of gaming and petroleum related assets including gas stations, convenience stores, car wash properties, liquor stores and bar-taverns.

Les holds Real Estate Broker Licenses in both Nevada and California. He received dual B.S. degrees in Real Estate and Finance from the University of Nevada Las Vegas.

Glenda Shaw

Senior Vice President

Glenda Shaw began her real estate career in 1975 in the Las Vegas Valley and has specialized in Commercial Brokerage and Management for the past 27 years.

In 1986, Glenda established her own Commercial Agency, known as Realty Connections and participated in the brokerage, management and development of retail, office and home subdivisions for 12 years before accepting a position with Colliers International as the Broker and VP of Commercial Management in 1998. During this tenure at Colliers, Glenda was instrumental in turning around the department into a profit center and setting up management tools and standards for the commercial management team.

After leaving Colliers, Glenda once again successfully established her own company and spent the next several years managing and leasing prominent retail centers on the Las Vegas Strip. In 2004, Glenda recognized the growth and potential of downtown Las Vegas and moved her company into the heart of the City, where she began the assemblage of properties for the development of the City Hall, Transportation Center, and other future Live Work developments.

Glenda has been involved in all aspects of Commercial Brokerage and is known in the industry as someone who truly cares. She has given back to her community through several charitable organizations, and was President of Commercial Marketing Group in 2007, where she established an annual symposium recognizing “Visionaries” of our valley and received the Weedon award for her dedication.

In 2012, Glenda pulled together a team of professionals in the industry, who, like her, have a passion and love for downtown Las Vegas. She joined Northcap to establish a professional commercial presence in this unique boutique real estate company that shares her passion for their City of Las Vegas.

Ursula Stewart

James S. Han, CCIM

VP, Commercial Sales & Leasing

Nina Crawford

Nina Crawford

VP, Commercial Sales & Leasing

Nina Crawford has been in the real estate industry for 25+ years. She began her career in Escrow and Title as a Receptionist for Commonwealth Land Title in Scottsdale, Arizona. Moving to Las Vegas in the 90’s, Nina continued in the industry as an Assistant Escrow Officer and worked her way up to Senior Escrow Officer, eventually joining Fidelity National Title. At Fidelity, Nina received numerous achievement awards including the prestigious Platinum President’s Club Award. Nina moved back to Arizona for an 8-year span continuing her career as a Senior Escrow Officer. Realizing Las Vegas was still home, she moved back to Las Vegas in 2012 and rejoined Fidelity National Title closing commercial transactions in numerous states.

While handling commercial escrow and title transactions for Les Eisinga during 2012 and 2013, he was finally able to convince Nina to join him on the brokerage side in July of 2014. Nina’s extensive experience and knowledge in the escrow and title business in a variety of areas, including gas stations, bar-taverns, land, large apartment complexes, condo projects, casinos, and businesses provides added benefit to clients and is a true asset to the team. Nina has enjoyed the transition from escrow to brokerage ever since joining Northcap and became a licensed real estate agent in February of 2015. When out of the office, Nina enjoys spending time with family and the outdoors, riding ATVs, kayaking, and fishing.

Maria Morales

Maria Morales

Agent / Property Manager

Sara Chio

Sara Chio

Agent / Property Manager


Aaron Barry

Maintenance Coordinator

Aaron Barry is a Las Vegas native who attended Southern Utah University with a focus in communications. He joined the Northcap team in 2014 as the Maintenance Coordinator for single family homes. He spends much of his free time playing sports and participating in theatre.


Commercial Management Team

Kammy Bridge

EVP, Commercial Management

Kammy is a 1986 graduate of Southern Utah University where she studied theatre and worked for the Utah Shakespeare Festival. She began her real estate career in 1990 on the vendor side, which led to her joining The Equity Group in 1992. After working her way up to managing the accounting department, Kammy left in 1998 to help start The Management Team, where she stayed until 2013 when she joined Virtus Commercial. At The Management Team, Kammy supervised a staff of four with over 2 million square feet under management. Joining Virtus Commercial was an opportunity to return to hands-on management and accounting. This experience has led her to Northcap Commercial, where she can use her vast knowledge of management in the Las Vegas Valley to grow a new commercial division from the ground up.

Ian McKenzie

EVP, Commercial Management

Ian, a Las Vegas native, who grew up with real estate and construction all around him. He has held a close relationship with his grandfather, an avid real estate developer and broker to being by his father’s side in the construction world. Ian began his career in the construction industry in 2004, working on projects as small as light construction to projects as large as high-rise resort projects being built from the ground up. He found the perfect blend of the two industries when joining his wife, Tricia, at Virtus Commercial. Ian’s knowledge of these two industries has brought Northcap Commercial to a new level of property management services they are able to provide.

