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OUR TEAM

Mike McCann

President and CEO

Mike McCann is the vision and energy behind Simple Life. Recognizing the significant gap in affordable home options for discerning buyers Mike organized a comprehensive market study that identified key demographics and potential markets. He then assembled a strong and dedicated team who shared his vision and mission and provided them with the resources to perfect his plan and grow the vision across the U.S.

Under his leadership, Simple Life has emerged as a leader in the downsized housing movement. Mike has guided the company to retain quality suppliers who provide a superior product in a quick turn time and has led the development and promotion of Simple Life’s flagship community to near sell out with 190 residents. Properties for the second, third, and fourth Simple Life communities are either owned or under contract and going through the entitlement or development process. Mike’s proven track record for putting together a full-service offering, assembling a team to build and promote that offering, and securing investors and other resources to support the offering has been the impetus for the success and fast-paced growth and excitement that Simple Life has realized today.

Through his own investment company, McCann Management, Mike began investing in land in 2000. Employing the very best urban land planners and engineers, Mike has re-entitled and either sold for development or developed over 3,000 acres, some as small as 1/4 acre and others as large as 300 acres. Understanding, embracing and navigating the public process of entitlement with local counties, cities, historic preservation, and environmental groups has become a real strength and area of expertise for Mike.

Wolfe Jackson

CFO

Wolfe Jackson oversees the finance team for Simple Life and manages the daily operations of the finance department. His expertise has helped Simple Life successfully manage cash flow, organize and integrate a continually shifting supply chain, cultivate valuable investor relations, and procure stable debt.

Wolfe graduated with an MBA from Michigan State University and spent the first years of his career with a “Big Four” public accounting firm. Upon leaving public accounting Wolfe spent 15 years in residential construction, starting as the CFO for a then privately-owned homebuilder. When the company was sold to a publicly traded home building company Wolfe became the Division Controller for the Jacksonville division and was subsequently promoted to the Division Chief Operating Officer and Division President. In these roles, Wolfe was responsible for sales, construction, land acquisition, purchasing, and warranty, managing the construction of over 3,500 homes including nearly 500 in one peak year. His total in career real estate transactions was more than $875,000,000 prior to joining Simple Life.

Wolfe’s extensive background in home building helped develop the Simple Life sales and set up model, which has many similarities to traditional real estate. He is excited to have Simple Life’s first project sell out as projected in 2019. 

Coles Whalen

Marketing Director

Coles Whalen is an experienced marketing and promotions professional who has guided Simple Life’s brand development from conception through to the sell out of its first community. Her creativity and fresh perspective have helped keep Simple Life at the leading edge of the national conversation surrounding downsizing and simple living.

Coles was instrumental in developing Simple Life’s process for capturing market data and creating a buyer profile. She is also responsible for performing market studies on potential new projects including the collection and analysis of location information, buyer habits, consumer trends, competitors, and the effectiveness of potential marketing and sales programs.

Prior to joining Simple Life, Coles served as the marketing director for EcoVentures helping the company become a nationally recognized supplier. She was also the Executive Event Coordinator of the Tiny House Jamboree, an industry expo, which drew over 40,000 attendees. Coles holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California.

Joel Osgood

RLA – Senior Land Planner

Joel Osgood brings fourteen years of landscape design experience to Simple Life’s communities and oversees the design and implementation of homesite layouts, infrastructure, amenities, and landscaping. He is an expert at capturing the unique character of each property, capitalizing on existing topography and native plant species, to bring beauty and local flavor to each Simple Life neighborhood.

Prior to joining Simple Life, Joel gained extensive international experience in design, project management, and construction working on high-end resort developments and golf course projects around the world with Beau Welling Design, a design consultant to Tiger Woods Design.

Joel’s designs are driven by a passion for ecological restoration, a rigorous dedication to technical details, and an inspired reverence for nature. He holds a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture from North Carolina State University.

Dave Allen

Director of Set Up and Development

Dave Allen brings over 20 years of experience in executive construction management to the day-to-day operations of Simple Life communities. His ability to attract and retain a talented production team and effectively lead them through multiple construction projects at once, helped Simple Life develop its flagship community on schedule and within budget.

Dave oversees Simple Life’s supply chain management including the ordering, shipment, placement, set, and final set up of each home.

Dave’s process-oriented leadership and impeccable eye for detail have taken Simple Life’s first community from blueprint to brick and mortar in a cost-effective and well-run manner. He looks forward to playing an integral role in the second, third, and fourth communities to come. Dave holds a BS in Business Management.

Yvonne Suter

Assistant Director of Financial Operations

Yvonne Suter brings over 20 years of experience in the application of General Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), project management, and executive organization to Simple Life’s finance department. She has helped develop Simple Life’s accounting operations from the beginning, setting necessary directives for smooth and efficient administrative and financial management functioning. 

Her recent past experience includes financial management for NextEra Energy where she managed the accounting functions for two holding companies with combined assets of $775 million, revenue of $ 111 million, and cash of $ 42 million. Yvonne is fluent in English, German, French, and Swiss.

Yvonne Suter brings over 20 years of experience in the application of General Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), project management, and executive organization to Simple Life’s finance department. She has helped develop Simple Life’s accounting operations from the beginning, setting necessary directives for smooth and efficient administrative and financial management functioning. 

Her recent past experience includes financial management for NextEra Energy where she managed the accounting functions for two holding companies with combined assets of $775 million, revenue of $ 111 million, and cash of $ 42 million. Yvonne is fluent in English, German, French, and Swiss.

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Jacque Coots

Manager of Sales

Michael Gaines

Community Manager

Danielle Tate

Quality Assurance Director

Ashley Parks

Financial Administrative Manager

Elizabeth Dohony

Sales Guide

Christine Dugan

Guest Services Coordinator