OUR COMPANY

HISTORY

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.

OUR TEAM

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 D. Cox, Esq.

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 a Property Manager with the company since 2007. She likes that no two days are the same at Garner Properties & Management. "Things are never boring!" Jessica 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 studied Business Administration at the University of Michigan. In her spare time, she enjoys attending live sporting events and concerts.

Brenda Garner

Director of Client Services

Brenda has been a Property Manager with the company since 2011. 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.

Andrea Mack

Client Servcies Representative

Andrea is a Property Manager with GPM since 2013. She specializes in international investor relations. Andrea holds a Bachelors Degrees in Public Safety and Criminal Justice from Eastern Michigan University.

Stephen Rhodes

Client Servcies Representative

Steve joined the company as a Property Manager 2013, where he assists investors and home owners. He enjoys the fun and friendly atmosphere of our growing company. Steve attended Davenport University, and in his spare time, he 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.

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.

Sarah Massey

Marketing and Real Estate Sales Assistant

Sarah is the Marketing and Real Estate Sales Assistant who assists in the buying/selling, and marketing of homes. 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.

Stacey St. Clair

Call Center Agent

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.

Kyle Klebba

Call Center Agent

Kyle joined company in 2014 and is a part of the call center team. While his background has been in the music industry, he says the new experience has been great and the teamwork here is a bonus. The opportunity has been fulfilling helping people get into their new homes. In his free time, Kyle enjoys music, time with family and dogs, and is an avid hockey fan and diehard Maple Leafs fan.

Tina Wright

Call Center Agent

Tina is a member of the call center team at Garner Properties. She enjoys talking with people and helping them find a new home. Tina loves how her job keeps her busy, and there is always something new to learn day to day. She especially appreciate the friendliness of each and everyone of her co-workers. In her spare time, Tina enjoys spending time with family and friends, BBQ's, the great outdoors, and is active in her church.

Jim Lucas

Showing Agent

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 Pomroy

Showing Agent

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.

Meriya Love

Office Manager

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 a part of Garner properties since 2012, and is responsible for 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.

Patricia Detlaff

City Inspection Specialist

Patty started at Garner Properties in 2014, and is responsible for municipal inspections. She has over 16 years experience in the housing industry and many certifications in the field. Patty is also a licensed Real Estate Agent and has been a licensed Cosmetologist for over 30 years. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her children, reading, crafts and collecting antiques.

Natalie St. John

Tenant Relations Representaive

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

Tenant Relations 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.

Mitch Cieslak

Tenant Relations Representative

Mitch is a member of the tenant relations team, and is responsible for spending time with the tenants and helping them find their solutions. Mitch graduated from Madonna University with a major in business administration and a minor in hospitality management. An athlete in college and beyond, Mitch played basketball and ran cross country at MU, and these days you can find him at the gym, staying fit and healthy in his free time.

Dolores Sarasin

Billing Representative

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.

Jason Cross

Billing Representative

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.

Tonya Moody

Billing Representative

Tonya has been with Garner Properties since 2013 and is responsible for utilities billing. 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.

Marvala Williams

Billing Representative

Marvala started with Garner in 2013 and is responsible for utilities billing . She enjoys the warm atmosphere and friendly staff at Garner Properties. In her spare time, Marvala is active in her church, enjoys traveling, movies and spending time with family and friends.

Gordon Dionne

Rehab Manager

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.

Fred Brady

Rehab Representative

Fred has been with Garner Properties since 2014, and he oversees home rehabs. He loves the friendly family environment at Garner Properties. In his spare time, Fred likes to spend time with family, and enjoy the great outdoors.

Brandon Penix

Maintenance Manager

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.

Angelina Iannicello

Maintenance Administrator

Angel is the administrator for the Maintenance Department. 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.

Alyse Hopkins

Tenant Relations Representative

Alyse works in tenant relations where she helps the tenants with all of their day to day needs both over the phone and in person all while providing great customer service. Alyse loves Garners' family atmosphere which makes coming to work fun! In her spare time she enjoys going to concerts, reading and spending time with her family. Alyse is currently attending Baker College working towards my Associates degree in Human Resources Management.

TESTIMONIALS

Garner Properties & Management is very aware that our best advertising is our clients and that client references are important in making a decision on a property management firm. In the past we have provided prospective clients with e-mail addresses and phone numbers of clients for references. Because we take on so much new business, our clients were becoming inundated with reference requests. Below are testimonials letters from a number of clients for your review.

There is a level of trust between ourselves and our clients and we take pride in the fact that we have been in business for over 50 years and make every effort to satisfy our clients. Garner Properties is a member of the BBB, NARPM and is a licensed real estate broker.

