Reed G. Andrus
Member and Manager, Developer, Louisiana Associate Broker/Owner
Qualifications.Real Estate Development, Asset Management, Investment, Financing, Commercial & Residential Brokerage, Leasing and Management.
Background Information. Mr. Andrus began his real estate career in 1981 having completed his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (BA) at the University of Southwestern Louisiana (USL, now ULL) and one year of post graduate work at LSU Law. He joined his father, Dwight W. Andrus, Jr., in the family real estate enterprise to learn the business and continue in the family tradition of real estate development, acquisitions and ownership in the Lafayette, Louisiana area through a third generation. He has been involved in multiple aspects of the real estate industry throughout his 32 year career, including residential and commercial development, acquisitions, sales, real estate financing, investment management, property management and leasing with a concentration in shopping centers and office buildings. He received his Louisiana Real Estate Broker’s license in 1986 and acted as the sponsoring broker for the family real estate company for over a decade. Mr. Andrus holds a Louisiana General Contractors license and has, at times over his career, been in charge of tenant finish build outs in Andrus real estate assets. He also serves as the trust partner for Andrus Investments, LLC and is involved in Dwight W. Andrus Insurance, a large family owned independent insurance agency.
Additionally, from 1988-2000, Mr. Andrus served as President of RDD Corporation, a family owned retail store operation under the trade name of The Camera Center.
In the past, Mr. Andrus served on the Board or Directors of First National Bank of Lafayette and is the past Chairman of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Foundation.
Dwight W. Andrus, III
Member and Manager, President and CEO of Dwight W. Andrus Insurance, Inc.
Qualifications. 36 Years in Insurance Brokerage Services, Risk Management, Underwriting, and Loss Control. President and CEO of Dwight W. Andrus Insurance, Inc.
Background Information. After attending 3 ½ years at University of Southwestern Louisiana (USL, now ULL), Dwight W. Andrus, III began his career in Insurance sales in 1978, and after two years joined Reliance Insurance Company in Nashville, Tennessee as an underwriter. After two years at Reliance, he returned to Lafayette where he continued in commercial insurance sales before taking the helm of Dwight W. Andrus Insurance, Inc. (a company founded in 1945 by his Grandfather) as General Manager at age 28. In early 2000, he was appointed President and CEO by his partners. Over the last 30+ years, with his brother David (see below) he guided and expanded the company. Today, it employs a staff of 105, has four locations, and has grown 20 fold in revenue since 1985. For the past ten years, he has been instrumental in executive oversight and leadership of Dwight W. Andrus Real Estate, a company his brother, Reed heads up for the family.
David W. Andrus
Member & Manager, Secretary and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Dwight W. Andrus Insurance, Inc.
Qualifications. Qualified in Insurance Sales, Risk Management and Property Management. 30 Years in Insurance Brokerage Services. Secretary of Dwight W. Andrus Insurance, Inc., I/T Manager, Personal Lines Manager, Successfully completed the courses to become Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC).
Background Information. After attending Louisiana State University (LSU), David began his career in 1984 in the family business Dwight W. Andrus Real Estate as a property manager. He also pursued a career in insurance brokerage sales and after two years, he obtained his Property and Casualty, and Life and Health licenses. He joined his brother Dwight W. Andrus, III in personal lines insurance sales in 1986. During the late eighties, he added I/T support to his responsibilities, and by the early 1990’s, he began assuming a more active role in executive management at the insurance agency, and together with his brother, Dwight W. Andrus, III have grown the insurance agency into one of the largest independent insurance agencies in the State of Louisiana. Over the last 26 years, he successfully completed the Certified Insurance Counselor course and began his commercial insurance sales career. Over the last 10 years, he has been very active in the executive leadership and strategic planning of the sister company Dwight W. Andrus Real Estate.
G. Matthew Andrus
Sales Manager – Residential Division; Louisiana Sponsoring Broker
Qualifications. Real Estate Development, Residential and Commercial Real Estate Brokerage, Residential Broker Manager, Residential Valuation and Mortgage Financing.
Background Information. Mr. Andrus began his career in 1982 building homes with his father and brother forming Twin Oaks Builders. In 1985, Mr. Andrus became a licensed Realtor working for Dwight W. Andrus Real Estate and in 1987 became a Licensed Real Estate Associate Broker. Throughout his career, Mr. Andrus has been a top producer, worked with his family assisting with residential subdivision development, market analysis, market trends, statistics, land sales, residential new construction sales, plan designs, residential and commercial re-sales, commercial leasing and REO sales. In 2014 Mr. Andrus became the Sponsoring Broker for Dwight W. Andrus Real Estate managing the residential division assisting realtors and associate brokers working for the company in the day to day operations of re-sale listings, new construction sales, new business development, lead generation and leasing transactions. Mr. Andrus specializes in the new construction market working with many of the top builders and developers in the Lafayette and surrounding markets helping builders manage all aspects of new construction projects and developments.
