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ZACK BARANICK ι Regional Manager

Zack Baranick currently serves as Regional Manager for Hawthorne Residential Partners overseeing 6 communities throughout GA and TN. Working with HRP since 2010, Mr. Baranick was the recipient of the Rising Star Award given by his superiors at HRP in that same year. Zack also holds an ARM certification with the Institute of Real Estate Management. His vision is to bring cutting-edge creativity and an attitude of excellence to the multifamily industry. He is the proud father of his two year-old son, Zachary.

JESSICA DAVIS ι Digital Marketing Specialist

Jessica Davis has been in the apartment industry for over eight years originally starting out in student housing. She currently serves in the marketing department as the Digital Marketing Specialist for Hawthorne Residential Partners overseeing Hawthorne’s online presence through the management and exploration of all internet opportunities. Jessica plays a key role to our commitment with Hawthorne’s ever growing online presence and our LIVE IT! culture. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration/Marketing from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In her spare time, Jessica enjoys cooking and traveling with her husband and three children, Sean, Eryn, and Brennan.

ADAM GRAY ι Regional Manager

Adam's career with Hawthorne began in July 2015 when he transitioned from the student housing industry. Adam spent his first year at Hawthorne in a Regional Support Manager role adding value at each community he visited across the entire portfolio. He was promoted to Regional Manager in April of 2017 overseeing properties in Raleigh, Coastal North Carolina and South Carolina. He lives in Apex, NC where he and his fiancée, Sarah, have built their first house together. They are parents to two delightful golden retrievers named Jackson & Franklin. In his spare time, Adam is very active in recreational sports and an avid NC State Wolfpack fan!

MEGAN HARRIS ι Director of Branding & Design

Megan’s Hawthorne career started in March 2011 as a Creative Specialist. In 2013, she was promoted to Design Project Manager and now serving as the Director of Branding and Design, she plays a key role in the creative process for new construction, major renovations, and the overall visual impact of the Hawthorne brand. Megan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Interior Architecture from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is the mother of a rescued shepherd/hound mix, named Moxie, who enjoys anything that lands her a biscuit.

LINDSEY KNOX ι Senior Trainer & Support Manager

Lindsey Knox is Hawthorne Residential Partners’ Senior Trainer and Support Manager. She has been in the apartment industry for around a decade and is an expert on apartment sales and customer service. An energetic trainer and coach, Lindsey has helped countless people excel at the art of leasing apartments. She is often on the road, traveling in her support role to many HRP communities in need of assistance and extends a helping hand while inspiring employees to grow in their skills. In her spare time, you might find Lindsey in the sunshine somewhere in Chattanooga, TN reading a book, enjoying live music, hiking, spending time with her friends and her cats, Satine and Luna.

ASHLEY LASTER ι Director of Marketing

Ashley Laster joined the Hawthorne family in October 2010 as Assistant Community Manager and later was promoted to Community Manager in 2011. She has since been awarded the HRP Challenge Award in 2012 and the Live It Award in 2014. She currently serves as Director of Marketing overseeing the Regional Marketing team as well as corporate and property marketing initiatives. In her free time, Ashley enjoys travel and exploring with her camera, her husband Taylor, and two dogs Ryder and Dan.

KAYLA PRESTWOOD ι Vice President

Kayla has served in various positions within Hawthorne for over six years and currently is Vice President overseeing multiple corporate departments. Kayla lives in Chapel Hill with her husband, Matt, and their furry, four-legged child, Maverick who is also a champion cuddler. She can be found spending quality time running and hiking with Matt and Maverick as well as cooking and enjoying the local food scene of Chapel Hill and Durham.

ANN COLLIAS ι Regional Marketing Specialist

Ann Collias has been in property management for six years starting her career in student housing. She joined the Hawthorne team in November 2015 as a Leasing Consultant and later was promoted to Assistant Community Manager in 2016. She currently serves as Regional Marketing Specialist overseeing property marketing initiatives in Charlotte, NC , Asheville, NC, and South Carolina. In her free time, Ann loves to travel with friends and family and is always looking for life’s next adventure. She is also a proud dog mom of an adorable boxer, Lyla.

Holly Shrader | Regional Marketing Specialist

Holly Shrader started her career in property management in 2009. During her time on site she served as a Leasing Consultant, Assistant Manager, and a Community Manager. She joined the Hawthorne family in October of 2016 as a Regional Marketing Specialist overseeing marketing initiatives for properties in Tennessee, Georgia, and Alabama. In her spare time, Holly enjoys watching Tennessee football, and spending time with her husband, Travis, and her daughter, Avery.