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GWR's Work/Life Balance


By definition, Work/Life Balance is the focus on minimizing work related stress while maintaining good health and well being.  Rewind a couple of years ago, and the very definition of this was suddenly changed.  The boundaries that used to exist between work and home were suddenly fuzzy, if even existent at all.  Commuters once had a start and an end to a work day and now those same people struggle to find the boundary, thus creating the very stress that the change should have alleviated.

 

At GWR, our properties were considered essential businesses so they did not close (for long).  There were, however, plenty of adjustments that contributed to the blended line of work/life balance and frankly the very nature of what we do does not start and stop with a regular business day.  We provide homes to people, and those homes and the needs of our residents don’t start and stop with business hours, they go on into and often throughout the night.  Couple that need with advanced technology and our ability to serve residents certainly does not stop when the offices close.  Our need for work/life balance was in place long before Covid threw us a curve ball.  At GWR, we are grounded in doing our part to provide the tools for every team member to find the balance that works for them.  In fact, “work/life balance” is a term I prefer not to use.  Rather, I find “personal balance” to be more appropriate.  Not everyone has the same hard line.  Some are self prescribed “workaholics”, some have home needs that other don’t have (such as children, elderly parents, dependent care, etc.), some are driven personally from doing more at work, and some need to leave work at the workplace in order to be present at home. None of these are right or wrong, they are just personal and for each person to apply as appropriate to themselves. 

 

Given all of this, GWR puts policies and benefits in place giving each employee the ability to make selections that are best for themselves.  These range from Wellness Programs, exceptional PTO programs that surpass most in our industry, Mental Health resources, Work From Anywhere benefits, and they all start with the Leadership Team setting expectations and policies that are considerate of the employees first.  We have made our employees our priority since formation and are committed to the same year after year.


All my best, 

Gina Y. Erwin

Grady W. Roberts
CEO

Grady W. Roberts has spent his entire 28 year career in the real estate industry. After graduating from the University of Texas at Austin, he spent 19 years at HFF, L.P., a publicly traded commercial real estate brokerage and investment banking firm. Mr. Roberts played multiple roles for the company including Senior Managing Director and Co-Head of the Houston office. During his tenure, the office generated $41.4 billion in real estate transactions. As a producer, Mr. Roberts financed office and multi-family properties in 39 cities and 21 states across the U.S.A. This includes more than 50,000 multi-family units in both debt and equity transactions.


Mr. Roberts is also founder and principal of GWR Equites, LLC; a multifamily investment firm in Houston, Texas. The firm focuses on acquisitions located near existing and emerging business sectors in targeted cities. Since the firm’s inception, 29 properties have been acquired with more than 6,500 units in Texas, Alabama, North Carolina and South Carolina.


Mr. Roberts, a native of San Antonio, has lived in Houston since 1991. He is a member of The University of Texas School of Undergraduate Studies Advisory Council. He is married and has four children, two daughters and two sons.