Meet Our Team
– President & Founder
– President & Founder
In 1982, Anant Yardi recognized the need for an integrated accounting and property management software for the residential marketplace. As the director of systems development for Burroughs Corporation (now Unisys) and with 14 years of programming experience, he knew he had the background to design such a product. In 1984, “Basic Property Management” was created for the Apple II computer and was sold to our first customer, Sabaco Realtors. Since that time, Anant has directed the company through almost 30 years of steady growth, remaining the President and sole owner as Yardi became a leader in real estate asset and property management solutions.
Today, Anant continues to serve as President of Yardi Systems, and his vision is the driving force behind the development of effective and innovative software solutions for global real estate portfolio management. He has been recognized as one of the early pioneers in the commercial real estate automation industry, a “visionary in respect to automation systems and the resultant benefits in property operations,” according to Realcomm, when they honored him with the 2004 “Digie” award . He was inducted into the Multi-Housing News “Hall of Fame” that same year, and his company continues to receive industry accolades.
Anant has an M.A. in Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, and worked for 14 years developing programming methodologies and directing systems development at Burroughs Corporation prior to establishing Yardi Systems.
– Executive Vice President
Gordon Morrell is responsible for protecting Yardi Systems’ corporate and fiscal interests and maintaining operations. He may be found doing anything from ensuring that Yardi’s facilities are functioning smoothly to negotiating our next acquisition. In addition, Gordon is our HIPAA Compliance Officer, ensuring that Yardi conforms to HIPAA requirements so we can continue to supply solutions to our HIPAA-compliant customers. Gordon also oversees Yardi’s program for community outreach, through which we support nonprofit organizations all over the world.
Gordon received his B.A. from Syracuse University, an M.Ed. from the University of Hartford, and a Ph.D. from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Before joining Yardi, he worked as an Assistant Professor of Human Development at the University of Maine and served as Director of Childcare Services for Santa Barbara County Schools. Gordon transitioned from education to software when he founded Santa Barbara Softworks, which developed educational software for elementary and high school students. He acted as President of that company for eight years before joining Yardi Systems in 1990. Gordon has been part of the Yardi team as it grew from 25 people to its current headcount of over 3300.
– Senior Vice President of Sales
Terri joined the company in 1993 in the Sales department, where she was instrumental in developing regional sales territories as a Regional Sales Manager. In 1997, she became the Director of Sales, in 1998 Terri was promoted to Vice President of Sales, and in 1999, to her current position as Senior Vice President of Sales. Under Terri’s direction, Yardi Systems has achieved record-level sales. Prior to her career with Yardi Systems, Terri spent five years in the banking industry. She holds a B.A. in Business Economics from the University of California at Santa Barbara.
– Senior Vice President of Client Services
John joined Yardi in April 1997 and has worked on implementations, internal and external training, and on consulting relationships. John earned his Bachelor of Business Administration at Baylor University, a Graduate Certificate in Mediation and Dispute Resolution from the University of Massachusetts, and a Master of Public Administration from Suffolk University. Previously he was a member of the Fiscal Management team at the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and a Management Information Systems consultant to the state of Massachusetts.
– Senior Vice President, Ancillary Services
Fritz joined Yardi Systems in 2002 and has been working with our Strategic National and International clients to help them realize the maximum value from their investment in Yardi Systems technology. He has over 22 years of experience in the real estate industry, having served as a Controller and IT Director for a Pension Fund Advisor, and Vice President of Consulting for a leading provider of technology solutions to the industry.
Prior to joining Yardi Systems in his current capacity, Fritz was a Senior Manager for both KPMG and Deloitte & Touche in their Real Estate Systems and Operations consulting practice. Fritz has led project teams in the completion of literally hundreds of successful real estate systems implementations. Fritz has a B.A. in Business Administration from California State University at Fullerton.
– Senior Vice President, Commercial & Investment Management
Robert joined Yardi Systems in 2003 and quickly became immersed in the Military Housing marketplace. Over the next four years, he assembled a dynamic team of professionals and developed an industry-leading product that addresses the unique needs of both the public and private sectors of Military Housing. Since 2007, Robert has overseen the product direction and development of Yardi’s Investment Management, International, and Commercial product lines. Prior to joining Yardi, Robert was a consulting manager for Accenture in the Enterprise Resource Planning and Business Process Outsourcing market sectors. He has been a financial and property management systems consultant for over 13 years, and has a B.A. in Finance and a B.A. in Management Information Systems from Florida State University.