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  • Meet the team.
The company’s motto is “Live The Difference.” The “Live It” commitment is evident throughout the company’s culture. “Live It” represents the company’s commitment to superior customer service to our residents, potential residents, teammates, and clients.

Executive Leadership

Samantha Davenport ι Principal & President

Sam Davenport is a founding partner and serves as President of Hawthorne Residential Partners. She brings over 25 years of experience operating and managing apartment properties including the oversight of a 230-property portfolio valued at over $5 billion, which included both multifamily and senior living divisions.

Under Sam’s leadership, Hawthorne has experienced impressive, managed growth to over 27,000 units located throughout the southeast and Texas, employing over 600 on-site and corporate employees. Sam is responsible for establishing and implementing the company’s strategic vision as well as oversight of corporate and property operations, value add projects, new construction, brand development, marketing, and training.

Ms. Davenport drives the Live It! culture that encourages and excites associates to embrace their entrepreneurial spirit and seize opportunities to improve the lives of those around them. Having fun is an important part of the Live It! culture, Sam can occasionally be found challenging others to a game of table tennis at the corporate office, competitively fostering opportunities to collide with team members in an active, healthy and enjoyable work environment.

Sam is a former board member of the Triad Apartment Association and maintains the designations of Certified Property Manager, Accredited Residential Manager, and Certified Apartment Manager.

Ed Harrington ι Principal

Ed Harrington was one of the founders of Hawthorne Residential Partners in the Spring of 2009. He brings over 38 years of experience in acquisition, development, financing, management and disposition of apartments, shopping centers and senior living facilities, and has been involved in over $10 billion in real estate transactions.

Mr. Harrington is responsible for overseeing Hawthorne’s investment strategy and managing financial relationships. He is also involved in investment activities including acquisitions, dispositions, mortgage finance and arranging funds for direct investments.

Since founding Hawthorne, Mr. Harrington has helped oversee the growth of the company’s management portfolio to over 27,000 units in just over 7 years. Hawthorne now manages a portfolio of over 120 communities located throughout the southeast and Texas with a total estimated value of the management platform in the range of $2.5 billion.

Mr. Harrington is also a consistent and enthusiastic promoter of the Hawthorne LIVE IT culture throughout the organization. His untiring message focuses on the long-term sustainability and profitability of the organization is driven by customer loyalty – customer loyalty is driven by employee satisfaction – and employee satisfaction is driven by a commitment of putting employees first. Employee satisfaction is created when company’s focus on creating high “internal service quality” as embodied by the Hawthorne LIVE IT mission. Mr. Harrington stresses daily that Hawthorne is in the people business first, emphasizing turning the hierarchy/corporate chart upside down, focusing on our people at the site level, as they are the ones who make the company successful. Hawthorne’s mission is simple, we are about using our business to improve lives.

Mr. Harrington holds a BS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a North Carolina licensed real estate broker, and a member of the National Multifamily Housing Council and the Urban Land Institute (ULI).

Shoff Allison ι Principal

Shoff Allison was one of the founders of Hawthorne Residential Partners in the Spring of 2009. He brings over 15 years of experience in acquisition, redevelopment, financing, management and disposition of apartments and shopping centers and has been involved in over $5 billion of real estate transactions. Mr. Allison is involved with Hawthorne’s investment activities including acquisitions, dispositions and financial relationships.

Mr. Allison holds a B.A. in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a member of the International Council of Shopping Center and National Multifamily Housing Council.

Phil Payonk ι Chief Investment Officer, Hawthorne Residential Partners

Mr. Payonk is responsible for developing and maintaining Hawthorne's strategic capital relationships, including banking, agency, and permanent mortgage providers as well as joint venture equity partners. Additional areas of focus include portfolio and asset management, working with development partners, strategic operating initiatives, and acquisitions.

Phil began his finance career in 2003 as a business banker, for BB&T in Greensboro, North Carolina. In 2004 Phil joined Grandbridge Real Estate Capital in Charlotte North Carolina, where he was responsible for originating and underwriting commercial mortgages for income producing properties throughout the southeast. Since joining Hawthorne in 2012 Mr. Payonk has overseen the acquisition and capitalization of over 12,500 units representing $1.25 Billion in value as well as the ground up development of over 2,000 units.

