Meet Our Team
With over 80 years of combined experience, our executive team is highly qualified in finding, developing, and completing lucrative real estate opportunities.
Zenith Development Principals
Mr. Smock is an experienced and successful fund manager, real estate developer, banker, and short-term lender, who has participated in the finance and development of over $2.0 billion in projects in the western US and Europe. Mr. Smock has worked for RBH-NCP, Zenith Swiss Partners, Nation West Capital, National City Bank, CFC, Franklin Bank, Mount Royal Partners and National Bank of Canada.
Mr. Akerlow is an experienced and successful real estate developer and has been responsible for the ownership, operations, management and the development and leasing of more than 1.5 million square feet of office, industrial and commercial space, in excess of 1,400 hotel rooms, and over 350 condominium units. He has owned, managed, and developed numerous residential land development projects.
Zenith Colleagues & Associates
Mr. McQuarrie is a seasoned veteran of the real estate development industry in the Intermountain West with over 30 years in commercial, residential, multifamily, and land development. He has planned, built and sold over 3,500 residential lots, 250 condominium units, 200,000SF of government preleased buildings, 300,000SF of commercial space, and is the current majority owner of Canyon Park Technology Center in Orem, Utah. Mr. McQuarrie is currently involved developing a Home2Suites hotel, a Courtyard Marriott hotel, and the Jive Telecommunications Headquarters. Mr. McQuarrie is a member of the Sandy, Provo, and Orem Chambers of Commerce. Mr. McQuarrie earned his BS degree in finance from Brigham Young University.
Mr. Sapers is Zenith Development's project coordinator. He received his BS degree in finance and marketing from Northeastern University in Boston and completed a corporate strategy program at the London School of Economics. Before getting involved in real estate development, Mr. Sapers worked in private equity where he led sourcing and evaluation of investments with $10-$100m in revenue and $3+ million in EBITDA. He also has experience working in the technology sector as a sales and marketing associate for SaaS and data storage companies. When not in the office, Mr. Sapers can be found deep in the Wasatch backcountry climbing a mountain or enjoying the famous Utah champagne powder.
Director of Capital Markers
Raymond Lowe has been a successful investment advisor and real estate developer for the last forty years. Mr. Lowe began his career in the financial world after finishing graduate school at Purdue University in 1968. After receiving advanced training and brokerage licenses in New York City, he began his career as a financial advisor in the San Francisco Bay area with Goodbody & Company and soon became the manager of a very profitable brokerage office for Reynolds Securities Inc. (later Morgan Stanley). He was named a Vice President of Reynolds Securities at age twenty-seven. He eventually established his own securities brokerage, advisory and investment firm, Lowe Investment Company. His financial interests led him to real estate development, which has been his major focus for the last fifteen years.
Director of Capital Markers
Mr. Neff has operated his own infrastructure construction company for more than 40 years in Utah. He works exclusively in constructing subdivision infrastructure projects include wet and dry utilities; building roads, bridges, streets, curb, gutter and sidewalks; constructing water systems including water tanks and pump stations and building sewage treatment package plants as well as connecting into municipal sewage disposal systems. His broad reach in the infrastructure development business enables him to deliver projects on time and below budget.
Craig Smith has more than three decades of experience as an attorney, in which he has successfully handled a number of complex water disputes, land use dispute, takings claims, and other issues. He has argued over 30 appeals to the Utah Supreme Court. Mr. Smith has represented public and private parties in takings claims arising from land use decisions, represented numerous water users in successful settlement of instream flow claims on the San Rafael River, and won appeals for municipalities and water entities before the Utah and New Mexico Supreme Courts. His most notable projects include securing the water rights for Duchesne City through an act of Congress, successfully entitling and securing water rights for a multimillion-dollar resort in Kane County, and creating the first municipal natural gas utility in Utah.
Director of Marketing
Elizabeth Wilson is the Director of Sales and Marketing at Zenith. She manages the real estate sales, marketing, and entitlement process for various projects. Most recently, Liz has worked as a licensed real estate consultant for Coldwell Banker and Impower Real Estate specializing in residential, multiple family, mixed-use development, commercial office, multi-use retail, and raw land opportunities. As part of her work efforts in real estate, Ms. Wilson has extensive experience leading teams tasked with the development, sales, and marketing of various projects for Zenith. She has received her B.S. in Political Science and History from the University of Utah, is a licensed agent in the State of Utah, and is a member of the Park City Board of Realtors. Ms. Wilson resides in Midway, Utah with her husband and four children. She loves being a mother, friend, and colleague. She enjoys weekend time with family, cooking, reading, and a great football game!