Meet the Team

Our team is a collection of professional property managers not just from the real estate industry, but from various areas and backgrounds, who have come together for one purpose: giving rental property owners a superior choice for residential property management. Learn more about us or contact us for more information on getting started.

Matthew Whitaker » Director of Market Development

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Matthew is the team leader at gkhouses and, in his words, “helps lead a great team to accomplish great things for our clients.” With over 12 years of experience with single-family purchasing, sales, and leasing, Matthew coordinates the efforts of the gkhouses team to offer superior property management solutions for both property owners and their tenants. His background in entrepreneurship and small company management, aided by his education from the University of Alabama, helps position his clients for success.

In his spare time, Matthew enjoys traveling with his family and seeing what the country has to offer.

Hometown: Vestavia Hills, Alabama

Spencer Sutton » Director of Marketing

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Spencer is our Director of Marketing and is responsible for not only managing the gkhouses brand but also growing our owner base. He oversees all marketing efforts – both print and digital – and is responsible for providing helpful content for owners and tenants aimed at making their rental experience a great one.

Spencer bought and sold over 150 houses in Birmingham from 2003 to 2008, and has owned rental property since 2004. Involved in numerous business ventures over the past 15 years, Spencer also founded and directed the faith-based international non-profit Neverthirst, which provides clean water to the poor in Africa and Asia from 2008 to 2013.

Spencer graduated from David Lipscomb University in Nashville, and when he’s not in the office, he’s usually spending time with his wife, two kids and their Black Lab, Jett.

Hometown: Mtn. Brook, Alabama

Phil Mazur » Director of Finance

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Phil has over 16 years of experience in various Accounting and Finance positions, primarily in the steel and material handling industries. A “numbers guy”, Phil’s career passion is helping his colleagues lead their business to profitability. At GK, he is responsible for the Finance & Accounting systems and processes, including all tenant collections and owner disbursements. In 2008, Phil escaped the cold winters of the north, where he graduated from Robert Morris University and earned an MBA from Penn State, to move to Birmingham. He enjoys spending his spare time with his wife and two daughters or on the golf course.

Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Matt Leavell » Nashville Team Leader

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Matt Leavell has bought and sold several properties and has been involved in owning businesses and managing investments for over 10 years. He has also owned and managed rental real estate for three years and counting. Matt says, “It makes me happy to work with such a dedicated and caring team whose success is based solely on the success of its clients. Plus, we have a really great culture!” With a passion for real estate and investing – as well as creating solutions that turn investments into profitable ventures – Matt helps property owners make the most of their opportunities.

When Matt isn’t helping his clients, he enjoys tournament bass fishing and soccer.

Hometown: Vicksburg, Mississippi

Mark Byers » Birmingham Team Leader

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Mark is the company’s Birmingham Team Leader, responsible for helping the corporate GK team improve efficiencies to better serve our owners and tenants. Mark has been a valuable part of the GK growth since he joined the team in 2013. Mark has been in and around the real estate industry all his life and has focused his studies and experiences on being successful in the industry for every client he serves.

When Mark isn’t in the office or in the field meeting with his customers, he enjoys camping, hiking, spending time with his wife and, like any good University of Alabama grad, watching Crimson Tide football.

Hometown: Chelsea, Alabama

Mat Cox » Chattanooga Team Leader

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Mat is our Chattanooga Team Leader. Mat is responsible for leading all staff at our Chattanooga office and helping River City clients (individual and institutional) who own single family property in Chattanooga and North Georgia. Mat has been in and around the finance and accounting industry all his life and has focused his studies and experiences on being successful in the property management industry for every client he serves.

When Mat isn’t in the office, he enjoys hanging out with his wife and two boys.

Hometown: Fulton, Mississippi