J Dapper, Principal
License # B.1000956
Phone: (702) 733-3622 ext. 1022 • [email protected]
“Highly driven,” “inspiring visionary” and “abundantly resourceful” are just some of the words people use to describe J Dapper, principal at Dapper Companies, a company he founded in 2005. Dapper brings these terms to life every day, leading what has become a premier commercial development company in Southern Nevada.
After starting his career as a Realtor, while simultaneously managing rental properties, J soon transitioned to commercial real estate, buying, selling and managing triple net industrial and office space.
His early career was defined by landmark purchase and management activities with marquee developments such as an 8,000-square-foot complex at St. Rose and Eastern, the 7,500-square-foot Palm Court retail development on Eastern and management of Paradise Esplanade, the 60,000-square-foot center located across from the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.
J’s current portfolio has expanded to include innovative and thoughtful retail, office and office/warehouse space throughout the valley, all of which are self-managed. The company also represents landlords, tenants, property owners and investors in buying, selling and leasing commercial property.
In 2015, Dapper Companies, and a related company called Ten15 Development invested more than $6 million to buy and restore three key commercial real estate properties in the historic Huntridge neighborhood of Downtown Las Vegas. It has become one of his most celebrated projects to date, receiving acknowledgments from the State of Nevada and City of Las Vegas. Dapper also received a Mayor’s Urban Design Award (MUDA) from the City of Las Vegas for the iconic Huntridge Center sign, which he unveiled in a citywide celebration in 2016.
Since that time, the partnership has spent millions more remodeling and improving these properties and other properties in the area the company has purchased, which continues to this day. In addition to landscaping, upgraded signage, building exteriors, and new retail offerings in his Huntridge developments, Dapper worked with Henriksen/Butler (H/B), an interior furnishings and architectural products design and distribution company to renovate the former site of a historic Las Vegas building, the Gamblers Book Shop. The project has won many awards, including an Excellence in Design Award from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Nevada, a MUDA from the City of Las Vegas and a Spotlight Award from NAIOP Southern Nevada.
In March of 2021, J Dapper bought the historic Huntridge Theater. The company will spend the next two years renovating the theater and the retail buildings on the western side of the property.
In addition to growing his company, J was appointed Chairman and served for eight years on the Clark County Planning Commission.
J is a native of Las Vegas and a graduate of Clark High School. He lives in Las Vegas with his wife Jaime, his two sons, A.J and William and daughter Annie.
Andrea Santanna, Senior Vice President | Leasing & Sales
License # S.65052
Phone: (702) 733-3622 ext. 1024 • [email protected]
Andrea Santanna is known as one of the most active and high profile real estate brokers in the retail sector for Southern Nevada.
Since joining Dapper Companies in 2006, Andrea has represented the company in identifying, marketing and executing retail leasing strategies that drive asset value and enhance the short-term and long-term value of clients’ real estate investments.
As a celebrated expert in the industry for her ability to identify and forecast trends in retail, she has developed an impeccable track record of leasing to first-time business owners, national brands and everything in between.
With Dapper Companies, Andrea handles all acquisitions and dispositions of the properties, in addition to handling tenants interested in leasing space in current and upcoming developments. Working with attorneys on lease, purchase and sales agreements, she is highly experienced in dealing with complex negotiations resulting in closing the deal. Andrea leads all marketing efforts for the properties, whether for lease or sale.
Andrea’s knowledge of the Southern Nevada market, in addition to her mission of creating lasting relationships with her clients, has catapulted her to top broker status in the market.
Andrea was previously a member of the commercial leasing team at NAI Horizon, assisting in the research of raw land, in addition to the leasing and sales of existing office buildings.
Andrea is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). She is proud to have been born and raised in fabulous Las Vegas, where she has resided throughout her life.
George Ross, Vice President of Development
Phone: (702) 733-3622 ext. 1031 • [email protected]
With more than 35 years of commercial real estate experience in development, acquisition, leasing and sales, George joined Dapper Companies in 2021 as Director of Real Estate.
Most recently, George was Real Estate Manager for Dollar Tree, covering much of the Western United States, including Las Vegas. A native of Southern California, he has worked in the Las Vegas market for more than six years prior to moving permanently to join J Dapper and his team.
George received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from University of Southern California.
Leonard Ambrosino, Principal, Dapper Building Company
Leonard Ambrosino, Principal for Dapper Building Company, contributes more than 20 years of experience managing large teams while working on highly complex projects. Before joining DBC, Lenny spent 10 years as a General Manager for Master Built Construction, where he managed 47 employees while coordinating $15M to $20M in annual commercial and civil construction. Prior to that, he accumulated an abundance of hands-on experience working as the Electrical Division Manager for 8 years at Signs West, managing 25 employees with a focus on electrical fabrication throughout Las Vegas.
