Andy Ritan began managing single family homes in 1997 when he bought distressed property in emerging neighborhoods for himself as investments. He renovated them, leased them, and created a property management process that is effective, efficient and respectful to all concerned.
Andy‘s education and early career were quite diverse: A graduate of Miami University of Ohio and the University of Chicago Divinity School, Andy has served as a Hospital Chaplain, Unitarian Minister, LAN/WAN/Voice/Video Engineer and had success in Corporate IT Sales. In 2002 he entered the real estate business as a licensee and obtained a broker’s license in 2008. Andy became a Georgia licensed general contractor in 2013 through Church Street Home Repair, Inc., a sister company to Ritan Property Group, Inc.
Andy says his varied background has prepared him well for his current business: his counseling experience makes it easy to work with people and with his IT knowledge he was able to create a technology backbone for the business that easily supports owner clients all over the world.
Andy has been in Atlanta since 1989. He is a member of the Atlanta Apartment Association and has served on the board of Atlanta’s chapter of the National Association of Residential Property Managers (NARPM). He served as president of the Atlanta NARPM chapter in 2009.
Melanie Van De Grift
Associate Broker / Sales Agent
Real Estate License 258248
Melanie possesses a vast amount of real estate and investment experience. At Ritan Property Group her role is consulting with new owner clients and supervising the intake process as we add their properties to the Ritan Property Group portfolio of managed homes.
Melanie began her career in real estate as an investor, when she focused on finding and renovating neglected homes in gentrifying areas of Atlanta. Melanie obtained her Georgia Real Estate License in 2003 and her Broker’s License in 2006. Melanie’s real estate experience allows her to advise her clients how to maximize their real estate investments with Ritan Property Group.
Melanie has earned a B.S. degree in Integrative Studies with a focus in business. Melanie enjoys a variety of hobbies including golf, photography, and aviation - she holds a private pilot’s license. Melanie’s passion is volunteering with Atlanta animal rescue groups.
Property Manager / Tenant Liaison
Real Estate License 342219
Amy has been with Ritan Property Group since 2007. Throughout her tenure here, she has had training in all aspects of property management but her specialty these days is moving tenants into our properties, handling all aspects of lease execution and move-in. She is also the go-to person for our existing tenants who have questions about their accounts.
Amy originally moved to Atlanta in 2000 from Alabama to attend Georgia State University. In 2010 Amy obtained her Georgia Real Estate License. Since 2009, she has been actively involved in raising money and participating in the Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer.
In her spare time Amy enjoys traveling throughout the South, bird watching, hiking, cooking, flower and vegetable gardening, and photography.
Property Manager / Owner Liaison
Real Estate License 356129
Paula has overseen all aspects of residential construction and property management as the founder and owner of Laughing Sun Renovations and owner of several rental properties.
She’s originally from Virginia, where she got her undergraduate degree at the University of Virginia prior to obtaining an MBA at Emory University. Before delving into the Atlanta real estate market, she was in marketing research and advertising. In her varied career, she has worn high heels and steel-toed boots, and been a participant on every side of the rental market.
At Ritan Property Group, she is putting these diverse skills to work by managing owner accounts with the experience of an owner as well as analyzing and coordinating maintenance requests with the eye of a contractor.
In her free time, Paula can be found tweaking her serve at the tennis courts, working on her house with her partner, or trying to figure out how to beat her precocious 8 year old daughter at Words With Friends.
Client Support Specialist
Apryl joined the Ritan Property Group team in the fall of 2012. She draws on her prior customer service experience in assisting clients and potential tenants with any questions concerning Ritan properties. Apryl earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Georgia State University.
In her spare time she enjoys traveling, volunteering at nursing homes and rehabilitation centers, and visiting with family and friends.
Barbara came to Ritan Property Group with over 20 years of experience running the office of a home building and remodeling company. Having handled those varied accounting and administrative tasks, along with her extracurricular study of database design and management, her experiences combine to make her ideally suited for managing the heavily digitized financial recordkeeping needs of Ritan Property Group and Church Street Home Repair.
A native of Atlanta, Barbara brings with her a broad educational background, with psychology and counseling degrees from Emory and Georgia State. Besides enjoying the challenges of keeping the numbers flowing smoothly, designing custom reports, and the occasional detective work required on the job, she also nourishes a lifelong enthusiasm for both creative photography and songwriting in her spare time.
She currently lives in Decatur with her partner and their two cats, a piano, and a few guitars.
General Manager, Church Street Home Repair
Naomi joined Church Street Home Repair as a maintenance technician in 2010. Naomi has lived in Atlanta since 1995. Her B.A. in psychology from Emory University helps her communicate with tenants about repair issues. Her past careers have mostly focused on various aspects of real estate including managing a realty office and working for contractors who remodeled homes in Atlanta and Florida.
When not maintaining homes for our owners and tenants she enjoys hiking, camping, and spending time with her family and cat.
Maintenance Technician, Church Street Home Repair
Chuck comes to Church Street Home repair from many years of working in the Atlanta hospitality industry. Using skills honed from years of taking care of guests of the Ritz-Carlton and Marriott, his goal is to exceed the expectations of the tenant and owner.
Chuck holds a BA from Louisiana State University and an MFA from Brandeis in Theatre Arts. As a professional actor Chuck has performed on stage and screen. Since putting down roots in Decatur in 1993 with his wife and later two sons, Chuck has found his place in life using the gifts he has to serve others.
A self taught handyman, Chuck started his own company in 2007. Both of the Horton boys are in Boy Scouts and Chuck very much enjoys his involvement with troop and pack.
Darius L. Tigner-Jackson is a native of Atlanta, Georgia and the only child to his parents Jacques A. and Cheryl D. He was raised by his loving grandmother Gloria A. Tigner in the Historic West End Community. He was taught at an early age that education is the key to success, and received his education in some of the most historic schools in Atlanta, Georgia like J. C. Harris, E. L. Connally, J. E. Brown, and B.T. Washington to name a few.
He is a 2013 triple major graduate of Atlanta Technical College – majoring in E-Commerce Marketing, Human Resource Management, & Paralegal Studies. He furthered his education by receiving his B.A. degree in Managerial Science and Human Resource Management from Strayer University in 2015 and is a recipient of Paralegal Studies Diploma from Penn Foster Career School in October 2017.
In his free time, Darius serves as Youth Advisor in his church and a Community Ambassador of the Historic West End and East Point Communities. He loves going out to enjoy the festivities in Atlanta and volunteering everywhere he can be of help. Darius once heard a man say, “The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear". That being said, he made a promise to never ever give up on achieving to be the best and forgetting the rest.
Darius joined the RPG family in May 2017 as the Tenant Coordinator bringing a loving personality, intelligent demeanor, and hard-working attitude towards his love of helping others.
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