Our Management Team

Jeffrey P. March
CEO and Co-Founder

Jeffrey P. March is the CEO and a founding member of BRG Realty Group, LLC which owns and manages more than 7,000 apartment homes in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. Born and raised in Cincinnati, OH, Jeff graduated from Duke University in 1984 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He was President and an owner of Crown Management Corp. before forming BRG in July of 2005. Jeff has been actively involved in the apartment industry as he has held leadership positions in the Greater Cincinnati Northern Kentucky Apartment Association, its 501 C-3 Outreach Board, as well as the Ohio and National Apartment Associations. Jeff and his wife, Jeanette, also founded the John P. March Educational Foundation at Cincinnati Country Day School (CCDS) to provide financial assistance to deserving students. He remains actively involved as a volunteer with the CCDS Foundation Board of Trustees and the Episcopal Retirement Services Affordable Living Board of Trustees.

Bruce H. Hellman
President and Co-Founder

As President and Co-Founder of BRG, Bruce Hellman has extraordinary experience in every aspect of apartment operations. His 35 plus years of site management, portfolio management and business management have allowed him to develop insights to delivering trend-setting services to BRG residents and shareholders. Prior to BRG, Bruce was President of Metro Prop Realty, Inc. for eleven years. Bruce was an active member of the Fair Housing Mediation Board for many years and is currently involved with the Greater Cincinnati Northern Kentucky Apartment Association. He has spent his entire career in apartment property management and is also a lifelong resident of Greater Cincinnati.

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Dennis Laake
Chief Financial Officer

Dennis Laake’s 32 years in the accounting and financial field is unique in that it extends to include expertise in insurance, investment brokerage and property management. His background includes serving as president of Williamsburg of Cincinnati Management Company and Northland Financial Management Co., as well as CFO and other management positions at Crown Management Corporation and Grant Thornton. Dennis also gained business expertise as the owner of a shopping center. As BRG’s CFO, he leads the organization in ensuring its financial endeavors are grounded in generally accepted accounting practices and designed to maintain a sound fiscally sustainable future. Further, he ensures the firm’s monetary protocols are carefully crafted to support BRG’s “...and we care” philosophy. As a dedicated community volunteer in Greater Northern Kentucky, he served on the City of Villa Hills Ethics Committee. Dennis is a certified public accountant and was previously a licensed investment broker and insurance professional. Notably, he is one of four national winners of the Tony Lema Memorial Scholarship for academic and golf excellence. A Cincinnatian from the cradle, Dennis earned his bachelor’s in chemical engineering and his masters degrees in accounting and finance from the University of Cincinnati. Additionally, he holds a patent for a self-contained re-keyable lock.

Andrew Giannella
Vice President of Business Development and General Counsel

Andrew Giannella, a lifelong Greater Cincinnati resident, is a well respected and experienced attorney with over 20 years experience in real estate, business transactions and finance. Before joining BRG, he was an associate and partner at Ulmer & Berne, LLP and is currently of counsel with Strauss & Troy. Additionally, he is the co-owner and co-manager of Salon Concepts, a premier provider of high end salon suites to beauty professionals. In his role as BRG’s VP of Business Development and General Counsel, Andrew leads the organization’s growth through property acquisition, joint venture relationships and investor relations. He routinely speaks and writes on real estate and finance topics. Andrew has received recognition from his peers being named a “Rising Star” in real estate law by Ohio Law and Politics Magazine, and being elected to Woodward and White’s Best Lawyers in America in Real Estate law each year since 2006 (an honor only held by one percent of lawyers nationally). In 2003, Andrew was appointed by the Ohio Supreme Court to serve on the Ohio Real Property Specialization Board. He is licensed to practice in both Ohio and Kentucky. Andrew obtained his juris doctorate from the University of Cincinnati and his bachelor of arts in history from Colgate University. Andrew‘s community activities include various children’s charities including serving on the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.

