Garner Properties and Management, LLC has over 50 years of history in property management and real estate investment. Founded by Larry Garner in the mid 1950's to manage his personal real estate holdings, the company's early years were focused on managing Mr. Garner's personal portfolio. Over the decades, Mr. Garner developed proven property management strategies that have consistently provided the results investors crave for property management in Detroit. This experience was passed down to his children as he involved his family in his growing business.
In 2003, Garner Properties & Management identified a growing need for a competent, professional management company with a sound infrastructure that could provide other investors with the proven property management strategies developed by Mr. Garner more than 50 years ago. At this time Chris Garner returned to Garner Properties & Management with his extensive background in Information Technology and business management. Utilizing an aggressive marketing campaign and established business practices, the company invested in cutting edge technologies that have allowed Garner Properties & Management to provide unparalleled client services.
Our proven property management strategies, coupled with our unparalleled client services have driven Garner Properties & Management, LLC to be the largest single-family, property management company in the Detroit metropolitan area. With expansion of our services into multi-family and commercial buildings, we are positioned for unprecedented growth and will continue to provide outstanding service to our clients.
LARRY GARNER, Founder and Property Manager
The president and founder of our company purchased his first investment property at the age of 18. In the last 50 years he has accumulated a lifetime of knowledge and experience in property management and investing. His philosophy of "treat every property we manage like it is one we own" is the cornerstone of our companies' philosophy and our success. Larry has developed a number of successful businesses and is a leading member in the community. Larry is a 20-year member of the Taylor Rotary and an active member of his church.
CHRIS GARNER, Operations and Property Manager
Having spent his early years working on rental homes and learning from his Dad's lessons, Chris truly grew up in the business. He joined the company in 2003 and has dedicated himself to growing the business and servicing our clients. Chris attended Ferris State University for Business Administration and has nearly fifteen years of experience in marketing and technology. In his off hours, Chris spends time with his family and enjoys racquetball and cooking.
Aaron has been the company's General Counsel since 2005 and is in charge of all legal proceedings, including evictions, collections, and property tax appeals. Aaron enjoys the never-ending challenges at Garner Properties & Management. "Every day brings something new. There is constant interaction with all walks of life." Aaron earned a Bachelor of Arts with honors from Madonna University, a Juris Doctor Magna Cum Laude from Thomas M. Cooley Law School and is a licensed Real Estate Broker. In his spare time he enjoys sports, cooking, traveling, real estate investing, and while an undergraduate Aaron was a four-year starter and Academic All-American in basketball. Click here for more information on Aaron's firm, The Law Offices of Aaron D. Cox, PLLC.
MYTITIA HULON, Property Manager & Business Development
Mytitia is responsible for business development. She is a property management veteran and is dedicated to her clients. Mytitia has been known to take extraordinary measures to assist her clients and also appreciates her colleagues. In her spare time, she likes to spend time with her family and enjoys cooking.
VALERIE ZIMMERMAN, Property Manager, Business Development & Realtor
Valerie, a veteran Realtor, is a member of NARPM, DRAR, MAR & NAR. She has also holds an Appraisal Certificate, Paralegal Certificate, and Grace Hill Fair Housing Certificate. In her spare time, Valerie enjoys spending time with her family, reading, shopping, home decorating. After running after six grandchildren, she appreciates any spare time she can get!
JESSICA ZILKA, Director of Client Services
Jessica has been with the company since 2007 and is responsible for client relations, land contract servicing and owner account management. Jessica likes that no two days are the same at Garner Properties & Management. "Things are never boring!" She enjoys interacting with all clients and customers to provide the best possible service. She adds that, "Maintaining a sustainable business requires flexibility and I think we are very good at it." Jessica ranked 3rd in her high school class and was the V.P. of the National Honor Society. She is currently an honor student at University of Michigan and will receive her Bachelor of Business Administration in 2014. In her spare time, Jessica enjoys attending live sporting events and concerts, playing golf, and is an amateur painter.
BRENDA GARNER, Director of Client Services
Brenda has been with the company since 2011 and is the "go to" person for our clients. She has a long history in the hospitality industry and has created award-winning customer service teams. Brenda earned a B.S. in Hospitality and Tourism Management from Grand Valley State University and is a Certified Freeman Trainer. In her spare time, Brenda enjoys wakeboarding, rollerblading, and skiing, and she is learning to play golf, but her true claim to fame is that she can still do a cartwheel.
TERESSA HARBIN, Director of Marketing & Real Estate Sales
Teressa joined Garner Properties in 2011 and is responsible for developing marketing programs for rental properties and real estate sales. She enjoys working with people and the challenge of getting each property rented or sold. Teressa, a licensed Realtor, has over 10 years title and real estate-related experience and has received awards for customer service. She also studied business at Wayne County Community College. In her spare time, Teressa spends time with her family, is active in her children's activities, and loves to read a good book.
Meriya is responsible for managing the staff and the office, monthly audits, and bookkeeping. She has been with the company since 2007 and was previously the Section 8 Specialist before being promoted. Meriya says that she works with a great group of colleagues and enjoys the busy office atmosphere. She holds an Associate Degree in Accounting from University of Phoenix, and in her spare time, Meriya coaches a city-wide Varsity cheerleading squad and enjoys spending time with her children, working out and camping.
LANI SHAW, Section 8 & City Inspection Specialist
Lani has been serving Garner properties since 2012, and is responsible for helping each tenant who receives housing assistance move into their new home as quickly and effortlessly as possible, and coordinating all municipal inspections. She enjoys the fun work environment and the diverse clientele at Garner. A lifelong Michigander, Lani studied Fine Art at Wayne State University. Her hobbies include foreign language, independent film, and crochet.
