3715 Northside Parkway NW, Suite 4-600. Atlanta, GA 30327
The Atlanta office of Wood Partners oversees development and construction in Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana. The Southeast has enjoyed significant growth over the last several decades. Its pro-business attitude, mild climates, large ports and well-educated workforce have led numerous Fortune 500 companies to call it home or establish major operations here. The largest metropolitan area in the Southeast, Atlanta is consistenly ranked as one of the fastest growing markets and best places to live in the country. This net migration trend is expected to continue for decades to come, favoring the Southeast over other regions for vigorous job growth. Established in 1998, our Atlanta office is the largest within the company and is home to our investor relation, risk management, finance and accounting services.
Bennett Sands is a Development Director for Wood Partners responsible for development and finance for new projects and asset management for existing assets in Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Louisiana. He has developed and financed more than 3,000 multifamily units and 120,000 square feet of commercial space with a total capitalization in excess of $700 million.
Before joining Wood Partners, he spent three years working in Investment Banking for Robinson-Humphrey. At Robinson-Humphrey, he worked on both public and private capital raises in several industry groups including retail, telecom and information technology.
Sands earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Business Administration from Vanderbilt University. He received an MBA with a Real Estate concentration at the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School.
Brian Ericson is the Senior Vice President of Marketing at Wood Residential. Brian and his team are responsible for all property branding, website development and lead generation. His primary focus areas are enhancing tracking and analytics capabilities to quantify and optimize marketing ROI.
Before joining Wood, Brian served as a Vice President of Marketing at Cortland, a large national owner-operator. While at Cortland, he was responsible for launching a new website platform for the portfolio and his team led comprehensive programs for customer research and online reputation management. Prior to entering multifamily, Brian worked in loyalty marketing at IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) for 8 years.
Outside of work, Brian is an avid traveler and has ventured to all 50 states and over 45 countries. He loves photographing wildlife during his adventures and recently explored Tanzania on a family safari. Closer to home, Brian enjoys hiking at local parks with his kids.
Brian earned a bachelor’s from Harvard University and an MBA in Marketing from the Kellogg School at Northwestern.
Eric Guerrin is a Regional Vice President for Wood Residential. As the Regional Vice President of Operations in Georgia and North Florida, he directly oversees Georgia and provides oversight to one Regional Manager in the Southeast. Eric has over 23 years of experience in the multifamily industry. He has spent the last 12 years in the capacity of portfolio supervisor with a focus in the greater Atlanta area. Eric has extensive experience with lease ups, renovations, repositioning of assets, and dispositions.
Prior to joining Wood Residential, Eric served as Regional Manager with Gables Residential for 16 years. Gables Residential is a vertically integrated operating company wholly owned by Clarion Partners, LLC.
Eric’s other interests include spending time with family and his two dogs, horseback riding, and cruising in the Caribbean.
He attended Farmingdale University, has his CAM certification, and is an active member of the Atlanta Apartment Association.
Goldie Bartlett is the Senior Vice President of Operations for the Eastern Region. She oversees all management operations for the eastern half of the national portfolio, including Wood Partners’ owned assets and a growing third-party management portfolio.
Goldie joined Wood Residential in 2011, near its inception. She is a founding member of Wood Residential, playing a vital role in its growth from 1,600 units under management in 2011 to the current portfolio, exceeding 20,000 units (current and pipeline).
During her two-decade career in property management, Goldie has worked with several notable organizations, including Camden Property Trust and Greystar Real Estate Services. She’s led operations in highly competitive markets spanning across the Sun Belt, Mid-Atlantic, and Northeast regions.
Outside of work, Goldie enjoys spending time with her husband and children, reading, drawing, running, and hiking. Her philanthropic pursuits include sponsoring children through a humanitarian advocacy organization and fundraising for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Jaren Miller is the Director of Procurement and Facilities for Wood Residential. She oversees the negotiation and management of preferred vendor and supplier partnerships and leads the Regional Facilities team that develops and reinforces best practices in property maintenance operations.
Jaren joined Wood in 2015 and has held a variety of positions including Property Director, Project Manager and National Procurement Manager. She has over 15 years of multifamily experience including management of lease-up and stabilized assets, property acquisitions and dispositions, renovation management and supporting transition of assets from construction to operations. Prior to joining Wood, she worked for Gables and RAM Partners.
Jaren earned a B.S. in Communication from Kennesaw State University and holds both a Certified Procurement Professional designation (IIPMR) and the CAM designation (NAA).
Jaren’s personal interests include spending time with her husband and three sons. She also enjoys yoga, running and getaways to Georgia coastal destinations including Saint Simon’s Island.
