PENLER Adds John Ladson as Partner

27 July 2020

Multifamily real estate investment platform PENLER has badded John Ladson – a 20-year veteran of multifamily development – as a partner to oversee its new developments. 

John Ladson, who spent almost 20 years with national firm Gables Residential, joins PENLER as its newest partner and Managing Director. Ladson now sources new development opportunities, manages PENLER’s development pipeline, and leads the design, entitlement, and construction efforts for each of the firm’s new developments. His experience includes multifamily product types ranging from townhomes to high-rise towers, over 2,600 units of green-built apartment homes, and highly successful student-oriented communities.

While at Gables, Ladson played a critical role in the sourcing, conception, financing, design, construction and lease-up of its Class A apartment communities. His development sponsorship portfolio includes award-winning projects in Atlanta, Florida and the Mid-Atlantic, with a combined stabilized value of more than $1.8 billion. The Urban Land Institute, National Association of Homebuilders, EarthCraft, the Atlanta Business Chronicle and others have recognized his team’s projects for excellence. Ladson serves on the Boards of Directors of the Georgia Apartment Association and the Atlanta Apartment Association. He is also an active member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and National Multi-Housing Council (NMHC.) He received his B.A. from Dartmouth College.

“We are thrilled to add John to the team,” said Managing Partner Graham Carpenter. “While PENLER is still a young company, we are continuing to grow even in the current environment. We are now well-positioned with an exceptionally talented management team in place to continue adding new projects to our portfolio.” 

Launched in early 2019, PENLER is a full-service multifamily real estate operating platform focused on major metropolitan areas across the Sun Belt. Led by seasoned professionals with deep knowledge of markets and conditions, as well as an expansive vision for seizing new opportunities, PENLER uses best-in-class investment, development and asset management processes. For more information, visit