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Nominees for Secretary/Treasurer

Stephanie Liston

I have served on the GNAA Board, co-chaired two committees, and currently chair the News and Events magazine. There are certain professional milestones I am particularly proud of – I have graduated the Leadership Lyceum program and hold both my CAM and CAPS certifications. I lead my team by example, attending countless committees, as well as education courses, encouraging everyone I meet to join the GNAA and actively participate. I care about my commitment to our organization and its members. I would be honored to be your next Secretary/Treasurer!

 Stacy Molen, CAM

I am a seasoned multifamily executive, leader and strategist. I specialize in motivating on-site teams to perform at higher levels, leading to an overall improvement in the financial performance of all my assets. My involvement with the Greater Nashville Apartment Association has afforded me the opportunity to collaborate with others within the multifamily industry. During my years of service on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee, I have worked with the Association to provide extensive resources to our members and establish best practices within our field.


Nominees for Management Director

Brigitte Byron, CAM

I am a Regional Property Manager with Brookside Properties, Inc. I have over 17 years of experience within the property management industry. I’ve been highly active with the Greater Nashville Apartment Association for over 10 years, and completed Leadership Lyceum in 2018. I have a passion for training and love giving back to my community. I believe in living life with integrity and compassion.

Malcolm Eller, CAM

I have been in the Nashville market since spring of 2014., beginning my career here with Matrix Residential at 23 Hundred in Berry Hill. Since then I have managed Artisan on 18th and Park Central for Matrix Residential. I then started with RAM Partners at City View Apartments and I am now currently managing The Retreat at Arden Village in Columbia, TN.

I currently am serving on two committees for GNAA, the Statistics Committee and the Community Service Committee. I attend as many events as I can and I actively encourage my team to participate in any and all GNAA events. I hope for a long future in the Nashville area and within the GNAA.

Katherine Morrow, CAM

Katherine Morrow, CAM is the Business Manager of Greenhaven and Grove at Shadow Green with Lincoln Property Company. Katherine has served on the GNAA Board of Directors for the past two years and currently co-chairs the NextGen Committee. She is enrolled in the Leadership Lyceum program and is slated to finish by the end of the year.

After graduating from the University of Tennessee, she moved straight to Nashville and began her career in the multifamily industry, over 11 years ago. When she’s not at work or attending GNAA events, you can find her spending time with her friends and family or relaxing with her puppy, Nelly.

Wes Schmitz

As a Leadership Lyceum candidate, it’s been an extreme honor to get to know so many of you through the GNAA. It’s refreshing to see such a great group of people doing such extraordinary things! I enjoy having a voice that can encourage the next generation, while honoring those who have shaped this organization. It’s imperative that as our city grows, the GNAA and its members grow as well. This expansion holds tremendous self-growth and career opportunities for everyone. Buckingham Companies, as well as the companies I’ve had the honor to work for in the past, have allowed me to seize these opportunities each day.

I enjoy sharing my experiences and lessons learned, in an effort to enrich the lives of my team and of those around me. I believe we are only as strong as our weakest member, and with that comes a great responsibility for encouragement, involvement, and leadership. I’m honored to have been nominated and would greatly appreciate your vote.

Don’t Just Guess…Vote For Wes! #lifeofweston

Gia Suastegui

My name is Gia Suastegui and I have been part of the apartment industry for several years. I started my career being part of the GNAA office and then I transitioned to on-site. I would love the opportunity to keep serving this amazing institution now as a Manager Director and I continue bringing new ideas to the table.

Vote Gia for Manager Director!

Alice Ward

I began my career in Property Management in 1988. Yes, I remember when paper ledgers and carbon paper were used and when the first computers entered our business. (Anyone else remember DOS and those huge floppy disks we used as backup?) I have always been a huge supporter of GNAA. I firmly believe you are only as good as the people you are working with!

I received both my CAM and CAPS designations through GNAA. I am currently completing my Leadership Lyceum as a 2019 candidate. I have also supported my current and previous staff members in receiving designations with three CPOs and four NALPs. Two of the NALPs are now Assistant Managers; one is a Property Manager; two also received the Professional Leasing Award at the GNNA banquet (back-to-back). I have also had two staff members complete the Leadership Lyceum program. I would greatly appreciate your vote for Management Director!

Annette Waterman

My name is Annette Waterman and I have been a member of the GNAA for the last five years of my career. I’m an active Leadership Lyceum Candidate, and serve on the Legislative, News & Events and NextGen Committees. Through the GNAA, I have acquired my CAM and have participated in numerous educational courses and events. I’m currently a Property Manager for Lighthouse Property Management at The Canvas, located in East Nashville. During my time with Lighthouse, I have assisted in three property acquisitions, two property sells, and three renovation properties. Outside of work, my enjoyments include antiquing, being a mom, wine, and food.

My involvement with the GNAA is one of the favorite parts of my job. It is an organization that I am proud to be part of and proud to represent. I hope you will help me continue my journey by electing me as one of your 2020 Management Directors!


 Nominees for Supplier Director

Jill Krantz

Jill Krantz started with AMI Construction, Inc. on June 4, 2018 and attended her first GNAA event on June 6, 2018. Jill currently serves on the Membership, Community Service, Gala, Awards, Trade Show, Apartment Tour, Directory, Statistics, Golf, News & Events, and Education Committees. Jill is hard at work in the Association from making welcome and statistics calls, to organizing the Community Service basket for the Golf Tournament, and delivering badges to communities for the Trade Show attendees – just a few of the ways Jill is striving to make a difference in the GNAA.

