Developers With a Firm Foundation

Dewitt brings twenty-five years of experience in building large scale residential and commercial properties throughout the Carolinas. Our team knows the players, we understand the market, and we bring our A-game to every project and partnership.

Built On Solid Foundations

The Leaders of Dewitt

Todd Saieed and Ven Poole, second generation family friends and industry leaders, joined forces in 1997 to form the Raleigh-based real estate development corporation known as Dewitt Carolinas. Saieed and Poole approach business with honesty, integrity, and attention to details. These are prominent qualities that Saieed and Poole have instilled in the Dewitt Team. The company is named after Saieed’s paternal grandfather, Dewitt Jernigan Carr. Carr’s legacy of honesty and hard work, combined with Saieed and Poole’s fathers’ entrepreneurial spirit, are the backbone of Dewitt’s success.

Saieed graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering with a concentration in construction management and land planning. Under Saieed’s leadership over the last 20 years, he grew a small family general contracting company into one of the region’s leading contracting firms. Saieed’s vision in land planning and experience in construction bring a unique blend of expertise evident in every Dewitt project.

Our projects begin with user expectations and Dewitt Carolinas goal is always to exceed those.

– Todd Saieed

Poole graduated from North Carolina State University in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering. Upon graduation Poole worked for Martin Marietta Orlando Aerospace for six years as a senior engineer in its systems engineering group before joining Waste Industries, his family’s waste disposal company, in 1990. After serving in risk management, procurement, human resources, engineering and corporate development roles at Waste Industries, Poole took the position of Chairman and CEO in 2008. Under Poole’s leadership, the family business grew to become one of the largest and most respected privately held solid waste management companies in the country; in 2018 Waste Industries merged with GFL Environmental, where Poole now serves on the Board of Directors. Bolstered by his deep well of experience across all aspects of operations, planning, and corporate leadership, Poole’s analytical approach and strategic thinking help solidify the success of each Dewitt project.


Saieed and Poole’s combined 60 years of business experience is reflected in the reputation and standard of excellence associated with the Dewitt brand. The Brand exemplifies a diversified real estate portfolio of commercial, multi family, industrial, and mixed use projects. Dewitt has assembled a talented team of professionals with experience that expands across all aspects of the development, construction, leasing, and property management process. Saieed and Poole ensure that each phase of a project is developed with cutting edge features while maintaining cost efficiency and ease of operation.

Prolific and accomplished over the past 19 years, Dewitt has successfully developed over 200 real estate projects throughout the Carolinas. In 2005, under the direction and leadership of Saieed and Poole, Dewitt earned the number one spot in the Triangle Business Journal’s Fast 50. Whether it is a Class A office building, upscale Multifamily or a mixed use resort community, the Dewitt team brings trend setting innovation to every aspect of their developments. Dewitt will continue to develop successful projects built on solid foundations.

Our History

  • 1992

    Dewitt Carolinas Real Estate Services Established

    Todd Saieed, President of Saieed Construction Systems, establishes Dewitt Carolinas Real Estate Services. Named for Saieed’s paternal grandfather, the DeWitt brand is built on trust, integrity, and competence.

  • 1993

    Baskin Robbins/Goodyear

    Dewitt develops 6 stand-alone Baskin Robbins and 6 Goodyear Tire & Rubber lease back facilities throughout North and South Carolina, and Virginia. These trend setting ventures project DeWitt’s strength in industrial developments.

  • 1995

    North Ridge Crossings

    Dewitt develops for Drucker & Falk North Ridge Crossings, a 244 apartment complex located in Raleigh, North Carolina.

  • 1997

    “Chairman of Waste Industries”

    Todd Saieed partners with Ven Poole, President of Waste Industries, to develop One Renaissance Center. This Class A, 160,000 square foot office complex marks the beginning of Saieed and Poole’s joint interest in DeWitt Carolinas. One Renaissance Center is a 7 story, state of the art building located 1.5 miles from Raleigh’s premier Midtown and today is the headquarters for DeWitt Carolinas.

  • 2001

    Bandag Industrial

    Dewitt develops Bandag Industrial, a 150,000 square foot warehouse and distribution facility for Bridgestone Tires.