Joe Hardiman is the Chief Technology officer for Wood Partners and Wood Residential. As CTO Joe leads the team that is responsible for all aspects of technology and cybersecurity for the organization, including all property management application and hardware support. Joe started with Wood Partners in 2018 and has lead efforts that have positioned the company as a recognized technology leader in multifamily.
Joe has over 30 years of experience in the real estate industry and has been leading technology teams for 26 years across several sectors, including multifamily, student housing, and self-storage. Prior to joining Wood Partners, Joe was the Vice President of Technology for Peak Campus, a leading national fee manager of student housing assets.
Outside of work, Joe enjoys road trips to the beach with his family and is an avid golfer and tennis enthusiast.
Joe graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Georgia State University.
Joseph Keough is the Chairman & CEO of Wood Partners.
Prior to joining Wood Partners in 2008, Keough acted as the Chief Operating Officer of Fuqua Capital, where he was responsible for the day-to-day management of the Fuqua family’s office operations as well as defining and implementing the firm’s investment strategy across asset classes. He previously served as the Senior Vice President, Development and Investment Strategy, in the office/multifamily division at Cousins Properties, a publicly-traded REIT. Prior to joining Cousins, he was a Principal at The Boston Consulting Group.
Keough earned his MBA from Harvard Business School and received his bachelor’s degree in Finance and Economics from Babson College.
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Matt Trammell is the Chief Financial Officer at Wood Partners, responsible for overseeing the project and corporate finance functions as well as the company’s asset management platform. Trammell joined Wood Partners in 2008 and has been actively involved in the financing of over $7 billion representing more than 35,000 multifamily units during his time with the company.
Prior to joining Wood Partners, Trammell spent two years as an analyst with Novare Group, a development company focused on high-density mixed-use opportunities around the Southeast.
Trammell graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
Melanie Waters is the Vice President of Owner and Property Services for Wood Residential. She oversees the transition of assets from construction to operations and is responsible for national purchasing, facilities management and disposition services.
Melanie has been a member of the Wood team since 2005. During her diverse tenure, she has served in many roles, including construction management, homeowner services, risk management, and owner and property services.
Prior to joining Wood, Melanie spent 7 years in the hospitality development and construction industry, working with Hardin Capital and Hardin Construction Company.
Melanie’s personal interests include traveling abroad, particularly to her favorite destinations in Mexico. While at home, she relaxes by practicing Vinyasa yoga and enjoys both cast-iron cooking and preparing international cuisine.
Melanie attended the University of Georgia.
Ritwik Bhatia is the Business Intelligence Manager for Wood Partners. Ritwik and his team oversee the development and use of Wood Intelligence, our proprietary Business Intelligence (BI) platform. The platform provides leading analytics and reporting services to the leadership, clients, and partners of both Wood Partners and Wood Residential, as well as to property management teams.
Ritwik earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Science degree from The Georgia Institute of Technology. He remains involved with both schools, including serving as an Instructional Associate in statistics at Georgia Tech. Ritwik is also an active member of Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) Atlanta Youth Leaders Group.
In his free time, Ritwik enjoys rooting for his hometown New York Mets, writing screenplays, and growing his extensive vinyl record collection.
Steve F. Hallsey is the Managing Director for Wood Residential. As the director of operations, he oversees the management, marketing, leasing, maintenance and accounting for the company’s portfolio from coast-to-coast – including Wood Partners’ owned assets and a growing third-party management portfolio.
Steve has over 38 years of experience in the multifamily industry and serves on the board of directors for NMHC. He is a frequent speaker and panelist at NAA events and other industry meetings and is often quoted in national publications.
Prior to joining Wood Partners, Steve was the President and CEO of AMLI Management Company for 14 years. AMLI is a national management company owned by the Prime Property Fund, a real estate fund managed by Morgan Stanley. Previously he served as the Managing Director of Operations for Charles E. Smith, a publicly traded REIT in Washington DC.
Steve’s other interests include hiking and mountain climbing, writing children’s books, wood carving, sculpting, painting, and barbecuing on The Big Green Egg.
He is a graduate of the University of Utah.
Timothy E. Bonenberger is the Vice President and Property Controller for Wood Residential. He manages a dynamic accounting team that strives to produce useful and accurate reporting for the diverse owners and investors of both Wood Partners’ owned assets and a growing third-party management portfolio.
Prior to joining Wood Partners, Tim gained 15 years of experience in public accounting working as a lead Senior Audit Assurance Manager at CohnReznick and Aprio, with a primary focus on real estate clients. Tim developed and led engagements across multiple asset types, including multifamily, student and senior living. He has experience with all phases of the asset life cycle and has worked with both for-profit and non-profit owners.
When Tim is not working, he enjoys spending time with his family and volunteering as the Board Chair of a local nonprofit supporting education initiatives. He also coordinates a road race fundraiser for this organization.
He is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a master’s and bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a CPA.