Bravo Group was opened in 2008 by our founder to manage his own rental properties as well as properties he sold to hundreds of investors over the years. Excellent property management was very crucial for his success and the success of his investors. After several years of poor service and significant losses from several other property management firms, decided to start Bravo Group. The Bravo team decreased a $20,000 per month loss on the founder's rental properties to break-even in 90 days. Our hard work and relationship approach to managing has produced an average annual collection ratio of 98%. Our philosophy on how we conduct business was the key. Read more about our philosophy.
Joe Watkins, Broker REALTOR® and Founder
Joe graduated from Columbus State University with a B.A in Business Management and is a licensed real estate Broker in Georgia. His entrepreneurial spirit emerged early as he started Total Cleaning Services while in college. From pressure washing to janitorial services, Joe marketed and ran the cleaning operation for six years. During that time, Joe also worked with Chick-fil-A part-time, and later decided to make a career there. His time with Chick-fil-A totaled 15 years, the final six years were as an Owner/Operator at the Mall at Stonecrest in Lithonia. During his tenure, he led a team of over 50 people achieving top-of-the chain customer satisfaction and quality results all six years as an Owner/Operator. After many successful real estate deals, Joe decided to resign from Chick-fil-A in early 2007 to pursue his lifelong dream of buying and selling homes full-time. The foreclosure crisis created the ideal climate for Joe to do just that. Since 2006, he has bought and sold over 450 homes in the Metro-Atlanta market. After a couple of years, the need for in-house, investor-managed property management became crucial. He started Bravo Group Real Estate to manage his own portfolio as well as the investors he does business with it Atlanta. His day-to-day activities include securing new owners and vendor relationships, searching for investment opportunites, negotiating contracts, project managing of rehabs, and handling the responsibilities of the financial officer for Bravo Group. His best skills include building a strong team, evaluating deals and contracts, as well as continually developing the business to maximize financial results and operational excellence. His wife of 16 years and two children are his pride and joy.
Don Barefield, General Manager
Don graduated from Columbus State University with a B.S. in Mathematics. For the next several years he taught mathematics in high schools in several cities including Liberty City in Miami, where he was "New Teacher of the Year" at one of the nation's toughest schools, and the highest performing high school in the state of Georgia. During these years, he worked with people from across the socioeconomic spectrum. The experience and insight he gained has enabled him to work effectively with people from a broad range of backgrounds, including his own tenants for the past 13 years. At Bravo Group, Don manages the people and business processes that are at the core of Bravo's success.
Kristine Ortiz, Special Operations Coordinator
Kristine Ortiz graduated from Clayton State University in Morrow, Georgia, with a B.A. in General Business. After college, Kristine became a part of the management team at Chick-fil-A, where she developed a variety of valuable skills such as working with customers, scheduling employees, accounting, inventory ordering and control, and payroll. As her accounting and administrative skills emerged, she moved away from the restaurant business and became the Office Manager for the mall management team at the Mall at Stonecrest. Her time in mall management taught Kristine a great deal about real estate and property management. Kristine's responsibilities included working with mall tenants, accounts payable and receivable, payroll, preparing the annual budget for the mall, working with commercial leases, and scheduling special events. When Joe started working in real estate full time, Kristine joined the team. As the Special Operations Coordinator of Bravo Group, Kristine is works on operation improvement projects that require laser focus and process management skills to complete. She has been with Bravo Group since inception, so she is also valuable as backup and training for other roles within the company as needed.
Diana Mulls, Accountant
After graduating with her Bachelor of Business Administration, Diana went on to earn her Master of Accountancy from Georgia College and State University. With the completion of her degrees, Diana decided to stay home with her three beautiful children until she found the ideal company to join. Upon hearing of Bravo, she jumped at the chance to be a part of this phenomenal group of people that share her ideals and values. Here at Bravo, Diana works to ensure that tenant and owner funds are dealt with appropriately and that vendors are paid on time. She sends statements to owners on a monthly basis to make sure they are fully aware of everything that has happened at each one of their properties. She assimilates, documents, analyzes, reconciles and summarizes the financial aspect of Bravo with a focus on transparency and security for our tenants and property owners. On her downtime, she enjoys Zumba and running and actively volunteers at her local church alongside her husband of 8 years.
