WOOD RESIDENTIAL LEADERSHIP
We hold no asset more esteemed than our employees. From the executive suite to the “boots on the ground” at the properties we manage, our people are our lifeblood.
Wood Residential is the in-house division of Wood Partners specializing in property management. The decision to form Wood Residential highlights a unique aspect of the company's culture: its desire to continually improve.
Our Core Culture encompasses specific beliefs and behaviors that, when integrated into the building blocks of Wood Residential, revolutionize our ability to connect with our prospects, clients, customers, and associates, all in service of maximizing our revenue. We achieve this by:
We hold no asset more esteemed than our employees. From the executive suite to the “boots on the ground” at the properties we manage, our people are our lifeblood.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Robert Bonifazi is the Transitions Director and Regional Operations Manager based in Chicago. He oversees the transition of fee-managed assets into the Wood Residential portfolio.
Bob has 25 years of experience in real estate, with 10 years in the commercial office sector and the balance of his career in multifamily. He has extensive experience with acquisitions, transitions, due diligence, major capital expense projects, lease ups, asset repositioning, and dispositions. He has specific expertise in the operations of urban high-rise assets.
Prior to joining Wood Residential, Bob served 13 years as Vice President of Operations for Golub and Company, a Chicago-based international real estate developer. Previously, he was a Regional Director focused on condominiums for Lieberman Management Services.
Bob also sits on the Board of Directors for South Chicago Parents and Friends, a non-profit agency that supports individuals with developmental disabilities.
He attended Loyola University of Chicago and is a member of the Chicagoland Apartment Association.
Wendi Cooley is a Regional Vice President of Operations over Arizona, Nevada, California, Oregon and Washington, and provides direct oversight to two Regional Managers.
She has more than 23 years of experience in multifamily, starting as an on-site associate. She has developed expertise in generating detailed market analyses, preparing and analyzing budgets, leading expense-reduction and revenue-generation initiatives, and building high-performance teams.
Prior to joining Wood Residential, she held operations leadership and training positions with Avenue5, Alliance Residential, and The Allied Group.
Wendi grew up in Seattle but is now proud to call Scottsdale, AZ home. She enjoys yoga and learning the piano and is passionate about friends and family. She travels whenever and wherever she can -- the Northern Lights are next on her horizon.
She attended Bellevue College in Washington state, has her CAM and CAPS designations, and holds an Arizona real estate broker license.
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.
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.
Cole Healy is a Senior Vice President of Client Relations. He directs the growth of Wood Residential’s management portfolio and its client services, working strategically with business partners to evaluate new assets, including development, acquisition, and management assumption opportunities.
With a decade of multifamily experience, Cole has overseen the management transition of over 10,000 apartment homes, valued at $1.3 billion. He has extensive experience in development and acquisitions underwriting and specializes in identifying opportunities to enhance under-performing stabilized assets.
Prior to joining Wood Partners, Cole served as the Director of Business Development for Drucker + Falk, a NMHC Top 50 property manager, and spent 8 years with Blue Ridge Companies, a development and operating company based in NC.
Cole’s interests include spending time with his wife, two sons, and two dogs, perfecting spice rubs for grilling, fitness programming, and vacationing along the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
He is a graduate of Pfeiffer University and holds a real estate license.
Kelly Keech is a Regional Vice President of Operations for Wood Residential. Kelly joined the team in 2013 and is responsible for the oversight and operating performance of all residential assets in Texas, Colorado, and Utah.
Kelly brings 25+ years of experience in ground-up development, re-development, and stabilized assets, and is well versed in acquisitions, dispositions and renovations projects.
Before joining Wood Residential, Kelly was an operations leader for ConAm Management Corporation. Previously, she was the Director of Operations for Texas at AIMCO, a publicly traded REIT.
Originally from Maryland, Kelly ventured overseas to live in Germany and Japan for 6 years before settling into her new “home” state of Texas. Kelly enjoys spending time with her family and traveling with her husband.
Kelly earned a Business Management degree and holds both the CAM and CAPS designations with the National Apartment Association.
Jillian Kral is the Senior Vice President of Education for Wood Residential. Jillian and her team ensure that all Wood associates have access to high quality, timely and relevant training resources and opportunities.
Jillian started her multifamily career as a leasing associate with Gables Residential. In 2003, she joined Wood Partners to help convert Wood-owned apartment assets to condominiums and has been with the company ever since. During her tenure she has been involved in sales and marketing and was a regional asset manager for six years. Prior to her current role, Jillian was the Senior Vice President of Operations Support, responsible for daily support and analysis of Wood Residential’s national portfolio.
Her personal interests include paddle boarding and spending time at the beach with her family. She also enjoys circuit training, hiking, and snowshoeing and has a weakness for margaritas and Mexican food.
Jillian has a bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of South Florida and a master’s degree focused in Real Estate from the University of Florida.
Josh Lynch is a Director and in-house legal counsel for Wood Partners. He is involved in the development, construction, financing, and disposition of the company’s assets across the country. In addition, Josh oversees accounting, human resources, risk management, training, and the transition of fee managed assets nationally for Wood Residential.
Prior to joining Wood Partners in 2015, Josh was a Senior Associate at Alston & Bird and served as counsel to numerous real estate developers, sponsors and institutional investors. He specialized in the areas of real estate development and financing. Prior to joining Alston & Bird, Josh was an auditor at Ernst & Young.
When Josh is not spending time with his family, he enjoys playing golf.
Josh received his B.S. in Accounting and Finance from Florida State University and his J.D. from Vanderbilt University. He is licensed to practice law in Georgia and previously passed the C.P.A. exam.
As Senior Vice President of Operations, Josh Lloyd oversees property operations for Wood Residential across the western and central US. In his role, Josh applies his performance-oriented mindset to drive portfolio growth and profitability.
Previously, Josh spent five years at Holland Residential, where he served as President of Operations, leading the property management, sales, marketing, and business intelligence teams through the company’s two most profitable years since inception.
Over his 20-plus years in the multifamily industry, Josh has also held leadership roles at AIMCO, The Lewis Group and Concord Management. In addition, he founded and sold Dynamic Staffing Solutions, an employment agency focused on property management.
When he’s not walking properties and analyzing spreadsheets, Josh enjoys building things, playing drums, and hiking with his family.
Josh earned a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Michigan University. He maintains a Certified Property Manager (CPM) license and is a licensed California Real Estate Broker.
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.
John Sweeney is a Senior Vice President of Client Relations. He directs the growth of Wood Residential’s management portfolio and its client services, working strategically with business partners to evaluate new assets, including development, acquisition, and management assumption opportunities.
Before joining Wood Partners, John served 5 years as the Executive Director of Business Development at Alliance Residential Company, an NMHC Top 5 national multi-family developer and former property manager. He also spent 4 years working with CBRE, based in the Boston office. During his decade of experience, John has overseen the management transition of over 8,000 apartment homes, with a combined value exceeding $1 billion.
Away from the office, John enjoys spending time with family and friends along the beaches of New England and the Carolinas, playing and coaching ice hockey, and skiing in South Lake Tahoe.
John earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Rhode Island and he holds a Real Estate Salespersons License.
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.
Wood Residential specializes in property management and we are excited to be continuously expanding into new areas across the U.S. We fully appreciate and recognize that our associates are our greatest asset and that none of this success would be possible without them.
Wood Residential management believes that superior results are achieved through the following:
Highly Effective People | Proactive and Responsive Management | Specialized Sales Training | Owner-Operator Model | Outperformance in All Areas of Responsibility