We’re pleased to welcome Kris Bryant, Senior Project Manager, to the Guardian team! Kris joins Guardian Real Estate Services as a Senior Project Manager bringing more than a decade of experience in real estate development and finance. Kris’ skills and expertise include a strong command of market analysis strategies, innovative financial modeling and tactical relationship management.

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Prior to joining Guardian, Kris worked as a Senior Finance Project Manager at Housing Development Center (HDC) in Portland, Oregon. At HDC he worked with nonprofits and housing authorities to develop and preserve affordable housing and community facilities, with a focus on assessing feasibility and structuring multisource financing for property development and preservation. Prior to moving to Portland in 2015, Kris worked as a Development Manager at the Atlanta office of national nonprofit affordable housing owner Mercy Housing, where he managed the financing and development of housing for seniors and working families using LIHTCs, tax exempt bonds and other housing sources. Previously, with the Dawson Company, Kris managed development of more than $350 million worth of urban infill, mixed use and transit oriented projects in Atlanta, Baltimore and Cincinnati. Kris holds a Bachelor of Arts in finance from Morehouse College and a Master of Business Administration from Mercer University.

Kris is a valued addition to our development team at Guardian. Welcome, Kris!

We’re pleased to welcome Jennifer Gentry, Portfolio Manager, to the Guardian team!jen gentry

Jennifer is a property management veteran with over 13 years of experience as a community leader, ensuring strong tenant and client relationships. With an extensive background in conventional and affordable housing, Jennifer has a comprehensive knowledge of public housing, tax credit certification, and all aspects of property management operations.

She enjoys the opportunity to work closely with her community partners and volunteers regularly at the Boys and Girls Club. Speaking both English and Spanish fluently, In her free time Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family, playing with her Boston terrier Jackson and going to hockey games with her husband. Jennifer is an valued addition to our portfolio team at Guardian Management. Welcome, Jennifer!

Guardian Real Estate Services welcomes Virginia Barden, Regional Lease Up Manager, to the team! Virginia oversees the transition of Guardian’s new projects from the development phase to reputable _MG_5596RGB-1and successful operating entities. She joins us with Class A lease up experience and an extensive understanding of the changing Portland rental landscape. Focused in strong operations, she is also well versed in project management, marketing programs as well as business strategy and development. Prior to joining Guardian, Virginia oversaw numerous established and new construction projects in the Portland urban core and prides herself on training superior staff, implementing luxurious customer service standards and maintaining positive investor relationships.

Virginia is diving right in and executing the lease-up at Oxbow 49 in the John’s Landing neighborhood of SW Portland and Yard at the Burnside Bridgehead. Guardian has a full pipeline of exciting property launches, and we are proud to have Virginia spearheading the lease-ups.

Welcome, Virginia!

Guardian Real Estate Services welcomes Michelle Anderson, Development Associate, to our growing Development Team! Michelle recently achieved her Masters of Urban and Regional Planning degree and Real Estate Development Graduate Certificate from Portland State University. She focused on innovative housing options, urban design, neighborhood involvement, and the intersection of land use planning and development. Previously, Michelle worked for the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability where she helped with public outreach efforts for the 2035 Comprehensive Plan Update. She also worked for KPFF Consulting Engineers as a Project Administrator where she assisted project engineers with the construction administration process as well as other aspects throughout the design phases of each project. Guardian’s Development team continues to demonstrate expertise and passion in developing high-quality multifamily residential properties in the Northwest, and we’re fortunate to have attracted Michelle to this position.

When she isn’t working, this San Diego native has some pretty neat hobbies, so we thought it was only fitting to include a few fun facts:
1. Before Guardian swept her up, she planned on renovating a 8′ x 8′ playhouse into her very own “tiny house”. 
2. Her passion for urban development doesn’t stop with the housing industry. She is currently knee deep in the 750 page influential book, The High Cost of Free Parking by Donald Shoup.
3. Michelle is the proud owner of a Vespa Scooter named Piglet,  and has plans to ride it from San Diego up the California Coast.
Welcome to Guardian, Michelle!

Guardian Real Estate Services is pleased to announce the launch of our newly redesigned website! Our goal is to provide visitors with an easier way to learn about what we do, why we do what we do, and who we are. With over 40 years’ experience under our belt, Guardian is full of history. We invite you to visit our new website and learn about Guardian’s focus on the future and what the next 40 years holds for our employees, our clients and our residents. Check out some key features to the new site that we know you’ll love.

 

RESPONSIVE DESIGN

Not only is the new design sleek and categorically organized, it now utilizes a responsive design, allowing users to seamlessly navigate the site from any device. Search the site with ease from your mobile phone, tablet or computer.

