Our Greatest Resource at Meridian

Meridian Residential Group’s specialty is turning properties into thriving communities. Our team has a successful track record of guiding properties in all stages to stability.  At Meridian Residential Group, we not only invest in our communities, but we also invest in our team. The emphasis on our people is at the core of our success.
Johnny Evans

President & Chief Executive Officer

Since 1975, Johnny Evans has succeeded in growing and developing a professional firm with a winning track record. Johnny grew up in the construction industry and possesses nearly 40 years of hands-on experience. This experience has translated into his successful development of multiple properties throughout the Southeast region. He excels in identifying the most cost-efficient way to give clients the maximum value for dollars spent. A graduate of Clemson University, Johnny and his team embrace the values of hard work, a thorough grounding in development and construction principles, openness to innovative approaches, excellent communication skills, and unparalleled integrity.
Tara Bayles

Director of Property Management

Mrs. Bayles has served three years as the Director of Property Management at Meridian.  Tara is responsible for managing the entire multi-family housing portfolio.  Tara's more than 20 years of work experience in the multi-family housing industry, holding all positions from Leasing Consultant to Director, has provided Ms. Bayles the opportunity to develop unique insight and knowledge of the industry.  This wisdom consistently provides resounding value for her clients.  Tara has experience in overseeing a variety of portfolio types including; new developments, HUD, military housing & conventional communities.  Ms. Bayles has consistently been recognized for excellence & outstanding leadership.  Tara's previous experience includes working with JRK Residential, Capstone Real Estate Services, and Hunt Military Communities.
Kristin Burrill

Marketing & Development Manager

Kristin has developed her skill set for marketing & development over the course of her ten-year career in Property Management working with Mid America Communities, JRK Residential, and Meridian.  Her experience is of a diverse portfolio consisting of new construction, conventional and HUD properties.  In her role with Meridian Residential, she directs the marketing of our communities, ensuring that we remain active in all potential engagement opportunities to reach new residents.  Kristin oversees employee training that ensures each member of our team has the proper tools and resources to perform their duties with excellence.  Ms. Burrill also lends her talents to overseeing the branding of our communities, allowing us to deliver a cohesive, functional product that provides for a fulfilling resident experience
John Overby

Regional Maintenance Manager

John manages daily maintenance operations for Meridian.  John has worked for over 20 years in the housing construction and repair industry.  Mr. Overby's in-depth knowledge of this work allows him to execute a long-term plan and detect potential issues before they occur.  John provides regular in-field help and training exercises.  John is extremely knowledgeable of building and safety codes and holds a certification in HVAC.  Financial awareness of property spend is also very important to John and he knows how to retain the most value possible for our partners, while consistently staying within the maintenance budget for each property.  Prior to Meridian, John has held positions with AMICO Properties and Southwood Realty with experience in Lease-up, HUD, rehab and more.