STEPHEN RHODES, Customer Service Representative
Steve joined the company in 2013, and is the first person you will meet when you come to our Taylor office. He enjoys the fun and friendly atmosphere of our growing company. Steve is currently pursuing a degree in Sports Management at Davenport University. In his spare time, Steve plays guitar, and plays hockey as often as he can. Steve's passion for hockey has given him the opportunity to skate with professional athletes.
BRANDON PENIX, Customer Service Representative
Brandon has been with the company since 2013. He likes the family feeling of the office, and the chance to better someone's day. Brandon completed the Airframe and Power Plant Program at the Michigan Institute of Aviation and Technology. He is an avid softball and hockey player, and a diehard Tigers and Red Wings fan. In his spare time, Brandon likes to get away on a long motorcycle ride, or watch a funny movie with some friends.
TONYA MOODY, Customer Service Representative
Tonya has been with Garner Properties since 2013. She enjoys the fast paced environment of the office and the friendly staff. Tonya is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Accounting from the University of Phoenix. In her spare time, Tonya likes to spend time with family and friends, and loves to read.
NATALIE ST. JOHN, Customer Service Representative
Natalie has been with Garner Properties since 2013. She has a Finance degree from the University of Michigan. Natalie loves the fact that everyday is different and challenging. In her spare time, she enjoys spending the day at the beach with her daughter, traveling near and far, and shopping for collectibles.
KATHY ADAMS, Customer Service Representative
Kathy joined the company in 2013. She has extensive experience in the housing industry housing, is passionate about it. Kathy enjoys ever-changing process of growing, and loves to help people do the same. She is a first degree Black Belt, and her favorite past time is watching the Detroit Tigers, going camping with family, and reading.
Dolores has been with the company since 2009 and coordinates accounts payable, accounts receivable, and payroll. She enjoys the autonomy and flexibility of her position. Dolores studied at Marygrove College before starting her family, and she enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, crocheting and sewing.
Debbie has been with Garner Properties since 2012 and is responsible for accounts payable and billing. She enjoys the fast-paced environment of Garner Properties, and her great co-workers. Debbie studied business at Henry Ford Community College and is pursuing a degree in accounting and management from Baker College. Debbie is an avid traveler and cruiser and her favorite destination is Jamaica. She has family in Alaska and enjoys making the trip to visit them, but says that Italy is at the top of her bucket list.
Jason joined Garner Properties in 2013 and is responsible for utilities billing. He likes the atmosphere of a family owned company and the closeness of everyone he works with. Jason graduated from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor's degree in Accounting. In his spare time, Jason enjoys golfing, camping, movies, and spending time with his family.
Dionne oversees 4 Diamond Services, LLC and the rehab and rent-up efforts. Dionne has over 15 years' experience in home remodeling. He was a Builder for Pulte Homes, one of the largest home builders in the country. Previously, Dionne was the Head Designer for the plumbing department at Isometrics where he planned and developed lean manufacturing. He enjoys his job and in particular, interacting with his clients. In his spare time, you can find Dionne on the golf course or desert motorcycling. In addition, Dionne proudly served his country for eight years in the United States Marine Corps.
Brandy has been assisting Aaron Cox since 2009. She is responsible for all legal administrative functions and collections. Brandy enjoys the fast paced work environment and that she is always learning new things. In her spare time, Brandy enjoys photography and animals and is a huge (HUGE) football fan.
Jim is responsible for the recruitment of new owners and marketing properties to prospective tenants. He has been with the company since 2009 and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Michigan. Jim enjoys the challenge of meeting new people and bringing them on board with our company. In his spare time, Jim enjoys spending time with his family and supporting his kids in their various activities.
Terry has been with the company since 2011 and he is responsible for conducting interior showings of properties for prospective tenants. Terry enjoys the fast pace of the days and the interaction with clients and co-workers. He loves the outdoors, cooking, reinvesting, spending time with family and friends, and woodcarving. Terry won a blue ribbon for a woodcarving piece at the Alpena County Fair, and another piece was chosen to hang at the Durko Art Show at the Jesse Besser Museum.
Stacey is a member of the Call Center team. She takes calls from prospective tenants to help them to find a new home, answer their questions, and schedule showing appointments. In addition, Stacey processes tenant applications and manages the on-line listings. She is currently pursuing a business degree at Henry Ford Community College. Stacey enjoys the busy pace of her job. She loves that she is able to help people find a home, and enjoys each and every one of her co-workers. When not working or studying, Stacey and her fiancee enjoy traveling, attending sporting events, or just relaxing and spending time with family.
Sarah, a member of the Call Center team, is responsible for setting showing appointments for prospective tenants, and answering caller inquiries. She feels like this is the perfect job because she gets to help people find a home that they love. Sarah enjoys her co-workers and the team atmosphere at Garner Properties. In her spare time, she loves to spend her time outdoors with her family.
Angel is a member of the Call Center team and she is responsible for scheduling showing appointments for prospective tenants. She is very patient and enjoys helping people. Angel is very pleased to have the opportunity to assist people and families to find a home. In her spare time, she enjoys playing softball with her co-workers.
Marla is a member of the Call Center team. She likes to connect with callers, and to help them find the right property for their specific needs. In her spare time, Marla, enjoys working out, dining at nice steak houses, and reading business/motivational books.
THE MAINTENANCE TEAM
Paul Hill, R.J. Massey, Steve LaFace, Michael Santiago, Kyle Stone, Richard McLellan, William Langston, & Veron Lewis