ABOUT US / OUR TEAM
You’ll join forces with a team of professionals specializing in everything from property analysis to project management and interior design to finance, all sharing collective years of experience to help you make educated decisions about your most personal investment. Your home.
As a Director of the Private Client Team with Dixon Projects, Tim guides clients through the process of designing and building their ideal property, all the while ensuring that the decisions being made are valuable financial investments for the client, as well as a practical and aesthetically pleasing project.
Tim originally joined Dixon Advisory in Sydney, Australia and has utilized his expertise across a range of Dixon’s operations throughout his time there. These roles have included;
These varied positions have all centered on helping private clients achieve optimal outcomes given their varied situations. Approaching projects in an analytical and client-centric manner has proven successful irrespective of the type of project, and is an ethos that Tim keeps at the center of everything he does.
“I enjoy helping clients maximize their financial position, regardless of the strategy that they’re undertaking. Real Estate transactions can be significant in size, and often involve juggling many different considerations. I get the most satisfaction guiding a client through a major project, and helping them get the best possible result – to watch a project come together for a client over several months is incredibly rewarding.”
Tim has a Bachelor of Finance, majoring in Corporate Finance and Investment Management, from the Australian National University. He also holds a Masters in Applied Finance (majoring in Financial Planning). Prior to joining Dixon USA operations, Tim was also licensed as a real estate and mortgage broker, stockbroker and financial planner.
In his spare time, Tim enjoys traveling extensively, reading and discovering new experiences around the New York region.
Christian Grapel joined the Dixon Projects team after graduating with honors from Stevens Institute of Technology. As one of our project managers, Christian oversaw projects of all sizes and scopes for successful and timely delivery to clients. Christian’s big-picture approach enabled him to identify, manage and eliminate financial and schedule risk on every project that he oversaw.
During his time as a project manager, Christian individually managed and delivered on $28 million in project scope. Through his experiences at Dixon Projects, Christian has not only cultivated significant construction management experience, but has also accelerated his drive to deliver on clients’ expectations.
In his current role of Director, Project Management, Christian is working to impart the same values to the entire Dixon Projects Team and lead project managers from the front lines. Christian focuses on leading the team and all projects to success with an emphasis on managing internal and external resources. Christian believes the preservation of strong working relationships with staff, consultants and subcontractors helps ensure smooth and consistent project execution.
In his spare time, Christian enjoys exploring New York City’s hidden gems and seeking out the best restaurants and bars the city has to offer.
As Creative Director, Steffen Ringelmann leads a talented team of architects and interior designers in overseeing the final design aesthetic of all properties within the Fund’s impressive portfolio. An experienced interior designer and carpenter with extensive knowledge of 19th and 20th century design history and theory, Steffen maintains three primary objectives in his role: 1) create refined domestic interiors tailored to the sophisticated tastes of contemporary clients, 2) preserve and enhance the rich intricacies and architectural features of historic homes and 3) add value through smart, creative and expertly crafted designs. Despite the large size of the portfolio, Steffen and his team ensure that every project receives a unique layout, tailored aesthetic and modern amenities for future inhabitants.
While leading the architecture and design team is his primary responsibility, Steffen also acts as a liaison for property analysis and acquisitions, marketing, leasing and construction management to ensure optimal property designs based on overall business needs. Steffen consistently exhibits in-depth knowledge of the metropolitan Real Estate market and boasts a creative mind versed in all facets of architecture, design and construction, including emerging trends, methods and materials. Above all, Steffen has mastered the ability to inspire, empower and lead his team toward a collective goal.
Before joining Dixon, Steffen founded and directed White & Wool, a full-service, Brooklyn-based interior design & build studio specializing in hospitality, retail, commercial and residential environments. In this role, Steffen worked collaboratively with New York City artists and craftsmen in overseeing the renovation and design of restaurants, bars, retail spaces, offices, educational environments and private residences in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Hamptons and Upstate New York. Prior to founding White & Wool, Steffen established The RAD Gallery to showcase the work of emerging design talent to the international marketplace. Steffen holds a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Contemporary Design from Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London, and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Art & Media Studies from Vassar College. Born and raised in San Francisco, Steffen currently lives in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn.
Megan Traub is a Director and Team Leader with Dixon Projects. After commencing her career in project management roles with Dixon Projects, Megan was appointed to be a Team Leader. Since assuming this role, her team has completed over 500 renovation projects. Through this role, she manages a team of project managers and assistant project managers focused on minor renovations throughout Hudson & Essex Counties. Overseeing the team’s progress and development, she ensures the team is meeting deadlines and client expectations. Megan also promotes company growth and success by coordinating training sessions with recent graduate employees. “In order to be a successful manager, one needs to be willing to listen and have open dialogue whether delivering good or bad news. Communication is the key to a successful team, business and relationship so it’s one thing I focus on in order to be successful in my role.”