Phillip J. Garzotto
Chief Financial Officer, Certified Public Accountant, Financial Reporting and Analysis, Manager of Internal Accounting Department, Insuring Regulatory Compliance, Asset and Structure Mergers and Acquisitions.
Qualifications. Certified Public Accountant, Financial Reporting and Analysis, Manager of Internal Accounting Department, Insuring Regulatory Compliance, Asset and Structure Mergers and Acquisitions.
Background Information. After obtaining his Bachelor of Science (BS) Degree in Accounting from University of Southwestern Louisiana (USL, now ULL) in 1986, Mr. Garzotto began his career as a senior staff accountant at Prejean, Thibodeaux, Davis, Hebert, CPA’s where he worked until 1988. In 1988, he was recruited by the firm of Broussard, Poche, Thibodeaux, Davis, Hebert, Certified Public Accountants, as an Audit Supervisor. In 1993, Phil left the public accounting field and entered private business joining USI Financial Services, where he stayed until 1996. In 1996, Mr. Garzotto joined the Dwight Andrus management team as CFO of Dwight W. Andrus Insurance, Inc, to help manage the rapidly growing company in the areas of accounting, regulatory compliance and financial management. Today, he serves as the CFO for Dwight W. Andrus Insurance, Inc. and Dwight W. Andrus Real Estate, LLC.
Mark C. Andrus
General Counsel to Dwight W. Andrus Insurance, Inc., Dwight W. Andrus Real Estate, LLC and Related entities.
Qualifications. Mr. Andrus has broad experience in the practice of business and commercial law, in both litigation and transactional matters. He has worked extensively in the areas of secured and unsecured collections, creditors’ rights, bankruptcy, UCC litigation, contract disputes, construction claims, fraud, unfair trade practices, shareholder and partner disputes, and has experience with numerous other types of business cases. His transactional practice has included real estate, financial and loan transactions, corporate and limited liability company formations, business acquisitions, restructurings and workouts, insurance and real estate agency law and general contract work. He also has extensive experience with commercial and personal lines insurance policies and coverage issues. He has been an Assistant Examiner for the Committee on Bar Admissions, Supreme Court of the State of Louisiana since 1998, on the subjects of conventional obligations and contracts; sale and exchange; agency; security rights; liberative prescription; Commercial Laws -Secured Transactions; and conflict of laws. He is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association and is admitted to practice in all Louisiana state and federal courts
Background Information. Mr. Andrus was born in Lafayette, Louisiana in 1955. He obtained his B.A. (1977) and J.D. (1980) degrees from Louisiana State University. Prior to joining the Dwight Andrus companies as General Counsel in 2005, he was an attorney in private practice for 25 years, and was a partner with the Lafayette firm of Davidson, Meaux, Sonnier & McElligott. He remains Of Counsel with that firm.
Lauri L. Dupuis
Financial and Lease Administrator
Qualifications. Marketing, Social Media and Graphics Design, Owners Financial Reporting, Payables and Receivables, Lease Administration, Office Administrator and Human Resources.
Background Information. After working in the hotel industry for five years as a catering coordinator and Executive Assistant to the General Manager, Lauri began her real estate career in 1990 under the title of Leasing Assistant for Realty Management Company in Tampa, Florida. In this capacity, she assisted seven commercial lease agents and the Director of Leasing in the administration and associated with the leasing and management of 33 shopping centers located throughout the state of Florida, Tennessee and Indiana totaling approximately 4,000,000 square feet of retail space.
Lauri joined Dwight Andrus Real Estate in 1993 as an Administrative Assistant and is responsible for lease preparation and administration, monthly financial reporting, budgeting and projections for Dwight Andrus Real Estate and over a dozen related companies, management of rent rolls, day-to-day accounting, rent receivables and collections, accounts payable, office management, financial management, advertising placement and coordination and reconciliation of annual operating expenses. Mrs. Dupuis works closely with Reed G. Andrus in the execution of new development initiatives.
L. John Monteleone
Commercial Lease Agent
Background Information. Since 1999, John has been involved in the real estate industry focusing primarily in residential sales. He began his transition into commercial real estate becoming the Property Manager for Dwight W. Andrus Real Estate in 2006 where he began focusing on day-to-day management, including tenant finish project management. In 2011, he transitioned completely into commercial leasing for Dwight Andrus Real Estate where he is responsible for interfacing with all new prospects, negotiating LOI’s, new Leases and continues to assist with property and project management at a supervisory level. He also is responsible for managing lease renewals for all Dwight W. Andrus Real Estate owned and managed assets, totaling approximately 228,000 square feet of Gross Lease Area.
Adam R. Andrus
Background Information. Adam attended the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (ULL) studying Accounting. He is the oldest son of Reed G. Andrus and has chosen to follow in the footsteps of past generations in continuing the tradition of real estate in the Lafayette area through a 4th generation.
In 2012, he became the Property Manager for Dwight Andrus Real Estate, LLC involved in the daily shopping center and office building management, supervision of our sub-contractors, construction and maintenance budgets and the supervision of tenant build outs. He is also being introduced to real estate development and asset management, including leasing, to learn the skill set to achieve his goals.