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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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? Need a car fixed? Need a poker partner? Need impeccable books and innovative reports? Need a Team Leader? Curren's got it handled. 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 is 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.
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 communications with includes updates on maintenance issues, owner statements, as well as fielding a variety of questions about Nashville rental properties. 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! Hometown: Fairhope, Alabama
Gray Hall
Team Leader - Denver
After graduating from Auburn University and a two-year stint in East Asia, Gray moved back to Birmingham and joined the gk team as a Leasing Co-ordinator. From there he became the Birmingham Team Leader and has since moved to Denver! He handles daily operations as well as owner communication and is driven by providing the very best in customer service. We are excited he is taking on a new adventure out in Denver for us, but sure do miss him here in Birmingham! When Gray is out of the office he enjoys skiing, camping, climbing and being on the water. Hometown: Birmingham, Alabama
Alex Smith
Team Leader - Chattanooga
Alex joined the gk team as a Leasing Co-ordinator and since has moved into our coveted Owner Communication role. Alex graduated from Auburn in 2011 and from Alabama in 2014 with a Masters degree in Marketing. If you're wondering, he is an Auburn fan all the way. Alex lives, eats and breathes Jiu-Jitsu! When he isn't in the office he is either keeping track of Auburn football or helping his wife study for medical school! Hometown: Birmingham, AL
Jacob West
Team Leader - Birmingham
Jacob has become famous in our office for his random thoughts and timely one liners. 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. He also 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! Jacob and his wife love to cook exotic dishes. 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
Tim Mbogo
Accounting Manager
Tim was born in Kenya, Africa but moved to America when he was 7. He grew up in Birmingham and eventually attended Mississippi University for Women (yes, they do accept men, and yes it is a real school). Tim is known at gkhouses for always showing up with the sharpest outfit in the room. In his free time he enjoys watching sports, specifically basketball and soccer. You'll catch him discussing the stats every morning in huddle with the team. He also enjoys coaching his sons athletic teams and not getting yelled at by the other teams parents and coaches.
Maya Madden
Director of Communications
Raised by two entrepreneurs, Maya grew up knowing she wanted to be her own boss. Before she began college she backpacked Guatemala, The East Coast of Australia and New Zealand's North and South Islands alone! As a part of the gk team, Maya consistently strategizes and executes best practices in order to improve communication throughout all five of our markets. Outside of the office, Maya owns and operates her own linguistics company and enjoys spending time with her Chocolate Labrador - Patch, friends and family. Hometown: Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Ashley Ann Brannen
Owner On-boarding Specialist
Ashley Ann serves as our Owner On-boarding Specialist. She was born and raised in South Georgia but moved to Tuscaloosa in 2012 to attend The University of Alabama. She graduated in 2016 with her Bachelor’s degree and moved to Birmingham to get her real estate license and begin her career in the industry. She is responsible for communicating with our new owners for their first 100 days at gkhouses! When Ashley Ann isn’t in the office you can find her playing with her dog Baron, or at her favorite place: Tybee Island, GA. Hometown: Statesboro, GA.
Alexis Agerston
Owner Communication Specialist
Alexis was born in Atlanta, from there she moved to South Carolina and then to Alabama where she began her professional career at the young age of 17! She loves fashion, music and real estate! Before working with gkhouses Alexis co-ordinated leads for real estate agents. She joined gk in 2018 is currently on the front lines taking and routing calls for each of our markets! She is known in our office for her contagious laugh and ability to plan company events. In her free time, Alexis enjoys working out and learning new makeup techniques.
Meagan Walker
Application Underwriter
Born and raised in Hazel Green, Alabama, Meagan moved to Birmingham to study Business and English literature at the University of Montevallo. She quickly fell in love with the city and moved with her pup Karma. She is passionate about writing and published her first novel at the age of nineteen! She manages underwriting for our prospective tenants and assists our owner communication team! She is known in our office for her quick wit and love of black coffee. When she isn’t working as the application underwriter at gk, she can probably be found with her nose in a book, throwing a tennis ball for her border collie, or listening to Muse.
Paloma Galvan
Maintenance Coordinator
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 is currently growing and improving our maintenance team! She manages vendor contracts, our maintenance technicians, dispatching and all of our maintenance team members. If you are interested in being a vendor for gkhouses, Paloma is your contact! Hometown: Aguascalientes, Mexico
Bryant Ipatzi
Operations Coordinator
When it comes to communication, Bryant excels! He assists the gkhouses with everything involving utilities, property management techs and section 8! We are so thankful for his customer service skills and ability to hustle. Born in Ventura, CA., and raised in Laredo, TX, Bryant moved to Mexico when he was 12 and has been there ever since! He is married with two young children and enjoys spending his free time with his family and traveling.
Ari Eudave
Tenant Communication Specialist
Ari serves as one of our best in tenant communications. She spent her childhood in Chicago but eventually moved to Aguascalientes, Mexico to be close to her family. When Ari isn't helping our tenants find answers to their questions, you can find her reading! She is a firm believer that no matter how hard or difficult something appears to be, if you continue working and never give up, you will succeed! Ari is married with a young son.
Frank Munoz
Tenant Communication Specialist
Frank joined GK Houses in 2018 and works with our tenant communication team. Frank is from Chicago which he left to travel Europe for 6 months back in 2009. In the last 9 years, Frank has worked in many customer service and purchasing management roles and is ready to offer our customers the best service. Frank has a Bachelor's Degree in Foreign Trade and Business and in his free time, he enjoys traveling, reading, running and cooking!
Roger Garcia
Tenant Communications Specialist
Roger is a team player, energetic and outgoing. He will always put a smile on your face and is always willing to help others. This is why he is a perfect fit for one of our communication roles. Raised in Golden, Colorado, Roger graduated in 2004. After graduation, he started working in the customer service industry where he has developed his skills overtime. He has three children, enjoys the outdoors, sports and traveling to new places. Hometown: Delicias, Chihuahua.

