About Us

Each member of the J.T. Smith team plays a vital role in the success of our projects. Our professionals include development managers, vertical construction managers and the necessary support staff to ensure our projects run smoothly.

Residential Building Contractor Jeff-Smith
Jeff Smith President
Residential Building Contractor Jeff-Smith Jeff Smith President

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.

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John Wyland Chief Operating Officer
Residential Building Contractor John-Wyland-cropped John Wyland Chief Operating Officer

Originally from Salem, Oregon, John Wyland has been with the company since 2005. During his tenure with J.T. 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 J.T. 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.

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Jesse Nemec Senior Development Manager
Residential Building Contractor Jesse-Nemec-cropped 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.

Residential Building Contractor Jered-Otey
Jered Otey Senior Project Manager
Residential Building Contractor Jered-Otey 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.

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Nathan Smith Project Manager
Residential Building Contractor Nathan-Smith-cropped 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.

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Ian Kemper Superintendent
Residential Building Contractor Ian-Kemper-cropped Ian Kemper Superintendent

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 Superintendent
 Jason-Foster Jason Foster Superintendent

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.

Dana Mayfield Controller
 Dana-Mayfield Dana Mayfield Controller

As Controller, Dana leads the entire accounting team, manages all daily transactions and ensures the company’s books are accurate and cash flow goes smoothly. She is also working on implementing a new accounting software system and flow.

Dana is originally from California and graduated from La Sierra University with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing. She fell in love with accounting and started off working as a Staff Accountant and worked her way up to Assistant Controller at ILB. After getting her MBA at University of Phoenix, Dana received a job opportunity in Oregon and is now with J.T. Smith.

Dana’s work life keeps her busy and is always fast paced so she enjoys the slower things. She enjoys running and finished her first half marathon in 2022. She is married and has a son Hudson and two Olde English bulldogs and two cats.

Leslie Watts Staff Accountant
 Leslie-Watts Leslie Watts Staff Accountant

As Staff Accountant, Leslie oversees general accounting records, prepares monthly journals, handles bank check deposits and bank and credit reconciliation. She also works closely with our Controller, prepares and reviews our financial information and distributes employee reimbursements.

Leslie comes to us with over 11 years of construction industry knowledge and experience.

Leslie is an Oregon native, she grew up here and enjoys hiking, traveling and spending quality time with family and friends.

Eliseo Nieto Project Accountant
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As Project Accountant, Eli is responsible for construction contract and full cycle accounting support. He provides support to the project managers for both land development and vertical construction projects.

Originally from Houston, TX, Eli brings a diverse skill set acquired from years of customer service and accounting positions. Though he’s new to the home building industry, he’s excited to take on the challenge and enjoys learning from the team.

On the weekends, Eli spends time with this wife and two cats who like to think they’re humans. He can be found cooking, hiking, watching movies, or spending time with family.

Max Wright Social Media Manager
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As social media manager, Max manages all social media platforms and J.T. Smith’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-Keys 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.