David G. Griffin, Commercial Real Estate Agent
David has been a resident of Las Vegas for 25 years, working in real estate for close to 10 years. His background includes business operations, management, estimating, project management and sales. As a seasoned agent, he has a wealth of knowledge in property analysis, forecasting and a variety of other areas in the field, making him the Swiss Army Knife of real estate, providing excellent client representation and personable customer service. He has the utmost professionalism and integrity when working with clients.
He received a scholarship to play college football from New Mexico State University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree. He has lived in Las Vegas since 1999.
Will Rastetter, Leasing
License # S.53604
Will Rastetter is a licensed Realtor in both Nevada and Washington and has been in the industry for more than 20 years.
Since joining Dapper Companies in 2011, Will has been involved with leasing and sales for both commercial and residential properties. In addition, he has owned several businesses including Tropical Tan and Kit Car Rental in Las Vegas, as well as Kurerent Restaurant and Bar in Seattle.
Will is a graduate of the University of Washington with a major in business and global studies. He has lived in Las Vegas since 2001.
Piere Burton Jr., Pre-Construction Manager | Design
Phone: (702) 733-3622 ext. 1026 • [email protected]
Piere has worked for Dapper Properties for more than seven years, heading up architectural projects for the firm.
As a Las Vegas Valley native, Piere knows what it takes to build in a fast-growing city. His extensive career is characterized by finely-honed project management skills, as well as a vast array of construction detailing, drafting and design work for a variety of projects, whether they are straightforward or highly complex.
Piere’s background in engineering, and career history of project management make him the ideal fit for architectural project management for Dapper Companies. This dual understanding translates to complete success, project after project.
Starr Mermejo, Permitting and Pre-Construction Manager
Phone: (702) 733-3622 ext. 1028 • [email protected]
Starr joined Dapper Companies in 2023 as Permitting and Pre-Construction Manager. She has worked in the commercial construction industry for more than 20 years in New Jersey, Colorado and Southern Nevada as a project engineer, project coordinator and permit expediter.
Starr has years of experience working on TIs for corporate commercial spaces and offices, restaurants, civil on-site and off-site work and telecommunications. She has worked with multiple entities include the U.S Army Corps of Engineers, Dept. of Aviation, Bureau of Land Management, NDOT, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Nevada Division of State Lands and various building departments and utilities.
Starr received an Associate Arts degree from Jefferson Community College in New York. Originally from New Jersey, Starr has lived in Las Vegas since 2020.
Andy Alexander, Estimating Manager
Phone: (702) 733-3622 ext. 1034 • [email protected]
Andy joined Dapper Companies in 2023 and serves as Estimating Manager for the general contracting division.
Andy has more than 25 years of work experience in industrial and commercial construction. Throughout his career he has worked closely with developers and design professionals during the pre-construction stages, providing them the ability to design within budget, producing thorough design documents suitable for permitting, bidding and construction. He also manages the bidding and procurement stages, and, when construction starts, sets in place EVA solutions to measuring cost, time and performance in an effort to deliver the best products with the right value.
Andy has lived in Las Vegas since 1988. He is a native from the Republic of Panama where he received his degree in electrical engineering from Panama Tech University.
Pat Warren, Estimator
Phone: (702) 733-3622 ext. 1058 • [email protected]
After more than 50 years working for some of the most prominent contractors in Southern Nevada, Pat brought his knowledge and experience to Dapper Companies in 2021 as a project manager and now serves as an estimator for the company.
Previous positions he has held include that of superintendent, estimator, chief estimator, vice president of estimating and vice president of operations. He feels that each position has allowed him to grow and understand the needs of other departments, allowing him to be a strong facilitator and mentor to co-workers and associates.
Pat is a proud native of Las Vegas and has worked in Southern Nevada throughout his career.
Ray England CAPM, CSSGB, Project Manager/Superintendent
Phone: (702) 556-2797 • [email protected]
Ray joined Dapper Companies in 2022 as Project Manager/Superintendent. He has worked in the construction and steel industries for more than 20 years, including high profile projects such as Allegiant Stadium and the MSG Sphere.
Ray received his Certification for Project Management from the Project Management Institute (PMI) and a Green Belt from the Six Sigma Global Institute. As a certified project management professional, he has the ability to work laterally across many industries utilizing PMP methodologies and best practices.
Ray is a lifelong resident of Las Vegas.
Kevin Haupt, Project Manager
Phone: (702) 283-0514 • [email protected]
Kevin joined Dapper Companies in 2022 with more than 20 years in the construction industry.
Kevin has worked as a general contractor, subcontractor, architect and chief building engineer. With such a diverse background in multiple facets of construction and building management, his expertise is a phenomenal asset to our construction and development teams.
Kevin received a certificate of completion from Intrawest Ways Development School, receiving many awards for outstanding performance, maintaining company core values and an employee of the moment award. Originally from Wisconsin, he moved to Las Vegas in 2015 from Aspen, Colorado.