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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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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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Team Leader – Bimingham
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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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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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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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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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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Accounting Manager
Accountants are often perceived to be boring introverts
who befriend their computers all day, but not Tim! He has always had a love for
working with small businesses, and is looking forward to growing his financial
knowledge and leadership abilities at GK! He was born in Kenya, Africa but moved to
America when he was 7. He grew up in Birmingham and eventually attended Mississippi
University for Women (yes, they do accept men, and yes it is a real school). In his
free time he enjoys watching sports, specifically basketball and soccer. He also
enjoys coaching his sons athletic teams and NOT getting yelled at by the other
teams parents and coaches. Some fun facts about him are that he was a part of the
finance academy in HS which means he always wanted to do this kind of work, he was
SGA President at his university, his goal is to travel to every country in Africa
by the age of 35 because he loves traveling, and he speaks three languages!

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Director of Communication
Raised by two entrepreneurs, Maya grew up knowing she wanted to be her own boss. Before she began college she backpacked Guatemala, Australia and New Zealand alone! She has bungee jumped from the third highest bungee in the world and has visited some of the world’s most beautiful beaches. During her travels she realized her desire for differing projects that require her to adapt and evolve. She serves as our Director of Communications and consistently works towards improving communication throughout all of gkhouses channels. Outside of the office, Maya owns and operates her own linguistics company and attends the University of Alabama at Birmingham in pursuit of a Bio-medical degree.

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Director of Maintenance
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

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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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Leasing Manager
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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Leasing Agent
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.

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Communication Specialist
Ari serves as an excellent Tenant Communication specialist. Ari spent her childhood in Chicago but eventually moved to Aguascalientes, Mexico to be close to her family. When Ari isn’t helping our tenants find answers to their questions, you can find her reading! She is a firm believer that no matter how difficult or hard something appears if you continue working and never give up, you will succeed! Ari is married with a young son.

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Leasing Agent
TJ works as part of our leasing team here at gkhouses. TJ studied at the University of Greenwich in London. In the last 6 years TJ has worked in several customer facing roles and is a highly skilled, hands-on professional. He is a friendly team player with proven leadership abilities and innovative problem solving skills. TJ has a long track record of delivering substantial return on investment to teams he has been a part of. In his spare time TJ enjoys playing soccer, traveling around the world, meeting people from diverse cultures and learning new language skills.

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Communications Specialist
I grew up within a bicultural environment which helped
me gain perspective and insight. I used this to my favor by immersing myself in
school, learning, and gaining useful skills for my professional development. I
majored in Industrial Engineering and have mostly worked in translation and
transcription language instruction for business communication and customer service.
I also ventured into entrepreneurship by opening a small Korean beauty retail
business. I will now specialize in Tenant Communications for gkhouses.