Berger Rental Communities was established in 1972 by the Berger brothers, Jim and Steve. In four decades, what had started as management of their single 42-unit community in Havertown, PA grew into a recognized property management organization in the Pennsylvania and Delaware multi-family housing industry. Berger has expanded into larger residential communities, student housing, and new luxury construction, but always maintaining the fundamentals that shaped the company from the beginning, and a focus on its people.
Steve Berger cofounded Berger Rental Communities in 1973 and has witnessed the growth of the company from one property in Philadelphia to over 20 properties throughout Pennsylvania and Delaware today. He is proud that the BRC portfolio is now on track to double between now and the company’s 50th anniversary. Originally an accountant by trade, Steve started the company with his brother Jim, a Real Estate Agent.
Steve was able to grow the company by establishing strong roots forged by risks taken, relationships built, and lessons learned in the company’s infancy. Steve attributes the company’s success to continually adhering to the same core values, practices and processes in place since the beginning. Currently, Steve works on big picture items for the company such as acquisitions, refinances and special projects. He enjoys helping the company grow not just in size, but in the continued improvement of the relationships with both the business community and the residents of their communities. He also commits much of his time to BRC’s core fundamental of “Giving Back to our Communities” by dedicating time to philanthropic causes.
As the founder of a family company, Steve is proud that Berger’s employees act as one big family, and is pleased when he hears stories of the Company’s Fundamentals having a positive impact both in business and personal situations. He is also proud of the way the company has been able to maintain its core values while at the same time becoming more sophisticated and successfully adapting to new industry technologies.
Outside of work, Steve and his wife are very involved in supporting additional charities. He also enjoys the opportunity to travel a lot, both for charitable endeavors and pleasure.
Dan grew up in property management, and is happy to have found his home, and second family, at Berger Rental Communities. After earning his JD and MBA degrees from Temple University and being licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Dan returned to his real estate and property management roots because of his love of working with people.
At Berger Rental Communities, Dan focuses on championing the company culture, building relationships, acquiring properties, ground-up development, securing financing, and setting the company’s strategic vision. He was named a 2015 and 2016 Philadelphia Future 50 Winner by SmartCEO and was also a recipient of the 2016 Top 40 Under 40 Award from The Philadelphia Business Journal.
Dan enjoys visiting the Company’s apartment communities, interacting with team members, and speaking with residents. He strives to ensure that the Company’s apartment communities are great places to live and that Berger Rental Communities is an outstanding place to work. Dan’s proudest accomplishments include overseeing the company’s growth as well as the achievement of record-highs in both resident and employee satisfaction.
While not at the office or a property, you’ll likely find Dan spending time with his wife Ashly and their children, Isabella and Hudson. He also enjoys long-distance running and spending summer weekends on beach of the Jersey shore.
Bill comes to Berger Rental Communities to serve as the Vice President of Operations. His main focus is to ensure that the leasing/management teams are working in harmony with the service teams to provide an amazing experience for everyone that calls one of our communities “home” or is considering one of our communities for their next home.
Bill has more than 20 years of experience in the industry but rather than relying on past experiences to guide his decisions he loves to explore new ways of improving the experience for both our residents as well as our Berger team.
A baseball fan his entire life, Bill is often found in a stadium somewhere watching America’s pastime as a means of relaxing. He is also an avid runner and a self-proclaimed wizard in the kitchen.
As the Chief Financial Officer of Berger Rental Communities, Mike is responsible for overseeing the financial transactions of the company. Since joining the company in 2008, Mike has seen and participated in the substantial growth within the company.
Primary responsibilities include budgeting, contract negotiations, revenue generation, financial statement preparation as well as the management of expenses, cash and purchases. Whether it is negotiating deals to reduce expenses or making sure vendors get paid on time, Mike works to ensure all Berger Rental Communities properties have ample resources to create great homes for residents. He is passionate about making all the communities full of satisfied residents.
Mike’s proudest achievement is the impact he has been able to make on the financial and operational growth of the company. Improved infrastructure and increased efficiency of the financial operations are critical to ensure the company can continue to grow and achieve its full vision. He also appreciates the unique opportunity he has to serve the majority of the company’s internal and external customers.
When not at the office or out at a property, you’ll likely find Mike spending time with his family and travelling. He also enjoys listening to music and rooting for the Philadelphia sports teams.
Denise comes to Berger Rental Communities to serve as the Director of Organizational Development. She is a learning and development executive responsible for the overall employee experience. Her main objective is to make Berger Rental Communities an employer of choice and a great place to build a career. Denise’s goal is to optimize the five touch points of the employee lifecycle: bringing on new employees, training, development, retention and the exit process – leading each employee to have a great experience as a part of the Berger family.
Denise focuses on making Berger the best place possible to work in the property acquisition and management industry. Her commitment to enhancing the company culture is evident in her dedication to providing the best service to her customers – the employees of Berger! Denise has discovered that the Fundamentals aren’t just words – they come to life everywhere in the company, making employees that are geographically diverse feel more like a close-knit family.
When not working with the Berger Rental Communities family, Denise spends time with her own family- her 8 and 15 year old daughters. They spend weekends finding new adventures and opportunities to value the little things in life.
Brian brings experience in marketing and real estate to Berger Rental Communities, ensuring that the portfolio of communities can easily be identified as great places to live and work. He oversees all online endeavors, lead flow management, company branding, among many other things.
