Our Team

Forness Properties Commercial Real Estate Team

Drew Forness


Drew founded Forness Properties in 2010. He has over 20 years of proven industry and sales experience specializing in the leasing and management of retail and office properties. Before founding Forness Properties, Drew served as Vice President of Sales and Leasing for Michael Collard Properties, Vice President of the Acquisitions and Dispositions Department at Crossman & Company, and as an Associate at Crossman & Company responsible for leasing. He has earned top honors with the Central Florida Commercial Realtors Association and CCIM. Drew is a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM), a licensed Florida Real Estate Broker and a member of The International Council of Shopping Centers. His accolades include a Top Investment Producer, Top Retail Producer, Top Broker and Costar Power Broker for multiple years. Drew is a graduate of Florida Southern College and is a lifelong resident of Central Florida.

Monte Mitchell

Director of Leasing and Sales

Monte was born and raised in Central Florida and has extensive knowledge, relationships, and passion for the area. He brings a diverse skill set to Forness Properties with multiple years of commercial leasing experience on both the landlord and tenant side. He has owned a business since 2006 and has been a successful business broker for over three years. More than a decade of experience in running his own business has given Monte a strong appreciation for client relationships and he works diligently to exceed expectations. The most important part of Monte’s life is taking care of his wife, Danae, his daughter, Kate, and his son, Mason.

Chelsea Weathers

Vice President

Chelsea oversees the management of Forness Properties’ retail, office, and Commercial Association properties. She joined Forness Properties in 2015. Chelsea oversees the day-to-day operations of the properties, focusing on client and tenant relations, vendor contracts, annual expense budgeting, and property maintenance. Chelsea has over 14 years of diverse property management, marketing, and operations experience. She led a team that grew from just five team members to over 100 in one year. Chelsea is a graduate of the University of North Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and was a four-year college athlete.

Michelle Frias

Property Manager

Michelle joined Forness Properties in 2017, as the assistant Property Manager. Michelle has over 15 years of customer service experience in commercial, residential property management and the financial field. She assists the Property Manager with processing accounts payable and receivables, tenant relations, and maintenance requests. She has lived in Central Florida for 20 years and she graduated from Valencia College.

Sheri Forness

Property Manager

Sheri joined Forness Properties in 2021 as an Assistant Property Manager. Sheri has been a licensed Florida Realtor since 1988.  She assists the property manager with focusing on client and tenant relations, property maintenance, and tenant receivables. Sheri is a graduate of Furman University and was born and raised in Central Florida. 

Lisa Gambrell

Assistant Property Manager

Lisa joined Forness Properties in 2022.  She has nearly 20 years of business development with financial institutions and more than 30 years of customer service experience. Lisa works with our property managers focusing on client and tenant relations, property maintenance and tenant receivables.  Lisa was raised in Seminole County and has lived in Florida most of her life.

Caroline Williams

Director of Accounting

Caroline joined Forness Properties in 2019. She is responsible for all accounting duties including cash management, receivables and payables management, CAM reconciliation, sales tax payments and end of the year tax preparation. Caroline has many years of diverse work experience. Her previous roles include Loan Partner at Waterstone Mortgage, Senior Accountant at The University of Central Florida, and Personal Banker at Wells Fargo Bank. Caroline was born and raised in Central Florida. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Florida State University.

Delphine Acito

Accounting Assistant

Delphine joined Forness Properties in 2022. She is responsible for assisting with all accounting duties including month-end reconciliations, preparation of monthly financial reports,  CAM reconciliation, sales, payments, and year-end tax preparation. Delphine has over 30 years of diverse work experience in construction and commercial and residential real estate. She moved from Long Island, New York to Central Florida after earning her associate degree in accounting. Delphine speaks three languages.

Elizabeth Morel

Accounts Payables/Receivables Specialist

Elizabeth joined Forness Properties in 2022 as the Accounts Payables/Receivables Specialist. She assists the property management team in processing account payables and receivables and collections. Elizabeth has worked in the financial industry for 20 years and lived in Central Florida for over 16 years.

Cynthia Forness

Office Manager

Cynthia joined Forness Properties in 2013. As the Forness Properties office manager, Cynthia works closely with the leasing agents and property managers to assist with invoicing, accounts receivables and accounts payable. She provides general administrative support to the team to enable a positive workplace environment. Cynthia graduated from Florida Southern College and is a lifelong resident of Central Florida.

Lenne Prussiano

Marketing Coordinator

Lenne’ has worked with Forness Properties since 2013. She coordinates all of the marketing materials for Forness Properties. Lenne’ has been employed in the commercial real estate industry since 1997, specializing in market research and marketing.