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 Chief Operating Officer. 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 traveling. He also enjoys listening to music and rooting for the Philadelphia sports teams.
Wayne comes to Berger Rental Communities to serve as Director of Asset Management. He is responsible for all aspects of asset management and has been charged with developing and implementing strategies that will maximize the performance and value of the company. Wayne’s responsibilities include investment management, capital planning, acquisition/dispositions and monitoring the physical and financial condition of the existing portfolio. He is focused on helping the company achieve its strategic growth and operational improvement initiatives.
Wayne earned a degree in Finance from the University of Connecticut and has held positions in property and asset management for over 15 years. He joined Berger Rental Communities in 2017 after leaving Philadelphia based Pennrose Properties where he established an asset management department and platform to keep pace with the organization’s growing portfolio. Prior to Pennrose, Wayne was Director of Asset Management with Philadelphia based PRG Real Estate. At PRG, Wayne was responsible for revenue management, acquisitions and implementing investment strategies including managing over $35M in capital improvement projects across the mid-Atlantic and Southeast.
Outside of work, Wayne enjoys spending time with his wife, three children
and Great Dane. He is also passionate about health and fitness and tries to
fit in his daily workouts.
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.
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 Berger West’s Regional Manager, Katherine’s focus is on balancing Berger offerings in both conventional rental housing and the student renter community. While based in State College, Katherine oversees properties in Altoona, State College, Williamsport, Bloomsburg, York, and Mansfield. The large student population at her communities, 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! She strives to provide exceptional customer service to not only our residents, but our team members and business partners as well.
Katherine is lucky to be serving Berger Rental Communities in her hometown, State College, since she is a Penn State graduate and an avid Nittany Lions fan.
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.
Emily serves as the Berger Rental Communities Regional Property 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!
Nicole serves as Regional Property Manager for the Berger Central Region, overseeing daily operations at communities in Frederick, MD, Pottstown, Allentown, and Lancaster, PA. Her focus is on empowering her team to always reach for the next level, to strive to be better each day than the day before, and to provide the guidance, support, and resources necessary to make living and working at a Berger Rental Community a truly memorable and positive experience. Her favorite Berger Fundamental is “We promote continuous improvement in all that we do” because she believes that learning and development are lifelong endeavors.
Nicole joins Berger Rental Communities with over 12 year of industry experience. She is actively involved in the both the Institute of Real Estate Management and the Pennsylvania Apartment Association, serving as an Executive Committee member to the Central region. In her spare time, Nicole is inspired by musical genius, spending time outdoors, and being an active mom to two fun-loving boys.
Ryan currently oversees a portfolio of eight communities totaling just under 1,400 apartment homes, which span from Allentown to Bensalem, to Ardmore. He is committed to operational excellence and customer service through high standards and teamwork. Ryan lives by the quote, ‘Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn’, and enjoys working alongside his teams.
Ryan joins Berger with over 18 years of industry experience spanning three states, which include Pennsylvania, Virginia, and South Carolina. He has worked for companies including Greystar, Drucker and Falk, and Colonial Properties Trust, with experience in new construction, renovated, urban, and suburban communities. Ryan holds a CAMT through NAA, his EPA, and CPO. He has won Maintenance Supervisor of the Year with both the Charleston Apartment Association and Greystar. He spends his free time with his two dogs and wife, and enjoys traveling.
Zach serves as the Regional Service Manager overseeing a portfolio of 11 communities from West Chester, PA to Frederick, MD. His focus is on developing and empowering the service teams to provide excellent customer service to our residents. His favorite Berger fundamental is “We deliver high quality as a matter of personal pride” because he believes that if you take pride in your work the results will prove our commitment to excellence.
Zach brings over 15 years of industry experience to Berger, from on-site supervising to overseeing renovations and development. Zach holds a CAMT through NAA, his EPA and CPO. He spends his free time with his wife, their two children and their yellow lab, Cooper. Zach enjoys playing music and spending time outdoors.
Jacklyn currently oversees a portfolio including Berger’s Boothwyn and Delaware communities. She is committed to continued growth and operational excellence through high standards and teamwork. She believes in providing the tools needed for success, and promoting from within whenever possible. Jacklyn has built a professional reputation around leading struggling communities to success.
Jacklyn joins Berger with 10 years of industry experience spanning four states, which include Pennsylvania, Delaware, Virginia, and South Carolina. She has worked for companies including Greystar, Riverstone Residential, and MAA. Additionally, Jacklyn holds her notary public and CAM designation. She spends her free time with her two dogs and husband, and enjoys reading and traveling.
As the Area Manager for the Berger West region, Erin spends her time traveling between her 3 communities in Bloomsburg, Mansfield, and Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Erin’s favorite fundamental is We’re intensely customer-focused and her goal is to lead her teams to provide exceptional customer service to our residents. Erin utilizes creative marketing efforts to provide the best living experience for both the conventional and student markets. Her background in human services allows her to connect with today’s renter by understanding what is important to them and effectively meeting their needs. In her spare time, Erin enjoys traveling with her husband, hiking with her dog, and cheering on the Penn State football team.