Brian enjoys working with the entire Berger team in order to convey the right look and feel of each community, and make sure they are as appealing as possible to people looking for a new home. Part of this involves making sure Berger is a company that is easy to do business with, from initial information gathering and throughout residency. He also takes pride in developing strategies with the on-site teams to increase exposure for their communities.
“The Berger Way,” which are the fundamentals in which define the company’s culture, are what drew Brian to work for Berger Rental Communities in the first place, and his responsiveness and concentration on marketing innovation are what helps him succeed.
Brian has been married to his high school sweetheart since 2009, and they have two young children. They still try to find the time to travel when possible – even if it’s just a trip to a restaurant so Brian can continue his journey as a wanna-be foodie.
As a Berger Regional Manager in the State College area, Katherine’s focus is on balancing Berger offerings in both conventional rental housing and the student renter community. The large student population, split among three colleges in her region, requires unique marketing techniques, good relationships with university personnel, and great customer service skills to provide everything the traditional and student populations want and need.
Katherine believes that one key to success at Berger is finding your niche and using your skills to help fuel growth. She is contributing to that goal by living the Berger fundamentals and promoting them within her team, trying to make Berger the best place to work – and the best place for residents to live! In 2015, Katherine’s first full year in her role as Regional Manager, the State College region had their most successful growth and retention year ever – a tradition Katherine is keen to continue.
Katherine is lucky to be serving Berger Rental Communities in the State College area, since she can be found dancing and cheering in the crowd at Nittany Lions home football games all season long!
Andrea has a very successful track record as both a Community Manager and Regional Property Manager. Her focus is on customer service, leasing and resident retention. Andrea believes in giving her team the training and development necessary in order to be empowered to succeed. Her responsibilities at Berger are overseeing several communities in and around Montgomery County, PA and inside the city of Philadelphia. Originally from Michigan she is an avid Michigan State fan and loves cheering on the Spartans during basketball and football season. Andrea is a self-proclaimed lover of all things competitive and is driven to succeed by that competitive spirit. She loves spending time with her son, husband and friends and has a huge heart for dogs.
Derek Raynor joined Berger Rental Communities in August 2016 as regional property manager. Mr. Raynor brings over 15 years property management experience to Berger and continues to expand his knowledge and stay abreast on the industry trends. His key responsibilities include direct supervision of over 2,100 units throughout Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Delaware to ensure the health and vitality of a diverse array of assets.
Prior to joining Berger Rental Communities, Mr. Raynor oversaw the property management arm of Volunteers of America for the state of Florida and Puerto Rico consisting of over 50 communities where he worked to bring out the best and highest use of the sites and maximize value-add through capital expeditions.
In his spare time, Mr. Raynor enjoys reading, running, volunteering, and has recently taken up boxing and is an active member of the Jewish Federation of Philadelphia.
Nathan’s job as the Director of Capital Improvement allows him to work with vendors and subcontractors outside of Berger Rental Communities in his effort to renovate new acquisitions so they can be offered to renters as soon as possible. His work ensuring projects are completed on time and in budget, as dictated by the property investment and needs, is helping Berger with their overall goal of doubling the size of the company. Hopefully, Nate will be in charge of the renovation of nearly 5,000 units in the next 5 to 7 years.
Though a relative newcomer to the company, Nate has been very impressed with the sense of family and community in the Berger office. He appreciates the fact that no one is ever alone: you can reach out to anyone for backup. He stepped into a role that was a key necessity for the company and is eager to make each new Berger unit feel like someone’s home.
Nate can be considered a straight-shooter in several ways: while his respect for honesty and transparency is essential to his role at Berger, he’s also an avid hunter, fisher and golfer.
Emily serves as the Berger Rental Communities Area Manager for West Chester, overseeing six communities. Emily is responsible for managing the daily operations of the communities and ensuring that each property provides excellent customer service. Through leasing and marketing efforts, she leads her staff to achieve retention and occupancy goals for each community. Always one to seek out new challenges, Emily also heads the Chester County renovation team, which in 2015 reached their goal of completing one apartment renovation each week in the region.
Emily brings experience in commercial real estate to Berger, having worked in lease administration for commercial shopping centers. She also has over 10 years of residential real estate sales experience. Emily’s combination of experience, dedication and ability to make work fun helps her fulfill her favorite fundamental: always doing the right thing on behalf of Berger and Berger’s residents.
West Chester is not only where Emily works, but also where she makes her home. Outside of work and in between attending her kids’ basketball games, she enjoys spending time with her family and exploring what’s new in the borough. Her knowledge of the area helps fuel her passion for bringing people to live at Berger’s West Chester properties!
Colleen spends her days at Berger Rental Communities traveling between her five communities as an Area Manager. Her major goals are to ensure the properties are being run effective and at company standards, and creating team building opportunities. She uses initiatives such as weekly huddles to encourage collaboration among staff members, and also works to build cooperation among community managers at different properties, fostering a family-like environment among community managers, service managers, office staff and technicians. Colleen’s amazing staff is the reason she loves working at Berger and their dedication is one way she is able to live her favorite Berger fundamental: continuous improvement.
When not travelling between her properties in Delaware and Montgomery Counties, Colleen can be found travelling to NASCAR tracks and Philadelphia Eagles games. Her laid-back, but fun personality seems well suited to one of her other favorite activities – camping and being outdoors!