Our Team

John Mario Perri

Founder, Sales Lead

Growing up in the shadow of an experienced entrepreneur, John witnessed firsthand the dedication and effort it took to successfully compete in real estate and development. In 2005, John moved from Long Island to Coxsackie and began working in the family business of construction and development. In 2009, the company shifted from an expansive 600-acre, fractional ownership project no longer suitable for the economy and purchased its first 4-unit apartment building in Catskill. Quickly applying similar layout methods and finishes implemented in developing east end homes on Long Island, coupled with fortuitous timing of downstate migration north, a new trajectory took off rapidly and came together as JMS Construction. The company’s rapid success in renovation, construction management and property management was attained by continued streamlining of processes along with strategic acquisitions. John served as the company’s Director of Operations and his responsibilities included logistics, inventory management, customer service, investor relations, construction management, property management, accounting, leasing and human resources on over 100 apartments.

Utilizing his experience and skills from JMS Construction, John was one of three partners that founded ProVest Management in 2013, focusing on managing commercial real estate development projects along the eastern seaboard beginning in Fort Valley, Georgia. Spearheading a team with locations in San Francisco, Dallas, India and NY, John was responsible for coordinating the property management of over 13 retail shopping centers with close to 1,000,000 sq ft of space. Notable centers managed include Springdale Plaza, Camden, South Carolina; North Towne Commons, Toledo, Ohio; Fort Valley Shopping Center, Fort Valley, Georgia, Forrest Oaks, Shopping Center, Mt Airy, North Carolina; Arlington Square Shopping Center, Indianapolis, Indiana; Sunrise Plaza, Brooksville, Florida.

With these experiences, John recognized a niche that could be filled beginning with a much more efficient method for property management by installing processes and procedures for preventative maintenance and work order management. John left the family business in 2018 and founded Clever Property Management in 2019. Utilizing his network in marketing and real estate, John quickly signed Clever’s first multi-family clients.

An unexpected biproduct of years in the construction industry, Clever Property Management began supporting select clientele with construction management in a role that continues to grow to bigger and bigger projects. As a result, John spends a significant amount of time identifying clients who require both supervision and management. This helps them save money on renovations and keep the project moving forward in an orderly fashion. It also gives them a management team that literally knows the building from the inside-out.

John holds a bachelor’s degree from CUNY Baruch College and a master’s degree from The College of St. Rose where his concentrations were business administration and finance. Ten-hour OSHA certified, John is also a New York State licensed real estate broker and holds an ICSC-CSM Property Management certification. In his spare time, John enjoys laughing and lounging with friends.

Kristi Perri

Principal, Accounting Lead

With equal time managing commercial and multi‐family financial operations in Hudson, Catskill and areas outside New York, Kristi rose from a part‐time Accounts Receivable representative to a salaried Office Manager running the back‐office operations for multiple companies on multiple accounting platforms. Her proximity to and involvement in property development, construction management and financial operations allowed her to develop a great network of reliable industry professionals who she recommends to her clients. Kristi provides oversight and advice on day‐to‐day accounting and year‐end tax decisions. Along with thriving in her own career working for a local foundation, Kristi also runs their home life handling their two daughters Gabriella and Gillian, as well as, Penelope Lane, the family cockapoo.

Kristi holds a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Oswego and a master’s degree from Long Island University.

Kerri Dittmar

Construction Project Manager

With over 20 years’ experience in remote Project management and Commercial Property Management, Kerri has joined Clever Properties as our construction management Lead. With a strong communication and process-oriented skillset, she works directly with John concentrating on vendor and client relationships. Maintaining effective communications with Clever team members, vendors, and clients, Kerri works to ensure construction projects are tracked in a timely and professional manner by managing schedules and all other relevant project timelines.

Kerri holds a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Cortland.

Adam Rice, CPA

Consulting CFO

Adam, a ten-year Army veteran, is an Enrolled Agent, which allows him to practice before the Internal Revenue Service. His experience includes public accounting with taxation, not-for-profit audit experience and insurance premium auditing. Prior to starting his own firm, Adam served as Director of Finance of a real estate management firm and is currently an adjunct professor of business and accounting. Working with Clever, Adam’s firm provides accounting services and monthly oversight of financials while keeping short and long-term company goals in focus.

Adam holds a Master of Business Administration from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

Ali Jones

Leasing and Operations Associate

Ali Jones is a proactive property manager and seasoned realtor boasting 8 years of industry expertise, currently filling out a new role with Clever handling leasing and operations admin. Originally hailing from Cincinnati, OH, Ali now calls Oak Ridge, TN, home. Active in her community, Ali serves on the City of Oak Ridge Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, acting as a dedicated liaison for the Oak Ridge community. Ali values the lasting connections fostered in her professional journey and cherishes moments spent with her family.

Jeffrey Haworth

Tenant Liaison

In his role in property management, Jeff leverages a diverse background spanning healthcare administration, finance, and customer service. Known for his empathy, self-directed approach and unwavering dedication, he has honed extensive expertise in medical billing, claims auditing, and contract compliance, excelling in managing complex tasks with efficiency. Jeff’s proficiency in overseeing monetary transactions, auditing claims, and ensuring regulatory compliance seamlessly aligns with the demands of property management. Moreover, his experience in customer service highlights his ability to nurture positive relationships with tenants and stakeholders, a crucial element of successful property management.

Jeff’s professional journey began with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Framingham State College, laying the foundation for a career marked by continuous growth and achievement.  In his free time, Jeff enjoys a successful dog sitting service and pet photography.

Edson DaRosa

Construction Foreman

Raised in Brazil, Edson was introduced to hands-on work at a young age by his grandfather, a skilled craftsman specializing in crafting Carvalho pots for tenderizing and seasoning meat. Upon relocating to the United States and completing his education, Edson entered the construction industry in 1998. Joining Clever Property Management as our Construction Foreman, he brings over 25 years of expertise in various aspects of carpentry and construction management.

Edson’s extensive knowledge and hands-on experience enable him to provide swift suggestions and effective solutions, ensuring a smooth workflow on projects. Beyond his professional pursuits, Edson is an active First Lieutenant volunteer firefighter, certified in first aid, CPR, hazmat emergency response, and holds a 30 Hour OSHA certification, alongside being a certified OSHA inspector.

In his leisure time, Edson longs for fresh air in the outdoors, enjoying activities such as hunting, fishing, kayaking, and anything that brings him closer to nature.

Tom Petersen

Web Developer

Coming from a marketing background, Tom has a passion for technology and began building website and mobile apps for individuals and businesses in 2014. After a personal introduction, Tom grabbed the baton on the website that was and quickly helped Clever get cleaned up and organized to the benefit of the potential clients. Community Connections Digital continues to support new ideas and introducing up and coming media approaches helping Clever expand their reach in digital presence.

Tom received his bachelor’s degree from Long Island University in Business Administration.

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