OUR WORK

We’re proud of our work. These case studies visually highlight a selection of projects we have completed and outline the value created for each client as a result. Interested in learning about current and past projects in property management, development and investment? This your place. These case studies will be updated regularly, so be sure to check back.

NEWS

When our current projects get picked up in the media, this is your place to read all about it. News articles and press releases can be found here.

VERTICALLY INTEGRATED

What sets Guardian apart? Guardian is a Vertically Integrated Real Estate Company. This term gets used a lot in our industry and its important that we convey the true value of a vertically integrated platform. This model affords each of our groups with the autonomy, resources and flexibility to make decisions quickly and execute on innovative ideas seamlessly.

When designing our website, we wanted to convey how each of our different functions work together to create one cohesive vision. Our hope is that our new website design and organization provides you with an easier way to learn about GRES and the different services we offer.

COMMUNITY SEARCH

We want your apartment search to be a smooth and user friendly experience. Searching for an apartment is easier than ever with the mobile friendly search function found at gres.com/communities. Now you have the ability to search on any device by state, rent range, property type, rent range, community name and more.

 

 

Questions? Contact Guardian’s Marketing Team at Marketing@gres.com.

Kim DeMarcus,
Manager of Compliance and Administration
Guardian Real Estate Services is excited to announce the addition of Kim DeMarcus to our team. Kim joins Guardian as the Manager of Compliance and Administration where she oversees Guardian’s Compliance Department, the Portfolio Assistants and Corporate Support Staff. Affordable housing is an important aspect of Guardian’s business and our in-house Compliance Department is responsible for ensuring our properties meet all regulatory expectations. 
Kim is skilled in the intricacies of affordable housing programs and has more than 20 years’ experience in the Multifamily Industry. Most recently, she served as the Executive Director for a low-income housing and community development organization in Albany, Oregon. Kim is also an elected officer on the Board of Directors for Oregon’s Affordable Housing Management Association (AHMA) and holds the following industry designations: Certified Occupancy Specialist by NCHM, Housing Credit Certified Professional by National Association of Home Builders and Certified Property Manager Candidate by the Institute for Real Estate Management. 

Guardian Real Estate Services is committed to managing quality affordable housing in the Pacific Northwest. Kim’s impressive working knowledge of HUD, LIHTC and HOME affordable housing programs, combined with her extensive experience in portfolio and property management is the perfect fit for our team. Welcome, Kim! 

Guardian Real Estate Services proudly celebrated the Ribbon Cutting and Grand Re-Opening of the Village East Apartments in Springfield, OR on October 2, 2015.

From Left to Right: Claire Seguin, OHCS; Chuck Weinstock, JPMorgan Chase; Oregon State Representative John Lively; District 12; Patrick Shea, HUD; Thomas Brenneke, GRES; Brad Bullock, CREA; Riad Sahli, GRES

Village East is an affordable multifamily community in Springfield, Oregon comprised of 42 one, two and three bedroom apartment homes. In 2012, Village East was in need of substantial repairs and replacements with significant deferred maintenance and was in danger of losing its project-based Section 8 contract. Guardian acquired Village East in March of 2012 and began working with local affiliates and government agencies to preserve the affordability and perform the much needed repairs. After bringing the property into full compliance and turning around property operations, the project was awarded tax credits in 2014 and our team quickly mobilized to launch a full rehabilitation. Renovations included new siding, roofing, insulation, windows, flooring, appliances, cabinets, countertops, kitchen/bathroom fixtures, lighting, electrical upgrades, and new ductless mini-split HVAC units in each apartment. Parking lot was re-sealed and re-striped, sidewalks were repaved and made accessible, landscaping was dramatically improved and a new playground was added for all to enjoy. Thanks to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development the project-based Section 8 contract was extended for 20 years in conjunction with the rehabilitation providing stability for these families for years to come.

