Darren began his career in the multi-family industry as a lowly resident assistant at Arizona State University. There he learned important leadership lessons like how to win friends and influence people while pouring their beer down the sink.
Prior to starting Portico in 2011, Darren was the Vice President of Operations at Verde Apartment Communities where he oversaw the development of 5,000 construction units throughout the four major MSA’s in Texas. He has supervised the management of over 100,000 units in his career throughout the nation, along with overseeing 50+ new construction projects. During his career, Darren has helped to acquire, build, and manage over two billion dollars in multi-family real estate.
Darren holds a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and a Masters of Business Administration from Arizona State University. His passion remains focused on building the very best teams.
ROBYN KILLIONSR. VICE PRESIDENT
Robyn joined the property management industry in 2007 and has served in various roles both on-site and at the corporate level, including Community Manager, Regional Resource Manager, Regional Property Manager and Director of Training.
Her experience includes direct property oversight of a variety of asset types, along with off-site systems and training support. In her role at Portico, Robyn focuses on supporting property operations, from process implementation to management transitions and everything in between. Currently she oversees multiple support departments including Human Resources, Learning & Development, IT, Systems Support, and Transitions.
HEATHER RICHARDSONVice President, Operations
Heather presently serves as Vice President, responsible for the comprehensive management of all markets within the Portico portfolio. She has 20 years of experience where she began her multifamily career in 2003 as a Leasing Consultant with EPT Management and later as a Community Manager at several communities in the Lubbock, Dallas and Houston area. She also has served as a District Manager for Camden Property Trust, overseeing Class A and B communities in the Atlanta area.
Heather has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from Texas Tech University and her passion is building and maintaining great teams.
Patty UtleyRegional Vice President, Dallas-Fort Worth
Patty joined Portico in 2022 and oversees communities throughout DFW Metroplex and East Texas. She is responsible for managing the performance of regional and onsite teams, financial standings, investor relations and supplier partner relations. Patty is a well accomplished and seasoned multi-family professional with more than 30 years of experience in the industry.
She previously held roles with Equity Residential, Gables Residential, Camden Property Trust and most recently BH Management. Patty served as the 2022 President of the Apartment Association of Tarrant County (AATC) in Hurst, Texas. She currently serves as a Director for TAA and a Delegate for NAA, she is a graduate of the AATC, TAA and NAA Leadership Lyceum Programs along with being DEI Certified through USF.
Kara MorkovskyRegional Vice President
Kara joined Portico in 2016 and has since been a valuable member of our team. In late 2023, Kara was promoted to Regional Vice President and currently oversees the San Antonio, Austin and Nashville markets. Kara has over 25 years of experience in the multifamily industry which includes new construction, conventional, midrise, repositioning, renovations, BTR and student housing.
In 2017, Kara was honored to be part of the San Antonio Apartment Association Leadership Lyceum program leading her to be nominated and selected to be on the 2021 SAAA Board of Directors. She is now serving her 2nd term on the Board of Directors and has served as Chair on many committees. Kara was nominated for San Antonio Apartment’s Association Regional Manager of the Year in 2021 and 2022. In 2022 she won the title as San Antonio Apartment Association Regional Manager of the Year. In addition, Kara was the recent winner and recipient of the Texas Apartment Association Rita Kirby Regional Manager of the Year for 2023.
Kara attended The University of Texas, San Antonio.
Kelly HughesAssociate Vice President
Kelly joined Portico in 2021 and currently serves as Associate Vice President in the DFW area. With over 16 years of experience in the multifamily industry, she began her career as a Property Manager at Post Properties and has also worked at Greystar and Magnolia Property Company.
Kelly is passionate about the industry and quickly became the build to rent expert where she oversees most of the build to rent properties at Portico. She also has a focus on delivering results and building relationships with a diverse group of clients while creating a positive and rewarding experience for our onsite teams.
Amanda LedgerVice President, Accounting
Amanda joined Portico in 2018 as a Controller and has successfully recruited and lead the Portico accounting team. She has onboarded over 60+ asset portfolio and participated in many department initiatives.
Amanda was recently promoted to Vice President, Accounting where her contributions keep the company working efficiently which includes collaboration with other departments and continuing to lead and train the property accounting team.
GIANNA NEGRETTIVice President, Marketing
Gianna oversees the planning, implementation and execution of all marketing activities and strategic communication plans for clients and properties at Portico. Additionally, Gianna has acquired a vast amount of knowledge in lease-up marketing over the ten years she has been in the industry.
With more than 18 years of experience, Gianna has an extensive background in Marketing, Advertising and Client Services and has recently held the Director of Property Marketing position with Greystar where she oversaw 75,000 units for the Desert Region. She also worked for Alliance Residential, The Arizona Cardinals Football Club and LaneTerralever.
Gianna is a University of South Carolina graduate and holds an MBA from the University of Phoenix.
Charlie ChamberlainDirector, Talent and Education
Charlie joined Portico in 2022 and has over five years of experience in this field where he most recently was Director of Training and Development at CALCAP Properties. He was also the Performance Manager at Alliance Residential.
He will continue to elevate Portico’s talent and educational offerings utilizing technology, innovative methods, and most importantly leveraging a culture built on forward thinking and altruistic associates.
Charlie is a Niagara University graduate and received his Masters of Applied Leadership and Management (MALM) from Thunderbird School of Global Management.