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M. Don Brunner
COO

As Chief Operating Officer, Don Brunner, joins BRG apartments with much experience. Don started his multi-family career with Globe/Cort Furniture as a District Manager. After 7 years in this vendor role, Don made the change to property management. Don served as a District Manager for a Cincinnati-based regional management company for 8 years. He had the responsibility for 14,000 units, a combination of condos and apartments. In 2012 Don started a third party management company as President and Founding Member. The company grew to 24 properties and 2900 units in less than 3 years. Don is currently serving on the GCNKAA Board of Director, NAA Board of Directors and the OAA Board. He serves as our Region 3 Vice President for NAA. Don has held this seat for 5 years. Previously he was President of GDAA for an unprecedented 4 terms. We are excited to have him on our team.

Sheilah Johnson
Vice President of IT and Administration

Sheilah Johnson brings nearly 35 years of intimate knowledge of the Berkshire Realty Group grounded in experience in every aspect of managing BRG’s operations. As the Vice President of Administration, Sheilah directs the marketing and human resources activities, guiding the development of our staff and portfolio managers. She brings to bear her knowledge of real estate, accounting, taxes, and web design in driving efficiency and designing systems to benefit both employees and tenants. Sheilah, a one-time licensed realtor, holds an associate’s degree in accounting from Miami University. A life-long Buckeye, Sheilah makes her home in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Bob Kohlman
Vice President of Property Operations and Construction

Bob Kohlman, with over 20 years experience in property management has extensive knowledge of every aspect of the field. He has particular expertise in design and construction, community development, property promotion. Bob also has particular insight and proficiency with technology, quality assurance and training which extends to both internal and external resources. As BRG’s Vice President of Property Operations and Construction, Bob ensures the highly utilitarian operations protocols are uniformly executed throughout the 40 communities in BRG’s portfolio. Under his guidance, construction initiatives are undertaken without incident while meeting growth and improvement objectives. Prior to joining BRG, Bob held various management positions with the Drees Company and Hills Real Estate Group. Bob is an active member of the National Apartment Association and the Greater Cincinnati Northern Kentucky Apartment Association (GCNKAA). Bob also facilitates the NAA Certified Apartment Manager course for the GCNKAA. He is a certified National Association Leasing Professional and in pursuit of his Certified Property Manager certification. Bob studied agronomy at Cincinnati State University, computer science and management information systems at Murray State University and employee relations, business management and marketing at Northern Kentucky University.

Alex Parlin
Director of Finance

Alex Parlin, a lifelong Cincinnati resident, has more than ten years of finance experience. Alex joined BRG as the Director of Finance in 2018. Previously, he was a Vice President in PNC’s corporate banking group with responsibilities that included serving the lending, capital markets, and financial services needs of over 30 privately held businesses in Greater Cincinnati with loan commitments exceeding $500mm. He received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Hamilton College and a master’s degree in business from Xavier University. Active in the community, he currently serves on the Board of Trustees and finance committees at the Cincinnati Nature Center and Indian Hill Winter Club. He is a 2012 graduate of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber's C-Change leadership program.

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J. Cass Hopkins
Portfolio Manager

J. Cass Hopkins, a well respected portfolio manager with 20 years experience, brings an eclectic and diverse background in property management. Cass has been a partner of BRG Realty Group since 2005 and a co-founder of Crown Management. As BRG’s Portfolio Manager, Cass directs the day-to-day operations of approximately 12 apartment communities involving 1,800 or more units, primarily in BRG’s Cincinnati-East (Hamilton & Clermont Counties), Cincinnati-Northwest and Cincinnati-Central and the New Albany, Indiana territories, with an annual revenue stream of nearly $13 million. An active member of the Greater Cincinnati Northern Kentucky Apartment Association, he is a certified Apartment Manager, certified National Apartment Leasing Professional and certified instructor to lead classes for CAM and NALP. His community activities include serving on various boards, including the Cincinnati Country Day School. Cass was born and raised in Cincinnati and received his psychology degree from Duke University.

