Our Team

Our Team

Darren Freake

Darren Freake

President/Owner
Darren Freake was raised in Lewisporte by self-employed parents, and he was taught at an early age the value of honesty, hard work and customer service. At the age of 18, Darren left Lewisporte to attend business school in St John's, where he started a part-time job in the marine industry. This position grew to a full-time management job. During this work, he was able to purchase three rental properties, which gave him the beginning knowledge to start his own business in real estate management. Krown was formed thirteen years ago by Darren with 13 units and one other employee and has grown to over 1200 units, including over 20 non for profit and condo corporations and a staff of 20 office employees and contractors. The Krown group now consists of four divisions: renovations and new home construction, commercial snow clearing, lawn care and real estate management. Other areas of the Krown group include bin rentals, appliance repair, and Line-X/Paul Murphy Services. If you are considering purchasing a rental property and have some questions, please feel free to call Darren! He would be happy to answer any questions you may have.
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Lindsey Kelly

General Manager
Lindsey moved to Newfoundland from Ontario in 2004 to complete her Bachelor of Arts at Memorial University. Although music was her primary field of study, she has undertaken a variety of office management roles since graduation in 2006. Through experience and further course work, she has expanded her knowledge of business and accounting practices. Since being hired by Krown Property Management in 2011 for part-time data entry, she has been involved in almost every aspect of the business. In 2012 she was key in implementing new software to better serve both our clients and tenants through more accurate rental records and clearer financial reporting to property owners. Her ability to quickly learn the business, dedication and commitment to the company's success, and her overall outstanding mentoring have accelerated her into the position of General Manager, where she is responsible for all accounting functions of the office as well as ensuring smooth operation of the business. She has recently added to her role once again by taking on the financial operations of Krown and other associated companies.
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Michelle Tremblett

Commercial Account Manager
Born and raised in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Michelle moved to NL to attend Memorial University and lived in Newfoundland for the past fourteen years. She has received her Bachelor of Education Primary/Elementary degree in 2011. Since starting with Krown Property Management, Michelle has been involved in many different aspects of the company. In 2013, she took on Leasing Agent's role. Her ability to quickly learn the various parts of the company has now placed her in the Commercial Account Manager position. She is directly responsible for handling all associated companies' financial management within the Krown Group of Companies. Michelle's keen ability to ensure the financial management of all six companies run smoothly is outstanding. Her leadership skills, ambition, and strong work ethic help Krown Group of Companies maintain an excellent reputation with their clientele.
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Krista Keeping

Krista was born and raised on the Burin Peninsula in Lord's Cove, NL. After college she began working in her chosen field and has gained invaluable experience and exemplary customer service skills over the past 18 years. Krista joined Krown Property Management's team in November 2013 as a leasing agent. She found herself extremely engaged in both tenant and owner relationships and developing an interest in everyday financial matters. Her effective time management, organizational skills, and accounting knowledge have now placed her in the Condominium Accounts Officer position. She is responsible for handling all financial records for all 24 Condominiums and Co-Ops and implementing new software and tools to ensure the highest efficiency level. Krista's strong attention to detail, professionalism and dedication makes her an outstanding addition to the Krown Property Management team! Krista loves travelling, camping, and spending time with her husband and two daughters in her spare time! And if she's not at Orangetheory Fitness, you'll find her on the volleyball court or softball field!
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Holly Walbourne

Condominium Manager
Holly is originally from Placentia and started with Krown Property Management in January 2017. Holly graduated from College of the North Atlantic with a diploma in Business Management Accounting in 2006. As the Condominium Manager, Holly’s primary focus is to handle all inquiries from Condominium Corporations and Housing Cooperatives while also seeking new commercial clients. In addition to her education, Holly has over ten years of experience working in the field. Bookkeeping and financial reporting come second nature to Holly, and her promptness in dealing with any concerns is why our clients are thrilled to work with her. Holly’s knowledge of By-Laws and standard operating practices of Condominium Management and Housing Cooperatives make her an outstanding addition to the Krown Property Management team. Her reliability and accessibility go hand in hand. Holly’s dedication ensures that all of your condominium financial and management needs are met!
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Holly Halfyard

Business Developer
Holly was born in St. John’s and attended Memorial University, completing her Bachelor of Arts with a concentration in Sociology and Psychology. She also obtained a Certificate in Criminology. Holly joined the Krown Property Management team in 2019 as a Leasing Agent, however, her keen interest in the various aspects of digital marketing has now led her to taking on the role of Business Developer for Krown Group of Companies. Holly manages the companies social media presence, develops marketing objectives, and connects with new clients who are looking for peace of mind from their investment properties. Holly’s strong interpersonal skills and commitment to clients and tenants make her an excellent addition to the Krown Property Management team. Her dedication and compassionate nature allow her to go above and beyond. Contact Holly today for more information about how KPM can manage your property, attract trustworthy tenants, and maximize your investment!
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Emily Vaughan

Leasing Agent
Emily was born and raised in Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia. She graduated at the top of her class at the Atlantic Flight Attendant Academy in Halifax. After graduation, Emily then headed to Montreal before her love of the East Coast had her flying back to the Atlantic Provinces, where she finally settled right here in St. John’s! Before joining the Krown Property Management team as a leasing agent, Emily worked for our very own local airline, PAL Airlines, for 12 years, 10 of them including training new flight attendants and conducting inflight inspections, among other tasks. Emily’s outgoing nature and commitment to providing outstanding customer service to our clients and tenants make her an excellent addition to our team! Contact her today to find your perfect place to call home!
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Courtney Sheehan

A Tribute To Our Dear Friend - Courtney
How lucky we were to have Courtney as part of our team. Courtney was a hardworking caring friend and employee, and her zest for life and exuberant personality could make any average day brighter. She was very determined and focused on her job and took pride in everything she did. She will be extremely missed by all of us at the KPI family. Living her best life while helping others around her do the same – from clients to friends and family. We feel privileged to have been a part of Courtney’s life. Although far too short, a life well lived with a presence that will go on. “In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years’ – Abraham Lincoln
Our Team