During Megan’s tenure, she has successfully completed many premium construction projects with strict deadlines. The satisfaction of completing a beautiful project on time and on budget remains a great joy.
Prior to joining Dixon Projects, Megan gained leadership experience as the captain of her field hockey team throughout her Junior and Senior years at Stevens Institute of Technology. She has continued to stay involved with Stevens’ athletic department, and volunteer coached for the team following her graduation. Her previous work experience and campus involvement has helped her develop a passion for leading teams to successful victories.
Megan received her Bachelors of Engineering in Civil Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology. She received several awards as a member of the field hockey team, which includes four years of being a NFHCA All Academic, two years of being an All Empire 8 Conference First Team and also in her senior year, being named to the NFHCA Academic All Region First Team. In her spare time, Megan enjoys hanging out with friends and family, playing field hockey, traveling, snowboarding, cooking, and being creative.
As the Director, Private Client Services Josh leads the Private Client team and spearheads the business development, sales and growth of this client-focused service. Josh is responsible for seeking out new investment opportunities for clients and helping them to achieve their real estate investment objectives. This includes direct New York City real estate investment, and investment-focused design, architecture & renovation strategies in both New York and Australia.
Prior to creating and growing the Dixon Advisory Private Client team, Josh cultivated, led and built Dixon Leasing, the leasing and property management arm of Dixon Advisory USA responsible for the US Masters Residential Property Fund. With more than 12 years New York City real estate experience, working for various real estate investment and development companies, as well as multiple family offices, he is well positioned to drive client value and create win-win solutions.
An expert negotiator, Josh has close to 20 years real estate experience and $1Bn in sales, rentals and new development transactions in both residential and commercial capacities. He has end-to-end real estate experience, and is ultimately motivated to help people live a more fulfilling life by maximizing their real estate performance.
An avid real estate investor, Josh has a Masters in Real Estate (Finance and Investment) from New York University, and a Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing) / Bachelor of Science (Exercise Science) from the University of Wollongong.
As a Business Development Manager with Dixon Projects, Alastair actively engages with external stakeholders to determine their personal and business objectives, ensuring these are both met and continually optimized.
“I thoroughly enjoy meeting new people and businesses, understanding and evaluating their business objectives and finding a way to reach exceptional solutions for all parties involved.”
Alastair developed his expertise from working as a Corporate Relationship Manager at Western Union Business Solutions, taking the lead on over 150 corporate accounts across a broad range of industries.
Alastair received his Bachelor of Business with a focus in Economics and Finance Applied from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. He has also earned the membership to the Golden Key International Honor Society for outstanding academic performance while completing his degree. In his spare time, Alastair enjoys an active lifestyle of exploring the outdoors, traveling, waterskiing and playing golf.
As a Business Development Analyst, Isabella actively engages prospective clients and provides exceptional service and client satisfaction for the Private Client Team. Isabella started her career with Dixon Advisory in Melbourne, Australia as a Strategic Financial Analyst and later transferred to the Sydney office in 2017.
During Isabella’s tenure, she has worked closely with several senior Wealth Advisors and Directors to provide clients with tailored, strategic financial advice specifically focusing on tax effective wealth accumulation and retirement planning. Many years of experience supporting clients in Australia has provided her with the ability to provide excellent service to the Private Clients of Dixon Projects.
“Our clients’ satisfaction is paramount to everything we do, from an initial enquiry through to the completed project, we all work together as a team to achieve excellent results.”
Isabella received her Double Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance from Latrobe University in Melbourne. While at University, she received a Scholarship from Platinum Asset Management for achieving excellent academic results in the area of Financial Planning. Isabella is also working towards attaining her Certified Financial Planning (CFP) accreditation.
In her spare time, Isabella enjoys kickboxing, travel and spending time with family and friends.
Dana Opeikun is an Associate Director with Dixon Projects. Heading up the minor renovation team as second-in-command and partner with Megan Traub, Dana has successfully completed dozens of projects ranging from small-scale renovations to full-scale construction jobs. With seasoned experience from consistently overseeing a large volume of projects, Dana has effectively spearheaded the majority of private client minor renovation projects in Hudson County. A key aspect of her leadership style, Dana trains a number of project managers and assistant projects managers to successfully execute these types of projects.
Prior to joining Dixon Projects, Dana received her Bachelors of Engineering in Civil Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology, where one of her many achievements included earning 1st Place in an Elevator Pitch contest for the most innovative and environmentally-friendly design project in her class.
During her university years, Dana worked as a Customer Service Representative and Bookkeeper for Shop Rite where she learned how to effectively communicate through any problem-solving scenario, gaining valuable experience through face-to-face client interaction.
