Jeff Gaines grew up in Woodland Hills, CA, and moved south to Newport Beach, CA, and La Jolla, CA, during his high school years before finishing up his schooling in Tempe, AZ, at Arizona State University earning a Bachelors degree in Communications with a minor in Business in 1997. Immediately following college, Jeff began working for a construction firm based in Riverside, CA, who worked with large home developers, working his way up from a Sales Associate to Sales Manager before being given the opportunity to open up a 2nd location in San Diego. After successfully operating in San Diego for three years, Jeff met with Don and Pam Gaines (his parents and founders of GIT) and discussed the opportunity of taking over the daily operations of GIT from his parents and to begin forming a succession plan for the family company. On his birthday in May 2002, Jeff joined GIT as the VP of Operations and in then in 2010 became the Managing Director. It was during his tenure the company rapidly expanded purchasing several hundred million dollars in real estate in AZ, NV, TX, and OK, concentrating on its core business of buying apartments built in the late 90’s to early 2000’s, amassing one of the most sought after private real estate portfolios in the country. Jeff is married to Robin Gaines and has two children, Gavin and Katie.