Scott Whitaker

Vice President, Finance & Accounting
scott@menkitigroup.com

Scott brings over 30 years of accounting and finance experience to the team and is focused on driving the company’s treasury management and financial reporting. Scott has held senior level finance positions with publicly traded, private equity and start-up organizations during periods of robust growth. Most recently, as CFO of Burton Rand Associates, the company was awarded a large Department of Defense contract and expanded its credit facilities.

As an independent financial consultant, Scott contracted with public defense contractors and private investor groups to design and manage corporate budget and operational forecast teams, acquisition scenarios and tax services. He served as Director of Financial Reporting at RLJ Development, one of the nation’s largest private equity hotel investment firms prior to their IPO. During his tenure, RLJ launched three closed-end private equity funds, received cumulative equity commitments of $2.7 billion, and purchased 140 hotels.  Scott designed RLJ’s original treasury controls, financial and tax reporting systems and procedures, and partner capital administration.

He was also the original Corporate Controller of what today is Interstate Hotels & Resorts, joining the early EquiStar / CapStar equity group before its public debut, serving during its IPO, then merging into a public REIT.  He managed the corporate and investor fund accounting and worked with over 100 controllers, vice presidents and the highest executive levels.

Scott is a Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Management Accountant and a Certified Hospitality Accountant Executive. Scott received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Kentucky.

Eric Wellington

Facilities Manager
202.733.5479
ewellington@menkitigroup.com

Eric Wellington is currently serving as The Menkiti Group’s Facilities Manager based in Washington, DC. A native of the DMV area, Eric’s journey in HVAC began in high school and continued through his education at The Advanced Technology Institute in Virginia Beach. With almost 15 years of experience in HVAC, he refined his skills at Sears Home Service, excelling in customer service and sales.

Eric’s expertise led him to MGM National Harbor, a sprawling 1MM SF resort with a 23-story hotel boasting 308 keys. During his six-year tenure, he rose to the position of lead HVAC technician overseeing over 70 AHU units.

After his time at MGM, Eric transitioned to the Washington Nationals baseball team, serving as a plant engineer for two years before joining The Menkiti Group. Now, he brings his extensive talent to effectively manage the group’s facilities and equipment across the DMV.

Martin Weldon

Martin Weldon

Managing Partner of Sales & Business Development
202.733.5479
martin@menkitigroup.com

Martin Weldon is a seasoned real estate agent and a key member of The Menkiti Group. He was one of the first residential agents to join the team of Bo and Kymber Menkiti. As Managing Partner of Sales and Business Development for Menkiti Group Enterprise, Martin plays a crucial role in the residential, development, and commercial business units, offering guidance and expertise to help ensure the success of each transaction. 

Martin Weldon is a highly experienced real estate professional and a valued member of The Menkiti Group. He has played a vital role in the success of the award-winning MG Residential sales team, helping to achieve over $1.5 billion dollars in total closed sales volume over the past 16 years. He started his career as a top-performing buyer’s agent, then took the lead of the Buyer Division, and now serves as a coach and mentor to the sales agents and expansion partners of the team. In his current role, Martin also acts as an ambassador for The Menkiti Group, promoting growth and business development as the team expands its neighborhood impact model across the country. In 2015, he was honored with the I.A.M award which recognizes a member of the organization for their outstanding dedication and commitment to the growth and success of the enterprise.

 Martin Weldon has a multifaceted background and a wealth of experience in both the real estate industry and the restaurant industry. Prior to real estate, he served as the General Manager of the iconic Georgia Brown’s restaurant in Washington D.C. He is a former KW MAPS Coach and has mentored and advised many agents across the country on how to grow solid sales businesses based on the models of the MREA. He remains highly active in the real estate industry and in his community. He is a five-time Agent Leadership Council member in the KW Capital Properties Capitol Hill market center and serves on the boards of the Woodridge Warriors Youth Organization and WINNERS Lacrosse. Martin is a native Washingtonian, he lives with his wife and two children in NE Washington D.C. and is proud of his in-depth knowledge of District neighborhoods and the investment potential found therein.

Lawrence Thomas

Director of Accounting
202.733.5476
lawrence@menkitigroup.com

As Director of Accounting, Lawrence is responsible for managing the Development, Portfolio and Fund Investment Accounting and cash management functions of the enterprise.

Prior to joining The Menkiti Group, Lawrence served Development Accountant for Federal Realty Investment Trust, a Rockville, MD REIT, and Controller, Wills Companies, a private real estate investment firm. There he specialized in development accounting and financial reporting, including project cost and profitability analysis, general ledger analysis and reconciliation.

He also ran an Independent Accounting practice for 12 years consulting on engagements with clients, including the Office of Comptroller of the Currency, BearingPoint, Inc, General Growth Properties.

Brianna Pierson

Executive Assistant
brianna@menkitigroup.com

Brianna Pearson is a seasoned professional who joined The Menkiti Group as an Executive Assistant in early 2024. She joined the enterprise with over 13 years of experience in healthcare administration, with extensive management and clerical experience. 

Previously, Brianna served as the Scheduling Coordinator and Front Office Lead at Occupational Health Consultants under the guidance of Dr. Michael A Sauri. In this role, she played a pivotal part in collaborating with over 200 clients and companies, ensuring compliance with OSHA regulations through meticulous scheduling and administrative support. 

Brianna also worked at The Children’s National Medical Center as a Clinical Operations Representative where she honed her skills in clinical coordination and operational management. Prior to her tenure at Children’s National, Brianna worked at Cardiac Associates in Montgomery County, MD, where she managed operations across four offices and coordinated activities for 15+ providers. Her role involved cross-training in multiple departments, with a focus on administrative functions ranging from reception and front desk management to records maintenance, call center operations, and medical assistance. 

