Our Team

Crossgates is a third generation family owned and operated business.
Woodcliff Drive
Canonsburg, Pennsylvania

Arthur C. Schwotzer, Chairman  

Art graduated from the University of Pittsburgh as the outstanding engineer in his class. In 1959, he founded Crossgates. 

He has taken the company from the early days of developing single family homes to the development of multi-family residential properties, hotels, nursing homes as well as commercial and industrial properties. 

He is the recipient of many awards, including most recently the Outstanding Achievement Award from Carnegie Mellon University.

Ryan A. Schwotzer, President 

Ryan is a graduate of Penn State University. He joined the Crossgates team in June of 2006. 

He is responsible for business development, project management, and consulting in the Western and Central Pennsylvania offices. 

Ryan is a member of the National Association of Office and Industrial Parks (NAIOP) and serves on the board for the Developing Leaders affiliation of NAIOP.

David J. Ruef, Sr. Vice President

David graduated from Penn State University. 

He previously worked for the Foster International Development Company and started his own real estate development firm, Ruef and Associates, before joining Crossgates in 2000. 

David is responsible for structuring financial plans, and securing debt and equity, project management, and accounting for all commercial and industrial projects.

James T. Fusco, Vice President and Treasurer

Jim holds a graduate degree from Slippery Rock University. 

He previously worked with Touche Ross & Co. before joining Crossgates in 1975. 

He is responsible for the corporate accounting and tax departments, investor relations, and leadership of the property management division.

W. Reid Howe, Vice President 

Reid attended Penn State University. He joined the company in 1985 and was appointed Vice President of the property management division in 2000. 

He manages our in-house and site staffs with over 2,150 apartment units and 7,304,000 square feet of commercial and industrial buildings. 

He is an Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) Certified Property Manager and past President and current Board Officer of the PA Affordable Housing Management Association. 

Reid is also accredited as an Assisted Housing Manager from Quadel Consulting.

Diane E. Voda, Vice President 

Diane joined Crossgates in 1978 and since then has been promoted to Commercial Controller, Assistant Vice President for commercial and industrial development, and Vice President of Administration for the Central PA office. 

She is responsible for contract and lease administration, development, and marketing in the Central PA office.

Robert Sapsara, Vice President Construction 

Bob is a graduate of Northeast Louisiana University. He previously worked with Kossman Development Co. and had his own construction firm. 

He joined Crossgates in 2004 and is responsible for all construction administration for multi-family residential, commercial and industrial properties in western PA. 

In addition, he works closely with the property management division on all major capital projects.

Carol Jo Bevans, Assistant Vice President
Carol Jo is a graduate of California University of Pennsylvania with both an Accounting degree and MBA. She was previously an internal auditor for the Washington County Controller's Office and joined Crossgates in 1999. 

She oversees the daily activities of the commercial real estate division of the company. 

These duties include all facets of accounting including lease compliance, annual audits, fiscal budgeting, and financial reporting. 

In addition, Carol Jo works closely with the Executive management team on various project management concepts and projections.

Damian Winchel, Assistant Vice President

Damian is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University with a B.S. in Accounting. 

He joined the Crossgates team in 1999 as a Project Accountant for the Residential Property Management division and was soon promoted to Assistant Controller and Controller, respectively.  

Damian is now Assistant Vice President of the Residential Property Management division, responsible for the administration of the accounting staff and oversight of the budget process, accounts payable and receivable, and the audit process.

Anthony Williams, General Manager

Anthony graduated from Ohio University. He was previously with the City of Pittsburgh Housing Authority, where he was in charge of the Residential Management, Occupancy, and Relocation departments.

Anthony joined Crossgates in 2004. He is accredited as an Assisted Housing Manager from Quadel Consulting, and is an Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) Certified Property Manager. 

He was the 2014 and 2015 President of the local IREM chapter.  

Anthony manages over 700 apartment units in PA, MD and WV, with primary responsibility for budgeting, site staff oversight, and contract administration.

Scott Davis, General Manager

Scott is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He began work with Crossgates in 1981, left to start the regional office of another property management firm, and then rejoined the company in 2004. Scott is an IREM CPM, is past president of the local IREM chapter, and was named the Certified Property Manager of the Year in 1992 and again in 2014. 

He currently teaches the IREM - Ethics for Real Estate Management course, and holds a current PA Real EstateAssociates Broker's license. 

Scott is responsible for over 775 apartment units and some commercial properties.

Lisa Buettner, General Manager

Lisa is a graduate of Bradford Business School.  She previously was a Senior Asset Manager with PMAM (Pennsylvania Multifamily Asset Managers) and joined Crossgates in 2012.  

She was a member of the PAHMA Board of Directors for over 10 years.  She holds a current PA Real Estate Salesperson license, is an IREM CPM & ARM and a Quadel AHM.  

Lisa is responsible for almost 700 apartment units in PA and WV, with primary responsibility for budgeting, site staff oversight and contract administration. She also assists in management of three commercial complexes with almost 40 clients.

George Bellish, Commercial Real Estate Manager 

George is a graduate of Waynesburg University with a B.S. in Business Administration.  

He came to Crossgates with 20 years of experience in Facilities Maintenance and Construction of commercial and industrial property. 

George is responsible for the property management division in the Central Pennsylvania office. George is a member of the Central Pennsylvania International Facility Management Association (IFMA).