Officers & Trustees

Officers & Trustees

Senior Management

Mark O. Decker Jr.
Mark O. Decker Jr.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Mark O. Decker Jr. Mr. Decker was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of IRET in April 2017. Previously, he served as Chief Investment Officer of IRET when he joined the company in August 2016. Prior to that, he served as Managing Director and US Group Head of Real Estate Investment & Corporate Banking at BMO Capital Markets, where he helped grow the platform into an active participant in real estate debt, equity and M&A transactions. He worked for nearly 16 years as a real estate investment banker at BMO Capital Markets, Robert W. Baird & Co. and Ferris, Baker Watts and during that time, was involved in more than $90 billion in real estate capital markets and advisory transactions. Prior to that, Mr. Decker started his career in banking in Friedman, Billings, Ramsey & Co., Inc.'s Financial Institutions Group. Mr. Decker holds a B.A. in History from the College of William & Mary.
John A. Kirchmann
John A. Kirchmann
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
John A. Kirchmann Mr. Kirchmann was appointed Chief Financial Officer in April 2017. Previously, he served as Vice President of Operations Support at Essex Property Trust, a NYSE-listed multifamily REIT, until July 2016 where he was responsible for the oversight of revenue management and ancillary income, procurement, and other functions. From 2007 to 2011, he served as Corporate Controller & Corporate Treasurer at Essex, where he oversaw property and corporate accounting functions, treasury management, and re-engineered and implemented new technology and systems. He has been a private consultant since July 2016, providing executive accounting and operations services to publicly traded companies, one of which was IRET. Mr. Kirchmann started his career at KPMG. He received a B.A. in Business Administration with a Concentration in Accounting from Coe College.
Andrew Martin
Andrew Martin
Executive Vice President - Operations
Andrew Martin Andrew Martin has served as the Executive Vice President – Asset Management since September 2016 and previously served as Senior Vice President, Residential Property Management. Mr. Martin joined the Company in December 2009 to lead its Residential Property Management division and he has over 19 years of experience in the commercial and multi family property management industry. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Martin was a partner with INH Companies, a property management firm based in St. Cloud, Minnesota, and a regional property manager for United Properties in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Mr. Martin holds a B.A. in Real Estate and an M.B.A. from St. Cloud State University, and has earned the designation of Certified Property Manager from the Institute of Real Estate Management.
Anne Olson
Anne Olson
Executive Vice President and General Counsel
Anne Olson Ms. Olson was appointed General Counsel of IRET in April 2017. She has been in the private practice of law since 2011, recently as a Partner in Dorsey & Whitney LLP's Real Estate Practice Group, where she focuses on development and investment real estate for publicly traded and publicly registered REITs, including IRET, as well as private equity funds and national developers and owners. Prior to 2011, Ms. Olson served as Director of Investment Operations and in-house counsel for Welsh Companies, LLC and its affiliates, including providing leadership in the growth of its asset portfolio and development of a successful capital markets strategy. Ms. Olson began her legal career practicing real estate law at Dorsey & Whitney LLP. She holds a B.A in English from Drake University and earned her J.D. with highest honors from Drake University Law School.
Nancy B. Andersen
Nancy B. Andersen
Senior Vice President and Principal Accounting Officer
Nancy B. Andersen Nancy B. Andersen has served as the Principal Accounting Officer since February 2015 and Senior Vice President since September 2016. Ms. Andersen joined the Company in October 2003 and had previously served as the Financial Officer, Assistant Controller, Controller, and Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer of the Company. She holds a B.S. in Accounting and Finance from Minot State University, and has earned the designations of Certified Public Accountant from the North Dakota State Board of Accountancy and Chartered Global Management Accountant from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Matthew M. Volpano
Matthew M. Volpano
Senior Vice President - Investments
Matthew M. Volpano Matthew Volpano has served as Senior Vice President – Investments since September 2016 and previously served as Vice President – Investments. Mr. Volpano joined the Company in 2009 and is an investment professional with broad experience in commercial real estate, capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning and financial reporting. Prior to joining the Company, he worked in development, asset management and brokerage with United Properties; as an investment banker with Robert W. Baird & Co.; and as a public accountant with Arthur Andersen LLP. Mr. Volpano earned a B.B.A. from the University of Wisconsin and an M.B.A. from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. He holds licenses as a Certified Public Accountant and a real estate broker.

