Our Team
Matthew Whitaker
Founder, Director of Market Development
Matthew is a student of the book Good To Great and is passionate about building gkhouses to become the best property management company on the planet; and maybe even the universe if Elon Musk will hurry up. To do that, he spent the first seven years of gkhouses in the trenches but now focuses most of his time facilitating growth in other markets. Entrepreneurship runs in the family. His wife runs a successful business called Engaged. You can usually find Matthew at the baseball field with his son, at a dance recital with his daughter or at his favorite restaurant with his wife, when he’s not in the office. And if you can’t find him any of those places, it probably means he’s traveling. Hometown: Vestavia Hills, Alabama
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Spencer Sutton
Director of Marketing
Spencer wakes up with Google and Facebook on his mind. His passion is all things marketing and lead generation - both new owners and new tenants! Having bought and sold over 150 homes in Birmingham (even making money on SOME of them), he gets a kick out of helping new and seasoned investors navigate the mistakes he made as an investor. Spencer is also passionate about his love for Michael Jordan and does his best to explain to the Millennials (who never saw him play live) how much better he was than LeBron. Spencer has traveled to some of the most remote parts of the world with Neverthirst (India, Sudan, South Sudan, Nepal, Central African Republic, etc..) but mostly loves to hang out with his wife, kids, and the world’s best black lab, Jett. Hometown: Mtn. Brook, Alabama
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Phil Mazur
Director of Finance
As a Pittsburgh native, Phil walks into the office every morning waving his terrible towel. Crunching the numbers and helping gkhouses grow to 25,000 houses is what keeps Phil happy, and we say happy with an asterisk, because are finance people ever really happy? Always looking for efficiencies in an industry that’s stuck in the ‘80’s keeps him busy. If you catch him in the right mood, Phil might pull out one of the six albums he produced as a DJ back in his prime....just look for DJ Phza on Spotify. Insert parental guidance warning here. Phil has two young daughters . . . which have gone a long way in lightening him up. Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Mat Cox
Team Leader - Chattanooga
Don't let the fact that Mat was raised in Mississippi fool you, he's "all-in" when it comes to Chattanooga property management. Mat leads our Chattanooga office and considers it a great privilege to walk with owners through the process of getting their houses marketed, and rented quickly. When Mat's not speaking with owners or managing our staff, you can find him working out at the downtown Sportsbarn, running across the Walnut Street Bridge, or with his wife or home playing with his two boys. You can read more about Mat and his move from Birmingham to Chattanooga on our Owner page for Chattanooga. Hometown: Fulton, Mississippi
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Curren Melgarejo
Team Leader - Little Rock
Curren is the team leader for our Little Rock office. There isn't anything he can't do - both in and out of the office. Need a fantasy football coach? Check Need a car fixed? Check Need a poker partner? Check Need impeccable books and innovative reports? Check Need a Team Leader? Check His professional passion is financial analysis and reporting, and he firmly believes that “information is everything” when it comes to providing our clients with relevant data. He's so valuable to gkhouses and our customers that we overlook his obsession with the NFL and disdain for college football. Outside of the office Curren enjoys spending time with his family and playing basketball. Hometown: San Clemente, California
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Nick Goudreau
Director of Maintenance
Nick is our Director of Maintenance here at gkhouses. In this role, he works closely with our staff to develop estimates for owners and make sure maintenance work orders are completed with excellence and promptly. Following Nick's graduation from Auburn, he began working with a website design company here in town where he became even more obsessed with technology. Naturally, because of his experience and love for tech, Nick can also be found around the office acting as the "IT Guy." When Nick isn't at in the office, he can typically be found enjoying time with family or in Auburn watching the Tigers play. War Eagle! Hometown: Marietta, Georgia
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Duncan Murphy
Team Leader - Nashville
Duncan has been with gkhouses since 2015 and is our Nashville Team Leader. Duncan is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of our Nashville office. In this role, Duncan is involved in owner communication which includes updates on maintenance issues, owner statements, as well as fielding a wide variety of questions in regards to Nashville rental property. Duncan graduated from the University of Alabama in 2013 with a major in Marketing and a specialization in Real Estate. He moved to Birmingham to continue to build on his knowledge and passion for real estate and to start his career in the field. When he is not focused on real estate in the Nashville area, Duncan enjoys being on a golf course or in the outdoors hunting or fishing. Hometown: Fairhope, Alabama