Since joining Dixon, Dana has put her communication and problem-solving skills – and her degree – to work. “The key to success as a Project Manager is being able to handle various situations. There are times when issues arise, but the way a situation is handled reflects strongly on the capabilities of the Project Manager.” Dana continues to tackle tough construction challenges while embracing key responsibility and the strong relationships built both internally and externally through her work.
Outside of work, Dana is a foodie who enjoys traveling, working out and spending time with family, friends and her cat, Ona.
“I love what I do because of the people I do my job for. Everyone at Dixon is family and willing to help, no matter what time of the day or how hard the task.”
Megan is a Senior Project Manager and Designer with the Private Client Team at Dixon Projects. Megan boasts more than 15 years of experience in designing and executing luxury redevelopments of apartments and townhouses in New York City and Hudson County. Since joining Dixon Projects, Megan has designed and managed many projects, including Dixon’s first high-end redevelopment in New York City. Megan plays an instrumental role in the development of Dixon’s private client service platform, including its approach to design, client relations, project coordination and more.
“The most rewarding part of my projects is seeing all my hard work come to fruition in a way that creates a beautiful and comfortable new home for a client. That sense of ease and satisfaction can be seen on their faces during the final walk-through.”
Megan’s favorite project to date is the transformation of a five-bedroom, six-bathroom townhouse on Fifth Avenue. This ultra-luxury project included an additional guest house, an indoor pool, sauna, steam room, gym, penthouse, two terraces, expansive living space and, to top it all off, a two-car garage.
Megan received her Bachelor of Science from Cornell University. In her spare time, Megan enjoys skiing, hiking, playing tennis and travelling with her husband and three boys.
Lewis is a Project Supervisor on Dixon Projects’ Private Client team. On this team, Lewis provides Dixon’s construction services and ultimately, delivers a wide array of renovated commercial and residential projects. In this role, Lewis successfully delivers high-end brownstones, retail spaces, commercial build- outs and any other large- or small-scale projects that come his way.
“I enjoy the endless construction possibilities and the variety of project exposure Dixon offers. The Private Client team mentality makes for a collaborative, fresh and competitive vibe.”
Lewis developed his expertise while working as an Acoustic Engineer in Sydney, Australia, and at Rio Tinto as a Project Manager in Perth.
Lewis received his Bachelor of Engineering from The University of Western Australia. In his spare time, Lewis enjoys surfing, snowboarding and golfing.
As Senior Project Manager, Gary deals with contractors, property acquisitions and renovation budgets across various projects. Typically working on five to twenty projects at a time, Gary manages requests and communications between Property Managers, Leasing Managers and other Project Managers to coordinate contractors, work requests and inspections throughout a tenant’s lease, ensuring needs and expectations are promptly met. Gary also supports Pure Properties, Dixon’s real estate subsidiary with pre-sale repairs.
“Dixon’s rapid growth is its greatest achievement. The company grows and I grow with them. I’d love to see Dixon enter markets in other states in the future.”
After moving to the States from Moldova in 1992, Gary worked as a maintenance manager for several residential development companies in New Jersey. Later, he would go on to become a contractor and start his own construction business focused on minor renovations. These varied roles polished Gary’s skills in monitoring, directing and controlling daily construction and maintenance operations allowing him to work efficiently under pressure and seamlessly with key service providers. In addition to his broad skillset, Gary is multi-lingual, allowing for stronger communication with various contractors and more successful negotiations on project and labor costs.
In his spare time, Gary enjoys drawing and riding Motocross bikes with his daughter, and playing his favorite sport, soccer, as many times a week as possible.
Rachel Chavez is a Project Manager with Dixon Projects. In this role, Rachel oversees brownstone renovations, primarily in Brooklyn, where she manages the construction process of each home until leased.
“Specializing in residential renovations has been such an awarding experience. These brownstones have taught me the fundamentals of construction and each one has its own story to tell.”
During Rachel’s tenure, she has worked alongside several senior project managers who have led her to refine her knowledge of project planning and construction. Rachel has been able to develop her expertise given the immense amount of resources and knowledge available to her through her close-knit team. In addition, the environment at Dixon Projects has led Rachel to master the skill set necessary for a project manager working in the New York City metropolitan area.
Rachel received her Bachelor of Science from Stevens Institute of Technology, where she majored in Environmental Engineering. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking and cooking all types of food.
As a Project Manager with Dixon Projects, Elizabeth manages the construction of residential properties throughout Hudson County and the boroughs of NYC. She coordinates directly with contractors and consultants to meet project schedules and budgets. Once a project is complete, Elizabeth works with the Property Management team to address any items that may arise during the first few months of a tenant’s stay.