Phil is a graduate of North Carolina State University, as well as a licensed North Carolina real estate Broker and a CCIM candidate. He is also a board member of the Piedmont Triad Apartment Association and its current Treasurer.

Amy Small ι Executive Vice President

Amy Small was one of the key members of the original team who started Hawthorne Residential Partners in the Spring of 2009. She brings over 25 years of experience in accounting, financial analysis, strategic planning, project implementation and leadership to the Hawthorne team.

Ms. Small is responsible for overseeing Hawthorne’s corporate support platform including corporate, property and investment accounting, financial reporting, human resources, IT, and software support. She provides special focus on financial analysis, asset management, strategic planning, process refinement, and systems management and integration. She is heavily involved in property acquisitions, dispositions and cultivating investor and third party owner relationships.

She has strategically structured Hawthorne’s accounting, human resources, and software support teams to support Hawthorne’s growth to over 27,000 units. These support teams have been built on a foundation of thoughtful and efficient policies and procedures, exceptional team members who exemplify the LIVE IT culture providing outstanding service through their connection with each other and the site teams. Ms. Small consistently promotes and provides visionary, innovative, solution-based thinking combined with the Hawthorne LIVE IT mission to all projects and decisions.

Ms. Small holds a BSBA in Business Administration with a major in Finance from Appalachian State University.

Corporate Leadership

David Branton ι Chief Financial Officer

David Branton is responsible for overseeing all aspects of accounting, audit, and investor reporting for Hawthorne Residential Partners.

David Branton has over 30 years of experience in corporate accounting, with the last 20 in controller-level positions. His specific roles have included internal audit; financial analysis; treasury management; financial reporting; process documentation and improvement; and system selection, design, and implementation. He recently held a similar role with another real estate management/investment group, during a period of rapid growth.

David holds a BS in Accounting from Duke University. He received his MBA from Wake Forest University’s Babcock Graduate School of Management and is a Certified Public Accountant.

He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants.

Kayla Prestwood ι Vice President

Kayla Prestwood is responsible for overseeing asset management, software support, training, talent acquisition, customer care, and regional operations support.

Kayla brings over ten years of multifamily operations experience including six years serving in various roles within Hawthorne. Her multifamily career began as a leasing consultant and quickly led to a Regional Manager position in which Kayla successfully optimized the operations of over 2,200 units that included new development, conventional, and student housing. Most recently, Kayla served as Vice President of Marketing and Strategic Initiatives overseeing the implementation of strategic branding, marketing, and operations initiatives as well as due diligence, asset transitions, budget planning, and financial analysis.

Kayla holds a bachelor's degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Emily Mango ι Vice President of Investments & Asset Management

Emily Mango oversees Hawthorne’s investment transactions for acquisitions and dispositions. She also partners with the Hawthorne Executive Team to assist with asset and operational management initiatives.

Emily has 10 years and approximately $3 billion of real estate transactions and financing experience in the multifamily, retail, senior living and self-storage asset classes. Prior to joining Hawthorne, Emily held positions as Investment Manager & Asset Manager, where she assisted with acquisitions, dispositions, financing activities, valuations, budget reviews and investor communication for the apartment, retail and senior living divisions. Emily was responsible for the execution of asset repositioning efforts, approving design enhancements related to renovations, budget reviews, completing high level analysis related to portfolio and operating performance, valuation and investor reporting, as well as overseeing select dispositions and recommending assets for refinance or disposition.

Emily holds a BSBA in Business Administration from UNC-Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School.

Kerri Shellman ι Director of Human Resources

Kerri Shellman is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the Human Resources department for Hawthorne Residential Partners.

Kerri Shellman has over 20 years of Human Resources experience with increasing responsibility in each role. Her vast HR Generalist experience includes specialist roles in payroll, benefits and HR project management. Within Hawthorne, Kerri is responsible for overseeing the day to day operations of the Human Resources department, supervising benefits and payroll administration functions, partnering with leaders regarding strategic initiatives and compliance, managing employee relations and legal matters, leading effective employee onboarding and performance management programs, creating and facilitating in-person HR training classes for employee professional development and assisting in the creation and interpretation of the company’s policies and procedures.

Kerri currently holds two professional HR designations. She obtained the PHR certification from the Human Resources Certification Institute and she received the SHRM-CP certification from the Society for Human Resource Management. She is a member of the Human Resources Management Association of Greensboro and a member of the Society for Human Resource Management.