Melissa Cuthbertson, New Acquisitions Manager & Office Manager
Coming from 14 years of Commercial Real Estate as an Assistant Property Manager assisting five property managers as well as the VP of Property Management, Melissa ventured into Bravo Group as the Executive Assistant to the Broker. Quickly she transitioned into the Office Manager and New Acquisitions Manager for our company. She works closely with new clients. Melissa sets up all information regarding the new owners home. Once the property is 'rent ready', Melissa insures the property is placed on the market for rent, highlighting each amenity and feature the home has to offer. She keeps the owners up to date during the time the property is on the market. Once the home is rented, she transitions the owner to the property manager. She also handles management agreements as well as our commercial building management. Melissa has been married for 11 years and has an adorable 8-year-old son. Both she and her family reside in Ellenwood. As an encourager coach she attends a Christ based recovery program for those who struggle with hurts, habits and hang-ups at her church in Stockbridge.
Tina Brondo, Assistant Property Manager
Before joining Bravo Group, Tina worked in many different industries. She has worked in sports and entertainment, insurance, and customer service. Tina has been happily married for 21 years to her husband, whom she met while serving in the U.S. Air Force. They have four beautiful children who keep them very busy. In her off time, Tina is pursuing her Accounting degree.
Fidji Perez, Receptionist / Administrative Assistant
Fidji answers phones, works with utility companies, and assists in many other areas as needed.
Gloria Donoghue, Applications Processor
After graduating, Gloria decided to focus on her husband and children before beginning her career. When she decided it was time, she began working in real estate and quickly became the office manager where she was exposed to all aspects of the real estate industry. Since then she has gained experience in Retail Sales, Short Sales, and REO's. Gloria worked with a small property management company for a period of time and decided that in order to grow, she needed to look for a larger scale operation. In December of 2012, Gloria was given a great opportunity to join Bravo Group. Through hard work and dedication, Gloria has gone from assisting in applications to being the sole application processor. Because of her experience in all aspects of the business, Gloria is able to assist other departments within Bravo when she is not evaluating potential tenants.
Darlene Thaxton, Assistant Property Manager
Darlene has worked in the telecommunications industry for 20+ years. Her tenure in this industry began at the conception of the pay telephone deregulation and migrated to long distance and local exchange service deregulation. Her diverse background includes many facets as she worked to assist in the growth of three successful telecommunications companies. She has worn many hats as called upon by her employers. She started as a Warehouse & Receiving Manager and quickly progressed to managing the Order Placement Department and then promoted to Operations Manager. She has also served in administrative roles overseeing revenue collections and accounts payable, contract management of multiple types in the phone industry, company wide distribution of duties of mergers and acquisitions, maintaining government Regulatory certifications, and liaison to field technicians in working to resolve phone line repair issues and coordinating installations and disconnection of service.
In 2002, Darlene became Director of Billing for Ernest Communications, Inc. and built a strong billing and collections department from the ground up; working to improve customer relations by implementing reliable billing policies and procedures and assembling the right team of people to provide excellent customer service to a customer base of over 1,000 regional and national accounts representing over 100,000 phone lines. Because of Darlene’s rounded knowledge of her company’s internal work flow, she moved into the role of Director of Special Projects in 2008 to assist the company in migrating into a new BSS/OSS system along with several other projects as assigned in order to extend a broader scope of offerings to its customers.
As a Property Manager Assistant for Bravo Group, Darlene’s background in various administrative roles as well as management positions, gives her the ability to apply her knowledge to provide strong administrative support to Bravo Group’s Property Managers as well as its customers. Darlene has been married for 11 years, has one step son and 3 grandchildren. She was born and raised in Conyers, GA and still resides on her home place today. Darlene also serves as a facilitator in the GriefShare ministry offered to her community by Scot Ward Funeral Services in Conyers.