Elizabeth’s biggest project thus far was a 4,200 square-foot property including a salt water pool, sauna and steam room, and two roof terraces. “I enjoy transforming a property from an unlivable space, to a vibrant and luxurious house our tenants can call home.”
Elizabeth’s experience stems from working at various companies, including Tishman Construction, Falcon Engineering, Stantec Consulting and Granite Construction.
Elizabeth received her Bachelor of Engineering and Master of Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology. She has also earned the Emerging Leader Award and Distinguished Leader Award for her leadership roles in various campus organizations. In her spare time, Elizabeth enjoys exploring the city, traveling to new destinations and baking.
Michael is a Project Manager with Dixon Projects. In this role, he focuses on keeping projects on budget and on schedule, while ensuring that all aspects of the construction process meet the quality standards of the Dixon Projects team. Through this practice, Michael contributes to the success of the overall property lifecycle that keeps Dixon at the forefront of the real estate market.
“My favorite part about working for Dixon is transforming homes, sometimes seen as eye sores, into beautiful spaces that combine functionality with magazine-worthy design.”
During Michael’s tenure, he has successfully accomplished projects in New Jersey from Bayonne to North Bergen, as well as in New York from Harlem to Downtown Manhattan. Michael developed his expertise during his time at WB Engineers + Consultants where he worked as a Civil Engineer. In addition, Michael worked with the City of Virginia Beach as a manager for coastal construction projects. These experiences helped Michael gain a stronger understanding of the design and managerial aspects of construction, both of which are integral to becoming a successful Project Manager.
Michael received his Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology. Currently, he’s working towards receiving his Master’s Degree in Ocean Engineering to broaden his expertise. In his spare time, Michael enjoys going to the beach and taking part in almost any competitive sport, particularly golf, basketball and lacrosse.
As a Project Manager with Dixon Projects, Stephen oversees the build-out and renovation of residential and commercial projects on the Private Client Team. Stephen provides bespoke construction and project management solutions to private clients on unique projects throughout the New York metropolitan area. Stephen believes that communication is the most important skill for someone in his position, refined through managing multiple clients, contractors and vendors on multiple projects simultaneously.
Stephen developed his expertise while working at Construction Management & Development, Inc., a project management owner’s rep firm headquartered in New York City. Stephen received his Bachelor of Arts in Communication (Public Relations) from Virginia Tech. He also completed additional construction management coursework at NYU’s Shack School of Real Estate.
“My favorite part of working on the Dixon Projects team is the interaction with external clients on a daily basis, communicating and problem solving with them to ensure that their projects are successfully executed to their vision.”
In his spare time, Stephen enjoys seeking out the best plate of chicken parmesan, attending concerts and planning summer weekend adventures.
Chris is a Project Manager with Dixon Projects. In this role, Chris manages an array of consultants and contractors in order to deliver a high-quality, finished product for the Fund.
During Chris’ tenure, he has successfully completed several high-profile projects including, 272 Ogden Avenue, 999 Boulevard East and 29 Lincoln Place. In addition, he has implemented the Dixon Projects Procedures and Procurement Manual and manages ADT security system procedures for the Fund. Chris developed his expertise at Langan Engineering and Jacobs Engineering, where he learned about budgeting techniques, weekly reporting and general construction practices. These experiences forced Chris to manage the expectations of clients through unwavering diligence and preparation, characteristics that positively impacted his seamless transition to Dixon.
“Dixon provides me with the tools and guidance necessary to run my own projects, all while having the freedom to implement unique ideas to solve complex problems.”
Chris’s favorite project to date is Seven Point Espresso in Brooklyn. Given that this was a commercial project, it was unique and challenging, but Chris and the rest of his team were able to complete the job at an efficient pace and deliver a high-quality product in the end.
Chris received his Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, snowboarding, hiking, running, watching bad movies and listening to any and every type of music.
As a Project Manager with Dixon Projects, Rachel ensures Dixon’s high standards of finishes are maintained and renovation expectations are exceeded. Through successfully managing time and cost constraints she is able to deliver high-quality real estate projects.
“The most rewarding part of delivering a project is restoring and preserving historic architecture while transforming a space into a home. Through solving problems, managing budget and controlling schedule throughout the renovations, I know I am able to achieve the highest quality finish.”
Rachel developed her expertise from working at Woollam Constructions in Australia as an Estimator and Building Cadet throughout her time at University. This role provided her with the budgeting, management and quality assurance skills to excel at Dixon.
Rachel received her Bachelor of Urban Development from the Queensland University of Technology with First Class Honors, majoring in Quantity Surveying and minoring in Property Development and Business. Rachel has also earned the Golden Key Scholarship Award and Dean’s List for outstanding academic performance.
In her spare time, Rachel enjoys yoga, running, catching up with friends and getting out into nature.
