op Shelf Real Estate Advisors specializes in hotel renovation project management with most of their business coming as a result of acquisitions. They offer full-service project management or a la carte services, whatever best fits their client’s needs.
At Sarandi Manufacturing, we are very pleased to work with the professionals at Top Shelf Real Estate Advisors and appreciate their feedback of our work:
"On our last project, Sarandi was on time and on budget and their end-product work was awesome. What they delivered was what they promised." - Darrin Phillips, Founder & CEO
“In a world of missed deadlines, blown budgets, finger-pointing, and unanswered questions, Top Shelf Real Estate Advisors offers transparency, responsibility, and peace of mind.”
Who They Are:
Top Shelf Real Estate Advisors is a hotel project management firm that is redefining how project management should be done. Armed with hands-on expertise in construction, finance and hotel operations, and cloud-based technology to deliver full transparency of every project detail, they provide one-stop management services.
Top Shelf Real Estate Advisors is a hotel project management firm that is redefining how project management should be done. Armed with hands-on expertise in construction, finance and hotel operations, and cloud-based technology to deliver full transparency of every project detail, they provide one-stop management services. Get to know Top Shelf REA Founder and CEO, Darrin Phillips.
What’s more, the expertise doesn’t stop with Mr. Phillips. The experience of Ryan Hill, Chief Financial Officer; Vicki Atherton, Project Manager; Cory Ringo, Project Manager, and Samantha Stanton, Assistant Project Manager are equally impressive. While the expertise and experience of the staff at Top Shelf REA are indeed remarkable, every skilled leader will tell you that it’s how you structure your organization to get the most from that expertise that counts. And that’s where Top Shelf shines.
We had an opportunity to speak with Darrin Phillips, Founder and CEO and Samantha Stanton, Assistant Project Manager. What follows, is a small snapshot of our conversations:
Mr. Phillips explained that: "As elementary as it sounds, everything starts with a focus on planning and the basics.”
Clear procedures are in place including a system of checks and balances which ensure accuracy and accountability. There are universal processes to be followed for every project and any adjustments to these processes are specific to the nuances of each project. These processes are instrumental in ensuring every project goes smoothly, is on time and on budget.
Mr. Phillips also explained the projects almost always have something that goes a little sideways. Because of the processes in place, the Project Manager can address the issue while the rest of the project continues without interruption.
When we spoke with Ms. Stanton, we asked her what she thought made Top Shelf Real Estate Investors special. Without hesitation she said: “Transparency with our clients, making the process as easy as possible; and doing everything we say we will do. Transparency keeps our clients informed every step of the way in all phases of the project.”
After speaking with her team members, she added this statement: “I know that I had spoken a lot about transparency, but I think that some of our team members have expressed an important additional perspective on the pillars of our organization. They have worked hard to complete tasks, especially while working remotely, all while maintaining integrity in their work. We all feel that integrity and the ability to maintain deadlines, despite unforeseen challenges have become more important than ever before during the COVID-19 pandemic.”
We also asked Ms. Stanton if she could recall a favorite project. With pride in her voice, she said; “I’m relatively new here (a little under three years) and I just finished my first project that I was part of from beginning to end. Just seeing the process from start to finish, the support of my team, everything that I learned, how happy our client was…this first start-to-finish project will always be special to me.”
Top Shelf Real Estate Advisors is clearly a special company. Both Darrin Phillips and Samantha Stanton were generous with their time and were candid throughout our conversations. Top Shelf Real Estate Advisors is a truly special company – and at Sarandi Manufacturing, we are proud to call them one of our clients!