Board of Trustees

Jeffrey P. Caira
Jeffrey P. Caira
Chairman
Jeffrey P. Caira Mr. Caira joined the IRET Board of Trustees in 2015. He has over 30 years of experience in the real estate industry and ten years of experience in serving on boards of directors. He was most recently a Director – Co-Portfolio Manager at AEW Capital Management for ten years, on the North American Diversified Strategy, a multi-billion dollar real estate securities portfolio. Prior to that, Mr. Caira served as a Vice President – Portfolio Manager and Senior Analyst for Pioneer Investment Management, Inc., managing the U.S. real estate sector fund; and Vice President – Senior Equity Research Analyst for RBC Dain Rauscher, Inc. (formerly Tucker Anthony), covering equity REITs. Mr. Caira graduated from the University of Notre Dame and holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the Kellogg School of Management.
John D. Stewart
John D. Stewart
Vice Chairman
John D. Stewart John D. Stewart has served as a trustee of the Company since 2004. Since 1992, he has been the President of the Glacial Holdings group of companies, which are engaged in multi family residential and commercial real estate and property management. Through a number of private entities, Mr. Stewart is an investor in various business enterprises. During the past nine years, Mr. Stewart has served as the chair of the Advisory Board of the Bank of North Dakota, a director of Corridor Investors, LLC, Kalix, and the Minot Family YMCA, and as a trustee of the Oppen Family Guidance Institute. He currently serves as a director of the Command Center, Inc. (OTCQB:CCNI). Mr. Stewart was employed as a Certified Public Accountant by the accounting firms of Arthur Andersen & Co. (from 1978 to 1980) and Brady, Martz & Associates P.C. (from 1980 to 1997).
Mark O. Decker Jr.
Mark O. Decker Jr.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Mark O. Decker Jr. Mr. Decker was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of IRET in April 2017. Previously, he served as Chief Investment Officer of IRET when he joined the company in August 2016. Prior to that, he served as Managing Director and US Group Head of Real Estate Investment & Corporate Banking at BMO Capital Markets, where he helped grow the platform into an active participant in real estate debt, equity and M&A transactions. He worked for nearly 16 years as a real estate investment banker at BMO Capital Markets, Robert W. Baird & Co. and Ferris, Baker Watts and during that time, was involved in more than $90 billion in real estate capital markets and advisory transactions. Prior to that, Mr. Decker started his career in banking in Friedman, Billings, Ramsey & Co., Inc.'s Financial Institutions Group. Mr. Decker holds a B.A. in History from the College of William & Mary.
Michael T. Dance
Michael T. Dance
Michael T. Dance Mr. Dance brings to the Company over 22 years of experience in the real estate industry and over 35 years of accounting and finance experience. From 2005 until he retired in late 2015, Mr. Dance served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Essex Property Trust, Inc. (NYSE: ESS), an S&P 500 Company and publicly traded real estate investment trust (REIT) that acquires, develops, redevelops and manages multifamily residential properties in select West Coast markets. From 2002 to 2005, Mr. Dance was an independent consultant providing SOX compliance consultation and litigation support, and an adjunct Professor for the University of California at Berkeley, Haas School of Business. Mr. Dance began his career at KPMG in 1978, and was a partner from 1990 to 2002. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Economics from California State University, East Bay, and is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive).
Linda J. Hall
Linda J. Hall
Linda J. Hall Linda J. Hall, PhD has served as a trustee of the Company since September 21, 2011. Since 2008, Ms. Hall has been Entrepreneur in Residence at the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota. Ms. Hall has 42 years of executive experience in the manufacturing and service sectors, including healthcare, venture capital financing, employee benefit, and teaching. During her career, she has launched 14 start up companies as an executive, director or consultant, including three inside $1 billion plus companies. Ms. Hall also has 20 years of experience serving on the boards of privately held and publicly reporting companies in the United States and Europe, including serving as the chair of compensation, compliance, governance and nominating committees and as a member of audit committees. Ms. Hall currently serves on the boards of Amedisys (NASDAQ: AMED), Ascension Health Ventures and DentaQuest. She previously served on the boards of three publicly held companies: Health Fitness Corporation (NASDAQ:HFIT) from 2001 until it was acquired in 2010, MTS Systems Corporation (NASDAQ:MTS) from 1995 to 2006, and August Technology (NASDAQ:AUGT) from 2002 until it was acquired in 2006. She also previously served on the Ninth District Federal Reserve Bank board from 1999 through 2005, serving as Board Chair from 2004 to 2005, and on the board of a privately held European company Laastari/R Clinic from 2010 to 2015. She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Michigan, and received a PhD from the University of Minnesota.
Terrance P. Maxwell
Terrance P. Maxwell
Terrance P. Maxwell Terrance P. Maxwell has served as a trustee of the Company since November 6, 2013. Mr. Maxwell has been the Chief Financial Officer since March 2015 and a Managing Director and member of the Executive Committee since May 2014 of Robert W. Baird & Co. Incorporated (“Baird”), an employee owned, international wealth management, capital markets, private equity and asset management firm with offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. Prior to this, he had served in several positions at Baird, including Director of Corporate Development and Strategic Investment from May 2014 until March 2015 and head of Investment Banking from 1997 to 2006, and has served on the board of Baird and a number of Baird affiliated companies. From March 2011 through May 2012, Mr. Maxwell provided management consulting services to and/or served on the board of Flatirons Solutions Corporation, a Baird private equity portfolio company. From August 2006 through May 2010, and again from August 2011 through May 2014, Mr. Maxwell was a Lecturer at the University of Wisconsin Madison, where he taught courses on corporate financing, corporate restructuring, investment banking and mergers and acquisitions. From January 2012 through September 2013, he served as co CEO of a start up company, The Art Commission, LLC, and served as a director until July 2015. Currently, Mr. Maxwell is a member of the board of the Greenhouse Funds, an independent asset management company in which Baird has a strategic investment. Mr. Maxwell received an M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Jeffrey L. Miller
Jeffrey L. Miller
Jeffrey L. Miller Jeffrey L. Miller has served as a trustee of the Company since 1985 and as Chair of the Board of Trustees since 2002. Mr. Miller has been a private investor for the past five years and is currently the managing partner of two privately held real estate limited liability partnerships: Miller Properties, LLP and K&J Miller Holdings LLP. From 1970 to 2006, he was the President of M&S Concessions, Inc., a food service and facility management company. From 1978 until the sale of the company in 1994, he was the President of Coca Cola Bottling of Minot, North Dakota.
John A. Schissel
John A. Schissel
John A. Schissel Mr. Schissel brings to the Company over 26 years of experience in the real estate industry, over 12 years of direct chief financial officer experience, including 6 years of serving as chief financial officer of two publicly traded REITs, and over 10 years of investment and corporate banking experience serving REITs. He currently serves as President and Chief Financial Officer for Carr Properties, LLC, a privately held REIT focused on the ownership, acquisition and development of high-quality office properties in the greater Washington area. Mr. Schissel previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Invitation Homes, one of the nation’s largest owners and operators of single-family rental homes; and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of BRE Properties, Inc., a multifamily REIT based on the West Coast. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in finance from Georgetown University.