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Sterling Kelly III (CEO) –  Co-founded Burkely in 1990, 38 years in the industry

  • Shapes Burkely as a people-centered, learning organization that strives continually to excel in meeting customers’ needs and to create value
  • Integrates the best in broad organizational and business solutions into a differentiated model of building great apartment communities
  • Chair, Triad Real Estate and Building Industry Coalition (TREBIC); Past President, Piedmont Triad Apartment Association Board of Directors (PTAA)
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James Y. (Jay) Robinson III (President/CFO) –  a Burkely owner via merger, with 14 years in the industry

  • Leads Burkely’s business development efforts (i.e., acquisitions and new development)
  • Sets and monitors key financial metrics to help gauge effectiveness of efforts to build long-term property value
  • Oversees administrative functions necessary to support operations
  • Vice President, Piedmont Triad Apartment Association Board of Directors (PTAA)
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Jody C. Longwill (V.P. of Operations) –  22 years with Burkely and 35 years in the industry; CAM,CAPS

  • Knows the organization deeply, having joined Burkely at the genesis of the current Burkely business model, and plays an integral part in its evolution
  • Instills in team members the principles that constitute the Burkely   model, leading and training by example
  • Proficient in operationalizing the brand—that is, managing and living it
  • Past President, Apartment Association of North Carolina (AANC)
  • Past President, Piedmont Triad Apartment Association (PTAA)
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Suzanne Gray (Sr Mgmt) –  joins Burkely via merger, with 30+ years in the industry

  • Thrives in—and sees clearly where and how to apply basic, solutions-oriented management practices to—varied property management challenges
  • Perceptively links performance and results and helps others see the connection
  • Leads Burkely’s rental homes/commercial management division
  • Real Estate Broker- (In Charge Eligible)
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Donna P. Broyhill (Sr Mgmt) –  20 years with Burkely and 24 years in the industry; CAM

  • Has been integral in building the Burkely model from its earliest days and knows the organization deeply
  • Helps others understand the link between effort and results; analyzes results to identify where improvement is needed
  • Knows the tools and systems that help an organization understand how to use them to perform at ever-higher levels
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Paul E. Zechinati (Mgmt, HR)  joins Burkely via merger, with 12 years in the industry

  • Oversees and helps manage financial resources for the company
  • Supports clients and community managers through timely, accurate financial reporting and stewardship of financial resources
  • Promotes responsible, ethical accounting standards and practices
  • Directs human resource administration and ensures compliance with applicable state and federal law
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Michelle Chesson (Director of Marketing) –  14 years with Burkely and 15 years in the industry; NALP

  • Deep knowledge of the apartment and student rental markets in Boone and the Piedmont Triad NC
  • Comprehensive experience in apartment/rental advertising
  • Brings a strong understanding of effective apartment marketing (i.e. what works for residents)
  • Piedmont Triad Apartment Association Diamond Award Winner: 2005, 2010, 2018
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Brian Williams (Director of Maintenance) –  17 years with Burkely; CAMT

  • Sets the Burkely standard in delivering a high-quality physical environment
  • Serves as the organization’s point-person in engaging vendors, contractors and suppliers who can help extend the brand
  • Piedmont Triad Apartment Association Diamond Award winner: 2004, 2008, 2014
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Tim Litchfield (Director of Innovation/Regional) –  7 years with Burkely; 13 years in the Industry

  • Thrives when he is generating and executing ideas and take prides in leading a team that exceeds expectations.
  • Believes leadership is best when build upon integrity and in service to the team.
  • In his spare time, you’ll find him hanging out with his wife and son at the beach or at a fiddle festival.
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Marshall Campbell (Accounts Payable Manager) –  7 years with Burkely

  • Assists all properties and homes with their accounting needs including in-depth knowledge of the management software, Appfolio and Entrata.
  • Has an excellent understanding of Microsoft Office programs including Excel.
  • Coordinates and manages IT solutions for Burkely.