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The Synergy Difference starts with our People. Our passion, experience and dedication to providing the best furnished housing experience for our guests is what sets Synergy apart from all other serviced accommodation providers. We have a veteran team of industry professionals with an impressive background of serving global business travel.


We emphasize a consultative approach with our clients, listening to the needs of our individual guests and creating custom-tailored housing programs that provide a sense of “home” with every stay. Synergy relies on teamwork – internally and with our clients, customers and guests – to communicate, develop and provide the ultimate short-term housing experience.

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Henry Luebbert |  Founding Partner

Having spent a decade in the corporate housing industry managing teams for Oakwood Worldwide, Henry Luebbert co-founded Synergy Global Housing in 1999 with a focus on the customer and enhancing the guest experience. A graduate of San Jose State University, he has served as Synergy’s visionary, operational and financial leader, guiding the organization to become a major force in the global corporate housing and serviced accommodations sector.

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Jack Jensky | Founding Partner

Aspiring to apply his passion for the customer experience after a decade as a Sales Manager at Oakwood Worldwide, Jack Jensky co-founded Synergy Global Housing in 1999. He has overseen the organization’s sales and marketing efforts, and has been instrumental in its success. A graduate of San Jose State University and an industry leader, he received the Corporate Housing Providers Association’s Individual of the Year Award in 2005.

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Debra Christopher |  President

With more than 25 years of industry experience, Ms. Christopher’s career includes 17 years with Oakwood Worldwide as Vice President of domestic operations. She was responsible for oversight of the Western division, management of their worldwide sales and service center and international alliance program. Prior to Synergy, Debra worked for the Irvine Company for 5 years as Vice President of Operations responsible for the management of over 14,000 multi-family units and she was responsible for management of the corporate furnished division.

At Synergy, Debra is focused on the company Global expansion and team development, with a true dedication to the company’s core values of People, Passion and Innovation. Ms. Christopher is resident in Synergy’s San Ramon headquarters. Debra and her husband Ken have four children and she enjoys meditation, cooking, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

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Sheila A. Jessup-Schwarz | Chief Financial Officer

Originally brought on as Synergy’s Corporate Controller, Sheila was promoted to Chief Financial Officer due to her leadership and financial expertise. She is a CPA with more than 20 years of experience in multiple industries. She holds a BS in accounting from Cal State – Sacramento and served 12 years in the United States Air Force. She also holds a Chartered Global Management Accountant certification.

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Mary Younger | Vice President of Sales

A veteran of corporate housing for more than 20 years, Mary Younger oversees Synergy’s global sales efforts. She is an expert in the fields of sales, account management and new business development. Mary manages and mentors the entire sales roster. Prior to joining Synergy, she was a Business Development Manager at Oakwood Worldwide. A native of Ireland, Mary brings a global perspective to Synergy’s client needs.

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Sharon Mercado | Chief People Officer

A seasoned Human Resources professional with 18 years of broad-based experience in multiple industries, Sharon Mercado oversees Synergy’s biggest asset – our people. Sharon holds a Bachelor’s in Psychology and an MBA, and graduated from the Asian Institute of Management’s Adaptive Leadership Program in the Philippines. She is fluent in four languages and provides invaluable global insight to our Executive Leadership Team.

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