R. Sterling Kelly III (CEO) –  Co-founded Burkely in 1990, 35 years in the industry

  • Has shaped Burkely as a 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)

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) –  20 years with Burkely and 33 years in the industry; 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)

Suzanne Gray (Sr Mgmt) –  joins Burkely via merger, with 28 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

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

Paul E. Zechinati (Mgmt, HR)  joins Burkely via merger, with 8 years in the industry

  • Oversees and helps manage financial resources for the company
  • Supports clients through timely, accurate financial reporting and community managers through stewardship of financial resources (i.e., cash flow)
  • Promotes responsible, ethical accounting standards and practices

Michelle Chesson (Marketing Director) –  13 years with Burkely and 14 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)

Brian Williams (Director of Maintenance) –  16 years with Burkely and 16 years in the industry; 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