Tom Brenneke joined Guardian in 1984 and became the company president in 1998. He purchased the company in 2002 and set forth a strategic plan to diversify the property management service business into a vertically-integrated management, development, and investment company. Tom has directed major company growth initiatives that have resulted in more than 100 acquisition/development transactions, translating to an ownership track record of 11,000 multifamily units in four states. Tom has also spearheaded the company’s growth and evolution in the government-assisted housing sector where Guardian is distinguished as one of the Pacific Northwest’s largest private affordable housing developers.
Tom serves as the Board President of the non-profit lobbying organization, More Housing Now!, advocating for supply-oriented solutions to housing affordability challenges. He is a current member of the National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC) and serves on its Workforce Housing committee. Tom is a founding Board member of De La Salle North Catholic High School and is a big supporter of the school’s Corporate Internship Program, giving young adults a unique introduction to the business world. He also serves as a board member for St. Mary’s Academy, an all-girls Catholic high school located in downtown Portland. Tom earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Portland and is a Certified Property Manager®, Oregon Principal Broker, and Washington Designated Broker.