Dustin Dailey
Portfolio Manager

Dustin Dailey has more than 9 years of experience in property management. Dustin joined the BRG Management Team as a Portfolio Manager late in 2014 after many years working onsite at three different BRG communities as a Community Manager. Prior to his most recent promotion, Dustin was the Senior Community Manager for multiple assets in the Northern Kentucky Portfolio. Dustin was a recipient of the Presidential Award at BRG in 2010. He is an active member of the Greater Cincinnati Northern Kentucky Apartment Association. Prior to joining BRG, Dustin was a Regional Supervisor overseeing 15 locations of self storage facilities in Northern Kentucky, Southeast Indiana and the Greater Cincinnati area. He attended Valdosta State University and studied Business Administration.

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Jackie Schneider
Portfolio Manager

Jackie Schneider brings over 12 years experience in property management to BRG. Jackie started her career in property management with a Nashville-based company with a primary focus on renovation and project management. She joined BRG as a Community Manager in September 2010, after many years working on site she was promoted to Senior Community Manger overseeing daily operations of three BRG communities in the Northern Kentucky Portfolio. September 2017, Jackie was promoted to Area Manager joining the BRG Management Team and overseeing seven BRG communities in the Dayton Portfolio. Jackie was a recipient of the Presidential Award at BRG in 2015. She is an active member of the Greater Cincinnati Northern Kentucky Apartment Association and the Greater Dayton Apartment Association. Prior to property management, Jackie served nine years in the United States Army and she is an avid Alabama Crimson Tide fan.

Mike Markus
Director of Maintenance

Mike Markus brings over 7 years of property management experience to BRG. Prior to joining our team, Mike worked at another local management company where he directed their maintenance operation as well as managed much of their daily management processes. As Director of Maintenance, Mike will be responsible for leading all maintenance related activities which includes recruiting, training, work place safety, preventative maintenance and process improvements. Mike has his CAMT designation through NAA and was the recipient of the NAA Paragon Award designation as CAMT of the year for 2014. He has previously served on the Greater Cincinnati Northern Kentucky Apartment Association Board of Directors as well as the Ohio Apartment Association Board of Trustees. Currently Mike serves on the Greater Cincinnati Northern Kentucky Apartment Association Independent Rental Owners Council and serves on the Education and Legislative Committees. Prior to joining the apartment industry Mike served eight years of active service with the United States Marines Corps.

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Jennifer Illanz
Training and Marketing Manager

Jennifer Illanz has over ten years of leasing and property management experience with a particular expertise in training and marketing. Prior to joining BRG, she held leasing director and property manager positions with another professional management company in the Cincinnati area. Her background includes all aspects of overseeing Class A properties involving as many as 500 units in 10 buildings. Her experience encompasses development and implementation of policies and procedures, as well as having designed and managed marketing programs addressing all marketing components from traditional print to social media. As BRG’s Training and Marketing Manager, Jennifer directs the training programs of new hires and continuing development for BRG professionals. She also guides the marketing programs to ensure all materials properly reflect the firm’s brand and philosophy. She is an active member of the Apartment Association and serves on its “Holiday Cheers” committee. Jennifer has an associate’s degree in interior design from Antonelli College.

David Marshall
Founder and Officer of Crown Remodeling

David Marshall has over 35 years experience in construction and remodeling. As the founder of Crown Remodeling, he oversees every aspect of the firm’s initiatives from project management to contract administration to design and estimation. His background includes commercial, residential, multi-family and insurance restoration. Crown Remodeling is a BRG Group partner firm and serves as BRG’s explicit contractor of choice. David has led multi-million dollar endeavors, routinely completing projects not only within budget but generally delivers them with additional savings by design phase value engineering. He has managed projects ranging from $3.5M to $24M for multi-family facilities and condominiums involving anywhere from 150 to nearly 900 units. David has a certificate in Xactimate Estimating, is a Certified Industry Lead Renovator and has studied at both the Ohio State University and Ohio Wesleyan University. He is a registered contractor with the City of Cincinnati and Crown Remodeling is a member of the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Apartment Association.

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