Our Team

Working together, developing long-term value

Dennis Wise

Founder and Chairman

Mr. Wise began his business career in 1966 as a plumbing contractor in Fairbanks, Alaska. His early success led him into multi-family development and construction, and he went on to develop and build over 1,500 apartments in Fairbanks. In 1992 Mr. Wise founded Denali National Trust, Inc. in Phoenix, Arizona and then Wise Enterprises in Bellingham Washington. Through these companies Mr. Wise successfully invested and developed over $400,000,000 in office, industrial, and multi-family projects in Arizona and Washington.

Mr. Wise is an active philanthropist and has built and donated buildings for a 50,000 sf Food Bank, a 180 bed Rescue Mission and a 75 bed Wise Family Center in his hometown of Fairbanks. For their generous contributions to the community, Dennis and his wife Mary have been honored with numerous awards including the State of Alaska “Spirit of the Great Land” award in 2005 and the BSA Distinguished Citizen Award in 2007.

Mr. Wise is an avid collector of hot-rod, classic cars and motorcycles. Much of his collection of over 100 vehicles is proudly on display in Denali’s Scottsdale office and he never grows tired of giving tours and explaining the history of each vehicle.

James R. Lentine

President and CEO

Mr. Lentine graduated from the University of Alaska with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He was awarded the Joel Wiegert Award as the Outstanding senior male student in 1972.

Mr. Lentine began his real estate career in 1977 with the Realty Company of Alaska, serving as an associate broker for 15 years. In 1992 he joined Denali as its Vice President and was responsible for acquisition, leasing, disposition and development through 2003. In 2004 Mr. Lentine joined Avion Holdings, LLC, a Scottsdale based restructuring company until 2014 when he returned to Denali to serve as President and CEO of its parent company, Wise Enterprise Group, LLC.

Mr. Lentine was awarded the George Nehrbas Award from the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce in 1992 for his volunteer work in support of the military communities at Ft. Wainwright and Eielson AFB.

Mr. Lentine served as President of the Phoenix FBI Citizen’s Academy board of directors in 2003 and President of the Arizona Chapter of NAIOP in 2004.

Michael P. Meath

Vice President

Mr. Meath graduated Cum Laude from Arizona State University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Law from the W. P. Carey School of Business.

Prior to joining Denali National Trust, LLC in 2019, Mr. Meath served as Director of Acquisitions for Hannay Investment Properties, a privately-owned real estate investment firm in Phoenix, Arizona, for nearly 5 years. While with Hannay, Mr. Meath led the acquisition and disposition of over $200MM of office and retail properties in four states. Additionally, Mr. Meath served as Asset Manager for select value-add projects throughout his tenure at Hannay.

Mr. Meath oversees Denali’s development activities and equity investments in the southwest region.

John M. White

CFO

Mr. White received both his bachelor’s degree in Accounting and his MBA from the University of Phoenix.

Mr. White has over 20 years of finance and accounting experience in the real estate industry having first worked with Denali National Trust as its controller from 1996 to 2004. Since that time, he has worked in various leadership roles with several notable real estate companies here in the Phoenix area including Related Urban Management, Red Development and Mark-Taylor Residential.

Mr. White rejoined Denali National Trust in 2016 and currently oversees the accounting and finance activities of Denali National Trust.

David B. Rodgers

Project Manager

Mr. Rodgers began his construction career in 1982 working for a small family owned remodeling contractor in a suburb of Seattle, WA.  His progression through the trade ranks along with his willingness to learn led him into the new construction.  By 1986 he had reached management level as a project superintendent for a highly regarded single family real estate developer based in Seattle.  Mr. Rodgers joined Wise Enterprises in 2003 to oversee the company’s field operations in its Bellingham, WA location.  Throughout his career, his direct involvement in projects include over 3,000 single and multi-family units and in excess of 800,000 square feet of new and revitalized commercial space.  His development projects have ranged from single family housing projects, multi-story mid-rise condominiums, retail, office, industrial projects and military commercial building seismic upgrades.