Company Founders


Danny Plueddemann
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Danny was born in Nigeria and lived there for ten years as a missionary kid. He worked and studied in Mexico, Bolivia and Spain and speaks fluent Spanish. He loves to bang out chords on his guitar, play soccer and ride his motorcycle. In quieter moments he likes to read Greek and Roman history and watch Liverpool play soccer. His professional background took him from banking to mortgage lending and eventually to Smart Shield Property Management.

Matthew Tringali
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Matthew was born in Boston at a very young age, but eventually saw the light, moved to North Carolina, attended NC State University, and met his wife.  He has worked in local real estate since 2003. His early real estate career included renovation project management and sales of local single family residential real estate. Whereas he initially focused his work with investors on acquisitions and development, later on he expanded to working with retail buyers and sellers.  During the real estate downturn, he realized that his listings would not sell, so he approached his sellers with inquiries about property management. With those insights in mind, he birthed Smart Shield Property Management with a combined focus on management and sales. When not working, you will find him spending time with his family, reading a book, riding his bike or attending an NC State sporting event.  He also writes longer bios than Danny. This is how he describes himself!

Our Team


Alexandra Mihăilescu » Operations Manager
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Born to be a problem-solver, Alexandra oversees all issues that our property management team deals with on a daily basis, and continuously improves our processes and workflows. In her spare time, she loves reading books and taking long walks outside. When indoors, you’ll probably find her watching tennis or snooker. Here it is how she describes herself in her own terms!

Julie Burgos » Client and Marketing Specialist
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Julie is our marketing and client specialist, and helps our clients navigate through turnovers and get their properties re-rented as quickly as possible. She is a tattoo enthusiast and loves to travel. In her free time, she plays Call of Duty on her mobile phone or spends time with her dogs. Meet her in person here.

Cris Velilla » Leasing and Applications Specialist
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Chris’s work focuses on helping tenants find a rental property with us and answering any questions they may have. She oversees the entire process from application to moving in and renewing their lease. When not at work, she likes reading books, playing online games with her two sons, and baking and cooking with her daughter. She likes singing while cooking because she believes this will make dishes delicious. The team unanimously agrees that she has a beautiful voice! Meet Cris here.

Alejandro Perez Cortez » Maintenance Specialist
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Alejandro is a champion of maintenance processes. He makes sure any repairs are efficiently and professionally done. Father to a three year old, Alejandro loves spending time with his family by the pool, and is a confessed fan of barbeques. He is an aircraft maintenance engineer, and has always liked figuring out how things work. Meet Alex here.

Klerin Hercules » Photo-Video Specialist/ Field Agent
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Klerin joined Smart Shield Property Management 8 years ago, and since then has become an invaluable member of the team. As a field agent, Klerin is involved in inspections, turnovers, and maintenance. He is also our photo and video specialist, and much of our marketing material owes to him. When he is not at work, he loves spending time with his 1-year-old and wife, playing football, or riding his motorcycle. Find out more about Klerin here!

Laurie DeEsch » Bookkeeper
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With over 15 years of experience in bookkeeping, Laurie makes sure that our finances and accounting are up to date every month. Besides loving numbers and accounting, Laurie is a mother of three, and divides her time between her family and her passion for reading and travelling. When it comes to sports, Laurie’s all-time favorites are the Washington Capitals and the Washington Redskins. Meet her in person here!

Alexandra Pleşa » Content Writer
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Alexandra joined the Smart Shield team recently as content writing, PR, and social media specialist. When she is not creating content or updating the company’s website, Alex spends her time researching the material culture and history of The Middle Ages and writing academic articles. Besides history and archaeology, her other life-long love is ballroom dancing, which she practices regularly.