Meet The Team

Creating Better Communities 


Jeff Smith


Jeff Smith founded J.T. Smith Companies in 1991 as a residential real estate land development company, and it continues to be his main focus. With over 30 years experience in the real estate field, he is flexible in many aspects of development, not only including residential land development, but also residential home building, commercial development and multi-family projects.

With Jeff's vast experience in real estate, he has become a leading residential real estate developer in Oregon, providing his clients with quality products and projects in prime locations throughout the state. Jeff is a visionary, able to conceptualize the future of any neighborhood, building or community and determine its value years--even decades--beyond today's world and economy.

Because Jeff understands that no two projects are the same, he approaches each with an open mind and a ready ability to gain all available knowledge of the area, circumstance and select value. All clients can be certain their needs will be met with sincerity and that Jeff will tailor his services to fit the current needs.


John Wyland

Chief Operating Officer

Originally from Salem, Oregon, John Wyland has been with the company since 2005. During his tenure with JT Smith Companies, he has enjoyed many leadership positions including serving on the management team for the development of the 2012 Street of Dreams at Teresa's Vineyard.

Now as COO, John provides leadership, management, and vision to deliver exceptional operational outcomes that drive the company's quality and profitability. John's integrity, organizational abilities, and strong interpersonal skills have helped the company deliver quality products on time and on budget.

Responsible for managing day-to-day operations and carrying out the vision of JT Smith, John oversees the operations of many of the company's departments including land development, new project and loan procurement, vertical construction, budgeting, contracts, plans and permits, and the sales team.

Happily married to the lovely Rebecca, he is a father four times over: Taylor, Ben, Brooks, and the newest addition, Aubrey Rose. Like many Pacific Northwest families, they enjoy time outdoors and visiting family and friends. On the weekends, they can be found on a lake on their wake boat in summer or on the ski slopes in winter.


Jesse Nemec

Senior Development Manager
As Senior Development Manager, Jesse manages projects from the basic opportunity of a property to be developed through construction permitting, bidding, and construction management. He has a long history working for both local and national developers as well as corporate retail. His past experience includes planning and designing industrial and business parks, along with miles of new public arterials, collectors, and widening projects. Jesse's experience in design and construction management gives him insight on what to expect on a project from conception all the way to asset management and redevelopment.
On the weekends, Jesse enjoys spending time with his wife, two daughters, and Labrador retriever. You can often find him camping, hiking, rebuilding sports cars, and volunteering for his church.

Jered Otey

Senior Project Manager
As Senior Project Manager, Jered oversees all vertical construction field operations from startup through delivery. This includes reviewing products for function and efficiencies as well as coordinating the placement and fit of homes within their communities. With over a decade's experience in construction management, Jered is well versed in all aspects of troubleshooting over the life of a project. His past experience includes contract negotiation and budget management, along with managing teams in large projects and community builds. He has a degree in Business Management from Oregon State University.
As with our other Oregon natives, Jered enjoys the many recreational opportunities the state offers. His favorite activities are hunting, fishing, and skiing, but he's happy any time he gets to spend time outdoors with family and friends.

Nathan Smith

Project Manager
As Project Manager, Nathan runs the day-to-day operations on construction sites and is responsible for maintaining quality control and coordinating subcontractors.
An Oregon State graduate with a degree in business management, Nathan brings his skills to the family business by overseeing construction projects. He enjoys the new challenges that make each day interesting.
On the weekends, you'll find Nathan cheering on the Beavers or practicing his golf swing.

Cam Grieb

Project Manager
Cam has decades of experience working in the home building industry, building new single and multi family homes. He has worked as a project manager, construction manager and has a diverse understanding and knowledge of the home building process that provides a solid foundation from which to assist homeowners in the warranty process.

Ian Kemper

As Superintendent, Ian oversees all vertical construction on our site's and subdivisions. From foundation to sale, he ensures every home is built correctly, up to our quality standards, and completed on time.
Ian went to college at the University of Northern Colorado and Metropolitan State College in Denver. He comes with several years experience in custom home framing work and general contract work doing construction, remodels, additions and finish carpentry.
On the weekends, he enjoys hiking, fishing, and woodworking.

Jason Foster

As Superintendent, Jason monitors our projects from planning to completion, including tasks such as budgeting and scheduling. He also certifies that we follow our quality standards and ensure the safety and security on our sites.
He received a degree in architectural graphics from Lake Washington Institute of Technology and comes with 22 years experience as a residential foundation concrete contractor.
When not overseeing a jobsite, Jason enjoys hiking and listening to live music.

Gayla Fischer

Contract Administrator
As Contract Administrator, Gayla prepares all general trade agreements, notice's to proceed and purchase orders for our subcontractors. She prepares the submittal packages to obtain permits and organizes the accounts payable for all of our projects.
She brings over 20 years experience in the construction field and an associates degree in office administration.
On the weekend, Gayla enjoys camping, hiking and spending time with family.

Cathy Chrenka

As Chief Financial Officer, Cathy is responsible for overseeing the budget and financial strategies for the company. She analyzes and reviews monthly statements, establishes policies to help ensure the accuracy of reports, and oversees tax planning and strategies.
Cathy graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Eastern Oregon University. She comes with several years experience as a financial controller and accountant.

Max Wright

Social Media & Marketing Manager
As social media manager, Max manages all social media platforms and JTSmith's websites.
She graduated from Oregon State University with a Bachelor's degree in Business Marketing.
When not on a jobsite taking pictures, she enjoys cooking, baking, and exploring the outdoors with family.

Greg Keys

Certified Property Manager
Greg has over a decade of experience working in the home building industry, building new single and multifamily homes. He has worked as a framer, project manager, and construction manager. His diverse understanding of the homebuilding process provides a solid foundation from which to assist homeowners in the warranty process.