Phillips Management Group Exec Named President of Piedmont Triad Apartment Association

(Greensboro, N.C.) Feb. 12, 2014 – Maria Barker, director of operations for Phillips Management Group, has been named president of the Piedmont Triad Apartment Association (PTAA) for 2014. PTAA, the leading multifamily housing organization in the region, provides leadership, advocacy, education and networking to its 100 owner/operator members and 145 vendor partners. PTAA serves 340 apartment communities with more than 53,500 housing units.

“I have been involved with PTAA and other industry trade organizations for many years, and am excited to step into this new role as president,” said Barker. “The PTAA does a fantastic job of representing apartment community owners throughout the region. This position will allow me to represent and speak for my peers on a local, statewide and national level, and I am looking forward to that opportunity.”

Barker will provide guidance for the board of directors and the association, and will serve as PTAA’s ambassador with other state and national apartment associations. She will also lead PTAA as it revises its strategic plan and continues its communications and social media efforts.

“She [Barker] is going to be great for the association, and I’m excited to be able to work with her,” said Jon Lowder, PTAA executive director. “She’s had a long, distinguished career in the industry, and I think she’ll bring a fresh perspective to the association.”

Barker has held numerous senior management positions throughout her career. Before joining Phillips Management Group in 2009, she worked as a national speaker, trainer and industry consultant. She also worked as the director of education at Steven D. Bell & Company. In 2012, Barker won the PTAA Diamond Award for Owner Member Volunteer of the Year.

About Phillips Management Group

Originally founded in 1959, Phillips Management Group currently manages 31 apartment communities in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. Our professional management teams specialize in making resident satisfaction our number-one concern and our conveniently located communities offer exceptional value. For more information, visit


About Piedmont Triad Apartment Association

The Piedmont Triad Apartment Association (PTAA), founded in 1981, is the leading multifamily housing organization serving the Piedmont Triad. PTAA provides leadership and resources to its members in order to create and operate apartment communities Triad residents can trust to meet their housing needs. Originally organized by apartment owners and operators, today PTAA constituencies also include vendor partners, residents and the community-at-large. It is an advocate for the industry in local, regional and national legislative issues. PTAA’s mission is to bring its constituencies together to improve apartment living in the Triad. For more information, visit