Shannon is a Project Manager with Dixon Projects, working as a member of the Private Client Team. In this role, Shannon maintains a close working relationship with internal teammates and external contractors to perform renovations, big or small, for private clients. Shannon is an integral member of several projects, from co-ops and residential properties, to retail spaces and commercial developments.
“I knew I wanted to work for a company that would challenge me. Dixon is the perfect place. The amount of experience I have obtained is unmeasurable, and the relationships I’ve built are irreplaceable.”
Prior to joining the Dixon Projects team, Shannon earned her Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology. Through their Cooperative Education Program, she worked as a Project Analyst at Movado Group, Inc., where she designed and implemented a now utilized computer program that evaluates inventory levels within company and retail locations. This information was used by executives to promote and execute processes that eliminated excess inventory. Shannon also had the opportunity to work as a Mechanical Engineer at Metem Corporation, where she created an improved design of the current ECM/STEM drilling system and supervised operator efficiency for process improvement. Shannon spent her last year at college working as an Engineering Manager for her senior design team which invented a water purification system for developing countries that is now being implemented in South America and Africa.
During her time at Stevens, Shannon was an active member of Delta Phi Epsilon and the Student Government Association. In her free time, she enjoys singing, songwriting, and acting. Shannon even had the honor of performing for the New Jersey State Jazz Choir, multiple competitive show choirs, and Wall Street’s Christmas tree lighting two years in a row.
As a Project Manager with Dixon Projects, Dean manages a diverse range of construction professionals with the goal to deliver premium quality projects on time and within budget.
Dean developed his expertise while working in both construction and project management roles in Sydney, Australia. Dean has previously renovated and delivered multimillion-dollar Sydney homes while also project managing commercial spaces. These experiences provided Dean with the abilities to correctly allocate resources and make smart decisions at a moment’s notice. His multi-faceted skill set and ability to add value translate seamlessly to the New York City and Hudson County areas.
“The feeling that comes with delivering a beautiful project for a happy client is like no other. There is nothing better than building beautiful spaces!”
Dean received his degree in Construction Management and Property, majoring in Development from the University of New South Wales. In his spare time, Dean enjoys playing basketball, being outdoors and hanging out with his mates.
As Executive Assistant to Dixon Projects, Diana’s manages private client communications, organizes internal and external meetings, and coordinates the day-to-day activities of four different Dixon Projects Executive Directors. These are just a few of the ways Diana keeps every member of the Dixon Projects team organized.
“This role gives me a deeper understanding of construction, and a behind-the-scenes look of each renovation. I’m honored to be a part of such a highly skilled and dynamic team.”
Diana began her Dixon journey as an Office Coordinator and was quickly promoted to Head Office Coordinator within three months. Throughout both roles, Diana personified exceptional customer service to guests and teammates alike. Diana laid the foundation for what the Office Management team accomplishes today by establishing policies and procedures that create a welcoming and well-run environment. Diana and her team were pivotal in welcoming new hires to the office while keeping operations running smoothly—whether expanding breakfast choices and keeping the coffee flowing or monitoring office supplies and new equipment purchases, Diana truly was a jack-of-all-trades. When it was time to take over a new office space, Diana coordinated many of the logistics to ensure it was a seamless process. Diana credits her success to her intuition and ability to predict what others will need before they know they need it.
“As the company grew, there were more responsibilities to manage, new policies to adopt, and of course, the big move to Manhattan at the start of 2016.”
Prior to beginning her journey with Dixon, Diana spent five years as an Administrative Assistant to the Mayor of Newark, Cory Booker. In this role, Diana established and maintained databases and records, organized city-wide events, developed research projects for the advancement of the city, processed mayoral proclamations and directed incoming correspondence.
In her free time, Diana enjoys reading, learning to knit and fueling her lifelong passion for politics.
Rachel Wolff serves as an Associate Director on the Architecture & Design Team at Dixon Projects. In this role, Rachel develops designs for a variety of homes, selecting interior finishes and fixtures tailored to suit the needs of the home based on location, budget, and unique history. In addition to design elements, Rachel visits sites with contractors and project managers on a weekly basis to smoothly translate architectural plans into the spectacular homes available in Dixon’s portfolio. Rachel recognizes that a home’s design sets stakeholders’ first impression of Dixon, and ensures that all elements are accurately and beautifully translated into the finished product.
“Working at Dixon provides a unique experience as a designer. Instead of being pigeon-holed into one specific style, we get the opportunity to work on a variety of design styles. Whether it’s restoring a traditional brownstone with all of its rich mahogany woodwork intact; or a house that is a full-gut down to the studs that will become a clean-lined modern interior.”
Prior to joining the Dixon team, Rachel gained design experience at both a residential architecture firm and an interior design firm. In these roles, Rachel managed the execution and design of high-end residential interiors throughout the New York metropolitan area. Rachel’s background in transitional interiors can be seen in many of her projects and continues to influence other property designs while she explores more modern & contemporary undertakings.
