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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 six 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 Area 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 Area Manager in August of 2016 overseeing properties in Raleigh and Coastal North 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 Regional Support & Training

Lindsey Knox is Hawthorne Residential Partners Trainer and Regional Support. She is been in the apartment industry on and off for eight years. Specializing in Sales and Customer Service, Lindsey has energetically coached countless people on the art of Leasing apartments. In her support role, she travels to many Hawthorne communities in need of her assistance and extends a helping hand. 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 friends or her cat, Satine.

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.