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 over 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 protects Yardi’s corporate and fiscal interests and oversees day-to-day operations. Gordon has been with Yardi since 1990, following eight years as founder and president of Santa Barbara Softworks, a developer of educational software. Before this, Gordon was an Assistant Professor of Counseling Psychology and Human Development at the University of Maine and the Director of Childcare Services for Santa Barbara County Schools. Gordon holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara, an M.Ed. from the University of Hartford, and a B.A. from Syracuse University.
— Senior Vice President, Sales
Terri Dowen joined Yardi’s sales department in 1993 and was instrumental in developing regional sales territories as a Regional Sales Manager. In 1997, she became the Director of Sales; in 1998, she became Vice President of Sales; and in 1999, she was promoted to her current position as Senior Vice President of Sales. Under her direction, Yardi has achieved record-level sales. Prior to her career with Yardi, Terri spent five years in the banking industry. Terri attended the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she studied Business Economics.
— Senior Vice President, Client Services
John Pendergast joined Yardi in 1997 and has worked on product support, implementations, training, and consulting relationships. John has been active in residential, military, student housing, and commercial implementation projects. Before coming to Yardi, John was a member of the fiscal management team at the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and an MIS Consultant to the State of Massachusetts. John holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Baylor University, a Graduate Certificate in Mediation and Dispute Resolution from the University of Massachusetts, and a Master of Public Administration from Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts.
— Senior Vice President, Ancillary Services
Fritz Schindelbeck oversees our RentGrow Resident Screening, ResidentShield, Yardi Call Center, and PopCard teams. Fritz joined Yardi in 2002; as Vice President of Professional Services, he spent years working with our strategic national and international clients to help them realize maximum value from Yardi technology. He has more than 35 years of experience in the real estate industry, having served as a Controller and Information Technology Director for a pension fund advisor as well as a Vice President of Consulting for a leading provider of technology solutions to the industry. Immediately prior to joining Yardi, Fritz was a senior manager for KPMG and Deloitte & Touche in their real estate systems and operations consulting practice. Fritz holds a B.A. in Business Administration from California State University, Fullerton.
— Senior Vice President, Global Solutions
Rob Teel joined Yardi in 2003 and has been a project and program manager for many multinational implementations. Since 2007, Rob has overseen the product direction and development of Yardi’s investment management, global, and commercial product lines. Prior to joining Yardi, he was a consulting manager for Accenture in the ERP (PeopleSoft) and business process outsourcing market sectors. He has been a financial and property management systems consultant for over thirteen years. Rob holds B.A. degrees in Management Information Systems and Finance from Florida State University.