Jeff Myatt, Staff Leasing & REALTOR®
Jeff is a full-time licensed real estate professional and property manager for Bravo Group. His passion for serving people and helping them to acquire the home of their dreams is an outflow of his heart of loving and ministering to people as a pastor for nearly thirty years. As a young man, Jeff was the Vice-President and Co-owner of a family owned printing company. It was during this experience as a small business owner that he learned the importance of "customer service first." Going the extra mile in assuring that this takes place is at the very core of who Jeff is. In his early twenties, Jeff made a career change and entered the Christian Ministry. He earned a BA in Religion and Communications from Palm Beach Atlantic University and a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and has pastered for many years. In 2004, he started a new chapter in his life by becoming bi-vocational – full-time Realtor and part-time minister. His transition into Real Estate has been a natural fit, and he has proven to be very successful in property management. He married his High School sweetheart, Laurie, and they have been married now 30 years. They have three adult children who are all very successful and productive in their chosen careers. In short, Jeff's life can be summed up in three words: Character, Commitment, and Courtesy. He has the Character of being a man of his word – the commitment to seek excellence in all he does – the Courtesy of putting people first in ever endeavor.
Cindy Carter, REALTOR®, CDPE, Certified Short Sales Specialist, Listing Specialist, Buyer's Agent
As the Short Sale Team Leader for Bravo Group, Cindy brings an unique perspective to working with short sale clients. Although, knowledgeable of the rigid requirements of the short sale process, Cindy understands each family is faced with their own challenges, bringing them to the decision to short sale their property. From initial consultation with the seller, document expediting, and communication with the mortgage company to the closing of the property, Cindy's expertise in short sales provides each seller with a high level of comfort in a difficult situation. They know their interests are being protected by an experienced, Certified Short Sale Agent, who believes they are more than a number.
In addition to being a Certified Short Sale Speciistlalist, Cindy's vast experience includes the listing, marketing and sale of properties for sellers and serving as a Buyer's Representative for buyers, always seeking to protect the interest of her clients.
Cindy started her Real Estate Career at Prudential Georgia Realty, where she was named Georgia's "Rookie of Year" and earned Honor Society status her first year.
Through her dedication to providing the very best in honest and professional real estate service to her buyers and sellers, Cindy earned other honors at Prudential Georgia Realty, including the top honor of being named a Master Real Estate Agent her 2nd year in the business.
Cindy's achievements and contributions have also been recognized by her Realtor Board, Metro South Association of Realtors.
Served as Chaplain for Metro South Association for 3 years;
Lifetime Million Dollar Club Member;
Silver Box Award recipient, for her dedication to the Sunshine League.
As the co-founder and director/volunteer for the Sunshine League, a baseball league for special needs children, Cindy has led the organization from an idea, to the first season with 12 children and 2 teams to its 11th year serving over 100 families.
Cindy also serves as a Director for A Friend's House, a temporary home for children having been removed from their families.
Joining Bravo Group as Lead Short Sale Agent was a natural progression for Cindy fueled by her desire to serve others through her knowledge of Short Sales and compassion for each family faced with a difficult transition.
Trey Hunt, Investor & New Owner Sales REALTOR®
Trey Hunt is a licensed real estate agent with Bravo Group. Trey has spent the majority of his time the last few years as a leasing agent specializing in single family homes. This experience gives him a great perspective of what good tenants are looking for in a property and an intimate knowledge of the local rental market. His primary roles now are assisting our new property owners and working with investors that are looking to purchase properties for rental income. His knowledge of the local rental markets combined with his experiences in construction make him a valuable asset for anyone looking to build a portfolio of rental property in the Atlanta area. Trey is a native of Metro Atlanta and he now lives in Stone Mountain.
Angie Adkins, Technical Advisor
Angie Adkins, a seasoned technology consultant, brings her wide span of experience to Bravo Group during times of decision on technology and operational improvements. She brings over ten years of consulting experience with Andersen, Turner Broadcasting, and many other mid-tier companies. In addition, her background includes real estate investing and property management so she is uniquely able to understand the business needs of Bravo Group and offer recommendations and implement solutions that work. A state of the art VOIP phone system installation and selection and implementation of a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software are two of the more recent projects Angie helped Bravo Group implement.