This project would not be possible without the partnership of many outstanding individuals, partners and groups working together to preserve affordable housing throughout the great state of Oregon. In partnership with MHT Housing, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Oregon Housing and Community Services, City Real Estate Advisors and JP Morgan Chase, we were able to preserve and beautifully renovate 42 units that house over 50 children and their families. A special thank you to Eugene-based Cornerstone Community Housing who provide resident services tailored to our residents’ needs including financial literacy for adults and children, classes, social events and referrals to other service providers in the Springfield/Eugene area.
Project Statistics:
42 units for very low income families
2 one-beds, 36 two-beds, 4 three-beds
Total development costs: Approximately $9,000,000
Local and MWESB Participation: Nearly 50% of our subcontractors and suppliers were local // 27% of the final contract value ($3,983,147) went to MWESB subcontractors and suppliers
Timeline:
March 2012: Property acquired by Guardian
June 2014: Project awarded tax credits and other funding sources by OHCS
December 2014: Construction/Tax Credit Closing; HUD Section 8 contract renewed 20 years
January 2015: Renovations commence
September 2015: Project complete
Project Partners:
Tax Credit Allocating Agency: Oregon Housing & Community Services
Rental Assistance Provider: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Equity Investor: City Real Estate Advisors
Lender: JP Morgan Chase
Other Funders: MPower Oregon
Other Partners: MHT Housing, Inc., Co-General Partner
General Contractor: LMC Construction
Architect: Bergsund Delaney Architecture and Planning
Developer:  Guardian Real Estate Services
Construction Management: BC Group
Resident Services Provider: Cornerstone Community Housing
Relocation Consultant: ALMAR Contracting
We cannot thank our partners enough for joining us in preserving the affordability and improving the quality of life for our residents at Village East. We could not have done this without you.
Introducing…
Inspired by the Willamette River, Oxbow 49 is named after an “oxbow” or the u-shaped bend in a river, which is also somewhat symbolic of the building’s u-shaped architecture.
The community will offer the best of both worlds—an urban-quality lifestyle in a premium-finish, high-end building nestled within the refuge of a quiet, safe, suburban-style neighborhood. It’s a sanctuary connected to both the city and nature alike, more fluidly than anywhere else in Portland. It offers space to breathe and room to rejuvenate, without compromising access to the city. Residents will have access to a courtyard park, community room and sky deck overlooking the Willamette and even paddle boards for getting up close and personal with our favorite river.
Oxbow 49 will offer studios, one and two bedroom floor plans. Homes are outfitted with nine foot ceilings, heating and air conditioning, stainless steel appliances, quartz countertops, hard surface flooring, bicycle storage and full size washer and dryers.
Guardian Real Estate Services, developer and residential manager of Oxbow 49, is thrilled to be part of the newest multifamily addition to the John’s Landing neighborhood. Our full website is coming soon but for now, you can sign up for more information on our splash page www.Oxbow49.com.
View from East
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Street View from Macadam
Oxbow 49 Rendering 
Guardian welcomes Jack Cagle, Director of Property Maintenance and Safety, to our growing and skilled team. Jack provides direct oversight for all aspects of Maintenance Operations including safety, compliance, purchasing, hiring, training, policies and procedures for Guardian’s portfolio consisting of nearly 180 properties. Jack previously served as the Director of Central Maintenance Crew Operations at Guardian from 2007 – 2010.

Prior to working at Guardian, Jack was the president of two Multi-Unit Retail Chains and was an executive in operations, merchandising, inventory management and sales. He is a specialist in change management, developing and implementing strategy plans for growth. His wide-range of professional experience provides him with a rare and unique approach when overseeing property maintenance operations. Guardian prides ourselves on our commitment to providing safe and clean communities for all residents -we are proud to have attracted Jack to this essential role! Welcome (back) to Guardian, Jack! 

We are excited to announce today that Deborah Kamprath has joined Guardian Real Estate Services as our Vice President of Property Operations. Property Management has been the core of Guardian’s business model for nearly four decades. With our depth of experience and proven track record, we have grown to be one of the most active management companies in the region. Focusing on smart growth and economic viability, we have made a key executive level hire within Guardian Management, LLC. This will add a critical layer of operational management that will allow us to diver deeper into our core values and continue to deliver exceptional results to owners, investors and residents.
“I am pleased to announce that Deborah Kamprath has returned to Guardian as our Vice President of Property Operations. Deborah has a proactive and deliberate style that will serve our organization quite well. Her expert knowledge in streamlining operations will be of great value to us as our portfolio continues to grow.” – Thomas B. Brenneke, President  
Deborah oversees all aspects of our property operations at Guardian, including property management, compliance, maintenance and administrative support. Prior to joining Guardian, Deborah oversaw property operations at Nevada HAND in Las Vegas and Mid-Pen Housing in Foster City, California. She also formerly served as Vice President of Asset Management for SunAmerica Affordable Housing, overseeing a portfolio of tax credit general partnerships. Deborah brings over 25 years of experience in conventional and affordable property management, asset management and development to Guardian. 
In addition to earning her Master’s in Business Administration with an Accounting Emphasis from the University of Oregon, Deborah also received her Certified Property Manager designation through the Institute of Real Estate Management and is a HUD Certified Occupancy Specialist and a House Credit Certified Professional. Her strong and diverse housing background is a very exciting addition to the Guardian Team. 

Welcome, Deborah!



