Zeisler Morgan has recognized that quality of personnel is of critical importance toward ultimately delivering results. Zeisler Morgan has assembled a highly qualified staff of personnel dedicated to property management . Under the direction of Shannon P. Blackwell, the ZM Management team consists of the following personnel, all located at its Cleveland, Ohio headquarters:
Kenneth A. Zeisler, of Pepper Pike and Naples, Fla., beloved husband of 57 years to the late Paula D. Zeisler. Loving father to Lynne Petkovic, Laura Zeisler and Julie (Shannon) Blackwell. Devoted grandfather of Alexandra and Caroline Petkovic, and Andrew and Jonathan Blackwell.
Ken graduated from The Ohio State University in 1957 and received his Juris Doctor degree from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law in 1961. Ken loved landscape architecture and taking European hiking trips with Paula. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with family and friends, especially his beloved grandchildren. Having all girls, he felt blessed when Shannon became part of the family. He truly considered him a son and appreciated the relationship they developed over the years.
Ken, together with Patrick J. Morgan in 1976, formed Zeisler Morgan Properties, LTD., a national shopping center development firm. Prior to 1976, he was a partner at Developers Diversified. Passionate about real estate law, he endowed the Kenneth A. Zeisler Scholarship Fund at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law for students pursuing a career in real estate law. Additionally, in 2005, he recognized the gap in real estate development law and funded a “practical hands-on” real estate course taught at the law school.
Much beloved by his family, friends, and colleagues throughout his life, Ken was a kind, generous, and honorable man. As a lifelong Clevelander, he believed there was no greater good than giving back to your community. In that spirit, those wishing to honor Ken’s legacy may make a contribution to The Cleveland Foundation (clevelandfoundation.org).
216-464-5256 (Direct) • 216-789-5249 (Mobile)
Mr. Blackwell has been President and Chief Operating Officer since 2004. Mr. Blackwell joined Zeisler Morgan in 2000 as Vice President of Finance where he was responsible for overall financial operations. Mr. Blackwell spent nine years prior to Zeisler Morgan as a senior manager with the international management consulting firm of Andersen Consulting (now Accenture). At Andersen, Mr. Blackwell specialized in e-commerce and other general management consulting within the banking and capital markets industries. Mr. Blackwell’s education includes a BBA (Finance) from The University of Wisconsin and MBA from The Weatherhead School of Management - Case Western Reserve University.
216-455-1242 (Direct) • 216-978-9148 (Mobile)
Michele Knapp Boal joined Zeisler Morgan as General Counsel in 2018. Michele has extensive experience with a variety of real estate transactions including acquisitions, dispositions, leasing and financings, and her experience covers a broad range of transaction type from vacant land deals to multi-asset portfolios. Prior to joining Zeisler Morgan, Michele was most recently Assistant General Counsel at Beachwood, Ohio based DDR Corp., where she primarily supported the transactions, finance and development business units, and before that, Michele began her career as an Associate at Jones Day in Cleveland. Michele received her J.D. summa cum laude from the University of Akron School of Law and her B.A. summa cum laude from Baldwin Wallace University.
216-464-2396 (Direct) • 216-403-6489 (Mobile)
Mrs. Dove is responsible for overall leasing and lease administration. Mrs. Dove started with Zeisler Morgan in 1987 and has worked in this capacity with Zeisler Morgan since 2006. She received her real estate salesman's license in 1994. Prior to her current position, Mrs. Dove worked for Zeisler Morgan in various administrative capacities.
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Thomas Dowling joined Zeisler Morgan as Director of Construction and Operations in 2018. Thomas has extensive experience in both commercial development and construction by having the opportunity to work on large scale mixed-use real estate developments throughout the country; most notably in Atlanta, Southern California, Denver and the New York metropolitan area. Prior to joining Zeisler Morgan, he was a Sr. Project Manager at CBRE, where he managed multiple redevelopment projects. Thomas received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Kent State University in 1999.
216-464-5257 (Direct) 216-318-6070 (Mobile)
James Modarelli joined Zeisler Morgan as Assistant Property Manager in 2022. James is a key member of the companies’ physical operations team responsible for maximizing the customer shopping experience by ensuring clean, well maintained, safe, and aesthetically pleasing properties. Prior to joining Zeisler Morgan, James spent 6 years with Brookfield Properties as a Property Management Associate. James received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Millikin University.
216-464-5258 (Direct) • 216-577-5694 (Mobile)
Susan Sommers is responsible for all financial management operations which include property accounting, property receivables and payables, cash management, and financial reporting. Susan joined Zeisler Morgan in September 2009 after working 11 years as a property accountant in the residential real estate industry. Susan is a graduate of Baldwin-Wallace College with a BBA (Management).