Two multifamily property management firms officially have merged after a year of internal planning, reorganization, and integration. MEB Management Services, based in Phoenix, and Weller Management, based in St. Petersburg, Florida, have become Bryten Real Estate Partners.

The newly formed company employs 1,150 team members and manages nearly 47,000 units across the United States, including Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas.

Prior to the merger, MEB Management Services employed 700 team managers and managed over 27,000 units throughout the Southwest. Of that, over 4,200 units are in new developments that will open by mid-2024. In addition, 5,000-plus new units are under contract for mid-2024 and into 2025. Weller Management, a third-party property management and consulting company serving the Southeast, employed 450 team members and managed close to 20,000 units.

Bryten has its headquarters in Phoenix with additional offices in Denver; St. Petersburg; and Tucson, Arizona. The leadership team is comprised of founding members Scott Cook, Libby Ekre, and Joe Emerson, as well as president of operations John Vranich.

“After more than a year since the merger took place, we are excited to introduce Bryten to the public,” said Ekre, founding principal of MEB and now Bryten. “Both MEB and Weller have built their reputations in multifamily management as respectable, reliable organizations that focus on people first. Our valued residents, clients, and team members should expect the same, heightened level of compassion, commitment, and quality of service with Bryten.”

The leaders spent over a year working on combining best practices from each company to enhance the lives of residents, clients, and employees. According to the company, it is committed to increasing employment opportunities in the multifamily space as well as growing the community assets.

Its portfolio includes mid-rise, garden-style, build-to-rent, luxury, student, and attainable housing. In addition to property management, it offers due diligence, advisory-capacity construction management, asset repositioning, and cutting-edge technology.

“Going forward, we will continue to provide operational excellence to our clients and provide positive living experiences to our residents,” said Emerson, former founding principal at Weller and now Bryten. “Bryten plans to grow our assets under management by supporting our clients’ growth objectives, diversifying our portfolio both geographically and in product type while building a team of industry experts with an unmatched level of service.”