Debra Kovach is the Principal and Chief Executive Officer of Optimum Professional Property Management and founded the company 1996.
As the driving force behind Optimum, Debra has consistently strengthened the company's position in the southern California community management marketplace by orchestrating the day to day operations while advancing processes and focusing on her vision for the company.
Debra was born in Michigan moving to southern California while in grade school. She studied business and marketing at the University of California Irvine. After beginning her career in community management in 1985, Debra earned the designation of CCAM (Certified Community Association Manager) in 1992 and moved forward in her career becoming a Vice President of an Orange County community management firm. After years of industry experience, Debra created Optimum Professional Property Management, Inc. in 1996. With continuous growth and professional purpose Optimum achieved the Accredited Community Management Firm (ACMF) designation in 2001, making Optimum one of a select few management companies in California to hold the designation at that time. She remains involved on a daily basis, providing continuity with regards to performance and ever increasing expectations in her on going mission to establish Optimum as a premier community management company.Read More
Paul joined the Optimum team in 2015, bringing with him more than twenty years of accomplished management and business-development experience in the financial services sector. Paul started his finance and lending career working on industry-leading entrepreneurial private ventures. He has extensive senior- and executive-level experience, with emphasis on strategic planning, and developing and executing operational policies, processes and procedures.
As Optimum’s COO, Paul oversees operations across all departments, including ongoing IT initiatives designed to improve current applications. He also leads efforts to research and implement new and emerging technologies, such as our latest property/community management software platform.Read More
Denise Bergstrom, Vice President of Client Relations, began her career with Optimum in 2020. She is responsible for collaborating with team members and clients to ensure needs and expectations are exceeded.
Denise was born and raised in Southern California. She attended California State University at Long Beach where she earned a BA of Economics degree. She also holds a Professional Community Association Manager (PCAM) designation, the most prestigious national designation issued by the Community Associations Institute (CAI).
Prior to joining Optimum, she worked for a large Orange County based management company for over twenty-five years where she held a variety of leadership roles. For twenty years, she oversaw the operations of the management division with a focus on developing efficient management operations. During her final years with the company, she was called upon to establish a Mergers and Acquisition division, a new company growth strategy, in which she successfully facilitated the integration of the company’s first acquisition.Read More
Debbie Gemeinhardt is the Director of Operations who began her career with Optimum in 2002.
Debbie was born and raised in southern California. Prior to Optimum she completed a fifteen (15) year tenure with a local law firm specializing in landlord-tenant law. After determining it was time for a career change, Debbie moved to the community management industry as the Office Manager and Assistant to the CEO.
Debbie's current position as Director of Operations requires that she maintain an expertise in technical equipment support. She is responsible to oversee computer server maintenance while serving as a liaison with the company's information technology specialist and acting as the primary onsite IT support. She coordinates and/or performs all onsite work station relocations and allocates and coordinates all facilities equipment, furniture and supplies. Additionally, Debbie works with a team of developers and organizes and oversees the creation and maintenance of Optimum-contracted community websites.Read More
Dale Womack, Accounts Receivable Supervisor, joined the Optimum team in November of 2008.
Dale was born and raised in Southern California. Prior to starting his career in the homeowner association management industry with Optimum, Dale owned and managed a branch office of a successful mortgage company. His branch included five mortgage personnel. Dale was directly accountable for day-to-day operations of the branch and for developing marketing programs. His position was multi-faceted, requiring that he manage team members, prepare proposals, negotiate terms and conditions, and act as a liaison between borrowers and lenders as needed.
When Dale initially joined Optimum, he began as a customer service representative in Billing and Collections, a sub-section of the Accounts Receivable Department which he now supervises. As he advanced towards his present position, his mortgage industry experience made him the perfect candidate to oversee Optimum’s Escrow Department wherein he worked closely with realtors and homeowners as well as escrow companies to ensure a smooth transition into the new property.
With Dale’s experience within Optimum and the industry having grown immensely and coupled with his customer service skills and leadership abilities, he promoted into his current role as Accounts Receivable Supervisor in 2015.Read More