Rachel holds a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts (B.F.A) in Interior Design from Miami University (Oxford, OH) and currently resides in Manhattan. She is also a LEED Accredited Professional.
Nicolette joined the Dixon team in early 2014, spending her days working closely with in-house project managers and external contractors to create exceptional Dixon homes. Nicolette believes each property should have its own special identity, and encourages the design team to continually strive toward this principle.
As Associate Director, Nicolette’s role also involves mentoring other members of the team to help them continue learning the trade and create the best possible designs. Nicolette is a champion for the design team’s work ethos, striving to maintain open dialogue about projects and challenges, as well bolstering the generation of new products and ideas.
In 2017, Nicolette transferred to Dixon Advisory’s office in Melbourne, Australia for one year where she completed numerous office fit-outs and a substantial amount of private client work, including the impressive clubhouse at Cathedral Golf Club. She was also instrumental in the decision to open Dixon Projects Australia before her return to Dixon Advisory USA.
“I’m privileged to enjoy the creative freedom Dixon provides, and love working in an environment where the design and construction process is so streamlined and collaborative.”
Now a Williamsburg resident, Nicolette graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology New York. Prior to joining the Dixon Team, Nicolette was the Head of Design at Cayley Barrett Associates and worked for CP Interiors, both design-build firms specializing in high-end residential renovation services in the NYC area. Nicolette was also hired in 2013 as one of the first designers working for Homepolish, a NY-born company making interior design accessible to everyone.
As an Interior Designer, Marybeth designs homes with finishes that entice potential tenants to quickly lease a property in a modern, fast-paced real estate environment. Marybeth works closely with her design team, architects, project managers and contractors to oversee projects from start to finish. During her tenure, Marybeth has restored life to several historically landmarked brownstones in Brooklyn and Hudson County. As a designer with Dixon Projects, she has gained in-depth experience in various facets of design, specifically excelling in kitchen and bathroom design. Marybeth visits renovation sites almost daily to communicate with and advise onsite contractors throughout the entire duration of a project’s life cycle.
“What makes real estate truly special is how each property has its own personality. During the initial walkthrough, you get a sense of the voice the house will have. It’s really cool as a designer to be able to help a house realize its full potential before it becomes someone’s home.”
As Dixon’s first Interior Designer acting under the Creative Director, Marybeth has had the privilege to watch the team and company grow at a rapid pace. One of Marybeth’s more notable projects is Dixon Advisory’s Manhattan office – a space sophisticated enough to attract investors, but playful enough to wake up employees’ minds every day. “Rian Smith and I collaboratively designed this entire office. I think I speak for the both of us when I say it’s the project we’re most proud of.”
Marybeth graduated from New Jersey Institute of Technology as a double major in Architectural Design and Theater Technologies with a specialization in Set Design. Working as a costume and set designer on multiple shows per year all through college, Marybeth was able to showcase her creativity while refining her design skills. Outside of work, Marybeth enjoys spending time with her dog, reading and exploring parks around Jersey City.
Rian Smith joined Dixon Projects in 2014 as an interior designer for the Architecture and Design Team. In this role, Rian creates one-of- a-kind homes that exemplify best-practices from the ever-evolving field of interior design. By elegantly incorporating old world charm into modern renovations, Rian fashions serene spaces for all Dixon clients. Working alongside architects, contractors and project managers Rian oversees each and every one of her projects to ensure her visions are successfully executed from start to finish.
Rian brings valuable design experience gained from several high-end residential design firms across NYC to the team and has developed a passion for historic preservation and brownstone rehabilitation since joining Dixon. Rian’s aesthetic is best described as “refined simplicity with authentic flair.” Rian’s love of travel and art continues to influence her style and has helped her translate design visions into reality.
Rian holds a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Interior Design and a minor in Marketing from Syracuse University. In her spare time she enjoys water coloring, strolling the city taking photographs, and finding new coffee spots.
Danielle joins the Dixon Projects Interior Design team as a fresh new face in the design industry. Danielle is excited to create beautiful homes while preserving the rich historic details found throughout Dixon’s brownstone properties. Filled with enthusiasm and passion for design, Danielle believes every property should be transformed from a simple house into a fantastic home.
Danielle’s main responsibilities include selecting hard surface finishes within properties, collaborating with the Architecture Team, and performing weekly site visits with Project Managers and contractors to bring the teams’ collaborative vision to life. Combining style and an eye for quality with a client-centered approach to business, Danielle strives to build elegant and comfortable living spaces.
