Henry Luebbert, a 30-year veteran of the housing industry, brings a profound passion for hospitality and guest service to the organization. As a Co-Founding Partner at Synergy Global Housing, he is responsible for the overall strategic position and vision of the company. On a day-to-day basis, Luebbert oversees Synergy’s Operations and Finance divisions.
Luebbert began his illustrious career in the hotel industry, first serving as a bellhop, then a Rooms Division Manager at the ITT Sheraton. During this time, Luebbert’s love for hospitality and guest service took shape and became a passion, a passion he brought to the Corporate Housing Industry when he joined Oakwood Worldwide in 1990.
At Oakwood, Luebbert focused on identifying innovative solutions that enhanced the guest experience. His efforts lead to a Regional Manager promotion, overseeing Oakwood’s entire Pacific Northwest region. In this role, Luebbert teamed up with Jack Jensky, and the two began a partnership that would eventually lead to the founding of Synergy Global Housing.
He is currently a board member for the Corporate Housing Providers Association and offers guidance to the Association of Serviced Apartment Providers, Global Business Travelers Association, and the Serviced Apartment Summit.
Jack Jensky has spent nearly three decades serving the corporate housing industry, twenty years as the Co-Founding Partner of Synergy Global Housing. He helped grow Synergy from a local regional housing provider into the global housing program management company it is today. Jensky is responsible for the development and delivery of innovative, customizable solutions that meet the evolving needs of the customer. On a day-to-day basis, Jensky oversees the organization’s Sales and Marketing efforts.
Jensky began his career as a sales representative at Oakwood Worldwide, where he grew a client contact list of three to 103 within his first six months of employment. He was promoted to Regional Sales Manager in 1992. It is in this role Jensky developed his leadership skills and strengthened his ability to serve as a mentor to the various sales individuals on his team.
While serving in this role, Jensky met Henry Luebbert, where the two quickly realized they both shared a passion for enhancing the guest experience of the temporary housing industry. Eventually, they began a partnership that became Synergy Global Housing.
In 2005, Jensky was awarded the Corporate Housing Providers Association’s (CHPA) Individual of the Year Award. In addition, under his leadership, Synergy has been awarded CHPA’s Most Creative Marketing and Best Green Progress awards.
Debra Christopher is an experienced serviced accommodations expert with more than 25 years of industry experience. She joined Synergy in 2015 after serving as the Vice President of Operations for the Irvine Company, where she was responsible for management of more than 14,000 multi-family units as well as the company’s corporate furnished division.
She entered the furnished apartments industry after beginning her career in property management, where she held a Certified Property Management designation and was a licensed real estate broker. She has served as an executive at Irvine Company and Oakwood Worldwide.
As President of the Americas, Christopher works to execute Synergy’s strategy, with a focus on organizational culture, innovation, strategic planning, and talent management.
Stephen Hanton is an award-winning leader in multinational operational hospitality management with expertise in multiple operating models, rapid growth, and leading teams through transitions. Hanton has served in a variety of management and executive roles ranging across aparthotels, hotels, serviced apartments, property management, and corporate housing.
Before Synergy, Hanton worked as CEO Commercial for The Serviced Apartment Company (SACO), as Managing Director of EMEA at BridgeStreet Accommodations Ltd., and as General Manager of Hyde Park Residence on London’s Park Lane. In addition, Hanton held General Manager roles with Marriott and Holiday Inn.
As Synergy’s President, International, Hanton will drive its international vision and growth while ensuring Synergy’s unique brand of people, passion and innovation remains intact throughout the global regions.
A recognized leader in the corporate housing and mobility space, Craig Partin has held various sales and leadership roles for corporations in the relocation management, property management, and corporate housing space; including SIRVA Relocation and Altair Global Relocation. Most recently, Partin served as Chief Sales Officer at Furnished Quarters, where he led the company’s worldwide sales organization and served on the company’s Executive Leadership Team.
At Synergy, Partin leads its global sales force, is responsible for the development and execution of the company’s global sales strategy and revenue growth, as Synergy expands its global footprint.
A proven leader and industry pioneer, Barrie brings close to two decades of experience and expertise to her role with Synergy. She has held various sales leadership roles for corporations in the serviced accommodation space. Most recently, as VP of Sales at BridgeStreet, she played a pivotal role in growing the company’s footprint in key markets throughout Europe in both a client and supplier capacity. Prior to BridgeStreet, Barrie served as the Director of Sales for Clarendon. Before that, she firmly placed Oakwood Worldwide as a European force serving as its Director of Sales, EMEA—one of three positions she held throughout her 14 plus years with the industry pioneer.
In Synergy, Barrie, a designated Worldwide ERC® Global Mobility Specialist (GMS),, oversees sales throughout the EMEA region, develops new clients and sectors while leading a team to ensure exceptional service delivery to core global clientele. Additionally, she currently serves as a Director for the Supplier Board with the Institute of Travel and Meetings (ITM). A post she’s held since January of 2016.
Leslie O’Brien has deep experience in the corporate housing space spanning nearly 30 years. She came to Synergy from Oakwood, where she most recently served as Vice President and General Manager of Domestic Operations. In this role, O’Brien was responsible for the management, growth and operational execution of Oakwood’s U.S. market, coast to coast. She also spearheaded a customer experience initiative for the U.S. market and was the Executive sponsor for large domestic and global accounts with revenue exceeding $100 million.
At Synergy, O’Brien leads the U.S. Operations team and is responsible for the development, growth and operational execution of Synergy’s U.S. markets.
Gary Koos has more than 35 years of international finance and leadership experience, having served in multiple senior and C-level financial and operational roles across a broad range of industries. His experience spans public and private companies including CEO and CFO positions.
Koos was responsible for leading the financial and operational restructuring for Worldwide Energy, a global energy service company, and Manufacturing USA Inc., a U.S. publicly listed and China-based manufacturing company.
Mr. Koos is responsible for Synergy’s global accounting and finance operation.
Sharon Mercado is an accomplished and seasoned Human Resources practitioner with 20 years of experience overseeing a full spectrum of personnel programs, services, and functions. She joined Synergy in 2014.
Prior to joining Synergy, Mercado served in human resources roles for various companies around the world, including several start-up organizations, giving her the experience of supporting a large, diverse workforce in multiple international locations. She is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management, Northern California Human Resources Association, and Forbes Human Resources Council.
Mercado is responsible for the organization’s staffing, training, recruitment, retention, and culture initiatives.