Our mission is to refine the apartment living experience by providing exceptional customer service, hospitality, and comfortable places to call home.

Our Commitment:

We always do what we say we're going to do.

We treat others like we'd like to be treated.

We take pride and responsibility for our work.

We step up and take leadership roles, when possible.

JEFF GAINES - Managing Director

 

Bio for Jeff GainesJeff 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.

 

DON GAINES - Director

 

Bio for Don GainesDon founded Gaines Investment Trust in 1966. His vision continues to guide the growth of the company. Learn more about Don and the history of Gaines Investment Trust here.

 

 

PAM GAINES - Director

 

Bio for Pam GainesPam continues to play an integral role in acquisitions. Her goal is to provide all employees with satisfying careers, and all customers with comfortable places to call home. Learn more about Pam and the history of Gaines Investmet Trust here.

ROBIN GAINES - Director of Corporate Relations

Bio for Robin GainesRobin grew up in Philadelphia, PA, and always knew she wanted a warm climate for her college experience so she wound up attending Arizona State University, ultimately earning a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education in 1997. Robin’s first job out of college was with a recruiting firm that specialized in office & clerical staffing in San Diego and Orange County. During this time, Robin studied for and obtained her Real Estate Sales Person’s License and decided to join Prudential Real Estate and sell homes. She worked independently for her first year and earned the "Rookie Of The Year” award at Prudential but later joined forces with the number one agent by volume in San Diego as his sole Buyers Agent, then later being promoted to the Listing and Marketing Manager; helping close 375 homes on average, annually. After taking some time off to have children, Robin joined GIT and has held down various roles centered around marketing, HR, recruiting and asset management. Today, Robin is the Director of Corporate Relations where she spends her time speaking with the employees of GIT, administering Skype sessions with the onsite teams and speaking with employees one-on-one to recognize their commitment to GIT and significant milestones along the way. Robin is married to Jeff Gaines and together they have two children, Gavin and Katie.

DON STRATFORD - Executive Vice President

Don Stratford, Chief Financial OfficerDon's "Big Four" CPA background was the launching point for his career in real estate investment management that includes eight years of corporate controller and over 12 years of CFO experience. Don is responsible for financing, accounting & reporting, cash management, Yardi systems, tax compliance & planning, insurance administration and special projects for all Gaines investments.

CARMEN SUGGS - Vice President of Operations

Carmen Suggs, Vice President of OperationsCarmen is the Vice President of Operations, responsible for the management of all asset operations, training and performance. A graduate of Florida State University, Carmen was an educator for five years before joining the multifamily industry. With 22 years in the industry, Carmen has worked for Camden Property Trust, Lincoln Property Company and Sherman Residential.

KARY SIEGFRIED - Treasury/Operations Audit Manager

Kary Siegfried, Treasury/Operations Audit ManagerMrs. Siegfried has been with Gaines Investment Trust for over twenty years and has been involved with various aspects of accounting and property management. She is the "Jill of all Trades" on the Gaines Team. Currently, her primary responsibility is treasury management.

MICHAEL HALE - Collections Manager

Michael Hale, Collections ManagerMichael has been with Gaines since June 2007. He is the Collection Manager and Customer Service Director. He handles collections, answers complaint calls from current residents and responds to tenant complaints that are posted on the company website. Michael is Father of five and Grandfather of eleven beautiful children and is experienced in problem solving.

DUDLEY WAS - Controller & Yardi Administrator

Dudley Was, Controller & Yardi AdministratorIn his role as the Controller of Gaines Investment Trust, Dudley oversees the accounting operations for the entire multifamily portfolio. After graduating cum laude from Arizona State University, Dudley began his career as an auditor with Price Waterhouse & Co., and is a Certified Public Accountant and draws upon over two decades of multifamily asset and accounting management.

ISABELA RODRIGUEZ - Human Resources Coordinator

Isabela Rodriguez, Human Resources CoordinatorIsabela is a native San Diegan who launched her career with the Gaines Team in 2012 as an Administrative Assistant. She was quickly promoted to Accounts Payable Specialist in 2013 and was later promoted to Human Resources Coordinator in 2015. Isabela is always eager to assist and make herself available for any questions or concerns her colleagues may have related to human resources or other matters. Additionally, she enjoys learning from her colleagues and tackling any challenges that are thrown at her. During Isabela’s free time she delights in taking walks in Downtown San Diego, discovering new eateries, and spending time with her family.

ANNAMARIA SARDINA - Executive Liaison & Acquisition Assessment Coordinator

Annamaria Sardinia, Executive Liaison & Acquisition Assessment CoordinatorBorn and raised in sunny San Diego, AnnaMaria started with Gaines Investment Trust in 2012. Shortly after graduating from San Diego State University, AnnaMaria joined Gaines as an Administrative Assistant; she briefly worked in HR and then became the Accounts Payable Specialist and Trainer. She also conjointly worked as an Assistant Manager and was later promoted to Operations Liaison at the Village Park Apartments. Now, she is the Executive Liaison and Acquisitions Assessment Coordinator. She loves working directly with upper management and enjoys scanning the market continuously for our next amazing community to add to the portfolio. AnnaMaria enjoys time with family, the beach, the desert, and LOVES her pitbulls.

