PROPERTY MANAGEMENT TEAM

Berkshire Communities is based in Boston, where all key corporate support functions are administered. Property management is directed from the Atlanta office, which is centrally located to the portfolio. This leadership group is made up of real estate professionals with extensive experience in all aspects of the industry.

Mission Statement

A nationally respected property management team that creates memorable and valuable experiences for all of our stakeholder by attracting fun, engaging talent that is committed to excellence in everything we do!

Leadership at Berkshire Communities
Leadership at Berkshire Communities
President, Managing Director

Alan King - Managing Director

Head of Multifamily Property Operations; President, Berkshire Communities

Mr. King serves as President of Berkshire Communities, Berkshire Group’s Property Management Division, overseeing approximately 600 property management professionals in over 20 markets. He previously served as Divisional Vice President for the Western Division of Berkshire.

He has over three decades of experience in multifamily property management. His extensive experience includes renovation, expansion and repositioning of both residential and commercial real estate assets. Prior to joining Berkshire, Mr. King was Regional Director of Operations for Archon Residential, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Goldman Sachs. He also previously held senior property management positions with McNeil Real Estate, and Johnstown Properties.

Mr. King is a Certified Property Manager, and has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Finance from the University of Florida. He is a Past President of the Apartment Association of Greater Dallas and currently serves on the Executive Committee of the National Multifamily Housing Council.

Senior Vice President

Thomas Rucker

Senior Vice President, Berkshire Communities

Mr. Rucker serves as Senior Vice President for Berkshire Communities, the Property Management Division of Berkshire Group. He is responsible for the overall property management, revenue and expense management, marketing, training, asset preservation, and recruiting in markets in the Eastern U.S.

Before joining Berkshire, Mr. Rucker served as Vice President and Managing Director of Real Estate for Sawyer Realty Holdings, LLC, where he managed more than 30,000 units and was responsible for marketing, risk management and property operations. He previously served as Operations Manager and Project Manager for Charles E. Smith Realty.

Prior to entering the real estate industry, Mr. Rucker spent eight years in the United States Navy. Mr. Rucker holds a Certified Apartment Manager designation from the National Apartment Association, and is a Certified Property Manager candidate with The Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM). He also holds a board at large position for the Property Management Association and is an active member of the Apartment and Office Building Association in Washington D.C., The Maryland Multi Housing Association, and the local IREM chapter.

Senior Vice President

Emily Watson

Senior Vice President, Berkshire Communities

Ms. Watson serves as Senior Vice President for Berkshire Communities, the Property Management Division of Berkshire Group. She is responsible for the overall property management, revenue and expense management, marketing, training, asset preservation, and recruiting for markets in the Western U.S.

In total, Ms. Watson has over 20 years of multifamily experience in operations, training and asset management. Prior to joining Berkshire, Ms. Watson served as Vice President of Asset Management for McDowell Properties, where she monitored and coordinated the activities of third-party management companies for over 19,000 units, and assisted in the closing of over $1.5 billion in transactions, including a $205 million bond purchase. She also previously held senior roles at CNC Investments, and Equity Residential.

Ms. Watson served on the Apartment Association of Greater Dallas Board of Directors from 2008-2013, holds a Certified Property Manager designation through the Institute of Real Estate Management, and is a Certified Commercial Investment Member.

Vice President, Redevelopment

Bryan Jackson

Vice President, Redevelopment, Berkshire Communities

Mr. Jackson oversees the implementation and management of value-added programs for new acquisitions and existing assets for Berkshire Communities. He joined the Company in 2007 and previously held the role of National Construction Manager, responsible for managing multiple capital projects and newly acquired multifamily apartments

Mr. Jackson has over 25 years of new development and redevelopment experience in the multifamily, commercial office building, and retail real estate industries. Prior to joining Berkshire, he held senior management roles at companies including Metropolitan Properties of America, and Tarragon Realty Advisors, overseeing multiple construction management platforms in markets across the United States.

Vice President, Financial Operations

Oliver Schniederjans

Vice President, Financial Operations, Berkshire Communities

Mr. Schniederjans is responsible for property financial reporting, revenue management, ancillary income programs, property real estate tax assessment value reviews, national purchasing and utility management for Berkshire Communities

He has been with Berkshire for more than two decades, having held accounting, analyst, systems training, and property management roles. Prior to joining Berkshire, Mr. Schniederjans served as a staff accountant for the Smith Companies.

Mr. Schniederjans holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Merrimack College in North Andover, Massachusetts.

