Founded in 1983, The M3 Companies is a real estate development company specializing in thoughtfully designed communities located throughout the western United States. As co-Managing Partners of M3, Bill Brownlee and W. Scott Schirmer, bring more than 60 years of combined experience in real estate development to the company.

With offices in Arizona and Idaho, M3 has assembled an outstanding team of dynamic, experienced professionals who understand markets in which the delicate interplay of public concern for the land, open space, and habitat preservation must be integrated with market demand to create exceptional communities. Not just a philosophy but an abiding principal, M3 develops each project as stewards of the land, with sensitivity to environmental and cultural issues and a willingness to search for solutions that satisfy every interest.


W. Scott Schirmer – Partner

Scott Schirmer began his real estate career in the 1960s, acquiring, syndicating, financing, developing and managing real estate in Arizona, California, Idaho, Illinois, Oklahoma and Utah. Scott earned his BA degree and Master’s Degree in Finance from Arizona State University and oversees investor relations, financing of debt, and equity capital. He manages the company’s investment capital which includes relationships with high net worth individuals, and pension and private funds. Scott’s market foresight facilitated the unleveraged capital structure which positioned M3’s land and investment holdings with its capital partners to weather the recent downturn in the economy.

Bill Brownlee– Partner

Bill Brownlee began working in real estate in 1981. As a founding member of M3, Bill is the partner responsible for acquisition, pro forma and feasibility analyses, community planning, entitlements and development and governmental legislation. Bill has planned and entitled over 25,000 acres of land in Arizona, Colorado and Idaho for master planned communities, residential and commercial subdivisions. In addition, he has spearheaded the adoption of legislation dealing with water and infrastructure financing in Arizona and Idaho, providing significant benefits to the M3 projects.


Tom Cervino is responsible for directing the finance, tax and accounting operations of the company, including: financial reporting, tax planning, cost accounting, risk management, cash management, financial analysis, budgeting, and information technology strategy. Tom brings twenty-seven years of public and private accounting experience as a Partner/Principal in public accounting firms in Phoenix, Arizona and Portland, Oregon, serving clients in real estate development, commercial and residential construction, land syndication, manufacturing, and multi-family housing as well as CFO experience with a commercial contractor in Boise, Idaho. Tom earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from The Lubin School of Business at Pace University. He is the president of the Idaho chapter of CFMA and a board member of the Treasure Valley CFO Forum.

Chris Rivera is the Director of Development for M3. He joined the company in 2018 and oversees the engineering and development of the 2,200-acre Wickenburg Ranch master planned community in Wickenburg, AZ and assists with other projects. Chris has over 15 years’ experience in real estate development and engineering, primarily in Arizona with a focus on master planned communities. Prior to joining M3, he worked for DMB Associates in Scottsdale, AZ for eleven years where he served as the Senior Project Manager for a variety of master planned communities in the greater Phoenix area including Eastmark in Mesa, Verrado in Buckeye, DC Ranch and Silverleaf in Scottsdale, and Marley Park in Surprise. In 2017, Eastmark was ranked as the #1 selling community in Arizona and #6 in the nation. He earned an undergraduate degree in civil engineering from the University of New Mexico.

Rich Newman, AIA joined the M3 Companies, LLC team in 2014 as Manager of Vertical Construction to coordinate the development of their “above the curb” efforts. As a licensed architect, general contractor, and realtor (inactive), his more than twenty years of experience in multiple disciplines fosters an exceptional perspective in support of the various amenities and residential components of M3’s communities. His broad role includes review of architectural design, editing of governing documents and design guidelines, estimating, lot fit analyses, and marketing efforts. Previously Rich served the Lyle Anderson Company as Manager of Architecture & Construction during the growth of Sierra Reserve in north Scottsdale, a hybrid of high-end custom home design and finish managed with the efficiencies of production home-building. He was recruited after a successful seven years as Owner/Manager of both a custom home construction company and architectural firm. His skill set is also fortified by positions with a golf clubhouse architect, interior designer, and landscape architect/ installation company. Rich graduated with honors from Carnegie-Mellon University and studied at the Technische Universitat Wien in Austria. He currently serves the City of Phoenix as Vice Chair of the Design Review Committee.

Mark Tate is the General Manager in Eagle, Idaho. Mark joined M3 in 2007 and oversees acquisition, entitlement, planning, and construction. He also works with a variety of government and non-government agencies to secure project approvals. M3’s projects include Foxtail Estates, a mixed use and primarily residential subdivision in Eagle, and the Red Hawk Ridge golf community in Nampa, Idaho. Mark is a proud 6th generation Idahoan with roots that go very deep in the Treasure Valley. After growing up in Boise Mark attended the University of California, San Diego where he earned his degree in Management Science with a minor in Law. Prior to joining M3, Mark began his career in real estate development with the McMillin Companies, known for their master planned communities throughout California where is was responsible for more than seven active projects in all phases of development, from entitlement to build out. His responsibilities included oversight of construction and engineering along with entitlements and approvals.

William “Alex” Brownlee joined the company in 2010 and works on the representation, acquisition, entitlement and management of M3 projects. Since joining the company, Alex has successfully completed the acquisition and entitlements on multiple subdivisions and apartments. He is actively involved in the management of multiple subdivisions and master planned communities under development by M3 and is the lead Project Manager for M3’s newest Arizona community “Seven at Desert Mountain”. Alex is a licensed real estate broker in Arizona and has worked in the real estate industry in various capacities since 2008. Prior to joining M3, Alex graduated from Arizona State University with a BS in Business Management.


4222 E Camelback Road, Suite H100
Phoenix, Arizona 85018


1087 West River Street, Suite 310
Boise, Idaho 83707