Our Team

Forness Properties Commercial Real Estate Team

Drew Forness

President

Drew founded Forness Properties in 2010. He has over 18 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 recent accolades include a Top Investment Producer, Top Retail Producer and Top Broker and Costar Power Broker in 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018. Drew is a graduate of Florida Southern College and is a lifelong resident of Central Florida.

Payton Foster

Director of Leasing and Sales

Payton joined Forness Properties in 2014. He is primarily responsible for the leasing of retail properties. He was presented a Top Producer award in 2015 by the Central Florida Commercial Association of Realtors, and received the CoStar Power Broker Award for retail leasing in 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018. Payton is a member of NAIOP and The International Council of Shopping Centers. Payton graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and is a lifelong resident of Central Florida.

Rich Mitukiewicz

Associate

Rich joined Forness Properties in 2018 and is responsible for the leasing of retail properties. He attended the University of Central Florida and received a Bachelor of Science Business Administration - Real Estate (BSBA) in July 2019. Rich is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and competed in the 2019 NAIOP Case Competition during his tenure at UCF. As a recent college student, Rich’s forward thinking brings a fresh insight into the evolving real estate and market trends in Central Florida. His eagerness to learn, adapt, and make an impact within the industry goes hand-in-hand with the core values of Forness Properties.

Chelsea Weathers

Property Manager

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 5 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 4 year college athlete.

Michelle Frias

Assistant Property Manager

Michelle joined Forness Properties in 2017, as the Assistant Property Manager. Michelle has over 10 years of customer service experience in commercial, residential property management and the financial field. She assist the Property Manager with processing accounts payable and receivables, tenant relations and maintenance request. She has lived in Central Florida for 17 years and she graduated from Valencia College.

Caroline Williams

Accountant

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.

Brandy Casella

Administrative Assistant

Brandy Casella joined the Forness Properties team in 2019. She assist the Property Managers and leasing team with administrative duties for commercial properties and associations. She has lived in Orlando for almost 17 years and know the central Florida area very well. Her family has a long history in real estate and development. Brandy has over two years in property management experience. In her free time, Brandy is active in the community enjoys playing sports competitively.

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.

A 360-Degree View of Property Management

Forness Properties believes in a full 360-degree view of property management strategy and financial reporting schedule to help manage your real estate assets. We work closely with every client to develop a comprehensive strategy.

24 Hour / 7 Days Emergency Line

At Forness Properties we understand property management requires 24 x 7 vigilance. For properties to be secure, our emergency line gives our clients confidence and peace of mind.

Total Life Cycle Property Management

Forness Properties manages the total life cycle of acquired property from acquisition, control, accountability, responsibility, maintenance, and utilization through disposition.