Our Team

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

Lori Follett
Controller

Lori directs and supervises all accounting, financial reporting and human resource functions. She works closely with our partners, lenders and staff to meet their specific reporting needs. Lori and her team work closely with the executive team, the property management group and the on-site teams to ensure timely and accurate reporting. Lori has a wide range of knowledge in multifamily software applications including MRI, OneSite, Yardi and JD Edwards.


In addition to accounting, Lori brings to GWR over 30 years of experience in many aspects of the multifamily industry including acquisitions, due diligence, property financing, and software implementation. Prior to GWR, Lori was Controller for Arcadian Real Estate Group after spending many years at Alliance Residential Management. She has experience with financial reporting for over 200 apartment communities and 45 partnerships, including a staff of 25 accountants and clerks. Lori was also previously with Greystar Real Estate Partners with a staff of 14, responsible for the financial reporting for both owned and managed properties.


Lori has spent most of her life in the Houston area, and resides in Missouri City with her husband and daughter.