Since 2021, she has dedicated her time to serving as a Youth Ice Hockey Team manager, where she excels in schedule coordination, team communication, and travel arrangements. Additionally, Brianna is deeply rooted in Montgomery County, where she currently resides with her son. 

Pete Leoni

Controller
pete@menkitigroup.com

Pete Leoni joined The Menkiti Group in late 2022 as the Controller for the enterprise and is responsible for leading the accounting and finance teams at the company. Pete brings 10+ years of accounting in the real estate industry and a wealth of experience in areas specific to the company’s core focuses including commercial real estate, development accounting, project management, and process improvement.

Prior to joining The Menkiti Group, Pete served as Director of Commercial Real Estate and Development Accounting at Fundrise, where he helped build and structure the accounting team and processes for the growing Washington, DC-based company. Prior to Fundrise, Pete served as Director of Accounting for Donohoe Real Estate services, and before that, led several different accounting teams at Carr Properties. Pete began his career in public accounting, at Dopkins & Company in Buffalo, New York, before moving to Washington, DC in 2013 and working for Baker Tilly out of the Tysons Corner office.

Pete graduated from Canisius College in 2010, with degrees in Finance, Accounting, and Accounting Information Systems. He currently resides in Washington, DC with his wife and daughter.

Shaunta Lee

Commercial Property Manager & REALTOR®

Shaunta@menkitigroup.com

Shaunta Lee joined The Menkiti Group as their Commercial Property Manager in the fall of 2023. In her role, she is responsible for managing operations for their robust portfolio of commercial properties. Her focus is delivering strong financial results, determining cost saving strategies, streamlining processes, managing vendors and resources, and maintaining tenant retention by providing exceptional customer service.  

Shaunta joined the enterprise with over 10 years of experience in commercial and residential real estate services, client and tenant relationship management, and property management.  

Shaunta holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina. She is an active member of CREW and actively pursuing her RPA designation. She and her family currently reside in Washington, DC.  

Abby King

Marketing Associate
abigail@menkitigroup.com

Abby joined The Menkiti Group as a part time Marketing Associate in the summer of 2023. In her role, she assists with projects and initiatives related to digital marketing, branding, content creation, social media, public relations, and corporate communications across the enterprise.

Prior to her role at The Menkiti Group, Abby lived in Madrid, Spain where she taught English to young children. Before Spain, Abby worked remotely as a Project Assistant during her junior and senior years of college where she had hands on experience in marketing and communications. In this role, she spearheaded campaigns, created content, and handled all company social media accounts.

In addition to working at The Menkiti Group, Abby is also pursuing a Master of Science in Applied Psychology online at the University of Southern California. She is excited to be part of a team at The Menkiti Group that prioritizes community, creativity, and growth. 

Abby graduated from Denison University with a major in communications and a double minor in psychology and Spanish. There, she was also captain of the women’s soccer team and was awarded a scholar all-American for her efforts both in the classroom and on the field. She is originally from Grosse Ile, Michigan and now lives in Washington DC.

Jumoke Akiosi

Chief of Staff | Licensed REALTOR® Growth and Operations
jumoke@menkitigroup.com

Jumoke Akiosi serves as Chief of Staff to the President of Keller Williams Capital Properties: Kymber Menkiti, who also serves as a Keller Williams Divisional Leader. Jumoke (pronounced Ju-mo-keh) is also a Licensed Realtor servicing referral in the DMV region (and beyond). She is a proud Nigerian raised by a single mother and a graduate from the Art Institute of Philadelphia with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing.

Jumoke started her real estate career in April 2014 when she joined a Top 1% DMV Real Estate Team as a Marketing Specialist. Over the next 7 years, Jumoke grew her role into Director of Operations as she led her team to sell over 600 homes for over $250M. Through her tenure, her team received various industry awards include Washingtonian Magazine BEST of Awards, Bethesda Magazine’s TOP 250 Award, America’s BEST Real Estate Agents Award, Greater Capital Association of Realtors Platinum Award for Units Sold, Keller Williams Capital Properties Top 10 Awards for Units Sold and countless others.

Over the course of her career, Jumoke developed a soft spot for servicing first-time homebuyers and millennials. Her passion to service this niche ignited when she purchased her first home in August of 2018 at the age of 32. From there, she’s been inspired to share her success story by teaching dozens of educational seminars to aid millennial buyers/sellers in making well informed decisions, while taking their fair share in the housing market to build generational wealth.

In 2020, Jumoke’s love for teaching amplified as she partnered with her mentor to launch a 12-week training course called Become an Ops Badass™. This course was designed to coach and train real estate admin and operations personnel on how to own their roles and dominate the market with leveraging proven systems and models into their businesses. In 2021, Jumoke took her love for teaching and coaching to another level and took on the role of Productivity Coach in the KW Bethesda-Chevy Chase market center. As productivity coach, Jumoke’s focus is to empower newly licensed agents with a shift on mindset, implementing best practices in the market while utilizing the scripts, systems and models of Keller Williams. Jumoke also serves on The Keller Williams Agent Leadership Council which is made up of the top 20% of agents in each office. This dynamic ‘board of directors’ is actively involved in the leadership decisions that make the office more productive and profitable.

Prior to her career in real estate, Jumoke has served a variety of small, local businesses in the Bethesda and the DC area with her extensive expertise in branding, Marketing, PR, Communications, Social Media, and e-Commerce. Jumoke thrives on challenges particularly those that inspire, motivate, and impact the greater community. In her free time, Jumoke enjoys traveling, shopping and spending quality time with her mother, partner, and close circle of friends.