Management team in Boston at Berkshire Communities

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 stakeholders 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
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 as a Board of Director for the Atlanta Apartment Association, the Georgia Apartment Association, and the National Apartment Association.  Mr. King also serves on the Executive Committee of the National Multifamily Housing Council.

 

Managing Director, Multifamily Property Operations
Managing Director, Multifamily Property Operations

Emily Watson

Managing Director, Multifamily Property Operations, Berkshire Communities

Ms. Watson serves as Managing Director, Multifamily Property Operations for Berkshire Communities, the Property Management Division of Berkshire Group. She is responsible for driving operational execution and performance, marketing, revenue management, recruiting and reporting and audit performance for the company.

In total, Ms. Watson has over 25 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.

 

Senior Vice President, National Real Estate Services
Senior Vice President, National Real Estate Services

Thomas Rucker

Senior Vice President, National Real Estate Services, Berkshire Communities

Mr. Rucker serves as Senior Vice President, National Real Estate Services for Berkshire Communities, the Property Management Division of Berkshire Group. He is responsible for utility/energy management, national purchasing, contract management, real estate tax management and financial and operational reporting for the Berkshire Communities portfolio. Mr. Rucker also leads our ESG and sustainability initiatives for Berkshire Group and Berkshire Communities. Prior to his current role Mr. Rucker served as Senior Vice President of Operations for the Eastern Division from January 2012- March 2018.

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). Mr. Rucker holds a board positions for the Property Management Association and The Urban Land Institute Center for Sustainability and Economic Performance Advisory Board and is an active member of the Apartment and Office Building Association in Washington D.C., and the local IREM chapter.

 

Senior Vice President of Operations, East Division
Senior Vice President of Operations, East Division

Cathy Robinson

Senior Vice President of Operations, East Division, Berkshire Communities

Ms. Robinson 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, asset preservation, training, recruiting, supervision of regional managers, regional support team and site staffs. 

Ms. Robinson has over 30 years of property management experience and began her career with Berkshire in 1986.  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).

 

Senior Vice President of Operations, Central Division
Senior Vice President of Operations, Central Division

Stephen Shows

Senior Vice President of Operations, Central Division, Berkshire Communities

Mr. Stephen Shows serves as Senior Vice President of Operations for the Central Division with Berkshire Communities. Mr. Shows is responsible for property management oversight of 9,000 units covering all Texas and Colorado markets. 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 over 30 years of property management experience covering markets across the country. 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. 

 

Senior Vice President of Operations, West Division
Senior Vice President of Operations, West Division

Greg Spezzano

Senior Vice President of Operations, West Division, Berkshire Communities

Mr. Spezzano 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 for markets in the Western U.S.

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 30 years of property management experience starting in Boston, MA with 28 years covering Western markets including California, Washington, Oregon, Arizona, Colorado and Nevada. Mr. Spezzano has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a major in Hotel Restaurant Management from Northern Arizona University.

Vice President, Training
Vice President, Training

Sherry Taylor

Vice President, Training, Berkshire Communities

Ms. Taylor holds primary responsibility for the design, development, implementation and support of all training and employee development programs for Berkshire Communities. She is also responsible for writing and communicating company policies and procedures while ensuring compliance at the property level.

Ms. Taylor started her career with Berkshire in 1988 as an Assistant Property Manager and held several positions at regional and national levels until starting her current role in 2007.

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.

Vice President, Redevelopment
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.