"Thanks Brenda for following this up. It looks like the swift action that I requested is already underway. I really appreciate your company's professionalism and speed with resolving this matter."
-Anthony Snape

"Thanks Chris. I'm very happy with your company. You guys have made everything very smooth for us here in California. Looking to add another property next month."
- Tarik R. Smith, MBA

"Just wanted to take a minute to say thank you. The peace of mind your company offers is invaluable. Your online system is great, I had a question about where some of the rent went, checked the owner statements online, found the answer. Looking forward to doing more business with you in the near future."
- Dan Gheesling

" . . . I don't often say it but I LOVE YOU GUYS!!!!"
- Jim Dunn

" . . . your company has done a wonderful job and I will use them on anything else I own in the future as well."
- Jon Hagan

"Hey Chris, I just wanted to touch base with you regarding all our properties we have with you guys between all the Trisons LLCs. We are very happy with how you guys are handling these properties and indeed, some have rented very quickly. We now have five properties that are tenanted, two properties that are waiting to be tenanted and three that are getting rehabbed and once these are completed, we will then be on the hunt again."
- Chris Snape

"Thank you for your continuous support and understanding. I doubt if any other management company has so direct cooperation with their clients."
- Symeon Tzanis

"I feel obliged to extend a sincere thank you to you and Garners as a whole for helping and Jane and I rescue our investment in 19950 Oakfield Street and bring it to the point where it is making the sort of financial return we had hoped for but which at one stage looked a far off possibility. Thank you very much for your help."
- Paul Trebess

"I wanted to provide a quick feedback regarding your team. I had a short conference call this afternoon with Jessica regarding my monthly statements. I must say, I was pretty confused until I had the conversation with her. She was kind enough to add a new statement to my portal which gave me a complete overview of everything going on and provide me the details behind. I am now 100% clear moving forward.

Thank you to your entire team for handling my property with professionalism. Due to the job that your staff performs, I am at east knowing that everything is being handled quickly and professionally."
- Jon Hagan

"I just wanted to send a note of appreciation. It looks like you've already rented out my property again. This is a world of a difference from my previous property management.
Also, your management, and the communication level from your team (especially from Jessica) has been excellent all around."
- Ali Abbas

"Garner Properties & Management has consistently out performed our expectations in regards to the management of our portfolio. These challenges of managing a portfolio of our size, 27 properties, can be very complex and our last PM was not up to the task and made it very hard for us. Your company was able to step in, clean up the mess and get us back on the right track. Thanks for all your hard work."
- Mike Roy

"I cannot believe it has been 10 years. All the partners at GIG Investment Group are very pleased with the service of Garner Properties over the past decade. The apartments have been performing very well in this economy and we are looking forward to a profitable future."
- Barbara Belcher

"Working with Garner Properties has been nothing short of a pleasure and incredibly convenient. My property went from un-rentable to rented within a couple of weeks. I rented my property myself for a year and a half and found it incredibly inconvenient and time consuming. The 10% property management fee that Garner Properties charges is WELL worth it. I would never rent my property again any other way."
- Chris Genereaux

"Talk about a "full service" management company! You guys have been the greatest and an absolute life saver. Every time I called and asked for some additional information or extra services, you guys came through. We are really looking forward to an exciting partnership and future."
- Ben Hecht

"I wanted to send you a note to express our appreciation of your services over the past 6 months.

Garner Properties and Management is a "breath of fresh air." After the first day of service, I knew we had made the right choice. They are responsive, dependable and extremely professional. They are able to take care of all of my property needs from daily work orders to a highly advanced data management system that I can access when needed.

I know when each rent is collected and when service needs to be provided to any of our units. They advertise and show our available units in a timely fashion. Garner is at the top of their game and I would recommend them to anyone who needs management services completed in a "highly" professional manner. As you are aware, we have been through a number of property managers in the past and it is refreshing to be working with a company that is very professional and responsive to our needs. We are looking forward to continued success with our partnership."
- Richard Vito

"I just wanted to send you a quick note of thanks. Garner Properties has really saved my investment properties and made them profitable again. I tried to work with another company and was dissatisfied with the communication and service. You guys kept me informed through all the steps of renting the homes and the on-line portal is just great."
- Cindy Quasarano

"Thanks so much Valerie, you have been the only person who has truly given a crap about me and my so called investment.  You are a true gem and I have already recommended you to investors at the meetings I attend."
- Melanie Hands

"After all the hassle I have had with my property, I feel so assured that you are so professional and on the ball with all matters related to Wormer.  I feel assured in your competence.  Go ahead with your proposal. It seems the most logical thing to do.  I am in the process of raising funds to try to secure another property in Detroit and I also have a few friends interested in going the same way.  I am very optimistic that I can forward you some further business based on what you have proved to be so good so far."
- Ted Edwards

"Thank you so much Andrea. Have I told you lately that you are the best?. Yes you are!!!"
- Ernest Ankamah

"Dear all at Garner, Thank you so very much for your efforts and attention to helping us rent and manage our property.  We appreciate the high level of customer service you have provided thus far and look forward to working with you in the future!"

- Frank and Amber Kuron
 

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