OUR LEADERSHIP

Rob Johnston – Founder & Chairman
Rob hails from South Carolina and is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and holds a Masters of Business Administration. Rob served several years as an officer in the USAF before permanently relocating to Atlanta, GA in the mid-1970s. In 1978, he formed First Communities with the goal of creating a premier property management services company. Through Rob’s hard work, First Communities grew from a bold idea into Atlanta’s largest multifamily management company with a portfolio of 30,000 units. Rob has served on several real estate trade association boards and as president of numerous professional apartment management associations (NAA President – 1997, GAA President – 1992, AAA President – 1987 & 1991). He constantly consults with the country’s largest lending institutions and large portfolio owners to keep abreast of market changes and demographic shifts.

Mitch Harrison – Chief Executive Officer
Mitch joined First Communities in 2004 and currently holds the title of Chief Executive Officer. Prior to his current position, Mitch has held numerous roles within First Communities. He is actively involved in the management of over 30,000 units that range from class A, B, C and new development assets located throughout the Southern half of the United States. Mitch is a licensed Georgia Realtor and the 2013 President of the Atlanta Apartment Association. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Furman University in 1997.

Kevin Carr – Chief Financial Officer
Since beginning his career with First Communities in 1994, Kevin has been one of the industry’s most versatile and strategic-minded leaders. He came to FCM with a Master’s degree from DePaul University and extensive experience in the real estate industry, having handled the financial reporting for 75 residential communities for JMB Properties in Chicago. In 2004, Kevin became Chief Financial Officer and oversees the Accounting, Risk Management, Human Resources and Information Technology departments.

Jon Nixon – Chief Operating Officer
Jon joined First Communities in 2011 and previously held the role of Executive Vice President – Corporate Services. During his time at FCM, he has led a number of internal operational improvement initiatives and is responsible for overall Business Development strategy and new client acquisition. Prior to FCM, Jon worked as a broker for Grubb & Ellis and consultant for Thomson Reuters. He has also earned a Master of Business Administration from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Furman University.

Ed Romano – Executive Vice President
Ed joined First Communities in 1988. He is responsible for maintaining performance excellence for a portfolio of approximately 10,000 units.  His leadership team has extensive experience in due diligence, acquisitions, strategic redevelopment and includes over 60 renovations for private and institutional clients.  Ed is a CPM Candidate and serves as FCM’s chairperson for the Atlanta Community Food Bank initiative. He earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of North Florida.

Stephanie Lyons – Executive Vice President
Stephanie has been active in the multi-family industry for over 20 years, including 13 years with First Communities. In 2004, she was promoted to Senior Regional Manager and is currently responsible for a portfolio of 10,000 units including property operations and branding. Stephanie works directly with her team to develop annual budgets and marketing plans to achieve maximum net operating income for each community and is a licensed real estate agent. Stephanie is also an active member of the Atlanta Apartment Association.

Sparkle Allen – Vice President of Marketing
Sparkle has an extensive background in the multi-family business beginning her career as a Leasing Consultant in 2000 and ultimately joining First Communities in 2007. She is widely recognized as one of the most talented and brightest marketing directors in our industry. Sparkle is an exceptional marketing authority in all areas including market research, branding, creative design, social networking, digital advertising, training and all forms of traditional deliveries.

Stacey Smith - Senior Director of Training
Stacey joined First Communities in 2016 and brings more than 26 years of multi-family experience to FCM. She currently serves as the Senior Director of Training and oversees the onboarding and career pathing for over 850 associates. Throughout her career, Stacey has built the foundation for many successful training programs in the multi-family space. She has served in all capacities from management and operations to marketing and training. Stacey manages First Communities University along with designing and instructing the most impactful training curriculum in the industry.



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