Danielle offers an advanced knowledge of interior design—skills mastered during her undergraduate education and various internships prior to joining the Dixon team. A High Point University graduate with a degree in Interior Design, Danielle hopes to bring southern hospitality to the Big Apple.
In her free time, Danielle loves to travel and spend time with her large family. She truly believes “It’s what’s on the inside that counts.” This belief is evidenced through the stunning designs she’s been a key contributor towards.
As an Interior Designer with Dixon Projects, Monique designs stunning homes for the Fund and collaborates with unique Private Clients to build their dream space. Working alongside architects, contractors and project managers, Monique oversees her projects to ensure her design plans are successfully executed from start to finish.
"I love that Dixon’s portfolio is filled with diverse homes, each with their own existing style and personality just waiting to be reimagined or rejuvenated. Watching a property evolve from start to finish is what I find most rewarding as a designer."
Prior to joining the Dixon Projects team, Monique worked for Anthropologie. There she played a key role in the development of the Home Styling program and was the first Senior Home Personal Stylist offering tailored home styling and decoration services to a diverse clientele in New York. Monique’s key clients included a group of 150+ individual homeowners, interior designers and commercial business owners. Monique also worked as a freelance interior designer creating thoughtfully curated spaces for residential clients in Manhattan and Brooklyn.
Monique is a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) with an Associate’s Degree in Visual Presentation and Exhibit Design. In her spare time, Monique enjoys traveling, attending art fairs and local galleries, hosting dinner parties for friends and family, and hunting for treasures at vintage shops and flea markets.
As an Interior Designer with Dixon Projects, Addie is responsible for hand-selecting the hard finishes for properties while collaborating with various in-house departments and external contractors to ensure each home’s vision is properly brought to life.
Addie developed her expertise while working at J.W. York Homes, a custom home building company, and Bell Cabinetry & Design, a custom cabinetry showroom and studio. In these roles, Addie oversaw the selections for custom homes and managed the executions of high-end kitchens and baths.
“Growing up as a contractor’s daughter, I was always learning from my father, whether it was how to read blueprints or how to properly communicate with the rest of the crew. It was inevitable that I’d grow up to love being on site and develop a passion for design. Now, I love searching for unique architectural details that can make a good-looking room greater. As Charles Eames once said, ‘The details are not the details. They make the design,’…and I fully believe that.”
Addie received her Interior Design degree from the University of Georgia. In her spare time, Addie enjoys spending time with her family and exploring the ins and outs of the city.
Andy is an Associate Director who oversees the architecture and design of projects within the Dixon portfolio. He places a special emphasis on attention to detail and execution of construction in order to create a truly unique, positive experience for each tenant. Andy believes that good design is good business and uses this as a guide when making design decisions.
“The function and aesthetic of each project should have a positive impact on tenants’ lives and must be well thought out prior to construction. Each projects’ layout and finishes have the opportunity to bring more value to Dixon’s diverse portfolio.”
Andy’s previous work experience includes commercial and hospitality projects in Southern China, as well as high-end residential work in New York City, Long Island and Kentucky.
Andy is a registered architect in the state of New York and holds a Professional Degree in Architecture from the University of Notre Dame, as well as an MSRED from New York University. While at Notre Dame, Andy studied classical architecture and its merits for contemporary design and construction techniques. In his spare time, Andy likes to play soccer, travel with his wife, Jess, and explore the city’s neighborhoods and parks.
Vince works with Dixon Projects as an in-house Architectural Designer. Vince is one of the first team members to visit a prospective project to survey as-built conditions and record information for later evaluation. He thoroughly enjoys re-designing and preserving these once magnificent properties that often have fallen into complete disrepair.
“It gives me the ultimate joy knowing that I play a role in providing a family with a well-designed and safe home to create memories in.”
As a family man himself, helping to make happy homes is extremely important to Vince. He loves to travel with his wife and two daughters, where they can discover new cultures, foods and adventures, before coming back home to their two pet dogs.
Vince gains inspiration from this philosophy by John Portman: “Buildings should serve people, not the other way around. We must learn to understand humanity better so that we can create an environment that is more beneficial to people, more rewarding, more pleasant to experience.” He always keeps this in mind as he looks ahead to even more exciting times at Dixon Projects.
Vince holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the prestigious University of Santo Tomas in the Philippines. His experience in the architectural field widely ranges from both residential to commercial properties. He has completed detailed millwork drawings, comprehensive construction documents and inspired architectural designs that all help contribute to flawless final products. In fact, he was given the opportunity to design the floor plans for both Dixon’s New York and Sydney offices. “Coming in to work daily and literally experience the space I helped design is priceless.”
As an Architectural Designer, Gina is responsible for both architectural and interior designs, producing interior layouts and providing alternative design options. Using her extensive knowledge of residential architecture and design, Gina collaborates with each Dixon Projects department to create high-end residential properties for the exclusive and historic buildings in Dixon’s diverse portfolio.
