In 1963, James Klingbeil formed Klingbeil Management Group, Inc. (KMGI) to manage his various apartment projects, which eventually grew in number to exceed 20,000 units coast-to-coast.
Tom Powell joined KMGI in January, 1970, as an apartment Property Manager in Columbus, Ohio. One year later, Mr. Powell was promoted and transferred to the Northern Virginia Office as Regional Director, responsible for the management of all of Klingbeil’s apartment projects on the East Coast, from New Jersey to South Carolina. During this period, Klingbeil built, owned, and managed a 1,050-unit apartment project in Springfield, Virginia, known as Pennsbury Village Apartments.
In 1978, KMGI began the conversion of Pennsbury Village Apartments to Cardinal Forest Condominium. At the same time, Mr. Powell founded the Community Management Division of KMGI, and, as Senior Vice President, was actively involved in the management of over 5,000 condominium units in the Metropolitan Washington area.
In December of 1984, Mr. Powell redirected the majority of his efforts to the search for and acquisition of existing apartment projects in this area on behalf of Mr. Klingbeil. At the same time, Mr. Powell recruited and hired Edward Alrutz to direct the day-to-day operations of the Community Management Division. Prior to joining KMGI, Mr. Alrutz was employed for eight years with Shannon & Luchs as an Assistant Vice President and Branch Manager for the Community Management Division. Mr. Alrutz has been a Certified Property Manager since 1981, and he has served on the IREM Executive Council for six years. In 1987, he served as President of the Northern Virginia Chapter of the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM). Additionally, Mr. Alrutz has served as a faculty member of the Professional Management Development Program sponsored by the Community Associations Institute (CAI) and has earned their Professional Community Association Manager (PCAM) designation. In 1989, Mr. Alrutz was awarded the Certified Property Manager of the Year Award by the Northern Virginia Chapter of IREM.
As part of an overall reorganization of Mr. Klingbeil’s various companies on a national scale, Mr. Powell and Mr. Alrutz purchased the Community Management Division of KMGI. As a result, a new company known as KPA Management (T/A KPA Management) became effective in October 1987. In June of 2003, Mr. Alrutz purchased Mr. Powell’s portion of the company and became President.
KPA specializes in the management of community associations in Northern Virginia exclusively, is licensed by The Commonwealth of Virginia, and has earned The Accredited Association Management, AAMC from CAI.