PIPER AYALA
VICE PRESIDENT, HOUSING

Piper graduated from WSU and is still a HUGE supporter of her beloved Shockers!  She joined TG in 1992 and was instrumental in the development of Suite Options – helping it grow from one office to 12 offices throughout the Midwest. She's held many volunteer roles within CHPA including Conference Co-Chair, Board of Directors, and Board President.

Her business mentor and hero is her father Bill Jackson who founded the company in 1985. Her life slogan: "Work hard and play harder"!


GABRIEL WACKER:
VICE PRESIDENT OF SALES

Gabriel began his career in our Wichita office. He has served in multiple roles, including North Region Operations Manager  prior to his current role as Vice President of Sales. He has lived in Kansas City for more than fifteen years and is an avid Jayhawks and Royals fan.

Gabriel’s attention to detail and pursuit of excellence in exceeding customer expectations has resulted in the achievement of top-level results, especially in the Kansas City market. His plan is to assist in expanding these results throughout the other 10 markets.  He believes in the motto, “Success comes by helping others succeed,” which is reflective in the manner in which he supports the growth of his fellow team members.

“I really love working with people. From customers to team members, it’s always about the people.”


BRAD BURLESON:
Central Region Operations Manager

Brad grew up in Fordyce, Arkansas (Go Redbugs!) and joined ExecuStay | Oakwood Midwest in 2007 as an Inside Sales Rep, eventually moving into the role as Operations Manager and becoming a Certified Corporate Housing Professional (CCHP) through CHPA. Currently, he is the Central Region Operations Manager.

Immersed in the rich culture of customer service through his various positions, he believes it was through ExecuStay he learned the true value of compassion, understanding and how to provide exceptional customer service. By making every attempt to anticipate the needs of the guest, personally investigate the root cause of an issue and elevate the level of communication, he can ensure each guest understands they are in good hands and are genuinely cared about.

“Choosing to be positive and having a grateful attitude is going to determine how you’re going to live your life,” is a quote he chooses to live by, which is reflected in his approach with guests, team members, volunteer work and his personal life. He strives to provide a positive experience with everyone he meets and looks for every opportunity to say 'yes'!


LYNDA NAJERA:
SOUTHERN REGION OPERATIONS MANAGER

Originally from Abilene, Texas, Lynda moved to Kansas when she was 10 years old. Her professional experience is in Operations and Management, and she prides herself on being a part of a team of professionals dedicated to delivering exceptional service and value in the corporate housing industry.  She began her career in 1991 working for Furniture Options in Wichita, Kansas. There, she learned how to service the furnished housing industry. In 1999, she made her way back to Texas and started working for ExecuStay in Dallas.

She is an active member of the Corporate Housing Providers Association and has received their Certified Corporate Housing Provider designation, which exemplifies competence and professionalism in the corporate housing industry.  Lynda is known for being a hard worker, accomplishing her goals and leading her team by example. In 2011, she won the prestigious Oran Award of Excellence. 

“The thing I enjoy the most about coming to work is the true family environment that we have built,” said Lynda.  “It is very rewarding knowing that we provide a valuable product and service to our customers.”

Lynda enjoys traveling, watching college basketball and her beloved Dallas Cowboys. She also enjoys volunteering in her community.


AMY SCHROEDER
Northern Region Operations Manager

Amy has been with ExecuStay | Oakwood Midwest for eight years, most recently as Assistant Operations Manager. A native of western Nebraska, she attended college at the University of Wyoming, then moved to the Kansas City area in 2004. She remains a Husker fan for life!

When she first started with ExecuStay |Oakwood Midwest, she was impressed by the level of service provided to each client and the focus on the littlest of details. Her own attention to detail, work ethic and ability to mix in a bit of fun allows her to continue this focus by providing a memorable experience for each client. Her goal is to ensure clients trust her to take care of all the details and to realize they don’t have to feel like they are traveling, but feel more like they never left home.

Like her mix of hard work and fun, her motto is also a hybrid of her favorite quotes: “Just do you by dancing like no one is watching, being your own rainbow, and always remembering everyone is fighting a battle you know nothing about, so be kind.”

“I love that our company is a corporation built on family,” said Amy. “We are efficient at what we do because we care about our coworkers and guests just as much as we do our own families. You cannot find this level of service everywhere, so I am thankful to work for a company who puts family at the forefront of every decision.”