Our mission is to create partnerships and provide leadership that result in successful business ventures, thriving residential communities, prosperous commercial properties, and enriching work environments. We strive to create long-term sustainable value for our investors through strategic asset growth, increased profitability and the capture of value added opportunities.
- We conduct our business with integrity, vision, and compassion.
- We listen to the goals of our stakeholders and align our resources to exceed these goals.
- We create an environment that empowers employees, rewards innovation, solves problems, and gives precedence to residents.
- We are committed to developing employees and creating teams to exceed industry standards.
- We are selective and purposeful when evaluating new business opportunities.
As an affiliate to Zeman Homes, one of the largest owner and operators of manufactured home communities in the country, Community Operating Solutions was established to strategically partner with third parties in acquiring and managing properties. Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the company’s partners and affiliates have an extensive history of successful development, management and acquisition of properties. The company has professionals in all facets of the industry including: project management, legal, accounting, property management, home sales and marketing. Community Operating Solutions provides outstanding service at competitive prices which makes organizations consistently exceed their expectations.
Ed Zeman, Chairman and Partner Zeman graduated from Eastern Illinois University with political science and business degrees in 1988. After completing his bachelor’s, Zeman began his career with Mobile Management Company as the Construction, Maintenance, and Repair Coordinator. He has since worked with several levels of the organization and possesses invaluable experience with numerous real estate entities, a finance company, a home sales company, and more recently, an insurance company, enabling him to provide a unique perspective. Zeman has owned and provided various companies with hands-on management. Ultimately responsible for their success, he has developed a thorough understanding of all issues affecting the bottom line. A self-described “been there, done that” entrepreneur, Zeman has been moving his company to become a professional management organization, continuing to work closely with associates in the daily management of the organization.
Dee Pizer, Vice Chairman
Recognized industry-wide as a person of influence, Dee Pizer is renowned for her passion, leadership and steadfast commitment to consistently producing a high level of achievement. Pizer is a recognized industry expert and advisor on industry issues in the Chicagoland area. She is an advocate for the manufactured housing industry at the municipal and state level. As a veteran in the manufactured housing industry, Pizer’s expertise includes finance, operations management, portfolio strategy, new business development, operations management and investment management. Pizer has led the company through one of the most tumultuous markets in the history of the manufactured housing industry. While setting ambitious growth goals during this downturn, she doesn’t think in terms of failure, but rather challenge and opportunity. Dee recently moved into a new role as the Vice Chairman of the Board. Prior to being Vice Chairman, Dee served as the CEO of Zeman Homes with the responsibility for determining the strategic direction of the company and ensuring that company’s strategy was implemented through functional steps. In addition to creating the organization’s culture, she identified the company’s greatest strengths for growth and flexibility. Under Pizer’s direction, these strengths were implemented in day to day operations as she and staff provided compassion and high-quality care for the communities. Pizer joined the company in 1986 and held various positions within the manufactured housing industry. She is a currently a contributing member and donor of the Chicago Foundation for Women and an active member of the President’s Forum for Women Executives.
Jeff Fannon, CEO
As Chief Executive Officer of Zeman Homes, Jeff brings over 10 years of real estate management experience to Community Operating Solutions. Prior to joining Zeman in 2014, Jeff held a position of Vice President from 2006 to 2014 with Equity Lifestyle Properties (ELS), one of the largest publicly traded REITs in the manufactured and recreational vehicle sector. During his tenure at ELS, Jeff was responsible for over 85 properties spanning over 15 states, including focus specifically on properties located in California, Florida and the Midwest. As the leader of the day to day operations, his experience, problem solving, communication and team-building skills ensure the overall management expectations of the client are achieved. Jeff holds a JD/MBA from University of San Diego and a Bachelors of Science degree in management from Arizona State University.
Mark Connolly, Chief Financial Officer and Partner
Mark Connolly has been a member of the executive team since joining the company in 2014. His areas of responsibility include treasury, risk management, accounting, accounts payable and financial reporting. Mark successfully managed similar functions for the past 20 years for both private and public corporations. Mark holds a Masters in Business Administration from DePaul University. He is a Certified Treasury Professional and a Licensed Insurance Broker in multiple states.