LouAnn Frye ι Director of Training & Talent Acquisitions

LouAnn Frye is responsible for creating and implementing training programs and overseeing the development of careers by setting performance metrics, evaluating productivity, and helping employees to create long term career plans within Hawthorne. In addition, LouAnn provides leadership development education, performance feedback, and manages a staff of classroom facilitators.

Ms. Frye has over 20 years’ experience in property management focused in the multifamily industry. Within Hawthorne, LouAnn has previously served in the Regional Manager role.She studied Business Management at Appalachian State University and served on the Board of Directors for the Triangle Apartment Association.

Becky Carter ι Director of Software Support

Becky Carter is responsible for leading Hawthorne’s Software Support Department. Within Hawthorne, Becky leads the training and support for Yardi Voyager, PayScan, CheckScan and a number of other interfaces. The Software Support Team is also responsible for Yardi conversions, checkscan set up, Blue Moon and purchasing URLs on all new acquisitions.

Becky has over 20 years of experience in the multifamily industry in a variety of roles. She joined Hawthorne in 2010 in a training and software support role. In this role, she planned and executed our annual conferences, managed quarterly shop reports and taught several classes, including Leasing and Customer Service. Becky also served in a Regional Support and Training role in which she traveled onsite to troubleshoot and provide support and training.

Becky has taught classes for the Atlanta Apartment Association as well as the Triad Apartment Association. She has earned the industry designations of Certified Apartment Manager and NALP.

Ed McVeigh ι Director of Property Improvements

Ed McVeigh is responsible for management of all aspects of the Property Improvements Department for Hawthorne Residential Partners.

Mr. McVeigh has over 36 years of experience in the Construction Industry and has successfully completed hundreds of projects throughout the southeast. He has been involved in new commercial building, commercial renovation, site development, residential remodeling, multifamily, restoration, and casualty loss. Over the past ten years, Ed has been focused primarily in leadership positions in the multifamily industry.

Ed earned his bachelor’s degree in Architecture/Construction Management from Southern Polytechnic State University (now Kennesaw State University). Ed enjoys spending time with his family. His hobbies include playing softball, golf, and fishing.

Maria Burkhart ι Controller

Maria Burkhart is responsible for overseeing all aspects of property accounting, corporate accounting, and treasury management for Hawthorne Residential Partners.

Maria has over 15 years of experience in corporate accounting, with the last 9 in controller-level positions. Her specific roles have included financial reporting, treasury management, financial reporting, process improvement, risk management, and benefits.

Maria holds a BA in Journalism from UNC-Chapel Hill, and a MS in Accounting from UNC-Greensboro. Maria is a Certified Public Accountant. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants.

Multi Family Leadership

Stuart Gohd ι Senior Regional Vice President

Stuart Gohd has over 20 years of progressive, in-depth experience in the real estate industry and joined Hawthorne in 2010. Stuart's expertise is comprehensive having successfully optimized performance for a variety of asset types including new construction, midrise, value add, and conventional housing. He currently oversees seven Regional Managers with a portfolio of over 10,000 units across South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, and Texas. In addition to his multifamily responsibilities, he oversees the operations for Hawthorne's growing self-storage business.

Stuart is a graduate of Montclair State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, and holds a Georgia real estate license.

Alan Dye ι Regional Vice President

Alan Dye is responsible for maximizing performance across a portfolio of over 8,000 units in North Carolina. He oversees daily operations while managing regional and area managers within his portfolio.

With over 15 years of experience operating and managing apartment properties, Alan has overseen a variety of portfolio sizes and class types including conventional, urban midrise, acquisitions, dispositions, new development and asset repositioning.

Alan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Media from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Meg Piszcek ι Regional Vice President

Meg Pisczek is responsible for maximizing operational performance for over 5,000 units in North Carolina.

Meg began her career in property management as a leasing consultant and was quickly promoted through the ranks reaching the Senior Vice President of Property Management level. Meg is a two time past President of the Triangle Apartment Association. She has served as President of the Apartment Association of North Carolina (AANC) and continues to serve on the Board of Directors. Meg’s background includes senior level oversight of both affordable and market rate assets, including lease-ups and new construction, high rise, mid-rise, and garden-style apartment homes.

Meg graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Management from Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio, and is a Licensed North Carolina Real Estate Broker. She holds the Institute of Real Estate Management Certified Property Manager (CPM) designation.