Tricia McKenzie

EVP, Commercial Management

Tricia, originally from Syracuse, NY, moved to Las Vegas in 2004 and began her career here as an Office Manager and Loan Officer for a local Mortgage Broker. She stepped out in 2006, where she began her commercial real estate career working for Sperry Van Ness. She rapidly advanced her position with Sperry Van Ness going from an Administrative Assistant to obtaining her Real Estate License and taking on her own portfolio. Tricia quickly learned the service she was eager to provide her clients with was not in the capacity of the corporate environment. In 2008, she was provided with the opportunity to be the first to join Virtus Commercial and be an integral part of developing the commercial management division. Here she flourished and managed a combination of retail, office and industrial totaling over a million square feet. Now with Northcap Commercial, she has the opportunity to bring her honed skills in management and knowledge to growing a management division with the best of the best.

David Bauman

Multifamily Regional Manager

As Regional Manager, Mr. Bauman brings 30 years of Multi-Family acquisition, disposition, development and management experience to Northcap Commercial, LLC. In his capacity, Mr. Bauman is responsible for the implementation, integration and supervision of leasing operations, HOA and construction management for over 1,200 condominium homes previously leased and converted to sales, which are divided over five communities located in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Prior to coming to Northcap Commercial, Mr. Bauman held various positions in the field of real estate management, acquisition and disposition such as most recently, President of TM Realty Services, LLC out of Miami, FL.; a firm focused on the conversion and reversion of as many as 30 apartment communities in Nevada, Arizona and Florida to for-sale condominiums, back to rental condominiums and then again back into for-sale. In this role he also presided over as many as 7 Homeowner Association boards. Prior to this Mr. Bauman served as Regional Manager for PK Nevada Real Estate Investment Group where he oversaw the management of 2,100+ units employing approximately 30 staff members in Las Vegas and Henderson, Nevada as well as San Francisco, California. As Vice President of The Bentley Group Real Estate Advisors, Mr. Bauman acted as the broker’s representative on numerous multi-family asset sales totaling approximately $300,000,000. Prior to the Bentley Group, Mr. Bauman served as Vice President of Operations for TMC Real Estate Management, a full service third party property management firm overseeing approximately 4,200 units and 125 staff members in Las Vegas, Henderson and Elko, Nevada. As Regional Manager for Legacy Partners, Inc., a spinoff of Lincoln Properties, Mr. Bauman was involved in the management and disposition of two communities totaling 640 units as well as the management of 5 additional held assets totaling 1,400 units and an employee base of approximately 45 people. Mr. Bauman started his career in Property Management with the Las Vegas based Stout Management Company where he began his experience in the maintenance field and quickly moved in to multi-site management. In these capacities, Mr. Bauman experienced a wide range of real estate management experience from maintenance, single and multi-site supervision, community re-development, community repositioning, new construction, lease-up, budget implementation and control, corporate structuring, policy and procedural implementation and supervision to acquisition and disposition.

Mr. Bauman holds an Arizona Real Estate Broker’s License, Nevada Real Estate License as well as a Nevada Property Management Permit and has been accredited over the years with numerous property management related certifications such as the ARM accreditation from the Institute of Real Estate Management, Housing Tax Credit Specialist and Certified Professional of Occupancy from the National Affordable Housing Management Association. He is a founding member and has served as a three time President as well as two time Legislative Committee Chairperson of the Southern Nevada Multi-Housing Association, now known as the Nevada State Apartment Association.

Chris Davies


Chris Davies is the Controller for Northcap. He brings over a decade of multifamily property management experience. Prior to Northcap, Chris was the Assistant Controller in the Client Reporting Department of Pinnacle, an American Management Services Company, and one of the largest property management companies in the U.S. During his tenure at Pinnacle, he was primarily focused on properties owned by affiliates of Pinnacle, including Cascade Affordable Housing and Olympic Investors.

Chris holds a B.S. in Accounting from Pennsylvania State University. In his free time, he enjoys playing a role in community theater, going to live performances, and participating in active sports.

Elizabeth (Liz) Newcomer

Staff Accountant

Liz Newcomer is the Staff Accountant for Northcap and brings with her over 30 years of accounting experience. Prior to joining Northcap in May of 2012, Liz was the Staff Accounting Supervisor for Euclid Management Company, Southern California’s leading Management Company serving over 220 HOA, Single Family, Multi Family, Retail, Commercial and Industrial properties.

Liz enjoys off-roading, watching football and completing various types of puzzles in her free time.

Drew Brunson

Director of ResiRatings

Drew Brunson is growing a new startup under Northcap’s roof called ResiRatings. Drew started with Northcap in 2015 to create a measurable objective rating system that can easily and accurately classify the appeal of multifamily properties across the country. ResiRatings is currently devoted to growing the number of housing options for students across the Las Vegas valley by providing housing resources and easier access to higher education students.

Drew is a graduate of the Lee Business School at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a B.S.B.A in Business Marketing where he frequently appeared on the Dean’s list for superior academic results. Drew is a founding member of the Young Entrepreneurs of Southern Nevada at UNLV as well as a member of the American Marketing Association Las Vegas Chapter. Drew is also heavily involved in the Nevada State Apartment Association and is currently co-chairing the Social Media Committee for the NVSAA.

Drew is currently finishing a graduate degree at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, finishing his Masters of Business Administration expected to graduate in spring of 2017.