Vice President, Training

Sherry Taylor

Vice President, Training, Berkshire Communities

Ms. Taylor holds primary responsibility for the design, development and implementation of all training for Berkshire Communities’ property management team. She is also responsible for writing and communicating company policies and procedures while ensuring they are followed at the property level.

Ms. Taylor has over 26 years of property management experience with Berkshire. She previously held the roles of National Training Director, and Regional Training Director.

Ms. Taylor has received her Certified Apartment Management certification through the National Apartment Association, Certification of Accelerated Learning Techniques, completed Web Page Design programs through Kennesaw State University, and attended the University of Southern Mississippi.

RVP of Operations, SE Region

Nelda Jones

Regional Vice President, Southeast Region, Berkshire Communities

Ms. Jones is responsible for direct oversight of all property management in the region, revenue and expense management, marketing, asset preservation, training, recruiting and supervision of the regions’ district managers, regional support team and site staffs.With over 30 years experience in the property management industry, Ms. Jones joined Berkshire in 2007 and was promoted to her current role in 2012. As Southeast Regional Vice President, Ms, Jones is responsible for the oversight of 31 properties totaling 7,587 units located in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.

Prior to joining Berkshire, Ms. Jones served as Regional Vice President for LEDIC Management Group where she managed 7,500 units in Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Arkansas, North Carolina and Oklahoma. Ms. Jones has extensive experience in managing market rent conventional and tax credit communities and holds the Housing Credit Certified Professional (HCCP) certification through NAHB. Prior to joining LEDIC, Ms. Jones also served as Regional Vice President for Insignia Residential Group for 7 years. Ms. Jones holds the Certified Apartment Manager (CAM) designation of the National Apartment Association and Housing Credit Certified Professional (HCCP) designation and has served on the board of the Southeast Florida Apartment Association (SEFAA). 

RVP of Operations, Mid-Atlantic Region

Cathy Robinson

Regional Vice President, Mid-Atlantic Region, Berkshire Communities

Ms. Robinson serves as Regional Vice President of Property Management for the Mid-Atlantic Region where she is responsible for direct oversight of all property management in the region, revenue and expense management, marketing, asset preservation, training, recruiting and supervision of the regions, regional managers, regional support team and site staffs. Ms. Robinson started her career with Berkshire in 1986 as a Marketing and Sales Consultant and served in many capacities prior to starting in her current role in 2010. 

As Mid-Atlantic Regional Vice President, Ms. Robinson is responsible for the oversight of 30 properties totaling 10,150 units located in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia. Her extensive experience includes hiring and development, preparation of operating and capital budgets, marketing and leasing as well as execution of the properties business plans. Ms. Robinson holds the Certified Apartment Manager (CAM) designation of the National Apartment Association and is a CPM candidate with IREM. She is also active in the Maryland Multi Housing Association (MMHA) and the Property Management Association (PMA).

RVP of Operations, Texas Region

Stephen Shows

Regional Vice President of Operations, Berkshire Communities

Mr. Shows serves as Regional Vice President of Operations for the Texas Region with Berkshire Property Advisors. Mr. Shows is responsible for property management oversight of 8,000 units covering five different markets for Berkshire. Prior to joining Berkshire in 2007, Mr. Shows was District Manager for Archon Residential, a wholly owned subsidiary of Goldman Sachs, from 2000 until 2007. Mr. Shows served in similar roles with McNeil Real Estate Management and Johnstown Management from 1987 until 2000.

Mr. Shows has 27 years of property management experience covering many markets across the south. Mr. Shows holds the Certified Property Manager designation from the Institute of Real Estate Management and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a major in Finance from Louisiana State University.

RVP of Operations, West Region

Greg Spezzano

Regional Vice President of Operations, West, Berkshire Communities

Mr. Spezzano serves as Regional Vice President of Property Management for the Western Region where he is responsible for direct oversight of all property management in the region, revenue and expense management, marketing, asset preservation, training, recruiting and supervision of the regions, regional managers, regional support team and site staffs. Prior to joining Berkshire Property Advisors in 2014, Mr. Spezzano was Vice President for Riverstone Residential Group from 2009 until 2014. Prior to 2009, Mr. Spezzano served in a variety of roles with Alliance Residential Company including Regional Director of Business Development, Asset Manager, Development Director and Regional Manager from 2005 until 2009. Mr. Spezzano has 25 years of property management experience starting in Boston, MA with 23 years covering Western markets including California, Washington, Oregon and Nevada. Mr. Spezzano has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a major in Hotel Restaurant Management from Northern Arizona University.