MATTHEW T. BERNSTEIN - National Asset Manager, LMS Administrator

Matt Bernstein, Learning Management Software AdministratorMatt is a National Asset Manager, based at the corporate office in San Diego. He is responsible for the overall operations, maintenance, and  also oversees GIT’s employee training program and contributes to employee outreach. Originally hailing from Maine, Matt graduated from Bryant University in 2011 with a Bachelor’s in Communications and Marketing. He came to the San Diego area early in 2016, after five years in New York City working in restaurant development. Matt brings extensive experience in management and training, and is thrilled to be a part of the GIT family. He is an avid hockey fan, enjoys playing golf, and loves to cook, especially seafood.

DANIELLE MILLER - Accounts Payable Supervisor and Payroll Supervisor

Danielle Miller, Accounts Payable SupervisorIn January, 2000, Danielle transplanted from Seattle, Washington to San Diego, California. Danielle has been with the company since February 2004 and started as the Administrative Assistant, moved to Accounts Payable and worked as the Bookkeeper for the first six years. Recently, her roles have changed and she is both in accounting as the Accounts Payable Supervisor and in human resources as the Payroll Supervisor.

JASON MUELLER - Portfolio Accountant

Jason Mueller, Portfolio AccountantJason began his career as an Accounting Clerk in Community Association Management, where he was quickly advanced to the position of Project Accountant. He has also practiced as an independent Accounting Consultant. He graduated summa cum laude from Florida Metropolitan University and University of Central Florida with degrees in Accounting and Business Administration.

LEANN REID-HASCALL - Financial Group Administrator

Leann Reid-Hascall, Financial Group AdministratorLeAnn has been with Gaines Investment Trust for over four years in her role as the Financial Group Administrator. She is responsible for the administration of all of GIT's property, general liability, and excess lines of insurance coverage. Her background as a manager of a major National Title & Escrow Company office has enabled her to provide a valuable role supporting the Executive Vice President/CFO in connection with the acquisition, disposition, and financing of apartment communities and other real estate. She also assists him with a variety of special projects such as the management of GIT's timberland holdings in the Northwest and the implementation and enhancement of various company-wide programs and services. She also serves as the notary public for the La Jolla Office. LeAnn loves spending time with her daughter Leslie, cooking, talking, laughing, watching old movies and exploring for new trails to walk her dogs, Maggie Mae and Cooper.

DANIELLE STOKES - Deposit Accounting Specialist

Danielle Stokes, Deposit Accounting Specialist Danielle moved to San Diego in the summer of 2005 from Northern California. She loves the beach and enjoys the San Diego lifestyle. She is also a huge fitness/health enthusiast and loves lifting weights, running, biking, and boxing. Danielle has been with Gaines since May of 2005 and she really enjoys her job of Deposit Accounting Specialist as she really has a knack for it.

KELLY BRECKENRIDGE - Portfolio Accountant

Kelly Breckenridge, Portfolio AccountantKelly is a native San Diegan that really enjoys outdoor activities in the beautiful climate. She graduated from University of CA, Riverside with a Bachelor's in Business Administration, emphasis in accounting. After venturing off to Los Angeles and then into the Peace Corps, Kelly came back to San Diego to get into the "corporate world". Starting in property management as an Accounts Receivable Clerk, Kelly now has over ten years of property management and real estate accounting experience. Kelly loves interaction with on-site managers as well as the "crunching numbers" side of property management/real estate accounting. Kelly is very happy to be part of the Gaines team.

MICHELLE CARTER - Portfolio Accountant

Michelle Carter, Portfolio AccountantMichelle is a native San Diegan. She moved to Texas when she was 19 years old and graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas with a degree in Business Administration. While putting herself through college, Michelle worked as a Bookkeeper for Herbert D. Weitzman-Grub and Ellis in Dallas, Texas. After graduating, she moved back to San Diego. Michelle was a Project Accountant at a commercial Real Estate company in San Diego for 18 years. Michelle has three sons, twin boys who are now 25 years old and her youngest, is 20 years old. In her spare time, Michelle enjoys listening to country music and attending country music concerts. She also enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

KARLA ALRUMDHAN - Financial Group Administrative Assistant & Accounts Payable Specialist

Bio for Karla AlrumdhanKarla has 15 years experience as an Accounts Payable Clerk and works as an Administrative Assistant and Accounts Payable Specialist. She has been living in San Diego, California for the past 27 years. When she's not at work, she loves spending time with her two lovely daughters. Karla enjoys listening to music, dancing, and cooking.

DIWATA GARCIA - Accounts Payable Specialist

Bio for DIWATA GARCIAIn 2003, Diwata immigrated to Chicago from the Philippines. She moved to San Diego in 2005 and started her seven year professional career as an Accountant in property management. She also has two years of previous experience as an Accounts Payable Specialist, before starting with Gaines in 2016. Diwata enjoys family time with her two sons; watching sci-fi and action movies with her boys completes a good day in her book.