“Where there’s a JILL, there’s a WAY!” Vote Jill Krantz- Supplier Director

Monica Lyons

Monica has been very active with the Apartment Association for over 10 years and has worked in the multifamily industry for 12 years, starting as a leasing agent and climbing the ladder all the way to Regional Manager/ Regional Renovations Project Manager. She has been a Branch Manager with Baytree Landscape Contractors for almost two years. She has also participated in the Community Service and Trade Show Committees for the past several years. Baytree Landscape helps support the GNAA by sponsoring multiple events over the past two years such as the Trade Show, Managers and Maintenance Luncheons, Golf Tournaments and Maintenance Mania.

“I am very passionate about family, the multi-family industry and customers. If elected, I think I will bring to the table a different perspective, seeing that I have been on the management side in multiple positions and the supplier side of the multifamily world in Nashville.”

Loyd Owen

I am the Senior Division Manager for Bug Solutions. Our company serves over 450 apartment communities, providing each one professional pest control service. I have been an active member of the GNAA for the past nine years and continue to be active at meetings and events. It has been a honor to serve on the GNAA board as Supplier Director for the past three years. I am excited and honored to have been nominated to run for another three-year term and I look forward to continuing to represent you on behalf of the GNAA. #voteforloyd #GNAA #supplierdirector


Nominee for Managers Representative

Meredith Dixon

Meredith Dixon currently serves as the Assistant Property Manager at The Grove Whitworth Apartments. Shortly after graduating from Belmont University with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in 2009, she started her career in the multifamily industry where she was hired as a Leasing Associate at The Grove. Meredith was promoted to Senior Leasing Manager in 2014 and was then promoted to Assistant Property Manager in 2015.

Meredith has been an active member of the GNAA for many years. She has previously served on the Statistics Committee and is currently an active member of the NextGen and Apartment Tour Committees. Meredith received her NALP designation in 2015 and is currently a candidate in the Leadership Lyceum Program. She has recently been nominated as Assistant Manager Professional of the Year for the second year in a row and hopes to continue her involvement within the GNAA for many years to come.


Nominees for Supplier Representative

DJ Arbogast

DJ Arbogast has been a dedicated member of the Greater Nashville Apartment Association for the last three years. In the past he has been a member of the Community Service Committee and is a current member of the NextGen Committee.

DJ is the Senior Staffing Coordinator at The Liberty Group, where he has been employed for the last three years. He is an enthusiastic, resourceful HR leader skilled in building strong working relationships with internal clients, staffing partners, and candidates alike. DJ directed teams in employee relations and engagement, compensation, payroll, benefits, safety, training, and full life-cycle recruitment. The Liberty Group has been recognized for innovative recruiting practices, streamlining processes, and HR programs management. They have a successful track record for recruiting across a broad spectrum of positions in telecommunications, finance, IT, engineering, clerical, healthcare, and legal.

DJ is very excited to be nominated for the 2020 GNAA Board of Directors as the Supplier Representative. He will be a dedicated member of the Board and hopes to bring new and fresh ideas.

Ashtyn Barker

Ashtyn Barker currently serves as the Business Development Manager at SRP Contractors. After graduating from Middle Tennessee State University in 2012, Ashtyn began her career in sales and marketing. She joined SRP Contractors in early 2018 and immediately became an active member of the GNAA.

Last year, Ashtyn actively served on the Membership, Statistics, and Trade Show Committees and is currently on the Golf, Trade Show, and NextGen Committees. For the second year in a row, Ashtyn was nominated for Supplier Professional of the Year. She plans to continue her involvement and support of the GNAA for many years to come!

Tyler Ellis

Tyler Ellis has worked with Sherwin-Williams for 13 years in the Middle Tennessee area. Tyler has worked his way up from Assistant Store Manager to Manager, and for the last six years he has been the multifamily sales representative. He has been a long-time member of the Statistics Committee and actively attends other GNAA functions throughout the year. Tyler strives to help everyone he comes in contact with, consistently networking with suppliers and management professionals. Please support him for 2020 Supplier Representative.

JD Wright

JD is the CEO and Co-Founder of Universal Media Group, Inc. JD brings more than 15 years of experience in the Multifamily and Construction industries. JD currently serves on the Greater Nashville Apartment Association Board of Directors as the Suppliers Representative. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Property Managment Association of Clarksvile. He also is on the National Apartment Association Education Institute Faculty.


Nominees for Maintenance Representative

Rusty Guilliams

My name is Rusty Guilliams, CPO, CAMTll. I am running for Maintenance Representative. I have been active in the GNAA for quite a while and active on the Maintenance Committee and the Statistics Committee. I try to always volunteer my time to help the GNAA and attend the various events. I currently am the Maintenance Director for Ram Partners at Waterford Crossings where I oversee daily operations of 614 units. I would really appreciate your vote to represent the Greater Nashville maintenance personnel.

Ron Koman

As the current Maintenance Representative, I have been active with the planning of the maintenance luncheons and recruiting new and exciting speakers. I am also on the News & Events Committee and have been working hard to encourage others to join the GNAA. I would be honored to be retained as next year’s Maintenance Representative.

Emir Skopljak

My name is Emir Skopljak. I’m originally from Bosnia and Herzegovina but moved to the USA in January of 2011. I’m married and have two boys. In June of 2011, I started in the business as a groundskeeper and the goal was to be Service Manager in three years. With the drive and work ethic I had, I accomplished that in less than two years, and since then I have been running the show on many different properties from 200+ to 600+ units. Currently, I’m working for Lincoln Property Company and have been with the company for six years.

In my career, I have worked on older garden-style properties, newer garden-style properties, and mid-rise buildings. I’ve done everything from rehabs to a new construction. Between 2014 and 2016, I was a multi-site Service Manager over four different properties. I’m EPA, CPO, and CAMT certified. Also, I’m a certified training associate within the company and mentor to several new team members. I’m a person who lives by goals and always doing everything I can to reach them.