AvalonBay Communities

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Location: Arlington, VA
Industry: Real estate

AvalonBay Communities

Brad Neilley Sr.
Years in role: 20
Years at company: 1

INSPIRING THE TEAM: AvalonBay Communities is a real-estate investment trust that focuses on developing, acquiring and managing apartment communities throughout the U.S. The company’s markets include the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Pacific Northwest and California. AvalonBay has a direct or indirect ownership interest in more than 250 apartment communities in high barrier-to-entry markets, which have a low supply of zoned apartment land and a lengthy entitlement process. SVP and CHRO Brad Neilley Sr. inspires his team by uniting them under the company’s goal of exceeding the expectations of all customers.

OVERCOMING CHALLENGES: When Neilley first joined the team, AvalonBay had not had a full-time dedicated HR leader in more than a year due to a change in leadership. Neilley took the reins and developed a cohesive and collaborative HR leadership team.

FUN FACT:  “I hate cold weather, but am an avid skier who can ski triple black diamond trails, especially out West.”

STRONG RELATIONSHIP: Though Neilley has only been with AvalonBay for a short time, he says he has formed a relationship with the company’s CEO that continues to grow stronger. Together, Neilley and his new partner work on strategic objectives that continue to create value and improve AvalonBay.