Our Team

Carol Knouse – Chief Executive Officer

Carol Knouse serves as Chief Executive Officer for Royal Northgate. For over 25 years, Ms. Knouse, 64, has held executive level management positions in industry with broad experience at organizations such as Carter-Wallace, Inc., Novartis Pharmaceuticals, Lenox China and Crystal, Louis Vuitton Americas, and Donna Karan New York. Prior to assuming the Royal Northgate position, she was Vice President and Chief Operations Officer for SNP America, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of SNP AG from Heidelberg, Germany, specializing in corporate transformation via the application of technology coupled with management consulting.

She has served as Chief Information Officer, Senior Vice President and Vice President in global companies and consulting organizations across multiple industries. Her expertise includes: business and IT strategy and execution; new product launches; new ventures; M&A integration; e-commerce; vendor selection and contract negotiation; in and outsourcing; enterprise-wide IT deployment; management reporting; business process re-engineering; improving customer relationships; and staff recruitment, development and retention.

In addition to executive management, Ms. Knouse has broad experience in the real estate industry. She is currently the broker/co-owner of Inspire Realty LLC and Inspire Property Management LLC. She is also a Licensed Community Association Manager.  Her real estate background includes sales and property management for residential, multi-family, homeowners’ associations, condominiums and mixed use properties. She is a Certified Distressed Property Expert and also holds an At Home With Diversity designation. She is a member of the Community Association Institute and the National Association of Residential Property Managers.

With an undergraduate degree in business and executive management training from MIT’s Sloan School of Management, Ms. Knouse has partnered with corporate leaders, real estate teams and business partners to foster a collaborative, creative, and service-driven culture that delivers on aggressive goals and metrics, and has been consistently chosen by top leadership to direct high-stakes and high impact initiatives that achieve market, product, and operations goals.


Colin Prest – Chief Operating Officer

Colin Prest serves as Chief Operating Officer for Royal Northgate. Mr. Prest, 45, a seasoned real estate executive with over 15 years of direct industry experience focusing on income property acquisition, asset management, property management and strategic planning. He possesses an extensive track record rehabilitating distressed and mismanaged assets including single family homes, condominiums, apartment complexes and condominium developments.

Prior to assuming his role at Royal Northgate, Mr. Prest was the President & CEO of Advisor Property Management LLC which he founded in 2008. Mr. Prest recognized early in the market correction there would be heightened demand from financial institutions and investment groups to preserve, maintain and turnaround distressed and underperforming real estate assets. Mr. Prest positioned his company accordingly and soon became recognized as a turnaround specialist through the strategic positioning of assets and aggressive redevelopment plans. He has repeatedly maximized operational efficiencies, staffing awareness, improved resident relations resulting in significant increases in gross rental income, lower operating costs and greatly enhanced property valuations.

Mr. Prest possesses extensive experience in the financial services and securities industries. Mr. Prest spent five years as a Series 7 and Series 63 licensed Registered Representative building diversified portfolios, implementing advanced options strategies and participating in a number of Initial Public Offerings. He advanced his career into the private sector when he became Vice President of Investor Relations in the Healthcare sector. Mr. Prest’s primary focus was the oversight of the Company’s Private Placement capital raising efforts, registrations with the SEC, adhering to all blue sky laws and monitoring ongoing compliance with the rules and restrictions under Regulation D.

In 2014 Mr. Prest co-founded Inspire Realty LLC and Inspire Property Management LLC with Ms. Knouse. The Inspire group of companies have experienced significant growth since inception with Inspire Realty LLC becoming a market leader through our alternative commissioned programs. The Inspire Group will be instrumental as affiliate companies to Royal Northgate’s continued growth and success.


Tony Ruggiano - Director of Construction

Tony Ruggiano comes from a family of contractors and engineers. He grew up learning and working alongside his father and grandfather in a small New York town, north of Syracuse. Tony moved to Florida in 1995 and founded a successful carpentry company with his twin brother Nick in 1997.

By 2006 Tony had taken the next step by becoming a State of Florida Certified General Contractor and established Bella Custom Builders, Inc. Tony’s existing reputation led to the rapid expansion of his company and shortly became recognized as one of the premier builders in the area. Tony’s foresight of the pending economic turmoil enabled himself to further thrive as he positioned the company to effectively and efficiently manage custom residential new construction, extensive interior renovations, insurance repair and a broad range of commercial services from design, build out and project completion.

In 2010, Tony became licensed as a Florida State Certified Home Inspector to use his knowledge and experience in construction to help serve people before they purchase their single biggest investment. Later that year Tony obtained certifications with the Florida Green Building Coalition and continues to be a huge advocate of Green Building.

In 2015 Tony furthered his reach and is currently the co-founder and vice-president of Armadillo Roofing, Inc. Armadillo Roofing offers a full suite of services including roof repairs, replacement, commercial and residential applications.

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