Gables Residential Announces Executive Promotions Across the Company

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President of the Management Company and Senior Vice President Roles are Announced

Gables Residential, a leader in the management and development of multifamily communities, recently announced several key promotions of senior leaders within the organization.

Gables is pleased to announce the promotion of Donna Summers to President of Gables Management Company. Donna will lead the operations of the company, while taking on additional responsibilities to grow the portfolio and drive operational performance.

Donna has over 34 years’ experience in the property management industry, of which 26 years have been with Gables. She has held numerous Property Management and Operations positions overseeing multiple markets throughout the country. In her most recent role as Senior Vice President, Operations, Donna managed day-to-day operations and revenue management for the Gables owned, joint venture and third-party portfolios.

Gables Chief Executive Officer, Sue Ansel, shares “Donna is a smart, hard-working, and thoughtful leader, dedicated to her team’s success and excellence. She started her career as a leasing associate and expanded her roles and responsibilities over the years through diligent effort. During her tenure with Gables, she has continued to expand her duties and influence, driving operations, and leading our associates. In her new role, I am confident that Donna will continue to build and lead a successful team.”

Donna holds her CPM certification and is an active member of the Institute of Real Estate Management. She has been a speaker at numerous industry events, she served on the Board of Directors for the Apartment Association of Greater Dallas and on the Legislative Committee for AAGD.

“I am humbled and grateful for the opportunity to lead a strong team of operations professionals, including a seasoned team of Senior Vice President’s, while having the opportunity to continue to influence and impact our success here at Gables. Our industry continues to grow and innovate, and I look forward to driving both those processes for our company. I am truly #GablesProud and couldn’t be more thrilled about this opportunity,” said Donna Summers, President of Gables Management Company.

Six other Gables leaders were recently promoted to the role of Senior Vice President. Dawn Severt, Chief Financial Officer stated, “We are incredibly proud and eager to see what this leadership group will accomplish moving forward as we have already experienced the benefits of their past accomplishments. This new senior team of leaders will continue to achieve positive results, while influencing and mentoring their respective teams and all associates.”

Rob Presley, a 31-year veteran of Gables, was named Senior Vice President of Facilities Management and Quality Assurance. He has taken on an increased leadership role by adding the Quality Assurance department to his current responsibilities, including Facilities Management and Procurement.

Rob has served as a positive role model for many Gables associates as he has demonstrated that hard work, persistence and commitment generate success as he has worked his way up through the Gables organization, originally starting as a service tech in Memphis in 1988.

Gigi Giannoni, overseeing the marketing and public relations department, has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Customer Experience. Gigi has over 33 years’ experience directing extraordinary brand value, with over 10 years at Gables. Gigi continues to lead the efforts on the digital, marketing, brand and PR front while driving innovation and service. In her new role, she will continue with those responsibilities while leading new projects that will provide greater levels of customer service and enhance the consistency and expectations relevant to the customer experience.

The Gables operations team has also promoted three remarkable leaders that will oversee the success of the Gables operating portfolio:

Greg Gasior has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Operations. Greg has been with Gables for over 25 years and has held many significant roles during his tenure. Greg has been extremely influential throughout his tenure with Gables on many fronts from development and design to operational protocol and strategic alliances. Prior to his promotion, in addition to operations, Greg took on a role facilitating the design efforts on Gables renovations and new lease-ups working nationally with the investment and design teams. In his new role, Greg will be responsible for overseeing the east region including Massachusetts, D.C., Maryland, Virginia, Georgia, and Florida.

Mary Hollands has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Third-Party Operations. Mary started with Gables as a leasing associate and has assumed increased responsibilities over the past 24 years, taking over the leadership of growing Gables third-party business and client services. She has brought structure, passion, and success to the efforts of growing the third-party business model, while developing, enhancing, and maintaining strong client relationships.

Melanie Trapnell has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Operations overseeing the west region including Texas, Colorado, and California. Melanie is a rising leader within the Operations team. Over the last two years, her tenacity and drive have inspired others while she has taken on the responsibilities for many task forces and strategic initiatives.

Melanie’s involvement in these task forces and initiatives has led to the successful implementation of new programs that enhance the day-to-day operations of the company.

Jorgen Punda has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Investments. He has been a leader in the Gables D.C. office since joining the company over 13 years ago. Jorgen has led the development of many successful new projects in the D.C. market and has served as the key driver of Gables’ expansion in the Boston market. Jorgen exhibits cross-functional teamwork at its best working through each new development project in a truly collaborative fashion.

“Jorgen is a key thought leader on the Gables Investments team with a keen eye for creating company value through new real estate developments. Jorgen crafts projects that capture the essence of the local environment while simultaneously enhancing the neighborhood. We look forward to his continued success and leadership,” stated John Akin, Chief Investment Officer.

About Gables Residential
Gables Residential is an award-winning, vertically integrated, real estate company and privately held REIT specializing in the development, construction, ownership, acquisition, financing, and management of multifamily and mixed-use communities. Gables Residential owns, develops, and manages communities in high-growth U.S. markets such as Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Dallas, Denver, Houston, South Florida, Southern California and metropolitan Washington, D.C. Gables also provides third party management services in the New York, Baltimore, Frederick, Tampa, Phoenix, Seattle, Charlotte, Central and North Florida markets.

Gables manages approximately 30,000 apartment homes and approximately 225,000 square feet of retail space and has received national recognition for excellence in development, construction, management, sales, marketing, training, and benefits. These achievements reflect the impact of Gables’ experienced and dedicated team members, its superior knowledge of the markets served, and its expertise in development and management. For additional information about the company and its real estate portfolio and services, visit

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