Announcing Gables Residential’s Learning and Development Department Named on Training Magazines Top 125 List for 6th Straight Year

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Gables Residential among companies honored by Training magazine

Training magazine recognized the 2013 Training Top 125 winners with crystal awards and revealed their rankings during a black-tie gala held last night during the Training 2013 Conference & Expo at the Walt Disney World, Coronado Springs Resort. Gables Residential ranked 63rd at the recent gala, beating out dozens of high profile companies including UPS, Aetna, Dell, Century 21, and Northwestern Mutual, just to name a few.

Gables was ranked 118th last year. This is a clear indication of the focus placed on Learning and Development within the organization. Jennifer Antos, Vice President of Learning & Development remarked, “I am so proud of what this award winning department has accomplished over the past year. Their passion and dedication to coaching associates towards achieving their career potential all contributed to this impressive success.” The Training Top 125 award has been recognized as a premier learning industry awards program for over a decade. Companies are ranked based on a variety of benchmarking statistics including training curriculum, strategy, impact, and return on investment.

Gables’ incredible jump in ranking is credited to L&D’s renewed focus on associate development via the launch of Foundations Online, new twenty-four training classes, a revised new-hire orientation, and new sales and customer service workshops designed to enhance the living experience for both prospects and residents.

Learning & Development is excited to deliver even more associate learning opportunities in 2013, including new corporate and onsite training content, the Foundations on Demand online training platform, and a peer coaching program designed to reinforce learning beyond the

Training magazine is a 48-year-old professional development magazine that advocates training and workforce development as a business tool. The magazine delves into management issues such as leadership and succession planning, HR issues such as recruitment and retention, and training issues such as learning theory, on-the-job skills assessments and aligning core workforce competencies to enhance the bottom line impact of training and development programs. Written for training, human resources and business management professionals in all industries, Training combines a paid circulation with qualified, controlled recipients to deliver the strongest circulation in the market.

Training magazine is currently published by The Lakewood Media Group, led by managing partners Mike Murrell and Bryan Powell based in Minneapolis. Joining them as a managing partner is Philip Jones, a former editor of Training magazine who launched the brand’s highly successful newsletters – now published online – as well as several leading industry events including the annual Training Conference & Expo. All three managing partners are former Lakewood vice presidents with Powell functioning in the role of Training’s business manager for a number of years.

The Lakewood Media Group publishes six print issues annually of Training; manages the brand’s Websites and online certificate programs; and produces the industry’s premier recognition program for excellence: the Training Top 125.

Training magazine’s Training Top 125 Award winners are the organizations with the most successful learning and development programs in the world – and the Top 125 has been the premier learning industry awards program for more than 10 years. Past winners include illustrious companies such as Verizon, Farmers Insurance, IMB, and the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company.


With a mission of Taking Care of the Way People Live, Gables Residential has received national recognition for excellence in the management, development, acquisition and construction of luxury multi-family communities in high job growth markets. Gables Residential owns, develops and manages multi-family communities and mixed-use developments in Atlanta, Austin, Dallas, Houston, South Florida, Southern California, and metropolitan Washington, D.C. Additionally, it has third-party management operations in the Chicago, New York, Boston, Phoenix, Central and North Florida, and Washington State markets. Gables Residential enjoys a healthy portfolio with approximately 35,000 apartment homes under management, including a corporate-owned portfolio of 54 stabilized communities comprising approximately 14,000 apartment homes. An additional 9 communities are under development/lease-up, comprising approximately 3,000 apartment homes. Gables also has the ability to develop another 3,000 apartment homes through its shadow pipeline of undeveloped land owned. For more information please visit

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