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Gray Hall
Team Leader - Birmingham
After graduating from Auburn University and a two-year stint in East Asia, Gray moved back to Birmingham and joined the gk team as Leasing Coordinator and is now our Birmingham Team Leader. He handles daily operations as well as owner communication here in Birmingham and is driven by providing the very best in customer service! When Gray is not in the office, he enjoys being outdoors camping, climbing gigantic boulders, being on the water, or playing golf. Hometown: Birmingham, Alabama
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Alex Fortanbary
Owner Sales
Alex is in charge of owner sales here at gkhouses. Whether you are a single homeowner looking to rent out your house, or a large investment company looking to buy local property, Alex is the guy for you. He will be able to walk you through our different pricing plans as well as any questions you might have when it comes to trusting one of your largest assets with gkhouses. When Alex is not in the office, he enjoys hiking, running, scuba diving, and watching college football. Hometown: Marietta, Georgia
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Alex Smith
Owner Communication
Alex joined the gk team as a Leasing Coordinator and has moved into our coveted Owner Communication role. Alex graduated from Auburn in 2011 and graduated from Alabama in 2014 with a Masters degree in marketing. If you’re wondering, he’s an Auburn fan all the way. He also has prior work experience in the apparel and grocery industries. When Alex isn’t at the office he spends his time doing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, keeping track of Auburn football, and helping his wife study for medical school. Hometown: Birmingham, AL
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Jacob West
Accounting Manager
Jacob has become famous in our office for his random thoughts and timely one-liners. And on top of that, he's a whiz with the numbers. Jacob learned accounting while he was still in high school working in the family business and studied it formally at The University of Alabama. In college, he fell in love...with real estate. After completing his MBA, he decided to combine his passion for real estate and his accounting skills, which led him to gkhouses! When Jacob's not in the office, you can find him wading a local waterway with his fly rod and his faithful dog, Charlie. Hometown: Birmingham, AL
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Paloma Galvan
Don't tell Paloma that it's time for Drew Brees to retire! She's an avid Saints fan having spent a lot of her childhood in New Orleans. Paloma is passionate about customer service and handles tenant communication for us. She is also equipping new hires for their role in tenant communications. She's studying to become a Software Development Engineer where we hope she'll develop amazing property management software!! When she's not communicating with our tenants, she is usually studying or hanging out with her family. Hometown: Aguascalientes, Mexico
Bryant Ipatzi
Operations Coordinator
When it comes to communication, Bryant excels! Currently, he is assisting our Nashville and Chattanooga staff by coordinating daily property management tasks and follow up. Bryant is passionate about customer service and making sure that tenants receive timely and accurate responses to their questions. Born in Ventura, CA., and raised in Laredo, TX, Bryant moved to Mexico when he was 12 and has been there ever since. He's married with two young children and enjoys spending his free time with his family and traveling.
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Alex Campos
Alex serves in our Tenant Communication role where she helps answer questions, solve problems, and makes our tenants feel appreciated. Alex grew up in Colorado for more than 15 years which helped foster her love for all outdoor activities. She is currently living in Aguascalientes Mexico. Alex is married with a son, three dogs, and one cat...making for a lively home life! Hometown: Denver, Colorado
Roger Garcia
Roger Garcia is a team player, very energetic and outgoing. He will always put a smile on your face and is always willing to help others. This is why is a perfect fit for one of our communication roles. Raised in Golden, Colorado, Roger graduated in 2004 from Golden High School. After graduation, he started working in the customer service industry where he has developed his skills over time. He is a family man with three children, and he enjoys the outdoors, sports and traveling to new places. Roger's experience in customer service will help him play a significant role on the gk team. Hometown: Delicias, Chihuahua.