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Thomas J. Pickel

Executive Director

Community Builders Network

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Community Builders Network

362 Social Science Building One University Boulevard

Saint Louis, Missouri 63121

United States

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Executive Director


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Horizon Housing Foundation

Board Member
City of St. Louis

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St. Louis Economic Development Partnership

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St. Louis Development Corporation

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Thomas Pickel, Executive Director of DeSales Community Housing Corporation and Co-Chair of the Community Builders Network of Metro St. Louis

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Thomas Pickel - DeSales Community Housing Corporation

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As DeSales Executive Director Tom Pickel puts it, "opportunity doesn't always come just as you want it, when you want it," especially when you're working to grow your organization's sustainability and resilience.

So when SLEFI approached DeSales this year, Pickel knew immediately that taking on the CAMCO portfolio would mean big changes for the CDC. After the deal closed on October 14th, DeSales/Fox Grove tripled in size "literally overnight," Pickel said.
"Stan is a great part of our team," Pickel said.
"He realizes, as much or more than I do, that if we're going to have a sustainable, resilient organization, it's going to have to get bigger," Pickel explained.
"Lisette has great knowledge of the organization, the properties, and the people at CAMCO," Pickel said.
As Pickel likes to put it, "good property management is community development," especially in the kinds of neighborhoods where DeSales works, which have a lot of multifamily housing. Management of such properties is a critical function that is all too often overlooked.
Venturing into housing development and management has also enabled DeSales to make a bigger contribution in the neighborhoods it serves. "We're able to capture some of the wealth and revenue that a neighborhood-even a low-income neighborhood-generates and reinvest that in the neighborhood," Pickel explained.
So far, the expansion of Fox Grove Management seems to be going well. Pickel is taking the transition one step at a time. "When people congratulate me, I say, 'come back in about 12 months and I'll let you know whether we deserve congratulation or condolences,'" he joked. But Pickel and the rest of the DeSales team are confident that the change makes strategic sense for the organization. He said that surprise opportunities like this one are a good reason for organizations to retain a measure of flexibility when it comes to strategic planning: it can be hard to predict how the external environment might change tomorrow, let alone five years down the road.

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We will work closely with Tom Pickel, Executive Director of DeSales, and Stan Presson, Director of Property Managment of Fox Grove, to ensure a smooth transition for the owners and residents.

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Tom Pickel DeSales Community Housing Corporation

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