Guardian Real Estate Services is proud to be collaborating with Central City Concern, Miracles Club, and the Portland Housing Bureau as a developer in partnership with the Multi-Cultural Development Group on the Miracles Central Apartments. This 47-unit building is an important project for individuals and families recovering from addiction who want to live in a community with services and peer mentoring. We are inspired by the work that has gone into making this project a reality and consider ourselves privileged to have a hand in bringing it to fruition. In addition to serving a population that might otherwise be at risk of displacement, twenty-five percent of the project’s subcontracts will be performed by Minority, Women-Owned and Emerging Small Businesses (MWESB) from the local community. 

Guardian is proud to practice green business throughout the year, but each April we take it a step further by encouraging communities to apply creative strategies to reduce their environmental impact. In April we partnered with Green Mountain Energy to promote PGE’s Renewable Power Program at Guardian Communities throughout Oregon. The environmental impact of this program is impressive! Take a look at our stats below. Way to go Guardian Communities!

A special shoutout to the following communities and their residents for supporting this program:

1607
Portland, Oregon
Crane Lofts
Portland, Oregon
Uptown Tower
Portland, Oregon
Hidden Village
West Linn, Oregon
Collins Circle
Portland, Oregon
Hunters Run
Beaverton, Oregon
Silverton Manor
Silverton, Oregon
Heatherbrae Commons
Milwaukie, Oregon
Linden
Portland, Oregon

River Glen
Gladstone, Oregon

Headwaters Apartments
Beaverton, Oregon

Fir Grove
Beaverton, Oregon

Murray Woods
Beaverton, Oregon

Acadia Gardens
Happy Valley, Oregon

Town Center Station
Happy Valley, Oregon
Merlo Station
Beaverton, Oregon

Creekside Woods
Wilsonville, Oregon

Crystal Lake
Milwaukie, Oregon

The PGE Renewable Power program is only one out of many Green Awareness Activities the teams at our Communities held throughout the month of April! We are proud to promote a green and sustainable workplace at Guardian.

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Check out Green Mountain Energy to learn more about their program.
Learn more about Renewable Energy options from PGE.

We are pleased to announce Emily Logue has joined the Guardian Team as our Director of Marketing. Emily oversees all marketing functions and is responsible for providing strategic direction and oversight for both corporate and project-level marketing strategies. 
Emily joins us with extensive experience in the new development sector of multi-family housing where she has overseen marketing, branding and public relations for the past 3 years. With a marketing and business development focus, she has extensive experience in acquisitions, dispositions and new construction within the multi-family sector including both conventional and affordable housing platforms. Emily brings nearly 10 years of commercial real estate experience to Guardian. She has a passion for delivering exceptional experiences for residents, prospects and investors through strategic partnerships and campaigns.
A few fun facts about Emily: She has completed over 60 skydives (out of perfectly good airplanes), has a passion for baseball (the Seattle Mariners and Hillsboro Hops of course!), and is a podcast junkie.

We are very excited and fortunate to have her join our team!

Last week, Multifamily NW held their annual ACE Awards Gala at the Portland Art Museum. The ACE Awards are the industry’s premier event recognizing and rewarding exemplary contributions and service within Property Management. Guardian honored 13 employee nominations. Multifamily NW received a record number of submissions, and Guardian proudly walked away with two award winners! Congratulations to the following winners:


Allan White
Maintenance Technician of the Year
Canby Village

The Maintenance Tech of the Year Award recognizes efforts to support the managers and property with outstanding performance. This person demonstrates a strong work ethic, a professional attitude and a willingness to learn from their managers to create a successful maintenance team. There is not a day that goes by that Allan doesn’t clearly display these characteristics. Allan, we are a better organization because of you. 

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Bradley Clarkson
Maintenance Manager of the Year
Merlo Station I & II

The Maintenance Manager of the Year award recognizes one who has shown outstanding efforts and organizational skills and who has maintained overall property performance and appearance. This professional demonstrates a strong ability to train and mentor others. The whole property is not successful without an exceptional maintenance team. A successful maintenance manager leads by example, possesses good leadership skills and always gives 110%. One of Guardian’s core values is that exceptional maintenance is key to a successful property. This sector of our business is what keeps an asset consistently performing so that our management team can be successful. Bradley, you have continuously proven that this is and always will be a significant focus of ours and one of the differentiators of the Guardian business model. Thank you for supporting us each and every day. 



This month, Guardian proudly received the Satisfacts Resident Satisfaction National Company Award! This award recognizes 5 exceptional Guardian communities for their superior customer service and resident satisfaction. The following properties achieved this award:

Collins Circle
Portland, Oregon
Enchanted Woods
Federal Way, Washington
Linden
Portland, Oregon
Oakmont Apartments
Tigard, Oregon
Sunpointe Apartments
Vancouver, Washington
Thank you to our extraordinary staff members for their unmatched dedication to resident satisfaction!