Pete Daskalos was born in a small village in Greece in 1935. Through his tremendous success, Pete has embodied the very ideals of the American Dream. He first came to the United States at age 16. After enlisting in the Army, Pete began his entrepreneurial career. He opened several businesses in the Albuquerque area. In 1970 he started investing in real estate and became a general contractor.
Pete began his real estate development career with one property. That property was Daskalos Center, where Daskalos Development’s office is still located today. Working with Peggy, one of his daughters, and his son, Jason, Pete expanded the company to include 16 properties. Pete’s retail centers have received numerous professional awards, including awards of merit and excellence from National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP). Pete has developed commercial, industrial and residential developments. When not working, Pete spends his summers in Greece with Soula, his wife of almost 60 years, and his 9 loving grandchildren.
Peggy Daskalos grew up in the Real Estate industry working beside her father, renowned local developer Pete Daskalos. Peggy graduated in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer science. Shortly after graduation she started working with her father and has over 30 years of experience in the Real Estate field as a Qualifying Broker, Real Estate Developer and Property Manager, with experience in commercial, institutional, retail, restaurant, fast food and convenience stores as well as developing residential subdivisions. Peggy has extensive experience in ground-up development of commercial properties.
She is affiliated with several national Real Estate organizations including the Albuquerque Board of Realtors, The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), and served on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP) for four years from 2005 to 2008. In 2015 Peggy was inducted into the VIP Women of the Year Circle from the National Association of Professional Women. Peggy has also served on the board of directors for the Albuquerque Youth Symphony, the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra and The Albuquerque Community Foundation.
Jason Daskalos, along with his sister Peggy, is the co-owner and operator of Daskalos Development and Investments. Likewise, Jason owns and operates Landmark Construction, a first class construction company specializing in luxury homes and commercial developments.
Jason has been working in real estate development and construction for over 25 years. He has earned a reputation as one of Albuquerque’s premier general contractors. His accolades include two Gold Awards and one silver award from the New Mexico Homebuilders Association Parade of Homes in 1999, 2000, and 2002.
Jason’s expertise also extends to the restaurant business. He owns and operates Vintage 423, an upscale dinning establishment in northeast Albuquerque. Jason has also spent many years in the Pirelli World Challenge, the professional racing circuit, racing his Dodge Viper to numerous victories during his career.
Linda McCormick was originally born in Pennsylvania before moving to New Mexico in 1984. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of New Mexico. Linda has over 20 years of experience in commercial real estate with an emphasis on retail shopping centers, making her an extremely valuable member of DDI. Linda has been working for Daskalos Development and investments since 2007.
Her prior experience includes lease administration at Maestas and Ward and Vice President of Property Management at First Commercial Real Estate. Linda is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), where she served as President for three years, and the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP). She was awarded the Real Property Administrator by BOMA, one of six in the State of New Mexico. In her spare time, Linda enjoys reading, volunteering at Lovelace Hospital in the NICU department, watching the Pittsburgh Steelers and spending time with her dogs.
Kirstie Sedillo was born and raised in Las Cruces, New Mexico. After two years at New Mexico State University, Kirstie moved to Albuquerque in 2014. She then attended the University of New Mexico where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing.
After gaining much experience with the retail industry, working at both Dillard’s and Hollister, Kirstie began working for DDI in 2015 as the administrative assistant and I.T. support. In her free time, Kirstie enjoys reading, playing video games, shopping, and traveling.
Sheldon Miller, originally born in Walnut Creek, California, moved to Albuquerque in 1986 after first growing up in Socorro, New Mexico. He received his associate’s degree of arts and sciences at ENMUR. He first worked for the Daskalos family in 2005 as Jason’s Crew Chief for the Daskalos Motor Racing Team. When not in the pit lane, Sheldon worked several construction jobs during the winter months.
Sheldon is a skilled mechanic and has been working on engines for 20 years. However, his expertise is not limited to engines. Sheldon is experienced in construction, electrical, carpentry, wood finishing, and excavation. He has therefore earned the reputation as the office “jack of all trades.”
Mike Hontas, raised in Albuquerque from age 10, started his construction education as a teenager by helping remodel the turn-of-the-century family house located in the Huning Highlands neighborhood near downtown Albuquerque. This must have spurned a desire to work in the construction trades, which he has been doing ever since.
He has worked as a construction supervisor and/or manager since 1982. Projects include tenant improvements, mid-rise and high-rise buildings, medical facilities, a ship loading facility in Portland, and high end residential projects in Arizona, California and New Mexico. When not working, he loves to travel.
Nick Torrez was born in Albuquerque, NM and raised in Seboyeta, NM and Albuquerque, NM. He began working as a teenager in retail and eventually landed in property management at an early age. Prior to coming to work for DDI in 2018 as the Property Manager, he worked for a prominent asset management firm in the Santa Fe area. He has over 13 years’ experience in the commercial real estate field as a Qualifying Broker and Property Manager with experience in retail shopping centers, industrial, restaurants, breweries, ranches, residential, oil & gas leases, and security as a Private Patrol Operator.
In his free time, Nick enjoys spending time with family, grilling, tinkering with his vehicles, and sports.
Vanessa Pena was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She received his Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from the University of New Mexico and a Master’s degree in Accounting from the University of Phoenix. After spending many years in retail, restaurant management and accounting, she joined the Daskalos Family in 2017 as the office accountant.
In her free time, Vanessa enjoys doing pilates and yoga, spending time with her family, and gardening.