Meet the Towner Team

Principal – President

Gardy Fraker has served as the President of the Towner Management Company since 2008. He is responsible for directing the management operations of all residential and commercial properties in the company’s portfolio. He oversees all field operations and on-site staff including managers and maintenance personnel.Gardy began working with the French Companies in 1982 as a Construction Supervisor and then went on to manage the day-to-day operations of the French Company, a residential building contractor that renovated several hundred buildings during his tenure.Gardy holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Vermont and various certificates in construction management and the building trades.

Principal – Secretary
Together with Towner Management’s President, Jim is responsible for supervising field operations and office staff. He is responsible for new business development, strategic planning, and fiscal oversight. Jim also spends time as the President of the French Development Company. He began working as a Developer for French Development Company in 2002. Prior to that, Jim was an urban planner and project manager for various Baltimore City government agencies. Jim holds a Masters Degree in Community Planning from the University of Maryland at College Park and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a Commissioner on the Baltimore City Commission on Historic and Architectural Preservation and serves on the Board of Directors of the Bromo Tower Arts and Entertainment District and the Baltimore Arts Realty Corporation. He is also a member of the MD Affordable Housing Coalition’s Property Management and Services Committee.

Vice President/Chief Financial Officer
W. Barker French came to Towner Management Company in 2005 where he worked as a property manager. Barker became a Vice-President in 2008 and works to establish and improve fiscal management and compliance reporting systems. His primary responsibilities include ensuring the accuracy and reliability of YARDI property management software, oversight of Performance Measures Tracking, preparation and monitoring of property budgets.Prior to coming to Towner, Barker was a Development Associate with Ruppert Properties and worked with Southern Management Company on residential credit management and leasing.He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Maryland College Park in Mathematics and Finance.  He is also a NCHM Certified Tax Credit Specialist; NCHM Certified Occupancy Specialist; Graduate of Southern Management Company’s Supervisory Training, Leasing Professional Training, Marketing for Managers, and Total Quality Management Programs.

General Counsel

Whitney Seeburg joined Towner in June of 2010. She is responsible for all corporate, contract, employment and compliance matters. Prior to joining Towner, Whitney worked for five years as Counsel for Plymouth Rock Assurance Corporation in Boston, MA. She holds a J.D. from Boston University School of Law and a B.A. from Duke University. She is a member of the Massachusetts Bar and will be taking her Maryland Bar Exam in February 2011.

VP, Finance and Accounting

Joyce began working as the Principal Bookkeeper for Towner Management in 1997. In 2008 she was promoted to VP of Finance and Accounting where she is responsible for supervising company bookkeeping, clerical operations, human resources management and audit control.She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and Accounting, Strayer Business College. She is also a Certified Tax Preparer, H&R Block

Regional Property Manager

Stacie Ringgold joined Towner Management in 2008 as the Regional Property Manager. She is responsible for the supervision and training of on-site property managers. Stacie has over 15 years of progressively responsible experience in the property management industry. She has worked for some of the regions largest companies.  She holds a NWA University Public Housing Manager (PHM) Certification, a National Institute for Housing Continuing Education certificate and a variety of other professional accreditations.

jay frenchJAY T. FRENCH
CEO Emeritus, Board Treasurer

Until recently, founder and CEO, Jay T. French has been responsible for the fiscal and operational oversight of the Towner Management Company.  Jay founded Towner’s affiliate, the French Company, in 1982 when he began renovating homes in Federal Hill and Ridgely’s Delight. Jay formed Towner Management Company in 1992 primarily to manage properties that the French Company had renovated itself. Beginning in 1994, Towner started managing housing for other clients including the Housing Authority of Baltimore City and various non-profit housing organizations.Prior to coming to Baltimore, Jay was a practicing attorney in Washington D.C.He graduated from Yale University and the George Washington University School of Law.

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