Missy Braman, Sr. Property Manager
Phone: (702) 733-3622 ext. 1032 • [email protected]
Missy joined Dapper Companies as a Senior Property Manager in 2020 and oversees all day-to-day operations of the company’s commercial properties. Prior to Dapper she was the Commercial Portfolio Property Manager for Downtown Project where she worked since 2012.
Active in the community, Missy is currently a board member for One Night for One Drop, as well as dT-Alley, the first alley revitalization project in Las Vegas.
A native of Las Vegas, Missy received a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Las Vegas.
Jacob Mohler, Licensed Inspector of Structures – Property Manager
Phone: (702) 733-3622 ext. 1040 • [email protected]
Jacob joined Dapper Companies in 2023 as Property Manager, after 18 years of owning and operating a commercial and residential inspection business.
His prior experience as an inspector brings with it a keen attention to detail, helping to diagnose issues and find preventative maintenance solutions for all of Dapper’s commercial properties.
Originally from the Midwest, Jake moved to Las Vegas as a young child and considers himself a native. He is an affiliate member of the Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors. Jacob is married and father of three.
Lenora Kaplan, Chief of Staff
Phone: (702) 733-3622 ext. 1022 • [email protected]
With more than 30 years of experience in all aspects of marketing communications and business operations, Lenora has represented large corporations and small businesses throughout the U.S. in a diverse range of industries, including retail, hospitality, real estate, food/beverage, fashion/beauty, gaming, healthcare, entertainment, law, insurance, non-profits and sports, just to name a few.
Having worked in both New York City and her hometown of Chicago, Lenora moved to Las Vegas in 2003, creating a PR department for the valley’s second largest ad agency. A retail specialist, her projects included the opening of both Downtown Summerlin and the District at Green Valley Ranch, in addition to years of marketing shopping centers and retail stores throughout the country.
As Chief of Staff for Dapper Companies, Lenora’s various duties include marketing, human resources and assisting with general operations.
Lenora is a professional speaker and media trainer and a member of the National Speakers Association. She received her bachelor’s degree from New York University.
Ginny Shelton, Office Supervisor
Phone: (702) 733-3622 ext. 1021 • [email protected]
Ginny’s 26 years of leadership and management in the United States Army makes her the ideal professional to manage the essential operations of Dapper Companies. With a combined 40+ years of management experience, her resume also includes work with Prudential Americana Group REALTORS as a brokerage administrator.
With Dapper Companies, Ginny fulfills office management duties that include supervising office personnel, processing commercial and residential transactions, bookkeeping, processing agents’ commissions and complete payroll duties. She also handles all of J Dapper’s personal transactions and leverages her proficiency in QuickBooks to track his investments, projects and accounts. She serves as the coordinator for J’s transactions with outside services.
Goran Bozic, Lead Bookkeeper
Phone: (702) 733-3622 ext. 1023 • [email protected]
Goran Bozic has a broad range of accounting and bookkeeping experience, in addition to working as a business manager for, and helping develop, small businesses.
Originally from Bosnia, Goran came to the US in 1995. In 2010 he graduated from California State University, Northridge with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and Administration and eventually moved to Las Vegas in 2016.
Goran coaches youth basketball, helping kids improve their skills and develop into responsible adults.
Frank Johnson, Superintendent
Phone: (702) 210-9986 [email protected]
Frank Johnson started swinging a hammer at the age of 14, and has accumulated 34 years experience in the construction industry. He has 19 years experience as a general contractor, and worked as a journeyman carpenter, finish carpenter, certified welder, and apprentice electrician. In the early years, while studying the craft of fine homebuilding under a small custom builder, Frank’s workmanship was recognized when the team was awarded honors at the Utah Parade of Homes.
Frank enjoys working in the field, away from the confines of an office. An avid outdoorsman, he spends many early mornings hiking and climbing around Red Rock Canyon. He also enjoys long range shooting and hunting, and has studied gunsmithing at the American Institute of Gunsmithing. Frank also enjoys offroading, and spent over 12 years as a crew chief and spotter for two professional offroad race teams, and is well experienced in race prep and fabrication.
Both California natives, Frank and his wife Nicole moved to Las Vegas in 1996. The couple have been married 26 years and now have two sons who are full-time college students at Utah State University.
Joy Clowes, Construction Accountant/Bookkeeper
Phone: (702) 733-3622 ext. 1023 • [email protected]
Joy Clowes handles A/P and A/R in our accounting department, in addition to functioning as the project administrator for Dapper Building Company, a subsidiary of Dapper Companies.
Joy brings more than 11 years of industry experience having worked for other general contractors in a similar capacity.
Originally from Colorado Springs, Joy enjoys living in Las Vegas to experience its growth and opportunities, something she sees firsthand working in the construction industry.