“Dixon is all about the collaboration. It’s the creative ideas that each unique team member brings from their professional field to the project.”
Prior to joining Dixon Projects, Gina built her career through various roles in architecture, interior design and engineering. This unique blend of expertise is reflected in the projects Gina works on every day. As a Project Designer for both Ryan Consulting Engineers and Chiffert Engineering, Gina designed, developed and coordinated projects for residential clients and performed field surveys for architectural, HVAC equipment, ductwork and other MEP layouts.
Gina has always had a passion for designing luxury residential homes. She holds a Bachelors of Architecture, a Bachelors in Interior Design and a Masters in Engineering, all from the New York Institute of Technology. Gina was born and raised in Long Island and now resides happily in the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
As an Architectural Designer with Dixon Projects, Alice works with other members of the Architecture and Design team to produce numerous visual drawings, such as floor plans and graphics, to convey a unique vision for each property. Alice’s passion for architectural features and historic details provides the framework to ensure that dilapidated buildings are transformed into beautiful homes.
“Working with Dixon Projects is an exciting and rewarding opportunity. I’m thrilled to see my designs implemented in a way that best serves the tenants and clients.”
Prior to working at Dixon Projects, Alice developed her architectural expertise working at Lavallee Brensinger Architects and Northeastern Campus Planning and Development. In these organizations, Alice helped other architects and designers develop plans and interior schematics, produce renderings for projects and business proposals, and create graphics for architectural presentations. The skills Alice developed throughout her early career will no doubt help define Dixon Projects as the leading design/build firm in the New York metro area.
Alice received her Bachelor of Science in Architecture with a Minor in Art from Northeastern University. In her spare time, Alice enjoys playing billiards, drawing, photography and spending time with friends and family. Born and raised in New York, she loves to spend her weekends exploring different parts of the city.
As an Architectural Designer, Olivia surveys existing conditions of new properties, drafts drawings for the design and marketing teams and digitally models and renders schematic designs. Working alongside other architects and interior designers, Olivia helps to visually represent the proposed designs before construction even begins. Olivia brings a wealth of fresh knowledge to the team, including 3D modeling, rendering and photo editing software.
“The most rewarding aspect of working with the design team is the fast turnaround of projects. In my time with Dixon, I’ve seen condemned brownstones transform into captivating modern homes through the hard work of our talented architects and interior designers.”
Olivia studied Architecture at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. While at school, Olivia worked on a professional level with multiple professors, assisting with model making and visual representations. Her educational work has also been chosen to represent Pratt Institute for the NAAB Accreditation review.
In her spare time, Olivia enjoys playing piano, creative writing, hanging out with friends and family and spending time outdoors. Born and raised in the rural mountains of Pennsylvania, Olivia feels most at home during hikes or kayak excursions.
As Associate Director of Code and Zoning, Jolene is involved in every phase of the project lifecycle. Jolene works to troubleshoot a project’s problem areas; reviewing plans for code and zoning compliances, creating and expediting document filings, and obtaining final certificates of occupancy in order to close out projects.
“I love to see a building rise from the dirt. To see it come from nothing and transform into an amazing structure is truly fascinating. I can’t think of anything better than being a part of that process.”
Jolene developed her expertise while working at J. Callahan Consulting and Expediting as a Senior Project Manager. During this time, she specialized in obtaining certificates of occupancy, filing complex projects with the Department of Buildings and attending plan exams in order to obtain approvals. As the Certificate of Occupancy Director at AEC Consulting and Expediting, Jolene managed the removal of violations and obtained certificates of occupancy for hundreds of projects.
Jolene received her Bachelors of Applied Science with a minor in Business from Washburn University and her Master of Science with a minor in Educational Computing from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. In her spare time, Jolene loves to spend time outdoors, read mystery novels and travel with her daughter and fiancé.
Kristen is an Architectural Designer with Dixon Projects. In this role, Kristen works with her team members to survey many of the properties that make up Dixon’s diverse portfolio, in order to produce accurate floor plans for the Marketing and Leasing teams.
Kristen developed her expertise by working at LB Architects and the Noguchi Museum, two opportunities that allowed her to gain both creative skills and architectural knowledge. In her role at LB Architects, Kristen aided in the development of plans and construction drawings.
“It’s rewarding to see how properties are transformed into beautiful and unique homes, and I’m excited to be a part of that process.”
Kristen received her Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University. Here she served as an Information Session Student Supervisor, working with the Undergraduate Admissions Office to schedule student presenters and facilitate smooth-running university information sessions.
In her spare time, Kristen enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography and cooking. Originally from Westchester County, but now living on the Upper East Side, she also enjoys spending time with friends and family while exploring her new home.