Mr. Thornton joined Bell Partners in 2016 and is responsible for the oversight and strategic direction of the company’s technology platforms. His team of technologists is focused on leveraging leading-edge technology to improve the company's overall efficiency while providing a high-service level to all associates, residents and investors. Mr. Thornton led Bell’s recent transformation onto the Yardi management software for the front-office and consumer-facing elements and continues to lead in the day-to-day maintenance and support of this product. Additionally, Mr. Thornton is pivotal in advancing the Company's Cybersecurity efforts. Prior to joining Bell, Mr. Thornton served in senior technology leadership positions at Colonial Properties Trust and Mid-America Apartments, Inc. Mr. Thornton earned his MBA with a Technology focus from Samford University and his BS in Management Information Systems from the University of Alabama. He also served as an Officer in the United States Army Signal Corp. He has served as an expert panelist at several multifamily and technology conferences, and sits on several technology-centric steering committees.