Our Management Team

Brandi Manning, CPM, Advanced RAM
Managing Partner

Brandi is a seasoned property management professional with over 25 years experience in the Multifamily industry. She is a graduate of MS State University with a Bachelor of Social Work. She began her real estate management career as a leasing agent shortly thereafter and has worked her way through the ranks, having served in roles such as Area Manager, Regional Vice President, Director of Property Management, and Vice President. Having managed more than 15,000 units across the Southeast, she has extensive knowledge of property operations, financial modeling, staff supervision and development, and implementing policies and procedures for best practices. Brandi has served as President for various Boards, including the MS Apartment Association (MAA), MS Chapter of Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM), and MS Multifamily Council (MMC). She has served on the Board of Directors for the Home Builders Association of MS and the Education Committee for IREM national. She holds her CPM (Certified Property Manager) designation as well as her Advanced RAM (Registered in Apartment Management) and has served as an instructor for the RAM, CLP (Certified Leasing Professional) and NLP (National Apartment Leasing Professional) courses. She has created and led numerous training courses for various events over the years. Brandi has received numerous awards and recognition throughout her career for her hard work, passion, and dedication to the industry.

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Susan Self

Susan Self joined the Estes-Manning team in 2019 bringing more than 35 years of accounting experience to our firm. Susan is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi and received her CPA designation in 1987. Susan served in numerous roles for MS Power Company and as Accounting Services Manager for Southern Company Services prior to her “retirement” in 2013. Susan is a member of the Mississippi Society of CPA’s and is also active with her church and family in her spare time

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Brian E. Estes, CPM, CCIM

Brian is President of The Estes Group, Inc. and partner in it's affiliate, Estes-Manning Management Group. Brian began the real estate investment group after serving 10 years in the commercial real estate industry as a staff appraiser and associate broker for two commercial real estate firms. Brian served as a staff accountant for LDDS WorldCom following his graduation from Mississippi College. Brian was honored with the Top 40 under 40 award in 2009 by the Mississippi Business Journal, he is affiliated with multiple professional organizations and is involved with a variety of community organizations and causes. He was awarded the prestigious CCIM designation by the CCIM Institute in 2000 and the CPM designation by t he Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) in 2008. Brian's areas of expertise include investment properties above $1,000,000 with a primary focus on shopping centers and net leased properties.

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Michelle Fortenberry, ARM, RAM, CPM Candidate
Asset Manager

Michelle brings over 22 years experience to the Estes-Manning team , having worked markets throughout Mississippi, Tennessee, Louisiana, and Arkansas, both as an onsite manager and Regional Manager. Michelle's areas of expertise include onsite operations and training as well as a strong background in accounting. Michelle works closely with owners in preparing budgets and reporting monthly operations. Michelle holds her ARM (Accredited Resident Manager) designation through the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) and is a CPM Candidate. She also holds her RAM (Registered in Apartment Management) designation through the NMHC (National Mulithousing Council). Michelle is responsible for the day to day oversight of operations and accounting.

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