Meet THE TEAM We believe the success and longevity of The Barrington Group is due to our adherence to four core principles and our culture of putting people first to create a real sense of community where we all want to live, work, and invest.
Value | Pride | Stability | Integrity.

LARRY LIEBERMAN

President and Founder

RONDA GALLEHUE

Vice President, Sales &  Marketing

SCOTT D. BRADLEY

Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

JOAN THORNTON

Director of Property Management

LEO GOSTKOWSKI

Construction and Property Liaison

LARRY LIEBERMAN

President and Founder

Larry Lieberman, along with his father, formed the corporation that is now the Barrington Group, in 1974.  They started buying distressed apartment communities from HUD in the late 60’s and turned the distress into success.  By the early 70’s the family had amassed about 2,000 apartment units in Central and Southern Ohio.

 

The apartment industry went into a severe recession in 1973-4 due to overbuilding.  Larry realized that their skill in managing their apartments would be of value to other struggling owners or lenders who had foreclosed upon struggling projects.  Consequently, in 1974 Larry and his father started the Barrington Group. While BGI’s management and marketing skills attracted other owners to seek their management expertise, Larry’s desire to build a portfolio of properties that he owned drove the business plan, so that by the mid 90’s Larry had acquired some 21 properties, spread over 5 states, and BGI was managing them all.

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At the highlight of that portfolio, were properties that Larry had bought in the 90’s with his partner Metzger and Company, that brought accolades and awards to their rehab and management efforts.  The partners bought severely physically and financially distressed apartment complexes, closed them down, and rebuilt them as new or like new properties. BGI received the “REHAB of the YEAR” award from the Indiana Apartment Association twice, once in 1994 and again in 1996.

 

With offices in Columbus Ohio and Atlanta Georgia, Larry came to believe that Florida was on the verge of a population explosion and that there was great opportunity for multifamily development.  So, in 1996, Larry moved himself and most of BGI to their new home in Sarasota, Florida.  While continuing to manage 4,000 apartment units in 5 states, BGI began developing a new townhome property that BGI designed.  Again, with their partner Metzger and Co, BGI developed and built a new property in Atlanta and in Sarasota. Although the Sarasota property was built to be a rental property BGI’s marketing expertise was demonstrated when they sensed that the market would be best served by selling the units as condominiums and began selling just as construction was starting.

 

18 years after their move to Florida, while continuing to own their portfolio of apartment properties, BGI is fully involved in new property development, and land acquisition.  BGI has since developed (again with their construction partner Metzger and Company) two new townhome properties,  a 90 unit luxury condominium project known as Savannah Preserve (construction started March ’06), and working on a Sarasota Bay waterfront luxury condominium community known as Long Bar Pointe (roadway construction started July ’06).

 

Larry is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a BS in Economic Geography and Land Planning, attained his GRI (Graduate Realtor Institute) also from The Ohio State University, has held an Ohio Brokers license for 31 years, and was President of the Ohio Apartment Association in 1976.  He has served on the boards of several charitable institutions such as the Alzheimers Assoc in Franklin County, The Hannah Neil House, and is currently active in the Jump Start program in Manatee County. During the Reagan administration, President Reagan appointed Larry to the Board of Govenors of the National Republican Congressional Committee.

Ronda Gallehue is responsible for Operations Management, Sales and Marketing for all existing and planned projects. She joined the Barrington Group in 1987 when the company was headquartered in Ohio. Originally with Equity Group Investments, she has been in the business for 31 years. Many years of experience in a small, opportunistic company builds a diverse set of skills.

 

Ronda controls the operations of properties in diverse markets displaying a unique skill and incredible ability to flex with market changes. Her pro-active management combined with quick reaction to market changes is the mantra by which Ronda manages the portfolio.

RONDA GALLEHUE

Vice President, Sales &  Marketing

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She will tell you that listening to what residents have to say will tell a multi-family designer all they need to know about what will sell. She uses that information to work closely with the architect in the design phase of both new construction and rehabilitation. No potential acquisition makes it through BGI’s rigorous evaluation process before Ronda thoroughly researches the market and gives a “thumbs up” to its potential as a site for a new BGI development or a rehabilitation project. Her years of experience with both successes and challenges in various rental markets and situations gives her the ability to quickly and efficiently evaluate a market area.

 

Ronda lives in downtown Sarasota with her husband. She graduated from Ohio State University with a BS in Business. She’s an exercise nut and enjoys involvement in her community to include Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance, Sarasota YMCA, the Business Advisory Council for Community Haven for Children and Adults with Disabilities and sat on the Board of Directors for various non-profits.

Scott D. Bradley, C.P.A., is a Principal in The Barrington Group and its investments.  Mr. Bradley directs acquisitions and dispositions for BGI, as well as all real estate deal structure and finance matters, financial reporting and compliance, risk management, information systems, treasury management and investor relations.  He has closed in excess of $500,000,000 in real estate and capital transactions while with BGI. Scott graduated from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, and began his professional finance career by earning his C.P.A. designation with KPMG International, one of the “Big Four” accounting firms.

 

 

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SCOTT D. BRADLEY

Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Leo Gostkowski has worked for the Barrington Group since April of 2006 in the position of Construction and Property Liaison, reporting directly to the President.

 

Leo’s unprecedented work ethic has allowed him to grow exponentially over his eight years, and has paved the way for Barrington Group to strengthen its portfolio.  Leo’s ability to multi-task has given new light to customer service within it’s for sale product, while his exceptional knowledge of construction, county regulations, and his forward thinking to solve any roadblock, has propelled his career with the Barrington Group, into an essential team player.

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LEO GOSTKOWSKI

Construction and Property Liaison

Prior to working for BGI, Leo followed a family legacy of working for Manatee County Government.  For 12 years, Leo acted as Senior Maintenance Supervisor and Field Foreman, with oversight of renovations and construction for county parks and recreational facilities.  Growing up in Manatee County, Leo has established strong ties to many of the players involved in BGI’s Florida projects, which as always shed a positive light during planning stages.  Leo’s integrity and demeanor has demonstrated an ease in finding necessary resources, thus assisting BGI to meet new goals.

 

Leo resides in Myakka City, Florida and raises two sons, Dylan and Caleb.  Leo celebrates his love of family in everything he does.

Joan Thornton is responsible for the day to day management operations for  BGI’s entire portfolio. She joined Barrington Group in 1987, and is currently located in the BGI Ohio office. Joan directed leasing efforts with Equity Real Estate before joining BGI. Joan’s management style is one of openness, honesty and integrity. She gains the trust of those that work for and with her because she has a unique ability to find  win-win solutions regardless of the platform.  Due to her years of experience, Joan can accurately assess a situation and act upon a solution quickly. Her skills serve to keep our property management teams sharp and our properties as leading examples in their class.  Joan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Ohio State University. Professional affiliations include Columbus and National Apartment Association. Joan’s interests include her family and volunteer activities benefiting Columbus’ homeless.

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JOAN THORNTON

Director of Property Management