  • 2002

    The Park at Crossroads

    Dewitt develops The Park at Crossroads providing 344 luxury apartments for the residents of Cary. This Class A community demonstrates DeWitt’s commitment to projects with long-term value. Today, the surrounding Cary Crossroads is one of the strongest retail markets in the Carolinas.

  • 2003

    Bella Serra Villas

    Dewitt broadens multifamily to Matthews, near North Carolina’s queen city of Charlotte. The 166 brick and stone townhome community showcases DeWitt’s master plan to include putting greens and walking trails creating a lifestyle conducive to the demographic analysis. Over the following 3 years, DeWitt takes the 55+ community to Raleigh and Wilmington, North Carolina.

  • 2004

    Carolina Bay

    Dewitt seizes the opportunity to develop Carolina Bay, a 36 unit condo-marina project in Carolina Beach, North Carolina. This coastal community puts another finger on DeWitt’s hand of diversity.

  • 2006

    The Harborside Club at 70 West

    The Harborside Club offers 63 condo units and marina boat slips in Morehead City, North Carolina. Dewitt creates a resort-style community with amenities including indoor workout room and sauna, harborside pool and grill area, and climate controlled storage units.

  • 2009

    The Registry

    Dewitt develops The Registry in a 140 lot sub division in the beautiful town of Wilmington, North Carolina.

  • 2012

    Beaufort Club

    Dewitt purchases Beaufort Club Golf Course and Community in Beaufort, NC. To enhance the championship 18-hole Bob Moore course, DeWitt develops a 6,000 square foot clubhouse and pro shop. Beaufort Club community offers 1500 lots available for custom homes in the $260s to $600s. Currently under development is the Pavilion Pool to enrich this family-oriented lifestyle.

  • 2013

    The Franklin

    Dewitt develops The Franklin, a 4 story, 200 unit luxury apartment complex in Cary, North Carolina. With amenities like individual garages, yoga studio, pool and clubhouse, the Franklin provides a fun, maintenance free lifestyle.

  • 2018

    Renaissance Golf Group

    Renaissance Golf Group manages four distinct golf courses in eastern North Carolina: Beaufort Club, Compass Pointe, Magnolia Greens and Ironwood Golf & Country Club.

  • 2018

    Compass Point

    This residential community, less than 10minutes away from Wilmington, North Carolina, offers a suite of amenities with a championship golf course, five lane swimming pool, Exercise facility and an on-site restaurant.

  • 2020

    The Carson

    Classic architecture and modern finishes in the Five Points neighborhood of Raleigh.

  • 2021

    Litchford 315

    Stylish multifamily apartment complex in North Raleigh

  • 2021

    Jolly Roger

    Luxury student living in Greenville, NC

  • 2021

    Pier 33

    A luxury waterfront community nestled along the northern Cape Fear River in Wilmington.

  • 2022

    1000 Social at The Exchange

    The flagship office building at The Exchange Raleigh breaks ground, launching our $1B master planned mixed-use community in Midtown.

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Executive Leadership

Ven Poole

Senior Partner

Todd Saieed


Everett Daniels

President and COO

Ed Soccorso


Steve Saieed

COO, Renaissance Lifestyle

Steven Beattie

Executive Vice President

Casey Pernell

Vice President

Our Team

Michelle Annicharico

Senior Accountant

Jackson Banister

Assistant Project Manager

Ariel Breakiron

Accounts Payable Specialist

Holly Bruck

Accounting Specialist

Su-Hou Chen

Senior Project Manager

Dave Coomer

General Construction Manager

Christy Cox


Nathan Crews

Senior Accountant

Casey Daniels

Creative Director

Jon Godfrey

Senior Accountant

Lindsay Hooks

Development Director, Renaissance Lifestyle

Tim Jakubowski

Senior Accountant

Neil King

Pre-Development Manager

Amber Pickering

Staff Accountant

Chris Russell

Senior Facility Technician

Connor Saieed

Property Development Manager

Tommy Saieed

Asset Manager

Sarah Scott Woolard

Design Manager

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